CD, Electr-Ohm, 2004
Sunao Inami is bordering on genius. I hadn’t actually heard of him before listening to this CD but a friend said to me “He’s similar to Mimetic. You’ll love his stuff”. There are similarities certainly, but there is something altogether a little more sinister here.
“Delayed” starts slowly, with a dark almost oppressive sound in “M1_1/5″, but soon leads in to the more beat driven side, some beats coming from the very talented Slacknote. There are some very surprising twists also evident in “Delayed”. Example, I was sat listening to this whilst doing something else and getting quite used to the quiet, brooding atmospheric sounds and the next thing… wait…is that a pneumatic drill he’s sampled? No way! Sunao has sampled live sounds from his direct environment and, somewhat strangely, it works very well even if they do crop up in the most unexpected of places.
This release has so much going on that it is hard to not sit up and pay attention. Stand out tracks for me include “M6_v5++”, “2/19/04_rec_2_v5″ and “M2_12/19_edit3″. If you like electronica with a touch of sinister noise, broken beats and strange atmospherics – this is most definitely for you. As I said before, this is bordering on genius. Very highly recommended and someone to keep an eye on in the future.
– Kate Turgoose