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Hiroshi Watanabe

Multiverse EP

It’s hard to believe that Derrick May’s label is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. While it would be close to impossible for Transmat in 2016 to put out records of the same calibre as ‘Nude Photo’, Japanese producer Watanabe does a good job at interpreting classic Detroit techno. ‘The Multiverse’ is a fine amalgamation of the brittle rhythms and churning chord sequences that are part of the Motor City’s psyche, while ‘The Leonids’ is redolent of Aril Brikha, its powerful pulses underpinning atmospheric pads. 'Multiverse' is a fitting tribute to this great label's past.