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Japanese newcomer Ueno Masaaki drops his debut EP on the notorious Raster Noton and, judging by the youtube preview for opener 'vortex state', it's going to be intense. Expect semi-plausible rhythms, ear-fracturing machinedrums, and trance-inducing repetitions that you may not come back from. Apparently involved in multiple musical styles and projects, this bloke is one to watch.

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Ununseptium / Vortices by Ueno Masaaki
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8/10 Laurie Staff review, 17 September 2014

The latest monstrosity from Raster Noton is courtesy of Japanese artist Ueno Masaaki, his debut release. I'd be well chuffed if my debut was the sonic equivalent of stepping off an hour long rollercoaster ride, yet condensed into around 13 minutes of pure disorientation. Continuing the label's infamous mindmelting spree, Vortices contains only hints of melody and ambience, instead serving up brutality and confusion into one delicious package.

It's completely unpredictable and totally brilliant. The man seems to have found an outlet for insanity, venting it through rhythmic, rather than human, killing sprees. Uneven polyrhythms and sporadic fills are fed into drum machines, samplers and distortion processing to diabolical effect, resulting in a surprisingly clean production considering the harshness of the textures involved. It never sounds messy - more like a systematic, Matrix-esque people harvester translated into experimental techno loops. Opener 'Vortex State' is the epitome of this, with a relentless chugging pace interspersed by assorted smacks, smashes and clangs, not reaching a definite climax point but steadily morphing. Quite like a vortex, actually; all of the track names are quite fitting. Excited is slightly more sporadic than Vortex, and Round has less of a harsh edge. This is one clever dude.



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