Hironori Takahashi – Gravitational Singularity EP [SEANCE1203]

Seance is a London based Techno and Electronica label run by Warren of The Clairvoyants, who many will recognise from their former show on Rinse FM.
The high profile show featured guest mixes from people like Blawan to Roberto. The show has since broken away from the Rinse brand to set up its own independent web based radio station called “Seance Radio” and it’s this new station that is directly linked to the label.

Seance returns with their third vinyl release having included Alfred Kopke, Subjected, Kryss Hypnowave and Edit Select before that, this is another EP of quality underground Techno.

Tokyo (Japan) based Hironori Takahashi supplies two original tracks here and with high a pedigree of releases already for Stroboscopic Artefacts, Gynoid Audio, Shapeless, Informa and ARTS under his belt, his debut for Seance can firmly be added to the list. The sole remixer are Modern Heads, who are an Italian collaboration duo of Dino Sabatini & Gianluca Meloni. Dino heads up the well respected Outis imprint and between them have released on labels such as Prologue, Fullpanda, Attic Music and REPITCH.

“Misrandros” is the first original from Hironori Takahashi, where a thick broken beat is warmed by breathy swells and sweeps that create an eerie atmosphere. Rising in prominence, the tension takes hold as it’s accompanied by more textures, metallic distorted hats and a sparse, hypnotic style that reaches a crescendo. Full of suspense and oozing quality, this is a real head turner for those who like their Techno tough and dub fuelled.

The second track “Millios” again works a broken beat with a tougher kick this time. Light and airy, the dreamy, droning chords and white noise fill out the mix, whilst glitchy additions create a contrast like sparks in the night sky. Precision production and ultimately ambience is the key to a heady, stripped back groove here.

On the flip side is the rare remix from the Modern Heads duo. A super subtle and rolling dub aesthetic gets to work. Carving out a path for deep, delayed acid stabs, the appearance of hypnotic keys and multiple sound layers signify the skills brought to the table. Without a doubt a special creation, ready in the knowledge of mesmerising the most educated minds from beginning to end.

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