Ryota O.P.P aka Ryota Arai delivers his debut album ‘Pale Lux’ for Meda Fury.
Ryota is based in Tokyo - at the nexus of the Japanese house / future disco scene, alongside cohorts such as Cos/Mes, Inoue Shirabe, and KZA he blends eastern mysticism, jazz spirituality, and cosmic disco with classic 4:4 rhythms.
A highly respected DJ, promoter and producer the opaque discoid-stomp of his Future Life EP marked him out as an original oddity but a vital new voice in the now global electronic music community, but with ‘Pale Lux' he’s enlarged the scope of his musical canvas to incorporate new fresh textures and atmospheres.
As Meda Fury head honcho Nick Williams explains: “‘Future Life' was built from some quite dark, abstract demos, some of which ended up being a bit overproduced for his self made debut cd only album. The Pale Lux LP is a Ryota’s fully realised eclectic vision, with a mood that is more optimistic and playful - much more reflective of his personality."
‘Pale Lux' indeed has a real narrative flow - dance floor tracks such as the chunky balearic vibes of ‘Wood’, and banging future techno of ‘Bird Flying Over The Rainbow' nestle alongside home listening ambience - witness the backroom/chill-out vibes of ‘Origin’, the cute hip hop bounce of ’Soft Touch’ or the delicate trinket box chimes of outro ‘Drops'.
Oscillating between light and shade, slow and fast, the influence of Japan's history and native instrumentation runs right through the record; his fascination with Balearic, Disco, Deep-House, Hip Hop, Ambient and blunted beats parcelled into a glorious, sweetly considered listening experience.
Published: 16th November 2016