dol-lop Cryptic Audio
dol-lop, 22 year-old Japanese break-beat DJ Yoshio Maeda, delivered his aural feast to the waiting
worlds' front door on the 22nd Sept 1997.
Yoshi is a veritable renaissance man. From early beginnings in Dive, the only group in Tokyo to sound more like Dinosaur Jr than even Dinosaur Jr could manage, to the shifting art-pop of Nona Reeves through to the skeletal tech-funk of the project MetroJuice on Eukatech Yoshi has kept the musical plates spinning.
Cryptic Audio is his first solo release. The album takes his work into a whole new territory. Sublime jazz breaks slink idly through ruptured hip-hop rhythms while ocean-floor basslines meet twisted melodic idents.
The album utilises the sense of space and dynamics found in Studio One style dub as it tirelessly re-invents the music it has been influenced by.
dol-lop came to the attention of Swim through ecstatic reviews of G-Man on the web-site for Yoshis own-label, MetroJuice. Yoshi and label partners Tomoki Tsukamoto (also recording as w moon for g) and Sohei use MetroJuice as a vehicle for applying the template of minimal stylings to the other projects they produce.
The album is available as a CD and two 12"s. The vinyl version distinguishes itself by reversing the CDs running order in a conceptual nod to the inverse possibilities inherent in the project name.
Yoshi DJ-ed with Immersion in Dublin in 1996. ~
No.1 in Hip Hop charts - DJ MagazineA real treat for your ears. - MUZIK
"Cryptic Audio" has to be one of the year's most rewarding surprises. Grahame Bent - Hip Hop Connection
There's nothing terribly cryptic about "Cryptic Audio" - it's smart and original, definitely not difficult to love - Big Takeover