チェスマスター – 天使

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ At the risk of sounding totally pretentious, 天使1 is チェスマスター’s2 most “important”3 album, as it heralded a serious stylistic change in the producer’s approach to subsequent works. The previous three – 真の愛,4 Night Drive and The Games We Play – were primarily hypnagogic drift albums with some elements of late night lo-fi; 天使 somewhat continued this, but with […]

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チェスマスター – 真の愛

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ チェスマスター’s1 debut album bares some hints to the experimental production style with which the moniker is now synonymous. Although mostly a standard 骨架的-esque release of narcotic soundtracks, 真の愛2 also utilizes PA-speaker vocal samples (e.g. “を作成中”), blissed-out percussion (e.g. “サマーナイト”), and understated washes of haze (e.g. “ナイト”). Each チェスマスター features a long, winding closing track, and 真の愛 is no […]

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チェスマスター – 夢に生きます

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ [Originally posted to the SongSavers music blog on 12 October 2015.] Japanese electronic music producer チェスマスター (English: Chessmaster) is a recent phenomenon in the 90s-nostalgia subculture. As a member of Dream Catalogue, TKX Vault, and Nirvana Port – the first being one of the premiere vapor(-suffix) labels – チェスマスター released five albums starting in March 2014. 夢に生きます (English: […]

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