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Susumu Yokota

Love or Die

Susumu Yokota is one of the very few consistently engaging electronic artists to emerge in the last 10 years. Always restless, always changing and yet always himself.

Love Or Die sees him return to a more distinctly ‘ambient’ sound as found on his classic albums like ‘ Sakura’ and ‘Grinning Cat’ and yet as ever there are new variations and surprising juxtapositions, such as the drum and bass meets Windham Hill textures of ‘ The Scream of a Sage…’ or the Joe Meek breakbeat of ‘The Loneliness of Anarchic Beauty…’.

The long Zen like titles seem to indicate that whatever the musical terrain, at the core of Yokota’s music there lies a deep and profound sense of purpose and focus.

‘(The) quality of (Yokota’s) productions has never been more apparent than on this album. Like a book that is dif- ficult to put down, it’s easy to get caught up in the world created by Susumu Yokota.. one of his best albums.’  Hearing is Beleiving

‘yet another work of deep, phantasmagoric magic… Yokota proceeds to provoke and astound in equal meas- ure… from sublime ambient textures to polyrhythmic, poly-ethnic hybrids. Refined, delicate and endlessly in- triguing, this one of Yokota’s most engaging projects for a long while.’ Clash Magazine