New Music: Jun Kamoda – Blind Disco

Japanese producer Jun Kamoda came to the fore last year with his EP “The Clay,” released on Brooklyn label Mister Saturday Night, and particularly for the track “Physical Graffiti,” one of the most singular dance tracks of its age. Demonically orgasmic, it builds on a racy guitar vamp into a hypnotically hissing drone, inviting us to hedonism.

His new EP, “Blind Disco,” out this week through Bristol’s Black Acre, continues with the same off-beat themes, vibrating with the frenetic action of a pinball machine or a “Ren & Stimpy” cartoon.

You can imagine it the product of some hyperactive teenager, jamming buttons in the din of flashing lights and high scores, fingers stained orange with Cheeto dust.

But the undeniable energy of the tracks, far from haphazard, is the product of immaculate calculation, the intricate interplay of rhythms and textures delivered with shockingly refined vision.

Largely, the tracks forgo the classic disco rhythm of hat and snare, favoring instead squirming tom toms beats and throbbing bursts of synth noise and finely looped samples.

Pushing in an African-sounding direction, the title track “Blind Disco” is a wiggling loop of guitar and exultant chanting, emphasizing coarse timbres of wood, metal, and static. 

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