The Swedish producer's hardware-heavy project for Kontra-Musik is due out in February.
Best known under the name Mokira, the Swedish producer released no less than seven albums over the last decade for experimental labels like Type and Raster-Noton. His second release for Kontra-Musik explores some of the famous Roland-manufactured hardware most central to the development of house and techno, namely the 707, the 808 and especially the 303. The album takes its name from the one number Roland skipped during their run in the '80s, due to the Japanese word for "four" sounding the same as "death." As evidenced on YouTube and in his methodically constructed tracklist, Tilliander restricted his music-making to these iconic machines. While the sounds are familiar, the album isn't exactly dance-floor material: more closely aligned with the music of Steve Reich than the Music Box, Tilliander calls it "somnolent acid."
Kontra-Musik will release TM404 on February 4th, 2012.