Next Dokutoku issue “I Should Care” EP will be released on 22nd of February and it will be the EP number 005 from the label. Moda Di boss and Freerotation resident Tom Ellis is only the last to join the imprint’s family after DoubtingThomas, Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts and label-head Katie Drover.
Dokutoku (独特) has many meanings in Japanese, including ‘Uniqueness’ and ‘Peculiarity’, and this release definitely shows both of them in it.
The Wales-based producer cook up a 4-tracker EP named “Smiles Defy Gravity, once again deliver an extraordinary piece of music. The wax embark on a fantastic journey with what we selected for our premiere, “I Should Care“. Sampled jazz piano and vocal snippets with a clear blues influence are combined into an silky groove, without any compromise on complexity. It’s an original piece that sets it’s own groove for the most refined tastes.
Moreover, the front side continues with the darker and moody “El Humo” sitting on A2. It is clearly a great track that tingles with wind bells feeling and sneaks into the soul over a well crafted beats. Inspired from Villalobos movements and extravagant vibes, it can be definitely considered an elegant and pleasant touch on the 12″.
For the flip-side opening, “Number X” is a more powerful techno exercise, heavy on drums but counterbalanced by an echoing vocal ready to tear apart the dancefloor. For B2, “Still Only One“, is instead showcasing the more electro-side of the producer, with the help of a combination of bleep patterns that lead to an emotional music labyrinth.
Diverse but indeed complete, this release adds consistency and quality to an already solid stream of releases, and project Dokutoku records on the top shelves of the best records store as well as, we are sure, in several DJs bags.