Rashamon: Windo Loca
Highpoint Lowlife

Fetishists take note: Windo Loca is a tasty slice of 7-inch vinyl from Brighton's Rashamon (the name a deliberate misspelling of Kurosawa's film title) that pairs Seb Wyatt's guitar loops with Lee Hume's samples and programming on two crunchy head-nodders. Experimental and fluid, the title cut places slow-motion, hip-hop beats and skittish breaks front and center, and colours them with subtle wisps of melodic sparkles and droning guitar strums; the B side's “(Forgotten) Sherpa Folk Song” merges gentle phasing patterns with slamming beat clatter and manic xylophones. (Note too that Rashamon's equally fine “Mates To Some Pilgrim” original along with remixes from Si-cut.db, Motion, and Fisk Industries are available as free downloads at the Highpoint Lowlife site.)

January 2005