Album review: Marc Romboy & Ken Ishii, Taiyo (Systematic)


On Taiyo, the universal language of techno bridges 7,000 kilometres to bring together DJ/producers from Germany and Japan in a seamless alliance of beats and tones.

“Gosa” is typical: everything is perfectly measured, from the reverb on the bass drum to the interlacing of rhythm and melody lines. Stalking synth lines interact through “Dopplereffekt” with the precision of a Swiss chronometer, and there's a suitably airy touch to the hi-hat shuffle of the ambient “Helium” and its watery cousin “Der Strand”. Itchily fluid throughout, it's an absorbing batch of retro-futurist old-school techno.

Download: Gosa; Helium; Dopplereffekt