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In Yamaneko's world, things are rarely as they seem. Although Pixel Wave Embrace is the London-based producer's first release, he's quietly built up a reputation over the last 12 months, with his tracks frequently appearing in sets by Mumdance, Logos and more.
This is an album that deals in illusions: although water is a prominent influence on the record, it's not found in the places you'd expect ('Seabrooke Rise' and 'Primrose Island' have little to do with water), and despite grime being a major influence on Yamaneko, there are no samples from grime records here; instead, he twists samples from the places you'd least expect into the sort of flat snares you'd associate with classic records from unsung grime acts like Imp Batch. Another key part of what makes Yamaneko tick is his love of new age and meditational cassettes; Pixel Wave Embrace was designed for the cassette format and will be released as such.
released November 24, 2014
• Mastered by Keith Tenniswood except tracks 1 and 11, mastered by Tom Lea and Yamaneko
• Artwork by Rachel Noble
• Design by Devilmode
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As far as dream pairings go, they seldom get much more mouthwatering than Yaroze Dream Suite, the meeting of two instrumental grime's most futuristic minds; Miles Mitchell (aka Mr. Mitch) and Yamaneko. Constantly eager to discover new ways of pushing the genre, forward their eponymously-titled EP is an intoxicating mixture of melodic simplicity and percussive inventiveness that seems to act as both a fond farewell to grime's past and a tantalising glimpse of we what we might expect from it next. "In The Moonlight", for example, hitches the soulful vocals of Hannah Mack to theatrical steam organ stabs and just enough claps to keep the track from simply floating away. "Awakening", however, acknowledges grime's past with much gun-cocking and drums that sound like uzi bursts, but where once that would be the cue for a gruff MC to unmuzzle his paranoid angst and ratchet up the tension yet further, a mournful synth melody which gradually increases in volume as the track progresses creates an aural paradox which could be descriptive as the EP as whole. It's a mesmerising record and with new solo albums from Mr. Mitch and Yamaneko just around the corner, I for one am drooling at the prospect of what grime's next Great Leap Forward might have in store. Nic Brown