Yoshinori Hayashi: Pulse of Defiance (Smalltown Supersound/digital outlets)

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Yoshinori Hayashi: Pulse of Defiance (Smalltown Supersound/digital outlets)

The musically eclectic Tokyo-based producer, synth experimenter and more Yoshinori Hayashi has created some of the more interesting and often impossible to define albums in recent years.

This new one is no exception as he roams freely between allusive sonic landscapes (threatening, enticing or off-kilter by turns), pieces created out of clatter of drums and synths, dancefloor beats, quirky cut-ups beats, drum'n'bass meets reggae, weird piano jazz and landscapes which seem to owe nothing and everything to the trickle down of assertive ambience into clubland.

And a lot of those can be found in the same piece.

This is only second full-length album and you suspect he is still working out his oeuvre, but while he's on his way to somewhere this collection of a dozen instrumentals which also have passing acquaintance with Eighties techno, earlier Japanese ambient music, gentle German space-rock, and the likes of The Orb is an enjoyable journey where – for now – the eventual destination hardly matters.

Quite witty too. 

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You can hear and buy this album at bandcamp here.


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