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Boomkat Product Review:
Tokyo veteran Takayuki Shiraishi of Vanity Records’ BGM regenerates his deep and broken ’97 techno album on Paris’ Camisole Records after their archival sets of his minimal post-punk and industrial works as MLD and Tristan Disco
Shimmying along the timeline to when Shiraishi was immersed in the club sound of late ‘90s Tokyo, ‘Photon’ follows the progression of electronic music from no wave disco and rhythm-based industrial minimalism to its iteration as a form of techno that echoed Detroit’s fetish for Japanese technology.
Exemplary of a double-refractive dialogue between the island, the Motor City, and strains of AI techno also inspired by the 313, the 10 tracks offer a lush bloom that gently nod to Model 500 via LFO and Susumu Yokota on a rolling trip from the pensile techno of ‘Graviton’ and the rhythmelodic impulses of ‘Clear’, to Balil or Jamie Hodge-like experiments with slow/fast ambient dance meter in ‘Fluorite’ and the twinkle-toed stepper ‘Clear Away’. The kaotic harmonies of Mayday and Model 500 patently inform ‘The vanishing Point’, and there’s a couple of gorgeous ambient works on the titular vignette and the Kraftwerkian waltz of ‘Afterglow’, plus a strident deep techno-house pearl ‘Blue Devided by Blue’.