Japanese Electro original, Minoru Hoodoo Fushimi, self-released four albums (two LPs and two CDs) between 1985 and 1992, establishing a distinctly underground career. Now Melbourne`s Left Ear Records have selected twelve tracks, for a double vinyl retrospective. 10 tracks from Minoru`s four albums and a further two unreleased tracks from the archives. Minoru set out to combine his love of all things funk with traditional instruments and song from his homeland. He uses shamisen on "Thanatopsis", a squirming and squelching funk trip to a land where Parliament`s "Flashlight" and George Clinton`s "Atomic Dog" ride with Osamu Kitajima`s Masterless Samurai. "Mizuko No Tamashii Hyakumademo" sees Fushimi rocking the Shakuhachi while "Nohdashi" puts koto with a Jimmy Castor riff, all set to popping and locking beats. Minoru`s vocals switch between raps about cellular metabolism and haemoglobin, soul croon and vocoder. On "Shinz-San" he adds metal guitar to vintage Sugarhill. And he goes crazy with his sampler. Scratching in cats, frogs, babies, laughter, giggles, traffic jams, failing ignitions, opera singers, and amorous sighs. "Furarete" mixes elephant roars and Go-Go to create unique avant grooves that share something with Tackhead`s ON-U Sound System, Savant`s tape experiments, and fellow countrymen EP-4.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Weird-wave funk from the Japanese underground here as Left Ear offer a retrospective of 80s experimentalist Minoru Hoodoo Fushimi. Imagine Parliament and George Clinton jamming with Yello and Yellow Magic Orchestra while Adrian Sherwood mangled tapes in Byrne & Eno's Bush Of Ghosts. Expect squelching bass, funk guitar and plenty of sampler abuse finished perfectly by a vocoder topping!