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Fumiya Tanaka: You Find the Key [Digipak] *

Track List

>Munich Uncertain
>Got to See You
>Find the Key 2012
>Swallowed Memory
>Mysterious Pocket Is Right, The
>Only Your Researching, The
>Love Keep Mapping the Head

Album Notes

Fumiya Tanaka has long been Japan's ambassador for techno in its purest form. He founded Torema Records in the early '90s and quickly established himself as Japan's best techno DJ, leading to hard, uncompromising releases on seminal German label Tresor. His work since then has become more glitchy and minimal, approaching microhouse territory. Fittingly, he's collaborated with Ricardo Villalobos and has called Perlon one of his homes since 2012. This is his first full-length for the label, and it consists of eight sprawling tracks, four of which exceed ten minutes in length. The tracks aren't particularly in a hurry to get anywhere, and they tend to establish their particular mood and just run with it for the duration, looping minimal, hypnotic basslines and clippy beats along with sampled Japanese words. There are a few eerie synth shades, but nothing approaching a full wash of sound. As one-track as that might sound, there's always something happening during these pieces. The production is very intricately detailed, with carefully controlled sounds filling the margins. This isn't "progressive" techno by any means, but it doesn't feel like it's just constantly bouncing in one place with no motive, either. ~ Paul Simpson


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