In late 2017 Hyperdub released ‘Diggin in the Carts’, a compilation put together by Nick Dwyer and Kode9 of pioneering and rare Japanese video game music from the 80s and 90s. Since then, from Sonar Festival in Barcelona to Liquid Rooms in Tokyo, Kode9 has been touring a live a/v set of remixes from that album, in collaboration with visuals from anime legend Koji Morimoto who also designed the artwork for the original compilation.
Finally, on this first Kode9 EP for several years, a handful of these remixes see the light of day. 9 rivets his 80/160bpm rhythms onto these classic 8bit and 16bit melodies, re-animating the Steve Reichian arpeggios of Soshi Hosoi, the grime-like horn fanfares of Yuzo Koshiro, the sour pads of Koichi Ishaibashi and pitching Tadahiro Nitta down into a slow building, frantic low end grind.
released May 3, 2019
Sleeved in artwork by Konx-on-Pax adapted from the visuals from the a/v performance.
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Like having a pair of arms embrace you while you're blanketed and shivering in a dark corner of an abandoned cottage in the woods. Shadow Paradise in particular was the only thing keeping me from breaking down entirely at one point. Beautiful release. SAW-LEI-VE
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As much as I love Untrue, this is what I live and breathe. Ambitious and lengthy tunes with multiple phases, tonnes of detail and swirling emotions. The more I hear these collection of tracks the more I think this is my personal favourites Burial release Didi