Japan’s SUDO achieve career highlight debuting on Drumcode with the timeless ‘Real World’ EP

The brothers Isao and Takashi – the former based in Berlin, while the other holds forte in their hometown of Kansai-Kobe, Japan – have been grafting away at their craft for many years, never compromising on quality, while eschewing trends. Instead, patiently creating and waiting for their opportunity.

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Jun 7, 2024

The duo remembers Isao’s their first vinyl purchase from back in the ‘90s – a white label they’d later find out to be Underworld’s legendary ‘Rez’. It’s from these incendiary roots that ‘Real World’ takes inspiration. A trio of tracks imbued with depth, subtly and impact.

The link-up with Drumcode happened after Bart Skils shared an early demo of ‘Real World’ with Adam Beyer and he quickly begun supporting the tracks across key gigs at Awakenings, Time Warp and Ultra.

A few years ago, we decided to quit making music that suited the big label's taste, and concentrate on making music that we were truly and genuinely happy with. We didn't follow trends, just only concentrated on the music which we wanted to dance to on the dance floor. The ‘Real World EP’ has a lot of elements of our musical history, as well as our roots and the high-energy taste of that era.” – SUDO

The title track is a deep barrelling trancey composition and is trippy in nature, conjuring visions of the Underworld classic, while never losing a future-minded ethos. ‘Construction’ starts as a chunky slice of percussive techno, before a mesmerising ambient interlude takes the track to another realm. ‘Mercury’ is a transcendental slice of tech-trance that’s timeless in every sense. Bliss.

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