Sound Of Sky

EX 202LP EX 202LP

Double LP version. "Susumu Yokota is one of those artists who cannot be pinned down to one genre or style. Last year he released different projects that expertly covered experimental electronica, deep house and a garage album all to great critical acclaim from respective specialist and mainstream press. On this, his second album for Exceptional, he is focusing on deep, jazz oriented house music, along the lines of Joe Clausell and Osunlade. 'Nothing Time' is a tribute to those days without responsibilities and pressures, relax and soak up the vibes of this glorious breakbeat based house track. 'Three Ripple' ups the rhythmic ante with a greater emphasis on the kick, accented by rising keyboard wails. Susumu's musicality is clearly apparent on 'Crash Marble', where he manipulates a blues groove into crunchy house beats, similar to St Germain, but with a bit more dirt. The gorgeous ambient interlude of 'Wind Wave' is based around a heavily effected and treated keyboard line. The album's title track melds a fat kick and a bassline with jazzy keys, and an infectious chant. The addition of sax on top is the final coup de grace. 'King of Darkness' must be an ironic title -- it probably won't work for the 'Dark Drums' fans out there. The main motif is a lilting piano supported by a house rhythm section. 'Form and Idea' lets the listener relax back and observe the gestation of a musical theme, imitating the excitement of the arrival of a novel thought and the peaceful delight of a problem solved. 'Right to be Free' is a low slung groove helping an understated vocal come through. It marries a righteous take on house with some of the production sensibilities of the Cologne sound. Expect to hear 'Make Peace' on deep dancefloors near you soon, it has a truly cavernous kick drum. The album closes with the downtempo breaks of 'Sky and Diamond' -- its deep reverb winds the proceeds off perfectly. Yet again Susumu Yokota has demonstrated his mastery of another musical genre but kept his trademark respect for space and depth through fine attention to production details like his sensual use of reverb."