Various Artists

Bird Cage: Birdfriend Archives
Various Artists
Bird Cage: Birdfriend Archives

Staggering 2LP comp of hard-to-find highlights from the 2013-17 catalogue of Birdfriend, the cassette label run by Koshiro Hino (goat, YPY), a varied and thrilling cornucopia of totally unknown (to us), gloriously unselfconscious mutant electronics, playful but hard-hitting avant-techno/dancehall rhythm trax, skewed minimal synth experiments and other, less easily classifiable soundboy grit-n-goo. 

Seems dumb to zone in on anything in particular, you will quickly find your own favourites, but we'll give a shout to the distorted bossa meets Suicide meets skwee of Shimetta-inu's 'Bird Peck At Dead Dog' and 'Dog Is Surrounded By Birds' (!), the ruff arpeggiated house of YPY's 'The Damo UFO' (makes total sense that Hino should release a 12" on Acido this very week), Micro Futoshi's 'Reforest 1' (reminds me of the dub-crusted, no-beats-required, free tekno psychedelia of LST), Inoue Shirabe's Metro Area-ish boogie seducer 'Sleep Talk', the glazed environmental ambient of H.Takashi's '4', the shark-eyed minimal of UNBE's '5 Cubic Meters'...ugh, we could go on, but really... we won't offload any more spoilers for this exciting, illuminating, TRANSPORTING record. It's not available as download either so the physical artefact - replete with gatefold cover featuring artist profiles, photos, and discographies in Japanese and English - feels genuinely vital. Go go go!

 

 

 

£21.99

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