The album starts out minimal and dark with Jackmaster Yoshiki followed by a loud squealer from 909 State whom we both remember from Cassette Records’ The World Is Spinning At 33RPM. These aren’t the only names we recognize from that album, as Yebisu 303 also appears on this release. Alongside Hasegawa4200, D4C, Ripa et al. The similarities end there, as this album goes for full-on acid, non-stop!
It’s worth downloading the album for ‘Mango Acid’ by Yasuo Sato alone. A bouncy techno groove mixed with full-on acid insanity! Together with Witchin Grid (by Tremorela) and Riddim-O-Mattic they are the most original tracks on the album. Yebisu303 is the producer of this last mentioned track and delivers a beautiful downtempo arrangement both enjoyable by lounge and acid enthusiasts alike, it’s reggae groove is reminiscent of UK producer duo Leftfield from back in the day.
I could go on like this for a while, singing different songs of praise for this acid compilation that keeps the vibe alive like it’s still 1988 today. But you should check this out for yourself. You can download it for free via Bandcamp, but as varied a release as this deserves some credit.
I Just Called To Say I Loathe You is a analog track produced using the Roland TR-606, the X0Xbox through a Carl Martin Opto-compressor and digital synths; Roland MC-303, TR-505 and the Kawai K1m. Recorded and mixed with Ableton Live. Mastering by ‘Beel’.
On the B-side is Yuri Suzuki‘s live-set: Live at Gorky Bar Vilnius Lithuania 25th November 2011.
A varied release, to say the least. Many different well known techno artists from Japan’s techno-scene, featuring DJ Tmykisb, Yebisu303, Doremimate and 909 State to name just a few. Ranging from acid bleepery to danceable and deep to surprising. The release demonstrates a love for the original techno sound lost in the days of minimal unimaginativism and dubstep repetition.
DJ Tmykisb opens the album with the filter-happy ‘Chrono Kitten’, an uplifting track that makes the waist wiggle. Even if seated it’s hard not to move to this sliced madness slightly reminiscent of ‘Tokyo Disco’. 909 State gives a distorted slammer likes he does so well, after which Beel’s ‘RTF_SHT’ takes over with a surprisingly deep track not unlike Richie Hawtin’s better (Plastikman) tracks. The compilation wouldn’t be complete without a good acid track! And that’s where Pulse2Pulse comes in. I should say the same for dub, and the compilation also satisfies those needs with Yebisu303’s ‘Blueprint’, a last-minute favorite of mine. In the track’s layered background there’s a loop playing which stimulates the imagination while the recognizable dub synth does it’s work of playing with your sense of rhythm. (Watch out for a very groovy break followed by a drop like we haven’t heard since at least 2005.) Yes, there’s even a melodic techno track like Carl Craig is good at producing, Choochoogatagoto is the one responsible.
The CD supplies well to the techno loving people out there that are missing the original vibe. We need kickdrums, not plops. We want acid, not just a simple sine-wave. Minimal and tech-house have their place, on this album too. But playing the same sounds over and over is what kills a genre, a scene. This album bravely steps-up where even the hardest techno DJ’s have sold-out to simple bloops and over-used samples. It’s been enough!
A CD release is rare these days, especially for electronic music (Techno). But it does give a sense of nostalgia to open-up a sealed CD box. Welcome to the post-digital age where physical releases are becoming a rarity and more of a promotional tool than an actual selling point. That’s why I appreciate Cassette Records effort to put this out there, no matter what the market is doing. To step-up and say, nay shout: Techno isn’t dead yet! I haven’t even finished listening to the CD yet, and this is what the music is telling me. The CD holds even more surprises towards the end, but I’m not gonna spoil anymore for you. You should go out and check this out for yourself.
dj tmykisb / Chrono Kitten
POP STORE JUNK / ZTN
iserobin / 7420247
Limited toss / Gus
909state / Armed poker
BEEL / RTM_SHT
Pulse2Pulse / Bouncer
Yebisu303 / Blueprint
jackmaster YOSHIKI / PTOLEMAIC SYSTEM
choochoogatagoto / Hat Season
doremimate / Gymnopedia
Sakoo / Heartbeat
tofubeats / technoizer X
SOL / One More Thing…
The album’s liner notes were written by Bibinba. I’m proud of you, 友達!
01. Omar S – Sarah 02. Acid Andee – Feelin’ Me 03. Jordan Peak – Brutal Life 04. Teva – I Wanna Be 05. Black Box – Everybody, Everybody (JordyVision’s 2011 Digital Shoeshine) 06. Eli Escobar – Desire (Ian Pooley Dub) 07. Jay Tripwire – Spaced Out 08. Manuel Araneda – Plato Tipico (Sheehan & Clausen Remix) 09. Timid boy – How To Kill A Piano In 3 Lessons (Dana Ruh Black Flowers Remix) 10. JordyVision – The Grind (V.1 M01) 11. Deep Future – Do It all Night 12. Wehbba – 3 Days 13. Timid Boy & Alex Costa – My Girl 14. Marc ‘o’ Tool – Me 15. Benny Rodrigues – House Music (Surrealism’s Daft Punk Remix) 16. Kris Wadsworth – It’s time 17. JordyVision – White Tie 18. Jay Tripwire – Acid Babies 19. Gingy & Bordello – Amino 20. JordyVision – Sick ‘o’ Six 21. SOL – The Morph Balls