Casino Versus JapanWhole Numbers Play The Basics

Label:Carpark Records – crpk cd 18
CD, Album
Style:IDM, Synth-pop, Downtempo, Ambient, Chillwave, Leftfield, Instrumental


1Single Variation Of Two3:45
4The Possible Light1:12
5Summer Clip5:45
6Koma Sign-Off0:20
7Em Essey4:12
8Tryptiline Fabricate1:12
9Where To? / What For?5:38
10You Were There1:34
11Making Lake Park In The Sun3:51
12Manic Thru Tone4:31
13Trad Velecido1:10
14Slo Bid Bellwave5:35

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All tracks written, performed and recorded during the summer and fall of 2001.

All songs © + ℗2002 Carpark Records USA

Packaging: standard cardboard digipak style cover, satin finish, medium spine with text, black plastic tray. Some copies have a barcode sticker on back cover.

Track times not printed on sleeve art,

Total time: 45:11

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text - Sticker On Back Cover Or Shrinkwrap): 6 77517 00182 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 - Mirrored): L383 9902 C070902A E21226-12 A FAILSAFE
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): L383
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 6100
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 - Mirrored): L388 9902 C070902A D20727-14 A FAILSAFE
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2 - Mirrored): L388
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 6100

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Whole Numbers Play The Basics (LP, Album, Limited Edition)Carpark RecordsCRPK 018 LPUS2002
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Whole Numbers Play The Basics (Cassette, Album, Limited Edition)Carpark RecordsCAK 018US2017



  • punkhermit's avatar
    i sure wish that they would repress this lovely little record. :-(
    • MrZyc
      great work.
      one of my favorites.
      • earwormtapedeck's avatar
        Amazing downtempo IDM with perfecty blended ambient landscapes. All the tracks are well done and leave you wanting more.
        • plaidzebra's avatar
          Edited 19 years ago
          Casino Versus Japan is one of the few contemporary electronic acts with an utterly distinctive, instantly recognizable sound; claims that CVSJ's sound is "derivative" are nonsense. If you appreciate blissfully warm ear candy, you couldn't do much better than this collection of playful, joyful beats and swirling sounds. "Whole Numbers Play the Basics" stands up to repeated listens as well, and should cement his reputation as one of the finest producers of friendly, poppy (speaking musically and florally), psychedelicized electronic music.
          • scoundrel's avatar
            Too often, IDM lacks a certain warmth in the music; not so in Casino Versus Japan’s album, <I>Whole Numbers Play the Basics</I>. There’s a sonic pool for “Aquarium” to swim in and the temperature is just right. Same goes for the wobbly Boards of Canada-like melody on “Summer Clip.” By contrast, “Where To?/What For?” isn’t as much warm as it is bright and shimmery. There’s also a bucolic strain going through “Making Lake Park in the Sun” which immediately makes on peaceful and well. Sure, many of the sounds are derivative of other IDM groups, but the quality on this album still makes it worth a listen. Or any number of listens.


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