Various Artists - Essence of Especial : Exclusive Tracks EP
- par : Jon Freer
Osaka’s mighty Especial finally get round to putting out a proper compilation, to please those who like CDs as well as pricey, gorgeously packaged vinyl. This EP features three mixes of Bakura’s heartbroken "Empty Faces", and a spirited synth’n’strings performance on the "Prime Time Mix" makes it the standout. DJ Kawasaki presents "Like Thunder", where Ernesto’s empowered by love vocals are backed by classy keys and big beats. Hajime Yoshizawa rounds off the EP with "Rise Me Up", a jerky piano keyed cut produced as "Bossa Free".