While previous EPs and a few high profile remixes have put Fakear firmly in the French consciousness (the Sauvage mini-album went Top 10 in the French LP chart) and landed him a cover of the respected Tsugi magazine, it is the Asakusa EP (released via Nowadays Records) that is set to take this sound global. The fact he is already selling out London venues, supporting Bonobo, performing above the likes of Hudson Mohawke on European festival bills and remixing Andreya Triana is evidence of that. Coming from a “band” background, Fakear creates highly potent and hypnotic electronic, melodious compositions. A sound that a new generation of music fans are helping to explode on the internet and in clubs organically away from any notion of manufactured, business-minded McDance music.
The Asakusa EP leads with “Ueno” and takes influence from the East via a harmonious walk through the streets of downtown Tokyo backed by lush piano and strings. “Skyline” is the takeoff single of the EP and showcases Fakear’s addictive and complex beat making. It’s a flight to New York, the city that never sleeps. Asakusa finishes with “Venus,” the end to an emotive journey that signposts a major talent. It is however for Fakear in someways the start, as an early live favourite from his self-released days in 2011 and now cemented to record for the first time. Asakusa was followed by the full-length album Animal in 2016, released on Counter Records.