Neon Cloud – 22

Neon Cloud have, from their base in Tokyo, been weaving their thread throughout the interblogoscape for a wee while now. On the basis of latest EP ‘Scar’ (on the similarly excellent and Japan-based Flau label) it’s obvious why.

Throughout 22, haunting female vocals impart semi-decipherable phrases and mantra atop dense and deceptively complex electronics. It’s a deep and heavy wall of sound, so organically arranged that it’s scarily easy to forget you’re listening to an electronic artist. Completely hypnotic, and effortlessly absorbing.

Mike Phillips