Some glacial Detroit techno all the way from Japan. Ken Ishii started making music in the early 1990s for reknown Belgian techno label R&S. His music has a delicacy of precision, similar to Carl Craig.


From his own website: Ken debuted on a legendary Belgian techno label, R & S Records, in 1993. Then he won No.1 on the UK’s NME magazine’s techno chart which led him to worldwide recognition. In 1995, the highly praised album “Jelly Tones” (R & S / Sony) was released. In the following year, the video clip for the single “Extra” from the “Jelly Tones” album (directed by Koji Morimoto, the animator of the worldwide hit cartoon, “Akira”) won MTV Europe’s “Dance Video of the Year” award. Since then, Ken has been regarded as one of the Japanese pioneers whose creation is on a world standard.


In 1998, Ken composed and produced the official theme song for the winter Olympics which took place in Nagano, Japan and it was played in more than 70 countries around the world. Then in 2000, Ken was on the cover of “Newsweek” magazine, featured as a symbol of the Japanese new culture. Also in the same year, he composed the theme song and soundtracks for the mega hit Japanese film, “Whiteout”, which led him to a nomination for Japanese Academy Awards. Then in 2002, Ken finally set up his own label, 70 Drums, and released an album “Future In Light.”

These days, Ken spends 2/3 of his time in Europe, Asia, North and South America and Oceania DJing and working as a true international artist. In 2004, he was awarded the best techno DJ at “Dance Music Awards” in Ibiza, Spain, proving himself to be one of the world’s most talented DJs in the scene. Last year, he was in charge of the music for Japanese Government’s Seto-Nippon Pavilion at World Expo, held in Aichi, Japan. In November, 2006, he released an original album “SUNRISER”. He has also been continuously releasing on his side project, FLR, focusing on the dance floor.


Ken Ishii – Overlap (Dave Angel Remix)
Ken Ishii – Extra (Dave Angel Remix)
Ken Ishii – Extra (Luke Slater Remix)


Ken Ishii – Overlap (Lemon D Remix)  for those who like it a bit more dnb


Ken Ishii website


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~ by acidted on August 19, 2009.

2 Responses to “I IS FOR KEN ISHII”

  1. […] since the early 90s with his delicate techno. He started out on Belgian techno label R&S. More here. Today’s track is from a 1996 10″ on R&S. Given it’s a Red Snapper remix, […]

  2. […] Ishii’s work starts in IDM and stretches into glacial techno (more here). This track is taken from his 1995 classic album Jelly Tones. The remix to 1996 single Stretch is […]

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