Boomkat Product Review:
Classic 2001 loopy techno, reissued in a definitive expanded edition featuring all the tracks from the CD version plus cuts from the corresponding ‘Angels Gate’ 12”, including a Surgeon remix.
‘EXP’ is the sole album by Tokyo’s Tatsuya Kanamori in DJ Shufflemaster mode. Knocking them out since ’95, his catalogue parallels the developments of Birmingham’s Chicago and Detroit inspired sound, and was often deployed by Brummie head boys Regis and Surgeon, not to mention techno royalty like Jeff Mills, Luke Slater, DJ Rush, or Sven Väth, beside anyone with a baying techno crowd to slay in the ‘90s and beyond.
The dry thwack of Surgeon’s remix for ‘Experience’ aside, it’s Shufflemaster in full control. This new edition follows the CD track listing over 3LP with a subtly shuffled sequence spanning major highlights in the powerful one-two of banging offbeats and soaring string pads on ‘Fourthinter’ and ‘Imageforum’, the hydraulic roil of ‘Climb’ and ‘Angel Gate’, plus its dubbed out variant ‘Angel Exit’ or the spaced out ‘P.F.L.P’, thru to Millsian magic on ‘Innervisions’ and ‘Dawn Purple’.