Magic Thread by Susumu Yokota
Formats: CD (BAY 11CD) Limited Edition Double Vinyl LP (1,000 copies) (deleted) (BAY 11V) Digital (BAY 11E)
Release Date: 13 March 2000
Susumu Yokota received fulsome praise for the Image 1983-1998 album released by The Leaf Label in September 1999. March 2000 saw the first release outside Japan of the now ridiculously scarce Magic Thread album. The album was actually released in Japan before 'Image', in a limited edition of just 500 copies on CD - the very first release on Yokota's own Skintone label.
Magic Thread has a more electronic feel than Image, but is still possessed of the plaintive melodies and haunting minimalist dynamics that made Image such an unexpected treat.
After Ken Ishii, Yokota was the first techno artist to release music in Europe (1992's Frankfurt-Tokyo Connection on Harthouse). Since then he has enjoyed a prolific career as both a DJ and recording artist, working under a host of pseudonyms, including 246, Ringo, Prism and Stevia.