Clive Tanaka is probably one of the most talented — and certainly one of the most mysterious — electronic musicians around. By day, this former hikikomori (“recluse”) from Hokkaido, Japan owns and operates the manufacturing conglomerate Tanaka Heavy Industries, LTD. In his free time, however, he makes intricate, immaculately arranged electronic music. His impressive debut album, Jet Set Siempre 1°, was one of 2011′s finest releases.
A striking feature of Tanaka’s music is how evocative it manages to be without relying heavily on vocals. “TV Dream,” a recent collaboration with Los Angeles-based artist Groundislava, bears that mark. The track evokes Saturdays = Youth era M83, showering the listener with a warm cascade of drums and synth.
Whomadewho’s Tomas Barfod put together an excellent remix of “TV Dream,” letting the track breathe a bit over a slightly heavier beat. Stream both versions below then check out Groundislava’s TV Dream EP here.
STREAM: Groundislava ft. Clive Tanaka – “TV Dream”
STREAM: Groundislava ft. Clive Tanaka – “TV Dream (Tomas Barfod Remix)”