Review: Jun Kamoda - 'Blind Disco'


Japanese producer Jun Kamoda came to the fore last year with his EP “The Clay,” released on Brooklyn label Mister Saturday Night, and particularly for the track “Physical Graffiti,” one of the most singular dance tracks in recent memory. 

Demonically orgasmic, that track drives on a racy guitar vamp that builds hypnotically into a hissing drone callings us to hedonism.

His new EP, “Blind Disco,” out this week through Bristol’s Black Acre, continues with the same off-beat themes, vibrating with the frenetic action of arcade games or “Ren & Stimpy" cartoons.

You can imagine it the product of some hyperactive teenager, jamming buttons in the din of flashing lights and high scores, fingers stained orange with Cheeto dust. 

But the undeniable energy of the tracks is not haphazard, instead the product of immaculate calculation, the intricate interplay of rhythms and textures delivered with shockingly refined vision. 

Largely, the tracks forgo the classic disco rhythm of hat and snare, favoring instead squirming tom toms beats and throbbing bursts of synth noise and finely looped samples. 

This release pushes in more African-sounding direction, with wiggling loops of guitar and rhythmic chanting, emphasizing heterogenous timbres of wood, metal, and static.