Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Batsu – GRΣΣT (2015)

  • Electronic pop 
  • J-pop 
  • Poptronica 
  • Digital funk 
  • Hi-NRG
  • Hip-hop 
  • Rap
  • Electro pop 
  • Remix

Comment: this is a 6-notch of contemporary (electronic) music with distinct Japanese pop influences. It is not surprising because J-pop had absorbed influences from Western music during many decades. Batsu conveys galvanized Hi-NRG/electro pop, subtle digital funk and downbeat-inflected electronic pop and not so drawn-out electronica to us with childish and young female-induced high-pitched vocals. The latter element is very on its own by the Japanese side. Eventually the whole chimes exotic and familiar at the same time. That’s very accepted. By listening to it this evokes ambivalent sensations in me while thinking of such artists as Merzbow, Hanatarashi, KK Null, The Gerogerigegege who are being known as representatives of the Japanese harsh noise scene. Indeed, Japanese music is being known by its contrasts, at times exquisite, at times sublime, at times harsh, at times stoned, at times seductive. In a nutshell, Batsu`s patchwork-alike issue is exquisite, sublime, and seductive getting inspiration both from dance floor-based entertainment and higher aesthetical, artsy aspirations. The issue is a part of the discography of Yuzame label.
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