The Death Of Rave

H-FUSION - Captured Entities

"Captured Entities is the debut album of deeply raw house and psycho-jit-jazz by Detroit producer and DJ, Howard Thomas aka H-Fusion. Spanning the breadth of Howard's hands-on, tracky style -- from beatless cosmic jazz audities to slamming 170bpm missiles and heart-grabbing house -- it's arguably one of the most distinctive, dare-to-be-different albums from the 313 in recent memory. The fruit of more than five years of communication between Howard and The Death of Rave, Captured Entities expands on the ruff-neck, asymmetric slant of his killer 2005-2012 productions for Sound Signature and Fit -- as played by everyone from Kyle Hall to Kassem Mosse -- across 11 unruly numbers united by an intuitive, jazz-wise approach to his synths and MPC2000. While his sound may remind of many Detroit greats such as Omar-S, Damon Peterson/8088, and Urban Tribe/DJ Stingray, Howard can't help but sound like himself, and his debut album is best defined by its classically driven yet singular Detroit soul clinamen. Where too many producers' lip-service to jazz is betrayed by their gridlocked uniformity, Howard cuts the f*ck loose in real-time, improvised jams which have made it to the final track list because of their unquantized cantankerousness and frictional quality. Sawn-off blasts of hardcore warehouse rave give way to sultry, dream-away house jackers and a ruck of diesel-fueled bangers that sound like Nate Young doing Jit with DJ Stingray at a Detroit biker bar. When combined with the curdled gob of beatless, cosmic noise and the cranky swaggering cyberpunk on the album's closing side, Captured Entities really comes into its own as a unique expression of Michigan grit which, by design or chance, effectively splits the difference between Black Noise and Wolf Eyes. This kind of instinctively jazz-taught, stylistic and metric versatility is rare in Detroit-manufactured techno albums beyond, say, the debut Omar-S album Just Ask The Lonely (2005), or the eponymous Urban Tribe LP for KDJ's Mahogani Music (2010), and the track sequencing of Captured Tracks aims to highlight the album's strength in its diversity. Illuminated by an exceptional mastering job from Anne at Berlin's Dubplates & Mastering (and cut at 45rpm) which reveals all its dusty details and rewards cranked volume in spades, Captured Entities is a uniquely rude, thrilling and soulfully compelling album from any angle, and a long overdue LP testament to one of Detroit's most peculiar, instinctive, and unsung artists. Mixed by DJ Head." - The Death Of Rave.

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After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.

This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.
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