88Rising puts Asian artists and alt music at the forefront, and having rocked more than 22,000 people at its second-annual Head In The Coulds festival in Los Angeles Historic State Park, it continues the momentum with its Head In The Clouds II compilation.
The release will feature tunes from across the 88Rising crew's musical spectrum, which leans heavily toward hip-hop, R&B and electronic dance. Joji has been tapped as executive producer for the project, while legendary Japanese sci-fi illustrator Hajime Sorayama has created the artwork and visual components.
The compilation was announced with the release of lead single "Indigo" by Niki, and it's followed today (Sept. 5) by a retro-house groove from Japanese poet Rhyme and electronic producer Shinichi Osawa. Together, the pair is called Rhyme So, and the infectious tune, titled "Just Used Music Again," features a Sorayama-style visualizer chock full of the artist's signature "sexy robots."
“Working with 88rising and seeing them reinterpret my work has been inspiring and refreshing," Sorayama is quoted in a press release. "I love their creative energy and collaborating on new artwork specifically for their Head in the Clouds II album has been a real joy — it’s nice to see that my robots can surf."
Head In The Clouds II is due for full release Oct. 11. Sorayama-led merch is now available from the campaign.
Watch the music video for "Just Used Music Again" from Rhyme So below.