RUNNING BACK
artist:FOODMAN
title:

DOKUTSU EP

label:HIGHBALL

2,050ĪŖ


A1. KAZUNOKO
A2. HIRAKE TOBIRA
A3. IMO HORI
B1. OSHIRO
B2. KONOMI
B3. KACHIKACHI

OKOHAMA-BASED PRODUCER FOODMAN - AKA SHOKUHIN-MATSURI OR SHOKUHIN MATSURI - CONTINUES HIS EXPANSIVE SONIC VOYAGE WITH HIS NEW EP DOKUTSU, OUT ON 6TH MARCH 2020. IT FOLLOWS HIS 2019 RELEASE ODOODO, WHICH WAS ISSUED ON DIPLO°«S MAD DECENT LABEL. DOKUTSU IS THE FIRST RELEASE ON HIGHBALL, A BRAND NEW LABEL EXPORTING FORWARD-THINKING MUSIC FROM JAPAN. FOODMAN EMERGED FROM JAPAN°«S NASCENT FOOTWORK SCENE, USING THE GENRE AS A SPRINGBOARD FOR AN ESCAPIST EXPLORATION INTO A DAZZLING ARRAY OF SOUNDS. HE°«S SINCE EARNED THE RESPECT OF INFLUENTIAL FANS INCLUDING DIPLO, BENNY BLANCO, CASHMERE CAT AND HOMESHAKE, WHILE PITCHFORK, NOISEY, FACT AND TINY MIX TAPES HAVE INCLUDED HIS RELEASES IN VARIOUS °∆BEST OF THE YEAR°« LISTS SINCE 2016. OPENING TRACK KAZUNOKO SETS THE TONE FOR WHAT WILL FOLLOW. ITS WOOZY RHYTHM IS EVOCATIVE OF THE OFF-KILTER PLAYFULNESS THAT°«S BECOME A HALLMARK OF FOODMAN°«S UNCATEGORIZABLE ARTISTRY. IT°«S ALSO A SIGN OF HIS INVENTIVENESS THAT HE CONSTANTLY ADDS FRESH LAYERS TO THE TRACK WITHOUT LOSING SIGHT OF ITS LIGHT-HEARTED, SPACIOUS FEEL. ANOTHER OF FOODMAN°«S UNORTHODOX TRAITS IS HIS ABILITY TO MELD THE FRENETIC WITH THE SOOTHING. HIRAKE TOBIRA IS A CASE IN POINT. ITS PRODUCTION IS HYPNOTIC, WHILE ITS CENTRAL MOTIF - ENDLESS TWISTS AND VARIATIONS ON A VOCAL SAMPLE - IS SUFFICIENTLY INSISTENT TO DEMAND ATTENTION. KACHIKACHI REVERSES THE TRICK WITH A THRILLING RUSH, STUTTERING OTHERWISE UNOBTRUSIVE SOUNDS. ELSEWHERE THE EP PLAYS ON SONICS WHICH HAVE ECHOES OF THE FAMILIAR WHILE REMAINING ALIEN: THE BOSS FIGHT SOUNDTRACK OF OSHIRO, THE CLATTERING PERCUSSION THAT DOMINATES IMO HORI, AND THE AMBIENT PSYCHEDELIA OF KONOMI. BASED IN YOKOHAMA, AN HOUR SOUTH OF TOKYO, FOODMAN°«S MULTIFACETED SKILLS ALSO ENCOMPASS DJING AND PAINTING. HIS PRESS IMAGE, SHOWN ABOVE, IS A SELF-PORTRAIT. FROM THE STRIPPED-BACK SKETCHES OF HIS 2012 SET SHOKUHIN (RELEASED ON GIANT CLAW°«S ORANGE MILK LABEL) TO THE RICHER TEXTURES OF ODOODO, FOODMAN HAS SUBVERTED EVERYTHING FROM OKINAWAN FOLK TO J-POP TO D&B/CLASSICAL FUSION INTO HIS OWN OTHERWORLDLY INVENTIONS.



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