Rinzen drops ‘The Pursuit’, the second single from his debut album


Producer/DJ Rinzen releases ‘The Pursuit’ on February 21st, a second slice of his forthcoming debut sci-fi concept album, ‘Bend to the Light’ (April 5th) on Lane 8’s This Never Happened.

‘The Pursuit’: stealthy bass gives way to hi-fi beats and light-speed arps, as high synth chords of unearthly beauty, darkly growling melodic phrases and strange high calls like alien war cries or human laments echo through space to create an effect both sinister and entrancing. ‘’The Pursuit’ is my attempt at turning science fiction into melodic house & techno. To create a song that could soundtrack a dystopian film, whilst still having a propulsive dancefloor energy. The title references both a high-speed motorcycle chase, and the universal human desire to pursue our highest self.’

The half-Japanese Los Angeles producer honed his innate gift for storytelling as a respected former music journalist/editor. His dystopian, sci-fi inspired cinematic style evokes new worldscapes, even in his more club focused cuts. Rinzen has released on This Never Happened, mau5trap, Bedrock, Desert Hearts… As a DJ, his extended sets at e.g Stereo Montreal, Elsewhere Brooklyn and Sound LA have won him loyal fans. (Some upcoming gigs below.)

‘Bend to the Light’ album concept: inspired by a cyberpunk aesthetic, Rinzen soundtracks a high-tech near-future of interplanetary travel/civilisations, where a glittering surface hides darkness below, this new world still dealing with the same human emotional problems, joys and relationships.

‘Show up every day, make your best material, then repeat,’ is how Rinzen creates his stories. Fans can catch him at Sound LA (all night long, May 4th), Newspeak Montreal (5-hour set, May 17th) and We Belong Here festival (Governors Island NYC, May 24th).

‘The Pursuit’ drops February 21st on This Never Happened, get it HERE. A third single follows in March, while ‘Bend to the Light’ LP drops April 5th, pre-save it HERE.

  1. Burnin’ feat. Shallou
  2. The Pursuit
  3. Astronauta
  4. Déjà Vu feat. Molly Moonwater
  5. Terraforming
  6. Scorpio
  7. Empires (Interlude)
  8. Planets Passing Overhead
  9. Bend to the Light feat. WENNINK
  10. I Wanna Be Right

Feature image credit: Annie Noelker