Review: Since debuting on Going Good Records in 2015, Yoshinori Hayashi has delivered a string of singles and EPs that sidestep convention in favour of more intriguing, esoteric and leftfield musical pastures. The Japanese producer treads a similar path on this belated debut album for Smalltown Supersound, mixing and mangling crackling samples, odd instrumentation, exotic percussion, slipped soul, wonky beats, mind-altering experimental pop, jazzy flourishes, ultra-deep club rhythms and flashes of out-there, intergalactic ambience. It's a curious blend, that's for sure, but one that repeatedly pays dividends, with eccentric and inspired highlights surging from the speakers at a furious rate. If you're in the mood to be surprised, entertained and challenged in equal measure, Hayashi has your back.
Review: REPRESS ALERT: Gravity Graffiti has been doing great things with its series of split 12"s already, but now the Italian label goes one better for its tenth release with this mighty double pack of heavy hitters. First up is the ever-untouchable Yoshinori Hayashi, who gets as straight up as he possibly could with the freaky house burner "Dissociative." Telephones is feeling particularly dubbed out and groovy on "Kalimbalimbo", while DB.Source and Riccardo Schiro take things strung out and textural on "Montevago". Dynamo Dreesen is in rave mode for the pepped up and delightfully weird "Reactivate", leaving the final side to Oyvind Morken & Kaman Leung's chugging "Tunnel Visjon" and the rubbery side swipes of Acidboychair's "The End (At Any Speed)".