Yoshinori Hayashi Announces New Album, Out 4/9 On Smalltown Supersound, & Shares Lead Single

Tokyo-based producer Yoshinori Hayashi announces his new album, Pulse of Defiance, out April 9th on Smalltown Supersound. The album is an outstanding statement, expanding Hayashi’s ever-growing world of sound and showcasing his musical versatility in the process. Spanning ecstatic jungle breaks, club-ready techno, and free jazz’s unpredictable gait, Pulse of Defiance is a sonic journey through Hayashi’s marvelous mind that provides new surprises at every turn, and with every successive listen. Jockeying lead single “Touch” oscillates with floating synth and a danceable beat, presenting a first taste of his expansive and addicting sound. 

Stream/Purchase “Touch” by Yoshinori Hayashi

Pulse of Defiance is the latest and most fascinating step in Hayashi’s still-blooming career—a half-decade of fantastically quixotic output that’s established him as one of electronic music’s most fascinating aural conjurers. After a string of releases on esteemed labels like Lovers RockGoing Good, and JINN, Hayashi made his Smalltown Supersound debut with 2019’s Ambivalence, his first full-length album. An immersive and fascinating work, Ambivalence submerged Hayashi’s sound in distant, underwater textures that added layers of allure to its loose, jazzy confines; it was followed up by last year’s Y, a four-tracker that splayed drum-machine freakouts and wobbly low-frequency textures across techno’s brittle framework. 

In 2020, space disco masterminds Prins Thomas and Bjørn Torske offered lush remixes of Ambivalence cuts that emphasized just how musically fluid Hayashi’s style is—and Pulse of Defiance is more concrete proof that he’s working without limitations. Within the opening third of the album’s enticing sprawl, the listener’s treated to gorgeous jazzy hip-hop breaks, upward-scaling piano drama, and cavernous techno reminiscent of rave-era greats like Orbital and Underworld. From noise-bursted drum’n’bass to rapid-fire club music, there simply is nothing Hayashi can’t do.

Indeed, such virtuosic and diverse-sounding music collected in a single statement brings to mind myriad reference points; but Pulse of Defiance is also a work that could only come from him at this point, the latest delightfully surprising release from a musician that continues to chart his own path. 

Pre-order Pulse of Defiance

Pulse of Defiance Tracklist:
01. Callapse
02. Make Up One’s Mind
03. Luminescence
04. Touch
05. Twilight
06. Go With Us
07. Morning Haze
08. Frequency
09. Flow
10. Shut Up
11. Gallop
12. I Believe In You

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