Toru Ikemoto presents From Violet EP on Different Sound

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The Different Sound label has shown us, in its long journey, by a clear commitment to a typology of music producers, which if something characterizes them, is their irregularity, focused on their search for multiple unstable paths and that, weathering the storm, harvesting successes and incorporating everything that experience gives them, they emerge suddenly with proposals as unique and surprising as their own personal trajectory. They work attentively to detect when it is time to enter the studio with the artists to turn everything upside down…

Now Toru Ikemoto returns and does it on the Different Sound label. Based in Japan and keeping the underground culture alive, he is now back with “From Violet”, a 6-track fusion of minimalist and rush hour sounds.

Toru Ikemoto has been developing a name with music that spans multiple genres for some time. Diversity in music is at the core of it. Toru Ikemoto’s sound has a common characteristic recognized by recurring themes; the nostalgia, the melody and the cosmic depth, that drags you, but without losing energy.

“From Violet”, edited by Different Sound, sums up the sound of this producer, and he does it with elegance. Ikemoto creates music that works in all settings and transcends genres. His openness to a wide range of sounds is what has made them both a much-loved favourite, but also someone who operates in his own parallel musical world. He collaborates with Teno, DJ Hi-C & ASTRYD, providing a set that is deep and visceral as well as powerful and magnetic. He traps you like sweet poison until you can’t escape.

It must be stressed that the level of production of these guys is intense but, on the other hand, the care of the sounds they release is up to those who do things because they want to and with the time they really need. That’s why it’s about productions that when you approach carefully you get trapped by the halo that it gives off: rare, singular and, here comes the best, powerful, magnetic and danceable. Beats that mark but without burdening us, an oldschool touch (authentic), somewhat eccentric synthesizers and a rather cheerful and festive general tone, are some of the adjectives that we can pull out of our sleeves if we want to describe this innovative proposal.

Ikemoto looks for novelty without losing nostalgia, that he plays with the genre but without falling into predictable tricks, nor the arrogance of those who cling to a genre or mannerism to show that they have personality. Paradoxically, to achieve simplicity and lucidity, experience and the ability to free oneself from the limitation of conditioning are required, and this “From Violet” is a healthy example of this.


Written by: Alejandro Serrano

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