Time Lapse (Eric Volta pshychonauting on a robot heart mix) - (9:25) 115 BPM
Review: Destination Detroit via Japan, Fumi and Watanabe pay homage to the foundations with this beautifully constructed slice of melodic techno. Sitting somewhere between Rolando (circa Knights Of The Jaguar) and Carl Craig, it's peppered with enough keys, strings and counter melodies that you'll hear something new on every listen from now until 2049. Remix-wise Number 19 Music's Eric Volta strips back the elements and adds a lolloping, tripped-out charm to proceedings with great effect. Think Ivan Smagghe circa mid-2000s. Timeless.
Review: There's much to admire on long-serving Japanese producer Satoshi Fumi's first EP for We Play House, not least a thrilling new version of 2016 cut "Toriton" that joins the dots between 1990s intelligent techno, sci-fi inspired deep house and the work of veteran Japanese techno producer Ken Ishii. Fittingly, Ishii is on hand to deliver two remixes of "Toriton": the blissful "Oceanic Mix", which flits between bass-heavy grooves and majestic ambient breakdowns, and the echoing bleeps of the rolling "Islanded Remix". If you're looking for tactile, loved-up fare, the EP's other two original Fumi productions - and in particular the piano-heavy warmth of "Lalalalaland" - certainly fit the bill.
Review: Since debuting in 2002, Satoshi Fumi has amassed a bulging discography that includes well-regarded releases on such notable labels as Apollo, We Play House, YoshiToshi and Detone. Here he returns to regular home Unknown Season with a rather fine single-track salvo. Opening with a deliciously epic dose of synthesized orchestration, starry electronic motifs and breath-taking futurist flourishes, "Pleiades" is little less than an ultra-positive blast of otherworldly brilliance that fixes saucer-eyed Motor City techno sounds to a lolloping, groovy deep house groove. The track's genius lies not only in its expansive musicality, but also in the tactile, hip-swinging brilliance of its rubbery, loose-limbed rhythm.