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Ken IshiiFlatspin

Ken Ishii - Flatspin album cover
Genre:Electronic
Style:Techno
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Tracklist

Iceblink (Main Mix: Album Cut)4:19
Grab It Attack It5:03
Gap Accelerator4:35
Flatspinning Loop 11:09
Infrangible5:21
Drums In Friction3:52
Mirage3:53
Flatspinning Loop 21:25
Moonquake5:11
Air Shriek1:20
Frozen Reminiscence5:41
Flatspinning Loop 30:59
Iceblink (Vocal Mix 2)4:06
Sneaking Shadows5:22

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    Cover of Flatspin, 2000-04-28, CDFlatspin
    CD
    SMEJ Associated Records – 499913.2Hong Kong2000Hong Kong2000
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    Cover of Flatspin, 2000-08-18, CDFlatspin
    CD, Album
    SMEJ – SRCL 4900Japan2000Japan2000
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Flatspin, 2001, VinylFlatspin
    2×LP
    Exceptional – EXLP0103UK2001UK2001
    Cover of Flatspin, 2001, CDFlatspin
    CD, Album
    Exceptional – EXLPCD0103UK2001UK2001

    Reviews

    • scoundrel's avatar
      scoundrel
      Pure, unadulterated techno from one of the Japanese masters. On _Flatspin_, Ken Ishii returns to the swirling, dense techno which made him famous in the mid-90s. "Iceblink" is immediately catchy, a shimmering piece of tech-house; when it reprises with vocals from Inner City, it takes a shiny house feel. Meanwhile, "Grab It Attack It" inches towards funk and "Gap Accelerator" moves into some thick breaks. "Infrangible" has an industrial edge to augment the hard-set snare drums. The pure rhythm of "Drums in Friction" establish an unconquerable groove, but the crystalline downtempo of "Mirage" and "Frozen Reminiscence" restore a sense of calm. "Moonquake" merges the beats and the atmosphere, while "Sneaking Shadows" slips into noir funk. Worth a spin, indeed.
      • EDJ303's avatar
        EDJ303
        Another LP of enchanting, slightly chilled techno, Flatspin channels the melodic spirits of Derrick May and Yellow Magic Orchestra. Beginning with the single "Iceblink," Ken Ishii throws the distinctly Asian sound of YMO-styled synth pop over driving techno, with plenty of changes to keep at-home listeners happy as well. "Grab It Attack It" and "Gap Accelerator" are future-shocked electro-techno with a parade of great ideas, akin to fellow techno veteran Luke Slater's experiments with electro on 1999's Wireless. As on Sleeping Madness, Ishii still sounds a bit restless, toying with tribal-techno (on "Drums in Friction") and downtempo ("Mirage"), and also working in a couple of experimental vignettes (the trio of "Flatspinning Loop" interludes). He's still an excellent producer, to be counted on to deliver at least one anthem per album (here, it's definitely "Iceblink") plus an assortment of intriguing genre exercises. An added bonus is a mix of "Iceblink" with help from Detroit's finest, Kevin Saunderson's Inner City.

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