Feedback Waves’ inaugural release: ‘Trill’ by Palomatic

Artwork by Max Binski.

Palomatic, the alias of Koji Takahashi, was a pivotal figure in Japan’s electronic music scene during the early-to-mid 90s. Known for his solo work and collaborations with groups like Takahashi Tektronix and Mutron, Takahashi’s innovative synth programming also featured in Denki Groove. His debut track ‘Halo’ in 1993 marked the beginning of notable contributions to the Transonic label, culminating in his only full-length album, Trill. Trill, which masterfully blended organic and synthetic sounds, remains a timeless classic. Its reissue on vinyl by Feedback Waves seeks to honour and revitalise this influential work for a new generation of listeners.

KALTBLUT spoke to the three curators behind the release, Bruno aka Cleymoore, Denise aka Nies and Christina aka Rubi.

KALTBLUT: What inspired you to launch the new imprint, Feedback Waves, and what unique qualities does it bring to the independent music scene? How is it different to other imprints?

Bruno:  Throughout the past 10+ years, I’ve focused on bringing new music to the world, particularly in vinyl format. Now, it felt right to look into the past and breathe new life into it. Launching Feedback Waves was a natural progression for me.

Christina, Denise and I all have a deep respect for musical history, and being able to use a modern approach to bring something from the past back creates a unique space in the independent music scene where classic sounds can resonate anew. Unlike most imprints, we’re dedicated to reissuing and revitalising timeless tracks that were never available on vinyl, offering them to a new generation of listeners with the same passion and authenticity as their original releases.

Photo provided by Cleymoore.

Denise: The inspiration behind launching the new imprint, Feedback Waves, was rooted in a desire to share cherished musical gems with fellow enthusiasts. Collaborating with Bruno and Christina, we envisioned a platform where we could curate and release music that we truly love on vinyl – a format that holds a special place in our hearts. As avid vinyl collectors, we cherish vinyl’s tactile experience.

We wanted to create a label that not only celebrates the beauty of vinyl but also brings music lovers and collectors closer to the music they hold dear. By pressing these gems on wax, we make them accessible to a broader audience who share our passion for vinyl and appreciate its warmth, depth, and authenticity. Our distinct vision and approach sets Feedback Waves apart from other imprints. While other labels reissue releases, Feedback Waves focuses on unearthing hidden treasures never released on vinyl.

We strive to showcase music that may have been overlooked or underappreciated in the past, giving it a new lease on life and introducing it to a fresh audience of vinyl enthusiasts. Our label is driven by a deep love for music and a commitment to quality, authenticity, and craftsmanship.

Each release is carefully curated and lovingly presented, from tracks selection to the artwork and packaging design. Every record we release tells a story and contributes to the rich tapestry of musical history. In essence, Feedback Waves is more than just a record label—it’s about sharing our passion for music, celebrating musical discovery, and paying tribute to vinyl’s enduring appeal. We hope our imprint brings joy, inspiration, and a sense of connection to music lovers worldwide.

Christina: All three of us are very excited about digging deep for different styles of music – and while we love the vinyl format, our search is not exclusively limited to it. Over time, we have been finding an incredible amount of music which is released only on CD or on Bandcamp – and we decided we wanted to give it a second life and bring it into the spotlight by re-releasing it on wax.

Since we are collectors, and are surrounded by people in the same spirit in our little music scene, we loved the idea of holding a record of some of these pieces in our hands – thus Feedback Waves was born! Additionally, to putting the music out on vinyl, we also focus on holistic concepts aided by one of us being an excellent graphic designer under the alias of Max Binski. We love the idea of a beautiful record – a nice cover, a high quality pressing – giving the music the valuation it deserves!

Rubi. Photo provided by Rubi.

We love the idea of a beautiful record – a nice cover, a high quality pressing – giving the music the valuation it deserves!

KALTBLUT: Why did you choose to reissue Palomatic’s “Trill” album after almost 30 years, and why on vinyl now? How did you decide on “Trill” as Feedback Waves’ first release? What made this album special to the label? 

Bruno: Reissuing Palomatic’s “Trill” album was a deliberate choice due to its significant place in Transonic’s catalogue and its impact on the Japanese electronic dance music scene. The album’s sound quality and innovative ideas were ahead of their time, and after almost 30 years they still resonate with today’s music standards.

We’re releasing it on vinyl now, honouring its original CD format by doing a modernized re-design of its original artwork – which I did myself – and enhancing the listening experience by giving it a proper vinyl mastering, bringing out the album’s rich, analogue textures that continue to inspire and influence modern electronic music. All of us behind Feedback Waves deeply love electronic music, in all its shapes and forms, and this album has a bit of everything.

It’s a window to the sonic innovation that was cutting through the 90s, where artists were experimenting and musicians had, to a certain degree, more freedom to explore without some capitalist constraints our generation’s face. We also share a common love for Japan and its culture, and Transonic has a massive catalogue of music released on CD and Vinyl that perfectly displays this innate creativity of the 90-00’s, showcasing artists with inmate musicality and a ton of ideas that perpetuated as definite sources of inspiration for future musicians.

All of us behind Feedback Waves deeply love electronic music, in all its shapes and forms, and this album has a bit of everything.

Denise: The decision to reissue Palomatic’s “Trill” album after almost 30 years stems from its enduring quality and timeless appeal. Despite being a CD only release, the album has maintained a strong presence and garnered a dedicated following over the years. Its varied soundscapes, innovative compositions, and emotive storytelling make it a standout piece of electronic music history.

Choosing to release “Trill” on vinyl now allows a new generation of listeners to experience the album in a tangible and immersive format. Vinyl offers a unique listening experience, characterized by warmth, depth, and a tactile connection to the music. By reissuing “Trill” on vinyl as a double EP, we aim to preserve its legacy and introduce it to a wider audience of vinyl enthusiasts, collectors, and fans of electronic music. Each track on “Trill” is a testament to Palomatic’s artistic prowess and creativity, and we believe that the album deserves to be experienced in its entirety.

Reissuing it on vinyl fulfils our dream of presenting the full album as a cohesive body of work, allowing listeners to immerse themselves in its rich sonic tapestry and appreciate its nuances in a physical format. Overall, the decision to reissue Palomatic’s “Trill” album on vinyl now is driven by a desire to celebrate its timeless quality, share it with a new audience, and honour its place in electronic music history. It’s a testament to the album’s enduring relevance and significance, reaffirming its status as a classic piece of electronic music that deserves to be cherished and celebrated for generations to come.

Koji Takahashi’s groundbreaking contributions to the 90s Japanese electronic scene continue to inspire and inform the ethos of “Trill,” shaping its approach to experimentation, fusion, live performance, and innovation. His legacy serves as a testament to the enduring relevance and significance of his work in the broader context of electronic music.

Nies. Photo provided by Nies.

Christina: All three of us are very excited about digging deep for different styles of music – and while we love the vinyl format, our search is not exclusively limited to it. Over time, we have been finding an incredible amount of music which is released only on CD or on Bandcamp – and we decided we wanted to give it a second life and bring it into the spotlight by re-releasing it on wax. Since we are collectors, and are surrounded by people in the same spirit in our little music scene, we loved the idea of holding a record of some of these pieces in our hands – thus Feedback Waves was born!

Additionally, to putting the music out on vinyl, we also focus on holistic concepts aided by one of us being an excellent graphic designer under the alias of Max Binski. We love the idea of a beautiful record – a nice cover, a high quality pressing – giving the music the valuation it deserves!

Koji Takahashi and the defining Transonic label and Syzygy Records have shaped a sound defined by complex drum programming, organic and synthetic sounds in alternation and an easy crossover of different tempo ranges. Their characteristic sound has influenced electronic music producers for several decades across different scenes. The quality of the work stands for itself and has absolutely passed the test of time – if you present Takahashi’s work to an unknown ear today, it could have as well been produced in the 2020s.


Buy the Vinyl here.

Follow @cleymoore, @itsmerubi_ and @soundslikenies to keep up with further Feedback Waves releases.     

Listen back to Bruno’s exclusive mix for KALTBLUT and read our conversation below:

Exclusive Mixtape: Max Binski AKA Cleymoore