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Talking with Takeaki Maruyama in a Tokyo cafe, I’m caught off guard when the dubstep artist better known as Goth-Trad suggests that his fourth and latest album is pop. When I let it sink in, though, I realize that “New Epoch” could in fact be the perfect postdisaster-pop album.

Don’t get him wrong: The 33-year-old isn’t talking about the kind of pop-dubstep, or “brostep,” that has grabbed hold of U.S. clubs in the six years since he released his third album, “Mad Raver’s Dance Floor.” That form of the genre (so-called for its popularity among U.S. frat boys) has crashed commercial charts via songs such as pop princess Britney Spears’ “Hold it Against Me” and Japanese R&B singer Daichi Miura’s “Black Hole”; it’s the defining sound of British producer Rusko and the hugely successful U.S. export Skrillex, who is nominated for five Grammys at this weekend’s awards show in Los Angeles.

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