Boomkat Product Review:
Not long ago the Moodgadget label gave us a reminder of Casino Versus Japan's sizable contribution to the field of electronica, reissuing the eponymous debut from 1998.
Now, Attacknine delves even further, presenting a collection of twenty previously unreleased works from the CVsJ archive. These tracks date back to 2002, when Attacknine co-founder (and member of the duo Freescha) Nick Huntington was sent a five-disc collection of recordings by CVsJ producer Erik Kowalski. Some of this material made it out into the public domain via the 2004 release Hitori+Kaiso, but the tracks presented here have never been available before, representing Kowalski's darker and more atmospheric compositions.
There's a healthy amount of more abstract and beatless pieces lined up on this album, with beautiful analogue tonal exercises like 'The Flow Of No Go' and 'Lake' giving a very organic take on drone-based soundscaping. Elsewhere, you'll uncover such gems as the remarkable 'Imaginary Short Wave Reception', which sounds like some sort of collaboration between Boards Of Canada and Tod Dockstader, and 'Love Life', whose luscious, melodious crackle sounds like a more tuneful take on Janek Schaefer's vinyl-based experiments.
Beats are still very much a part of the Casino Versus Japan sound on this release however, and tracks like the frantic, overdriven 'One Small Step Version' and 'Skitwise With Charles Wyatt' mark the return of Kowalski's uniquely warm and fuzzy beat-crafting style - the latter adding some luminous, nocturnal guitar tones to the mix. Another very special collection from this singular artist, if you've never heard any Casino Vs Japan before - now is your time.