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Wewantsounds release Hiroshi Sato's ultra rare synth masterpiece, "Orient", originally released in 1979 on Kitty Records in Japan only. Digitally remastered from the original tapes it features the cream of Japanese musicians including Shigeru Suzuki on guitar, Haruomi Hosono on bass, Pecker on percussion and Sato himself on keyboards and synthesizers. This highly sought-after album is a superb breezy mix of Japanese synth-pop with a subtle touch of mid 70s Herbie Hancock-style funk and AOR. It's what gets our resident Horse Beacher Ryan PLUS our Balearic connosair Patch really rocking (surely reason enough for you to own a copy...!)

Recorded during a fruitful period in Japan, when Sato, Hosono and Suzuki were fresh from playing in the group Tin Pan Alley and Haruomi Hosono had just formed YMO; the album is a unique balance of various styles. It has become one of the most sought-after Japanese LPs on the global Balearic scene and is now exchanging hands for astronomical prices. The album also features on Gilles Peterson’s 'Significant Album List'. Fully remastered from the original Kitty Records tapes by Universal Japan, the album will come with its original 4-page colour insert including English translations of the original liner notes by leading Japanese journalist Yasufumi Amatatsu plus the full track-by-track musician line up. The album includes such cult tracks as “Son Go Kuw” and “Do-Jo” - hugely popular on the international DJ scene.


Back in stock Cover of 200 - Inc. The Asphodells Remix by Baris K.
Especial is delighted to welcome Baris to the roster. Known for his edit series of obscure Turkish psychedelic, rock and disco, here he takes the producer's chair to present "200". Working with musicians and singers to create a completely original production. The song's message for equality (of the sexes) highlights the bigotry and backward political and religious boundaries his country faces and acts as a siren to the current troubles. Handed to Emotional Recordings over 5 years ago but with no label to release it at that time, now we are delighted to be able to release "200"'s message. The original is backed with remixed from new production duo Khidja, as well as East London's finest, The Asphodells. Teaming up with guitarist Balabas, Rominia's Khidja turn in a deep and introspective interpretation mixing their own heavy eastern influences, while the B-side sees Weatherall and Fairplay don their Asphodells mantle for two renditions that firmly lay it before the ALFOS alter. With artwork (by Jamie Paton) highlighting the struggle for fairness and freedom in his homeland, we hope the release can be seen as a support for their tribulations and highlight the talent that lays East.

Back in stock Cover of Mustafa / Abdul - Inc. Timothy J Fairplay / Juju & Jordash Remixes by Khidja.

Khidja

Mustafa / Abdul - Inc. Timothy J Fairplay / Juju & Jordash Remixes

(Emotional) Especial welcomes the debut EP from Romanian duo Khidja. After remixing Baris K's '200' earliering on for the label, here they deliver two Eastern influenced pieces of dubby electronics, that are backed with remixes from Timothy J. Fairplay and Juju & Jordash. Khidja appeared on Especial's radar after a call from one Mr Sean Johnson (A Love From Outer Space / Hardway Brothers) to say he'd DJd in Bucharest and that two young DJs had closed the party with an amazing track that on enquiry turned out to be their own production. And so 'Mustafa' soon arrived. This was followed by 'Abdul' and before Teressa May could shout "the Romanians are coming!", the tracks were handed over to the care of Timothy J Fairplay (The Asphodells / Crimes Of The Future) and fellow cross border travellers, Juju & Jordash (Real Soon / Dekmental) for induction and reinterpretation. 'Mustafa' is more immediate with shuffle percussion, swirling sirens and acid bubbles leading to a perfect horn break In the hands of Mr Fairplay though, a bigger, bolder version is seen. The word anthem is bandied around too easily at times, but when aired by Mr Weatherall, this reinterpretation, with its stabbing bass and build, has seen howls of delight wherever it's played. 'Abdul' on the other coin, is the calming influence. Art of Noise style vocals, kick and bass keeping things simple, dub and echo enticing the slow-mo groove to swing before Eastern melodies take it away. Bass is the dominant force in the Juju & Jordash remake. A reminiscent, Balearic guitar is plucked from under the melody and throb to recall forgotten lands and complete a memorable debut.

Northeast house pressure here from Chicago Damn on Marcel Vogel's Intimate Friends label. Ruff-n-ready sampling characterize the EP, whether it's the rambunctious opener "Bunny Hoppin", sounding like a lost Dance Mania number, or the more poised techy hybrid of "Flush", complete with primitive sampling techniques across vox and keys. "The Truth" opens side B some more raw sampling; this time its a Philly soul / rare groove number that is teased out by CD before "Tipsy" concludes with a heavily sliced beatdown style number that's skitty and playful and a little bit mental. Top stuff!

Jack Cutter / Paqua

Serpent Strut / Ruby Running Faker - Larry Heard / Emperor Machine Remixes

Bonus cuts from the Claremont 56 Box Set featuring tracks and mixes not featured on the original release. Chicago legend Larry Heard is joined by UK mainstay Andy Meecham in his EMperor Machine alias as they remix the amazing Paqua and Jack Cutter. First up, "Serpent Strutt" by Jack Cutter gets a spacious and soulful rerub by Mr. Fingers who emphasizes the relaxed nature of the track through a beachy, waves lapping at your ankles kinda vibe that really resonates with the OG whilst simultaneiously shining a light on Larry's unique, effortless style.On the flip, EM takes Paqua's "Ruby Running Faker" into squelchy new disco territory complete with boogie bass, dubbed out delays and echo laden hand claps. Rock solid but with a bit of give around the hips, this'll make ideal warm up tackle... Super limited and really quite good - you know what to do! 

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Nice Brucey bonus for fans of the ultimate Balearic collection. Larry Heard and Emperor Machine's remix never made the boxset, but they're more than worthy additions to this most pretigious collection. Super limited too so don't dilly dally.


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