For digital native generation in 21st century, electronic music is getting more popularity. The new generation like OPN, ARCA and Haxan Cloak is coming into the spotlight even in Japan now so the encounter with TOYOMU was a surprising and delightful impact for me, remembering when he boldly put up the imaginary work of Kanye on the internet, a lot of people in the world who listened to his unique songs were really interested and enjoyed. That story shows his playful work had a quality as an superb electric music. Therefore, I believe his official debut EP “ZEKKEI”, which was created by a mid-20s old young man who lives in Kyoto will fascinate more of the people. an EP made by a generation who is grown up with hip hop makes me feel lyrical like my walking on a exotic path in Kyoto and also feel like touching the playful sense and the fantasy of Cornerious.— Tsutomu Noda (ele-king)
In order to introduce TOYOMU, we will have to start with talking about his own version of Kanye West’s new album which was created without hearing the actual record at all. To this he says, ”I was able to pick out the most interesting parts from samples but, to be frank, it turned out to be an unexpected result from fooling around.”
Back in March of 2016, when Japan had no access to Kanye’s new album (The Life of Pablo) TOYOMU thought, “If I can’t listen to it then I’ll just make it myself.” And so a mere four days later he has completed his own imaginary version and named it『印象III : なんとなく、パブロ (Imagining “The Life of Pablo”)』. Soon after uploading it to his own personal website it caught the attention of Billboard, BBC Radio, Pitchfork, The Fader, FACT and other notable international media outlets where he received high reviews on the content and freshness of the track. The morning after, TOYOMU would be shocked to find the world abuzz.
Which brings us to now, his next move – releasing an album with all original tracks. Plowing through his effort to combine synthesizer sounds completely with sample sounds, TOYOMU narrowed it down to original samples, which he created and ones taken from nature. He would then lock himself in the recording studio to “make something no one’s ever made,” throughout the ever so famous sizzling summer months of Kyoto.
This time he decided to use an 90’s YAMAHA CS1x synthesizer and a cassette tape that he had found at his home covered in dust. Bringing these two gems from the past into the present would cause a chemical reaction, giving birth to something utterly profound and original. Also new are sounds of monkeys he recorded for the song, Social Grooming Service from the mountains near his home. The nature sound samples he took were processed to produce a track displaying also his very prominent hip-hop skills that he has been long polishing.
Instead of choosing an album theme prior to making it, he decided to follow his subconscious emotions during its entire production. And as the sweltering summer came to an end, he described his almost complete album as, “”miniature garden full of chaos going off the scale”” The subconscious emotions TOYOMU felt certainly was shaped by the city he was born and raised, the city of Kyoto and by the mountains and rivers surrounding it, the ancient capital and modern architectures, the back alleys and the hustle and bustle while running through the traditional past, present, and future. He describes the feeling as, “Seemingly, where a variety of completely different vectors in the chaos that exists, each reacting, and the appearance of it barely keeping together as an ensemble is perceived as a pleasant sensation.” After finally completing his work, he looked back at his summer journey and chose to name the album, “ZEKKEI” ( as “superb view” in Japanese).