Mister Saturday Night have an excellent reputation for sourcing new talent, having launched the careers of Anthony Naples, Keita Sano and Hank Jackson, as well as eliciting career-best EPs from the likes of Dark Sky and Nebraska. They’ve found more fresh blood in the form of Japanese producer Jun Kamoda, whose intriguing The Clay EP came out early last month.
Throughout the EP Kamoda plays with rapid-fire percussion and ultra-clipped vocals, and it works best on the title track. The Clay is a tricky matrix of rhythms, its machine-gun snares tripping giddily under a steady kick. The dry vocal loop and bird calls add a little colour, but this one’s all about the drums – the solo percussion breakdown is particularly inspired.