Delicious and relaxing new slushy vaportunes by from tokyo to honolulu – Rhythm of Love 愛のリズム is a 10-track project recently released via Seikomart Japan. The atmosphere is dense with emotion, as you dance with you dream date, together alone inside a revolving tower restaurant. It’s a beautiful little journey that you deserve to hear…
Phenomenal sonic experiments – true to the description of sample collages – these tracks are drenched in atmosphere and emotion. The album is streaming everywhere now but you can support the artist and purchase directly from bandcamp!
Blissful new offerings from Japanese label White Paddy Mountain, Waiting for Mint Shower!! is a beautiful 8-track project from Tokyo-based band Shelling. Mellow, emotional, and highly recommended.
shelling is a shoegaze/dreampop band formed in Tokyo. aya(vocal,guitar,compose) and shota(guitar)
“shelling” means to gather shells on the beach.
in February 2010 they released a split CD with IROTTO+
called “before time melts.” on High Fader records.
in February 2013 they released 1st full album on white paddy mountain.
released April 30, 2017
mixed by Chihei Hatakeyama
mastered by Chihei Hatakeyama
echochambers latest release is part of the label New Worlds latest cassette-tape-box-set project dropping in a few days; when they benefit is an excellent long-player of stellar beats and melodies. Blurring the line between hip-hop beat mentality and vaporwave sonics, echochamber masterfully crafts these 20 tracks into something equally addicting and satisfying. I particularly enjoy his choice of synth tones and overall mixing, all with a subtle nostalgic sci-fi tone.
You can pick up the album digitally today for only a buck! Or you can wait until the 7th when this tape along with 4 others will be available in a limited edition box-set from the label.
Here is some truly gorgeous and relaxing ambience, courtesy of a small Japanese label, White Paddy Mountain. Obscured By Beams Of Sorrow is a collaborative project washed in deep minimalism and ambient emotion. Utilizing lush electronics paired with layers of guitar, the duo manages to create a complex and profound landscape around their sound. You can download the project via Bandcamp with the option of a physical CD available for a bit extra. Highly recommended listen for relaxing evenings or laid-back mornings!
Obscured By Beams Of Sorrow is the first collaborative recording between Hakobune and Dirk Serries.
minimalistic electric guitar drone sound melody is pulling the listener into imaginary drone world.
this record has atmosphere of a deep bamboo forest with no sense of reality, such as wander.
and listener will see hallucinogenic visuals Somewhere to see scenery Such as the events in the dream and will feel sustained bass drone sound such as the Freudian obsession. Hakobune
Hakobune AKA Takahiro Yorifuji uses layers of guitar to create
the sonic landscapes. Yorifuji is from a small town in Hyogo,
Japan and currently resides in Tokyo.
Since his first releases in the early 80s, uncompromising Belgian artist Dirk Serries has garnered respect with his wilful and specific minimal music and various experiments from and invitations to collaborate with recognised musicians like Steven Wilson, Steve Von Till, Justin Broadrick, Cult Of Luna, Teun Verbruggen, Colin Webster, Andrew Lisle, Rene Aquarius, Dead Neanderthals and Onno Govaert. He has been commisioned to write works for Dutch national television broadcaster VPRO, the Antwerp Zoo as well as architectural festival Biënnale Rotterdam and worked on stage with the Holland Symfonia orchestra. His discography encompasses stylistically diverse releases on labels like Relapse, Projekt, Conspiracy as well as his current creative partner Tonefloat, an outfit with years of experience in vinyl editions for acts like Porcupine Tree, Robert Fripp, Theo Travis and Anja Garbarek. Over the past thirty years, he has toured extensively through Europe and the USA and performed at some of experimental music’s major venues and concert spaces, as headliner or in support of Low, Mono, My Bloody Valentine, Jesu and others. He currently runs to the Tonefloat’s New Wave Of Jazz label dedicated to his fascination for free jazz and improvisation.
released 03 September 2015
all music written by Hakobune & Dirk Serries
mixed by Hakobune
mastered by Dirk Serries
photograph by Aurélie Scouarnec
Wasabi Tapes brings us this twisted trip, YamaGucci. A unique hybrid of juke rhythms and spontaneous noise-glitches. Not for the timid or meek, these 12 tracks meander chaotically between order and disorder.
Favorite track: 7. Like Okinawa! Sea Tsunoshim
released 31 August 2015
Towards the end of June, Virtual Dream Plaza released a triple-threat of longform vapor ambience. The 3 tracks were released individually via Bandcamp, each one measuring in just above half an hour in length. “I Need You”, “Girls Dream Of” and “You and I Forever” each float their way through emotional vaporscapes, wandering around for what seems like ages.
You can visit the bandcamp pages to stream the projects, or alternatively they are available to download via external links.
White Paddy Mountain brings us this long and relaxing sonic trip, pure meditative brilliance…
Pre-order your copy now, this gem drops February 2nd! Lo-fi ambient from Japanese film composer and multi-instrumentalist, Masaya Ozaki. Part of the incredible eilean records lineup.
Time for a brief recommendation! This is Sanmi. I discovered this producer some years ago on soundcloud, maybe late 2009, through his electronic noodling and waveshaping. The music he creates runs the spectrum from ambient noodling to deep house and electro. His latest EP from HZ Recordings titled “Diaspora” was a wonderful little piece of fantastic electronic tracks, and also a highly recommended listen!
His personal page coins himself as “Japan based experimentalist Kyo Yanagi describes his alter ego as an experimental unit since 1998. He uses algorithmic and process based electronic composition techniques, creating textures which fluctuate from warm and delicate to visceral and abrasive.” Which is the perfect description for his sonic creations. So his latest project SKY念仏 showed up in my feed, I was excited what I would be hearing!
Only 2 tracks, this EP is apparently an experiment in “Vocal work with bottles and rice”, which is abundantly clear upon the beginning of the first track! Pulsing full tones accompany steady shakers (I can only guess that this is where the bottles and rice comes into play!), layered with interesting vocal chanting. This is a great window into the mind of this producer, using such sparse and acoustic instrumentation, we see the style stripped down to the very base level. Within the instrumentation and natural rhythms of this release I can hear the direct connection to his sine-wave experiments and other electronic projects, feeling ties between the improvised melodies and slow growth formula.
All in all, its a strange and enjoyable little release for someone like me, and it can serve as a fantastic introduction to this producers material. If you are looking for something off the beatin’ path, look no further than Sanmi’s extensive catalog, you’ll be sure to find something you can enjoy!