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Settlement Report

KOJI UENO ET SOCIETE NOIRE LIVE

Settlement Report

Ref: FSD7102


Price: 17.99

Latest project of composer, musician, keyboardist and avant-garde pioneer Koji Ueno is with Yu Manabe, Tomoko Tai, Yuko Harima, Shigeki Ippon and Toshiyuki Sugino. Recorded live at Blues Alley Japan on 13th January 2017.

1. Transpacific Island-Hop 2. Open Secret 3. Gigue from Partita III 4. Is That My Fault 5. Holographic Mind 6. Radio cosmique 7. Something like 1960s 8. Oil Barons and Cattle Dukes 9. Groucho Marx’s Economics 10. Amnesia 11. Ballet 'Headcracker' Act 1 Scene 1 12. German Bossa 13. Happy Failure 14. Sirius B 15. Hypno-masse 16. Histoire 17. Schumann Resonances



Zipangu Omnibus Vol.1 (2 LPs)

VARIOUS

Zipangu Omnibus Vol.1 (2 LPs)

Ref: FSL7078


Price: 49.99

Double Vinyl LP of various artists from the wonderful Zipangu label from Japan. The music released by Zipangu, except to say it's always interesting, always a little bit differentand always of high quality. This double album features tracks from the varied catalogue of Zipangu, with music inspired by Japanese traditional to avant-garde jazz and everything in between.

Side SA

1. Satomi Matsumoto / Hibari 2. Karin / Uiteryu Yo 3. Ayuo / Face of Another Waltz - Psyche Interlude in 3/4 4. Michiyo Yagi / The Bicycle Ride

Side SN

1. Cockroach Eater / Tifon no Uta 2. Sayuri Miyagi / Famureuta 3. uni-marca / Chosho Aruiwa My Way 4. Masanori Oishi / Syracuse Blues 5. Ichiro Takamoto / Come Again II

Side OY

1. Masara / Masarascope 2. Last Tango / Romance de Diablo 3. Carmen Maki / Senso wa Shiranai 4. Shun Sakai & The Long Goodbye / Hanamakino Gakko Seishinka

Side YM

1. Rosco / Shojojinotanuki Bayashi 2. Eika Utsumi / Anko iri Dodoitsu 3. Rikki / Kuro Usagi wa Neta 4. Masumi Yoshikawa & Norio Sato / Tsubasa 5. Ensemble Nomad / Estanjia yori 'Komugi no Dance 6. Aki Suzuki / Tabibito Nemuru



Mogaribue

KUNIHIRO IZUMI

Mogaribue

Ref: FSD7002


Price: 19.99

Solo album of shakuhachi from musician known as the saxophone player with Shibusashirazu and Satoko Fujii Orchestra, and also solo guitarist, singer-songwriter, sax player and multi-instrumentalist. Izumi plays different types of shakuhachi and makes his own plastic ones which he plays on some tracks. Improvisation, effects, overdubbing, noise, ambient, traditional, jazz and other sounds, on extraordinary album. From improvised jazz masterpieces to Japanese folk

1. Mogaribue - improvisation suite - before 2. Mogaribue - improvisation suite -after 3. Song for Che 4. Wise One 5. Baka wa miru 6. Improvisation - 8 + 6 length bamboo flutes, Suite- Song for Minority 7. Akita Kusakariuta 8. Akita Obaku 9. Kagaira Bushi 10. Akita Umakata Uta


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Flying Tentacles

YAKUSHIMARU EXPERIMENT

Flying Tentacles

Ref: FSD6992


Price: 19.99

Released on Ryuichi Sakamoto's Commmons label, (to commemorate its 10 year anniversary) an experimental electronic album. Improvised epic pieces played on electronic instumenrts including their own invention, dimtakt. Watch a video of the opening track.

1. Hikari to Hikari to Hikari to Hikari no Kiroku 2. Tanpakushitsu Mitai Ni 3. PCNC++ 4. Uramu no Rasen Yori 5. Omoidasu Koto Nado 6. Sora Tobu Tentakuruzu

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No Man's Land- Masanori Oishi Plays Jacob TV

MASANORI OISHI

No Man's Land- Masanori Oishi Plays Jacob TV

Ref: FSD6979


Price: 18.99

First solo album from saxophone player on which he plays the music of Jacob TV a Dutch a Dutch avant-garde classical composer, whom Oishi has worked with. An amazing blend of cut-ups of human voice and various styles from jazz, classical to contemporary music all played on the saxophone. Includes Sho-myo, writtten by Oishi inspired by the Japanese Buddhist chant.

1. The Body of Your Dreams 2. Ta Ta Ta Ta Duo 3. Grab It! 4. The Garden of Love 5. Sho-myo 6. Take a Wild Guess 7. Syracuse Blues 8. Broodhe Speculasas Met Kernemelk (Remixed by DJ Sniff)

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John Cage Shock Vol. 1

DAVID TUDOR, JOHN CAGE, YUJI TAKAHASHI, KENJI KOBAYASHI

John Cage Shock Vol. 1

Ref: FSD6973


Price: 19.99

In October 1962 John Cage and his great interpreter/co-visionary David Tudor visited Japan, performing seven concerts and exposing listeners to new musical worlds. This legendary "John Cage Shock", as it was dubbed by the critic Hidekazu Yoshida, is the source of this series of releases. Recorded primarily at the Sogetsu Art Center in Tokyo on October 24, 1962 (with two performances from October 17 at Mido-Kaikan in Osaka), all recordings in this series are previously unreleased. A major historical trove, unearthed.

The performances on this tour featured Cage and Tudor with some noteworthy Japanese musicians playing pieces by Cage and a number of other composers. Volume 1 begins with Toru Takemitsu's "Corona for Pianists" (1962), played by Tudor and Yuji Takahashi, an indeterminate piece scored using transparencies, a sign of Cage's influence on younger Japanese composers of the era. Following this is "Duo for Violinist and Pianist" (1961) by Christian Wolff, written specifically for David Tudor and violinist Kenji Kobayashi. The final piece, a near-twenty-minute realization of "Variations II" (1961), is a rare example of the rougher side of Cage, work that presaged much of the live electronic music and noise of the following decades, an aspect of his oeuvre which is woefully under-represented on CD. Cage and Tudor, using well-amplified contact microphones on a piano, deliver an electrifying performance, alternating distorted stretches of harsh 60s reality with bountiful silences.

All tracks are previously unissued. Tribute to the John Cage centenary and the 50th anniversary for his first Japan tour. Many rare photos, Japanese and English liner notes including commentary by Toshi Ichiyanagi. Cardboard/gatefold paper sleeve + obi + liner.

1. Toru Takemitsu - Corona for Pianists (9:34)

Performer: David Tudor (pf) + Yuji Takahashi (pf)

2. Christian Wolff - Duo For Pianist & Violinist (12:09)

Performer: David Tudor (pf) + Kenji Kobayashi (vn)

3. John Cage - Variations II (19:16)

Performer: David Tudor (pf) + John Cage (pf)



John Cage Shock Vol. 2

DAVID TUDOR, YOKO ONO, JOHN CAGE

John Cage Shock Vol. 2

Ref: FSD6974


Price: 19.99

Volume 2 lifts off with a fiery example of Tudor's piano virtuosity, his mastery of dynamics well evident in a performance of "Klavierstück X" (1961) by Karlheinz Stockhausen. The titular shock of this series is delivered even more forcefully with the next piece, Cage's "Aria and Solo for Piano with Fontana Mix" (1957-58/62), which was first performed the year before in Darmstadt by Tudor and Kobayashi, a combination of two of Cage's solo pieces. The performance here, from Osaka, has a slightly altered title and the composition becomes a seismic quartet with the addition of Toshi Ichiyanagi and Yoko Ono, with the four performers providing acutely-angled blasts of sound.

All tracks are previously unissued. Tribute to the John Cage centenary and the 50th anniversary for his first Japan tour. Many rare photos, Japanese and English liner notes including commentary by Toshi Ichiyanagi. Cardboard/gatefold paper sleeve + obi + liner.

1. Karlheinz Stockhausen - Klavierstück X (19:39)

Performer: David Tudor (pf)

2. John Cage - Aria and Solo for Piano with Fontana Mix (22:41)

Performer: Yoko Ono (vo) + David Tudor (pf) + John Cage (assistant performer)


John Cage Shock Vol.3

JOHN CAGE, DAVID TUDOR, TOSHI ICHIYANAGI

John Cage Shock Vol.3

Ref: FSD6975


Price: 19.99

The Third CD of the series features Cage's "0'00"" (1962), also referred to as "4'33" No.2", performed by the composer, with daily activities such as writing and drinking coffee amplified by contact microphones into sonic abstraction, following the score's directions: "with maximum amplification (no feedback), perform a disciplined action". Next is "Composition II for 2 Pianos" (1960/61) by Michael von Biel, lovely and sparse, performed by Tudor and Ichiyanagi. The disc closes with Ichiyanagi's "Piano Music #7" (1961), performed also by Tudor and Ichiyanagi, beds of silence disrupted by pianistic stabs, music box madness, traffic recordings, percussive thumps, tape manipulations and more.

All tracks are previously unissued. Tribute to the John Cage centenary and the 50th anniversary for his first Japan tour. Many rare photos, Japanese and English liner notes including commentary by Toshi Ichiyanagi. Cardboard/gatefold paper sleeve + obi + liner.

1. John Cage - 0'00" (18:09)

Performer: John Cage

2. Michael von Biel - Composition II for 2 Pianos (6:12)

Performer: Toshi Ichiyanagi (pf) + David Tudor (pf)

3. Toshi Ichiyanagi - Music for Piano #7 (14:59)

Performer: Toshi Ichiyanagi (pf) + David Tudor (pf)



The Resonance in Your Soul

KENTA HAYASHI

The Resonance in Your Soul

Ref: FSD6852


Price: 17.99

Latest album from the Japanese guitarist, layering sounds and rhythms and mixing rock/funk/psychedelic and more.

24th June 2015, Japanese guitarist Kenta Hayashi live in the studio by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

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Secret Garden

HACO

Secret Garden

Ref: FSD6786


Price: 17.99

Vocal based album of long distance collaboratations by Haco the renowned composer/vocalist/electroacoustic performer and sound artist. Haco has performed throughout the world as a solo performer as well as with her band After Dinner and the female trio Hoahio, combining elements of post-punk, electroacoustics, avant-garde improvisation, post-rock and technology.

1. Over the Unfinished Bridge 2. Linked in a Dream 3. The Halo and Angel Wings 4. Underground 5. Whitening Shadows 6. A Door in the Dune 7. Waves and Illusions 8. Miracle Moments 9. Never Get Over 10. (I Won’t) Leave a Trace

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Dojo Vol.1

MICHIYO YAGI & TAMAYA HONDA

Dojo Vol.1

Ref: FSD6725


Price: 19.99

Dojo is the duo of koto player Michiyo Yagi and drummer Tamaya Honda. As a trio called Aketa Dojo (at the famous Aketa no Mise live house in Tokyo), the duo would feature an evolving third guest member. This album features the duo with guest percussionist/drummer Paal Nilssen and trumpet player Nils Petter Molvaer. This is a superb album of free jazz/improvisational/experimental music. Michiyo Yagi has collaborated with artists ranging from Peter Brotzmann, Jim O'Rourke, Sachiko M, Kazutoki Umezu and Yoshihide Otomo. Honda is one of the best jazz and improvised drummers in Japan, who has played with Peter Brotzmann, Akira Sakata among others. Yagi plays electric 21 stringed koto, 17 stringed bass koto and electronics.

1. Monsoon - For Sonny And Shannon 2. Kusurifuru 3. Drum 'n' Bass 4. Roll Playing 5. Hyperborean 6. Whither 7. The Temple Of Secrets 8. Ectoplasm


Shiden Udon Original Soundtrack

HIROMICHI SAKAMOTO

Shiden Udon Original Soundtrack

Ref: FSD6339


Price: 20.99

Soundtrack album from the talented cello player, who has played with Cicala Mvta, Pascals and many other musicians and bands from the Japanese underground scene. This album features many other great musicians including Yoshiyuki Kawaguchi on recorder (Kuricorder Quartet), and Satoshi Hara on banjo. Sakamoto also plays keyboards, musical saw and does all the programming. Varied sounds, from clarinet to chorus groups, and musical genres.



Live Touches You

SOFT

Live Touches You

Ref: FSD5482


Price: 18.99

First album for five years from the Kyoto based band, playing their own brand of music with elements of house, afro, ambient, rock, jazz and other styles. One of the most popular bands on the Japanese festiival circuit.

1. Introduction 2. Loop Segundo 3. Mota 4. Warawara Dide Igba 5. Innner Move 6. Cilube 7. Baodub 8. M.T.U. 9. Landing 10. 8mm



Nabowa (Blue-spec CD)

NABOWA

Nabowa (Blue-spec CD)

Ref: FSD5483


Price: 23.99

Nabowa are a jam band from Kyoto. Featuring guitar, violin, djembe and bass, they have won a lot of fans for their improvisational sets blending dub, jazz, rock and other sounds.

1. Trippin` 2. Sunpeko 3. Nagi To Utage 4. Kitchen He Youkoso Feat.aco 5. Giant`s Walking 6. Aurelia 7. Collage 8. Mooocho 9. Bandada 10. River 11. Folky Feat.naoito 12. Thank You!


Based on Kyoto

BASED ON KYOTO

Based on Kyoto

Ref: FSD5484


Price: 23.99

First release from the improv/latin/jazz/dub/electronica outfit on Kyoto's excellent Japonica label, specialising in jam band and improv. muisc. Have been played by Giles Peterson on his BBC Radio 1 show. 1. Intro 2. Flower 3. I Want You 4. Just After The Rain 5. Calypso On-seng 6. Espsp 7. 15 Count Dub 8. Flying Pan 9. Tempo Happy 10. Before Dawn 11. Sunrise



Volda

PETER BROTZMANN, MICHIYO YAGI, PAAL NILDDEN-LOVE

Volda

Ref: FSD5278


Price: 24.99

55 minute performance recorded in Norway in 2008 of Michiyo Yagi (koto), Peter Brotzmann (alto, tenor saxophones,tarogato) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums). Improvised with moods ranging from plaintive to wild.



Yoru Oto

OSCILLATOR

Yoru Oto

Ref: FSD5201


Price: 22.99

Second album from post rock/experimental/ electronic quartet based in Tokyo. Computers, guitars, satron (handmade noise machine) plus flute, keyboards and husky voiced singer. 12 tracks including Blue, Aki:ya:on, Love Letter, Sleeping Beauty, North Pole and Rocca.



Zen Kaiju

KIKU DAY & HENRY KAISER

Zen Kaiju

Ref: FSD4109


Price: 18.99

Extraordinary collaboration between American guitarist Henry Kaiser and Kiku Day a shakuhachi player from Copenhagen of Japanese, Irish, Russian and American ancestry. Day plays the ji-nashi (natural bore) shakuhachi and studied under Atsuya Okuda in Japan, known for his improvisational playing of traditional tunes. This has put her in good stead to improvise with Henry Kaiser on an album that explores the clash of serene, meditative zen and the violent recklessness of kaiju (strange beast) represented by Godzilla and other strange creatures. 12 tracks. 1. Gojira Examines a Monk in Meditation 2. Anguiras Pacifies the Mind 3. Fairy Mothra's Preaching Sign 4. Gyaos Washes the Bowl 5. Dagora Calls His Own Master 6. Varan's Wheel 7. Gamera's Dog 8. This Mind is Not Pigmon 9. Ultraman Investigates 10. Jiger Twirls a Flower 11. A Philosopher Asks King Ghidorah 12. Tripping Over the Oxygen Destroyer.



Music Meme 4 C-Ya Tracks CD + DVD

YANN TOMITA

Music Meme 4 C-Ya Tracks CD + DVD

Ref: FSD3866


Price: 34.99

Yann Tomita is known as the first professional steel drum player in Japan and as a pioneering electronic 'exotica' artist who organized the 'Audio Science Labo'. He has produced / arranged / remixed / composed for many top Japanese groups including Bo Gumbos, Boredoms, The Boom, Geisha Girls, Seiko Ito, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Kan Takagi, and also Martin Denny. While he has played steel drums for Ryuichi Sakamoto, Pizzicato Five, Snakeman Show, Ippudo, Jagatara, Fair Child, Salon Music and Rankin Taxi. The CD on this collection is 'Yann Tomita Works Compilation' while the DVD is a live show 'Yann Tomita, Doopees & Naives at Kamakura Myohonji' from 2006. CD is of 11 tracks including Forever Young - Naivess, C-Ya! - Yann Tomita, I'm in the rain - Kahimi Karie, C-Ya! - Memories of Tape Recorder - Yann Tomita, See Ya! #1 - Dr. Yann, Forever Yann - Yann Tomita. The DVD features Yann Tomita (seree modular system), Yumiko Ono (violin), Seiko Ito (tambura & voice), Kan Takagi (swarsangam & voice)

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White Album

VARIOUS

White Album

Ref: FSD3798


Price: 23.99

From the SWC label (Sound Wave Construction) comes a compilation album of Japanese electronic music. SWC is considered one of Japan's leading underground labels, and this album features some of their and other leading artists, both cutting edge and on the more pop and catchy side. Artists include Altz, De De Mouse, Traks Boys, Pepe California, Psychogem aka DJ Hiroaki, Harley & Quin, Yogurt & Koyasu Production, Cherryboy Function, Cos/Mes, Latin Quarter.



Chin Chin Goto Goto - The Tram Story

K. MASUNAGA & HIS FELLOW SUFFERERS

Chin Chin Goto Goto - The Tram Story

Ref: FSD3811


Price: 26.99

Fascinating CD that mixes sounds from the now defunct tram service that operated in Kita-Kyushu with incedental music. Includes the entertaining commentary of the driver, street sounds, taiko plus the theme tune, Chin Chin Goto Goto.



Claire de Lune (Snowflakes are Dancing)

TOMITA

Claire de Lune (Snowflakes are Dancing)

Ref: FSD3737


Price: 19.99

Isao Tomita (born 1932 in Tokyo) is one of Japan's and the world's greatest innovators and creators of electronic and synthesizer music, especially on the Moog synthesizer. Claire de Lune (as it was originally titled) later called Snowflakes are Dancing was his first album released in 1974, and is of his interpretations of Debussy's late-nineteenth century 'impressionist' tone poems and piano studies. Tomita and this album was nominated for four Grammy awards (unprecedented for a Japanese artist) and won a NARM award for best classical record. This is a 2007 newly re-released 'regular' (original) version of the album. 1. Snowflakes are Dancing (Children's Corner No. 4) 2. Reverie 3. Gardens in the Rain (Estampes No. 3) 4. Clair de Lune (Suite Bergamasque No. 3) 5. Arabesque No. 1 6.The Engulfed Cathedral (Preludes Book 1 No. 10) 7. Passepied (Suite Bergamasque No. 4) 8.The Girl with the Flaxen Hair (Preludes Book 1 No. 8) 9. Golliwog's Cakewalk (Children's Corner No. 6) 10. Footprints in the Snow (Preludes Book 1 No. 6)



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Ocean Fire

CHRISTOPHER WILLITS + RYUICHI SAKAMOTO

Ocean Fire

Ref: FSD3714


Price: 22.99

Collaboration album of Ryuichi Sakamoto together with San Francsico based guitarist and multimedia artist Christopher Willits. Willits uses a guitar with custom-made signal processing creating a mix of acoustic and electronic sounds, improvisation, rhythm and sound texture. Fascinating album of 7 tracks. 1. Toward Water 2. Umi 3. Sea Plains 4. Sentience 5. Chi-yu 6. Cold Heat 7. Ocean Sky Remains.



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Tennen Kokekko - Original Soundtrack

REI HARAKAMI

Tennen Kokekko - Original Soundtrack

Ref: FSD3670


Price: 23.99

First soundtrack composed by Rei Harakami, also featuring the excellent group Qururli.



Yanokamick-Yanokami English Version

YANOKAMI

Yanokamick-Yanokami English Version

Ref: FSD3945


Price: 26.99

Yanokami is the duo of Akiko Yano and Rei Harakami. In 2007 they released the critically acclaimed album 'Yanokami' and this is the English language version. Akiko Yano's distinctive voice and electronic accompaniment. 11 tracks 1. Montauk 2. David-English version 3. Season of the End 4. Big Love 5. Too Good to Be True - English Version 6. You Showed Me 7. La La Means I Love You 8. Night Train Home - Yanokami Version 9. Full Bloom 10. Bara no Hana (Live Version) 11. Sayonara



Yanokami

YANOKAMI (AKIKO YANO & REI HARAKAMI)

Yanokami

Ref: FSD3671


Price: 26.99

Yanokami (Akiko Yano and Rei Harakami) first met in 2003, first played together in 2004 and started recording together the following year. This though is their first album as Yanokami. In case you don't know, Akiko Yano has been a leading songwriter/pianist/singer for over 30 years, as a solo musician, as a collaborator with Yellow Magic Orchestra and a host of western musicians from Pat Metheny to Thomas Dolby. Rei Harakami is an electronic musician, who has worked with UA, Coldcut and many others. Most of the 10 songs on this album were written and sung by Yano, with Harakami adding an electronic orchestration.



Cendre

FENNES + SAKAMOTO

Cendre

Ref: FSD3581


Price: 20.99

Excellent cyberspace collaboration album between Ryuichi Sakamoto (piano/laptop) and Christian Fennesz (guitar/laptop). Recorded between 2004-2006 through sound files sent between New York and Vienna they came together for the mix in New York. Blend of electronic improvisation with Satie like piano from Sakamoto. 11 tracks, challenging and innovative.



Hamasaki

IKUE ASAZAKI & DAIKICHI YOSHIDA

Hamasaki

Ref: FSD3382


Price: 26.99

Brilliant new album featuring Ikue Asazaki, veteran traditional singer from Amami, and sitar player Daikichi Yoshida, a veteran of Japan's alternative music scene. Asazaki has one of those immediately arresting voices, that drips with character but often has been set against a new age accompaniment that hasn't always done her justice. Yoshida is probably best known for playing with improv band Psycho Baba, but has played with a host of other musicians including Alaya Vijana (Fuji Rock festival 2006) Keiji Haino, sax player Kazutoki Umezu and Sitar Tah! and has written songs for female singer UA. On this suprising album, Amami celebration songs meets Indian, Indonesian gamelan, Korean and other Asian elements in a decidely experimental, boisterous manner. Other musicians include Akira Sotoyama (drums), Arunangshu Chaudhury (tabla) U-zhaan (tabla) Urotsute Noyako (gamelan) Fuyuki Yamakawa (hoomi-throat singing, igil) Maya (harmonium) Indora (Korean pansori) and Tonchi (steel pan drums). Wild and rather wonderful.



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Icomos

THE WORLD HERITAGE

Icomos

Ref: FSD3338


Price: 25.99

File under it says 'Alternative Post Jazz Trancerock Psychedelic Progressive Hardcore'. As you may have guessed unclassifiable music featuring five extraordinary musicians from some of Japan's most innovative groups from the underground. Those musicians are Tatsuya Yoshida drummer from Ruins, Yuji Katsui, violin player from Rovo, Mitsuru Nasuno, bass from Schwarz (among others) , guitarist Natsuki Kido from many groups and projects and Seichi Yamamoto, guitarist with the Boredoms among many others. Add free improv, dub, Krautrock to those genres and you end up with a spacey, energizing, primal and rather wonderful album.



Radio

NAOHIRO KAWASHITA, DAISUKE FUWA, YASUHIRO YOSHIGAKI & TAKESHI SHIBUYA

Radio

Ref: FSD2189


Price: 23.99

Recorded at the famous jazz venues in Tokyo, Pit Inn, Shinjuku, and Buddy in Ekota. Hard edged avant garde jazz mix of sax, bass, drums and organ



48

SHOJI HANO

48

Ref: FSD2190


Price: 23.99

A two track album of solo drumming might have a hard time keeping the listener's attention. And it does in places, superficially, but listened to closely the sounds are constantly shifting and moving in a fascinating direction.



Futatsu - Raku Sugifatti

RADU MALFATTI & TAKU SUGIMOTO

Futatsu - Raku Sugifatti

Ref: FSD2191


Price: 26.99

Ultra minimalist, ostensibly a duet of trombone and guitar over 70 minutes on CD 1, followed by outdoor noises and occasional doodling on CD 2. Japanese / Austrian collaboration recorded in Tokyo and Vienna.



Loose Community

YOSHIHIDE OTOMO, PARK JE CHUN & MI YEON

Loose Community

Ref: FSD2186


Price: 23.99

Japan's electronic music genius, Otomo (turntables, guitar) collaborates with Korean percussion player Park Je Chun and pianist Mi Yeon, together with a loose community of other musicians including Japanese shamisen player Yumiko Tanaka. Improvisational pieces featuring six very different musicians, that is constantly absorbing and challenging. Recorded in Seoul with additional recording and overdubbing in Tokyo. Comes with English liner notes.



Meeting at Off Site Vol.2

TOSHIMARU NAKAMURA & TETSUZI AKIYAMA

Meeting at Off Site Vol.2

Ref: FSD2187


Price: 23.99

Recorded live at Off Site Yoyogi, Tokyo, at various times between December 2001 and May 2002. Nakamaru plays no-input mixing board, with host of other musicians on percussion, acoustic guitar, cello, turntables, cassette recorders and others. Vol 1. featured shorter pieces, this time Nakamura explains he wanted to present longer pieces. Improvisational, experimental, intriguing.



Gekion

DAISUKE FUWA

Gekion

Ref: FSD2188


Price: 23.99

From the leader of Shibusashirazu Orchestra. Music originally composed for the theatre, recorded between 1989 and 1996. Swirling keyboards, synthesizers, effects and guitars in original concoction, quite unclassifiable. Interesting, unique and recommended.



Wasuremono

REI HARAKAMI

Wasuremono

Ref: FSD2992


Price: 25.99

Rei Harakami plays a blend of techno, jazz and fusion. Since his first album for Sublime Records in 1998 he has worked as a producer with a variety of artists such as Akiko Yano, UA and Quruli. With elements of jazz-fusion and intricate breakbeats, this album pushes the borders of techno with delicate melodies and innovative production.



Lust

REI HARAKAMI

Lust

Ref: FSD2820


Price: 25.99

Rei Harakami is a pioneer of the Japanese techno and electronic scene. He has been widening his activities in recent years by producing UA, remixing Qururi and collaborating with Akiko Yano. Ten tracks including one that was covered by Haruomi Hosono.



Unrest - Special Edition

REI HARAKAMI

Unrest - Special Edition

Ref: FSD2821


Price: 25.99

Re-release of Rei Harakami's first album, originally released in 1998 and long unavailable. The re-release has an extra track to add to the eleven of the original.



Opa*q - Special Edition

REI HARAKAMI

Opa*q - Special Edition

Ref: FSD2822


Price: 25.99

Re-release of techno/electronic pioneer Rei Harakami's second album, originally released in 1999 that has unavailable for many years.This album has got a great reputation with many artists in Japan and overseas, and has long been a sought after album. The new version has the nine original tracks plus three unreleased ones.



Goth-Trad 1

GOTH-TRAD

Goth-Trad 1

Ref: FSD2589


Price: 25.99

Goth Trad has made a name for himself in Japan and overseas for his inventive playing of samplers, keyboards and self-made instruments. Producing industrial sounds supported by techno, hip hop, modern classical and noise, GOTH-TRAD has gained an enviable reputation from not only music people but also from dancers or fashion show producers. First album.



The Inverted Perspective

GOTH-TRAD

The Inverted Perspective

Ref: FSD2590


Price: 25.99

Goth Trad has become known for his performances based around improvisation, and performed at Japan's biggest outdoor techno music event "Metamorphose" and at "Batofar" in France. Brilliant second album is of hard hitting industrial experimental electronic music.



Improvised Music From Japan

Improvised Music From Japan

Ref: FSD2346


Price: 23.99

Fantastic book/magazine and CD from Improvised Music from Japan. 7 track CD features Toshimaru Nakamura, Haco, Tetuzi Akiyama, Taku Unami, Masahiko Okura, Radu Malfatti, Taku Sugimoto and others. The English / Japanese magazine includes interviews with Ami Yoshida, Toshimaru Nakamura, Sachiko M, Phew, Tetsu Saitoh and Nobuyoshi Ino, Daisuke Fuwa (Shibusashirazu) CD reviews written by Otomo Yoshihide, an article on the History of Japanese Free Jazz and much more besides.Great value and a starting point to learn more about this fascinating music scene in Japan.

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Volda

PETER BROTZMANN, MICHIYO YAGI, PAAL NILDDEN-LOVE

Volda

Ref: FSD5278


Price: 24.99

55 minute performance recorded in Norway in 2008 of Michiyo Yagi (koto), Peter Brotzmann (alto, tenor saxophones,tarogato) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums). Improvised with moods ranging from plaintive to wild.



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