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Song Book Dub

HIROFUMI ASAMOTO

Song Book Dub

Ref: FSD6235


Price: 22.99

Keyboardist, composer, producer, DJ, Hirofumi Asamoto is one of those musicians who goes under the radar, but whose influence is over a lot of great records. He plays with, and has written songs for, the wonderful singer UA, has played with dub band Mute Beat, Ram Jam World and many others, as welll as making solo dub records from time to time. On this album he plays kind of soft, piano dub versions of his own compositions. Definitely one for dub lovers.

1. Jounetsu 2. Natural Born Dub 3. Here Alone 4. Kajitsu No Tsuki 5. Kanashimi No Hana Ni 6. Nothing Without You Feat.speech 7. Island Of Dreams 8. Parade No Theme 9. After The Rain 10. Milk Tea



Heiwa Ni Ikiru Kenri (CD single)

JINTA-LA-MVTA WITH LIKKLE MAI

Heiwa Ni Ikiru Kenri (CD single)

Ref: FSD6212


Price: 9.99

Jinta-La-Mvta, (the smaller version of Cicala Mvta) perform Heiwa ni Ikiru Kenri - The Right to Live in Peace, wiritten by Victor Jara, with Japanese lyrics by Takashi Nakagawa of Soul Flower Union (who performed the song on their album Electro-Asyl Bop) together with Likkle Mai, ex-singer of dub band Dry & Heavy. Infectious.

1. Jinta-La-Mvta with Likkle Mai version 2. Jinta-La-Mvta version



Groovy Situation Dub

GROOVY SITUATION DUB

Groovy Situation Dub

Ref: FSD5806


Price: 20.99

Drum & bass album in the literal sense from drummer Gota Yashiki and bassist Takayoshi Matsunaga, both of the group Mute Beat. Mute Beat were one of the most influential bands in Japan, in the fields of dub and reggae. Gota went on to perform with Simply Red, and collaborated with Soul II Soul, Sinead O'Connor and Seal among others. Mostly drums and bass with some keyboards, guitar samples, and effect vocals.

1. Here it Comes 2. It Takes Two 3. Dub Elephant 4. Dragon Master 5. Shall we Dance? 6. Flavor of the Ark 7. Up to the Sky 8. Sun Still Shining


Miimo 4

MIIMO

Miimo 4

Ref: FSD5766


Price: 23.99

Post dub trio Miimo's fourth album creating minimal, electronic but analogue music using steel pan. Includes cover of Bjork's 'Hyperballad'. Group members are Tatsu (bass, electronics), Yoshio Machida (steel pan, electronics) and Norihide Saji (drums, electronics).

1. Miolio 2. Hyperballad 3. Zanitomki 4. Sabo 5. Purain 6. Euratibe 7. Sogante 8. Lesnoir 9. Akuru


Dub Conference

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Dub Conference

Ref: FSD5721


Price: 23.99

All the big names from the Japanese reggae and dub music scenes get together and record 10 new tracks. Artists are from Mute Beat, Little Tempo, Major Force, Determinations, Dry & Heavy, Audio Active, Dubsensemania and other bands.

1. DJ Yogurt & Koyas vs. Strange Reitaro Travel Swing Band / Kikenna Oshite Okureyo Dub 2. Hakase Sun with Coba-U / Traveling Dub 3. K.U.D.O./ Turquoise 4. Dub Master X / For Whom the Music 5. Mitsuhiro Toike / Distant Thunder Dub 6. Ras Takashi / Bright Future Dub 7. Icchie / December 8. MASAMatix /Spooky Dub 9. Likkle Mai / Straight To Yellow Cinderella's Head 10. Dr. Echo Logic / Quiet Night (Dub of Live Mix)



Himalayan Dub

OKI DUB AINU BAND

Himalayan Dub

Ref: FSD5720


Price: 18.99

Remix by OKI and dub engineer emperor Naoyuki Uchida (Little Tempo, Dry & Heavy) of Sakhalin Rock released in 2010. Brillaint album of hard and spacy dub.

1. Dub Sakhalin 2. Dub Monimahpo 3. Dub Omap 4. Phoenix Dub 5. Humpe 6. Kokon Dub 7. Iyororo 8. Babylon Tawki Dub 9. Blue Aynu 10. Atuy Riri 11. Kunashiri Dub



Tropical Garage

DUBDUB ON-SENG

Tropical Garage

Ref: FSD5490


Price: 20.99

Dubdub On-Seng are one of the hippest acts in Japan right now. They are the duo of drummer Manabu Sakata, son of the renowned saxophonist Akira Sakata, and guitarist Yasuhiko Tanaka aka Marron. Calypso On-Seng has become quite a big dancefloor hit with it's punchy drumming, steelpan riff and qawaali intro.

1. Dubdub Paradise 2. Surf On-Seng 3. Dubdub Hammock 4. Swith On-Seng 5. Calypso On-Seng 6. Ofro 7. High School On-Seng 8. Tropical Garage 9. Calypso On-Seng [Based on Kyoto Remix]


Hizumikaru

THE ZOOT16

Hizumikaru

Ref: FSD5254


Price: 23.99

Solo project of Toshimi Watanabe of Tokyo No. 1 Soul Set is a dub/reggae/ska mix.

1. Emerald 2. Hizumikaru 3. Key Word 4. Red Motel No Asa 5. Santa Malta De Koi Wo Shite 6. Sayonara Barcelona 7. Clean Up Babylon 8. Hitotsu No Hana 9. Esmeralda 10. Gasteiz No Yoru 11. Luna 12. Moonlight


Bob

RUDEBWOY FACE

Bob

Ref: FSD5237


Price: 26.99

Fourth album from Japanese ragga artist who has built up a steady following since his first album in 2006. Hip-hop/reggae mixture on what has been a breakthough album.

1.3 Star`s Intro Feat.asian Star / Ari-t From Blast Star / Godzilla From Seven Star 2. Emperor Selassi-1 3. Queen & Don Dada Feat.youngshim 4. Love Song For You 5. Far East Japan 6. Money Money 7. Badness No Pay Feat.tomo 8. Wine For Me -arif Cooper Remix- 9. Disco-back To The 90s Style- 10. Japanese Gal-back To The 90s Style 11. A1 Driver Feat.akane 12. Lyrical Murderer 13. Dancehall Killa 14. Reggae Reggae



Rundown

COOL WISE MAN

Rundown

Ref: FSD5238


Price: 23.99

Cool Wise Man have been through a few incarnations since they first got together in 1993. This latest, seven piece version of the band, with a great horn section, plus bass, drums, guitar and keyboards is probably the best yet, with a really tight and original sound. Played a well received set at Fuji Rock festival 2009.

1. Chase The Feel 2. Feel Fool Struttin 3. Melody Life Featuring Likkle Mai 4. Ska Fiesta 5. Deep Red 6. Rollin' On 7. Song For My Grandfather 8. Sharing A Mood 9. Journey 10. Now Growing


Jama-Ichi Rockers

JAMA-ICHI

Jama-Ichi Rockers

Ref: FSD5239


Price: 22.99

Jama-Ichi is the band of Akira Umezu, ex-drummer with Jamaica Ichi Chome. They describe themselves as an acoustic riddim band, playing dance hall, roots and dub. This album features an impressive support cast including Rankin Taxi, Cocoa Tea, Bukky Rankin, Kurtis Fly and, intringuingly, Kazutoki Umezu Kiki Band. 12 tracks.

1. Naniwa Bushi Raggamufin Featuring Bukky Rankin 2. Hanareteru One Night Featuring lecca 3. Blazing The Fire Featuring Furin 4.Three Little Birds Featuring Cocoa Tea 5.Chase The Devil Featuring Makoto Karukaya 6.Dear Glady Featuring Gladstone"Glady"Anderson 7.Itawasa Featuring Umeckman from Jama-ichi 8.Jama-ichi Rockers 9. Raga Jama-Ichi Rock Featuring Kurtis Fly 10. Caribbeab no Wataridori Featuring Rankin Taxi 11. Western Picaro Featuring Kazutoki Umezu 12.The Devil In Dub Dubwise Ryu 'ARI' Matsumoto


Rhyme Life

CHEHON

Rhyme Life

Ref: FSD5240


Price: 23.99

Born in 1984 Chehon is a rising star of the Japanese reggae scene. Ragga, dub, hip-hop mix.

1. Intro 2. Power 2K8 3. Change 4. Eiko ni Chikamichi nashi 5. 1000 no Violin 6. Legend feat. Peter Man- Special Vibes Mix 7. Rhyme Life 8. Likkle More- Meguri Eye 9. Skit feat. Tony the Weed. 10. Impact 11. Code Name ABC feat. Arm Strong, Big Bear 12. Shoshin - Hase-T Remix 13. Smoke City 14. Flower Road - Hanamichi 15. Baby Don't Cry 16. Outlaw 17. Bonus track - Midori


Dubs on the Corner

RATVILLE

Dubs on the Corner

Ref: FSD5199


Price: 20.99

Excellent first album from Ratville, a 3 piece dub band (guitar, drums, dub mix/melodica) based in Kyoto. There is beauty in the simpleness of their music, with deep sounds and dynamic grooves and a punkish and free jazz atmosphere. Some tracks are mixed with funk and tribal with guests on trumpet and soprano sax.

1. Screaming Butterfly 2. Kernel 32 3. Bum Plate #1 4. Gestalt Dub 5. 3. Bum Plate #2 6. Output Dots 7. Giraffe Side Walk 8. Giraffic Dub 9. Beyond Evil


We're Living

BAGDAD CAFE THE TRENCH TOWN

We're Living

Ref: FSD5191


Price: 20.99

Excellent 11 piece reggae outfit. Good tunes, good singing, good musicians. Doesn't break new ground, but hugely enjoyable.

1. We're Living 2. Family 3. Hey My Bad Boy 4. Joyfully 5. You are Everything 6. Five Star 7. My Little Girl 8. Back Yard 9. Bon Dance 10. Shake my Down 11. Trippin' Sky 12. Sky Dub 13. Jump the World 14. Discover 15. We're Dubbing


Mairation

LIKKLE MAI

Mairation

Ref: FSD5204


Price: 26.99

Superb third album from the female roots reggae singer, and former singer with dub band Dry & Heavy. High quality dub and roots album with great vocals, strong melodies and tight horn section.

1. Come Together For I & I 2. My Yellow Cinderella 3. Tomoni Yukou 4. Put it On 5. Whatever will Be 6. Someone Loves You Honey 7. Starlight Says it's Alright 8. Amai Toki 9. Ijiwaru World 10. Zion Eye 11. Guide and Protect 12. Willow Tree 13. One Life to Live (album version)


Nangoku Tuxedo

HAKASE-SUN

Nangoku Tuxedo

Ref: FSD4970


Price: 22.99

Hakase-sun is a keyboard player, specializing in reggae and dub. He started off as a member of the excellent Fishmans, joined Little Tempo, worked with UA, played as a support member with Brilliant Green and has done remixes for Bonnie Pink. This is his sixth solo album, and includes guest Tica from Little Tempo.

1. So Many Colours 2. Tenshi no Yubi - mellow shrimp 3. Beer's Cheers 4. Reggae Diary 5. Bridge's View 6. Marinair Trail 7. Yaeyama Shoto nite 8. Echodrops 9. Luxury (featuring Kaori Takeda) 10. Pisara Pisara 11. Taragawa Rock 12. Water Lily Blues 13. Sunconscious People 14. Soshite Ongakue



The Heavymanners

THE HEAVYMANNERS

The Heavymanners

Ref: FSD4479


Price: 25.99

Japan has for several years now, been one of the centres for dub music. Influenced by King Tubby, Lee Perry and others, Japanese dub artists have gradually formed their own identity and sound. One of those innovators is Takeshi 'Heavy' Akimoto, former bassist and leader of a dub band, Dry & Heavy. The Heavymanners are the latest group formed by Akimoto in 2002. 'Heavy' has supposedly been holding them back from performing and recording until last year, and this is their first album recorded in Jamaica. Guests include Shing02, King Yellowman, Killer-Bong and Sly (from Sly & Robbie).

1. Cut the Babylon System 2. Stop the Killing (feat. Linval Thompson) 3. Banzai Charge 4. Militant Bass 5. We a Soldiers (feat. King Yellowman) 6. Eternal Light 7. Riot 8. Taiyo (feat. Shing02) 9. Terroriddim (Rudeboy Anthem) feat. Killer-Bong 10. You Must Hear / Sly & Heavy feat. Skully 11. Rebel / Sly & Heavy


One!

BANANAMUFFIN

One!

Ref: FSD4488


Price: 26.99

Bananamuffin is a reggae/raggamuffin dj living on Amami island, Kagoshima. There's not much local 'island' music evident; more of a island reggae/comedy/ska dj mix although the wonderful Maricamizki guest on the infectious 24/7, plus keyboards, bass, drums and various horns. Infectious. 10 tracks.



The Ska Revolution

MIGHTY MASSA & THE SKA REVOLUTIONARIES

The Ska Revolution

Ref: FSD3860


Price: 25.99

Some of Japan's top reggae musicians get together under the guidance of Masakazu Nagai to create a unique sounding ska album. Musicians include Masakazu Nagai, keyboardist with Ska Flames.



S Reggae! Japanese

VARIOUS

S Reggae! Japanese

Ref: FSD3644


Price: 25.99

Reggae has always had a following in Japan, a trend that continues until today. Compilation of young Japanese reggae artists. These include Chee, Chehon, Rickie-G, Domino Kat & Romir, Nissin, Da Pump, Arare and more.



More

KODAMA AND THE DUB STATION BAND

More

Ref: FSD3106


Price: 31.99

Japan's dub pioneer is back with a new album of his cool trumpet dub doodling. New versions of tunes originally recorded by his seminal group Mute Beat, Bob Marley (Jah Live Dub, Sun is Shining) and Gregory Isaacs (One More Time) covers and even versions of What a Wonderful World and From Russia with Love, the theme song for the Bond film. Comes as a set with a 30 minute DVD of live performance, recording with interviews.



In Studio

KODAMA AND THE DUB STATION BAND

In Studio

Ref: FSD2719


Price: 25.99

Kazufumi Kodama is back in a new guise as Kodama and the Dub Station Band. Not much change in the music though. More of the brilliant reggae/dub trumpet sound set over a cool backing from a brilliant band. 10 tracks.



A Silent Prayer

KAZUFUMI KODAMA

A Silent Prayer

Ref: FSD2152


Price: 26.99

Latest album from trumpet player, with his usual cool, laid back dub sound. His trumpet lays over mainly programmed beats and synthesized sounds. Comes with an extra video clip and deluxe packaging envelope style booklet. Up to the usual high standard of this highly respected musician, who influenced a new generation of Japanese dub musicians.



Kodama(Echo) From Dub Station 1982-2002

KAZUFUMI KODAMA

Kodama(Echo) From Dub Station 1982-2002

Ref: FSD1815


Price: 26.99

Superb compilation of songs taken from throughout the trumpet playing dub master's illustrious career from his Mute Beat days to solo including fairly rare tracks such as Mute Beat's first singles, and every significant album since. Kodama has always been backed by talented musicians, including Takayoshi Matsunaga on bass, Gota Yashiki on drums, Hirofumi Asamoto on keyboards, and guests including UA, Rico Rodriguez, Hakase (Little Tempo) and many others. A great introduction to the work of a significant artist, still remembered for his scintillating show at WOMAD in the UK.



Nazo

KAZUFUMI KODAMA

Nazo

Ref: FSD1816


Price: 26.99

Out takes and tunes that Kodama recorded for soundtracks. Features Tico from Little Tempo and Yoshie Nakano of the excellent Ego Wrappin. Atmospheric and brilliant from the dub trumpeter.



Requiem Dub

KAZUFUMI KODAMA A.K.A. "ECHO" FROM DUB STATION

Requiem Dub

Ref: FSD1427


Price: 26.99

Heavy, dark dub from one of Japan's dub originators, with distinctive trumpet playing blending perfectly with dub instrumentation, includes bizarre trumpet solo version of 'O Little Town of Bethlehem', otherwise the album's centerpiece is Kodama's own composition, 'Requiem'.



Dub Creation

DRY & HEAVY

Dub Creation

Ref: FSD1819


Price: 26.99

Latest album by dub outfit is heavy dub version of their 'From Creation' album. Probably deeper, rootsier dub than any other Japanese dub outfit, and collaborators with the UK's Asian Dub Foundation. Regular performers overseas including WOMAD and many other festivals around the world.



Stars

KAZUFUMI KODAMA A.K.A."ECHO" FROM DUB STATION

Stars

Ref: FSD1428


Price: 26.99

Dub master and trumpeter (ex-Mute Beat) Kodama releases an album of classy,swirling dub including guest vocalist UA on one track, otherwise instrumental. Fantastic stuff. Made a big impression at a WOMAD festival in the UK a few years ago.



14 Echoes+1

MUTE BEAT

14 Echoes+1

Ref: FSD1817


Price: 26.99

Best of compilation of Kazufumi Kodama's now legendary dub band. Strong melodies played on trumpet to heavy dub backing.



Kodama & Gota Live

KODAMA & GOTA

Kodama & Gota Live

Ref: FSD1818


Price: 26.99

Kodama and drummer Yashiki Gota (drummer with Simply Red) live album from 1996 with ex Mute Beat members.



Yama to Umi

LITTLE TEMPO

Yama to Umi

Ref: FSD4098


Price: 25.99

New album from the brilliant Little Tempo, mixing dub, reggae, calypso and more into a cool, club sound. 1. Little Journey 2. Tropical Rock 3. Yama to Umi 4. Ran de vou 5. Mellow Stone 6. Sky High 7. In The Rain 8. Dance Killer 9. Onsen Monogatari 10. Over The Rainbow 11. Hoshizora



Little Tempo Live & Direct 1369

LITTLE TEMPO

Little Tempo Live & Direct 1369

Ref: FSD2991


Price: 25.99

To mark their 13th anniversary the super dub calypso band release a live album of some of their best know tunes. Little Tempo are not a studio based group, but are talented musicians who even in the studio prefer to play live, and here the energy of a Little Tempo is captured for the first time.



1999-2001

LITTLE TEMPO

1999-2001

Ref: FSD2284


Price: 26.99

A best of compilation of tracks from tracks from between 1999 and 2001. Includes a track from the film 'Muno No Hito' and elsewhere featuring the wonderful Eddie Reader and Linton Kwesi Johnson. Good place to discover the excellent dup/reggae/calypso sounds of Little Tempo.



Super Dub

LITTLE TEMPO

Super Dub

Ref: FSD2720


Price: 24.99

Dub remix of Little Tempo's most recent album, 'Super Tempo'. Dub/reggae with trademark steel pan laying down the melody. Two tracks feature legendary trombone player Rico Rodriguez and percussionist Tony Uter. Excellent.



Super Tempo

LITTLE TEMPO

Super Tempo

Ref: FSD2546


Price: 26.99

New album from the steel pan reggae and dub outfit. Includes covers of Summertime and My Baby Just Cares for Me, alongside originals. Good, without breaking new ground.



Fire Blender

LITTLE TEMPO

Fire Blender

Ref: FSD2153


Price: 26.99

Dub mix of their excellent Musical Brain Food album. Calypso steel pan and heavy dub mixture.



Musical Brain Food

LITTLE TEMPO

Musical Brain Food

Ref: FSD1821


Price: 26.99

Fantastic new album from the steel drum and dub instrumental outfit, one of the most original Japanese bands.



Kedaco is Born

LITTLE TEMPO

Kedaco is Born

Ref: FSD1571


Price: 26.99

Strictly instrumental dub album of songs previously recorded by Little Tempo. In some ways more satisfying than their usual output.



Kedaco Sounds

LITTLE TEMPO

Kedaco Sounds

Ref: FSD1570


Price: 26.99

A kind of calypso club reggae dub band whose lead instrument is steel pan drums. It's a very nice sound, although their choice of songs to cover sometimes lets them down. Here the Beatles get the Little Tempo treatment.



Ron Riddim

LITTLE TEMPO

Ron Riddim

Ref: FSD1291


Price: 26.99

Calypso/reggae/dub and club mixture.



Little Tempo Meets Voices of Flowers

LITTLE TEMPO

Little Tempo Meets Voices of Flowers

Ref: FSD1369


Price: 26.99

Excellent Japanese dub unit, includes unlikely guest vocalist Linda Lewis, plus Fresh Funky Four and Trio Esperanca. 12 tracks.



Summer Jamboree

ROCKING TIME

Summer Jamboree

Ref: FSD2285


Price: 26.99

Japanese and Western pop songs end up as ska, reggae, rock steady and calypso tunes in the hands of this excellent reggae outfit.



Song Book

ROCKING TIME

Song Book

Ref: FSD1572


Price: 26.99

Excellent rock steady and dub band, includes songs by Bunny Lee and Joe Gibbs sung in Japanese.



Rock Steady

ROCKING TIME

Rock Steady

Ref: FSD1573


Price: 26.99

Excellent Japanese Dub outfit produced by Kazufumi Kodama (Mute Beat), with 3 tracks given a dub mix by Dry & Heavy.



Roots Candy

LIKKLE MAI

Roots Candy

Ref: FSD2879


Price: 26.99

Likkle Mai, used to be the female singer with acclaimed Japanese dub unit Dry & Heavy. Now, she has decided to go solo and releases her first solo album. It's decidedly more pop oriented than Dry & Heavy and she sings in Japanese (as opposed to English in D&H) on three tracks, perhaps in an attempt to popularize reggae with 30 something Japanese females. Perhaps not as cool as Dry & Heavy but a confident debut worth seeking out.



High Numbers

TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA

High Numbers

Ref: FSD1843


Price: 26.99

Tenth album from Japan's perennial high energy ska band.



Gunslingers - Live Best

TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA

Gunslingers - Live Best

Ref: FSD1579


Price: 26.99

TSPO have for many years now been one of Japan's most exciting live acts.There are so many high energy workouts on this, it's exhausting just to listen. It's not straight Jamaican ska though, more rock ska such as their versions of Skaravan, Ska me Crazy, Tin Tin Deo, and The King of the Mosh Pit.



Temple of Dub

VARIOUS

Temple of Dub

Ref: FSD1360


Price: 26.99

Excellent album of heavy dub mixes by including Chari Chari, Dub Squad, Dry and Heavy and others. Nine superb tracks.



Versus

DUB SQUAD

Versus

Ref: FSD1820


Price: 26.99

Brilliant dub outfit, who combine dub sounds with heavy electronic dance rhythms to stunning effect. Six pulsating tracks.



Baka-Banashi

H-MAN

Baka-Banashi

Ref: FSD2370


Price: 26.99

This exilerating CDbegins with Japanese festival (ondo) music before launching into a Japanese ondo raggamuffin workout. It continues in much the same vain, pulsating modern festival music, before going out on the same traditional note.



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