Published by Ninth Circle Music in 2013, “Dis-Connected” is an extremely well composed and astonishingly produced record which shows how much the genre still has to offer.
Kazuma Kubota can be considered a relative newcomer, although he’s already managed to get to the top of the game. I think I became familiar with his works in 2009 when I picked up a copy of “Uneasiness” (Self-Released, 2009). I remember thinking that this is going to be the next big name in noise and turns out I was right. I did not however anticipate the fact that he would grow so quickly. Kubota’s early works were impressive, but nowhere nearly as good as the contents of “Dis-Connected”.
I’m not even going to try to dissect and describe the contents of the 11 tracks contained on the CD. I will point out though that putting the fantastic “Solitary Butterfly” at the beginning of the CD was a perfect choice as it sets the tone for the whole album. The way the track starts with a dense, distorted synthy tone which later breaks down into scattered pieces of noisy textures which fade out in order to make room for a melodic movement just does it for me. I could listen to that track over and over again, it’s simply perfect.
The inlay says that the album was mastered at Ninth Circle Studios and you can definitely tell that there’s a certain aspect of the way it was produced which makes it sound a bit like Sickness, particularly in the lower range. The bass frequencies are pronounced and yet soft and rounded (for lack of a better term). As expected, there’s a lot of hard panning going on and certain parts of the tracks are drowned in reverb which makes you feel like you’re being thrown around different rooms which only adds to the confusion caused by the ever-changing aural kaleidoscope.