A1 –AnD – Interferometer
A2 –Sunil Sharpe – Jamm4
B1 –Eomac – Lair of the Lich King
B2 –Fran Hartnett – Purple Slab
A1 Days Of Dissent
A2 Factory Of Death
C1 Company Of Lies
C2 Citadel Of The Chaos
D1 World Shatters
D2 End Of Light
The latest compilation by cultures of soul gathers together little known boogie, electrofunk and J-pop released in Japan between 1981 and 1988… Strong compilation!
Following successful disco excavation from the Caribbean to South Africa, Boston-based label Cultures of Soul booked a first class ticket to Narita to bring you the latest release, Tokyo Nights: Female J-Pop Boogie Funk: 1981 to 1988. This compilation presents 12 of the most memorable and sought-after songs of the era recorded by female artists. The music is a reflection of the unbridled optimism, technological achievement, excess and exuberance of Bubble-era Japan. More than catchy melodies and funky baselines, these are reflections of a time when Japan was the center, and future of the world.
The Bubble can be characterized as an endless, extravagant party where personal and corporate wealth soared through the explosion of real estate and stock prices. Scores of young Japanese men and women moved to cities in search of affluence, transforming them into neon wonderlands. Changes in morals, values and gender roles followed suit. Prosperity leads to indulgence, and the taste for nightlife, from flashy restaurants to glitzy discotheques, was unquenchable. A soundtrack to this new, lavish lifestyle was necessary and the latest sound, City Pop (urban pop music for those with urban lifestyles), epitomized these attitudes.
While influenced by American R&B and boogie, elements of fusion, YMO style Technopop, and adult-oriented rock (AOR) are front and center. Sung primarily in Japanese (with a word or two of English sprinkled in), City Pop is Japanese music for Japanese people. Producers like Tatsuro Yamashita, Toshiki Kadomatsu, and Haruomi Hosono were quick to embrace the latest studio equipment and technology. Synthesizers like the Yamaha DX7, Roland Juno-60, ARP Quadra, Moog Polymoog and Oberheim OB-8, as well as drum machines like the Linndrum, were prevalent. Digital reverb was applied liberally.
Compiled by Eli Cohen (Alliance Upholstery) and Deano Sounds
(Cultures of Soul), Tokyo Nights includes tracks by Hitomi Tohyama, Junko Ohashi, Mizuki Koyama, Kaoru Akimoto, Aru Takamura, Mariko Tone, Rie Murakami, RA MU, Kikuchi Momoko and Yumi Seino. Each selection celebrates the unique traits and meticulous production that define the sound. Think sandy beaches and metropolitan skylines; illumination and romance. Embrace the feeling of movement, from a coastal highway stretching towards the horizon or the city sprawling into the future. Turn on the hi-fi and slip into these Tokyo Nights.
Label Owner, GCZ, says “These three cuts will lead you deep into Jose Rico’s dreams. On first listen you can immediately tell these were made by someone super sensitive and experienced in this thing some call deep house. If you are a dj, you’ll appreciate this selection, cause it makes your job easy and gets the floor busy in a sec. If you’re a human, you’ll appreciate it cause it’ll make you feel stuff you haven’t felt in a while.
Anyway, I’m very proud to release this record on Off Minor. Jose Rico and I go way back. This is a special record for me. Orpheu de Jong designed this wonderful sleeve. He has a gift. Enjoy!”
This is the first 12 inch from Luke Jenner’s first solo project since his infamous New York band The Rapture split up. Very often first releases are like a statement.
Both sides of this 12 represent a side of what Meditation Tunnel is about : epic and melodic on Dreamsequence, psychedelic and hypnotic on Sunrise. Mixed by Joakim, whom Luke shares a studio with in Brooklyn.
A compilation of highly collectable and rare Surinamese 45’s and LP cuts. Compiled by Antal Heitlager & Thomas Gesthuizen this is the follow up to the Kindred Spirits released Surinam! compilation. This volume goes even deeper into the field of 70ties and 80ties funk music from the Surinamese dance floors.
“killer compilation! lots of favorites on there and stuff i still need to find”
“Jammin is a salacious boogie number, cooked up with quick-fingered bass work, female harmonising and guitar solos.”
Moody 6 track compilation from this excellent Berlin based imprint.
It’s Borft Payback time… Here comes tropical house, raj raj and mysteriousness…
Channeling the big room sound along with the disparate influences of his upbringing, “Hope You’re Well” was written and recorded off-the-road at a studio in Montreal. “I focused on long form structures,” he explains. “Digital synthesis and clean, hi-fi production was the palette – I strayed from hooks and leaned towards intuitive melodies.”
First release on new record label Pikes Records (after the Ibiza venue) is a compilation 12″, put together by DJ Harvey, who has been playing at Pikes since his return to Ibiza in 2015. A solid, versatile 4 tracker – check!
Two late summer tracks from Baba & Samo mixed and dubbed at the Hidden Operator’s HQ.
Conceived along the space of a few years and part of a big collection of unfinished experiments stored on cassette tapes, this eight tracks selection well represents Fred Ventura’s late 80s and early 90s infatuation with Chicago House, Detroit Techno, early Warp records and even a secret passion for EBM. Using a basic set up made of Roland Juno 106, Roland JX-8p, Oberheim DX, Roland TR909 and an Akai sampler, these tracks were never officially mixed and meant to be released until today. Minimal and hypnotic, dry and direct, both sides of the record show an instinctive approach to rhythms and basslines, typical of those days where computer didn’t have a predominant role in the creative process.
JULY 2017, AMSTERDAM, NL
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: WHILE PATROLING THE FORBID-DEN FOREST LATE LAST NIGHT, WE CAPTURED A HUMAN-LIKE LIFEFORM THAT WE BELIEVE MAY BE EXTRA-TERRESTRIIAL IN ORIGIN. THE CREATURE, WHO WAS ABLE TO CONVERSE IN BOTH DUTCH AND ENGLISH, TOLD US HIS NAME WAS “DARLING”. WHEN WE DISCOVERED HIM, HE WAS CLEARLY DISORIENTED AND CHANTING THE LETTERS “J”, “P” AND “S”.
IN HIS POSSESSIONS WE DISCOVERED A PLASTIC BOX IN-SCRIBED WITH THE ABOVE INITIALS AND A FLAT BLACK DISC STAMPED WITH THE CODE ST005. UNDER INTERROGATION, THE SUBJECT TOLD US THAT THE BOX WAS A “DRUM MACHINE”. IT HAD BEEN GIFTED TO HIM BY HIS GRANDFATHER, WHO WENT BY THE NAME “JOOP”. HE ADDED THAT MUSIC CREATED USING THIS DEVICE HAD BEEN ETCHED INTO THE SURFACE OF THE BLACK DISC.
HAVING FOUND A SUITABLE MACHINE TO EXTRACT THE MUSIC FROM WITHIN THE GROOVES, WE WERE ASTONISHED BY WHAT WE HEARD. THERE WERE SIX COMPOSITIONS ON WHICH THE SUBJECT’S FAMILY “DRUM MACHINE” WAS PROMINENTLY FEATURED, REPLICATING PROGRAMMED ELECTRONIC RHYTHMS THAT SOUNDED ALIEN IN ORIGIN.
THE WARM AND LOOSE FEEL OF THESE PERCUSSIVE ELEMENTS WAS FURTHER ENHANCED BY THE SUBJECT’S CHOICE OF ACCOMPANYING ELECTRONIC MUSICAL FEATURES. THESE FRE-QUENTLY CAUGHT OUR EAR AND ENHANCED OUR COLLECTIVE MOOD. THESE VARIOUSLY SOUNDED INTERGALACTIC, LOVED-UP, DREAMY, OTHERWORLDLY AND SOOTHING. ONE OF OUR COLLEAGUES, WITHIN EARSHOT, SPONTANEOUSLY STARTED DANCING.
WE HAVE KEPT THE SUBJECT UNDER OBSERVATION AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO UNLESS WE RECEIVE INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CONTRARY. IT IS OUR BELIEF THAT THE MUSIC SHOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.