Fourth album and first for three years from the UK/US duo with their brand of Okinawan club music. Familar tunes are given a not so familiar workout, while other original tunes are full of Okinawan sounds. Dub, Afrobeat, Trip Hop, Lounge and more influences are poured into the Okinawan blender, and out comes some of the coolest new Okinawan music of recent years. Collaborators include Mika Uchizato, Toru Yonaha, Ayano Uema and Natsuki Nakamura.
1. Kajimaya 2. Miyarabi Yunta 3. Urizun 4. East Town Dub 5. Ahabushi 6. Umaku Kamade 7. Wattachine 8. Zamami 9. Hanjo Bushi 10. Paikaji
Shimadelica is the long awaited third album, the first in three years, from the US/UK duo, Ryukyu Underground. 'Shimadelica' sees the guys back in the studio, recording with live musicians and adding beats, rhythms, and some surprises too to create the trademark, unique sound that is Ryukyu Underground.Jon Taylor and Keith Gordon bring some new ingredients to the RU blender this time. 60s and 70s psychedelic music are mixed with the local sounds of Okinawa. Those local ingredients are still at the root of their music. Funky rhythms, progressive house, 90s Brit rock, dub, trip hop, Brazilian, Arabic, Indian plus other world and club influences all help to take the listener on a global trip that begins and ends in Okinawa. Ryukyu Underground have employed the talents of some of the brightest young names from roots side of the Okinawan music scene. Toru Yonaha is much demand as a session musician and a fine sanshin player and singer in his own right. Long time female collaborator and singer Mika Uchizato is featured once again as are other young female vocalists Natsuki Nakamura and Ayano Uema. Another significant step forward, Shimadelica takes the rich sounds of Okinawa into previously uncharted territory.
Ryukyu Remixed (2 CDs)
On RU's stunning thrird album, tunes from the first two CDs are given new mixes by a dazzling array of like-minded DJs, musicians, producers, remixers, other creative artists and Ryukyu Underground themselves. All collaborators on this project were chosen by Jon and Keith. Some they have previously worked with, while others they have long admired. They include some of the top names in the world dance music scene, alongside equally talented up and coming artists. The breathtakingly diverse range of styles includes ethnic lounge, ambient, techno, dub, and ethnic drum and bass over 2 CDs and 126 minutes of pulsating music. Remixers featured are Kid Loco, Saru, Da Lata Jason Bentley, Junkie XL, Lelonek, Chaos Luda, Bill Laswell, Rohan, Brown Sounds, Richard Kirk, Sharaab, Karsh Kale, Depth Charge and Dub Farm.
Following the success of their first album, Ryukyu Underground release their much anticipated follow up. In contrast to their first album, which sampled many traditional recordings on local labels, this time around Jon and Keith were keen to cooperate and interact with Okinawan musicians in laying down the basic tracks. Despite his young age, Toru Yoneha is one of Okinawa's top players, much in demand as a session musician. of the sanshin, the three stringed snake skinned banjo at the heart of Okinawan traditional music. In female singer Mika Uchizato, they have unearthed a real new talent. It's Mika's beautiful voice that is heard on the opening track 'Hana' originally recorded by legend Shokichi Kina, and one of Okinawa's best known songs around the world. 'Koi no Michi Kusa', features Mika over a heavy dub backing, a sound that has become one of the trademarks of Ryukyu Underground. Elsewhere Kuiji nu Hana is set to an infectious bossa nova/samba rhythm, Sefa Utaki has a laid back ambient drum 'n' bass feel, while Kanasando is in a downtempo lounge style.
Ryukyu Underground's first album.
'"Electro dub adventuring from Japan's Okinawan archipelago. Gordon & Taylor keep the mystery while adding their own voice to the music, blending traditional children's songs with dub reggae on 'Tinsagu Nu Hana' or mixing the punchy sound of the sanshin banjo with nifty drum programming. A triumph. " - Muzik