Greeen Linez is a collaboration between Chris Greenberg (from the British electronic pop band Hong Kong In The 60s) and UK-born/Tokyo-based DJ/producer A Taut Line (aka Matt Lyne, co-founder of the Diskotopia label). The project combines the ‘90s dance music and R&B that soundtracked Chris and Matt’s childhoods with the ‘70s/’80s jazz-funk and synthesizer soundtracks that they have obsessed over in the years since. All of this is filtered through the cocktail of retro pop, fusion and supermarket muzak that Matt has been exposed to during his time in Japan.
Their debut album Things That Fade was released in summer 2012 on Diskotopia, receiving positive reviews in The Wire, DJ Mag and FACT, as well as support from DJs and producers such as Julio Bashmore, Hyetal and Magic Touch - the last-named has also recently collaborated with the duo for his Nothing More EP, to be released in November on Tensnake's label True Romance. Besides their own music, Greeen Linez have also produced well-received remixes for artists including Seahawks, Maylee Todd, Sorcerer and the Japanese Idol group Especia.
The Landscape EP is the first appearance of Greeen Linez on the popular Japanese label Catune, run by 9dw's Kensuke Saito and home to Disco, Balearic and New Age-tinged releases from such artists as Windsurf, Sorcerer, The Beat Broker and Sauce 81. The title track features Ichirou Fujimoto (under his Awa moniker) on guitar, following on from his collaboration with Greeen Linez on their 2012 album track "Knowledge", as well as work on popular Japanese DJ duo Monkey Timers' debut single "Monk". A2 is Awa's own take on the title track, stripping away the kalimba, guitar and saxophone to create a deep, floaty synth bass-driven dancefloor hit that evokes the works of Larry Heard. On the flip side, the Electro-Funk number "House Of Seven Joys" recalls the pristine production sound of Trevor Horn, whilst the duo’s own Dance Mix ups the track’s pace to that of a house stormer, ploughing energetically through the accompanying birdsong and natural textures.