Boomkat Product Review:
New on the Ghostly International/Spectral related imprint Moodgadget comes this new album from Mitsukuni Murayama, who previously graced the label with his Dance EP back in late 2006. The full-length takes the form of an unusual hybrid, fusing soulful R&B sounds and leftfield glitch techniques in fashion that's a little cleaner and more explicitly digital sounding than the Prefuse 73 material that's clearly inspired it. The album starts strongly with the artful slices and dices of 'I'll Take You There' and 'Song For Justus', only to diversify a little towards the halfway mark: 'Ascension' takes more of a dubstep rhythm but without any acknowledgement of the darkness at the heart of that genre's sound. Instead, a slow, half-step beat frames some slick minor key funk. It all gets a bit too slick for its own good on 'My Stylish Black Friends', which is a bit like an IDM overhaul of Bruce Hornsby & The Range, but even that has a certain charm to it. One of the most interesting pieces arrives towards the album's close: 'Masquerade' throws string samples together with super crisp, snappy beats and a healthy dose of bassline melody, resulting in something that sounds a bit too gentle, and a bit too cinematic to be thought of as the digitised hip-hop outing this album started off as.