Yosi Horikawa Experience, Montreal QC, May 30
Published May 31, 2014Experimental producer Yosi Horikawa brought his brand of sharp glitch beats coupled with serene ambience to EM15's outdoor stage. These elements were interspersed with an array of found sound — everything from aquatic bubbling to the chattering of bird-song found its way into the Japanese producer's set. The ping pong ball flurries of "Bubbles" — a track deeply reminiscent of Aphex Twin's "Bucephalus Bouncing Ball" — complemented the evening sun beautifully with its numerous layers of biotic loveliness.
At times, Horikawa's music sounded like a million plastic forks swirling in a wind tunnel, while other instances came across more like a collaboration between Four Tet and Nosaj Thing. Regardless of the format, Horikawa remained fresh and charming throughout. His EM15 set struck the perfect balance between organic and electronic.