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Dhidalah

Sensoria Ȫ

    Where is space? Is it in our brain? Or is it outside the planet Earth?

    Dhidalah poetically answers the question with their newest album Sensoria. (Soma, Black Shrine) Two songs are made from their weekly jam session in Tokyo. The band leader, Gotoh usually records the session and shares it with (Masahito aka Bin and Ikuma) the other two members.

    After listening to the jam recording, they each get inspired by the flow of sounds and find a connection to the outside world. In the following week and with their own understanding, they try to recreate the (essence of the) jam. (Invader Summer, Dead) Track 2 and 3 are written by Ikuma, who is known to be a natural space head guitar monster with his own interpretation of space.

    The last 20-minute long Black Shrine was inspired by the Japanese folklore Yokai, the spiritual and sometimes shapeshifting creatures living in the dark mountains of Japan. Space is free space, Sensoria is a thoughtful, supernatural example of a Japanese trio space. How is your space like? Deep in the middle of the night, or in bright daylight, in the smallest of rooms, to the vastness of the forest, listening to Sensoria will open you up to a new sense/kind of space.


    TRACK LISTING

    A1 Soma 9:07
    A2 Invader Summer 6:00
    A3 DEAD 2:56
    B1 Black Shrine 20:01

    Minami Deutsch

    Fortune Goodies

      The third Minami Deutsch LP. 
      Recorded between Berlin and Tokyo.

      Everyone has their own imagination about outer space, and each one us gets to daydream about what exactly floats or exists there. ‘Fortune Goodies’ is Minami Deutsch’s long-awaited 3rd studio album. While not all the songs on the record function as straightforward Krautrock this time around, they still manage to capture the spirit and heart of the genre.

      After relocating from Tokyo to Berlin, Miula’s musical vocabulary has greatly expanded, thus resulting in this ultimate Japanese take on cosmic music in 2022.


      TRACK LISTING

      Your Pulse
      Still Foggy
      Grumpy Joa 
      Pueblo 
      Interpreters Of Forest 
      Fortune Goodies 
      Whereabouts 
      Steller Waffle
      Floating Fountain 
      The Border

      Scorched asphalt, cosmic rock and fried-psychedelia from this Japanese trio who deliver album number two on Guruguru Brain. Comprised of guitarist Ikuma Kawabe (ex Church of Misery), bassist / vocalist Kazu Gotoh and Robin (ex Minami Deutsch) who has joined as their new drummer.

      Jamming every week in Tokyo, “Soma” and “Invader Summer” are two songs that have naturally evolved from their high density performances. “Soma” kick starts the combustion engine in high, free spirits; a 60s glow piercing through the more modern, edgy distortion. “Invader Summer” sees them hit the highway in 5th gear, careering into the big open on some vintage Harley Davidsons.

      “Dead” sees the band explore drone, repetition and ethnic percussion; with a pagan and tribal vibe not a million miles away from Goat.

      The 20-minute long “Black Shrine” was inspired by the Japanese folklore Yokai, the spiritual and sometimes shapeshifting creatures living in the dark mountains of Japan. It’s a suitably enchanted acid-psyche-folk journey with some interesting leads and plenty of swirling SFX in the background with a thick, woodland vibe reminiscent of Carlton Melton.

      For the modern psychedelia lover – Dhidalah are the real deal! 


      TRACK LISTING

      Soma
      Invader Summer
      DEAD
      Black Shrine

      Kikagaku Moyo

      Kumoyo Island

        In many ways Kumoyo Island represents the culmination of a journey for Kikagaku Moyo. While their decade-long career can be summarized as a series of kaleidoscopic explorations through lands and dimensions far and near, there’s a strong intention in each of their works to take the listener to a particular place, however real or abstract they may be.

        In that sense, the title and cover art for the band’s fifth and final album draws you into a magical mass of land surrounded by water—but the couch suggests that Kumoyo Island may not be a fleeting stop, but rather a place of respite, where one could pause and take it all in.


        TRACK LISTING

        Monaka
        Dancing Blue
        Effe
        Meu Mar
        Cardboard Pile
        Gomugomu 
        Daydream Soda 
        Field Of Tiger Lilies 
        Yayoi
        Iyayoi
        Nap Song
        Maison Silk Road

        Sitting atop a bean curd shop on grungy Geylang Road in Singapore, a room filled with vintage gear serves as the home and studio of Kribo Records, the home-grown independent label founded by the enigmatic musician and producer known simply as Maggot. This is where his madcap studio wizardry conjures up the muggy, sweaty, funky and groovy tunes that soundtrack his world within the melting pot culture of his homeland.

        This is the Sound of Lecak, a regional stamp on the global retro funk and soul movement, inspired by the indigenous word that can mean moist, wet, muddy or even naughty. Filtered through his love of global soul and rhythms of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Maggot and his collaborators offer up a vibe that’s equal parts Thai Luk Thung / Molam, African Afrobeat, 70’s U.S. funk, disco, psych, soul, and U.K. pop. This collection of Kribo Records singles provides a peek into Maggot’s singular musical attitude, and provides a window into the unique cultural landscape of the Nusantara archipelago.


        TRACK LISTING

        Sitar Funk Group - Prem Durga
        The Kribo Brothers - Yokoso
        Rebana Funk Brothers - Zapin Lucah
        Golden Mile Band - Thai Whiskey
        Wah Wah Thai - Maak
        Hail Atan, Rebana Funk Brothers - Inang Bo Tinang
        Anak Anak Abu - Korkap Mestap
        Golden Mile Band - Ogy Mat Daud
        Geylang Electric Phin Band - Hek Sib Gau
        Hong Chungao Street Band - Luna
        The Ugly Voices - Parkiu
        Budak Bawah Blok - Teksi Dreba
        The Ugly Voices - Mak Janda
        The Ugly Voices - Senandung Dua Alam
        Eri - Oh Rumah
        Golden Mile Band - Morning Sex
        Budak Bawah Blok - Pusing Pusing Balek Balek Sama
        Golden Mile Band - Dingdong
        Maggot - The Great Wall Of Aria
        Aaliya - Penghujung Dunia

        Kikagaku Moyo

        House In The Tall Grass - Reissue

          Their music incorporates elements of classical Indian music, Krautrock, Traditional Folk, and 70s Rock.

          Most importantly their music is about freedom of the mind and body and building a bridge between the supernatural and the present.
          Improvisation is a key element to their sound.

          Like a long journey, this record unfolds itself through many layers. Fans of Kikagaku Moyo will be comforted by the soft vocal harmonies and warm Sitar but what sets this release apart is the refinement of the band’s songwriting and their delicate execution. Side A begins with a pair of traveling songs where the interplay between the vocals, guitar, and sitar lift and suspend you on an unexpected journey.

          The patient listener is rewarded by tracks like “Trad” and “Silver Owl” that demonstrate the masterful balance the band has between soft and loud; chaos and order, or being both cold and tender at the same time. “House in the Tall Grass” takes the listener by the hand on a comfortable quest through destinations both familiar and unknown. It is a natural step forward for the band and perhaps the most refined example of their style to date.

          Kikagaku Moyo started in the summer of 2012 busking on the streets of Tokyo. Though the band started as a free music collective, it quickly evolved into a tight group of multi-instrumentalists. Kikagaku Moyo calls their sound psychedelic because it encompasses a broad spectrum of influence.


          TRACK LISTING

          Green Sugar
          Kogarashi
          Old Snow
          White Sun
          Melted Crystal
          Dune
          Silver Owl
          Fata Morgana
          Trad
          Cardigan Song


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