Shinichi Atobe – Heat
This unexpected, limited edition double-LP from Shinichi Atobe dropped at the tail end of 2018. It’s an hour of deeply inspirational House music for the ages – could have been produced 20 years ago, could have been produced earlier that year – we’ll probably never know.
Released on Demdike Stare’s DDS label, it follows on from the previous year’s “From The Heart, It’s A Start, A Work Of Art” set and continues a run (which kicked off almost 20 years back on Basic Channel’s Chain Reaction imprint) of highly enigmatic, acclaimed and completely unparalleled productions that follow their own timeless logic.
There’s no sonic fiction involved – this material really does just turn up on a CD sent by air mail from Japan to Manchester, sparse info, no messing, pure gold. What’s that cover art about? prob something to do with the balmy, slightly fucked, sunstroked material within.
So Good, So Right, the 10 minute opener, will force you to forget about all the shite around you for a while. There are also several tracks called Heat, they’re all killer. This music takes you elsewhere almost immediately; that fan on your desk is basically a summer breeze. In fact, this whole album is absurd; completely effortless; a total classic. Convince us that there’s a more life affirming electronic album this year and we’ll buy you an ice cream….