Whole Numbers Play the Basics

Casino Versus Japan - Whole Numbers Play the Basics
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
User Score
Based on 33 ratings
2002 Ratings: #275
Liked by 5 people
September 17, 2002 / Release Date
LP / Format
- / Label
IDM, Downtempo / Genre
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Whole Numbers Play the Basics is another triumph for Casino Versus Japan's Eric Kowalski, and if it just misses carrying the freshness and sense of imagination evident on Go Hawaii, it's a better record for being slightly less precious.

Tiny Mix Tapes
Touching on everything from early Warp Records releases like B12 and Black Dog to current artists like the aforementioned Boards Of Canada, it's playful without being bubblegum, and introspective without being too dark.

Without frills, surprises, or even any particularly enjoyable music, Whole Numbers Play the Basics barely has the capacity to exemplify the exhausted notion of "futuristic pop music" it posits.


this is literally such an amazing and impressive representative of electronic music and I really don't understand why he is in such a revealing position of an outsider


Another IDM album that I knew for years but I hadn't really touched on... until today!
I'm gonna first comment on the long-short-long song structure on this album. I got nothing much to say about that but it's pretty cool. The short songs serve as sweet intermissions to the next "long" songs I gotta say. Overall I like the atmospheric sounds this album brings forward with. The drums are soft but it does not detract for my experience, quite the opposite really. Helps you appreciate ... read more


unironically a very nice listen. definitely weirdly reminiscent of it’s time, kind of giving that casio feel. very nice.

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Track List

  1. Single Variation Of Two
  2. Moonlupe
  3. Aquarium
  4. The Possible Light
  5. Summer Clip
  6. Koma Sign-Off
  7. Em Essey
  8. Tryptiline Fabricate
  9. Where To? / What For?
  10. You Were There
  11. Making Lake Park In The Sun
  12. Manic Thru Tone
  13. Trad Velecido
  14. Slo Bid Bellwave

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Added on: February 22, 2018