Kouhei Matsunaga‘s series of “Dance Classics” arrives at a 3rd volume of deviant techno-tronics for PAN.
Slicker, bassier than previous episodes, the emphasis here is on rolling grooves rent with playfully crafty sound design, finding incisive balance between off-the-cuff rhythm jams and probing electronic timbres – music for both bodily function and mindful reflection. Over it’s eight tracks he breaks down and refracts the groove from glassy, neck-snap hip hop into a range of technoid possibilities at once recalling the more spacious grooves of Æ’s “Quaristice” versions, the knotty rolige of recent Surgeon outings, and the tweaked experimental structures of Tobias. and Max Loderbauer’s NSI project, obsessively switching tack with each new groove into ever perplexing but instinctively gratifying new shapes and textural wormholes.
It’s freaky, funky, and a lot of fun in a way that Kouhei has made all his own over the last 20 years, most most importantly, in that classic avant B-Boy sense, it all feels f-r-e-s-h as you like.