DDS prise another absolute gem from Japan’s Shinichi Atobe, presenting 6-tracks of original, previously unreleased material recorded some time in the last 20 years in Saitama, Japan which perfectly complements the sublime ambient house zen of his Butterfly Effect album.
The reclusive artist has seen a lot of justified, and somewhat overdue, praise surrounding the reissue of his sole early release, the Ship Scope 12” which was originally issued by Berlin’s Chain Reaction, label in 2001, whilst the dispatch of his distinguished and subtly diverse Butterfly Effect LP arguably came as a surprise for many heads who had him pegged out solely as a dub house producer.
His new World EP will expand those preconceptions again, coursing a beautifully louche and debonaire vibe from the most minimal loops and motifs - the kind that one could play all day and would hardly ever tire of hearing them.
The supple, floating DX7 bass contours and vaporous jazz chords of Intro start up like some Chicago or NYC deep house classic lost in its own reverie, and could o n for as long as it wants, before the rainy day piano house melancholy of World 1 promptly inverts that supple aesthetic with a fizzing, hazy sort of depth perception and World 2 switches again to a sort of trim dub momentum in stepping, swinging equilibrium, riding the groove like no other.
Turn over and the lingering, slowed downstroke of World 3 sounds like it got waylaid from a KGB MAN/0PN session with Wolfgang Voigt, whilst World 4 jettisons the bass altogether to thizz and skip away in the highest registers with an intoxicatingly heady, mesmerising appeal which also makes the uniquely brittle but spacious breakbeat trip of World 5 so narcotically seductive.
We hardly need to spell it out for you;- this is highly idiosyncratic, exceptional material, with highest recommendations to anyone with a or taste for house and ambient’s refined, soulful and experimental echelons. [info from label]