Richard James was paying attention to the Japanese music scene for a short while, having done remixes for relatively unknown Far-East acts like Nav Katze, the Beatniks, and Buck-Tick. During this time he was quoted as saying he was looking for "the right act to sign" to his own label, Rephlex. He seems to have found it with Kiyoshi Izumi, or at the very least satisfied his temporary craving, as this is the only EP Izumi has put out for the label. Structurally, it's easy to make comparisons here to Aphex Twin, where seemingly disparate elements come together to create unexpected little masterpieces. With the opening track, "Ura," there is also some traditional Japanese themes kept intact via the melody lines and keyboard riffs. Thus, another comparison that comes to mind is Ken Ishii, who rarely points his equipment to a Western sound. Track three ("Bedroom Glow") conjures up visions of Luke Vibert, with sci-fi sound effects paired up to a groovy drum loop and organ fingerings. All the more understandable for James to like what he hears since Vibert is a mate of his. So all these comparisons seem to suggest Kiyoshi Izumi is something like the adopted love child of AFX and Wagon Christ who doesn't speak much but shines no less brightly. The EP might take a little work to track down, but it's worth it. Fans should keep their eyes peeled for the clear octagon jewel case.
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AllMusic Review by Glenn Swan