KOSS - RING 2 12" (MULE ELECTRONIC)
"Koss aka KUNIYUKI TAKAHASHI is based in Sapporo. Started his musical activities in 1985. Being significantly impacted by German progressive and noise, the brothers' unit 'DRP' was formed. The style of its live performance at that time produced hardcore sound with the fusion of metal percussion, noise and electro. In the late '80s to the early '90s, its works released from major labels in Europe that electro music was popular such as Body record, Antler Subway records, KK records and so on. Since the middle of '90s, he has performed live frequently under some names and started his musical activities as the unit 'Mask' presenting the fusion of native musical factor that world music has got and electro. He also started the production of the tunes absorbed acoustic sound such as percussion, piano and so on that he plays in his own person. Then, he took part in the unit of Haruomi Hosono (a.k.a Yellow Magic Orchestra member) as percussionist at the big event 'Rainbow 2000 Japan' in 1998. Furthermore, he started producing his works under his field recordings. In 2000, his first album Ring under the name 'Koss' was released. This epic downbeat album including the tunes extended to 40 minutes was highly appreciated by many artists including Larry Heard and Plaid and also Media. His tunes are experimental yet to musical and establish his vision of the world on a constant basis at the high level. In 2001, by taking part in the festival 'Big Chill' in Naxos, Greece he started his live performance with his laptop energetically and even now the tunes of Koss have been mutating and evolving. The album Live Ring released in 2002 that he absorbed the element of dub differed from his original tune 'Ring' raised his visibility."