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The Aesthetics of Japanese Electronic Music Vol.2

Cosmocities Records

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French label Cosmocities has embraced a "life-long love story with Japanese electronics", that is now unveiled in the latest two-volume collection titled 'Denshi Ongaku No Bigaku: The Aesthetics Of Japanese Electronic Music Vol 1 and Vol 2'.

Loaded with digging delights from the deeper ends of ambient, electronica and house music vaults, the collection feels timeless, making it a must-have for those with deep listening compulsions.

Volume 2’s direction puts a focus on the “boogier side of Japanese sonics”, subtly drifting towards afro-house sensibilities and spacey dance floor goodness. London-based Seiji Ono’s sun-drenched, percussive ode to Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage 'Celebrate Your Life' sets the tone for the second part of the Denshi Ongaku No Bigaku collection. The sunny vibes continue with Uyama Hiroto’s soothing and ethereal delivery on 'Compass'; up next are the vocal chants of J.A.K.A.M.’s 'Pray' which set us on a sultry sub-Saharan desert ride in search of oases.

Soulful jacking house from Yuu Udagawa’s 'We Float' reminds us of the celestial moment when dusk falls, which leads us into Jazztronik’s kalimba-clad, spiritual beats of 'Neon Forest' where “a haze of shakuhachi flutes and vaporous pads” assume any vacuous feelings. An irresistible and infectious piano-stab affair on 'State of Mind' by Brisa ensues. The heavier mid-frequencies take a break and make space for The Backwoods remix of Ryoma Takemasa 'Deepn’' which slips into the dreamy, stripped-back motifs of Volume 1, before returning to a synth-fuelled sunrise affair by The Backwoods aka DJ Kent, with his cosmic and ecstatic trip entitled 'Cloud Nine'.

Hiroshi Watanabe transforms 909state's 'RaTaTaTam' into a beautiful mix of slo-burning prog techno with just the right balance of acid courage and orchestral harmony. Satoshi Fumi's rework of Tomi Chair's 'Remorse' leaves us in a state of sonic opulence, and winds down Volume 2 with a perfect culmination of climactic emotions. — (via MixMag Asia)

Label: Cosmocities Records
Format: 2x Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: France
Released: Jul 21, 2023
Genre: Electronic
Style: Deep House, Deep Techno, Jazzdance, Techno

File under: House / Electro / Techno