Released in 1999 on Rephlex Records – the trailblazing label founded in the early '90s by Richard D James aka Aphex Twin and Grant Wilson-Claridge – Samurai Math Beats quickly established itself as one of the key albums in both the catalogue of that label and the story of electronic music.
Samurai Math Beats exists somewhere between the outsider jungle mined by labelmates Aphex Twin and Squarepusher (dubbed drill ‘n’ bass) and the sun bleached public information music of Warp artists such as Boards Of Canada and Plone.
Whilst many listeners at the time were left scratching their heads at the full on collision of hyperkinetic rhythms and arcade game melodies, in many ways the record pointed the way towards future musical mutations, from the frenetic BPMs of footwork to the deconstructed pop music of Mica Levi.
Raczynski achieves the combination of human emotion and synthetic boundary pushing that characterises the best electronic music of the period.
Mathematics strikes back!
- Samurai Masu Biitsu
- Ahou Jiko
- I Cry, Bai Bai
- Sayounara Tsutara
- Nan No Tame Ni Boku To
- Miso Shiru
- Nihon De Homuresu
- Are Igai Imi Ga Nai
- Kimi Wa Tsumannai, Boku O Iranai
- Yari Chuu, Kyouroku Isuu
- Gaijin Sabetsu, Gaikoku Hakuchuumu
- Why? Why?
- Ahou Bouken