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Boomkat Product Review:
Released in 2018, 'Somoku Hodo' was Japanese producer Hakushi Hasegawa's breakout EP. Now Brainfeeder has offered it a wider re-release, no doubt finding parallels with its cartoonish hybridity and FlyLo's latter day gear.
'Somoku Hodo' is even more fractured and batshit than Hasegawa's fractalized, prog-pop-breakcore debut album. 'Somoku' gets us off to a pacy start, layering jazzy sequences over bright-hearted orchestral blasts and skittery drums - it's only when we're treated to a patient, half-tempo vocal that we start to get a better idea of where the Japanese producer is going, then the track retches into double-time. 'Doku' is even more intense, a swift sizzle of hyper-fast chopped breaks and chirpy vocals that'd make Squarepusher blush. But Hasegawa doesn't keep us vibrating at blood pressure-rising levels the entire time: 'Cue' is a relatively sedate electro-pop moment that sounds like the Pet Shop Boys if they were commissioned to record a Playstation 1-era theme tune, and closer 'Hamidasu Yubi' is a hiccuping, skeletal jazz moment that leers into complete chaos.