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Japanese Telecom
Japanese Telecom

Japanese Telecom
Japanese TelecomJapanese Telecom




1x Vinyl 12" 45 RPM Reissue Remastered



Release date

May 27, 2021

Japanese Telecom first outing recorded at the end of the 90's and officially released in 1999. A sonic exploration of the culture and technologies

Japanese Telecom first outing recorded at the end of the 90's and officially released in 1999. A sonic exploration of the culture and technologies that influence daily life in one of the most advanced countries on this globe, the land of the rising sun. As a recurring theme in Heinrich Muellers work, the Japanese Telecom EP takes inspiration from the exciting culture of the upcoming internet, robots, high speed trains and game culture from a future past and combines this with Detroit's hi-tech machine funk. Remastered and re-issued for the first time since its original release.

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