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The latest release on Suffused Music welcomes DJ Yoko to the label for his debut EP. The Japanese artist made his first steps into electronic music in 2008 with a string of releases on the Galaxy Recz imprint based out of Yokohama. His party oriented sound progressed quickly, refined and sculpted into something timeless and melodic. It attracted the attention of well known Japanese imprint Hypnotic Room where his future work earned praise from Laurent Garnier and Richie Hawtin. A pivotal moment in Yoko's career came in 2014 when his 'Sky Drive' production was played by Hernan Cattaneo on his hugely popular 'Resident' podcast. The spacy, melodic gem paved the way for new things which have lead to his much anticipated debut EP for Suffused Music entitled 'Daydream'.

The aptly titled 'Daydream' begins with a cluster of melodies accented with sparse yet poignant piano's. As the swirling harmonics rise the kick eventually drops with a hopeful pad pulling in more emotive energy. Dynamic claps and percussive waves bring further drive while a timeless band of chord changes complement the glowing arps perfectly. Void of any major break, it's steady, methodical build just adds to its heartwarming moods and ultimately makes for an exhilarating seven minute journey.

The companion piece 'Nostalgia' comes with similar design profiles and a lovely melodic storyboard. Again aptly titled, the piece is a nod to the classic sounds from the late nineties. Comparison's to Humate's 'Love Stimulation' could certainly be made and the emotive energy is perhaps just as poignant, with its wistful qualities casting a reflective tone. A beautiful piece of music from DJ Yoko and a fitting conclusion to his Suffused Music debut. Don't miss it.

Text by Mitch Alexander (Release Promo | microCastle)
Picture by Feist, Michael
Mastered by Cid Inc.