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See the new video from Foodman’s cuisine inspired, Hyperdub-released album Yasuragi Land

The culinary delights of motorway service stations and the local public baths inspired the Japanese artist 

Takahide Higuchi, better known by his nom de plume Foodman, has announced his next album for Hyperdub, Yasuragi Land.

He’s also shared the video for Michi No Eki’ featuring Bo Ningen’s Taigen Kawabe, taken from the LP, out July 9.

Raised and resident in Nagoya – a city between Tokyo and Osaka in central Japan – Foodman is a well-known producer of experimental music, operating on the intersection between juke, footwork and avant-garde electronics.

Having been a busker in his teenage years, ‘Yasuragi Land’ draws inspiration from Higuchi’s past. At that time, he would get together and jam with his friend Taigen Kawabe – of Bo Ningen fame – with whom he formed psych rock via trap duo, Kiseki.

The album also draws on Foodman’s love of food. The artist’s chosen theme, track titles, and even his own artist name were all inspired by various culinary experiences. These include eating at Michinoeki, Japanese motorway service stations, and the local Sento (Japanese public baths). 

‘Yasuragi Land’ roughly translates from Japanese to ‘Tranquility Land’. Aided by guest artists Taigen Kawabe and Cotto Center on vocals, Foodman brings out this feeling of nostalgic, pleasurable eating using guitar VSTs, samples, and rhythmic percussion, creating a cozy atmosphere.

He commented, “When I go to these places, i’m able to enjoy the atmosphere. I wanted to create an honest album that combines the sound of guitar and percussion with the sense of peace and community I feel in here amidst the uncertainty of the future. Yasuragi land is that place of ‘tranquillity’.”

The artist is also keen to point out that the album contains no bass; instead, Yasuragi Land’is light-footed, made with a few simple audio editing tools. However, it still draws on a wide range of musical influences, including Magma, Daft Punk, and ‘80s R&B.

‘Yasuragi Land’ is released on July,9 – pre-order it here: https://www.juno.co.uk/products/foodman-yasuragi-land/824090-01/