Latency 009, from Tokyo: four eerie, multi-rhythmic, bass-heavy excursions, with roots in abstract hip hop and the classic d&b of Photek and Source Direct.
« Latency catch the unique momentum of Japan’s Ena in his most prolific phase with Distillation following a string of uncompromising 12”s by Nuel, Kane Ikin and Andrea Belfi. Yu Asaeda to his mum, Ena to you and I, has been steadily coursing his own path between the shared contours and patterns of techno, electronica and D&B minimalism for the likes of 7even Recordings, Samurai Horo and Hidden Hawaii since 2008.
With Distillation, he presents his purest reduction of his influences, liquifying the frameworks of the aforementioned established styles to find a viscous, dub wise pressure point that works more by inference and gesture than explicit generic conventions.
Each cut appears to exist in a flux of states, warming up with a non-newtonian dancer, Crossroads before working into a haze of gamelan-esque resonance and uniquely elliptical bassline drift in Waft, whilst Narrow pinches a distended sub roil into polymetric dub sludge, and Tendency rolls right off the bone in a melted sequence that sounds like quasi-speed flashcore meets hyper-minimal D&B. »
Produced and mixed in Tokyo by Yu Asaeda
Mastered at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin
Distributed by Honest Jon's in London
Photography taken by Irwin Barbé
Despite loving his sounds, sometimes Ikin's moodiness can be a bit much for me. This 5-track set hits the spot for me though. Each track has its own character, and being only 25 minutes it works really well just listening from start to finish too. Michael Upton