Ken Ishii

Sleeping Madness

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Ishii's first album for R&S in four years shows what he's been up to in the last half of the '90s: tracking further developments in experimental dub (thanks to the Germans) and techno-jazz (thanks to the Brits and Americans). And though the references to varying forms of listening techno crop up quite a bit, most of these productions aren't chained to the chill-out couch by any means. They're just as sleek and fast-moving as Ishii's classic productions, and reliant on the same bubbling groove. So it's the best of both worlds: a new sound, but one with Ishii's feel for traditional techno.

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