[PCMS 2020​.​3] Unlovely Drum

by Takeshi Nakamura

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Don Armadillo
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Don Armadillo I haven't been this excited by a drum'n'bass release since John B's In:transit. My 5 y.o. is a big fan as well, always demanding to listen to the "mad one".
Aaren Alseri
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Aaren Alseri Such an inspiring release of tunes, from a truly inspiring label. It's hard to pick a favorite, so far every tune on its initial listen is a journey into experimentation - which is what this music should be. Favorite track: Unlovely Drum.
Introduction 01:37
Inner Core 03:47
Tension 05:09
Black Hole 04:39
Mucus 05:51
Supernova 04:12


PCMS 2020.3

Takeshi Nakamura’s Unlovely Drum is the second full-length artist album on Pinecone Moonshine. The album is woven together with Takeshi’s unique style of drum and bass and ambient, droning pieces.

Drum and Bass and Drumfunk are the core to this album as demonstrated by the title track, Against Mainstream, Black Hole, and others. Takeshi layers peculiar and randomized melodies with warbling harmonies. These clashing sounds evoke outer space themes from the planetarium. Drums are a mixture of live recordings, sampled breaks, and synthesizers. All three types are utilized in each track. Anticipate the robotic voice that has been common in Takeshi’s work to appear throughout the album. The overall sound is funky and a bit chaotic.

The more ambient tracks, Inner Core, Tension, and Mucus, have an underlying tempo either from muted kick drums or from percussive synthesizers. The last piece, Post Adjustment, becomes more introspective with a few piano notes repeated and glitching like a broken computer program.


released November 20, 2020

Mastered by Macc.
Artwork by Scratch and Line.


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Pinecone Moonshine Portland, Oregon

Run by Nic TVG, Pinecone Moonshine is a growing collection of Drumfunk (a style of Drum and Bass) and other abstract and ambient music. Majority of the tracks are melancholy collages of noise, heavily processed samples, and atmospherics driven by broken break beats and heavy sub. Free jazz, early electronics, blues, and funk are noticeable influences in several of the pieces. ... more

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