April 26, 2017

キマタジュン : Tokyo’s Jun Kimata has Range in his Crate

Jun Kimata might not be on your radar but it’s time to get familiar with this forward thinking electronic composer. Kicking off the Birdman project in 2012, Kimata’s debut album is dubbed ‘acid mystic sounds and dance rhythms that painted a motif of winter’. He’s had a strong start to 2017, branching out from his Tokyo roots and landing on Forbidden Colours/Kompakt.

The recent ‘Shape Of My Voice‘ signals his intention to inject the intricate culture of Japanese electronica into classic foundation of European house. The release boasts 2 strong club tunes as well as an experimental piece displaying his true talent with sound. Gathering a unique variety of samples laced on clean cut percussion, Jun Kimata seems to have a knack for combining opposites in audio bliss. See what unique records he always keeps in the crate.

Weather Report – Sweetnighter

This New York band championed the jazz fusion movement in the late 70s and early 80s. On the synthesizer, Joe Zawinul used Weather Report as his outlet to push the boundaries of both composition and live play. This album is most definitely a lesson in progression from the electric funk experts.

Harry Hosono and the Yellow Magic Band – Paraiso

Synthesizers, keys, and all around cosmic island music lace this dreamy late-70s release. Potentially an acid-based composition, the ‘Yellow Magic Band’ has a stellar groove. Somewhere between electric funk and live oldies, if you can fit this one in solidify OG status.

Atom TM – ich Bin Meine Machine-Remixed

Flip the scrip ton this crate thus far because this record is heavy. Sporting 3 versions by Boys Noize, Linear, and Funtion respectively; the artists names alone can generally guarantee a heavy pulse. This 12″ is a certified weapon so snap it up if you can but beware it’s a hot commodity.

Rashad Becker – Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol 1

This is a complete journey through the tones and frequencies of outside of human comprehension. Defined by Pitchfork as ‘nods to early musique concrète and intercepted extraterrestrial transmissions’, this may be from another world. Rashad Becker has evolved from Berlin underground to an alley that better resembles Mars.

Moritz Von Oswald Trio – Vertical Ascent

Ambient at it’s finest, this album defines the genre the way is should be. Tonal focused with a layered set of bare percussion, these tribal vibes fit right in with drum heavy sounds. A parting notification to the range of electronic-based composition, this is another example of Jun’s far out quiver.

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