This is the sound of Italian-in-Tokyo, Earthquake Island – aka Emiliano Ruggeiro. Last year he released his debut album, The Case Of Galastrophy – a collection of atmospheric tracks bound by the freshness of chillwave and boombapish beats. The remix album 9 Tales About Galastrophy surfaced at the start of this year, featuring remixes from the original album by such artists as Sun Glitters, Go Dugong and canooooopy. Little did we know that Earthquake Island would be dropping something so soon, but lo and behold: here is 'Naked Water'.

Featuring the free-floating, esoterically charged pop-opera vocals of Japanese singer, Mocca, the track bounces forward with filmic intent, shot with unearthly far-flung choirs and brain-tingling strings. Sub-bass kicks rumble boom beneath the the wash of sound, beneath the crackling liquid snaps of the snare and the hi-hat's metallic ticking. It's a portion of fluid chill magicised with Mocca's soaring voice, fitting the misty unknown of the track perfectly.

But wait— there's more! Two remixes feature alongside the release of this single. The first, from Yakamoto Kotzuga (aka Giacomo Mazzucato), noisens up the original, placing distorted wordless splices of Mocca's vocals all over, adding crushing bass, the beat bristling. Then Go Yama, who recently released an album of Hayao Miyazaki-inspired tracks (Glimpses From The Spirit Plane), turns 'Naked Water' into an odd subversion of videogame funk, owing mainly to a skipping saw-wave bass and gloriously pitch-bending synth solo in dual harmony. Both are cool variations on a theme.

This is released today on awesome Rome-based digital label, Bad Panda Records. And you can check it out on Bandcamp too.

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