Japanese video game music meets footwork.
Goodman's distinctive style of drum programming, which leaps between hip-hop tempo and frantic, footwork-style speeds, could make anything sound exciting. Yuzo Koshiro's "Temple," a nervy orchestral track from the game ActRaiser, is dynamite in Goodman's hands. His rattling percussion makes Koshiro's synths feel even more foreboding. The same goes for Koichi Ishibashi's "Bad Data," where athletic UK garage-style patterns come and go.
The results are less convincing elsewhere. Goodman's hi-hats sound out of place over the nervy strings of Soshi Hosoi's "Mister Diviner." And Tadahiro Nitta's "An-Un," from Ominous Clouds, an obscure but powerful highlight from the compilation, was stronger than Kode9's remix. That said, videos of Goodman's live set make these edits feel more powerful, especially accompanied by Morimoto's visuals. But without that context, this EP feels flat.
Thu / 9 May 2019
A1 Soshi Hosoi - Mister Diviner [The Mahjong Touhaiden] (Kode9 Remix)
A2 Koichi Ishibashi - Bad Data [Dezaemon] (Kode9 Remix)
B1 Yuzo Koshiro - Temple [Actraiser] (Kode9 Remix)
B2 Tadahiro Nitta - An-Un [Ominous Clouds] [Xak II] (Kode9 Remix)