Mysterious Japanese producer Shinichi Atobe surprise-drops a new LP via Demdike Stare’s DDS (Micachu, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe). Heat is a bit more welcoming than the austere techno sound Atobe has previously exhibited, with tracks like ‘So Good, So Right’ and ‘Heat 1’ displaying a stronger house influence than any of his other work. However, there is still a sense of woozy minimalism here that traces a line to records like Butterfly Effect. Fans of Juniper and Detroit Swindle step this way.
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One 12” on Chain Reaction back in 2001 and then Shinichi Atobe went AWOL. He’s now on his fourth album for Demdike Stare’s DDS label since re-emerging in 2014. I can hear why he’s chosen to call this one ‘Heat’ - seven sunkissed house tracks all aimed squarely at the ‘floor.
First up is ‘So Good So Right’ which is kinda slick, dreamy and funky and should appeal to fans of DJ Sprinkles for sure. ‘Heat 2’ goes a wee bit deeper with dubby bubbling loop and subtly ecstatic piano motif. ‘Heat 4’ goes deeper still with flickering, ticking percussion and shimmering, submerged liquid melody gently sparkling as though reflecting and refracting under water. ‘Heat 1’ could almost be a remix of the devastatingly gorgeous ‘Regret’ from his previous album ‘From The Heart, It's A Start, A Work Of Art’. It works a similar soulful loop around crisp hi-hats, and woody drums, slowly unravelling over a luxurious ten minutes, and peaks with gliding, breezy synth, a harp-like melody and lots of little details floating in and around the main loop and drums. ‘Heat 3’ is my favourite tune on here at the moment. Something in the distance sorta reminds me of DJ Rolando’s ‘Knights of the Jaguar’. Again he goes at it for just under ten minutes on this one - working lots of details and subtle sounds in and out, all held together by swishy hi-hats and a wraithlike female vocal sample. It’s pure magic, and well worth the entry fee. ‘So Good So Right 2’ closes the set with a somewhat melancholy vibe achieved through a twinkling, ethereal backdrop of skeletal drums elevated by moody blue keys.
If you dig deep house music, there’s plenty to go at on this doublepack.
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