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Utakata No Hibi

This 1983 record by Mariah (with a band led by Yasuaki Shimizu) is a remarkable listen, spiralling freely through a range of Japanese traditional and pop styles as well as synth-based contemporary genres. Remastered double LP reissue with additional artwork by the original designer, courtesy of the Palto Flats label.
  • Vinyl Double LP (PFLP 003)

Yasuaki Shimizu

Another welcome reissue of Yasuaki Shimizu’s work, hot off the heels of his Music for Commercials on Crammed Discs. With fewer commission-related restrictions, his work here is more elaborate and immersed in playful fusion - if you didn’t know that he was on that Mariah album Utakata No Hibi (reissued to great acclaim in 2015) before, it’ll be obvious now. The ultra-crunchy bass and elegant sax are especially noteworthy here. And what a lovely cat!
  • Vinyl LP (PFR007LP)
  • CD (PFR007)


First release on Palto Flats by Japanese experimental dance music producer Foodman. Moriyama is a five track EP named for the district where Foodman lives, and features some of his most intriguing work to date. Using a combination of woodwind, vocals and loose rhythms, Foodman has created an ambience of warmth and comfort.
  • Vinyl 12" (PF 009)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Label(s):
  • Palto Flats

R. Girardin
Emotional Music

NYC-based specialists in weird pop and experimental electronic music, Palto Flats release the debut album from R. Girardin entitled 'Emotional Music'. It's a record on which Girardin explores his new-found love of customised, quirky sounding synthesizers and expresses a pure, naive joy through them. As a result, the combination of man and machines speaks of ecstatic, poetic and spiritual communion. Vinyl only.
  • Vinyl LP (PF008 / ZG002)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Label(s):
  • Palto Flats

All Kind Music

So this is not the Domino signed Georgia but another Georgia. This time two guys creating world music, jazz and avant funk in one heady brew with guests galore including chief harpist Mary Lattimore. A simple google search would have sorted this out. Let's hope this is the last Georgia with a record out this year or things are going to get very confusing.  

Conga Square
Secada Mondatta

Conga Square open this fine abstract dance record with muted, wiggly squelches and shades of hand percussion. The addition of chattering synths provides progression, which is cut dead on the next track, a fluttering atmospheric piece. Propulsion is restored however, on the spooky wooden beats of the final track.
  • Label(s):
  • Palto Flats


Brothers Mark and Clive Ives have been making strange improv experiments for almost four decades now, and this CD and vinyl LP on Palto Flats and New General Catalogue collects unheard WOO  recordings from 1975-82. On Awaawaa they blend electronic gurgles and modular experiments with luscious jazz instrumentation and eccentric arrangements. They really don’t sound quite like anyone else.