Naohito Uchiyama treats us to a synth-drenched nocturnal ballad with the ‘80s-inflected vibes of ’Shugetsu’, whereas Keta Ra cuts a path of ethereal sublimation via the mischievously fun and bouncy balearic lounge of ‘equals’. Masterly crafted by Yuu Udagawa, ‘Infinite Possibility’ eases us in a realm where weightless pop and low-slung abstract hip-hop combine to further exhilarating effect. All in harp-driven brittleness and velveteen sub-bass stealth, Noah ‘Gemini - Mysterious Lot’ has us drifting to a lavishly orchestrated headspace, laying down an impressive work on textures and arrangements. All in on the sedated drip-tease flex, Sauce81 ’Sign of Secret Love’ is a blast of freaky hedonism, just as ready to cast its hypnotic spell down the sweatbox as it was upon its original release ten years ago.
Languid jacking house tune ’Tai+Dai’ from Keita Sano blows the winds of discoid luvin’ across the room with its impeccable balance of sharp, glimmering synthwork and driving bass onslaughts from the depths. An odd slice of reshuffled folk music, Waltz ‘Folkesta’ makes for some eerie invitation of sorts, enchanting and spookily haunting in equal measure. Back to a fevered, hip-swaying mindset, Kuniyuki hi-NRG jazz number ‘Free’ is an absolute wonder of piano and drums-driven boogie, cut from the same cloth as some of Blue Note’s finest Cuban jazz classics. Rounding off the package, Japanese legend Ken Ishii’s version of Larry Heard’s house Hall-of-Famer ‘Can You Feel It’ is pure bliss in a can, tailored to turn any crowd into a shapeless cloud of balmy euphoria and universal love, whatever the place or time.
A2. Gabby and Lopez - Drive From Miracles (Kaoru Inoue remix)
A3. Inner Science - Alight
B1. Aquarium - Rainy Night in Shibuya (外神田deepspace slow down mix)
B2. Naohito Uchiyama - Shugetsu
B3. Keta Ra - Equals
C1. Yuu Udagawa - Infinite Possibility
C2. Noah - Gemini ― Mysterious lot
Written & Produced by Noah, taken from the album ‘Noire’
C3. Sauce81 - Sign Of Secret Love
C4. Keita Sano - Tai + Dai
D1. Waltz - Folkesta
D2. Kuniyuki - Free
D3. Ken Ishii presents Metropolitan Harmonic Formulas - Can You Feel It (feat. Metropolitan Harmonic Formulas and Naruyoshi Kikuchi)
Produced by Ken Ishii.
Saxophones by Naruyoshi Kikuchi.
Mixed by Ken Ishii at Far East Lab and Skywalker Studios.
Published by Truelove Music/TAP.