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Premiere: COLOGNe shares ‘Soul Evolution’ as cult Japanese hero’s EP makes it onto vinyl after 22 years

Japanese cult hero COLOGNe’s 1999 EP pressed onto vinyl for the first time

COLOGNe’s ‘Deep Talk’ EP, is scheduled to appear on vinyl for the first time, as Junki Inoue updates the catalogue for his reissue label SAISEI.

Juno Daily premieres the lead track from the reissuing the Japanese producer’s EP, titled ‘Soul Evolution’ here….

‘Soul Evolution’ traverses the lighter edges of deep house, while dreamy crossrhythms undulate across the mix at a hypnotic pace.

COLOGNe – real name Takuya Sugimoto – released ‘Deep Talk’ originally in 1999, on the CD-only label Viola. The IDM-meets-techno EP was among the first of Sugimoto’s releases under the alias, establishing him as a prominent name in the Japan scene. The COLOGNe moniker – along with Web and Sammansa – is part of an array of aliases belonging to Sugimoto. As Web, Sugimoto released his ‘EVA’ EP in 1996, which was the first release on the now-established Fat Cat Records.

More recently, the German label Acido released ‘The Sound There’, a mini album of previously unreleased Web material recorded between 1994 and 1995, and released last year in 2020.

Drawing on the Japanese cultural affection for tradition and nature, the label name ‘SAISEI’ is a Japanese word which translates to ‘reproduction’ and ‘to play’ (as in playing records). 

Having started digging for records at 16 years old, Junki Inoue’s mission for the label is to seek out productions from the 1990s, recapturing and reintroducing unique pieces of Japanese electronic music onto vinyl.