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A bit of an anachronism in the San Francisco electronics scene, Otaku creates dark trip-hop with deep beats, often mashing up rhythms mid-track like the best turntablists. Occasionally reminiscent of big beat techno at a slightly slower tempo, Bitwise Operators features fragile, cinematic melodies. The two-part "Dub Bass" summons the spirit of the Orb with several minutes of gently wandering ambient-dub, complete with heavy basslines, reverbed effects, and plenty of nonsensical vocal samples (lifted from a few too-obvious sources like The Simpsons and Happy Gilmore).


Formed: 1998 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

The dub/trip-hop production team Otaku came together in San Francisco in 1998, originally to soundtrack an art exhibition comprising alien artifacts. Brothers Colonel 32 and NaN had already been recording for several years, however, utilizing the reams of samples collected on their hard drives as well as their growing mixing skills. Influenced by earthy beat-oriented scenes from hip-hop, dub, the Orb, and Brooklyn's illbient scene, the pair recorded Bitwise Operators...
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