UTR037 | CD / LP | 6 tracks, 36 minutes | August 2010
'Gira Gira' pushes Shige's musical vision to the limits and in scope is truly cosmic. "50-50" starts out life as a dreamy ascending Can workout only before regenerating into organic flailing drum-off computer wrangle.
Of the two tracks from the album concerned with time travel and law and order,"Future Police" builds like a nightmare Moroder adventure into the depths of an anxious mind, whilst "Future Yakuza" is a malevolent, blackened beast of a metal track only lethargically transmitted from an unidentified lair. It's a real monster of a song, seeing Drum Eyes make light work of 10 minutes. Flashing bright with promise and reward, they make it a pivot of the album.
The second half of 'Gira Gira' boasts the abstract wooziness of "Gyanza", coming over as a dreamy Black Dice, and fuzzed-out, chilled-dub moment "Hana B". But it's probably "13 Magicians" that leaves the greatest impression - the song bristles with barren electronics and doom-drenched drums and guitars, until sirens and low-pitched wails drown the music momentarily before it emerges victorious.
'Gira Gira' is a real triumph of an album and should leave DJ Scotch Egg deserved of attention not only from his loyal fanbase but far and wide across the metal, ambient and electronic worlds of modern music. It's an album that obliterates genres with pride and grace, whilst remaining true to its identity and assured in its ability to lodge in your mind.