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Soichi Terada Presents Sounds From The Far East
Cat: RHRSS 12. Rel: 28 Feb 22
Deep House
Saturday Love Sunday (5:53)
Shinichiro Yokota - "Do it Again" (5:46)
Sun Showered (4:27)
Soichi Terada & Manabu Nagayama - "Low Tension" (alternative version) (5:11)
Hohai Beats (6:14)
Good Morning (4:40)
CPM (4:45)
Rising Sun Up (4:28)
We Came Together (5:03)
Voices From Beyond (4:42)
Purple Haze (edit) (3:59)
Binary Rondo (5:12)
Review: For deep house diggers, Soichi Terada has long been a source of inspiration. While he's still active, it's the early '90s material he released on the Far East Recordings label - an imprint he founded soon after his graduation in 1990 - that most excites. Following the 2014 re-release of his sublime hook-up with Nami Shimada, "Sunshower", Rush Hour has decided to put together this excellent retrospective. Compiled by self-confessed fan Hunee, Sounds From The Far East contains a mixture of hard-to-find Terada originals, collaborations, and tracks by fellow Far East Recordings artist Shinichiro Yokota, all in the label's trademark melody-rich, evocative deep house style.
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Sunshower (12")
Cat: CREMECLASSICS 02. Rel: 22 Mar 23
Deep House
Sunshower (vox)
Sunshower (instrumental)
Sunshower (1992 version)
Sunshower (Legowelt remix)
Review: Originally released in 1989, Nami Shimada's "Sunshower" was the most unlikely of deep house hits, getting spun and remixed by Larry Heard and subsequently licensed by The Hague-based label in 2004 replete with one of Danny Wolfer's darkest remixes. With the record long out of print and being offered for some overly imaginative prices on Discogs, Creme decision to reissue the record should be met with vociferous applause by late adoptees to the label.
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Brand New Day (reissue)
Cat: AMB 1703. Rel: 09 Mar 17
Deep House
Morning (5:51)
Reve (7:43)
Souvenir (2:38)
Afternoon (6:25)
Pacific Jazz (9:32)
Evening (6:34)
Nite (9:21)
Ocean In Heaven (8:36)
Regard (8:22)
Review: During the late 1990s, Japanese producer Yuji Takanouchi produced a trio of sublime EPs, most of which went largely overlooked at the time. He surprisingly returned to action a few years ago with a handful of similarly dreamy, loved-up productions, prompting R&S offshoot Apollo Records - who famously released his peerless ambient house 12", Southern Paradise, in 1997 - to put together this superb compilation. The genius of his productions, whether dancefloor leaning or more horizontal in ethos, always lay in the hazy colourfulness of his synthesizer melodies and life-affirming chord progressions. It's those traits, coupled with his firm grasp of deep house and intelligent techno aesthetics, which shine through on Brand New Day. "Pacific Jazz", "Nite" and "Ocean In Heaven", in particular, are stunning.
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Enjoy Your Self EP 3
Cat: EESS 007. Rel: 21 Nov 22
Akio Nagase - "Mbira Dub" (6:47)
Akira Arasawa & Ground - "Multi Gud Z" (7:16)
Akira Arasawa - "Dolphin" (6:57)
Saeko Killy - "Dancing Pikapika" (6:06)
Review: Enjoy Your Self EP 3 is, as the title suggests, a third deep dive into the offerings of Osaka, Japan-based label Chillmountain Recordings. It has a wealth of different producers on its roster, all of whom twist up house, electronica, experimental, dub and Balearic sounds into fresh new grooves for cultured dance floors. It is tribal and percussive dub from Aki Nagase that immediately gets us locked in before Akira Arasawa & Ground combine for the sludgy and slow motion dub of 'Multi Gud Z.' Akira Arasawa's 'Dolphin' has underwater sonar sounds and watery rhythms then the EP closes on what might be the best of the lot - a percolating dub in the form of 'Dancing Pikapika.'
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Remix EP (feat Gene On Earth, Herbert mixes)
Cat: COS 006. Rel: 12 Sep 22
Ambient Squeeze (Gene On Earth Megamix) (7:48)
Go Up (5:55)
Flare's Grip - Prism Remix (Herbert's Make It Right dub) (6:39)
Vol 03 - 02 (6:16)
Review: Remastered rarities by the late Susumu Yokota under his 246 and Prism monikers. Go Up was originally a defective release which has since been corrected and remastered and Vol 3 - 02 was not released. It also features a megamix of Ambient Love and Squeeze Up (which feature on Cosmic Soup 005) by Gene On Earth and a remix of Flare's Grip - Prism Remix by Matthew Herbert titled "Herbert's Make It Right Dub". Three legends on this EP. Superbly remastered and cut by Mike Grinser at Manmade in Berlin. Artwork by John Williams.
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Enjoy Your Self EP 2
Cat: EESS 006. Rel: 21 Nov 22
Ground - "Utau Narukoyuri" (5:28)
Akio Nagase - "Arauma" (Kobato dub) (5:00)
Jose Finagandara, Juan Diego Lllescas & Ground - "Something Sign" (5:39)
Akira Arasawa With KUN & FRANKY-CH - "Yunnan" (8:18)
Review: Especial Specials has joined forces with Osaka-based imprint Chillmountain Recordings to offer up another Enjoy Your Self EP. This one once again showcases the talents on its roster with label head Ground kicking off with a beatdown meets trance sound on "Utau Narukoyuri'. After that slow burner come tribal percussive sounds from 'Arauma' (Kobato Dub), sunny cumbia on 'Something Sign' and a meandering Balearic journey from Akira Arasawa With KUN & FRANKY-CH that is brought to life with new age flute sounds, bird calls, jungle drips and folkloric strings. A fantastic EP, then.
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Folk Remedy Anthems 1 & 2
Cat: MYS 019. Rel: 14 Aug 23
Deep House
Aurora 2004 (Calm Present KF's Re-touch) (10:59)
Beast In Batuque (7:58)
Spirit In Tala (4:57)
Night Stream (5:24)
Kesarian (5:33)
In Dope Rhythms (5:54)
Calling Spirit (5:35)
Review: The sublime music of Kaoro Inoue is the subject of this essential new compilation on Mysticisms. Inoue describes himself as an "extreme music lover" and has been for more than 30 years. His Chari Chari alias is all about self-expression and the music here has previously only been available digitally. It fuses ambient, house and techno soundscapes across four sides of vinyl with a deeply spiritual outlook and soul-soothing sound. Organic percussion, traditional instruments and new age moods all colour the deeply enticing grooves.
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Giro EP
Giro EP (180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: LPY 02. Rel: 10 Jan 22
ISWIS #3 (6:52)
ISWIS #2 (6:51)
Swim In The Universe (7:16)
Love Is In The Air (7:05)
Review: The second release on Lempuyang comes courtesy of Tomoki Tsukamoto. In the late 90s Tomoki put out releases on Gez Varley's G Records, i220, and of course ran his own Metrojuice Records imprint; putting out some of the most sought-after deep & dubby techno records under his alias W-Moon. After a hiatus of over 20 years he now returns with four new tracks under his own name, still retaining that deep signature sound.

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Sunshower (12")
Cat: SS 200. Rel: 09 Dec 19
Deep House
Sunshower (Larry Levan vocal mix) (5:41)
Sunshower (Mark Kamins dance mix) (5:19)
Sunshower (5:28)
Sunshower (instrumental) (4:37)
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Tokyo Crossover Night 2023: Shuya Okino's Unreleased Tracks
Cat: ZLCP 429. Rel: 24 Jul 23
Kyoto Jazz Massive - "The Mask" (Aartek Jets remix)
Kyoto Jazz Massive - "Get It Together" (Shuya Okino & Root Soul remix)
Kyoto Jazz Sextet - "Still In Love" (feat Navasha Daya)
Kyoto Jazz Quartet - "Transend Me"
Echoes Of A New Dawn Ochestra - "Substream"
Kyoto Jazz Massive - "This Feeling" (Young Pulse & ATN Mochi Men remix)
Root Soul - "Feeling Good" (feat Leon King - Shuya Okino Re edit)
Miomatic - "Step Into Our Life" (Shuya Okino re-edit)
Shuya Okino - "Shine" (feat Diviniti - Root Soul Boogie remix with Soki Kimura)
Shuya Okino - "The Light" (feat Ruth Koleva)
Review: Complementing the fresh single 'Shine', released at the very same time, 'Tokyo Crossover Night 2023' is a compilation album by various artists selected by Shuya Okino, esteemed Japanese disco and broken beat DJ/producer. Kyoto Jazz Sextet, DJ Kawasaki, J.A.M and Shuya Okino himself all crop up on this veritable razzmatazzer, amounting to yet another worthy contribution to the label Village Again Japan, and the Tokyo crossover scene they occupy at large.
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Message From A New Dawn
Message From A New Dawn (CD with obi-strip)
Cat: ZLCP 0414. Rel: 22 Dec 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Astral Ascension
Primal Echo
Get Up (feat Roy Ayers)
Get It Together
This Feeling
Visions Of Tomorrow
The Message
The Mask
Revolution Evolution
Eternal Tide
Review: Shuya Okino is a DJ, club owner, writer and producer as well as being a part of the Kyoto Jazz Massive, and has been a vital figure in the Japanese club scene for over three decades. He is involved in a wide range of projects from Cosmic Village to Root Soul to Mondo Grosso, but his work with brother Yoshihiro as Kyoto Jazz Massive might be his best. This new album is another standout fusion of synth, broken beat and nu-jazz styles. Some of the tunes are pure dance floor heaters such as the prickly vibes of 'Get Up' while others gaze off to a cosmic future such as the gorgeous synths of 'Visions Of Tomorrow'. Essential.
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What About This Love
Cat: STUDIOMULE 38. Rel: 21 Feb 22
Deep House
What About This Love (4:54)
What About This Love (Chaos In The CBD remix) (5:20)
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10 Years: Part 2 Of 3
Cat: D3E 019LTD. Rel: 04 Dec 23
Deep House
Koizumi Yukiko - "526" (5:47)
Taelue - "Saturn Infinite 8" (5:46)
Nemanja Krstic - "Aquae Sulis" (4:31)
Gnork - "Reflection Of A Bird Flying" (6:51)
Review: The French deep house label D3 Elements is now a decade old and to mark the occasion it has assembled a superb three part EP series featuring plenty of talents both new and old. The second EP kick off with some Japanese stylings from Koizumi Yukiko and his piano laced bongo workout '526'. Taelue sets off on a deep and heavy bassline pulse that will make floors march and Nemanja Krstic's 'Aquae Sulis' brings some jazzy chord work and bubbling funk bass for a nice heartfelt vibe. Gnork shuts down with a skittish, stripped back broken beat that makes this another diverse offering.
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Cosmocities Presents Unknown Season
Cat: CMSR 013. Rel: 16 Jan 24
Deep House
Manabu Nagayama & Soichi Terada - "Low Tension" (Jimpster remix) (6:44)
Manabu Nagayama & Soichi Terada - "Low Tension" (Jimpster Beatless reprise) (5:08)
Luyo - "Shanee" (feat Erik Van Aro - Nick Holder In The Six remix) (5:56)
Satoshi Fumi - "Celestial" (KEENE Venao 7am remix) (7:19)
Review: The always-smiling Soichi Terada is a master of Japanese house music as well as being a fine video game soundtrack designer who brings unbridled synth and piano-laced joy to his sounds. His collab with Manabu Nagayama, 'Low Tension', is the subject of the A-side here with deep house don Jimpster remixing first with all the joyous synth energy of a new spring day and then with a Beatless Reprise that allows you to marvel at the magnificent keys. On the flip, Nick Holder's In The Six remix brings some smoky depths to Luyo's 'Shanee' while a KEENE Venao 7am remix of 'Celestial' is the exact tune you want to hear at sun up.
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85-88 (12")
Cat: CJFD 34. Rel: 19 Oct 22
Deep House
85 (5:16)
86 (4:29)
87 (5:44)
88 (4:37)
Review: Clearly, downtempo was a thing in Japan before it was ever a thing in Brighton - or wherever the hell Bonobo was given credit for inventing it - and it shows in this new repress of some of Takuya Matsumoto's earliest works. Ha, you were fooled! This one's actually new, but it's simply made to appear like each crafty cut here was made between the years 1985-88. Infectious, FM-oody, and laden with pitched-down coke-crazed vocals, this one charts the earliest era of house and its sound, emulating it to a T, except without any 303. Gee!
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Newwave Project
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 215. Rel: 25 Jul 17
Cycle (7:12)
Steam (6:13)
Blue Neon (6:26)
Mind Madness (6:24)
Newwave Project #7 (6:49)
Newwave Project #11 (7:48)
Newwave Project #9 (7:08)
Body Signal (6:59)
Review: Japanese producer Kuniyuki Takahashi's Newwave project is a new interpretation of his musical roots. He was majorly influenced by SPK, Test Dept, D.A.F and various industrial and EBM acts. Then he formed an industrial music band with his brother in the late 80's called DRP. After 25 years, his new release is a unique mixture of his deep and emotional house sound with the aforementioned influences and now presenting the second volume once again on Mule Musiq. Takahashi is a stalwart of the label, having put out close a dozen LP and several EPs on the label over the years. From the broken beat and arpeggios of "Blue Neon" to the neon-lit '80s night deep house of "Newwave Project #11" there's an odd collection of grooves on here from a unique perspective.
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Asakusa Light Remixes
Cat: RHM 046. Rel: 01 Mar 23
Deep House
Bamboo Fighter (Byron The Aquarius remix) (4:53)
Takusambient (Alex Attias remix) (7:42)
Review: Cult Japanese video game soundtrack designer and happy house hero Soichi Terada's last album Asakusa Light on Rush Hour gets picked apart from some top remixes here. First to go is a former hip-hop beatsmith turned deep house don Byron The Aquarius. He smooths out the grooves of 'Bamboo Fighter' and layers in dusty chords and diffuse melodies that are heartwarming and hypnotic. 'Takusambient' then gets a fine treatment from Alex Attias who brings bubbly chords and bass to a lively deep house cut that is full of subtle party vibes.
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20 Years Sound Of Speed Records
Cat: SOSR 026. Rel: 17 Dec 20
Deep House
Project Pablo - "Acoustic Serenade" (4:52)
Benedek - "Ubatuba" (5:39)
Ogawa & Tokoro - "Updraft" (5:30)
Svetozar - "Interpretation DM" (4:52)
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Surreal (12")
Cat: LITH 5. Rel: 15 Dec 22
Minimal/Tech House
Pearl 2 (5:14)
Pearl 3 (5:40)
Chartreuse 8 (6:05)
Chartreuse 12 (3:51)
Crimson 6 (7:04)
Crimson 9 (5:25)
Review: The more discerning and concentrated electro head will be tuned into the work of Bot1500. It is an alias of Shinichi Kobayashi, a producer who since 2018 has landed on the likes of Analogical Force and Furthur Electronix with a unique mix of futurist sounds. This one is another brilliant EP featuring cuts like 'Chartreuse 8.' It's a propulsive rhythm built from silky breaks and overlaid with the sort of heart-aching and thought-provoking chords that will send you inward on the dance floor. The five other cuts are just as much a perfect mix of the physical and the cerebral.
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Pulsor EP (feat Ken Ishii mix)
Pulsor EP (feat Ken Ishii mix) (translucent purple vinyl 12" limited to 150 copies)
Cat: SUSLTD 021PURPLE. Rel: 20 Feb 23
Todd Terry - "Bounce To The Beat" (Orlando Voorn remix) (9:13)
Orlando Voorn - "Pulsor" (6:41)
Fix - "Flash" (5:43)
Fix - "Dope Computer" (Ken Ishii remix) (6:11)
Review: A special, limited edition purple vinyl version of the new Pulsor EP from Orlando Voorn, with the undipsuted classic 'Flash' - utilising his Fix alias - up front, big, bouncy techno with wigged-out synths and plenty of playful energy. There's also the brand new title track 'Pulsor' a heady deep cut and two remixes making their debuts on vinyl here, namely Orlando's chunky techno reworking of 'Boucle To The Beat', one of Toddy Terry's most recognisable early tracks, and then the colourful house sound of Ken Ishii's remix of 'Dope Computer'.
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Sandpit EP
Cat: PG 08. Rel: 18 Mar 16
Deep House
Chase (6:13)
Throw Away (5:54)
Built On Sand (5:48)
Thirsty Dream (5:23)
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Pulsor EP (feat Ken Ishii mix)
Pulsor EP (feat Ken Ishii mix) (grey & black splattered vinyl 12" limited to 150 copies)
Cat: SUSLTD 021GREY. Rel: 20 Feb 23
Todd Terry - "Bounce To The Beat" (Orlando Voorn remix) (9:13)
Orlando Voorn - "Pulsor" (6:42)
Fix - "Flash" (5:43)
Fix - "Dope Computer" (Ken Ishii remix) (6:11)
Review: This new EP grey and black splattered 12" from Orlando Voorn features a real glut of goodness - there is the stone-cold classic 'Flash' under his Fix alias which is big, bouncy techno with wigged-out synths and plenty of playful energy. There is also the brand new title track 'Pulsor' which is a nice heady and deep cut with silky synth ripples and rubbery drums intertwining with one another perfectly. The two remixes included have never been available on vinyl before. The first is Orlando's chunky and funky techno rework of 'Boucle To The Beat', one of Toddy Terry's most recognisable early tracks. Then last of all is the colourful house sound of Ken Ishii's remix of 'Dope Computer'. It's a filter-heavy and loopy jam with prickly acid that will pump any party.
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Sugar Snap EP
Cat: HIPS 004. Rel: 13 Feb 24
Deep House
Sugar Snap (6:33)
Interstellar (6:24)
Sugar Snap (Baldo remix) (6:19)
Interstellar (Matisa remix) (6:44)
Review: Two genuine rising stars collaborate here for the first time, as Semi Delicious label founder Demi Riquisimo joins forces with Japan-born, Bristol-based Manami. The duo opt to start in thrillingly positive and tuneful fashion on 'Sugar Snap', where Japanese-influenced melodic lead lines, spacey chords and jaunty organ stabs ride above a surging, tech-tinged house groove, before continuing the full-throttle star-gazing flavour on 'Interstellar'. Over on the flip, both tracks are given the remix treatment. Baldo turns 'Sugar Snap' into a bleeping, acid-propelled slab of hallucinatory neo-trance, while Matisa reaches for chunky organ bass, jumpy female vocal samples and fizzing electronics on a vintage UKG-influenced revision of 'Interstellar'.
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Compilation Vol 1 Part II
Compilation Vol 1 Part II (white vinyl 12")
Cat: CHXIV 0002. Rel: 19 Oct 22
Deep House
I:Cube - "Demon Du Parking" (6:36)
Chris Korda - "Tipping Points" (8:37)
Satoshi Tomiie - "4am" (6:44)
Jean-Guillaume Cabanne - "Woogie" (4:09)
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Moon Dance
Moon Dance (2xLP + insert with obi-strip)
Cat: AMDS 005. Rel: 22 Mar 22
Deep House
Holly Spirit Dance (Tatsuro Amamia Spirit mix) (6:59)
Happiness (club Temple mix) (11:17)
Tsukino Oshie (Marks Tribal mix) (5:43)
Tibetan Ecstasy Moon (Tatsuro Amamias Trance dub Ecstasymoon mix) (6:09)
Building A Maitreia Land (Shiro Amamias Spiritual Jazz Trance mix) (6:14)
Nirvana Sexy (Amoras dub Disco Heruka mix) (5:57)
I Am Shaman (Shiro Amamias Spiritual Jazz Trance Ecstasy Satori & Heruka mix) (6:03)
Full Moon (Mitsuru Kotaki & Shiro Space For Child Ambient mix) (7:09)
Xtasyzm (Tatsuro Amamia Fantasy mix) (7:57)
Moon Dance (club Ecstasy Mayuri mix) (9:57)
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90 - 93
90 - 93 (12")
Cat: CJFD 36. Rel: 27 Apr 23
Deep House
90 (4:36)
91 (4:37)
92 (6:12)
93 (5:19)
Review: On-point Japanese producer Takuya Matsumoto returns to Clone's Jack For Daze label with a follow-up to his brilliantly executed 85-88 EP. He's not discovered a shoe-box of DATs under the bed, but rather is purposefully paying tribute to the early days of house and techno with specific explorations of particular eras and their attendant sounds. This time around we're taken to the early 90s, with some wonderful, varied results. There's lush, FM-embellished deep house on '01 90' and edgy, jackin' techno wormholes opening up on '02 91'. Meanwhile '03 92' retains a healthy bounce and some lush washes of synth, and '04 93' tips towards the kind of garage house you'd find on a Strictly Rhythm record 30 years ago. Crucially, it's all shot through with tonnes more personality than most 90s soundalike records, so full credit to Matsumoto for spelling his intentions out and delivering the goods.
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Drawer Tracks EP
Cat: VP 009. Rel: 26 Mar 24
Deep House
The City (5:25)
Sky (5:49)
1989 (5:17)
Willow Green (6:02)
Kip's Track (5:46)
Review: With recent missives for Royal Oak and Clone under his belt, Takuya Matsumoto makes his way to Vibes & Pepper with this sure shot grip of five gritty deep house joints crafted the classic way. The flanging hats on 'The City' tell you this is raw gear for the heads, but there's plenty of heart-warming goodness in the wandering basslines and lingering chords to ensure universal appeal. The floatier 'Sky' and Trax-ready '1989' keep up the vintage sound Matsumoto has perfected, but as the likes of deep and stripped-back 'Willow Green' demonstrate, he's also able to reach across a range of moods with his chosen studio approach and the results are golden every time.
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Mondo Grosso Official Best 2
Mondo Grosso Official Best 2 (gatefold 2xLP + insert)
Cat: HRLP 250/1. Rel: 20 May 22
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
BLZ (Mgob edit & remastered) (5:42)
Everything Needs Love (feat BoA - Re-new) (4:44)
Shinin' (feat Kj - MG & The Flying Bed remix) (5:29)
Light (feat UA - Mgob New mix) (5:52)
Labyrinth (feat Mitsushima Hikari - Mgob New mix) (5:09)
Time (feat Bird - Mgob remastered) (4:48)
Planet Tantra (feat Asuka Saito - Mgob New mix) (5:25)
Haruwa Towa Ni Mezameru (feat UA - version 1 - Mgob remastered) (6:21)
False Sympathy (feat Aina The End - Mgob remastered) (4:42)
One Temperature (feat Big-O - Big-O Extra Rises) (6:43)
Kemuri (feat Rhyme - Chillin' dub) (4:52)
Everything Needs Love (feat BoA - JP Re-new) (4:45)
Review: Japan's pioneering Mondo Grosso has assembled a collection of all this greatest hits for this special new two part collection. It takes in some new remixes, new mixes and re-edits and the whole thing has been newly remastered by Shinichi Osawa himself. Also included is a Japanese version of 'Everything Needs Love' with freshly record vocals. This is big room, soulful house music with plenty of Latin and jazz influences and some wild vocals. This tells the story of the last 30 years of this fine band and reminds us just what made them so popular.
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Vacation EP
Cat: YOTSUME 007. Rel: 03 Jul 23
Minimal/Tech House
Tech Sea (7:34)
Snake Funk (SASAKI Hiroaki - Kurashi City mix) (7:19)
Tech Sea (Tom Ellis mix) (6:46)
Snake Funk (6:30)
Review: The seventh release of Sasaki Hiroaki's Yotsume-Music sees Hisashi Ito aka Hulot (Raum...musik, BELOW, FROGMAN/U.S.B.) welcomed to the fray, quite possible, given the EP's title, taking influences from Mr Hulot, the hero of Jacques Tati classic film 1953 'Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot'. Like said hero, there's a kooky, loveable eccentricity to his two productions - he counts Herbert and Moritz von Oswald among his main influences - with Tom Ellis Remix and Sasaki Hiroaki Remix adding a remix, one on either each side.
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Animal Emotions
Cat: PRAH 042LP. Rel: 20 May 22
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Free Soul (7:11)
Autumn Colours (4:12)
Outside (3:34)
Wheat Fields (7:55)
In The Right Place (5:04)
From Joy To Sorrow (3:21)
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Green Tower (reissue)
Cat: SND 014. Rel: 15 Jul 21
Green Tower (original Paradise mix) (7:48)
Dream Punk (7:48)
Review: Last Front made these tunes for the Torema Records label in the 90s and they were only ever released in Japan in 1993. back then the country was leading the way when it came to indie labels manufacturing and pressing up their own material. Now the music made by Fumiya Tanaka, Tamotu Ide and Takehito Miyagi has been remastered for 2021. 'Green Tower' (original Paradise mix) is a dense and intense techno track with freewheeling synths and jacked up drums and 'Dream Punk' is another rattling and urgent banger that hurries onwards with a sense of tension and astral drama.
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Cosmic Sea
Cat: TSR 001. Rel: 28 Dec 22
Funky/Club House
Cosmic Sea (10:16)
Geronimo (6:12)
Review: New label alert! Takashimashuzo comes from Japan and opens with some blissed-out Balearic deep house from Kammoushiki on this hand-stamped white label. 'Cosmic Sea' has archetypal Balearic guitars noodling in amidst endless synth modulations and over breezy house beats. It's a beautiful cut that takes you to the Med in an instant. 'Geronimo' brings jazz-funk vibes, languid guitar work and tumbling drums over shuffling kicks. It's fresh, colourful, inviting stuff that kicks off this new label in enough style to mean we will be checking in again soon.
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& (12" in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: THINNER 005. Rel: 27 Feb 24
Lemmi Ash - "Presence" (7:10)
KOOLMFL - "Atonbow" (5:14)
Sonic Weapon - "HOMIE" (5:30)
Review: Japan's Thinner Groove flesh out their distinctive aesthetic with every new release. This time around, they welcome none other than Lemmi Ash, KOOLMFL and Sonic Weapon for a collaborative three-track EP of lowercase minimal tech and textural vignettes. The aim of the game is best encapsulated in the label's commentary: "each track can add a distinctive touch to the night, as like completing your cocktail with lemon and/or lime". Each track indeed sounds to the ear akin to how a fruity garnish tastes, with Ash's 'Presence' bringing tart citrine breaks notes to a gracefully held glass vessel. KOOLMFL's 'Atonbow' is drier bitters, barely availing itself of its trembling chords and sampled vox after an ultra-snappy initiation featuring a mere bass and kick-clap. Thinner Groove know all too well that good music is like an excitation of the flavour palate, and that minimality is the thing that lets such flavours sit.
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Cryptic Layers
Cryptic Layers (red vinyl 12")
Cat: LAXES 7. Rel: 26 Sep 23
Minimal/Tech House
Let It Go (6:48)
Just Do It (6:16)
Just Do It (Ken Ishii remix) (6:06)
Let It Go (Sean Deason remix) (6:51)
Review: Rennie Foster is a real old school head who has been turning out a wide range of club ready sounds for many years. Skylax is similar in that it has been consistently turning out timeless tunes from assured names for ages. 'Let It Go' opens up with a dark and nagging vocal sample of rickety drums that are moody and low slung. 'Just Do It' brings some trademark breakbeats and rattling metallic texture and then master Japanese minimalist Ken Ishii remixes into something more head twisting. Last of all is Sean Deason remixing 'Let It Go' with a thumping low end.
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Gespielt von: Carlos Nilmmns
 in stock $17.14
EKR's Galactic Dance
EKR's Galactic Dance (white vinyl 12")
Cat: ROYAL 025RP. Rel: 29 Feb 24
Deep House
EKR's Galactic Dance (part 1) (5:44)
EKR's Galactic Dance (part 2) (3:36)
The Sun On The Refugees (4:29)
Satellite Orbit Funk (4:24)
Review: It is very nearly a full ten years ago that Takuya Matsumoto dropped his masterful EKR's Galactic Dance EO on Clone. Fittingly, it now gets reissued by the ever vital Dutch label. All four tracks explore medic house with deep grooves and a far-sighted sense of reverie. The A-side is taken up with a pair of tunes that are split into two parts and both just roll and roam with a delightful freedom. 'The Sun On The Refugees' has a more unsettled melodic phrasing that loops and loops until its joined with some extra keys that release the pressure then 'Satellite Orbit Funk' is downbeat and dusty house a la Theo Parrish. Superb.
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1st Unit: Underpass Records EP (reissue)
Cat: RHSTOREJPN 12. Rel: 17 Apr 24
Funky/Club House
Katsuya Sano - "I Need Luv" (6:18)
Junichi Soma - "Ubnormal Life" (5:19)
Shuji Wada - "Endless Load" (5:06)
Review: Rush Hour has been one of Europe's independent musical powerhouses for decades now. Now only does it have Amsterdam's best record shop, but it throws the best parties and puts put the fresh new records from several different genres. next to that of course they also know how to dig deep and unearth vital reissues, which is what they do here with a triple headed Japanese house affair. Katsuya Sano keeps it OG Chicago with his 'I Need Luv', then Junichi Soma offers the analogue depths of 'Ubnormal Life' and Shuji Wada shuts down with more brilliantly atmospheric sounds on 'Endless Load.'
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Magic Hour Disk #3: Wave Dub
Cat: AALP 003EF. Rel: 16 May 24
Minimal/Tech House
Wave Dub (6:54)
Wave Dub (DJ Honesty remix version 3) (6:56)
Wave Dub (DJ Honesty remix version 1) (6:38)
Jamming Home (Special vinyl cut) (6:31)
Review: The captivating journey that is US-based house legend Satoshi Tomiie's 'Magic Hour' album on Abstract Architecture persists here with Magic Hour Disk #3: Wave Dub, its third dancefloor-focused instalment. This latest addition comprises four tracks, further enriching the compilation that embodies three years of Satoshi's artistry and commitment. The house sounds are the and elegant, with deft synths and cosmic melodies doing the colour and emotion to his effective grooves. Additionally, the release features two remixes by DJ Honesty, who adds an extra layer of depth and variation to what is a nice and deep, dubby EP from Abstract Architecture.
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Klubb Lonely
Klubb Lonely (limited numbered 2xLP)
Cat: MTDK 006. Rel: 04 May 22
Deep House
Ventura (3:34)
Less (feat Mr Ties) (5:46)
Night Clubbing (6:13)
Hometown (feat Keita Sano) (7:25)
Monk Episode 2 (7:25)
Sick Boy (6:33)
That's The Kind Of Love I’ve Got For You (feat Lisa Tomlins) (7:13)
Cold Days, Warm Heart (feat DJ Sammo Hung Kam Bo & Manami Kakudo) (5:12)
Call Me (feat Mirrror) (5:03)
Long Vacation (3:08)
Disko (Not Disko) (5:59)
Review: A limited release collaboration on Japanese disco dub outfit Monkey Timers' Disko Klubb, with Sound Of Vast, a record label run by fellow countrymen in Amsterdam. Klubb Lonely features collaborations with some of the scene's finest, including Berin by-way-of Italy's Mr Ties (Homopatik) on the slo-mo disco of 'Less', electronic experimentalist Ketia Sano with the deep and emotive 'Hometown', the tunneling ad psychedelic head music of 'Cold Days, Warm Heart' (feat DJ Sammo Hung Kam Bo & Manami Kakudo) and a cover of Dusty Springfield's 'That's The Kind Of Love I've Got For You'.
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Dark Room
Dark Room (12")
Cat: STUDIOMULE 42. Rel: 09 Nov 22
Progressive House
Dark Room (7:18)
Moogroove (part 2) (6:46)
Out Of Control (6:42)
Out Of Time (5:59)
Review: Moogroove is the alias of Japanese house music producer Kenji Eto, who released this highly sought after gem originally back in 1994 on Mo Rhythm Records. Made famous by Motor City Drum Ensemble on his Fabric compilation where he used the track 'Dark Room', this is the EP's first reissue courtesy of Studio Mule featuring artwork from Lily Fei. Features the hypnotic back room dub of 'Moogroove' (part 2), the classic acid house sound of 'Out Of Control' and the deep, late-night mood music of 'Out Of Time'.
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Denshi Ongaku No Bigaku: The Aesthetics Of Japanese Electronic Music Vol 2
Cat: CMSR 011. Rel: 26 Jul 23
Minimal/Tech House
Seiji Ono - "Celebrate Your Life" (3:33)
Uyama Hiroto - "Compass" (5:44)
JAKAM - "Pray" (8:23)
Yuu Udagawa - "We Float" (5:13)
Jazztronik - "Neon Forest" (6:44)
BRISA - "State Of Mind" (7:31)
Ryoma Takemasa - "Deepin" (The Backwoods remix) (7:58)
The Backwoods - "Cloud Nine" (7:42)
909 State - "RaTaTaTam" (Hiroshi Watanabe instrumental remix) (7:51)
Tomi Chair - "Remorse" (Satoshi Fumi mix) (7:20)
Review: Cosmocities have held an enduring fascination with Japanese music which now manifests in two expansive compilations gathered under the title Denshi Ongaku No Bigaku. The French label has made a strong impression since first emerging around 2019, favouring a fertile crossover where organic instrumentation and electronic sensibilities meet, and that comes though on Volume 2 of this expertly curated series in no uncertain terms. There's a detectable jazziness to the music on offer from the likes of Seiji Ono, Uyama Hiroto and J.A.K.A.M, as house grooves and more lilting pulses flow from one track to the next, shining a light on some truly spectacular visionaries in the contemporary Japanese scene.
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Three Acid
Cat: LM 002. Rel: 04 Sep 23
Deep House
Acid File (6:05)
Squid Friends (7:52)
Fififi (6:29)
Acid Three (5:20)
Squid Friends (Solid State remix) (5:47)
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Super Deluxe
Cat: HOTHAUS 086. Rel: 13 Oct 22
Deep House
Pool Room (5:31)
Lemonade (5:31)
Weekend Starter (4:36)
Super Deluxe (5:01)
 in stock $13.19
Six Mythological Heroes
Cat: MYTH 013. Rel: 08 Nov 21
Minimal/Tech House
Ken'ichi Itoi - "Cien" (7:15)
Aoki Takamasa - "Multiple Time Lines" (6:49)
AVV - "Twist" (5:39)
Yoshihiro Hanno aka Radiq - "Brain Circuit Panic" (7:17)
Masahiko Takeda - "Nicon" (feat Kohsetsu Imanishi) (7:10)
Naohiro Tomisawa - "Source" (7:04)
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Aurora (7")
Cat: HR7S 109. Rel: 27 Feb 23
Aurora (Love Is Gone) (4:45)
Noid (3:58)
 in stock $16.36
Magic Hour
Cat: TSR 002. Rel: 28 Dec 22
Magic Hour (6:21)
Nakanaide (8:32)
Review: To kick off new label Takashimashuzo, Kammoushiki - who is presumably the boss - is dropping two new 12"s in the same week. This is the second and like the first, it is inspired house music that takes its cues from the 80s Ibiza party landscape. 'Magic Hour' has gurgling basslines riding up and down the scale with innocent keys and lazy drums. It's heartwarming stuff from sundown. 'Nakanaide' then ups the Balearic quotient with even more prominent and arcing guitar licks over bongos and soulful chords.
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S8100 Nervous Breaks & Galaaactique Beatstrumentals
Cat: OTS 178. Rel: 06 Aug 20
Deep House
Moonlight (intro Loop) (1:01)
Alien Attack (2:52)
Zero-G (bonus EFX) (0:14)
Warp (re-edit) (5:01)
Moonlight (bonus Beat) (1:05)
5D (re-edit) (3:12)
Resonance (bonus Beat) (1:09)
Dreamy Planet (re-edit) (4:16)
Departure (bonus Beat) (2:01)
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Bit In Beatz 01
Cat: ABLTD 02. Rel: 16 Mar 23
Minimal/Tech House
Bit In Beatz 01 (8:27)
Bit In Beatz 01 (YSST remix) (8:26)
 in stock $15.56
Rudimentary Thinking
Cat: JIT 002. Rel: 24 Apr 23
Deep House
Precious Time (6:19)
Flying Green (6:18)
Rudimentary Thinking (7:37)
Tune 4 My Daughter (6:19)
 in stock $18.46
Kaizu (LP)
Cat: BSR 035. Rel: 09 Jun 22
Deep House
Crux (2:35)
Neverland (5:06)
Funclub (4:10)
Humid Gathering (3:49)
Shadow Of The Rock (5:35)
Heroes Show Up Late (2:32)
Gamelion (6:40)
Sundance (5:36)
Ancient Tape (5:53)
Time 2 L (4:33)
 in stock $14.51
New Dawn EP
Cat: RTN 001. Rel: 13 Feb 23
Deep House
New Dawn (9:02)
Flowers (6:40)
Daylight Driving (8:28)
Sefuri (8:06)
 in stock $16.87
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