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Mori Ra strikes back at MM Discos with “Gaia Edits"! After the successful release back in May on the label, Da Silva and DJ Katah welcome again Osaka’s best record collector with 4 new high quality editions. Staying loyal to his eclecticism, Mori Ra approaches the dancefloor with a hedonistic direction; more exuberant than his previous release on MM Discos. Mixing unknown sources with ethnic references, wicked percussion, charming marimbas and an endless reel of psychedelic elements, this is a record done for the soul - spiritual, mystic, highly addictive and 100% danceable. A very special release where the Japanese artist has involved his son who helped with choosing the source material for the record. Enjoy the trip!

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Osaka's cosmic wonder boy Mori Ra graces us with a quadruple clutch of cosmic power edits. Completely new source material given that psychedelic twist we love. Essential.

TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. Gaia Chaos (8:34)
2. Goreate (5:29)
Side 2
1. Gaia Disco (5:05)
2. Penguins Repair (5:13)

Ace edit imprint MM Discos enlist Japan's pre-eminent authority of the scalpel art, Mori Ra. This gee has been a big favourite in Piccadilly since the day dot, and his ace appearance at Wet Play only enhanced his reputation for deep crates and expert adjustments. Eclecticism is the watchword, and Mori tackles all kinds of styles and flavours on his endless series of Soundcloud edits. 

Here the master of the Japanese breeze slices and dices his way through some out of body jazz-funk on the A1 before teasing a peak time psychedelic house burner out of some experimental and proggy J-electronics on the A2. Things continue to utterly excite on the flip, with the show-stealing "Natural Kogili" ticking all my cosmic disco boxes and the naive techno tropical killer "Der Hangebruckenlator's" bringing the curtain down.

TRACK LISTING

A1. El Grito Del Discos
A2. Tsimmairuudiralla
B1. Natural Kogili
B2. Der Hangebruckenlator's

Mori Ra

Akebono

    Shuckin' and jivin' like a Paisley gloved Mayweather, Leeds' brilliant Balearic Social Records hit us with a one-two combo of musical wonderment this week, scoring a hat-trick of 2017 releases with a little help from Japanese genius Mori Ra. If you're a regular customer here you'll have heard us bang on about this deep digger, dope collector and editing expert time and again - and as usual, he lives up to even the loftiest of expectations. Bathed in a neon glow and psychedelic shimmer, Mori Ra sits on the cosmic fringes of the Balearic universe - imagine Starchild, not the Level 42 track but the evolved form of David Bowman from Arthur C Clarke's epic space opera. How better to start this set then, than with the astral lullabye of "Dream Will", a gorgeous combination of free-flowing aquatic piano, hypnotic drum machine rhythms and the immersive swell of undulating waveforms. Kinda kosmische, but with bossa's beat and the Balearic spirit, this is holodeck exotica worthy of any FTL craft. Flip the disc and the outer rim exploration continues with "Pcych", a swaying, soothing journey through Tangerine Dream sequences, subtle percussion, swooning synth strings and plenty of space tones. With the baggy beat holding it down for the beards and the expansive soundscape working wonders for the cosmic kids, "Pcych" lights up our collective consciousness before a stunning piano melody melts all the worldly trappings away. Simply jawdropping. Mori ups the intensity and pushes the tempo for EP closer "Exodus", locking into the woody and weird sounds central to the cosmic music of Japan. As the moon shines over the enchanted forest, the constant tumble of tuned percussion clatters out a ritualistic beat, driving the mystical koto melodies and squals of proggy guitar through the night. Truly transcendent dance music for late in the session!

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Here we have "Akebono" (Dawn to you and me...), the first of two Mori Ra masterworks on Balearic Social delivers kosmische hypnotism, blissful Balearic bossa and a properly proggy trance-dancer! Majestic stuff from the Japanese hero.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Dream Will
    AA1. Pcych
    AA2. Exodus

    Mori Ra

    Tasogare

      Walking past pagodas and rice fields we join Mori Ra for "Tasogare", which is a poetic way of saying 'Dusk', and also the second part of this superb double 12" release from the Japanese master on Leeds' impressive Balearic Social. While "Akebono" embraced the power cosmic for a trio of astrally inclined excursions, "Tasogare" gets stuck into a breezy bit of Japanese fusion with "Simpacia". Employing a bubbling boogie bassline, dreamy city pop vocals and joyous jazzy chord progressions, this 80s obscurity is transformed into the smoothest poolside cocktail you'll taste all year. Time to roll up those pastel sleeves, slick back your hair and join the beautiful people in a snake-hipped celebration of synth marimba solos! From there we move on and groove on to the bass-led shoulder roll of "Kabul", a transglobal chugger which scores top marks for style, substance and sass. Plucked from an 80s prog rock oddity, this left-field body shaker boasts thick bass, mechanical percussion, esoteric violin and the mother of all psyched up guitar shreds. Put it on the turntable and watch the machine elves wander into the sweet spot. This perception shifting journey into the furthest corners of Mori's labyrinthine mind comes to a close with "Chuva", an irresistible exercise in percussive dance floor jazz. Rhythms click, pop, patter and pound on an extended intro which waits for the perfect moment to break into a perfect marriage of sidewinding bass and elegant piano. Musical, melodic and made for movement, this spiritual slice of jazz dance should delight fans of Gilles, Four Tet and Floating Points as well as anyone with ears. Music to elevate your mind, body and soul!

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: I've said it before and I'll say it again, Mori Ra is the muhfucking man! "Tasogare" takes us from the observation deck to the dance hall with a trio of jazzy, fusion dancers revived and restored from the pit of obscurity. Peerless stuff!

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Simpacia
      A2. Kabul
      AA1. Chuva


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