Foodman [Orange Milk Records // Japan]
Meishi Smile (solo set) [ZOOM LENS // LA]
Rees Withrow x No Genki from Pocari Sweat (SD's vaporwave/futurefunk night)
on SD Comic Con day1
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Foodman is the Westernized recording alias of Japanese experimental electronic producer Takahide Higuchi, who is known in his native country as Shokuhin Maturi ("Food Festival"). Based in Yokohama, his music is a deconstructed take on Chicago's juke/footwork sound, further mutating its frenetic bass and off-kilter, rapid-fire samples. His tracks feature very unconventional rhythms and occasional bursts of noise. His usage of sterile, MIDI-like electronic instruments and sporadic elements of J-pop have drawn comparisons to vaporwave as well as the PC Music label. Foodman first made an impact in 2012, when his tracks circulated throughout the international juke underground, and Orange Milk Records issued his debut cassette Shokuhin. Soon after, additional tapes appeared on Noumenal Loom, Digitalis, and Patient Sounds Intl., as well as several online releases, including a split EP with SELA. In 2015, Japanese label Melting Bot released Couldwork, a short compilation including tracks from some of Foodman's digital releases. In 2016, Orange Milk issued Foodman's vinyl debut fulllength, Ez Minzoku, which included a vocal cameo from Bo Ningen vocalist Taigen Kawabe.