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Clan Caimán
Clan Caimán

Argentinian musician and producer, Emilio Haro’s inspiration for his newly formed quintet Clan Caiman to create a sound that pre-dates rock music but also runs in parallel with it - little bits of psychedelic guitar, lap steel and bass may have been picked up by the rolling stone along the way - but the main sound here is built upon an instrument invented by Haro, the Kalimbafon, making their self-titled debut unlike anything else that came before it. LP on EM Records.
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goat
New Games / Rhythm & Sound

Buyer beware: This is not the Goat of 'World Music' etc. Instead this one is a Japanese quartet (drums, bass, guitar, sax) who specialise in terrific and harmonically unusual rhythmic pieces that somehow manage to clatter away at once gently and intensely. Deeply focused and absorbing stuff, this LP from EM is a selection from the band’s two CDs from 2013 and 2015.
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Mustapha Skandrani
Istikhbars and Improvisations

Istikhbars and Improvisations is a 1965 session recorded in Paris by Mustapha Skandrani, a notable practitioner of Algerian music. The release is made up of traditional vocal pieces transposed to the piano, which are then used as the basis for modal improvisation. The performances are crystal clear, making for a very special listen. CD and LP reissue on EM Records.

Lieven Martens Moana
Three Amazonian Essays

Sound artist and synth-adjacent man Lievan Martens Moana is better known for crafting sonic geographical surveys as Dolphins Into the Future, and on his latest he reworks Amazonia, a record of similar field collage by Juan Alberto Arteche Guel. Moana's take on things comes through both analog and digital sources and draws heavily on samples from Guel's work, standing as a sort of expanded remix.

Roland P. Young
Isophonic Boogie Woogie

Wonderful weird free jazz from Roland P. Young, first released in 1980 and featuring his rather special Afro-cosmic electronic approach to free jazz. Isophonic Boogie Woogie uses electronic bass clarinet and soprano saxophone as lead instruments, with other credits going to kalimba and ‘electronic accoutrements’. Very special and highly unique music, reissued here with two bonus tracks. On EM Records.

Roland P. Young
Hear/Here

Roland P. Young releases another chapter in his mission to meld the American jazz tradition with electronics, using electronic wind instruments at the core of his sound. Hear / Here, which was recorded in Roland’s home studio, is an open-hearted set of bright compositions, carefully assembled. Released by EM Records.
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Finis Africae
Amazonia

Amazonia was a 1990 attempt to conjure ‘fourth-world music’, in the style of Brian Eno and Jon Hassell. With a dream-journey down the Amazon as the inspirational starting point, Finis Africae (led by Juan Alberto Arteche Guel) use electronic and acoustic instruments, plus field recordings. Quite a trip. Reissue on Em Records.

Don't DJ
Hyperspace Is The Place / Hyperspace Is No Place

Hyperspace is The Place / Hyperspace is No Place is the latest mini-album from Don’t DJ. A collection of ambient sounds and experimental electronica make this mini-release a great listen. As with a lot of Don’t DJ’s work, the tracks build slowly into a rhythmic trance of soft beats and soothing melodies. Available on Vinyl LP.
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Kensuke Ide with His Mothership featuring Pongsapon Upani vs Hair Stylistics
Otemoyan Isan

Kensuke Ide And His Mothership make gloriously soft and sweet “Luk Thung” (Thai country music), joined here by Khaen player Pongsapong Upani, Otemoyan Isan is a pop song crossover track in support of the film Bangkok Nites. Backed with an instrumental and remix from Hair Stylistics/Violent Onsen Geisha (imagine V/Vm with hip hop breaks). This record is equal parts fun, sweet and completely bonkers.
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From Scratch / goat / Don't DJ / Utena Kobayashi Group
"8,9,10" and "9,10,11" from Gung Ho 1,2,3D

Gung Ho 1, 2, 3D is a piece for handmade percussion objects (tuned PVC pipes and the like) devised by the New Zealand group From Scratch. This interesting release puts two sections from the original 1982 recording alongside new interpretations by goat, Don’t DJ and Utena Kobayashi Group. All versions are hypnotic and wonderful. CD and double LP editions on EM Records.

stillichimiya x COMPUMA
Bangkok Nights EP

Stillichimiya were included in a 2015 Complex list of ‘25 Japanese Rap Groups You Need to Know’, and their infectious brand of Beastie Boys-style posse rap manages to jump the language barrier pretty well. ‘Bangkok Nights’ was made to promote the 2016 Katsuya Tomita film of the same name, and the b-side here offers a remix from bleep-blooper COMPUMA as well as the original instrumental.

Haku
Na Mele A Ka Haku

Not entirely sure what’s going on here, what with the spoken word passages being delivered in both Hawaiian and Japanese, but it sure is an intriguing insight into the mind of the late Frank Tavares a.k.a Haku. Originally released in 1975 Na Mele A Ka Haku blends eerie new age synths with ethnic folk songs to haunting effect. Out on CD and vinyl from Em Records.

Wicked Witch
Under Your Spell

Previously unreleased madness from the 80s and the world of Wicked Witch. Dirty drum machines, analog screams, fuzzy guitars and bass lines. Starts of seemingly electro funk, with an abrasive groove, but develops into an almost electronic kraut psych record. Four tracks and two remixes from DJ Slyngshot and YYPYY.
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Shintaro Sakamoto / VIDEOTAPEMUSIC
A Night in Bangkok EP

Two Tokyo producers team up to share their love of the film Bangkok Nites via the medium of lovely music. Shintaro Sakamoto and VIDEOTAPEMUSIC extensively sampled various Thai records to form the basic materials of their A Night In Bangkok EP, and the results come out beautifully. 12” on EM Records.

Angkanang Kunchai
Never Forget Me

This is a collection of Angkanang Kunchai’s self produced songs, with the backing of her band. Originating from Thailand, Kunchai has been recognised by psych guru’s and DJ’s from across the globe. A clever mix of Luk Thung and psychedelic rock, Never Forget Me is available on Vinyl LP and CD.

Suthep Daoduangmai Band
Come My Brother, Let's Go To The City!

Come My Brother, Let’s Go To The City! was a big 1980’s hit for Suthep Daoduangmai, but only in his native Thailand. His band featured 4 singers, a large orchestra on traditional, acoustic and electronic instruments, and 12 dancers: that last detail should tip you off to the fact that this makes excellent dance music. Reissued worldwide by EM Records

Shigeo Tanaka
Yumi kagura

This time we’ve got today's dankest for you right here at Norman Records: Shigeo Tanaka, a true master of the yumi, an ancient Japanese instrument/bow. As in, it actually fires arrows. Used in religious ceremonies known as kagura, this music contains ancient rhythms and harmonies straight from the soul of humankind. On record here is Tanaka's rendering of Takusa Saimon, a piece based on an old Japanese myth. Previously only available on an obscure 1990’s cassette tape, the kind folks at EM Records and Ryo Mountains have helped us make some of Japanese culture’s finest available to you.

YPY
Zurhyrethm

YPY is the deranged-sounding solo project of Koshiro Hino of Goat and Bonanzas. On his own, he tinkers with rhythm machines of various stripes, setting off cheap bouncy drum machines off against each other to create overwhelming lo-fi beat-walls, stuttering like a pound-shop Mark Fell. Excellent stuff. Zurhyrethm is out on EM Records.
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Bank
True Tempo

Bank hail from Tokyo, boasting members of Arch, Bridge and Love Tambourines. Their vibe is sleek and smiling melodic pop music, delivered with serious attention paid to the underlying grooves, which are properly funky in an 80’s kind of way. A little bit J-pop, a little bit post-punk. True Tempo is released by EM Records.

Phairin Phonphibun
Lam Klom Thung: Essential Phairin Phonphibun

Lam Klom Thung: Essential Phairin Phonphibun compiles a quantity of Phairin Phonphibun’s 7” singles, on which she worked closely with famed producer Paksiri. Funky, soulful 1970’s fare with that unique Thai touch. This selection was compiled by Soi 48, who also provides informative liner notes. On Em Records.

Banchop Chaiphra / Samai Onwong
Ya Doen Show / Sakura La Kon

Em Records continue their rifling through the racks of vintage Thai record collections, and once again they come up with the goods! Two tracks from the 1960’s here: both are Thai versions of Japanese songs. Banchop Chaiphra presents Ya Doen Show, and Samai Onwong has Sakura La Kon. You can tell why these songs were hits: lovely stuff. 7”.

From Scratch
From Scratch [Five Rhythm Works]

This New Zealand oddity recorded by From Scratch was privately pressed in 1979 and since then has become a rarity, spoken of only in hushed tones. Now EM Records are re-issing the album on CD and vinyl LP with remastered sound and new liner notes. On Five Rhythm Works the group perform their surreal percussive music on homemade instruments (hence the name), creating a DIY minimalism that borrows from Steve Reich and La Monte Young.

Khwanta Fasawang
Lam Phaen Motorsai Tham Saep: The Best of Lam Phaen Sister No. 1

Lam Phaen Motorsai Tham Saep: The Best of Lam Phaen Sister No. 1 is a gorgeous compilation of the 1980’s work of Khwanta Fasawang. Most of this material originally circulated the country on cassettes, but selected favourites have been compiled by Soi 48, who also provided the informative liner notes. On Em Records.

Syntoma
Syntoma

Syntoma were a Mexican underground synth-pop group active in the 1980’s. Little-heard outside of their region, EM Records allows us to redress the balance, revealing the beautifully bright sound of the trio. Tinny drum machines and early consumer-synths are used to propel shiny pop songs, with compelling results.
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COMPUMA Meets Haku
The Reconstruction Of Na Mele A Ka Haku

Compuna is Koichi Matsunaga, and Haku is Frank Tavares. They’ve been working together to produce The Reconstruction of Na Mele A Ka Haku, which reimagines and reprocesses 1970’s era Hawaiian analogue synth music into new jams. A remarkable delving into Hawaiian musical history, on EM Records.
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Tapes
No Broken Hearts On This Factory

Tapes is a musical project that uses, you guessed it, cassette tapes and tape aesthetics to craft lo-fi Jamaica-inspired bass music, lavishing rhythms on top of lush analogue bass pulses with little to no concern for in-the-red levels. No Broken Hearts On This Factory is available as a double LP on EM Records.

Dao Bandon
Kon Kee Lang Kwai

A collection of Thai musician Dao Bandon's songs from the 1970s. Born into an impoverished farming community in the Isan region, Bandon spent his teens living as a monk where he honed his distinct vocal skills through the art of monastic chanting. He went on to enjoy great success in his country, known for his sense of joy and eclectic lyrics dealing with poverty, love and marijuana.  This is Bandon's first ever release outside Thailand.

Angkanang Kunchai
Isan Lam Plearn

‘Isan Lam Plearn’ is reissued as part of a collaborative serial release project by Paradise Bangkok, Soi 48 and EM Records to highlight the music of some of Thailands most legendary artists and performers. Originally released in 1975, the album forged it’s place in Thailands musical history when the young pioneer Angkanang Kunchai first fused together the performance styles of Molam and Luk Thung to form the foundations of Thai pop music’s cool, youth driven future.

Roland P. Young
Confluences

‘Confluences’  is electronic multi-instrumentalist Roland P. Young’s fourth release on EM records. Recorded in 2014 following his relocation to Tel Aviv, the record is overflowing with the musical diversity of his new surroundings filtered through the artists well established vision and voice. Young seamlessly blends traditional wind and wood instruments with his love of bass and rhythm programming and studio production skills to create a pilgrimage through spiritual electro, space and time, full of drama and rich cultural influences.

John Gibbs and the Unlimited Sound of Steel Orchestra
Steel Funk

Some sunshine from the pan man John Gibbs and the Unlimited Sound of Steel. Steel Funk is the Trinidadians foray into the disco scene. It's a mix of steel drums, tight back beats, lush horns and all things funky. Gibbs and co made this record when he traveled to Philly in the 70's when the disco scene was in full swing. Mr Levan himself played their tunes out in New York which is probably the best seal of approval you can get. Repressed on vinyl LP and CD from EM Records.

Pip Proud
Purple Boy Gang

With an eclectic sound and an indifferent voice, Australian enfant weirde Pip Proud's reissues finally got underway. With this 7” of Purple Boy Gang and A Million Years from Now, you can play his tracks on a record player, where they belong, or rip them onto a cassette and play them on a cassette player, which is also where they belong.

John Gibbs & The U.S. Steel Orchestra
Trinidad


John Gibbs & The U.S. Steel Orchestra
J'Ouvert

John Gibbs' 'J'Ouvert' was initially released in 1979. A disco tune wandering free in space and time without an album to accompany it, it was released as its own 12" single, produced by Louis Anthony deLise, a champoion of soul music. It's now being reissued by EM Records, showing off the extended original cut in all its glory.

Sheriff Lindo And The Hammer
Aftershock Dubs

Australian dub maestro Sheriff Lindo is back with his first album release since 1988’s Ten Dubs That Shook The World. After Shock Dubs features a selection of tracks recorded but never released between 1990 and 2005. It’s a playful collection of studio trickery and you guessed it, deep, deep bass. Mastered by Kuratani it’s the first ever dancehall release from EM Records. Out on CD & vinyl LP.
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John Cage
Shock Vol. 1

The John Cage Shock series documents a 1962 tour of Japan that Cage embarked upon with his hardy long-term collaborator David Tudor. This first disc features Tudor playing his original instrument, the piano, on pieces by Cage, Wolff, and Takemitsu, as well as the abrasive experimental electronics he would go on to do so much with (Cage’s ‘Variations II’).

John Cage
Shock Vol. 2

The second volume of the John Cage Shock series, which documents a historically significant tour of Japan that Cage embarked upon with the wonderful David Tudor in 1962. The duo collaborate with Japanese musicians including Toshi Ichiyanagi and Yoko Ono, and we also get to hear piano virtuoso Tudor performing Karlheinz Stockhausen’s ‘Klavierstuck X’.

John Cage
Shock Vol. 3

The John Cage Shock series documents a tour of Japan that Cage made with his closest collaborator David Tudor in 1962. This third and final volume includes ‘0’00’, a not-bloody-music* experimental piece for amplified everyday actions, as well as two pieces for pianos performed by Tudor and Toshi Ichiyanagi. * note: this is of course a good thing.

T.R.Mahalingam
Mali - Essential Recordings of Carnatic Bamboo Flute, 1969-70


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