Alex Kassian

Hidden Tropics

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Coming live and direct from Kyoto via Berlin, Utopia's latest signing is none other than Alex Kassian, a man known to the underground dancers through his Opal Sunn alias. Kassian's recent output under his own name has been a string of scores for contemporary dance and theatre in Berlin, and this six track EP is a stunning continuation of that theme. Inspired by other Utopia Records artists such as Lars Bartkuhn and Vangelis Katsoulis, Kassian delves deeper into his compositional scope for a sound that joins the dots between ambient, world music to spiritual house in parts inspired by his homeland of Japan as heard on 'Bells of Ukyo' and the 80's Sakamoto-esque 'Olson Waters'. The title track is a breakthrough in contemporary house music, sure to be picked up on by the tastemakers from New York to Johannesburg to Berlin to Amsterdam to Tokyo and beyond. Beautiful music, presented with a beautiful image of 'Tsuwaono Sagimai' by Makoto Furukawa, Shimane, Japan.


1. Olsen Waters
2. Hidden Tropics
3. Quiet Dawn
4. Birds Of Bahia
5. Bells Of Ukyo
6. Hidden Tropic Revisit

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