Glowing and Voiceless — Radio Playlist

Sometimes the playlist is unified by a theme, and so I scour my library and the internet at large for tracks that belong to a certain video game series, or are all anime theme songs, or are all Japanese Folk. Sometimes I want to highlight a certain sound: downtempo, upbeat, vocaloid exclusively, chiptunes. Sometimes the playlist comes together while I’m idly going through netlabels or my library. Sometimes, I am in a rush and just mix stuff in a pot until it is palatable. These scenarios are rarely the only one behind any given show; often it’s a mix of many. So it is with this show, which features sparse vocals, is heavily electronic until the very end, and mostly features the releases of one netlabel, Bunkai-Kei Records. Other netlabels that are featured on this show are Hz Records, LBT Records, 16th Dimensional Records, and Mizukage Records.

I had known of Bunkai-kei for a while, which is partly run by Go-qualia, but some of the others were new to me, and they were discovered thanks to a compilation on Bunkai-kei. As you can see from the playlist, Bunkai-kei dominates this set(note the “BK” prefixing the album listing), and so those tracks shaped the sound of the show. Glitchy, glowing and warm, music that is made for headphones and incandescently lit bedrooms on rainy days. Well, at least that’s the picture I get. Spaceship music and cyber/hacking music are also believable descriptions. Maybe it’s a little night bus.

A few tracks deserve further words. LNGN(Lifecut-mix) is a Go-qualia remix of the Miku Hatsune and kz standard “Last Night, Good Night”. Go-qualia is more interested in Hatsune as singer-software rather than idol. So, as the album this track is culled from and the label name itself, Bunkai-kei(meaning “dissolve-style” or “disassembly-style”), prescribes, Hatsune and her song are dissolved into a slowly churning electronic pool. The emotional weight of the song is maintained through all of this, with the chorus allowing to soar and shine above the glitches.

Go-qualia and Joesph Nothing Orchestra both get a few tracks each, but Takahiro Kato’s album Loveplex also has high standing in this playlist. The second to last track is by Takahiro and is totally a song based on music from Chrono Trigger. It also features a rare human voice on this playlist.

The other track with a human voice is the Cost Kuts moombahton remix of a pretty old Jpop song, Dear my Friend. Besides the vocal, the song is unrecognizable, bouncy and fun. It’s a liberation of the vocal track, which is fine idol pop on its own, from the Final Countdown schlock of the original version. It’s also a rare moombahton track on L4C.

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