November 25, 2014
Gonno’s been travelling a lot recently, and while not explicitly of his home town, this selection of records reflects his recent mood, combining newly discovered ambient music with J-Pop records and the odd album that reminds him of growing up in Japan.
An Evolutionary Music
(reissue: RVNG Intl., 2014)
It’s especially for one of my kind of moods and I’m listening to it a lot at the moment. It’s a bit hard to explain how it sounds (I wish my English was better), but I would like to describe it as minimal (not for dance kind of things), exotic and beautiful. Re-issued by Rvng Intl.
Enjoy The Silence
(Mule Musiq, 2014)
Such a nice ambient compilation from Japan’s Mule Musiq, especially Hauschka’s ‘Wind’ and Terre Thaemlitz’s ‘Nobody’s in this Classroom’ fit my mood recently also.
(Moon records, 1983)
My all-time favorite since I was a child. Probably almost everyone who is a music fan in Japan can’t deny how great his music is and incidentally it was the first record that I ever bought.
Jasper Van’t Hof
Face To Face
Somehow, I felt an element of trance from him playing piano when I listened to the song ‘Zaire’ in this album for the first time. Although his ‘Pili Pili’ is my favourite too.
(Border Community, 2013)
Since this album has been released last year and until now I’ve been forever listening to it. Respect.
Les Yeux Fermés, Lifespan
(Elision Fields, 2007)
Now I’m sitting and writing this sentence in a room in Berlin and I missed his performance in Japan last week, gutted.
Aka / Darbari / Java – Magic Realism
(Editions EG, 1983)
I should have to bring him on next to Riley. He probably needs no explanation.
The brilliant ambient masterpiece from Japanese producer Inner Science. Portral is his alter ego. All of Portral’s songs are made of only old scratchy vinyl in diverse ways and I can’t believe he made such beautiful music in this manner. The recent album Fill that has been released this year is worth a check and of course Inner Science’s recent works as well.
The great recent release from Four Tet’s Text Records. I love both the original and the remix.
Before leaving Tokyo I secretly played at a J-pop party for fun and then the other DJ played this. I didn’t know such an album existed in Japan in 1991. The album includes a funny cover of Crystal Water’s ‘Gypsy Woman’.