The third installment in our Brutal 500 series. After an e.p of personal favourites from Dom Thomas and a splatter of new productions from DJ Cherrystones we present a set of Japanese New Wave movements from the obscure band EP-4.
This essential Japanese mutant funk crew emerged in 1980 out of Club Modern in Kyoto, mainly as a collaboration between Kaoru Sato and keyboardist/tape manipulator Banana Kawashima.
EP-4 offer a seamless mix of polyrhythmic arrangements that varyingly nods in the direction of 80's downtown NY via concise Liquid Liquid grooves or the elaborate funky arrangements of Talking Heads.
Building on a cool, no-sweat-funk danceability, the group explores areas of sonically drenched experimentation.
Skeletal grooves take on swelling layers of compressed and distorted guitar, synth, and vocoder. The vocals are distinctly post-Can and desolate in a P.I.L-damaged sense.