The latest album CHASUI茶スイ by Double D & kuroiyasha13 is a deep cut. I was reading about the topic and can’t say I’ve ever ran into this particular topic before. It states on their Bandcamp page, the album “follows the story of Kasano Asa, the weather girl of a Japanese weather forecast Weather Girl 13. This shy and timid girl's life changes when she and her sexually abusive boyfriend visit a tea/sex shop at a red light district.”
It’s extremely niche and arguably a little disturbing. At any rate the album is simultaneously experimental and accessible. The beats and production is the most inventive I have yet to hear from Double D & kuroiyasha13.
They start with “intro” which is a little misleading. This is a four-plus-minute song. It’s sort of a collage with some very wicked beats. The timing is unique and deviates from 4/4 while dark atmospheric pads lurk in the background and reversed splices cut through the mix. “Flesh Market (feat. [PHOS.phenes])” is dark, dirty and murky. It’s the lower underground district that just starts to get going in the early morning hours.
“Oshiete” sounds like it could be more influenced by an artist like Oneohtrix Point Never than anything. One of my personal favorites was the jazzy and noir influenced “Ambiguous.” It’s seedy and sounds like a detective who has clocked in too many hours was on the case.
Don’t skip “Interlude” because it has some of the most brain breaking beats I have heard while “Igigi (feat. oghosthaze)” is perhaps a highlight. I was digging the female hooks on this song along with the inventive production.
“Pink Tush Girl (feat. popjotripsix)” unequivocally has some of the smoothest rhymes on the album. “Chasui w/ Uncle's Paradise (feat. shymar ovita)” runs deep with metallic beat and groove, infused breakdowns that are spliced to oblivion. They close with the epic soundscape “The Violated Sex Tape Outro.” I don’t think words can do this one justice. Just listen.
This is deep, experimental hip-hop that isn’t afraid to test boundaries both in theme and in terms of production. Recommended.
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