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/ October 24, 2017 / Comments Off on 南佳孝, 観, 太田建: 882 Studio (1985)

南佳孝, 観, 太田建: 882 Studio (1985)

These are the kinds of records that just mean the world to me. They’re the ones so full of potential, yet profoundly this…close to being lost in the cracks of history. What you’ll hear in 882 Studio is a very short and sweet compilation by three artists from the Japanese label Fitzbeat, a label mostly […]

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/ August 2, 2017 / Comments Off on Alain Chamfort: Amour, Année Zéro

Alain Chamfort: Amour, Année Zéro

  I almost hate myself for sharing this. It’s like eating a slice of sublime dark chocolate cake, followed by a full spread of some fine charcuterie, chased with some sumptuous Riesling. Obviously, it’s too rich and not entirely good for you…but man is it refined and tasty when you’re devouring it. That’s exactly the […]

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/ May 12, 2017 / Comments Off on Imagination: Night Dubbing (1983)

Imagination: Night Dubbing (1983)

“Forget your sorrow let’s start livin’ for today” those are the sublime spliced verses that kick off this monumental piece of house music. Before such a word “house music” even existed only a few people were hip to the possibilities inherent somewhere deep in the mind of English soul band Imagination. Night Dubbing was the sound of Imagination stretching to […]

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/ May 10, 2017 / Comments Off on Sly and Robbie: Language Barrier (1985)

Sly and Robbie: Language Barrier (1985)

I’m looking at the liner notes to Sly & Robbie’s Language Barrier right now. Performances by Afrika Bambaataa, Bernie Worrell, Mikey Chung, Manu Dibango, Wally Badarou, Herbie Hancock (!), Bob Dylan (!?!?), and production by Bill Laswell…I keep asking myself why in the world did this not make a dent in anyone’s memory? By the looks of their […]

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/ March 29, 2017 / Comments Off on Urban Dance: Urban Dance (1985)

Urban Dance: Urban Dance (1985)

Even for Haruomi Hosono, Urban Dance is a rare bird. Let me step back. After listening to Friends of Earth and Love, Peace, and Trance I may be incorrect. Urban Dance’s self-titled debut is a rare bird for Japanese electronic music. Produced by Haruomi Hosono, Urban Dance was the rare slice of Japanese music that drew […]

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/ March 17, 2017 / Comments Off on Mioko Yamaguchi: Moon-Light Princess (1983)

Mioko Yamaguchi: Moon-Light Princess (1983)

  Do you know what I love about Mioko Yamaguchi? That no matter what she attempts, she finds a way to actually do it, and do it quite well. That’s why I struggled mightily to chose what is my favorite album of hers to pitch to you, dear reader. Heart of hearts, I’ve made up my mind, and […]

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/ February 24, 2017 / Comments Off on Tolerance: Divin (1981)

Tolerance: Divin (1981)

ot much is known about the Japanese female/male musical duo Tolerance made up of Junko Tange and Masami Yoshikawa. Understatement of understatements, even 36 years later the forward-thinking slab of music a few people know of as Divin has yielded little in terms of discovery on how the duo came to be, and (more importantly) why/how they […]

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How do you describe a band like Frank Chickens? Led by performer/artist/musician/animator/singer/theater producer Kazuko Hohki and her sister-in-arms Kazumi Taguchi, Frank Chickens still remains unlike any band out there. Using Japanese kitsch and asian fetishization as a means to facilitate some truly subversive culture prodding and oddly imaginative musical explorations, Frank Chickens’ debut We Are Frank Chickens shows you a small […]

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/ January 6, 2017 / Comments Off on Tony Esposito: Il Grande Esploratore (1984)

Tony Esposito: Il Grande Esploratore (1984)

If ever you’re in Naples, bring up Tony Esposito, and thank me later. Part of the new Neapolitan Power scene envisioned by Tullio de Piscopo, James Senese, and Pino Daniele, Tony proved to be the one closest to bringing that sound out of the Mediterranean and onto the world. A rhythm master all his life, Tony Esposito’s Il Grande Esploratore remains one of the pinnacles of […]

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/ September 12, 2014 / Comments Off on Rodion G.A.: Stele si lumini (1980)

Rodion G.A.: Stele si lumini (1980)

Rodion GA – (Rodion pictured far right) In Cluj, Romania, in the year 1975, a young man, Rodion Ladislau Roșca, in the throes of Nicolas Ceaușescu’s attempt to introduce a kind of North Korean-style communist cult control, whittled away DIY-style making some of the most unique grooves to come out of Europe. Defiant to his core, […]

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