Italian-born producer, Fragmentor, arrives all the way from Japan, with his latest EP on Quartz Records; A Man Lost in Time. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight takes a listen to three genre-bending tracks.
Fragmentor has been on our radar for some time now, having not long released the first EP on his own Follow the Flow imprint, enlisting the services of Jonas Kopp and bashing out a rather nice remix on the flip of his Iamik release. Our producer continues his trend of producing emotive techno with the atmospheric A Man Lost in Time; an acidic little trip that plays nicely on the title of the release.
We open with the title track, and immediately we are plunged into the Bladerunner-come-Megacity One metropolis that Fragmentor inhabits for the purpose of this release. It may well reflect his adopted home – Tokyo – which is famed for its futuristic landscape, immersion in technology, and image-led populous. The track conjures scenes of a post-apocalyptic chase through crumbling architecture; the swelling bassline and siren sounds furthering that particular narrative.
Blowtorch, on the b-side, opens with an acid synth that increases in volume up the intro of the percussion and bass, which also teases out that quintessential 303 sound. Frenetic hats spit top end across the mix like burning Thermite, dropping out for the immense acid build-up which takes us to the track’s mid-point. The final third of the track is a snarler, and a lovely example of acid techno.
We close on Synthetic Rain, which is an ambient cut that could very easily be set in some sort of futuristic VR garden, droplets of precipitation falling onto lush greenery which can be seen but not felt. Birds of paradise fly around the headspace, before we are played out by thundering Japanese ō-daiko drums. This is a beautiful track that could easily be used to start a longform DJ set off with some nice, dreamy soundscapes.
You can take a listen to the title track, below, and if you like what you hear, you can pick up one of only 200 grey marbled wax copies of the record, here.