Takecha has spent much of his career lurking on the fringes of the Japanese scene. Over two decades, in fact, with sporadic releases under an assortment of aliases predominantly rolled out via his own GWM or “Groove With Machine” Records. Steadfast in his commitment to peddling records that gave a big nod to the house sounds of Southside Chicago and New York, his label on the other hand did throw up the occasional curveball, even dipping a toe into goa trance waters on one occasion.

Like Soichi Terada, a growing appetite for Japanese house has presented Takecha the chance to reach a new audience. Following in the footsteps of his compatriot, he also links up with London label Hhatri, offering up four original cuts that imbued with a distinctly North American flavour. You can hear it on ‘Sax’, a playful number from ’95 that was previously unreleased. The swinging groove is reminiscent of Glenn Underground, while the alluring blend of stabby chords and sultry saxophone isn’t too dissimilar from the output of Pal Joey, another source of inspiration for the Shiga-based producer.

A Tale of Shiga is out now on Hhatri – buy the vinyl here.

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