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"Holding New Cards"

by Keita Sano

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pcharles Please make more breaks/ jungle! It is so good! The samples and drums and everything :) Favorite track: Onion Slice.
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n I don't know who this Keita Sano guy is but I like what he stands for. Favorite track: Onion Slice.
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JoronJoron Some of best (and weirdest) techno cuts you'll get this year. Favorite track: Escape To Bronx.
Mister Meows
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Mister Meows Onion Slice is amazing, but why should one track define an album that jumps between so many different dance sounds? Its only crime is being overstuffed with different types of riches, & that's a nothing of a complaint. Favorite track: Onion Slice.
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Nic Brown "Holding New Cards is classic 1080p fare; a 70 minute, all-encompassing epic that welds bounteous quantity to unadulterated quality. Keita Sano is a dance music lapidary, crafting gems of sensuous house, sinewy jungle and strapping techno with almost nonchalant ease. Time to bling up. Favorite track: Search.
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Fake Blood 05:12
Onion Slice 05:39
Search 06:59
Happiness 06:53
Insomnia 06:33
African Blue 06:30


Bumper 70-minute cassette of broad and weird cross-terrain hybrid house and techno from “left-handed” Okayama producer Keita Sano who spent his early years with Jazz and studied ceramic spinning for a short spell in Okinawa. Now he uses MPC, Electribe-SX, an old MTR, and a lot of effector to make music. Jazz music still inspires him, though this dense blend of electronics doesn’t bear so many signs of it other than a distinct free-ness and constant sense of melody.

“Onion Slice” is a cut up jungle build-up to miniature epic synth swells; “Search” has a 100bpm reggae plod with crunched out reverberant drums and vocal snippets; “Escape to Bronx” takes on classic acid vibes and “African Blue” is a loose, percussive throwback club groove that harnesses the general ecstasy of Sano’s joyous experimentation.

Noise is often present across this collection of moods and genres, coming to particular focus in harsh textural waves on “Everybody Does It” and on title track “Holding New Cards”. This compendium of recent work also muses on notions of general noise and saturation, relishing in maximalism with accomplished and innocence.


released May 5, 2015

Art by Colin Young


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