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Sensisizer Review

by John Bush

Right off the bat, Japanese producer Tetsuya Hirano conjures some of the best deep experimental dub-techno heard since Berlin's Chain Reaction set up shop. With dark, dynamic tracks like "Shivirelu," "Oldwave," and the title track, Hirano pursues a production style that brings in many of the familiar reverb-drenched sounds of classic Jamaican dub, and never loses the deep machine groove that's nearly essential to nailing the style right. The grooves are just as murky as dub-techno heroes like Maurizio and Monolake, but Spiritjack works the high end as well with effects and drum kit percussion. Though he's working in an extremely rigid subgenre of techno, Sensisizer sounds refreshing simply because there's so much going on during these tracks.

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