A RECORD

by Sofheso

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Deluxe Limited edition LP comes with bonus tape of 'Sofheso live at Forest Limit, Tokyo' and 'Sketches of Tokyo' Zine featuring the artwork of Kan Togashi, printed on translucent paper.

    LP housed in matte black hand screen printed sleeves, complete with OBI strip & PVC outer wallet.

    Artwork by Kan Togashi

    Includes unlimited streaming of A RECORD via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Limited edition LP housed in matte black hand screen printed sleeves, complete with OBI strip & PVC outer wallet.

    Artwork by Kan Togashi

    Includes unlimited streaming of A RECORD via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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1.
ECSS 09:58
2.
ASR 06:29
3.
RFF 05:21
4.
ONJJ 04:31 video
5.
KLR 04:38
6.
WRBB 08:38
7.
HUI6 03:53
8.
NDNG 07:04
9.
YFQ 01:31

about

We at FT have had the big pleasure to continue our collaboration with the brutalist rhythm explorer & Forest Limit resident Sofheso. Plenty had their brains scrambled by his 2.5hr ARCHIVE release in 2018 - ("the emotional impact is that of a solitary battering ram to the gut…” - ATTN magazine / "a staggering introduction to a mysterious talent" - The Quietus) and since then we’ve been pulling together yet more irresistibly ruff & spirited one-takes from his recent sessions.

Juggernaut rhythms, frenzied vocal samples, machinegun drum programming greets us from track a.1 / ECSS, and the pressure is maintained for almost the entire record. Major bludgeoning damage is dealt on a.4 / ONJJ particularly, as chunks of subby utterance boil over into a nimble breakbeat. Moments of melodic release are spoon fed through the cracks & become euphoric - like a nourishing sip of something offered in the smoke of a 5am dancefloor.

Across 53 minutes barely 4 bars are the same - always an unseen path is taken into a fresh rhythmic possibility. Sometimes it’s abrasive & chaotic. But our seasoned technician always finds the right addition or subtraction to make sense of the tumult, and discovers new levels of blown out/up POWER where others would be timidly reaching for the gain pot.

Sofheso has been sharpening his tools since 2002 - the year of his first performance under this moniker - and it’s apparent from his new recordings and his euphoric live shows that he wields them with a rare & unconstrained intuition. He is using this 6th sense to shake rooms & bodies in his home city of Tokyo, and soon (COVID willing) also in the UK & Europe.

We were lucky enough to get over to Japan this year to do a show with him in Tokyo’s Forest Limit as part of our tour. The recording of his performance at that show will be dubbed to tape and released as part of a special edition, along with the LP and a zine of sketches by Kan Togashi - the artist responsible for the album cover (and also the cover for ARCHIVE).

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released September 25, 2020

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