Now this looks good. Like a mighty dub fellowship, seven of the most prominent female Japanese electronic and experimental musicians have been called on to each produce an original song for a new compilation called Seitō: In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun. Tracks vary from dub to deep house and more.
Limited Vinyl LP £23.49 AKULP1016
LP on Akuphone incl. Fuji-Yuki, Kiki Hitomi, Mikado Koko, Miki Yui, Kakushin Nishihara, Kuunatic and Keiko Higuchi. Edition of 1000 copies.
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Limited CD £11.49 AKUCD1016
CD on Akuphone incl. Fuji-Yuki, Kiki Hitomi, Mikado Koko, Miki Yui, Kakushin Nishihara, Kuunatic and Keiko Higuchi.
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Here's a compilation curated by Akuphone of brand-spankin' new tracks from modern female Japanese experimental musicians. This is one of the best compilations I've heard all year. There's haunted dub, pitch-black ambient, pumping deep house, glitchy sound design, and grizzled, hypnotic post-rock. 'Seitō: In The Beginning, Woman Was the Sun' is a veritable selection box of much that's good and righteous in music today.
I suppose the main feeling I can draw from this compilation is a kind of creeping, exhilarated dread. The end of 'Okesa Bushi' by Keiko Higushi sounds similar to La Monte Young's 'Detuned Piano', and elicits the same emotional response which is a strange jamais vu. It's piano, a familiar sound, but there's something about it that throws you off. I also love Kiki Hitomi's 'Gain and Lose', a subterranean take on dub full of dissonant and distorted textures conjuring images of an alien landscape. The claps sound less like hands and more like jackboots. Again, it's this same sense of the familiar but eerie. You've been here before, it's recognisably dub, but it's not dub as you know it. Even what is possibly the most conventional track, 'Fukagawi Bushi' by Mikado Koko, contains little elements like the odd, treated vocal sample and the very regimented, sparse instrumentation that throw this deep house cut off-centre and off-track.
This is a truly brilliant compilation, and a fascinating snapshot of the experimental scene in Japan.
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