Disturbance by Riow Arai
Formats: 12" (DOCK 39)
Release Date: 29 September 2003
The Disturbance EP is Japanese producer Riow Arai's first ever release outside Japan. A 'Greatest Hits' package of sorts, the EP draws from Arai's extensive catalogue of twisted instrumental hiphop on the cult Japanese Soup-Disk label.
The five DJ friendly cuts include two re-edits of tracks from the forthcoming Mind Edit album, and three from a selection of previous Japanese releases, stretching back to 1998.
This is hiphop like you've never heard before, masterfully crafted, incredibly fresh and quite unique. Riow's got the funk, and he's bringing it to y'all in spades.
Riow Arai made his debut in 1995, and has released four albums since, with a new Japanese release to come later this year. He has created soundtracks for Playstation games, played in Japan with Matthew Herbert, Hexstatic, Four Tet and Skam Records, and produced numerous Japanese artists, including Mego's Tujiko Noriko. Western fans included Messr's Jonathan More (Coldcut), Si Begg and John Peel, while Nobukazu Takemura described his second album as 'unmistakably the best Japanese dancefloor record of the year'.
A1. Break Roads (re-edit)
B2. Disturbance (re-edit)