One of the most exciting new additions to the prestigious Samurai Music roster, Tokyo's Ena has crafted a sound entirely his own, opening doors into dark, experimental planes of music. A major player on the Japanese underground scene for over a decade, his forward-thinking productions, for the likes of 7even Recordings, Samurai Horo and CX:Digital, permeate the edges of drum & bass, becoming something more, something raw.
His debut album, Binaural, is due out through Samurai's Horo imprint - a breeding ground of innovative producers such as ASC, FIS and Sam KDC - on October 27th. Promising to move further into "uncharted sonic and rhythmic territory," the album offers harsh textures and grim, organic beats, often put together with found sounds. In a interesting and unique move, the tracklist for the vinyl 2x12" LP is totally different from its CD and digital counterparts, with 12 totally separate and exclusive tracks. The CD tracklist has already been revealed, however we've secured a first look at the LP release.
To celebrate the upcoming release of Binaural, Ena is hosting an album launch party this Saturday 27th September at Plan B, London. Alongside the man from Japan, the night will feature Sam KDC, Ancestral Voices and Adam Elemental, plus in the other room, Samurai wunderkind Clarity will host his own LP launch party with the likes of dBridge, Paradox, Loxy, Ruffhouse, Overlook, Indigo and label boss Presha. Tickets are available now. Or if you're over on the continent, you can catch Ena at OHM, Berlin tomorrow night and Groningen's Paradigm on October 4th.
That's not all though, Ena has kindly provided us with this brilliant, exclusive mix. Full to the brim with dusty, extraterrestrial atmospheres and obscure percussion, let Ena induct you into the way of the Samurai!
For Binaural and Mix of the Day tracklists, plus tickets to all three events head here: http://datatransmission.co.uk/news/mix-day-exclusive-ena-mix/
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