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Far East deep house G, Soichi Terada rides out head high on his first new album in this mode for 25 years
Buoyed by acclaim for the Hunee-racked 2015 compilation of his ‘90s/‘00s classics, ’Sounds From the Far East’, Terada spent 18 months getting right back in the saddle, attempting to recreate the headspaces and hardware studio tekkers that made his early work such an enduring joy. Although times have changed, his music still glows with that carefree ‘90s house elan that still keeps dancers cosign back for more, lending a subtle spin on original NYC house templates of Tony Humphries, Ben Cenac and the Burrell Brothers with his effervescent, butterfly lightness of touch and gait across 11 new perlers.
It’s all straight-up, deeeep house, exploring the styles fine spectrum of moods between the jazzy touch of opener ’Silent Chord’ and the floating, kick-less closer ‘Epoxy Lamp’, with winking, kinky marimba flourishes and dreamy pads in ‘Double Spire’, while ‘Bamboo Fighter’ tucks the bass deeper in his Gucci gruds in balance with its flighty Japanese woodwind. The slinky Latinate electro-house hustle of ‘Marimbau’ is a fine centrepiece, and ‘Soaking Dry’ is suave as you like, while ‘Runners’ surely channels early YMO touches via Dream 2 Science in the most charming style.