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Import of the Week: Kiyoshi Izumi

Rephlex Records releases are pretty much reflex purchases. The British indie label, run in part by Richard D. James (a.k.a. Aphex Twin), has delivered a select music series over the past couple of years, ranging from James’ own electronic experiments to the peculiar sunny-day vocal pop of a band called the Gentle People. Japanese musician Kiyoshi Izumi‘s recent three-song (and seemingly untitled) EP may be the label’s finest moment yet — an utterly compelling mesh of funky sonic isolates sequenced into something approaching dance music but, like most of the Rephlex catalog, far better suited to headphones. “Ura” is a seven-minute extravagance of jerky forward motion, all the more exceptional for its quasi-overture of an opening segment, which jumps between drum patterns and snippets of tropicalismo. Subsequent tracks “Cheaper Cosmos,” with its eerily familiar wall of static, and “Bedroom Glow” further one-up the listener’s expectations for electronica. Plus, the CD comes in a cool octagon jewel box. The future is nifty. (Contact info: P.O. Box 2676, London N11)

Originally published in the August 22, 1997, edition of epulse (3.33).

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  • Marc Weidenbaum founded the website Disquiet.com in 1996 at the intersection of sound, art, and technology, and since 2012 has moderated the Disquiet Junto, an active online community of weekly music/sonic projects. He has written for Nature, Boing Boing, The Wire, Pitchfork, and NewMusicBox, among other periodicals. He is the author of the 33 1⁄3 book on Aphex Twin’s classic album Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Read more about his sonic consultancy, teaching, sound art, and work in film, comics, and other media

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