Artist: Fuminori Kagajo
Title: Chase Down EP
Release Date: October 24, 2016
Label: Roots Underground Records
Italian based Roots Underground Records is always seeking hot talents in the contemporary electronic scene and for its second vinyl release takes a trip to Japan to meet the soulful addicted Fuminori Kagajo: a DJ, producer, also involved in band projects, whose sound appeared on well-respected house imprints such as Fatsouls Records, Trippin Records, Slip’N’Slide, King Street Sounds, just to mention a few.
The guy from Sapporo delivers a four-track EP moving through a so delightful sound synergy made of US’ house-inspired backbones, 70’s funk allure and jazz-fusion treatments, helped by stunning musicians as the keyboards wizard Takuto Kudo, the bass player Sei Takeuchi, and the horns of Kengo Ono (Alto sax), Mutsumi Takeuchi (Tenor sax), Kogo Takeuchi (Baritone sax), Yasunori Sugo (Trumpet). 70’s-influenced ivories permeate both tunes on the A side: while the title-track “Chase Down” is driven by a percussive mantra along with keyboards in hot pursuit to support the rhythm section; “Aggregation” takes shape from a deep train pattern and sets the keys free to stand above by highly dynamic variations. Amazing opening on the flip side with a fast-paced joyful tropicalia: “The Tropics” comes as an Afro-Latin evocation which sees a massive instrumental intervention of the Kagajo’s trusty ensemble and especially the four-element brass section brings to the track a certain nice retro flavour. Closing the record with “Depth Of The Forest”, we’re back to more contemporary feelings of house deepness crossed by a must-have bright keyboards solo.
Equipment used – Hardware: Nord Lead 2, Korg MS2000, Akai MPC2000 XL – Software: Logic Pro X, NI Komplete 9, NI Maschine 2
All tracks Written & Produced by Fuminori Kagajo.
*A2 Written by Fuminori Kagajo & Takuto Kudo; keyboards performed by Takuto Kudo.
**B1 Written by Fuminori Kagajo & Yasunori Sugo; performed by Takuto Kudo (keyboards), Sei Takeuchi (bass), Kengo Ono (Alto sax), Mutsumi Takeuchi (Tenor sax), Kogo Takeuchi (Baritone sax), Yasunori Sugo (trumpet).
Executive Producers: Marco Celeri & Simona Faraone.
Mastering: Dirty Drop Studio.
Artwork: Michelangelo Caruso.
Printed by Rand Muzik.
Distributed by Groove Dis (Chicago – US)