Yoshinori Hayashi – Pulse of Defiance
After a slew of popular releases on Lovers Rock, JINN Records, Disco Halal and others, and an album on Smalltown Supersound, genre-hopping dance producer Yoshinori Hayashi returns with another dense collection of off-kilter bangers.
“Pulse of Defiance” is Hayashi’s second full-length and shows the Japanese beatmaker has lost none of his exploratory passion. It’s undeniably hard to pin down, jumping haphazardly from brittle jungle (‘Make up One’s Mind’) to DJ Krush-esque trip-hop (‘Luminescence’) and into rolling deep house (‘Touch’) without so much as a pause for breath. It’s all expertly produced, bright-around-the-edges stuff, coming across like the soundtrack to an open-world videogame set in an parallel universe Tokyo. No doubt one where the clubs are still actually open.