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Kosei Fukuda’s conceptual techno arc arrives at his debut album, proper, after establishing parameters between sound designer noise and techno on 13 preceding releases with his Reiten label, mostly mastered to the biting point by Tobias Freund
‘流転 陽 ・RUTEN +’ sees Berlin/Tokyo-based artist Fukuda pursue an elusive muse into his starkest designs, calibrating quotas of sharply defined, if atonal, synths with rudely swung and sprawling rhythms rooted in the club but primed for domestic and headphone mooch purposes. Once again his work is brought to life in the mastering by Tobias Freund, who has long been sympathetic to Fukuda’s style, illuminating its spaciousness and lip-smacking textures at their best, comparable with Shapednoise/The Sprawl, Demdike Stare at their crankiest, or the arid thwack of Emptyset.
It’s experimental techno for those who like to get right inside and inhabit its designs, delivering unmissable sensations for lovers of meticulous construction and physically powerful yet abstract architexture. We direct those types to the album’s polarised, nine minute high peaks at its core, with ‘Konton’ showing off his his ability to conjure massive, roiling space without recourse to beats, and contrasting neatly with the fluid, overpronating rhythms that run ruffshod thru ‘Reigen,’ while ’Shouryou’ speaks to his much quieter side with hyaline tones and furtive pulses recalling the seminal Ghost In The Shell soundtrack.