“The Self Split EP” features Kouhei Matsunaga at his chimeric best for Diagonal, delivering two jazzy, freehand concrète collabs with Japanese sound artist and Eartaker noise maker Masayuki Imanishi, plus two dance-offs with himself as NHK yx koyxen and Speedy K.
Gelling Kouhei’s many sonic handles for a full spectrum showcase of style and pattern, the set is riddled with a singular mischievous genius at every fold and warp.
The Texture Foggy pieces render a more reflective, cosmic aspect of Kouhei’s character. Working with Masayuki Imanushi, he terraforms paper, radio, field recordings and synths into vivid alien ecologies of shimmering electronics and spheric melody with a highly visual quality that perhaps betrays Kouhei’s talents as an illustrator.
For virulent examples of Kouhei at the rave, NHK yx koyxen and Speedy K’s Step Move #01 is quite possibly the wonkiest peaktime juggernaut of the year, and the acid wormhole of Early Mellow Darkness sounds like the bald – as in bad – acid offspring of Luke Slater and Ed Rush.
Once again Kouhei makes us go mad at the rave, but this time with something to come home and melt into as well.