Beatwave Japan (Sonic 360,
The Japanese musicians included in Beatwave Japan have mastered the
art of electronic grooves. Beatwave Japan is an intriguing collection of
the hippest electro pop acts from Tokyo and Osaka. The album opens with the
bouncy “Midnight Samba,” by Elektel [featuring Tamoko]. The group creates a
captivating electronic orgy of samba grooves combined with pop vocals,
accordion-like melodies (samples?) and creative keyboard solos. On “Ganesha” Pyokn takes the listener to electropop territory with digitally
processed vocals. The electronic beats and loops have a truly hypnotic effect.
The third track, “Microdiver”, by 7 O’Clock Shadow, takes the beats and
repetitive vocals to a breakneck speed, surrounded by haunting harmonies.
TreMoReLa plays powerful grooves, which accompany a campy whistling melody on
“Sound Goes On.”
Pyokn returns with straight ahead electropop song entitled “Usuzumi-Iron-Zensen.”
The world sounds return with Elektel. “Garota de Toquido” presents electronic
Brazilian beats and infectious loops, together with Brazilian vocals.
Kosuke Ogawa brings the album to the realm of ambient music on “Tom Vac,” which features hypnotic grooves and synth loops.
TreMoReLa gets a little more creative on thir second serving, the highly
percussive “Go Out in the Rain.”
Yasuhiro Yamanda uses dance beats and looped Spanish vocals on “Ease.”
Beatwave Japan concludes with “Junpilichy,” an addictive piece that
combines masterful jazz piano and synth solos with smoking electronic grooves.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.