Japanese artist King Rambo Sound releases his newest EP, Strange Reality, on Chinabot. Analogue synths create an exuberant take on dirty acid and funky minimal. Repetitive beats, heavy bass and gritty textures mesh dub and techno influences
Sendai-based musician King Rambo Sound is releasing his first EP on Chinabot. Strange Reality (Japanese: 奇妙な現実) is an extroverted record: crunchy, repetitive beats and heavy basslines conjure up the sweaty hedonism of the club, tempered with an off-kilter sense of humour.
King Rambo Sound is influenced by reggae and dub – his name is a homage to reggae producers such as King Tubby and King Jammy – as much as techno and No-wave. Recorded with analogue Moog, Pioneer and Roland synthesisers, Strange Reality retains a full, organic sound. In King Rambo Sound’s hands, dirty acid and funky minimal get a contemporary, energetic makeover.
“The world I see is very strange and sometimes grotesque,” King Rambo Sound says. “I am attracted to these elements. The daily record of these influences is in my music and living reality.” While the grimy, repetitive meshes of minimal synths in Strange Reality explore the gritty undersides of experience, overall, his record energetically embraces even the strangest of realities we now find ourselves in.
King Rambo Sound is a musician and DJ based in Sendai, the major Japanese city hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011. He is part of the Aoba Nu Noise DJ collective which play regular shows in Sendai. He counts the internet, video games, sauna meditation and post-apocalyptic fiction among his biggest influences. He has previously released albums under the labels Unknown Precept and A2 Production.
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Release date: June 3rd, 2020.