Review: As you'd expect, there's plenty to set the pulse racing on the latest multi-artist edition of Let's Play House's "LPH White" series. Label co-founder Jacques Renault sets the tone via the lolloping, bass-heavy filter-house bump of "No Strings Attached", where swirling orchestration gently rises to prominence over a bustling groove, before Kirsty Harper whips out her Roland TB-303 and lays down some seriously sleazy, Phuture style acid-jack. Laroze's "You Inspired Me" is a throbbing, filter-sporting romp through disco-house territory enlivened greatly by layered drums, while Keita Sano's "Party Vibes" successfully manipulates some superb samples in cahoots with a typically weighty and thickset house groove.
Review: Prolific Japanese producer Keita Sano has been developing a close relationship with the Let's Play House label for sometime. This latest EP, which first appeared as part of the Brooklyn imprint's "LPH White" series of 12" singles, follows on from a 2016 mini-album and the recent Totsu EP. It's something of an epic affair all told, with eight fine tracks to choose from. Our picks include the swirling delays, heady reverb and looped electric piano motifs of head-in-the-clouds disco-house workout "A Place Called Sun Beach", the gentle tropical melodies and South American percussion "Sweet Fruit", and boompty-minded disco-house bounce of "Can't Wait For The Party". That said, the more cinematic deep house chug of "Psychedelic Ants" and dubby, slo-mo disco shuffle of "The Stripper" are also fantastic.
Flowers From Your Grave (T2 edit) - (6:34) 123 BPM
Let's Stay Together - (6:38) 127 BPM
Night Walking - (5:55) 120 BPM
Review: Holic Trax has established itself as a respected, no nonsense outlet for quality house and
techno and that carries on here with a new EP from Keita Sano. Keita Sano, based in Okayama, Japan, has previously released on labels such as NYC's Mister Saturday Night and Hugo Capablanca's Discos Capablanca. Up first, 'Flowers From Your Grave' is a gritty number with tough drums, Detroit inspired pads and plenty of physicality in the groove. Crisp and dynamic, it's a robust house cut, for sure. 'Let's Stay Together' is a more party sounding offering with atmospheric ambience in the back ground as streaming Rhodes chords and organic percussion set a Moodymann style vibe front and centre. Then comes 'Night Walking', which flips the script again, this time sinking down into a warm, propulsive deep house vibe with bold but soft edged chords, driving drums and engaging hand claps. This is a fine EP that is sure to make a big impact on the dance floor.
Review: There's no grand concept behind the latest all-star EP from Brooklyn's Let's Play House, other than a clear desire to create pandemonium out on the dancefloor. All four tracks have "peak-time anthem" written all over them, from the opening bump of Keita Sano's "Long Run (Part 3") - a brilliant, tooled-up revision of a classic disco anthem - to the ultra-jiggy hip-house madness of Jacques Renault's "Top Billin", which sounds tailor made for over-excited Adriatic boat parties and afternoon festival rinse-outs. In between, you'll find the undulating, bass-heavy grooves and delay-laden soul samples of Klubbhuset's "Omedelbar Karlek" and the swirling disco-house grandiosity of Lovers' "Fresh 'N' Hot". To quote a much-used cliche: this is all killer, no filler.
Review: Okayama resident Keita Sano is part of Japan's new wave of music producers and has been weaving his way through house, techno and electronica releases with an affinity to old school processes and vintage gear. With releases clocked up on Mister Saturday Night, 1080p, Lower Parts, Row, Strictly Groove Recordings, Enother Blessing, Holic Trax and Spring Theory he has shown his eclectic tastes and zany approach to music. For Sano, making music is like keeping a diary and this year will see many more releases and his new live show. From the smooth bass driven deepness of "Want" or "Simple Gimmicks", through to the dubby hypnotic techno of "Drum Wick Key" or the classic rave reconstruction of "I Found The Key" it's a compelling listen from start to finish.
Review: Keita Sano's third artist album in as many years shows that he is one of the most talented new producers of rugged dance floor tracks. Released on Full Pupp offshoot label Rett I Fletta, it veers from the soaring acid-disco of "Full of Love" and "Honey" into the rhythmic machine dance of "Leave The Floor" and the shimmering Italo synths and snare rolls of "On The Floor". Whatever the Japanese producer may lose out by not focusing on a specific style, he more than compensates with through his adventurous approach. This is apparent as the eponymous album reaches a climax with "Vood" and "Sucker (Part 2)", the kind of throbbing hardware techno jams that wouldn't sound out of place on L.I.E.S.
Review: Somewhat surprisingly, this is prolific producer Keita Sano's first outing on Mister Saturday Night for two years. While his first EP for the label, 2014's People Are Changing, was a distorted, all-or-nothing techno affair, Explosion sees him diving deep into the world of disco-house. The stretched-out title track is something of a sweaty, four-to-the-floor, loop-based disco smasher, with Sano wisely using a pair of stretched-out, filtered vocal breakdowns to build energy before unleashing the killer groove. Flipside "Life Has Changed" is similarly epic, but takes a sparkly, deep house tinged approach, with cut-up excerpts from a well-known George Benson classic being peppered with wide-eyed electronics and occasional vocal chants.
Review: The rather prolific Keita Sano has been responsible for some terrific electronic music over the last couple of years, including must-have 12" singles on Spring Theory, Lower Parts, Mister Saturday Night and Discos Capablanca. Here he makes his first appearance on Brooklyn's Let's Play House, serving up a mini-album full of evocative house productions. Highlights come thick and fast, from the alien electronics and pulsating machine rhythms of "Own Signal", to the John Carpenter-in-space, horror-disco throb of "Fix". Arguably best of all, though, is closer "Think Twice", a relentless disco-house loop jam full of cut-up samples, heavy bass and thrusting drums.
Review: There's a pleasant story behind this release from Mister Saturday Night, with Okayama based musician Keita Sano discovering the label's releases in the vinyl bins of his local record shop and inspired by the music was moved to produce and send Eamon and Justin a clutch of tracks. The three cuts chosen from his submissions for this People Are Changing are far removed from the glitchy, instrumental hip hop that made up Sano's Jewels EP for London label Keep Up! late last year but this only suggests a degree of strength regarding his production prowess. The title track is equal parts high octane and unhinged and really this latter aspect remains a key component of Sano's subsequent productions, with the electrically charged "She Was The One" a particular highlight.