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Tomoki Tamura’s Holic Trax label has long been renowned as a canny exporter of clued in house and techno. Their latest continues in this regard, as Tamura again calls on a series of renowned label friends to bring the heat. With names such as Mr.G, Satoshi Tommie and Tuccillo all appearing it here alongside Tamura himself, it’s no surprise that this 3 x vinyl record, celebrating 5 years of the label, is filled with drama and high points throughout.
This is immediately obvious from Mr.G’s “Soba Shioyaki”. Titled in homage to the label’s Japanese heritage, it’s a dark and dexterous workout that marks another high point in a career filled with big records. Deep but tough, it’s a perfect of why the tech house master is so revered in underground circles. G’s “Komorebi” puts a tough emphasis on the drums, as well as a weaving, subtle baseline that adds a further dynamic to his work here.
HT24 comes from Satoshi Tommiie & Tuccillo, two producers whose sounds are perfectly suited to Holic’s output. Their four-track contribution starts with “Do It”, a spiky catchy number that’s exciting from the off. “What Row” sees the boys inject some added funk into the equation, before “To Ray” ups the intensity with a raw, pulverising aesthetic that takes no prisoners. Wrapping up their side of the bargain is the digital only “You Know”, a real bumper of a track with Chicago-inspired synth stabs that help bring it to higher planes.
It’s the left to Tamura himself to close the offering via HT25. A1, the appropriately named “5ive Years’ is a techno workout of the type that’s notable for its off-kilter motifs and a stubborn, industrial feel. Unforgiving and full of atmosphere, it’s the sign of a producer who clearly knows his way around he mixing deck. “Polyphonic Six” displays the producer’s more introspective sound thanks to a melancholic perspective that’s hard not to embrace. All things told, this is a wonderfully diverse package from Tamura & co. Here’s to the next 5!

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released May 10, 2020

Artist: Satoshi Tomiie & Tuccillo
Title: To Ray EP (5iVE YEARS HOLIC TRAX - Edition 2)
Label: Holic Trax
Release: 4th SEP 2017
Cat. No. HT024

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A1. Do It
A2. What Row (Vinyl Only)
B1. To Ray
*Digital Only. You Know

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Satoshi Tomiie New York, New York

Satoshi Tomiie has been a pioneering and driving force within the global electronic music community since the early days of house music.
Regularly playing clubs such as DC10, Rex and from South America to Tokyo while releasing music on labels such as YoY, Yoyakuza, Kaoz Theory, No19, Holic, and his own Abstract Architecture.
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