news / Japanese producer boys be kko to release “Big Boys Don’t Cry” incl. Gerd Janson rmx
Eccentric Tokyo based producer Ryunosuke Hayashi a.k.a. boys be kko joins the Atomnation family with his ‘Big Boys Don’t Cry’ 12″ – a 4-tracker that includes a big remix from the highly respected DJ, producer, and remixer Gerd Janson. Both artists make their first appearance on the Dutch imprint.
boys be kko started producing music during high school when buying the KORG Elektribe. Quickly after, he signed up for art college. His interest in techno music grew while listening to artists such as Gui Boratto. Making connections all over the Tokyo scene the years after, he co-founded Kids Return with Hiroki Nakamura (DJ). Kids Return is a collective that runs a record label, throws parties and is a design studio (that also produced this Big Boys Don’t Cry EP artwork) – a collaboration with Hiroki Kato (PLUSTIC) and Mitsuru Nishimura.
Gear plays an important part in Ryunosuke’s tracks. The Roland SH-101, Prophet600 and VERMONA PERfourMER Mk2 are signatures in his sound. This is exactly what you hear back in his track Big Boys Don’t Cry which can be described as a beautiful emotive track, influenced by disco, house and the current melodic-techno hype. That being said, his music (and this title track in specific) meander through all these genres at the same time, finding a very unique, original and soulfully balanced sound as a result.
All tracks are written and produced at Ryunosuke’s rooftop studio in Narimasu. For the people that haven’t been to Tokyo, it’s a small station of the Fukutoshin Line. The FUMIKIRI track that’s written there is tribal influenced and sounding close to the output Keinemusik is known for at the moment. The track By ada flirts more with the indie dance and “rock” influenced genres – showcasing how diverse and vivid the boys be kko sound can be, and maybe, how he’s influenced in his early years by acts such as The Chemical Brothers and Nine Inch Nails.
The remix from Gerd Janson can be seen as a big compliment for Ryunosuke’s music. Finding an artist with history and of this caliber make this EP a candidate to be one of the main 12″ releases for this summer season – even if it’s for the cover art alone… Keep an eye out for the boys be kko Instagram game + a last message to the WW bookers: this man has a massive, energetic live-set in his hands!
boys be kko – Big Boys Don’t Cry is out April 12th on vinyl and digital