Artist: Hiroshi Watanabe
Title: Multiverse EP
Cat. #: MS96
Distribution: Rush Hour
Release date: 12th Februar 2016 (Vinyl)
A1: The Multiverse 8:53
A2: The Leonids 8:04
B1: Soul Transitions 9:04
B2: Aperture Synthesis 8:50
Transmat is activated and back with a Trilogy. For its 30th anniversary the record label from Detroit is releasing 3 new records from 3 new artists. Techno-Legend Derrick May will plan to support more upcoming artists with his record label.
The first one of these artists is the Japanese artist Hiroshi Watanabe, whose Multiverse EP is picking up classic Motorcity sound, while simultaneously sounding very current and fresh. The artwork for the cover was designed by Abdul Quadim Haqq, who has already created the cover art for Underground Resistance, Juan Atkins, DJ Rolando and Rhythim Is Rhythim.
The collaboration of the Japanese artist Hiroshi Watanabe and Derrick May began with the “Multiverse” track. Derrick May already had been fascinated for a long time with Japan and its music scene. May’s first reaction to Watanabe’s Multiverse was a short “Amazing!” and symbolized the beginning of making this record. This song became the name of the EP as well as the thematic frame for the release. Subsequently, one thing led to another. A real soul traveller story between the worlds began. “All tracks I made for the record came across the multiuniverse travelling myself”, says Watanabe; “under the theme of ‘receive, send, feel, connect’, all tracks are connected and combine into one large work of art”.
In line with the Transmat label’s values, Watanabes release contains the typical elements of the classic Transmat sounds. Finely and wonderfully crafted, never ending sequences bring the listener on a voyage through Deep Space. Always contemplative and never melancholic, rather it is optimistic with a vision towards the future, the tracks reference the Motorcity sound and convince through an incredible contemporary production approach. Watanabe’s productions have an amazing dynamic and a untamable enthusiasm, which manifests itself on an incredibly emotional and spiritual level.