Techno Review of Ken Ishii – Malfunction​ ​Manipulation

Techno Review of Ken Ishii – Malfunction​ ​Manipulation

Some would say Proper emotive Techno, we think its a rather wonderful release by Ken Ishii on Different is Different Records, with an equally brilliant remix by Funk D’Void and a tougher edged Greencross Remix. All 3 I can see being used at very diffferent times in a set.

The Original sounds like it has been titled, centered around a happy studio accident, manipulated and woven into a frenzied groove that Ken Ishii is a master tailor of. Its a glitchy juggernaut type of track, if that makes sense? the kind of track I absolutley love having in my dj box, a weapon of sorts for the latter moments in a deep techno set.

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The Funk D’Void Remix is the clouds opening in a set moment, think the techno sun god has come out and is illuminating the mind and flooding the body with synth chords sending rushes of dopamine and adrenaline through and around the body, the entire musical journey is almost Mystical 🙂 All correlated and communicated through finely eq’d drum programming. Releases like this are the reason we love techno,  pure emotional forward thinking music.

The Greencross remix is an excellent interpretaion also, kinda reminiscent of Vince Watson – Flux taken from the Atom Ep on Tresor from a few years back, but with slightly more pace and a shade darker, which balances the release out really well. Excellent A&R work by whoever thought to put these 3 names together on one release, in our opinion PURE CLASSIC TECHNO

The Label Explains:

After ​’Twitched’​ ​and​ ​four​ ​remix​ ​releases​ ​later,​ ​Ken​ ​Ishii reveals his latest EP ​’Malfunction​ ​Manipulation’. The renowned Japanese DJ received international acclaim early on in his career, producing the official theme song of the 1998 winter Olympics in Nagano and making the cover of Newsweek two years later as a symbol of modern Japanese culture. Since then, Ken Ishii has toured internationally playing in festivals such as Monegros, WIRE, and earlier this year in Tomorrowland. A true international artist, Ken teams up with London-based Funk D’Void and Venezuelan-born Greencross for this new release of chill, glitchy techno.

In the words of Ishii himself, “interesting​ ​musical​ ​pieces​ ​derive​ ​from​ ​malfunctions​ ​of machines​ ​or​ ​musician’s​ ​irregular​ ​deeds.​ ​It’s​ ​usually​ ​not controllable,​ ​but​ ​if​ ​you​ ​can​ ​control​ ​it​ ​you​ ​would​ ​be​ ​able to​ ​rule​ ​this​ ​music​ ​world.” Ken demonstrates his mastery over his instruments in “Malfunction Manipulation,” a slow-building track buzzing with electricity. The sounds edge towards the breaking point before they are pulled back at the last second into the discipline of the tight beat. Funk D’Void follows up with his remix of the track which highlights the ambient and melodic undertones of the original. Finally, Greencross gives the track a harder edge with a hint of 8-bit nostalgia in his version.

A​ ​remix​ ​release​ ​is​ ​already​ ​in​ ​the​ ​works,​ ​set​ ​to​ ​hit​ ​the stores​ ​in​ ​summer​ ​2018.

Here is a link to Listen/Buy Ken Ishii’s Techno releases over on beatport:



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I don’t go in with the attitude that my music is only going to be played in clubs. I make my records in the hope that people will go and buy them to listen to as well as to dance to. It should be totally different from anything else that’s happening but not so different that it’s beyond people. Be right on the edge without going over.
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