Boomkat Product Review:
Intricately involving rhythm excursions from Osaka, Japan’s Koshiro Hino, making his solo debut as YPY with a riddling, playful suite of uniquely syncopated grooves and “evolving percussive biosystems.”
Selected from a cache of 70 tracks by Osaka scene lynchpin Yosuke Yukimatsu, Zurhyrethm (a pun on the Japanese words Zure & Rhythm, or “rhythm out of sync”) treads the finest line between challenging, arrhythmic electronic clatter and ingeniously organic rhythm studies, but surely falls on the side of experimentation with a canny purpose, rather than just trying to fuck with your sense of meter for the sake of it.
To our ears, it lands somewhere between Pekka Airaksinen’s innovative use of 808 drum programming in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s, the contemporary rhythm etudes of Rupert Clervaux & Beatrice Dillon, or the knotted grooves of Don’t DJ and Co La/Max D’s Lifted project; feeling out a spectrum of filigree interstices with an infectious humour and sense of spatial dynamic that belies the very canny, calculated process of all seven pieces.
Those looking for DJ tools may be disappointed, but those DJs with more fluid minds and tactility will find much to play around with, but there is one neat cut, RIP 505 that does hold to a steady meter, much like his preceding 12” for Nous, in case you need it.