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Daisuke Tanabe

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Daisuke Tanabe is a producer from Chiba, Japan. The former art student who also lived and worked in London for some years is currently based in Tokyo, where he assembles his exceptional pieces of music. Originally coming from a techno/breakbeat background, Daisuke has developed his own style of production to create a distinctive sound between hiphop, electronica, folk and jazz.

During his time in the UK, he published for Gilles Peterson’s famous Brownswood label and performed together with Zero DB, some of the leading lights in the UK breakbeat scene. On a recent Japan tour with French hiphop instrumentalist ONRA, he once again knew to impress the audience with his unique melange of jazz, electronica and hiphop. When performing live, Daisuke Tanabe succeeds in combining his instrumental tracks with hiphop acappellas and creates an extraordinary atmosphere.

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Floating Underwater

Floating Underwater

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The Japanese producer Daisuke Tanabe is back on Ki for a full 15-track LP that will be released on a double 10" Vinyl. Tanabe was initially one of the first to contribute his music to the German imprint with the second release in the labels catalogue back in 2009. Some time has passed since then and the former Red Bull Music Academy participant has evolved even more and cemented his unique sound scape to a recognizable trademark. With his debut album "Before I forget", a few EP's, many Remixes and an album in collaboration with Kidkanevil as Kidsuke, he's now back for more on Ki. 15 tracks full of surprising twists and turns and genre defying sounds and rhythmic patterns. It was always hard to put Tanabe's production into one genre and it's not easier now. If you want to, you will definitely be able to put his music somewhere but you better listen closely and get lost in his incredibly deep and intelligent arrangements. It's an album that tells the listener a story. Which story that is? It's solely up to the you.

The track "Paper Planes" is a perfect example for his dreamy lo-fi sound taking you on a voyage. Full of bells and wobbling synthesizer lines.

"Fun Robbery" shows how Tanabe can take any influence and give it his own trademark. A beautiful deep and dubby chord meets twisted bell patterns and analogue drums that you better listen to on a good sound system.

"Pinebee" for example flirts with oriental sounds but is basically driven by a rhythmic pattern that is known as.., well, drum and bass.

"Expo" and "Blue Rat" get you trapped in a video game. Beautiful arpeggiated synths and strong melodies take you on a night ride through Tokyo.

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Daisuke Tanabe - Flowers On A Wall

Daisuke Tanabe - Flowers On A Wall

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For the second release on Ki a very special and talented artist from Japan was invited to join the label. Daisuke Tanabe, who studied art in Tokyo and London, has been producing music for the last 13 years. Various releases on Zero DB’s Fluid Ounce label and an impressive amount of remixes for Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood imprint have proven Daisuke Tanabe’s versatility and talent for modern experimental electronic music. As a live Act and Dj, he performed with the such as Gilles Peterson, Onra, Tim Exile, Hudson Mohawke and Clark.

Ki decided to dare a leap into a more experimental way by publishing his outstanding Flowers on a Wall. The four-track EP is released 500 copies WW on limited vinyl, simultaneously to his first Album on Japan’s Circulation Records.

The Cover photography comes from Tokyo based photographer Nakaya Sato.

* 2009

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