Review: Hoshina Anniversary is a Japanese producer who has put out material on Boyz Noise and now makes a debut for Turbo's sub-label. On "Build Up Your House", he makes a lo-fi play on the Detroit house/techno of K.Hand and Kevin Saunderson; over a pumping groove, he drops ponderous vocals and a scratchy riff that is at odds with the streamlined, stab-heavy backing track. The title track is also a slamming affair, but again its author throws in another curve-ball - this time in the form of a squeaky vocal and some noisy blips and bleeps. "Broken Mo" is less conventional, revolving around splintered broken beats, but Hoshina Anniversary soon reverts to the dance floor with the sweaty pulses of "All You Need is 'Good'".
Review: Young Marco's Safe Trip label can always be relied on to release left of centre electronic music - and Hakkenden is no exception. The work of Hoshina Anniversary, it starts with "Hakkenden I", where the Tokyo-based DJ/producer delivers a loose house groove that resounds to easy listening piano lines and irresistible acid squelches. It makes for an unusual but endearing dance floor track. By contrast, "Hakkenden II" is much more upfront; the pace is faster and the beats are tougher, but that distinctive eccentricity lingers in the arrangement, with psychedelic keys swirling their way seductively through the steely drums.
Review: ESP Institute has become synonymous with championing left of centre dance music and this debut by Hoshina Anniversary is testament to the label's knack of supporting unusual releases. "Sagano" revolves around a low-slung groove and robust drums that support droning textures and colourful synths. On "Haru Wa Akebon'", the Tokyo producer moves towards some semblance of convention; designed for more discerning dance floors, staccato percussion and an understated, pulsating rhythm play host to warm house keys and the sound of machines malfunctioning in the background. It rounds off the latest eccentric EP to be issued by the ESP roster.