Kosei Fukuda

“Ruten +”

RTN013 scanZoom inLabelREITEN
Cat. No.RTN013
FormatEXCLS2LP
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‘Ruten +’ is the second part of two 2LP albums. The first part named ‘Ruten -’ will be released in January. Tracklisting: A1: Hakkou (TRACK LENGTH 05:02 min) A2: Jikou (TRACK LENGTH 04:13 min) A3: Kougen (TRACK LENGTH 04:35 min) B1: Ekou (TRACK LENGTH 04:48 min) B2: Kongen (TRACK LENGTH 02:19 min) B3: Konton (TRACK LENGTH 09:40 min) C1: Hougen (TRACK LENGTH 02:39 min) C2: Reigen (TRACK LENGTH 09:29 min) C3: Yugen (TRACK LENGTH 02:13 min) D1: Shouryou (TRACK LENGTH 04:10 min) D2: Youen (TRACK LENGTH 09:03 min) D3: Ruten (TRACK LENGTH 02:01 min) Infotext: After two series of conceptual EPs and the intricate experimental “Enso” Festival compilation, Kosei Fukuda returns with a full length solo project – the debut LP. This marks his thirteenth release on the Reiten label – a platform he created to showcase his techno music and the more general, experimental aesthetic agenda of which the club music is but one facet. As a producer and sound artist, Fukuda has shared his time between Tokyo and Berlin. Delving into the music scene of the latter in the late 2010s, he attracted attention of Berghain resident Tobias Freund who mixed all Reiten releases from the third one on in his Non Standard Studios and contributed a remix on the fifth. Soon another remix package followed, with the works by Uchi and Claudio reinterpreting the single “Sky Clair” which in turn paved the way for four subsequent techno twelves and an accomplished ambient EP. Released in a quick succession, they jointly formed a minimalistic narrative arc punctuated by suggestive titles and integrated by dark atmospheres. That series was a proof of Fukuda’s penchant for longer, conceptually inclined works which culminated in early 2020 in the two-vinyl collection of electro-acoustic improvisations under the philosophical aegis of Enso featuring such acts as Recent Arts, Renick Bell or Rabih Beaini. It is only logical then that having cut twelve records of such scope, the artist’s energy ha

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