Now, here's a release that signals a wondrous pan-Asian union between purveyors of the deeper shades of dance. Tokyo's celebrated minimal exponents, Cabaret Records, take a very slight detour from their usual mandate to present a delicious four-track slab of electro-techno from one of Hong Kong's finest production minds, Mr Ho.
It seems as though the Klasse Wrecks co-founder has kept himself busy in the studio in recent times – with a series of slick releases coming our way via KW and Jin Records, and a collaborative inclusion on a compilation EP due out imminently on legendary UK label, 2020 Vision. His Cabaret Records debut sees him in deeply introspective mood, with each carefully-crafted cut equally well-suited to at-home headphone listening as high volume main room assault. Title track 'Level Shortkut' bursts forward with intoxicating pads, delicate synth lines and a rolling electro groove, while 'Fishtank Race' maintains the feel of a waking dream as the solid hook entrances the listener as it purposefully drives the beat. 'Amu-Zing' enters altogether grubbier territory, with paranoid synths and heavy bass notes designed to send waves across the dance floor. Finally, the airy pads, mutant synths, and acid licks of 'Tunnel Vision' complete the set in exquisite, elevatory style.
As is generally the case with both the label and the featured artist, top marks here for style, substance, and execution.
Mr Ho 'Level Shorkut' is out now on Cabaret, you can buy it here