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  • Release Date 2017-04-28
  • Label HANDS
  • Catalog HANDSD247
HANDS welcomes Japanese producer TOMOHIKO SAGAE who has earned himself a proper reputation with a string of well received crossborder techno and industrial 12es and digital singles as well as appearing at notable events throughout Europe. It seems almost a logical move to line up his debut album at HANDS as his signature style of fusing bulky noise elements with the relentless groove of techno is simply a perfect fit with the core label sound. Expect an hour of intensely rhythmic assaults on your senses a maelstrom of metallic noises and sturdy midtempo beats. Its after a considerable number of EPs (on labels like Furanum or Rodz Konez) Tomohiko Sagae goes for the album format and he sure makes good use of it: Sensory Deprivation follows a clear arc of suspense with the introlike opener Cold Eyes and a couple of noisy workouts (Sensory deprivation and Scream in Pain) making for a tense buildup which being mirrored by the reverse concept of Pollen Disease Sucralose and Dark Deeds granting some relief towards the end of the album. In between its six tracks of the finest peak time material just the way it gets every warehouse boiling from the Berghain around the globe with the industrial techno sound reigning supreme in recent years. And yet its very much a unique thing as Sagae draws from his rich inspirational background of various industrial and electronic subgenres as well as avantgarde music in general so his tracks sound like no one elses for sure: Driven by the mechanical kicks clocking in around the 130 bpm mark there are dense layers of noisy debris very authentically conjuring up images of hard factory work and the grit of machinery. Telephone and Ace K are more strongly on the electronic side while the two parts of Perverse Mind and Hyperarousal indulge in an irresistible tribalism and Keep the Faith relies more strongly on the rolling bass line. The antithesis of rhythmic monotony and the dazzling array of sound eventually foster sensory deprivation with the listener.


Sensory Deprivation