This is EXACTLY my kind of mix. No pretensions and no bullshit (and no house…), just out and out great tunes – spaced out weirdy sounds with plenty of hip hop, a smattering of footwork and plenty of soul.
Every Thursday for the next few weeks (up to Oct 9th), RBMA will be posting a new episode of this documentary series, exploring the legacy and foundation of Japan’s most vital video game music composers. This first episode focus on early eighties Nintendo and some of the earliest Famicom/NES games. The likes of Oh No, Flying Lotus, J Rocc, Havoc and Kode 9 add varied levels of waxing lyrical about musicians such as Junko Ozawa and Hirokazu Tanaka, who in turn reflects on unexpected influences such as Jah Wobble. The games Balloon Fight and Wrecking Crew has the rhythm of Sly Dunbar – Hirokazu Tanaka
Props to producers and directors Nick Dwyer and Tu Neill – the film is shot amazingly. I look forward to next week’s instalment. Completing the cycle somewhat, Daisuke Tanabe has composed the theme for the documentary. Watch out for his LP, Floating Underwater, previewed here.
Neil Bopperson (that’s him in the middle) is a mega talented chef, both in the kitchen and in the studio… here he’s been messing about with Jacko to produce a slowed down, synthy version of Dangerous-era smash Remember The Time, reimagined as a right fat little stomper.
This will be pressed up as a 7″ single in the autumn but for now, grab a free download here.
Sound experimentalist and all-round bad man Daisuke Tanabe has so far previewed two tracks from his new album – Pinebee is infused with jungle while Paper Planes is on some underwater kingdom vibe.
The album, Floating Underwater, will be out on @Ki-Records / @cat-eat-mosquito on 15 September 2014, on CD, 2×10″ vinyl and digital.
02 Paper Planes
04 Walking Muu
06 Sunny Tunnel
08 Shopping Mall Super Star
09 Fun Robbery
12 Blue Rats
13 Cloudy Water
14 Night Fishing
Golden Skies seeks to be even more sweeping – have a listen to the full album over at Pitchfork Advance. My personal favourite at the time of writing is Light Age.
It’s out this coming Monday, 25th August on LP, CD and download.
1. Winds Of Change 2. Transit to the Golden Planet 3. Ra Rise 4. Golden Gate 5. Golden Skies 6. Light Age 7. Alpha & Omega 8. Urania 9. Empyrean (feat. Mendee Ichikawa) 10. Dreamscape 11. Night Garden 12. Euphoria 13. Gamma
This one looks interesting from the peeps at BBE. This album originally came out in 1978 on Nestor Records. They’ve gone and found the original masters from arranger/producer Reindorf Nana Oppong, transferred them to digital – and even found unreleased material.
It’s out on CD and double LP as well as digital – order from BBE direct, where you can also listen to previews, or check digital links below.