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Artist: Imugem Orihasam
Following up after the mental drop by Detroit’s Master of Repetition , Population One, we have a new signing hailing from the Land of the Rising Sun, helping us to set the standards for this new imprint—uncompromised Techno Funk! Japanese producer Imugem Orihasam has spent the past 3 years slowly evolving. His early work on Ilian Tape and Esperanza sounds like that of an already seasoned craftsman digesting Detroit bit by bit, with a focus on lush textures and swooning eerie melodies. This past year has seen a spike in activity for Imugem, with releases on Patrice Scott’s Sistrum Recordings, Berlin’s Nsyde, and Adam Marshall’s New Kanada—all showcasing a more focused and exuberant approach that has sharpened his reflective compositions. With GEM, Imugem steps away from the supple melodies and tranquil atmospheres for a trip deep into the power plant. Working far from his comfort zone, he has fired off five tracks of puristic, hypnotic techno. We don’t mean template-driven chunky white label Discogs bait either, but something fashioned out of raw sound that places the channeling of energy above composition and cleverness.
Opener 521 embodies this aesthetic with driving, echoing percussion and undulating sine waves accompanied by twisted pitch bent tones for slowly evolving static laden acid rawness. A big Sound for Big rooms to say the least for this number. A-side outro, Dissolve does just that, with some of the left over LFO nastiness from the opener boiling off.
On the B side, meditative interlude, Stare eases us into Gemikunat. Here Imugem takes a more subdued textural approach, with layers desiccated pads and modular filigree draped over a low slung broken beat rhythm. Great for opening a set or simply just taking the audience onto a different path, something Imugem does well. The improbably titled closer, Ls-VCR #E0302 brings back some more cavernous acid over some classic metallic warehouse percussion for a full on dance floor crusher.