Insomnia is the second act in the string of four records that Japanese producer Kosei Fukuda has scheduled for release this year. Although they are meant to jointly create a narrative arch of deep brooding techno, each one stands on its own as an accomplished mood-setter. As the title suggests, here the atmosphere of nocturnal menace dominates. The eponymous track that kicks off the record is a mid-tempo yet highly propulsive soundtrack to a scene of fright and eeriness. Or a prelude to a dark celebration. Intricate kick drum, ultra crisp high hats, and expansive soundscapes all around – that’s the hypnotic formula employed here to lock you into the groove. Side B is split between Eternal Redemption and Chrono, the former building up a tension that the latter resolves only partially, leaving it to the third EP to pick up the dreamless story where the second drops it. However, Chrono is a hell of a musical conclusion in its own right. Like the mystery of time to which it explicitly refers, it is at once concrete and abstract. Behind its relentless beat, a simple but massive, two-chord wall of sound gradually emerges to engulf the listener with its remorseless darkness. While this is a DJ tool able to fill spaces of big techno rooms with a properly somber climate, it can also serve as a musical metaphor. Deep techno of this kind keeps us sleepless and amazed, not unlike the inevitable passage of time, and it is also a kind of anonymous mask to hide behind, not unlike the one on the cover fittingly designed by Muriel Gallardo and Valentina Berthelon.
【REITEN 0.002／Kosei Fukuda／ハイレゾ】