Quarta 330 aka Toru Koda from Tokyo has a long relationship with Hyperdub, dating back to 2007 when he remixed Kode9 in his own then-unique 8-bit dubstep style. In 2017, with 'Pixelated EP', his music has evolved and accelerated; this set of detailed, energetic chiptunes makes you take notice. It has all the hallmarks of what makes Quarta's music unique and exciting with a fierce sense of fun.
The EP kicks off with 'Resonate 3', perhaps the melodic highlight of the set, with an open-hearted, jazz fusion-like tune that Yellow Magic Orchestra would be envious of, and shivering chords set to a sparse, rattling beat.
'The Fairies Homecoming' reaches back to his dubstep roots with its reggae offbeat, but this time the reggae feel is matched with hyper-speed drums, reminiscent of early jungle.
'Yatagarasu' bends whooshing, emotional chords and a bright snaking melody against stiff kick drums and deep bass, while 'Digital Lotus Flower' is pounding and energetic with complex low-end bass and drums reminiscent of a heavy rain shower, tearing out to a stuttering bleeps and chords.
The 'Pixelated EP' is just a taste of the new batch of Quarta 330 goodness on the way.