Bogdan Raczynski | Samurai Math Beats

Bogdan Raczynski | Samurai Math Beats


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The second of three Bogdan Raczynski albums released in 1999 for the Rephlex label, ‘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 Plone and Boards Of Canada.

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.

Re-cut by Beau Thomas and available on vinyl for the first time since original release.

Double LP contains digital download card and 24” x 12” poster.

“Classic braindance” – Hardwax

“Low-budget keyboards, Japanese robots, brown cardboard, child-like melodies, hyperactive machinery, kung-fu, drums, drums, and more drums.” – All Music

“Bogdan was a massive inspiration for some of my tracks on the ‘Drukqs’ album, the fact he was doing it all on a shit PC tracker… totally amazing. This was before 99.9 percent of people used the computer for everything. His records are so underrated.” – Aphex Twin

This reissue follows on from the 2019 Disciples release ‘Rave ‘Till You Cry’, a collection of unreleased tracks and versions from the Bogdan Raczynski vaults. It also marks the launch of a new sub-imprint, R.A.T.S.. Whereas the main Disciples LP series documents unreleased tracks and creates new bespoke collections of an artists’ work and the ‘half-disciples’ cassette series takes deeper dives into the catalogue of the focus artist; the R.A.T.S. series is a bit more traditional and will release select represses of out-of-print albums, with original art and
masters faithfully reproduced.

1. Samurai Masu Biitsu
2. Kimi
3. Ahou Jiko
4. Iai
5. I Cry, Bai Bai
6. Sayounara Tsutara
7. Nan No Tame Ni Boku To Miso Shiru
8. Nihon De Homuresu
9. Are Igai Imi Ga Nai
10. Kimi Wa Tsumannai, Boku O Iranai
11. Yari Chuu, Kyouroku Isuu
12. Gaijin Sabetsu, Gaikoku Hakuchuumu
13. Why? Why?
14. Ahou Bouken