Since emerging in the summer of 2013, Fukuoka label Yesterday Once More has made some of the country’s most intriguing electronic music in recent memory. The artists hovering around this Internet imprint embraced styles that have been in vogue with the Japanese do-it-yourself dance scene for a while now — Jersey club, trap, hip-hop beats — but aren’t afraid to wander off the path. An uptempo floor-filler might suddenly twist into something reflective, or the sonic elements often found in contemporary EDM (electronic dance music) may get recast into a somber number not aimed at the club.
Shigge, one of the label’s original members, offers up what at first brush seems like Yesterday Once More’s most straightforward release to date. Each of the four songs on “SunLimeJuice” moves at a quick pace, and all are anchored by vocal samples sliced into seconds-long hiccups. It’s a common route for a certain type of dance music filling up sites such as SoundCloud and Bandcamp, and it’s easy to imagine Shigge’s tracks working wonders on a huge sound system blaring off until sunrise.