ichiro_ / Zansho Mixtape


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"We came across ichiro_'s Cloudcast via our good friends at the Error Broadcast label after he had given them a guest mix and we loved it. Soulful, abstract yet flowing, neck snapping electronic, instrumental hip hop that soars, ichiro_ is leading the new wave of Japanese beat makers on the rise with his knack of knocking out fuzzy ambient electronics and pulsating bass."

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Next in our in-frequent series of mixtapes is ichiro_, one Japans' top-notch beat makers. We have been working with the Nerima-based producer for remixes on 'Error Code' by AEED and DZA's sold-out cassette. He just released the debut album 'Unconsidered_' with Japanese Oilworks and published a digital EP 'Noon' earlier in June 2011.

What is true for ichiro_'s original productions can be found with 'Zansho' as well. He squeezes 23 tracks into 60 tight minutes, songs strongly enlaced and re-edited with reverb, delay, and compression.
What we get to hear is one hour of high energy beats, a mesmerizing flow of instrumental Hip Hop and electronic music, with hints of UK Bass and Japanese Rap. ichiro_ balances abrasive beats with highly textured pads; his influence from Ambient and Tape music is obvious.
Despite all the heavyness ichiro_ manages to surprise with elegant and fresh sounds every once a while, making 'Zansho' a proper must-listen.



01. ichiro_ - Kusamushiri
02. Actress - Supreme Cunnilingus
03. Hubert Daviz    - Falling
04. Moa Pillar - Water Lily
05. Samiyam - Where Am I
06. DZA - Softgram (ichiro_ Katte Re-edit)
07. Circle vs Square - Eraser
08. Shlohmo - Things I Lost
09. Circle vs Square - Random Drums
10. Downliners Sekt - Negative Green
11. James Blake - Give a Man a Rod
12. ichiro_ - el duke
13. fad.art.dis - Wars Left Behind
14. JOOB - Battleship
15. Oliveoil - Kamase
16. Fitz Ambro$e - Bo$$Yaght
17. Dibiase - Abstract
18. Ramb Camp - Wait So Long (Repeat Pattern Remix)
19. Circle vs Square - Can't Sleep
20. Filthy Ingredients - Silk Eyelashes
21. Neith - Azul
22. Bluezr - Defensive Position
23. Braccory - Kiss and Tell