Black Tokyo CD (2010)

Artist: Aux 88

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Product Overview


Label Puzzlebox Recore/forced Exposu
SKU 218171381
UPC 827170110922
UPC 14 00827170110922
Format CD
Release Date 12/7/2010
Author Aux 88
Technical Info
Producer Keith Tucker; Tommy Hamilton
CatalogID PBX 17CD
Lable Name Puzzlebox
Released 12/07/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 76m : 16s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00827170110922
Album Notes and Credits
Photographer: Brian Dubois .
The Detroit-based duo of Tommy Hamilton and Keith Tucker have returned with their first full-length CD in several years, and it's simultaneously rooted in their home city's electro/techno legacy and a step forward. They've adopted Japanese pseudonyms (Arashi Hoshino and Shin Muramatsu), the significance of which is unknown, and brought in two Japanese female vocalists, Erika Tsuchiya and Akiko "Ice Truck" Murakat, as a contrast to their own soft voices and the occasional computer chip voice. The music is an ultra-clean brand of Kraftwerk-descended techno, with occasional jarring sounds (a woodblock-ish drum sound on "Black Tokyo" is particularly obtrusive) that never quite disrupt the smooth-riding feel of the music as a whole. The album's most appealing tracks are the entirely instrumental ones; the vocals are frequently annoying, saying nothing -- chanting the title phrase over and over again, for example, or murmuring dance music platitudes like "Now is the time/Feel the rhythm/Free your mind/Free your spirit" ("Stance"). There are a lot of pieces on this long CD that would sound great as components of a DJ set, but despite its Japanophile concept, it doesn't really hold together as an album. ~ Phil Freeman
Disc 1
1 Intro (Japanese)
2 Groove Theory
3 Black Tokyo
4 Tokyo Drive
5 Stance (Interlude)
6 Reel To Real [Club Mix] - (remix)
7 Electronic Cinema [Soho Studio Mix] - (remix)
8 Electric Underground
9 Soul of Black
10 Stance
11 Dragon Fly
12 Kyoto Station
13 Smoke Screen
14 Winter In Japan [Original Mix] - (remix)
15 Tokyo Telacom
16 Shadow Dancing
17 Black Tokyo [Acapella]
Product Attributes
Artist Aux 88
Music Format Compact Disc
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