Given the distinctive quality of his heavily electronic, mind-soothing fusions of deep house, dub techno and sprightly electronica, any new album from Shinichi Atobe is good news. It's especially welcome when it's the first full-length he's released in two years, as is the case with the immaculate "Yes". Melodious, life-affirming and lusciously otherworldly, it sees the Japanese producer drift between off-world dub-house (the superbly spaced-out "Lake 2"), jazzy electronic house bliss ("Yes"), percussive deep space dancefloor soundscapes (the layered drums, twinkling pianos and futuristic synth sounds of "Lake 3"), and the kind of echoing, hard-to-pigeonhole headiness that defies easy categorization ("Rain 3"). In a word: superb.
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