Various Artists

Oto No Wa – (Selected Sounds Of Japan 1988-2018)


  • Sale
  • Regular price £26.99
  • Available to buy Available to buy

More Info

For the fifth entry in our Collector`s Series we enlist the skills of Japan-based musical connoisseurs, Ken Hidaka, Max Essa, and Dr. Rob. Their compilation Oto No Wa sets out to map the evolution of chilled Japanese sounds across 3 decades. Collecting 14 tracks, produced by a wide range of artists. From ambient pioneers to dancefloor veterans. Roping in 9-piece reggae band, Little Tempo, percussionist Kazuya Kotani , and organic, psychedelic collective, Olololop.

Beginning in the late 1980s, the era when “environmental music” became prevalent, there`s Yoshio Ojima`s cool computer-generated Sealed . The compilation also includes later work by his contemporaries Takashi Kokubo, and Yoshiaki Ochi. Theirs are compositions designed for art galleries and museum installations. “BGM” built from emerging technology, and / or counterpoint tapped out expertly on sticks and stones. The 90s give us the seminal electronics of Susumu Yokota, and the solar-flare strut of Scha Dara Parr - Japan’s answer to The Beastie Boys. Here, remixed by the legendary Major Force. Moving into the 21st century we have the post-house productions of Flower Records. Kentaro Takizawa`s oceanic Gradual Life , and Little Big Bee`s colourful coral reef-diving Scuba. Fellow traveller, Kaoru Inoue`s “Kyushu kosmische”. Representing the next decade are Flower Records` current rising stars, Coastlines, who calmly combine classic fusion, library music, and gentle nova bossa nova rhythms. Alongside them are the sun-baked electro-acoustics of Karel Arbus & Eiji Takamatsu, plus Chillax` previously unreleased epic analog / modular jam.

All of these selections are the result of some serious “digging” but more importantly they represent physical connections made during Ken`s 20-plus-year career in the “Biz”, Max` decade of DJing all over Japan. Music made by folks interviewed by Rob at the websites, Test Pressing and Ban Ban Ton Ton. Friendships forged at Lone Star - the trio’s long-running party, which takes place every month at Bar Bonobo in Harajuku.

Tracklist

A
1. Yoshio Ojima – Sealed
2. Olololop – Mon (orte Remix)
3. Kazuya Kotani – Fatima
B
1. Schadaraparr – N.I.C.E. Guy (Nice Guitar Dub)
2. Little Tempo – Frostie
3. Karel Arbus & Eiji Takamatsu – Coco & The Fish
4. Kentaro Takizawa – Gradual Life (Album Version)
C
1. Yoshiaki Ochi – Balasong
2. Kaoru Inoue – Wave Introduction
3. Little Big Bee – Scuba (Original Version) 4. Coastlines – East Dry River
D
1. Susumu Yokota – Uchu Tanjyo
2. Chillax – Time And Space
3. Takashi Kokubo – Quiet Inlet


CD Tracklist (Same Running order as LP)

Soundwave
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_g1npk2HpOY