Boomkat Product Review:
Latency catch the unique momentum of Japan’s Ena in his most prolific phase with Distillation following a string of uncompromising 12”s by Nuel, Kane Ikin and Andrea Belfi.
Yu Asaeda to his mum, Ena to you and I, has been steadily coursing his own path between the shared contours and patterns of techno, electronica and D&B minimalism for the likes of 7even Recordings, Samurai Horo and Hidden Hawaii since 2008.
With Distillation, he presents his purest reduction of his influences, liquifying the frameworks of the aforementioned established styles to find a viscous, dub wise pressure point that works more by inference and gesture than explicit generic conventions.
Each cut appears to exist in a flux of states, warming up with a non-newtonian dancer, Crossroads before working into a haze of gamelan-esque resonance and uniquely elliptical bassline drift in Waft, whilst Narrow pinches a distended sub roil into polymetric dub sludge, and Tendency rolls right off the bone in a melted sequence that sounds like quasi-speed flashcore meets hyper-minimal D&B.