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Rinzen’s long-awaited debut LP ‘Bend to the Light’ creates a futuristic, cinematic world 



Out Now on This Never Happened inc. focus track ‘Astronauta’


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Previous support from Mixmag, Billboard, DJ Mag NA, BBC Radio 1, SiriusXM, KCRW, Lane 8, Tale Of Us, Rufus Du Sol, deadmau5, Slam (NL), Ibiza Global Radio, Kiss Australia…




Producer/DJ and ‘huge sci-fi nerd’ Rinzen finally drops his ten-track debut concept album, ‘Bend to the Light’, out now on This Never Happened, feat. focus track ‘Astronauta’. The half-Japanese Los Angeles producer’s futuristic cinematic style evokes new worldscapes, even in his more club-centred cuts. Previous LP singles ‘Burnin’’, ‘The Pursuit’ and ‘Déjà Vu’ already won support from Mixmag, Billboard, DJ Mag, SiriusXM, KCRW, Slam (NL), Ibiza Global Radio, Kiss Australia… 


‘Astronauta’: an interstellar trip, with spacey FX – layered twangling distorted notes, swooshings of passing asteroids, mysterious signals - yet permeated by soulful synth created from granulator processing the human voice. Human emotion too, showcasing the haunting organic clarity of the Portuguese singer’s voice. An entrancing piece of contemplative, evocative off-world beauty, among nine other tracks equally otherworldly, some more beaty/clubby. 

‘Emotion is a big part of this album, and this Portuguese vocal spoke directly to my soul. The feeling was so amazing, I knew I had to use it. Vocoders and granulators were a vital part of the album, and on this song in particular I really pushed myself to achieve something special with sound design and vocal processing.’ 


‘Bend to the Light’ album concept: Rinzen takes inspiration from a cyberpunk aesthetic, crafting his LP in a near-future high-tech world of interplanetary travel/civilisations, where all that glistens hides darkness … ‘Bend to the Light’ explores connotations of bending to the universe (spiritual), bending to an authoritarian future government (dystopian), and making decisions that bend towards the light (idealistic), since this new world has the human emotional problems, joys and relationships we deal with now. 


So why now for the album? ‘I love writing concept EPs with a glimpse into other worlds, so now with my album I wanted to make a bigger artistic statement, build a bigger story. In lockdown, I fell in love with creating without the limitations of functionality. I took all my best tracks from the last 2.5 years for this album.’ 


Releasing on This Never Happened, mau5trap, Bedrock, LNOE, Desert Hearts…, Rinzen’s brand of melodic House and extended DJ sets at Stereo Montreal, Elsewhere Brooklyn, Ultra Music Festival and Sound LA have won him loyal fans. 


‘Show up every day, make your best material, then repeat,’ is how Rinzen creates his stories. 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).  Exciting this-worldly news to follow…


Bend to the Light’ LP is out now on This Never Happened. Get it HERE.


‘Bend to the Light’ Tracklist: 


  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 




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