I used to dread water levels playing video games growing up, main reason being that the severe lack of mobility proved fatal for Crash Bandicoot more times than I care to mention. Pixel Wave Embrace, the debut release from London-based producer Yamaneko, replaces that anxiety with newfound affection. His sound inherently linked to water, he moves with effortless agility between a range of tempos in this hybrid, solely occupied subterranean cavern where Princess Mononoke meets ‘Ghetto Kyote.’ Daunting strings ricochet off iridescent shimmering walls in our featured track ‘Calotype Process,’ while colossal, distorted grime kicks remind us of Yamaneko’s allegiance to London’s latest sound revival. Pixel Wave Embrace is now available on Local Action.
Words by Akash Chohan