op.discs highly acclaimed 2013 double pack from radiq aka yoshihiro hanno receives some heavy reworking from three of his label mates, fumiya tanaka, akiko kiyama and aoki takamasa. fumiya tanakas reinterpretation provides an extensive, deep down edition of vida noir and renders the original beats into a minimal bass behemoth of a track that clocks in at almost ten minutes. akiko kiyama shows her peerless talent in her revision of rondo. the beats and pieces are sticking like glue each other to render exotic and mesmerizing aspect of radiqs original. aoki takamasa shows his further involvement into minimalism on his version of calling, channels a micro-house groove into a multilayered beast.
limited warehouse find ... this ep, op.disc001, is a split single by the labels co-owners, fumiya tanaka and radiq aka yoshihiro hanno, known by series of releases on logistic (fr), composed a very unique minimal track >nova express< on b1, which has beautiful phrases on tight groovy rhythm.a2 (b-b) and b2 (trojan) are collaborated tracks between two artists. they exchanged their sound files and their unique characters succeeded to make
dartriix is a sporadic but permanent collaborative project between two of op.discs label heads, fumiya tanaka and yoshihiro hanno aka radiq. after 6 years of absence, dartriix finally makes their return with this intensive double pack lp flying one hand, which is a good surprise to us.
since day one, radiq has been showing an affinity for the afro-centric funkiness and carefully-honed sound design of modern days minimal music. as in many of his previous tracks, all six songs of >vida noir< has this certain kind of unyielding quality - long, hypnotic grooves with muted kick drum set the stage for more emancipated experiments in texture and sound design. on >a long hot summer break<, for example, the effect is utterly obvious as kicking its ass into gear with syncopated drums and strain of warm chords before animated vocal sample slips in like fingerprint. while deeply seductive interplay of those chugging percussion gives way to delighted horn of >a-dieu<, warm chord and acoustic guitar of >calling< is perfect example for radiq’s masterful sound and texture. >machine codes modified< has rather restrained structure for him, but tightly woven drums speaks eloquently about its carefully arranged funkiness and dance floor functionality. despite their repetitiveness, its surprising how well these productions forming cohesive solidarity as an album. presumably, it owes a lot to wide tonal vocabulary which is radiqs hallmark - these tracks has something concentrated, vivid qualities. this album sits just at the edge of the dance floor, but also performs its exceptional strength on intense home listening. dusky synth and truncated surge of bass of >vida noir< constructing something dark, before closing this album with modulated afro-acoustic guitar and deep falsetto voice (by the producer himself) of >rondo<. this album offers up an engaging and comprehensive amalgamation from the inquisitive sound by the maestro
after successive collaborations with mark henning on prestigious labels the likes of soma quality recordings or trapez ltd., den finally makes his return to tokyos own op.disc imprint with this purposeful four tracker.
hails from kurashiki japan, haruki matsuo have released several house gems from highly acclaimed imprints such as rush hour and night moves. after his contribution to us on 2009s hub opus tokyo, op.disc welcomes his landing back with this superb 4tracker. tough and subtle are the best words to describe harukis sound, youll find his one-of-a-kind characteristics. as youll see on tracks like commando or section 1, he doesnt lean on sleazy gimmicks tidy drums and clean lines just keep the groove going. feel what you feel
akiko kiyama finally returns to tokyos op.disc imprint after 5 years of absence. compared with her split / collabolation 12inch released in 2006, her unique style developed in such a fine style. her liquid sound and sensitive ways of putting layers are even more blushed and combined with heavy, wild bass grooves. a1 the duplicated man will fold you in her world of dark and mysterious phrases, while a2 speak bubble develops dubby, minimal soundscapes. b1 maggio is a brilliant long groovy tune - mystic whistle of a bird and emotional melodies and raw percussions evokes images of argentina tango raw percussion. enjoy mysterious sound !