A Tale Of Shiga, made up of three unreleased tracks and one (the slightly overwrought synth funk of "Freak Out") that emerged in 1998, is less beholden to Takecha's idols. "Defrag Of Time"'s modulated vocal gives an odd twist to synthetic four-note chord pairs and electric piano harmonies. Its percussion is unusually intricate, with snares that rasp and stutter as they might on IDM tracks.
"Espada Woman"'s melody, a collage of vocal fragments and bright synth bursts, cribs from "Defrag Of Time""s glitchy percussion. A classic-sounding house track like "Sax (Unreleased 1995)," whose feverish horns, organs and funk keys leap and wriggle around each other, was once Takecha's bread and butter. A Tale Of Shiga shows, alongside a number of recent releases from his rebooted label, that he may have more to offer.