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Artist: ACKAMOOR, IDRIS
Title: Music of Idris Ackamoor 1971-2004
Format: Double CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $27.00
"2012 repress. 2CD collection of the ex-leader of legendary Afro-spiritual/deep funk/free jazz group from 1970s Ohio (later in SF), The Pyramids. Their music is one of the most deep attempts by African-Americans, deep sounds like Strata-East, aggressive performances like Tribe or Black Jazz, every free jazz/funk collector should agree on it. Featuring 10 pieces of The Pyramids taken from their 3 albums and unreleased (!) recordings (including their first live recording in Holland!). Notably, The Pyramids had even stayed in African countries like Morocco, Ghana, Kenya and Ethiopia and studied real African culture and music there in the early 1970s. Do you know other African-American jazz musicians who had done such a road trip in the early 1970s?? Also featuring the never-heard pre-Pyramids, P. Sanders and Strata East recording as The Collective, and 4 pieces from the late 70s to 00s, recording as Idris Ackamoor Quartet/Ensemble. Sixteen pieces in total. Ackamoor owns all original master tapes (its a miracle!) and Em Records checked them all and compiled their finest and best cuts. All digitally re-mastered in excellent sound shapes. This 2CD set will be housed in a big "DUO" case with complete English liner notes written by Ackamoor himself, a bunch of rare photos and session data, etc." - EM.

Artist: ALTZ
Title: Escape: The Reconstruction of Isophonic Boogie Woogie
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $19.00
"Intergenerational gene-splicing from EM Records. Roland P. Youngs classic Isophonic Boogie Woogie (EM 1045CD/HJ-JP) is tripped-out, minimalist, spiritual free-jazz from 1980, and is here mutated, masticated and machined by Altz, the hotly-tipped renowned "organic electronicist" and producer/remixer from Osaka, Japan. Maintaining and magnifying the cosmic bliss-vibe of the original release, Altz lovingly massages Youngs sounds into the year 2009 (as experienced through Altzs patented acid-disco filtration system). Sounds are layered and treated, atmospheres extended, and propulsive elements from Youngs original recordings are bolstered (there is some fine drumming here from former Boredoms member, Muneomi Senju). Altz also respects Youngs more abstract side, following the elder master into atmospheres of freedom, unrestrained by the gravity of the beat and the conventions of the dancefloor. Rather than a mere roughshod remix, this release is a meeting -- Youngs San Francisco of the late 70s encountering Altz in Osaka in 2009. Young is respectfully and playfully transformed, but not trashed, and we all go home happy. Editing, programming, electric bass, guitar, synthesizer, noise and drum machine by Altz and disc-scratching by DJ Kensei." - EM.

Artist: ALTZ
Title: Escape: The Reconstruction of Isophonic Boogie Woogie
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Intergenerational gene-splicing from EM Records. Roland P. Youngs classic Isophonic Boogie Woogie (EM 1045CD/HJ-JP) is tripped-out, minimalist, spiritual free-jazz from 1980, and is here mutated, masticated and machined by Altz, the hotly-tipped renowned "organic electronicist" and producer/remixer from Osaka, Japan. Maintaining and magnifying the cosmic bliss-vibe of the original release, Altz lovingly massages Youngs sounds into the year 2009 (as experienced through Altzs patented acid-disco filtration system). Sounds are layered and treated, atmospheres extended, and propulsive elements from Youngs original recordings are bolstered (there is some fine drumming here from former Boredoms member, Muneomi Senju). Altz also respects Youngs more abstract side, following the elder master into atmospheres of freedom, unrestrained by the gravity of the beat and the conventions of the dancefloor. Rather than a mere roughshod remix, this release is a meeting -- Youngs San Francisco of the late 70s encountering Altz in Osaka in 2009. Young is respectfully and playfully transformed, but not trashed, and we all go home happy. Editing, programming, electric bass, guitar, synthesizer, noise and drum machine by Altz and disc-scratching by DJ Kensei." - EM.

Artist: BANDON, DAO
Title: Kon Kee Lang Kwai (Man on a Water Buffalo): Essential Dao Bandon
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
"This is the second release in the re-launch of EM Records Thai music series. Paradise Bangkok, Soi 48 and EM have teamed up to deliver a series showcasing the extraordinary performances of some of Thailands greatest musical legends. For reasons unknowable, certain places in certain eras become hotbeds of music, fertile in their growth and flowering of musical talent. Thailand in the 1970s was such a place, and Dao Bandon is one of the enduring greats of that era. Born in the farm country of the Isan region, Bandon came from a poor family and was a monk during his teens, two great influences which shaped him, with his farm roots grounding the earthy heart of his lyrics, and his years of monastic chanting lending a unique resonance to his singing. After an apprenticeship with some of the greats of Thai music, Dao Bandon began to enjoy success leading his own band. The songs here, released in the 1970s, showcase the infectiously joyful Bandon groove, his mellifluous voice, and his captivating melodic sense. His lyrics deal with sex, love, marijuana, and the struggles of the poor, but no matter what he sings about, a sense of good cheer is always evident. Featuring parallel translations of the lyrics, in-depth liner notes, rare photos, and of course, great music, Man on a Water Buffalo is yet another example of Thai excellence from EM Records. English & Japanese text with Thai, English, and Japanese lyrics." - EM.

Artist: BANDON, DAO
Title: Kon Kee Lang Kwai (Man on a Water Buffalo): Essential Dao Bandon
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"This is the second release in the re-launch of EM Records Thai music series. Paradise Bangkok, Soi 48 and EM have teamed up to deliver a series showcasing the extraordinary performances of some of Thailands greatest musical legends. For reasons unknowable, certain places in certain eras become hotbeds of music, fertile in their growth and flowering of musical talent. Thailand in the 1970s was such a place, and Dao Bandon is one of the enduring greats of that era. Born in the farm country of the Isan region, Bandon came from a poor family and was a monk during his teens, two great influences which shaped him, with his farm roots grounding the earthy heart of his lyrics, and his years of monastic chanting lending a unique resonance to his singing. After an apprenticeship with some of the greats of Thai music, Dao Bandon began to enjoy success leading his own band. The songs here, released in the 1970s, showcase the infectiously joyful Bandon groove, his mellifluous voice, and his captivating melodic sense. His lyrics deal with sex, love, marijuana, and the struggles of the poor, but no matter what he sings about, a sense of good cheer is always evident. Featuring parallel translations of the lyrics, in-depth liner notes, rare photos, and of course, great music, Man on a Water Buffalo is yet another example of Thai excellence from EM Records. Housed in a standard jewel case. Includes a 24-page booklet with liner notes written by Soi 48 as well as rare photos. English & Japanese text with Thai, English, and Japanese lyrics." - EM.

Artist: BAY LAUREL, ALICIA
Title: Music from Living On the Earth
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
"Alicia Bay Laurel is well known as the writer and illustrator of one of the classic books of the back-to-the-earth movement, the 1970 hand-written guide to living the good life, Living On the Earth. She is also an accomplished singer, songwriter, and guitarist, the latter skill honed by studying with John Fahey. The songs on Music from Living On the Earth were composed concurrently with the writing of the book, permeated by the sun and soil of the commune life. Bright and earthy paeans to the natural world, featuring ABLs pure, strong, and uplifting voice atop her fluid, confident, and deft steel-string acoustic guitar fingerpicking, her style showing that she learned well from Fahey. She also collaborated with San Francisco Tape Music Center co-founder Ramon Sender Barayón, who contributes the 40-voice choral arrangement for the closing track. Although these songs were written as the 60s became the 70s, Music from Living On the Earth was actually recorded in 2000, first issued as a self-produced CD, and reissued on CD by EM Records in 2006 (EM 1047CD). This 2015 15th anniversary edition is its first appearance on vinyl, and includes liner notes by the artist as well as English and Japanese lyrics, allowing listeners to again hear ABLs blues, jazz, and Indian music influences meld with folk roots to glorious effect." - EM.

Artist: CAGE, JOHN
Title: John Cage Shock
Format: Double LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $31.00
"Special 2LP version of EM Records John Cage Shock series, compiled from the three CD releases. Featured works: 2655.988" for 2 Pianists and a String Player, Piano Music #7, 000", Variations II. Performers include: David Tudor, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Kenji Kobayashi, Yoko Ono and John Cage. Includes rare photos and liner notes in Japanese and English, plus commentary by Toshi Ichiyanagi." - EM.

Artist: CAGE, JOHN
Title: Shock Vol. 1
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
"In October 1962, John Cage and his great interpreter/co-visionary David Tudor visited Japan, performing seven concerts and exposing listeners to new musical worlds. This legendary "John Cage Shock," as it was dubbed by the critic Hidekazu Yoshida, is the source of this series of releases -- three CDs and a "best hits" double LP compilation. Recorded primarily at the Sogetsu Art Center in Tokyo on October 24, 1962 (with two performances from October 17 at Mido-Kaikan in Osaka), all recordings in this series are previously-unreleased. A major historical trove, unearthed. The performances on this tour featured Cage and Tudor with some noteworthy Japanese musicians playing pieces by Cage and a number of other composers. Volume 1 begins with Toru Takemitsus Corona for Pianists (1962), played by Tudor and Yuji Takahashi, an indeterminate piece scored using transparencies, a sign of Cages influence on younger Japanese composers of the era. Following this is Duo for Violinist and Pianist (1961) by Christian Wolff, written specifically for David Tudor and violinist Kenji Kobayashi. The final piece, a near-20-minute realization of Variations II (1961), is a rare example of the rougher side of Cage, work that presaged much of the live electronic music and noise of the following decades, an aspect of his oeuvre which is woefully under-represented on CD. Cage and Tudor, using well-amplified contact microphones on a piano, deliver an electrifying performance, alternating distorted stretches of harsh 60s reality with bountiful silences. The John Cage Shock series features truly historical recordings, all previously-unreleased, of compositions by an amazing roster of international composers. The intensity of these has remained hidden and unheard for half a century, but remains undiminished. Features rare photos plus liner notes in Japanese and English with commentary by Toshi Ichiyanagi." - EM.

Artist: CAGE, JOHN
Title: Shock Vol. 2
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
"Volume 2 in EM Records John Cage Shock series lifts off with a fiery example of David Tudors piano virtuosity, his mastery of dynamics well-evident in a performance of Klavierstücke X (1961) by Karlheinz Stockhausen. The titular shock of this series is delivered even more forcefully with the next piece, John Cages 2655.988" for 2 Pianists and a String Player (1961), which was first performed the year before in Darmstadt by Tudor and Kenji Kobayashi, a combination of two of Cages solo pieces. The performance here, from Osaka, has a slightly altered title and the composition becomes a seismic quartet with the addition of Toshi Ichiyanagi and Yoko Ono, with the four performers providing acutely-angled blasts of sound. Features rare photos plus liner notes in Japanese and English plus commentary by Toshi Ichiyanagi." - EM.

Artist: CAGE, JOHN
Title: Shock Vol. 3
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
"The final CD of the John Cage Shock series features John Cages 000" (1962), also referred to as 433" No. 2, performed by the composer, with daily activities such as writing and drinking coffee amplified by contact microphones into sonic abstraction, following the scores directions: "with maximum amplification (no feedback), perform a disciplined action." Next is Composition II for 2 Pianos (1960/1961) by Michael von Biel, lovely and sparse, performed by David Tudor and Toshi Ichiyanagi. The disc closes with Ichiyanagis Piano Music #7 (1961), performed also by Tudor and Ichiyanagi, beds of silence disrupted by pianistic stabs, music box madness, traffic recordings, percussive thumps, tape manipulations and more. Features rare photos plus liner notes in Japanese and English plus commentary by Toshi Ichiyanagi." - EM.

Artist: CARROLL & FRIENDS, CORKY
Title: Laid Back
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Laid Back by Corky Carroll & Friends is a warm-hued snapshot of the musical life of one segment of the American surfing world, circa 1971. This album, the first ever recorded by true surfers, captures the relaxed, truly laid back feeling of the surfing life. The album features none of the tropes of "surf music": no reverb, no sugary vocal harmonies. Simply recorded with warm fidelity, what we hear is pro-surfer Corky Carroll and his surfer pals in various combinations delivering songs and instrumental pieces, perfectly capturing the sultry seaside atmosphere and their idyllic oceanic lives. All the performers were, in Corkys words, "real surfers" (unlike the Beach Boys), well-recorded in casual circumstances in California in 1971. Beginning (and closing) with Hawaii-born master board-maker Raymond Pattersons joyful slack-key guitar fantasias, the album features the famed Denny Aarberg on guitar (with Kathy Dragon of the legendary Dragon family), the articulate folk picking of David Lyons, Al Oakies affable acoustic blues (with some fine harmonica), and the folky guitar playing of Carroll himself. A blend of vocal and instrumental pieces, the album is largely acoustic, and even the two tracks with electric instruments (from the band Hana, with electric pianist Jon Close, guitarists Dave Rullo and Herb Torrens, and bassist Dave Shoffner, surfers all) do not break the serenity of the calm, Pacific mood. Laid Back was Carrolls first recording, released independently on Rural Records (jointly run by Carroll and Dennis Dragon) while Carroll was still surfing professionally. Dragon, a skilled engineer, and Carroll "travelled up and down the California coast with (Dragons) mobile recording setup and recorded this music in these peoples living rooms and garages." You can feel the ocean nearby. Laid Back, a long-prized treasure, is an oceanic balm retrieved from the waves of time and offered to all by EM Records. Housed in a cardboard sleeve jacket plus an insert with liner notes written by Corky Carroll." -EM

Artist: CARROLL & FRIENDS, CORKY
Title: Laid Back
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $38.00
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Artist: COLLINS, NICOLAS
Title: Devils Music
Format: CD/CD-ROM
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
"EM Records presents the CD and vinyl reissue of U.S. experimental electro-acoustic artist/circuit bender Nicolas Collins live radio sampling masterpiece, Devils Music, originally released on vinyl in 1986. Born and raised in New York City, Nicolas Collins has been hugely influential in contemporary electronic music, having performed world-wide for many years, collaborating with Christian Marclay, Elliot Sharp, David Shea, David Tudor and John Zorn, composing, recording, modifying circuits and inventing instruments, and spreading the good word through his writing (Handmade Electronic Music -- The Art Of Hardware Hacking 2nd Edition; Routledge, 2009) and teaching (Department of Sound, School of the Art Institute of Chicago). The pieces released here are only part of his ongoing, multifaceted and truly experimental activities. This edition of Devils Music is served up in all its stuttering glory, a time capsule of the mid-80s New York City airwaves, acclaimed by Philip Sherburne as "an early template for techno," with a feel somewhat akin to scratching turntablist madness, a block-rocking party put through a blender and re-assembled by body-popping demons. Also included is "Real Landscape," a 1987 "remix" recorded in Europe (originally released on cassette), and (CD-only) "The Spark Heard Round The World," a fascinating tape piece sourced from multi-band radio and scanner recordings, plus a video of a live performance of "Devils Music" from 1987 in Birmingham, Alabama. And if youre still not satisfied, CD purchasers also get a downloadable software version of the original hardware circuitry used for Devils Music which, a la David Tudor, constitutes the original composition itself. Make your own "Devils Music!" Devils Music is available on 2LP vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, and double CD in a triple-gatefold sleeve (with bonus audio track plus CD-Extra and software). 24-bit digitally remastered; containing a booklet with text in English & Japanese, including rare photos." -EM

Artist: COLLINS, NICOLAS
Title: Devils Music
Format: Double LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $31.00
"EM Records presents the CD and vinyl reissue of U.S. experimental electro-acoustic artist/circuit bender Nicolas Collins live radio sampling masterpiece, Devils Music, originally released on vinyl in 1986. Born and raised in New York City, Nicolas Collins has been hugely influential in contemporary electronic music, having performed world-wide for many years, collaborating with Christian Marclay, Elliot Sharp, David Shea, David Tudor and John Zorn, composing, recording, modifying circuits and inventing instruments, and spreading the good word through his writing (Handmade Electronic Music -- The Art Of Hardware Hacking 2nd Edition; Routledge, 2009) and teaching (Department of Sound, School of the Art Institute of Chicago). The pieces released here are only part of his ongoing, multifaceted and truly experimental activities. This edition of Devils Music is served up in all its stuttering glory, a time capsule of the mid-80s New York City airwaves, acclaimed by Philip Sherburne as "an early template for techno," with a feel somewhat akin to scratching turntablist madness, a block-rocking party put through a blender and re-assembled by body-popping demons. Also included is "Real Landscape," a 1987 "remix" recorded in Europe (originally released on cassette), and (CD-only) "The Spark Heard Round The World," a fascinating tape piece sourced from multi-band radio and scanner recordings, plus a video of a live performance of "Devils Music" from 1987 in Birmingham, Alabama. And if youre still not satisfied, CD purchasers also get a downloadable software version of the original hardware circuitry used for Devils Music which, a la David Tudor, constitutes the original composition itself. Make your own "Devils Music!" Devils Music is available on 2LP vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, and double CD in a triple-gatefold sleeve (with bonus audio track plus CD-Extra and software). 24-bit digitally remastered; containing a booklet with text in English & Japanese, including rare photos." -EM

Artist: COMPUMA MEETS HAKU
Title: The Reconstruction of "Na Mele A Ka Haku"
Format: 12"
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $19.00
"Compuma aka Koichi Matsunaga reaches back through time to 1970s Hawaii to perform a mind meld, with his old-school Roland drum machines and present-era compumagic Vulcanizing and reshaping Hakus original home-grown analog synth madness. Haku aka Frank Tavares composed a number of theater pieces and songs to highlight the multiethnic character of his native Hawaii, and released an LP of his compositions in 1975 (reissued by Em in 2015 (EM 1136CD/LP)). In Hakus work, new age musical elements, traditional Hawaiian music, and unclassifiable madness, all played on glorious analog synths, come together to form songs and stories delivered in Hawaiian, Japanese, and English. Not merely a remix, this is a synergistic reconstruction, a transformation at the molecular level in which Hakus source-code DNA is reborn in 2015 on 12" vinyl." - EM.

Artist: CURA, DOMINGO
Title: Tiempo De Percusion: An Anthology, 1971-77
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Despite tremendous political upheaval, Argentina in the 1960s and 1970s witnessed a remarkable musical flowering in which traditional "folklore" styles were embraced and updated by a new generation of musicians who fused traditional Argentinian rhythms and musical forms with elements of rock, soul, funk and jazz. Percussionist Domingo Cura was at the center of these exciting musical developments. Born in 1947 in Santiago del Estero province in northern Argentina, he moved to Buenos Aires at the age of 18, where he joined the band of harmonicist Victor Hugo Diaz. In the 1960s, Cura became the rhythmic heart of much Argentinian music, playing with Ariel Ramirez, Mercedes Sosa, Astor Piazolla and Gato Barbieri. Cura also worked closely with Eduardo Lagos, playing on every track of Lagoss 1969 debut album Asi Nos Gusta, a landmark of the modern Argentinian folklore sound. This release is a compilation of the finest moments from Domingo Curas four solo albums released during the period 1971 to 1977, featuring Curas propulsive mastery of the traditional bombo drum as well as other percussion instruments. The music ranges from DJ-friendly percussion workouts to piano-dappled rhythmic fantasias, Afro-Latin sax grooves to pieces with a more typically "South American" feel, featuring guitars and flutes. But it all coheres, driven along by Curas percussive vision, magnificently displayed on the opening track "Percusion," a groundbreaking multi-track groove monster. For all percussion lovers and fans of world music. Featuring a lovely collage cover by Finnish musician and artist Kuupuu. Newly remastered in a fine quality pressing." -Em.




Artist: DAO-UDON, HONGTHONG
Title: Bump Lam Phloen: Essential Hongthong Dao-udon
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $19.00
"How can we explain the power of music? How can songs delivered in a language that we dont understand move us so? This collection contains the very best songs from Hongthong Dao-udon, one of the great Thai singers of the "third generation" of Molam singers and one of the artists who succeeded in fusing Molam with Luk Thung, thus triggering a new generation of singers; in fact, she was the first to sing both genres from the beginning of her career, considering herself to be situated happily between the two styles. But none of this matters, finally, to the listener. This is music, not musicology, and Hongthong Dao-udon sings to us, not the pedants. Her career was brief, and these songs from the late 70s and early 80s are her very best, showcasing her rich vibrato, her masterful control, and the undeniable emotional power of her voice, and carrying us from joy and whimsy to melancholy and desolation. Produced mainly byDoi Inthanon, a legendary independent producer, these songs were very popular in Thailand, and it is easy to hear why, with strong melodies, impeccable swing, interesting arrangements, and, of course, Dao-udons thrilling voice. With two songs previously unavailable on CD, as well as her first recording and her biggest hits, this is essential. Includes 20-page booklet. Selection, liner notes, and cover art by Soi 48." - EM.

Artist: DAO-UDON, HONGTHONG
Title: Bump Lam Phloen: Essential Hongthong Dao-udon
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $24.00
“LP version with insert. How can we explain the power of music? How can songs delivered in a language that we dont understand move us so? This collection contains the very best songs from Hongthong Dao-udon, one of the great Thai singers of the "third generation" of Molam singers and one of the artists who succeeded in fusing Molam with Luk Thung, thus triggering a new generation of singers; in fact, she was the first to sing both genres from the beginning of her career, considering herself to be situated happily between the two styles. But none of this matters, finally, to the listener. This is music, not musicology, and Hongthong Dao-udon sings to us, not the pedants. Her career was brief, and these songs from the late 70s and early 80s are her very best, showcasing her rich vibrato, her masterful control, and the undeniable emotional power of her voice, and carrying us from joy and whimsy to melancholy and desolation. Produced mainly by Doi Inthanon, a legendary independent producer, these songs were very popular in Thailand, and it is easy to hear why, with strong melodies, impeccable swing, interesting arrangements, and, of course, Dao-udons thrilling voice.” - EM.

Artist: EATON, WILLIAM
Title: Music By William Eaton
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $24.00
Originally released in 1978, this was a private-press album from an experimental stringed instrument builder (the photos of said instruments in this booket are mindblowing). First time re-issue on CD. "When I started building instruments, playing guitar took on a whole new dimension. The process of envisioning the design, drawing the plans, making templates, cutting, carving, and gluing revealed new insights about the construction, inner workings and physical mechanics of guitars and stringed instruments. From the conception to the birth of each instrument, new layers of meaning unfolded. During this time I sought out quiet natural environments to play and listen to the voice of my 6-string, 12-string, 26-string (Elesion Harmonium) and double neck quadraphonic electric guitar. Deep canyons contained a beautiful resonant quality and echo. A star lit night with a full moon provided all the reflection and endless space by which to project music into the cosmos. The sound of a bubbling stream and singing birds added a natural symphonic tapestry to a melody or chord pattern. These were solo sessions where I felt integrally connected to all that was happening. As I perceived it, everything was participating in a serendipitous dance. Everything was part of the music. I decided to record an instrumental album of music. The idea was simple; it would be a series of tone poems with no titles or any information attached, only the words Music by William Eaton. It was conceived as a limited edition of 1000 copies, with no more to be pressed. While some of the songs evolved out of composed chord progressions, most of the songs were played spontaneously, only on the occasion of the recording. These improvised songs havent been played since." -William Eaton.

Artist: FAITED, THONGHUAD
Title: Diew Sor Isan
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Subtitled: The North East Thai Violin Of Thonghuad Faited. Em Records returns to Thailand, this time back to 1970s Isan. For Em Records latest foray into unchartered musical territory, we are concentrating on the sor from Thailand, the traditional two-stringed violin that is a mainstay of Isan musical culture. Diew Sor Isan: The North East Thai Violin Of Thonghuad Faited focuses on the talents of one of the instruments greatest proponents and brings his key releases together onto one anthology for the first time. Thonghuad Faited comes from the "molam" tradition, the dominant rural music that hails from Isan, the northeast Thai province that borders with Laos and Cambodia. Underpinned by woozy basslines, drones and clattering percussion, his music is characterized by sprightly melodies through to haunting dirges that could come from as far a field as eastern China, or even the Celtic traditions of Ireland. Detailed notes trace his history from humble beginnings to playing up to five gigs a night in Bangkok at the peak of his fame. Whether its playing beautifully-crafted solo pieces, or providing a counterpoint for raw vocal work, Thonghuad Faited is a nationally-recognized master of his craft who has additionally cut sides with dozens of established singers over the years, such as Waipod Petchsupan and Angkanang Kunchai. Percussive, otherworldly and universal, Em Records is proud to present this unique music to the world, much of it released outside of Thailand for the first time. Housed in a gatefold cardboard sleeve jacket plus inserts with liner notes in English and Japanese." -EmM

Artist: FAITED, THONGHUAD
Title: Diew Sor Isan
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
"Subtitled: The North East Thai Violin Of Thonghuad Faited. Em Records returns to Thailand, this time back to 1970s Isan. For Em Records latest foray into unchartered musical territory, we are concentrating on the sor from Thailand, the traditional two-stringed violin that is a mainstay of Isan musical culture. Diew Sor Isan: The North East Thai Violin Of Thonghuad Faited focuses on the talents of one of the instruments greatest proponents and brings his key releases together onto one anthology for the first time. Thonghuad Faited comes from the "molam" tradition, the dominant rural music that hails from Isan, the northeast Thai province that borders with Laos and Cambodia. Underpinned by woozy basslines, drones and clattering percussion, his music is characterized by sprightly melodies through to haunting dirges that could come from as far a field as eastern China, or even the Celtic traditions of Ireland. Detailed notes trace his history from humble beginnings to playing up to five gigs a night in Bangkok at the peak of his fame. Whether its playing beautifully-crafted solo pieces, or providing a counterpoint for raw vocal work, Thonghuad Faited is a nationally-recognized master of his craft who has additionally cut sides with dozens of established singers over the years, such as Waipod Petchsupan and Angkanang Kunchai. Percussive, otherworldly and universal, Em Records is proud to present this unique music to the world, much of it released outside of Thailand for the first time. Includes liner notes in English and Japanese." -EM.

Artist: FASAWANG, KHWANTA
Title: Lam Phaen Motorsai Tham Saep: The Best of Lam Phaen Sister No. 1
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $19.00
"The best of Khwanta Fasawang, the number-one soulful sister of 1980s lam phaen, queen of the cassette era. She was chosen, from over a thousand demo tapes, by legendary producer and songwriter Doi Inthanon, who wanted to create a new streetwise dance music. The lam phaen genre was the result, and Khwanta Fasawang was the singer he chose to be its representative. Combining earlier musical trajectories with electronic elements and lyrics dealing with drinking and love, money and motorcycles, Khwanta led the cassette-format lam phaen boom of the early 80s, gaining great popularity in both her native Isan and across the whole country. A change in lyrical concerns and the use of electronics has parallels with Jamaican dancehall, and this music can be heard as one of the roots of lam sin, the Thai bass music that began in the 80s and 90s, but these recordings are not mere musicology. This is living music, and very fine music at that. Queen Khwanta, Sister Fasawang. She cant be denied. Selection, liner notes, and cover art by Soi 48. Includes 20-page booklet with English liner notes and lyrics.” - EM.

Artist: FASAWANG, KHWANTA
Title: Lam Phaen Motorsai Tham Saep: The Best of Lam Phaen Sister No. 1
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
"The best of Khwanta Fasawang, the number-one soulful sister of 1980s lam phaen, queen of the cassette era. She was chosen, from over a thousand demo tapes, by legendary producer and songwriter Doi Inthanon, who wanted to create a new streetwise dance music. The lam phaen genre was the result, and Khwanta Fasawang was the singer he chose to be its representative. Combining earlier musical trajectories with electronic elements and lyrics dealing with drinking and love, money and motorcycles, Khwanta led the cassette-format lam phaen boom of the early 80s, gaining great popularity in both her native Isan and across the whole country. A change in lyrical concerns and the use of electronics has parallels with Jamaican dancehall, and this music can be heard as one of the roots of lam sin, the Thai bass music that began in the 80s and 90s, but these recordings are not mere musicology. This is living music, and very fine music at that. Queen Khwanta, Sister Fasawang. She cant be denied. Selection, liner notes, and cover art by Soi 48." - Em.

Artist: FASSETT, JIM
Title: Symphony of the Birds
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"2013 repress, originally released in 2006. Symphony of the Birds is a CD reissue of the historical 1950s LP, featuring a three-track multi-speed tape collage, "Symphony," made by ONLY natures birdsongs (its REAL), plus regular-speed and time-stretched field recordings, and explanations from the man himself. Jim Fassett was the musical director of CBS radio in the 50s-60s, and also famous as the author of another concrete work, Strange to Your Ears in the 50s. The kinda roots of recent field recordings/drones stuff. Total birdsong mania! Huge booklet of photos and (mostly Japanese-only) texts -- so big that EM actually uses a slightly larger-than-normal jewel case to make it fit!" -EM.

Artist: FINIS AFRICAE
Title: A Last Discovery: The Essential Collection, 1984-2001
Format: Double LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $29.00
"Gatefold double LP version. Contains two bonus tracks not found on the CD version. Finis Africæ (or Finis Africae): words redolent of mystery and myth, of Europe looking out to new lands, new worlds, new times. And so it is with A Last Discovery, the work of Spaniard Juan Alberto Arteche Guel, and his musical co-adventurers, recorded between 1984 and 2001. After 15 years of musical success in Spain with his band Nuestro Pequeño Mundo, Arteche was ready to experiment with new ideas, and with the purchase of a four-track reel-to-reel recorder he did so, exploring imaginary global music-worlds with a core of like-minded explorers. The group, dubbed Finis Africæ by JAA after reading Umberto Ecos The Name of the Rose, where the term refers to forbidden books and hidden knowledge, released seven recordings over an 18-year period, the best of which are compiled here. Finis Africæ was part of the "new wave" of Spanish music which gradually emerged after the end of the Francoist regime. Using modern electric instruments and traditional acoustic instruments from many cultures blended together via studio alchemy, a magic which grew even stronger with the acquisition of a 16-track recorder after their second release, Finis Africæ created an outward-looking musical multiverse, an unclassifiable amalgam encompassing elements of folk traditions from all over the world, skillfully and lovingly shaped into an inclusive pan-global whole. Deeply influenced by African music, the groups reverberant, organic minimal funk will appeal to DJs as well as all who yearn for the loving warmth that comes with the embrace of global possibilities. With liner notes in Spanish, English and Japanese by JAA, A Last Discovery, is the first release by Finis Africae outside of their native Spain. Come take a retrospective journey of discovery where new worlds await." -EM.
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Artist: FINIS AFRICAE
Title: A Last Discovery: The Essential Collection, 1984-2001
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: France
Price: $21.00
"Finis Africæ (or Finis Africae): words redolent of mystery and myth, of Europe looking out to new lands, new worlds, new times. And so it is with A Last Discovery, the work of Spaniard Juan Alberto Arteche Guel, and his musical co-adventurers, recorded between 1984 and 2001. After 15 years of musical success in Spain with his band Nuestro Pequeño Mundo, Arteche was ready to experiment with new ideas, and with the purchase of a four-track reel-to-reel recorder he did so, exploring imaginary global music-worlds with a core of like-minded explorers. The group, dubbed Finis Africæ by JAA after reading Umberto Ecos The Name of the Rose, where the term refers to forbidden books and hidden knowledge, released seven recordings over an 18-year period, the best of which are compiled here. Finis Africæ was part of the "new wave" of Spanish music which gradually emerged after the end of the Francoist regime. Using modern electric instruments and traditional acoustic instruments from many cultures blended together via studio alchemy, a magic which grew even stronger with the acquisition of a 16-track recorder after their second release, Finis Africæ created an outward-looking musical multiverse, an unclassifiable amalgam encompassing elements of folk traditions from all over the world, skillfully and lovingly shaped into an inclusive pan-global whole. Deeply influenced by African music, the groups reverberant, organic minimal funk will appeal to DJs as well as all who yearn for the loving warmth that comes with the embrace of global possibilities. With liner notes in Spanish, English and Japanese by JAA, A Last Discovery, is the first release by Finis Africae outside of their native Spain. Come take a retrospective journey of discovery where new worlds await." -EM.

Artist: FINIS AFRICAE
Title: El Secreto de las 12 (The Secret of 12 OClock)
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $18.00
"El Secreto de las 12 (The Secret of 12 OClock) is the second EM Records release by Spaniard Juan Alberto Arteche Guels Finis Africae project. This release collects six pieces from Finis Africaes three 1980s albums, pieces not released on A Last Discovery (EM 1113CD/LP). This collection captures Finis Africae in a more spiritual mode, organic and flowing, with some prominent drone textures, featuring a wide range of instruments including flutes, hand percussion, guitar, sax, keyboards and synths, combined with field recordings in a music which could be heard as a less-chilly and more organic parallel Fifth World to Jon Hassells Fourth. The title track, "El Secreto de las 12," is a Balearic chill-out classic, a firm favorite of Cafe Del Mar DJ Jose Padilla, who spun the track during his sunset sets on Ibiza. This track has circulated only on cassettes for years. "El Secreto" and the accompanying tracks are back, sure to appeal not only to chill-outers and nostalgic DJs, but fans of New Age sounds and organic music. Secret no longer." - EM

Artist: FINIS AFRICAE
Title: El Secreto de las 12 (The Secret of 12 OClock)
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"El Secreto de las 12 (The Secret of 12 OClock) is the second EM Records release by Spaniard Juan Alberto Arteche Guels Finis Africae project. This release collects six pieces from Finis Africaes three 1980s albums, pieces not released on A Last Discovery (EM 1113CD/LP). This collection captures Finis Africae in a more spiritual mode, organic and flowing, with some prominent drone textures, featuring a wide range of instruments including flutes, hand percussion, guitar, sax, keyboards and synths, combined with field recordings in a music which could be heard as a less-chilly and more organic parallel Fifth World to Jon Hassells Fourth. The title track, "El Secreto de las 12," is a Balearic chill-out classic, a firm favorite of Cafe Del Mar DJ Jose Padilla, who spun the track during his sunset sets on Ibiza. This track has circulated only on cassettes for years. "El Secreto" and the accompanying tracks are back, sure to appeal not only to chill-outers and nostalgic DJs, but fans of New Age sounds and organic music. Secret no longer." - EM.
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Artist: FROM SCRATCH
Title: Five Rhythm Works
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
"Includes insert. Beginning in 1974 and based in New Zealand, the sound-performance group From Scratch used an evolving array of percussion instruments -- including found and repurposed objects as well as custom-made percussion instruments -- to create a distinctive rhythmic music, texturally rich and tonally sumptuous. The music has a sophisticated, fluid, and intelligent polyrhythmic drive and prominently features pitched percussion, using microtunings and just intonation in tightly structured pieces that evolve and mutate around intricately interlocking melodic and rhythmic elements. Given their Pacific identity, one can find similarities with a number of Asian Pacific musics; their music will appeal to open-eared listeners interested in such musics, and it will also intrigue admirers of the early work of Steve Reich and Terry Riley. Formed by Phil Dadson upon his return to New Zealand following his late-60s involvement in the UK with Cornelius Cardews Scratch Orchestra, Aucklands From Scratch embraced an egalitarian ethic, focusing on cooperation, integration, and the union of opposites. These principles are clearly heard in the music here, with all the players interlocking and with the music exploring and exploding the polarities of melody/rhythm, local/global, group/individual, minimal/maximal. These four tracks, ranging from 1974 to 1982, are propulsive and yet serene; percussive and yet sweetly tonal; and toe-tappingly alert, forming an immersive and distinctive soundworld. All tracks here are newly remastered from the original master tapes; "Passage" was the groups first recording and is previously unissued. Includes English liner notes by Andrew Clifford and rare photos." - EM.

Artist: GIBBS & THE U.S. STEEL ORCHESTRA, JOHN
Title: Jouvert
Format: 12"
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $18.00
"EM Records presents a new addition to their EM Steel Pan Series from John Gibbs And The Unlimited Sound Of Steel Orchestra. In anticipation of the release of their 1977 album Steel Funk on CD/LP, EM is issuing two 12" singles ahead of the album. "Jouvert" is a non-album track which was originally recorded and released in 1979 as a 12" single, in co-operation with legendary Philly Soul producer Louis Anthony deLise. This version is, surprisingly, a previously unissued original version that was held in the vaults by the artist for 35 years, after the "remixed" 12" version was released in 1979. Transferred from the original master tape and newly mastered. Remixed with respect by Lord Echo, a rising star from New Zealand, featuring his trademark cutting guitar playing. Both tracks are NOT on the upcoming EM Records album." - EM.

Artist: GIBBS & THE U.S. STEEL ORCHESTRA, JOHN
Title: Trinidad (Disco Mix)
Format: 12"
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $18.00
"EM Records proudly announces a new addition to their EM Steel Pan Series, John Gibbs And The Unlimited Sound Of Steel Orchestra. They are preparing to release their fine 1977 album Steel Funk on CD/LP, and as an appetizer they will issue two 12" singles ahead of the album. "Trinidad (Disco Mix)" is a remixed version of the album track "Trinidad & Tobago," and was originally issued in 1977 as a remixed 12" single for the dance market on Gibbs own label, in co-operation with the legendary Philly Soul producer Louis Anthony deLise. Its a cheerful garage/disco classic beloved by Larry Levan. Transferred from the original master tape and newly mastered. Hair Stylistics is Masaya Nakahara, formerly Boryoku Onsen Geisha (Violent Onsen Geisha), who re-edited this previously-unissued long version and transformed it with respect. Both tracks are NOT on the upcoming EM Records album." - EM Records.

Artist: GIBBS AND THE UNLIMITED SOUND OF STEEL ORCHESTRA, JOHN
Title: Steel Funk
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
Following the appetizer of the two 12" singles "Trinidad (Disco Mix)" and "JOuvert," EM Records now serves up the main dish, the fine 1977 album Steel Funk by John Gibbs And The Unlimited Sound Of Steel Orchestra, a new addition to the "EM Steel Pan Series." Trinidadian steel-pan player John A. Gibbs studied science at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees and formed The Jamaica All Stars Steel Band. This was the start of a dual career in science and music that eventually took him to the United States. He moved to Philadelphia in the mid-70s and met Philly arranger/producer Louis A. deLise, with whom he collaborated to create a new steel pan music, welding Trinidadian steel music to Philly soul. He researched and advocated a new style of steel pan music, describing the steel pan as an "omnivibraphone" in his 1978 book The Unit Steel Band, in which he combined his scientific and musical backgrounds to illuminate the physics of the steel pan. Gibbs innate musicality comes to the fore on Steel Funk, where he compiles several years of experience with deLise into an appealing Trini-Philly groove union, with the five steel pan players of the Unlimited Sound Of Steel Orchestra working in sync with a 30-piece studio orchestra of brass, strings and rhythm. The songs range from Calypso to film theme to pop standard, covers and originals, but Steel Funk is not a chintzy pastiche, its a glorious unity. EM Records offers this re-release as "the 2014 version," newly remastered, with improved sound quality, a different track order, and new cover art drawn by Yoshihiro Tsuyama/2Yang. NOTE: All tracks are NOT duplicated on the two 12" singles "Trinidad (Disco Mix)" and "JOuvert." - EM.

Artist: GIBBS AND THE UNLIMITED SOUND OF STEEL ORCHESTRA, JOHN
Title: Steel Funk
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Following the appetizer of the two 12" singles "Trinidad (Disco Mix)" and "JOuvert," EM Records now serves up the main dish, the fine 1977 album Steel Funk by John Gibbs And The Unlimited Sound Of Steel Orchestra, a new addition to the "EM Steel Pan Series." Trinidadian steel-pan player John A. Gibbs studied science at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees and formed The Jamaica All Stars Steel Band. This was the start of a dual career in science and music that eventually took him to the United States. He moved to Philadelphia in the mid-70s and met Philly arranger/producer Louis A. deLise, with whom he collaborated to create a new steel pan music, welding Trinidadian steel music to Philly soul. He researched and advocated a new style of steel pan music, describing the steel pan as an "omnivibraphone" in his 1978 book The Unit Steel Band, in which he combined his scientific and musical backgrounds to illuminate the physics of the steel pan. Gibbs innate musicality comes to the fore on Steel Funk, where he compiles several years of experience with deLise into an appealing Trini-Philly groove union, with the five steel pan players of the Unlimited Sound Of Steel Orchestra working in sync with a 30-piece studio orchestra of brass, strings and rhythm. The songs range from Calypso to film theme to pop standard, covers and originals, but Steel Funk is not a chintzy pastiche, its a glorious unity. EM Records offers this re-release as "the 2014 version," newly remastered, with improved sound quality, a different track order, and new cover art drawn by Yoshihiro Tsuyama/2Yang. NOTE: All tracks are NOT duplicated on the two 12" singles "Trinidad (Disco Mix)" and "JOuvert"". - EM.

Artist: GUTHRIE, NORA
Title: Emilys Illness/Home Before Dark
Format: 7"
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $13.00
"Nora Guthries ultra-rare "Emilys Illness" is a lost gem of songcraft originally released in 1967, now reissued in the same 7" vinyl format (b/w "Home Before Dark") as the original. Featuring the pure vocals of the 17-year-old daughter of Woody Guthrie, "Emilys Illness" was written by Eric Eisner (The Strangers) and impeccably arranged by Artie Schroeck. A romantic collaboration of psychedelia, pop, and acid-folk, but informed by the harmonic and rhythmic developments of João Gilberto and jazz." - EM.

Artist: HAKU
Title: Na Mele A Ka Haku (Music of Haku)
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
"Synthesizers and the human voice. Hawaii. The 1970s. Haku, aka Frank Tavares, a writer and musician, had a deep respect for the multiethnic character of his native Hawaii, and composed a number of theater pieces and songs to highlight this culture. However, he avoided many of the standard musical tropes, choosing to build his own studio and make all the music on synthesizers, a first for Hawaii. New age musical elements, traditional Hawaiian music, and unclassifiable madness, all played on glorious analog synths, are the foundation for songs and stories delivered in Hawaiian, Japanese, and English, reflecting Hawaiis multiethnic nature. Developed and recorded over several years, released in 1975 on vinyl, and woefully hard to find, it is now reissued for the first time." - EM.
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Artist: HAKU
Title: Na Mele A Ka Haku (Music of Haku)
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $18.00
"Synthesizers and the human voice. Hawaii. The 1970s. Haku, aka Frank Tavares, a writer and musician, had a deep respect for the multiethnic character of his native Hawaii, and composed a number of theater pieces and songs to highlight this culture. However, he avoided many of the standard musical tropes, choosing to build his own studio and make all the music on synthesizers, a first for Hawaii. New age musical elements, traditional Hawaiian music, and unclassifiable madness, all played on glorious analog synths, are the foundation for songs and stories delivered in Hawaiian, Japanese, and English, reflecting Hawaiis multiethnic nature. Developed and recorded over several years, released in 1975 on vinyl, and woefully hard to find, it is now reissued for the first time.” - EM.

Artist: IASOS
Title: Inter-Dimensional Music
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $24.00
"CD reissue of the 1978 debut LP by the original new age music legend, Iasos. 15 tracks (including 3 bonus tracks) of original analog bliss. It is NOT the typical sounds like average new age music we found throughout the 80s, it is a trippy exotic psych sound having roots in 60s West Coast experimental music. A cornerstone of new age music by real new agers." "l find lasos inter-dimensional music needing new words to describe it. I feel as though I were entering a new world - a new and very profoundly beautiful world." - Buckminster Fuller.

Artist: INRYO-FUEN
Title: Early Works 1980-82
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"With this release, EM Records shine a light into the dark and yet strangely uplifting world of Inryo-fuens early 80s wonderland: a surreal, adventurously analog, positively negative realm of freedom. Following the EM Records release of Inryo-fuens enigmatic Ho-aku (EM 1125CD), Early Years 1980-82 collects the bands earliest recordings, originally released on flexi and vinyl, here re-edited, re-mixed and remastered. With enlightening notes by band member Jun Harada providing historical background and recording information, stressing their love of improvisation and their ongoing quest for liberation, this is a landmark release, offering a glimpse into a hitherto inaccessible netherworld of the Tokyo/Yokohama post-punk underground. The music here, all improvised, with many of the pieces recorded live, have an edge-of-the-world electricity, informed by the groups fascination with the Surrealist idea of Automatic Writing. The launch point is a brutalist, knuckle-dragging Conrad/Faust thug-riff featuring the hectoring rants of a stage-invading student activist, dramatically melded with the music by the sound engineer. From there we traverse manifold realms, variously propulsive and static, dense and pointillistic, threatening and whimsical, opaque and translucent. Inryo-fuens searching use of the basic rock instrumentation of drums, bass and guitar is augmented with keyboards and, on one piece, acoustic instrumentation. No overdubs, no vocals. Only sound and freedom. Includes liner notes in English and Japanese, as well as photos." - EM.

Artist: INRYO-FUEN
Title: Early Works 1980-82
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
"Vinyl version with 4 tracks (from the 6-track CD). Innersleeve with liner notes and lyrics, as well as photos. With this release, EM Records shine a light into the dark and yet strangely uplifting world of Inryo-fuens early 80s wonderland: a surreal, adventurously analog, positively negative realm of freedom. Following the EM Records release of Inryo-fuens enigmatic Ho-aku (EM 1125CD), Early Years 1980-82 collects the bands earliest recordings, originally released on flexi and vinyl, here re-edited, re-mixed and remastered. With enlightening notes by band member Jun Harada providing historical background and recording information, stressing their love of improvisation and their ongoing quest for liberation, this is a landmark release, offering a glimpse into a hitherto inaccessible netherworld of the Tokyo/Yokohama post-punk underground. The music here, all improvised, with many of the pieces recorded live, have an edge-of-the-world electricity, informed by the groups fascination with the Surrealist idea of Automatic Writing. The launch point is a brutalist, knuckle-dragging Conrad/Faust thug-riff featuring the hectoring rants of a stage-invading student activist, dramatically melded with the music by the sound engineer. From there we traverse manifold realms, variously propulsive and static, dense and pointillistic, threatening and whimsical, opaque and translucent. Inryo-fuens searching use of the basic rock instrumentation of drums, bass and guitar is augmented with keyboards and, on one piece, acoustic instrumentation. No overdubs, no vocals. Only sound and freedom." - EM. EMs surprising (and for EM, thats saying quite a bit) reissue campaign for INRYO-FUEN continues.. The “Early Works 1980-82” CD is now on LP, featuring the LP and 7” flexi we carried waaay back in the late 90s, along with tons of other Cragale “deadstock”.. Highly recommended!

Artist: INRYO-FUEN
Title: Ho-aku
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"An enigma. A band records their second album in 1985, but sits on it for 29 years and releases it as a new album, not a "lost gem," in 2014. The authors of this enigma are known as Inryo-fuen, a Japanese trio formed in 1978, meeting via a Surrealism circle in Yokohama. With the intent of applying the Surrealist idea of Automatic Writing to sound, they began performing their improvised music in 1980, with their first performance at the legendary Tokyo venue Minor, which was run by Takashi Sato of Pinakotheca Records. This second album was recorded after the release of an LP and several singles during the period 1980-1984. The trio of Jun Harada (drums), Naoyuki Masuda (guitar), Masamichi Oyama (keyboard), although involved in the Tokyo/Yokohama underground/independent rock scene, were seemingly sui generis, avoiding punk and post-punk stylistic style-markers, yet decidedly not a part of any synth-pop or electro movements, either. This album, Ho-aku, was recorded in 1985. In the studio, the band projected slides of photos which Masuda had taken in Spain, and used these images as a springboard for the recording process. Still active, the band is, in all likelihood, the longest-running fixed-personnel improvised music group in Japan. Inryo-fuens Ho-Aku. A new album. Recorded in 1985. Experience the enigma." - EM. Some of you may remember we had tons of copies of the first INRYO-FUEN LP and flexidisc (reissues also coming soon from EM) as well as all the other Cragale releases way back in the late 90s - amazing label!

Artist: JAMAL CREATIVE ARTS ENSEMBLE, THE KHAN
Title: Drum Dance To The Motherland
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $22.00
"A special treat for the vinyl hounds! The long-awaited first vinyl reissue of The Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensembles almost-impossible-to-find, 300 copies only, 1972 Drum Dance To The Motherland. Newly remastered and sounding great, this is a unique, uncategorizable expression of Afrocentric America -- freely-improvised (but not necessarily "free jazz"), pulsing, moving, restless, yet restful. Recorded live in the groups hometown of Philadelphia and originally released on the now-defunct Dogtown Records, the players masterfully combine all the currents of Afro-American music -- jazz, RnB, blues, funk and more -- in a manner not imitative of, but somehow informed by, the spiritually Afro-astral work of Sun Ra. Drums, percussion, bass, guitar, clarinets and the balaphon-influenced marimba and vibes of bandleader Khan Jamal are all wondrously-integrated and propelled into other dimensions by the heavy, dub-like use of live echo and reverb by "sixth member" sound engineer Mario Falana (dancer/actress Lola Falanas brother!). Trippy! There is an abundance of fine playing in these grooves: tasty guitar, propulsive bass lines, layers of percussion, wailing clarinets, Jamals vibes and marimba, all periodically carried farther out on waves of echo, and farther in via cavernous reverb. "Thirty years after its release, the albums tapestry of sound, fearless abstractions, relentless grooves, cool swing, flashes of ecstasy, and pan cultural embrace remain powerful and beyond category. This long overdue reissue rescues from obscurity a really stunning document of musical exploration, a classic session that perhaps now will acquire the status it has always deserved." --From the liner notes by Ed Hazell; Khan Jamal (vibraphone, marimba, clarinet); Alex Ellison (drums, percussion); Dwight James (drums, glockenspiel, clarinet); Billy Mills (Fender bass, double bass); Monnette Sudler (guitar, percussion)." - EM
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Artist: JEE JEE BAND
Title: Glass Fish
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $16.00
“Heres a tasty treat for all fans of DIY pop music: a multinational confection, the perfect blend of sweet and smart. Based around core members Matt Jones, originally from Western Massachusetts, and Busan native Jee Eun Lim, who met in Korea in 2011, the Jee Jee Band fuses simple pop structures, airy instrumentation, and breathy vocals with clever lyrics, in both Korean and English, often of a satirical or political nature. Based in Northern California, the band quietly celebrates Korean culture while also evidencing a cosmopolitan classic pop sensibility, blending K-pop and other Asian pop elements with a classic and yet contemporary US/UK pop feel. The songs on Glass Fish, all very fresh-sounding, feature performers from South Korea, America, and, on one song, the Khmer-language vocals of Cambodian filmmaker Vanntey Morn. Joness Western Massachusetts pop roots allowed him to enlist the skills of former members of Sunburned, Sebadoh, and others to help record this charming and refreshing release, sure to appeal to fans of K Records, DIY sounds, and pure pop. Liner notes by Byron Coley.” - EM.

Artist: JEE JEE BAND
Title: Glass Fish
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $18.00
"Heres a tasty treat for all fans of DIY pop music: a multinational confection, the perfect blend of sweet and smart. Based around core members Matt Jones, originally from Western Massachusetts, and Busan native Jee Eun Lim, who met in Korea in 2011, the Jee Jee Band fuses simple pop structures, airy instrumentation, and breathy vocals with clever lyrics, in both Korean and English, often of a satirical or political nature. Based in Northern California, the band quietly celebrates Korean culture while also evidencing a cosmopolitan classic pop sensibility, blending K-pop and other Asian pop elements with a classic and yet contemporary US/UK pop feel. The songs on Glass Fish, all very fresh-sounding, feature performers from South Korea, America, and, on one song, the Khmer-language vocals of Cambodian filmmaker Vanntey Morn. Joness Western Massachusetts pop roots allowed him to enlist the skills of former members of Sunburned, Sebadoh, and others to help record this charming and refreshing release, sure to appeal to fans of K Records, DIY sounds, and pure pop. Liner notes by Byron Coley." - EM.

Artist: KARKI & PARTY, BHARAT
Title: International Music
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"LP version. 1978 private production from Calcutta, India in a first time ever reissue. From beginning to end, this is a flood of weird Indian psychedelic funk, showering us with heavy percussion grooves in a borrowed "international music" style featuring elements of rock, as well as Latin and Arabic music, melded with chanted Hindu mantra. Electric guitar and bass, a bunch of Indian percussion, flutes, screams, organs and (maybe) Moog! An explosion of Indian youth music. Musicians: Bharat Karki, Utpal Dey, Provat Das, Biswanath Chandra, Bimal Biswas, Kany Roy, Chandan Roy Chowdhury, Benu Chatterjee, Badal Sarkar, Hillol Mandal, and Khoka. Vocals: Palash Mukherjee, Panchashil Dutta, Subhankar Sengupta, Miss. Sunanda Ghose Roy, and Miss. Mridula Bhattacharya." -EM

Artist: KUNCHAI WITH UBON-PATTANA BAND, ANGKANANG
Title: Isan Lam Plearn
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"The relaunch of EM Records Thai music series. Paradise Bangkok, Soi 48 and EM Records have teamed up to deliver a new series showcasing the extraordinary performances of some of Thailands greatest musical legends. The first release is the seminal album Isan Lam Plearn, released in 1975 by Angkanang Kunchai. This album represents a crucial moment in Thai musical history when the performance styles of Molam and Luk Thung were fused together for the very first time. Born in the province of Ubon Ratchathani in Isan (the northeastern region of Thailand), Angkanang Kunchai was a young female prodigy who emerged on the Molam scene, and became one of the first generations of Molam performers who were able to "sing" popular music. From an early age she was mentored by renowned national Molam artist Chaweewan Dumnern, and in her mid-teens joined the legendary musical troupe the Ubon-Pattana Band as the lead vocalist. In 1972 at the age of 16, she released her debut single "Isan Lam Plearn," which went on to become an enduring classic, covered most recently by major contemporary pop star Tai Orathai. The song was also a defining moment in the career of Ubons legendary producer Surin Paksiri, as it was the first recording in which Isan music -- in particular Molam -- was fused with Luk Thung from Bangkok to form the new musical genre of Luk Thung Isan. This music invented by record industry genius Paksiri, transformed Molam groups into rock bands and saw them starting to perform with the same kind of intensity as Luk Thung artists. The mix of contemporary singing styles with traditional Molam broke a major taboo and resulted in some truly outlandish music. "Isan Lam Plearn" became a major hit as the theme tune to the film Bua Lam Pu, and before long this new forbidden cool began to infect everyone, with performers turning in their droves to the Luk Thung Isan style. This turned out to be a precursor to the spread of Isan music across the country and the Molam boom that engulfed Thailand in the 90s -- an unprecedented period in Thailands musical history in which Luk Thung singers were simply not able to make it in the record business unless they could perform Molam. While typically albums produced in Thailand tended to be collections of singles, this work produced by Paksiri has an unusual degree of conceptual unity, and this is a very significant aspect of the album. It is an undeniable masterpiece that sees the Ubon-Pattana Band, led by Paksiri, delivering a performance that dramatically traverses genre boundaries, in an eerie soundscape populated by the cute and rarefied tones of the young singer. It stands above and apart from the many Luk Thung Isan works that followed. As a bonus track is Kongpetch Kaennakorns version of the much-covered "Isan Lam Plearn." Includes commentary in English and Japanese and an explanation of the lyrics. Newly-remastered." - EM.

Artist: KUNCHAI WITH UBON-PATTANA BAND, ANGKANANG
Title: Isan Lam Plearn
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
"The relaunch of EM Records Thai music series. Paradise Bangkok, Soi 48 and EM Records have teamed up to deliver a new series showcasing the extraordinary performances of some of Thailands greatest musical legends. The first release is the seminal album Isan Lam Plearn, released in 1975 by Angkanang Kunchai. This album represents a crucial moment in Thai musical history when the performance styles of Molam and Luk Thung were fused together for the very first time. Born in the province of Ubon Ratchathani in Isan (the northeastern region of Thailand), Angkanang Kunchai was a young female prodigy who emerged on the Molam scene, and became one of the first generations of Molam performers who were able to "sing" popular music. From an early age she was mentored by renowned national Molam artist Chaweewan Dumnern, and in her mid-teens joined the legendary musical troupe the Ubon-Pattana Band as the lead vocalist. In 1972 at the age of 16, she released her debut single "Isan Lam Plearn," which went on to become an enduring classic, covered most recently by major contemporary pop star Tai Orathai. The song was also a defining moment in the career of Ubons legendary producer Surin Paksiri, as it was the first recording in which Isan music -- in particular Molam -- was fused with Luk Thung from Bangkok to form the new musical genre of Luk Thung Isan. This music invented by record industry genius Paksiri, transformed Molam groups into rock bands and saw them starting to perform with the same kind of intensity as Luk Thung artists. The mix of contemporary singing styles with traditional Molam broke a major taboo and resulted in some truly outlandish music. "Isan Lam Plearn" became a major hit as the theme tune to the film Bua Lam Pu, and before long this new forbidden cool began to infect everyone, with performers turning in their droves to the Luk Thung Isan style. This turned out to be a precursor to the spread of Isan music across the country and the Molam boom that engulfed Thailand in the 90s -- an unprecedented period in Thailands musical history in which Luk Thung singers were simply not able to make it in the record business unless they could perform Molam. While typically albums produced in Thailand tended to be collections of singles, this work produced by Paksiri has an unusual degree of conceptual unity, and this is a very significant aspect of the album. It is an undeniable masterpiece that sees the Ubon-Pattana Band, led by Paksiri, delivering a performance that dramatically traverses genre boundaries, in an eerie soundscape populated by the cute and rarefied tones of the young singer. It stands above and apart from the many Luk Thung Isan works that followed. As a bonus track is Kongpetch Kaennakorns version of the much-covered "Isan Lam Plearn." Includes commentary in English and Japanese and an explanation of the lyrics. Newly-remastered." - EM.

Artist: KUNITAKA, SATO
Title: Wandering Shadow Of Southern Streets
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $27.00
"Subtitled: Blind Itinerant Musician From Amami Island. Em Records presents Wandering Shadow Of Southern Streets, 1970s recordings from Sato Kunitaka, dark star of the southern islands of Japan. Sato Kunitaka was born in 1919 in the Amami Islands, south of Kyushu. He lost his sight at eight months; his grandfather taught him to play sanshin, the southern shamisen, to ensure that Sato would be able to earn a living when he grew up. When he was 12, he began to play tategoto, a vertically-held form of koto. He developed a unique style on both of these instruments. From the age of 17, he began his wandering lifestyle, travelling through the Ryukyu Islands, a thousand-kilometer subtropical archipelago including Okinawa. He supported himself as a travelling musician, performing island folk songs, pre-War popular songs and his own compositions. Although he was a fine instrumentalist, Satos real power resides in his voice: a powerful, wailing, howling sound dredged up from the depths of his being. Some have likened the impact of his voice to that of Charley Patton -- a dark, intense sound-world most unlike the relatively smoother, sunny vocal styles of other Ryukyu/Okinawa singers. After World War II, Satos popularity spread to the U.S. troops stationed in Okinawa, and it is rumored that his wanderings took him to Hawaii. He continued his itinerant ways, travelling through the archipelago, singing, playing, living and loving (a man of rumor and mystery, he is said to have married at least eight different women during his lifetime). In the early 1970s, he came to the attention of Takenaka Ro, a writer and political activist, and through Takenakas enthusiastic support, Sato travelled to Tokyo in 1975 to record his first album. Satos fame continued to spread, and he performed at various folk festivals and made other recordings, some of which were released posthumously. Travelling and playing throughout the islands to the end, he made his last public appearance in Okinawa in 1985 and died the same year. "WSOSS" features recordings of Sato Kunitaka made in the late 1970s in Okinawa. These recordings, by Harada Kennichi, show Sato in his element, playing Ryukyu Island songs on his home turf, capturing his innate wildness and his elemental, raw spirit. Released on 12" vinyl, one side of "WSOSS" features Sato playing tategoto; the flipside is devoted to his sanshin. Both sides, of course, spotlight the mystery and majesty of his voice. Includes a 4-page insert with liner notes in both English and Japanese." -Em.
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Artist: KUUPUU
Title: Sisar
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
"EM Records is pleased to present Sisar ("Sister" in English), from Finlands Kuupuu, a multi-talented musician and visual artist. This vinyl-only release shows her continued evolution, a developing style, more electronic, but still full of her charm, whimsy and unique sense of contrast and layering. Dreamy pop tones blend with abstract sound works, menace with mesmerism, loops and beats anchor otherworldy etheric excursions, electronic sound melds with acoustic warmth and is earthed by folksy colors. Kuupuus fans will be intrigued but not upset by these latest developments, and new listeners will be converted." -EM.

Artist: KUUPUU
Title: Sous Juju
Format: Double CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
"A collection of darkly shining northern diamonds, Sous Juju is a 2CD compilation of the musical work of Kuupuu from her first releases in 2003 up to previously-unreleased material from 2012. Kuupuu, known by her parents as Jonna Karanka, is a self-taught musician and visual artist from Finland who inhabits a semi-magical world where the mundane and the mysterious meet and make wonderful music together. Using tapes and loops, instruments both traditional and modern, Kuupuus blend of low-tech electro-acoustics and high-north songcraft is charming, surprising and unique. Sous Juju gathers her self-released material, plus pieces culled from vinyl, cassette, and CDR on American and European labels, as well as an unreleased piece and a 2012 vinyl remix from EM Records. This is a fine opportunity to hear the early work of an artist who promises to continue to enchant us well into the future. Housed in a cardboard gatefold paper cover, including archival pictures of her previously-issued items and liner notes written by the artist in English." -EM.

Artist: LEGENDARY STARDUST COWBOY, THE
Title: Paralyzed!: His Vintage Recordings 1968-1981
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Killer presentation of the earliest recordings of this Texas hero, including all 4 of this singles for the Mercury label, cut in the late 60s. Plus unreleased tracks and the 1984 album, Rock-it To Stardum. Typically great EM Recors booklet with old photos and lyrics, etc." - FE. "It might be the weirdest piece of music ever committed to tape in Fort Worth. On Paralyzed, an explosion of madness recorded at Sound City Studios on Camp Bowie Boulevard in 1968, the Legendary Stardust Cowboy thrashes away at a single guitar chord over a rudimentary two-beat, tunelessly bellowing indecipherable lyrics and whooping like an Indian in an old western movie. In the middle of the song, theres a drum solo that sounds like someone dropping trash cans down a flight of stairs, followed by a blatting bugle. The pandemonium starts up again only to subside, like the end of an epileptic seizure. Hearing the song for the first time is disorienting, to say the least. Its impact is both hilarious and primal. Norman Carl Odam is an unlikely musical hero. Thats the name the Leges parents gave him when he was born, in Lubbock in 1947. But since high school, hes called himself the Legendary Stardust Cowboy. He has an extremely limited vocal range, has trouble singing in time, and can barely play his instruments. Yet, some surprising people like him. Chameleon-like British rocker David Bowie based his Ziggy Stardust character on the Lege after receiving a copy of Paralyzed from Mercury Records upon signing with the label in 1968." - EM.

Artist: LERMAN, RICHARD
Title: Music Of Richard Lerman 1964-1987
Format: Double CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $27.00
"Every bicycle rider will dream of "Music for Bicycles," if it really exists. Sure, you know "Bicycle" sung by Queen, and "Tour de France" by Kraftwerk, but REAL bicycle music DOES exist! Travelon Gamelon (Music for Bicycles), realized by the sound artist Richard Lerman used real bicycles as musical instruments. Performed in the 1970s-1980s, he realized that the music for bicycles sounded like gamelan music in Southeast Asia. No joke, its serious, a real true story. Travelon Gamelon had only ever been released as an album on Folkways Records in 1983, including 4 tracks of promenade and concert versions. It was long out of print and became a very hard to find, sought-after album for experimental/industrial music fans. This long-awaited re-issue is its first-ever CD release. This one and only original performance is not only an unrivaled experimental piece but also is the ultimate "industrial" music that will appeal to heavy noise/industrial music listeners. Music Of Richard Lerman1964-1987 is a 2CD collection, with the Travelon Gamelon (Music for Bicycles) album on disc one with an unissued bonus track. And disc two features other various soundworks of Lermans entire pieces performed and recorded from 1964-1987. Both discs are CD-Extra (CD enhanced) including movies of his scarce performances on QuickTime and scores/diagrams for those works on PDF file. The liner notes were written by Arthur Sabatini and Richard Lerman himself. English & Japanese texts. A lot of photos within a heavy booklet, as usual. Packed in a duo case." -Em.

Artist: LINDO & THE HAMMER, SHERIFF
Title: Ten Dubs That Shook the World
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $24.00
"Superb 13 Aussie dub tracks from 1981 to 1988 by Loop Orchestra member Sheriff Lindo aka Anthony Maher. Surprisingly almost home recordings, under the style of heavy roots reggae but experimental also industrial sense. Original vinyl release limited to only 250 copies. Echo, delay, phasers, ring modulators, full on!" - EM.

Artist: LOCKWOOD, ANNEA
Title: Early Works 1967-82
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"EMs original selection of her early works which had once featured on Source: Music of the Avant Garde, you know its a now-legendary magazine for new & experimental music in 1967-1973. (SOURCE featuring artists were ALL important new music creators incl. Cage, Tudor, Ichiyanagi, Rosenboom, MEV, Chopin, EMS studio, Riley, Neuhaus & more & more!) . This CD incl. the album Glass World (originally issued on Tangent Records in England, 1970), and trippy ritual shamanic tape piece Tiger Balm (1970). Also her most notable works, series performances Piano Transplants (1967-82) is now re-realized on one single special booklet, containing Piano Burning, Piano Garden etc. Annea Lockwood was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1939 and lived in London and Cologne from 1961-1972, studying at the Royal College of Music and the Musikhochschule, Köln, and freelancing as a composer-performer. Since 1973, she has lived in Peekskill, New York, and taught on the faculty of Music at Vassar College, New York from 1982-2001. Her music has been presented in North America, Britain, France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Italy, Belgium, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand." - EM.

Artist: MAHALINGAM, T.R.
Title: Portrait Of A Prodigy: His Early Years, 1940s-50s
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
"The music on this release consists of the earliest recordings by flautist T.R. Mahalingam, a legendary figure in the Carnatic music of South India, one of the worlds great musical traditions. Mahalingam, known as "Mali" to his legions of fans and admirers, was a musician who revered these traditions yet opened new realms, raising the flute to levels of voice-like expressivity. Portrait Of A Prodigy: His Early Years, 1940-50s reissues, for the first time, recordings from the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s and show Mali at the peak of his powers, his acclaimed technical skills and rich tone at the service of his immense melodic and rhythmic gifts. The majority of these recordings were originally released in the 78 rpm SP format and feature him with two of his greatest musical partners, violinist T. Chowdiah and mridangam master Palghat Mani Iyer. Available for the first time as a commercial release outside of India, Portrait Of A Prodigy is a rare opportunity to hear a genius in his prime. A must-have for all fans of Indian music and for all who appreciate the joys of rhythmic playfulness and melodic mastery." -Em.

Artist: MAHALINGAM, T.R.
Title: Portrait Of A Prodigy: His Early Years, 1940s-50s
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"The music on this release consists of the earliest recordings by flautist T.R. Mahalingam, a legendary figure in the Carnatic music of South India, one of the worlds great musical traditions. Mahalingam, known as "Mali" to his legions of fans and admirers, was a musician who revered these traditions yet opened new realms, raising the flute to levels of voice-like expressivity. Portrait Of A Prodigy: His Early Years, 1940-50s reissues, for the first time, recordings from the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s and show Mali at the peak of his powers, his acclaimed technical skills and rich tone at the service of his immense melodic and rhythmic gifts. The majority of these recordings were originally released in the 78 rpm SP format and feature him with two of his greatest musical partners, violinist T. Chowdiah and mridangam master Palghat Mani Iyer. Available for the first time as a commercial release outside of India, Portrait Of A Prodigy is a rare opportunity to hear a genius in his prime. A must-have for all fans of Indian music and for all who appreciate the joys of rhythmic playfulness and melodic mastery. Housed in a gatefold cardboard sleeve jacket with liner notes in English and Japanese." - EM.

Artist: MARTOC
Title: Music For Alien Ears
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
""RECORD OF THE YEAR: Martin OCuthbert: B.E.M.S (Esoteric Records) Seriously, when I played this record, an object on the wall started to vibrate very quickly, and I have witnesses to prove it. Martin OCuthbert is either a very evil person (just listen to the record) or a total fool (just listen to the record). Probably be big in Japan, and at a guess Id say the whole thing comes off a Yamaha organ cos no synthesizer could sound that bad, could it?" --John Lydon (PiL), New Musical Express, July 22, 1978. Martoc aka Martin OCuthbert, has been making alien and alienated synth-pop in the UK since the post-punk period. This compilation gathers six songs released on 7" EPs during the years 1978-1980, plus four songs released during the first decade of this century. The tracks show a distinctive stylistic unity, inspired by fellow spirits like Fad Gadget, The Normal, John Foxx, and Kraftwerk. Across the decades Martoc has maintained both his close relationship with his synthesizers and an arms-length relationship with society, resulting in an appealingly quirky and individualistic iciness, informed also by his love of science fiction writers such as J. G. Ballard and Iain Banks. One of the songs included here, "B.E.M.S.," was chosen as record of the year by John Lydon in New Musical Express in 1978; John Peel was also a supporter. Despite these and other accolades, Martoc and his simultaneously catchy yet disturbing music has hovered resolutely under the radar, an alien craft avoiding detection by an unaware and perhaps unprepared world. Gathered together here, this collection of tracks offers an excellent opportunity to investigate an alien explorer. Compiled by Tamotsu Mochida, the author of Industrial Music for Industrial People (2013). Newly mastered." -EM.

Artist: MCLEAN, BARTON & PRISCILLA
Title: Electronic Landscapes
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $24.00
Originally issued in 1979, first time on CD w/ bonus tracks. "Although Barton and his wife Priscilla McLean have had a long and distinguished history of LP and compact disc albums throughout their professional composer/performer career, this album is unique in that it is the first one to present, on one CD, such a broad and comprehensive picture of their purely electronic music, spanning 1975 through 2001. Interestingly, although their materials and equipment have changed, their ideas of musical composition are still basically the same, creating a unity throughout the CD." From the liner notes: "When Bart introduced me to the new studio with the Synthi-100, I stared unbelievingly: here was a huge synthesizer, along a whole wall, with hundreds of push-pins (a matrix setup for connecting sounds, rather than the old patch cords), and twenty-two oscillators! The Synthi-256 Digital Sequencer was a full-sized keyboard, standing alone diagonally to the analog synthesizer, but connected internally. In that studio with the giant machines, one raced from one end of the room to another to play and record the sounds, never sitting down, and in removing unwanted noise or editing out a recorded section, the composer had to take a metal splicing block and sharp razor blade, and pressing down very hard, cut through the 1-inch wide acetate tape in two places, remove the unwanted time segment, and rejoin the two remaining ends with special splicing tape! So we three - Bruce, Bart, and I worked all our spare time, alternating with each other, in the I.U.S.B. Studio. I spent whole days there, sometimes 22 hours long, working and working to get just the right sound-combinations and record them." - Priscilla Mclean.

Artist: MOOLAH
Title: Woe Ye Demons Possessed
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"2012 repress of the since quickly sold-out and deleted 2005 press. Self-described as "...a cosmic rock relaxation creation to elevate sensory awareness to include the aura of intuitive perception of higher realm of human/divine consciousness using the astral body projection experience vehicle to pierce time/space/logic dimension barriers on the return voyage to the ultimate concept." CD reissue of this classic 1974 private press album. On Steven Stapletons Nurse With Wound list, of course. Moolah was comprised of two youths from New York, Walter Burns and Maurice Roberson. This revolutionary psychedelic album features piano, keyboards, electronic percussion and other electronic sounds, an esoteric, Buddhist vocal sound, with bits of concrète, tape and delay effects. Cover + obi in a standard jewel case." -Em.

Artist: MOORE, SAM
Title: Moooohieee!
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"2012 repress. Musical saw classic from 1920s. Saw & guitar soli played by a wizard of strings. A must have for the listener who like this genre. Innovator of the octo-chorda (an open/alternate-tuned eight-string steel guitar), banjo, singing saw, inflated rubber balloon, and various other "household instruments," Floridian Samuel Pasco Moore (1887-1959) was a darling both in NYC and on the vaudeville circuit during his 1920s heyday. While novelty acts suffered the pitfalls of most soft-soapers, Moores sound is startling, heavenly, haunted Southern folk, Hawaiian and ragtime, the ghosts of Stephen Foster, and the stretching, endlessly splayed void that he carelessly toys with. Moooohieee!, his first compendium, on which he plays the octo-chorda and singing saw in duo settings, collects 13 of the mans unknown amount of sides." - EM.

Artist: NAFFI SANDWICH
Title: Hoochie Pooch/Space Alligator: Freddie Viaduct at Naffi H.Q., 1979-83
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $24.00
"Delving further into the Brenda Ray/Naffi multiverse, following EMs releases of Brenda Rays Walatta (EM 1071CD) and her work with Naffi in DYa Hear Me!: Naffi Years, 1979-83 (EM 1108CD/LP), here is Hoochie Pooch/Space Alligator. This release focuses on the contributions of Freddie Viaduct to the delightfully strange world of the variously-named Naffi Sandwich/Naffi, the former being the earlier incarnation of the group as a trio, the latter a duo. Less vocal-driven than the poppier DYa Hear Me! tracks, these mainly instrumental pieces emphasize the groups "instant or not at all" ethos, an emphasis on spontaneity and in-the-moment freedom, allied with the creative freedoms offered by the bands ever-growing mastery of their Naffi H.Q. recording studio. The strong influence of American funk and Jamaican roots music is clearly felt in Viaducts forceful and spacious bass playing; Jamaica is also present in the dub-influenced use of reverb, echo, and other effects. Captain Catchpoles drums and Rays multi-instrumental work fill out the trio sound, resulting in a pleasingly vast aural territory, with the aforementioned reggae/dub elements blending with Euro-improv, free jazz and post-punk viruses to create a subtly mind-bending, rhythmically compelling, and texturally-varied DIY dandy, described as "weird instrumental psychedelic dub-up reggae funk" by one learned aficionado. Originally released on cassette and vinyl and extremely rare, released under the Naffi Sandwich and Naffi monikers, the tracks have been compiled here, along with two previously-unissued pieces and three previously-unissued full-length versions, as Hoochie Pooch/Space Alligator and are presented for your listening pleasure. This release is a vital companion piece to DYa Hear Me!, the two releases together providing the yin-yang dichotomy essential to full comprehension of the Naffi Sandwich circle. Liner notes written by Freddie Viaduct and Captain Catchpole in English and Japanese text, including rare photos." - EM

Artist: NAFFI SANDWICH
Title: Hoochie Pooch/Space Alligator: Freddie Viaduct at Naffi H.Q., 1979-83
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $19.00
"Delving further into the Brenda Ray/Naffi multiverse, following EMs releases of Brenda Rays Walatta (EM 1071CD) and her work with Naffi in DYa Hear Me!: Naffi Years, 1979-83 (EM 1108CD/LP), here is Hoochie Pooch/Space Alligator. This release focuses on the contributions of Freddie Viaduct to the delightfully strange world of the variously-named Naffi Sandwich/Naffi, the former being the earlier incarnation of the group as a trio, the latter a duo. Less vocal-driven than the poppier DYa Hear Me! tracks, these mainly instrumental pieces emphasize the groups instant or not at all ethos, an emphasis on spontaneity and in-the-moment freedom, allied with the creative freedoms offered by the bands ever-growing mastery of their Naffi H.Q. recording studio. The strong influence of American funk and Jamaican roots music is clearly felt in Viaducts forceful and spacious bass playing; Jamaica is also present in the dub-influenced use of reverb, echo, and other effects. Captain Catchpoles drums and Rays multi-instrumental work fill out the trio sound, resulting in a pleasingly vast aural territory, with the aforementioned reggae/dub elements blending with Euro-improv, free jazz and post-punk viruses to create a subtly mind-bending, rhythmically compelling, and texturally-varied DIY dandy, described as weird instrumental psychedelic dub-up reggae funk by one learned aficionado. Originally released on cassette and vinyl and extremely rare, released under the Naffi Sandwich and Naffi monikers, the tracks have been compiled here, along with two previously-unissued pieces and three previously-unissued full-length versions, as Hoochie Pooch/Space Alligator and are presented for your listening pleasure, with the CD featuring two bonus tracks. This release is a vital companion piece to DYa Hear Me!, the two releases together providing the yin-yang dichotomy essential to full comprehension of the Naffi Sandwich circle. Liner notes written by Freddie Viaduct and Captain Catchpole in English and Japanese text, including rare photos." - Em Records

Artist: NO RIGHT TURN
Title: No Right Turn
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"No Right Turn was a Derbyshire band, and befitting a group from the center of Britain, they combined elements of folk music from all across the United Kingdom. Beginning as an acoustic trio, but with the addition of a fine bass and drums rhythm section and the clarion vocals of the late Jayne Marsden (who became Jayne Cooper when she married the bands bassist Andy Cooper), they began to expand their sound, bringing in progressive rock elements and combining extremely catchy vocal tunes with tastefully virtuosic instrumentals. After a period of development and refinement through live performance, their self-titled first album was recorded in 1982-1983 in the studio of Fairport Conventions Dave Pegg, Woodworm Studios, with engineer Mark Powell capturing the well-rehearsed bands energy and freshness in a minimum of takes and adding some decidedly un-folk synthesizer in spots. Despite the bands evident musical prowess and the appearance of a number of fine instrumental tracks on the album, with some surprisingly fleet and crunchy playing from electric bassist Cooper, it is the pure, beautiful, often double-tracked voice of Jayne Marsden that allows No Right Turn to rise above being merely a local band. Fans of great folk singers like Vashti Bunyan and Linda Perhacs will find much to love here. All good folk music is about life, and it was life and the pressures and desires thereof which conspired to drive this incarnation of the band apart soon after the records release, although the band continued to play and record and some of these later songs are presented here as bonus tracks. Life aplenty is what the listener will find here -- all the joy and sadness, the beauty and mystery and love. Includes a 20-page booklet." - EM

Artist: NO RIGHT TURN
Title: S/T
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
"No Right Turn was a Derbyshire band, and befitting a group from the center of Britain, they combined elements of folk music from all across the United Kingdom. Beginning as an acoustic trio, but with the addition of a fine bass and drums rhythm section and the clarion vocals of the late Jayne Marsden (who became Jayne Cooper when she married the bands bassist Andy Cooper), they began to expand their sound, bringing in progressive rock elements and combining extremely catchy vocal tunes with tastefully virtuosic instrumentals. After a period of development and refinement through live performance, their self-titled first album was recorded in 1982-1983 in the studio of Fairport Conventions Dave Pegg, Woodworm Studios, with engineer Mark Powell capturing the well-rehearsed bands energy and freshness in a minimum of takes and adding some decidedly un-folk synthesizer in spots. Despite the bands evident musical prowess and the appearance of a number of fine instrumental tracks on the album, with some surprisingly fleet and crunchy playing from electric bassist Cooper, it is the pure, beautiful, often double-tracked voice of Jayne Marsden that allows No Right Turn to rise above being merely a local band. Fans of great folk singers like Vashti Bunyan and Linda Perhacs will find much to love here. All good folk music is about life, and it was life and the pressures and desires thereof which conspired to drive this incarnation of the band apart soon after the records release. Life aplenty is what the listener will find here -- all the joy and sadness, the beauty and mystery and love." -EM.

Artist: NOAHLEWIS MAHLON TAITS
Title: Gift from Noahlewis Mahlon Taits
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
"Gift from Noahlewis Mahlon Taits, the third release from the band on EM Records and first since 2001, is a vinyl-only example of the bands unique place in the current Japanese music scene; a hard-to-classify blend of original compositions (swinging garage-sax swagger, serpentine accordion/musical saw funk, pensive sky musings) and well-chosen covers, acclaimed (Rogers and Hart, Joe Meek) and obscure (lounge wizard Bobby Hammack and 50s pianist/composer Bob Brandt). Recorded in 2011 in Tokyo, this album captures the special Noahlewis Mahlon Taits frontline blend of sax, accordion, and musical saw, joyfully urged on by the rhythm section. This band, so distinct from the mass of typical Tokyo sounds, is intent on pursuing its own musical vision, joyously melodic and defiantly timeless. The eight songs on this LP are sure to bring a smile to your face, a tap to your toe, and perhaps, a tear to your eye." - EM.

Artist: NOAHLEWIS MAHLON TAITS
Title: Gift from Noahlewis Mahlon Taits
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $19.00
"Gift from Noahlewis Mahlon Taits, which was previously issued on vinyl LP by EM Records in November 2012 (EM 1100LP), is now finally available on CD with three additional tracks, a new track sequence, and new cover art. The band has a unique place in the current Japanese music scene; a hard-to-classify blend of original compositions (swinging garage-sax swagger, serpentine accordion/musical saw funk, pensive sky musings) and well-chosen covers, acclaimed (Rogers and Hart, Joe Meek) and obscure (lounge wizard Bobby Hammack and 50s pianist/composer Bob Brandt). Recorded in 2011-2014 in Tokyo, this album captures the special Noahlewis Mahlon Taits frontline blend of sax, accordion, and musical saw, joyfully urged on by the rhythm section. This band, so distinct from the mass of typical Tokyo sounds, is intent on pursuing its own musical vision, joyously melodic and defiantly timeless. The 10 songs on this CD, two of which feature vocals from Tomoko Kanda, were previously released this year on an EM 7", are sure to bring a smile to your face, a tap to your toe, and perhaps, a tear to your eye." - EM.

Artist: OHNO, MATSUO
Title: Choju Gigaku (Play On Animals)
Format: 7"
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $17.00
"Em Records presents a slice of lost history unearthed for your enjoyment and delight. A first-ever reissue, on limited edition 7" vinyl of Choju Gigaku (Play On Animals), an ultra-rare 33rpm 7" flexi-disc by esteemed sound designer Matsuo Ohno, the legend behind the soundtracks for anime classics Astro Boy (1963-1966), Submarine Cassiopeia (1964) and Space Battleship Yamato (1974-1975). The original flexi-disc was released as a souvenir during the famed World Expo 70 in Osaka (think Stockhausen and Xenakis), but was available for only a brief time and soon disappeared, an object of rumor and mystery for collectors. As befitting Expo 70s remit as a meeting of world cultures, Ohno chose 6 well-loved Japanese and international songs -- and rendered them entirely in animal and bird sounds, using analog tape recordings. Choju Gigaku contains equal measures of musicality, magic, madness and mayhem, with domestic and barnyard animals combining their natural and pitch-shifted voices with the calls and cries of a multitude of birds. Eschewing musical instruments, Ohno utlized Japans first variable-speed tape recorder to create these melodies, adding delay and reverb to the warm analog mix. The five songs on Choju Gigaku are "Sekaino Kunikara Konnichiwa," the theme song for Expo 70 originally sung by Haruo Minami, the Japanese traditional songs "Sakura Sakura" and "Yagi Bushi," an Italian song "Funiculi, Funicula," the Russian "Volga Boatman" and an American classic "Oh My Darling, Clementine." Recording in Sogosha studios (his production company) in Aoyama, Ohno was ably assisted by avant-garde composer/musician Takehisa Kosugi (Taj Mahal Travellers, Merce Cunningham and many others), who was an integral part of the recording process. Housed in a full reproduction of the original triple gatefold sleeve with liner notes newly written by Matsuo Ohno (in 2011)." -EM.
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Artist: OHNO, MATSUO
Title: I Saw The Outer Limits
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
""I am not interested in sounds that already exist." Thus spoke the esteemed "Onkyo designer" Matsuo Ohno, early in his expansive, influential career. This reissue of his stellar 1978 LP I Saw The Outer Limits presents him at the peak of his powers, combining his mastery of classic analog tape music techniques (honed to perfection while providing sound design for Astro Boy and numerous other films and TV programs) with then-state-of-the-art analog synthesizers. This is a true under-recognized classic, a masterfully recorded, massive-sounding poetic construction of unearthly sound -- an undulating, breathing behemoth, with Ohnos galaxy moving beyond "sounds that already exist" in search of new sonic spaces. Liner notes and biography in Japanese with an English translation. Original LP artwork with hologram-coated sleeve. Limited edition." - EM.
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Artist: OHNO, MATSUO
Title: I Saw The Outer Limits
Format: Double CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $29.00
"Mind-stretching analog synth wizardry from the legendary Matsuo Ohno, sound designer for Astro Boy and many other Japanese films and TV programs. His first non-soundtrack release, from 1978, is a massive, undulating galaxy re-released here on CD with a bonus mini-CD reissue of a rare 1970 flexi-disc Play On Animals, rated as one of 2011s top releases by Byron Coley of The Wire. This reissue of his stellar 1978 LP I Saw The Outer Limits presents him at the peak of his powers, combining his mastery of classic analog tape music techniques with then-state-of-the-art analog synthesizers. This is a true under-recognized classic, a masterfully recorded, massive-sounding poetic construction of unearthly sound, a breathing behemoth, with Ohnos galaxy moving beyond "sounds that already exist" in search of new sonic spaces. Matsuo Ohno was born in Kanda, in central Tokyo, in 1930. The relentless bombing onslaught of the war years, the near-apocalyptic conditions, were defining, formative forces. As a youth he was interested in Surrealism and philosophy, and was uninfluenced by music and musicians -- an exception being the electronic works of Karlheinz Stockhausen. Other early influences were the film director Fumio Kamei and the dramatist Michio Kato; rather than viewing himself as a musician, and never studying under any masters, Ohno forged his own path as the original "onkyo sound" artist, defining himself as an "onkyo designer" in the 1960s. His innate independent streak manifested itself early on, when, chafing under creative restrictions, Ohno left a prestigious post at NHK, Japans national broadcaster. But of course, his skills were in high demand and he was extremely busy as a freelance sound designer for a wide range of films, television shows and radio programs, developing his ear and his technical savvy. In 1963 he began his most famed efforts, providing sound design for the legendary Japanese animation series Astro Boy, with Takehisa Kosugi as his assistant. I Saw The Outer Limits was the first full-length non-soundtrack release by Matsuo Ohno. The record was a huge step for him, being non-programmatic music, designed to stand alone, free of visual imagery. Ohno himself has stated that he was uninterested in notions of message, expression and representation. Shinji Hinoki, a producer at Toho Records, approached Ohno with the offer of releasing an album; Hinoki perhaps envisioned something to cash in on the popularity of the synth-driven elements of Pink Floyd -- what he got was something much more abstract and otherworldly. Hinoki supplied both title and subtitle, including the latters variant spelling of "marijuana," a ploy to evade Japanese censors. On these recordings, made at Sogosha in Tokyo, his private studio, Ohno used the EMS Synthi AKS, which at that time in Japan carried a price close to that of a family car, the newly-released Roland System 100 (three of these, in fact), and a custom-made synth. He combined these synthesizers with his virtuosic control of analog tape recording techniques, resulting in a magnificent LP. The original vinyl release was, however, somewhat marred by 50 Hz hum generated during the mastering process at Toho Studios. This EM CD reissue restores the masterpiece to its primal, clear, massive glory. Housed in a foldout thick paper sleeve. Liner notes and biography in Japanese with an English translation. The bonus disc is pressed on a mini-CD (8cm) and packed in a triple foldout sleeve, in the same style as the original 1970 issue, and is inserted in the EM 1098CD sleeve." -EM

Artist: PHONPHIBUN, PHAIRIN
Title: Lam Klom Thung: Essential Phairin Phonphibun
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
"Includes insert. Something special happens when a talented, versatile singer teams up with a visionary, attentive, and focused producer. This remarkable collection is the cream of such a collaboration, featuring vocalist Phairin Phonphibun and her late-70s and early-80s work with Thai studio legend Surin Paksiri. These ten songs showcase Phonphibuns mastery of a range of Isan musical styles, always skilled, always singular, and always soulful. Her spirit-lifting, authentic molam voice is honored here by the work of the still-active production genius Paksiri, who realizes that as wonderful as a beautiful voice is, when that voice is set, gem-like, in a fitting and inspiring musical environment, the results are timeless. (N.B. "Mo" is an artist and "lam" is a kind of performance art in which the artist tells a story using tonal inflections. In other words, the term "molam" refers to both the singer and art form. Molam pieces are not, strictly speaking, "songs.") All of these songs were originally released as 7" records on Paksiris own label, before the cassette era devolved, for lesser talents, into a production line of sound-alikes. Every song has a thoughtful, unique arrangement, with a style and sensibility that separates them from other molam and luk thung of every era. In this sense, Paksiri can be ranked along with renowned auteur producers of the Western musical world, with his attention to detail and keen musical sense evident on every track, retaining an undeniable Thai essence while introducing disco, soul, and rock elements. A highlight here is the title-tune, one of Phomphibuns signature songs, featured in the 1978 film Mon Rak Menam Mun; it so impressed Thai show-biz big boss Waiphot Phetsuphan that he asked Paksiri to produce his own cover version. Selection, liner notes, and cover art by Soi 48." - EM.
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Artist: PIP PROUD
Title: A Fraying Space
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Pip Proud, sui generis, could be considered an Australian outsider, with his untutored and uninhibited singing style, his primal guitar playing, his resolutely personal vision captured on recordings from 1967 to the early 70s -- except that, unlike most outsiders, he was loved and accepted, with two of his three album releases on a major label, with frequent television appearances and coverage in music magazines. Heralded in his native land though he was, he maintained a low profile from the early 70s, never made an impact overseas, and his recordings have been difficult to access. This collection has been selected by Prouds biographer David Nichols and will engender a new appreciation of Prouds music. Considered by some as a sort of Antipodean Syd Barrett, listeners will hear that Pip was clearing his own private and primal path, more poet than pop star, despite the media attention. Other than one Velvets-style band track, all songs here feature Pip solo, some with appealingly primitive overdubs. Fans of ramshackle, oddball, weirdo portastudio, lo-fi bedroom pop of the 80s, 90s and beyond, whether of the NZ, UK or U.S. varieties, will find a precursor here. CD includes with three bonus tracks and features a 20-page booklet with liner notes by David Nichols as well as Prouds lyrics." - EM.

Artist: PIP PROUD
Title: A Fraying Space
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
"Pip Proud, sui generis, could be considered an Australian outsider, with his untutored and uninhibited singing style, his primal guitar playing, his resolutely personal vision captured on recordings from 1967 to the early 70s -- except that, unlike most outsiders, he was loved and accepted, with two of his three album releases on a major label, with frequent television appearances and coverage in music magazines. Heralded in his native land though he was, he maintained a low profile from the early 70s, never made an impact overseas, and his recordings have been difficult to access. This collection has been selected by Prouds biographer David Nichols and will engender a new appreciation of Prouds music. Considered by some as a sort of Antipodean Syd Barrett, listeners will hear that Pip was clearing his own private and primal path, more poet than pop star, despite the media attention. Other than one Velvets-style band track, all songs here feature Pip solo, some with appealingly primitive overdubs. Fans of ramshackle, oddball, weirdo portastudio, lo-fi bedroom pop of the 80s, 90s and beyond, whether of the NZ, UK or U.S. varieties, will find a precursor here. Includes an innersleeve with liner notes and lyrics." - EM.

Artist: PIP PROUD
Title: Purple Boy Gang/A Million Years From Now
Format: 7"
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $14.00
"A singular single from a singular singer, 1968s "Purple Boy Gang" and the previously-unissued 1997-recorded "A Million Years from Now" traverse three decades, yet display Pip Prouds unchanged and unchallenged uniqueness. Poet, singer, songwriter, romantic visionary, beloved outsider, Prouds unrestrained genius shines forth on both the Velvets-y band-backed A-side and the solo vox/guitar home-cassette-recorded B-side. Although considered a sort of Antipodean Syd Barrett, Pip Proud developed his world without prior knowledge of Barretts work." - EM.

Artist: RAY, BRENDA
Title: DYa Hear Me!: Naffi Years, 1979-83
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
"Sweet post-punk, with a heartfelt reggae/funk influence, analog dub effects and lovely femme-vox. A unique slice of late 70s/early-80s goodness, starring Brenda Ray, whose previous release on EM Records, "Walatta" has been embraced by a large number of listeners. Recorded in Northwest England, DYa Hear Me! is warm-hearted, open, fresh and slyly experimental. With an independent spirit and a true D.I.Y. soul, these 13 tracks, originally released in various formats by Ray aka Brenda Kenny aka Natalie Sand aka Polly Rithm and her musical friends under the moniker(s) Naffi/Naffi Sandwich, were recorded in a simple homemade studio, making full use of the creative options opened up through the full use of simple means -- although the warm, full audio belies any notions of primitivism. Far from media-crazed London, Naffi created a musical world free from lust for the spotlight, focusing solely on the music, and the results are fittingly pure. DYa Hear Me! is a wide-ranging release, with lovely vocal tracks, warm dubs and pleasingly odd instrumentals, all knitted together with a special trans-Atlantic rhythmic sense. Two songs of special interest here are "Moonbeams" and the Young Marble Giants-esque "Everyday Just Another Dream," which are early versions of "Starlight" and "Another Dream" from Walatta. Also noteworthy are several previously-unissued longer versions of some songs. Comes with an insert with (Japanese & English) liner notes written by Brenda Ray, plus rare photos." - EM.
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Artist: RAY, BRENDA
Title: DYa Hear Me!: Naffi Years, 1979-83
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Sweet post-punk, with a heartfelt reggae/funk influence, analog dub effects and lovely femme-vox. A unique slice of late 70s/early-80s goodness, starring Brenda Ray, whose previous release on EM Records, Walatta (EM 1071CD/LP) has been embraced by a large number of listeners. Recorded in Northwest England, DYa Hear Me! is warm-hearted, open, fresh and slyly experimental. With an independent spirit and a true D.I.Y. soul, these 13 tracks, originally released in various formats by Ray aka Brenda Kenny aka Natalie Sand aka Polly Rithm and her musical friends under the moniker(s) Naffi/Naffi Sandwich, were recorded in a simple homemade studio, making full use of the creative options opened up through the full use of simple means -- although the warm, full audio belies any notions of primitivism. Far from media-crazed London, Naffi created a musical world free from lust for the spotlight, focusing solely on the music, and the results are fittingly pure. DYa Hear Me! is a wide-ranging release, with lovely vocal tracks, warm dubs and pleasingly odd instrumentals, all knitted together with a special trans-Atlantic rhythmic sense. Two songs of special interest here are "Moonbeams" and the Young Marble Giants-esque "Everyday Just Another Dream," which are early versions of "Starlight" and "Another Dream" from Walatta. Also noteworthy are several previously-unissued longer versions of some songs. Liner notes written by Brenda Ray. Includes rare photos." - EM.

Artist: RAY, BRENDA
Title: Starlight
Format: 12"
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $18.00
Four 12" tracks cut from the album Walatta (EM 1071CD/LP). Handmade silkscreen print sleeve in a 2-holed disco bag. Super limited edition.
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Artist: RAY, BRENDA
Title: Walatta
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"2012 repress. Certainly the most unusual reggae album ever made. Augustus Pablo, King Tubby, Asha Puthli with Ornette Coleman, Lonnie Liston Smith and Pharoah Sanders -- very disturbing slices of psycho-dub/doo-wop/jazz-fusion/exotica music. Her breathy Chordettes meets Susan Cadgan vocals, multi-tracked whisperings about inter-galactic Bluebeat starlights over what sounds like a modulated cut of heavy rhythm. Brenda Ray will be familiar to observers of the Liverpool scene as part of the NAFFI organization through the 80s, also famed as Brenda & The Beachballs. Over the past years, together with cohort Sir Freddie Viadukt (aka The Minister of Noise), she has been aiding and abetting the reggae producer Roy Cousins, once of The Royals, in his program of remastering and reissuing selections from his Tamoki Wambesi imprint. Cousins suggested she record an album using original roots reggae tracks from original tapes. The whole album was overdubbed, played, recorded and mixed between 1995-2005 at NAFFI Studios. Everything was done by herself except the final mix-down with Sir Freddie. The cover photo has Brenda in a pose somewhere between Pharoah Sanders Thembi and Augustus Pablos East of the River Nile with a melodica pointed towards the water." - EM.

Artist: ROSENBOOM, DAVID
Title: Brainwave Music
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $24.00
"CD reissue of biofeedback/brainwave music masterpieces from 1971 to 1974, using analog synthesizers, piano, and text. Includes a bonus track, a previously-unreleased 2001 piece featuring biofeedback-driven computer synthesis, violin and oboe. With original cover art." - EM.
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Artist: SABOTEN
Title: FLOOR et SATiE
Format: Double LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $29.00
"Formed in 1981 in Tokyo, Saboten must now be considered one of the great lost post-punk bands. Rejecting the traditional rock group hierarchy of lead guitar and/or preening vocalist supported by a rhythm section, Saboten were true masters of band-as-unit, with the trio meshing and melding in a non-grandstanding manner that wonderfully emphasizes their individual contributions to the group sound. One of the original impulses that led to the formation of the group was a desire to hear the results of an electric rock combo playing Erik Satie, and the French composers sense of whimsy and feeling of openness are well-represented. There are even a number of Satie "covers" here, but far from being pastel homage, they are imaginative reconstructions, aided by the lateLol Coxhill on several pieces. The band, despite the Satie influence, are most definitely a rock unit of the post-punk variety, masters of a tight, brittle funk and a supple sense of propulsion and interlocking instrumentation that will appeal to fans of groups likeThe Slits, The Raincoats and even ESG, but with a unique element that is all their own. FLOOR et SATiE is available on vinyl only, and provides an excellent overview of an excellent band. Disc one is a newly re-mastered version of their first album, Saboten, which was originally produced by the late great Eiichi Tsutaki of Totsuzen Danball and issued as the first release of Tsutakis own label Floor Records in 1982. Disc two ranges from the charmingly lo-fi Satie pieces, to some selections from a D.I.Y. self-released 7", two songs from their second album Awake, and a piece produced by Fred Frith. Saboten means "cactus" and, like their namesake, they are spiky and yet oddly beautiful." - EM

Artist: SHERIFF LINDO
Title: Aftershock Dubs
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
"EM Records is proud to present the first new album release in 25 years from Australias Sheriff Lindo, dubmaster of the Southern Hemisphere. His Ten Dubs That Shook the World (EM 1119CD/LP), released in 1988, has been growing in stature since its release, supported by its reissue on EM Records, and in the meantime, the Sheriff has been working steadily, deep-local style, honing his skills with the Australian sound systems Firehouse Sound and Earthlink Sound. The tracks on Aftershock Dubs, recorded between 1990 and 2005, while never officially released, have been played as dubplates at sound-system parties -- proved movers, tested in the heat of action. Recorded at Lindos 4/5 Studios, these specials were chosen by Japanese sound-system savants Takuto Kuratani (Ruv Bytes) and Atsushi Muneshige (Touch the Sky/Corner Stone Music) from a cornucopia of goodness supplied by Sheriff Lindo, mastered by Kuratani for maximum impact. One track features the vocals of Ras Roni; all tracks feature the experience-forged dub sense of the Sheriff. More than a quarter-century of love, knowledge and soul-science has been distilled here. Dont miss it." - EM.

Artist: SHERIFF LINDO
Title: Aftershock Dubs
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"EM Records is proud to present the first new album release in 25 years from Australias Sheriff Lindo, dubmaster of the Southern Hemisphere. His Ten Dubs That Shook the World (EM 1119CD/LP), released in 1988, has been growing in stature since its release, supported by its reissue on EM Records, and in the meantime, the Sheriff has been working steadily, deep-local style, honing his skills with the Australian sound systems Firehouse Sound and Earthlink Sound. The tracks on Aftershock Dubs, recorded between 1990 and 2005, while never officially released, have been played as dubplates at sound-system parties -- proved movers, tested in the heat of action. Recorded at Lindos 4/5 Studios, these specials were chosen by Japanese sound-system savants Takuto Kuratani (Ruv Bytes) and Atsushi Muneshige (Touch the Sky/Corner Stone Music) from a cornucopia of goodness supplied by Sheriff Lindo, mastered by Kuratani for maximum impact. One track features the vocals of Ras Roni; all tracks feature the experience-forged dub sense of the Sheriff. More than a quarter-century of love, knowledge and soul-science has been distilled here. Dont miss it. This CD version features two bonus tracks not on the vinyl." - EM.

Artist: SHERIFF LINDO AND THE HAMMER
Title: Ten Dubs That Shook the World
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
"LP version, with a printed inner sleeve, liner notes, and photos. There are certain albums which shake the world immediately upon release, and others which come from far underground and whose shocks and aftershocks rise to the surface gradually over the years, gaining momentum and power. Ten Dubs That Shook the World is of the latter type. Since its original vinyl release in 1988, the prescient impact of this Australian homemade dubwise solo massive by Anthony Maher aka Sheriff Lindo has become ever-more apparent and influential. With its dual island combination of Jamaican dub and UK industrial and post-punk, and the twinning of spaced electronic drums and effects with some very fine, superbly-rooted bass lines, the tectonic Ten Dubs has proven to be a durable, doubly-solid shaker. This 2013 repress is dedicated to the original producer John Blades, founder of the Endless Recordings label, who along with Maher and Richard Fielding constituted The Loop Orchestra. EM Records is also pleased to announce that they are preparing Lindos first release since Ten Dubs was launched 25 years ago. From deep underground in Australia, rising, reverberating and resonating across the globe, Ten Dubs That Shook the World vibrates on. Newly remastered." -EM.

Artist: SKANDRANI, MUSTAPHA
Title: Istikhbars and Improvisations
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $35.00
"Housed in a silkscreened printed handmade sleeve. Mustapha Skandrani: besides having an excellent name, this man, a luminary of Algerian music, possessed a unique musical sense, able to transcend the borders of musical cultures to create a distinctive fusion of Arabo-Andalusian and European styles. Istikhbars And Improvisations, recorded in 1965 in Paris, is a solo piano album presenting a trans-Mediterranean crossover based on traditional Algerian vocal pieces known as istikhbars. Playing these istikhbars (which have roots in the Islamic Arabo-Andalusian culture which flourished in Spain) on the piano, that quintessentially European instrument, Skandrani was greeted with derision by some purists. Skandranis powerful musical vision, however, perceives the European element involved in Arabo-Andalusian musical culture, a world of exchange and co-existence, and his decision to play this music on the piano reminds us of this European influence. Skandranis modus operandi on this release is to present each istikhbar, modal in nature, then to play an improvisation based on the istikhbar and its attendant mode. This A/B alternation continues throughout. The pellucid clarity of Skandranis playing on this album may remind the listener of a modal Goldberg Variations, Bach and Glenn Gould transplanted to Andalucia. Other ears will hear the Arabic/Maghreb elements more strongly. Skandranis precise touch and clear, symmetrical rhythmic sense links both worlds, assuring us that the Mediterranean is not a barrier, but a unifier, and that the differences between the cultures are not vast. This is an admirable achievement, resulting in beautiful music of a rare charm. Mustapha Skandrani was born in Algiers in 1920, and died there in 2005. He mastered a number of instruments at an early age, and his musical prowess led him to work with the great singers and ensembles of his day, in live performances, recordings, and radio broadcasts. Later in his life, he devoted much energy to education. Istikhbars And Improvisations comes with an insert with liner notes in English and Japanese. Limited edition of 200 pressed on vinyl." -EM
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Artist: SMITH, BARTON
Title: Reelizations One & Two: The Sound of Barton Smith
Format: Double CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $27.00
"2013 repress, originally released in 2004. Double CD reissue of two albums, originally released on Folkways in 1980 and 1982, recorded in the early to late 70s. All pieces composed for various dance groups, using guitars, keyboards, self-made instruments, synthesizers, and tape manipulation." -EM.

Artist: SON OF P.M., THE
Title: Hey Klong Yao!
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $28.00
"Subtitled: Essential Collection of Modernized Thai Music from the 1960s. "Amazing Thailand!" -- The Thai national tourism slogan was undoubtedly inspired in part by the mind-bendingly cool 1960s recordings by the band The Son Of P.M., one of the leading lights of the Thai Shadow Music scene. Inspired by an influx of Western rock and pop music (including British guitar band The Shadows), The Son Of P.M. developed their own style of modernized Thai music, combining traditional Thai instruments with Western keyboards, drums and electric guitars. The result was a seductive, intoxicating blend of Thai melodies merging with elements of rock, surf, go-go, Latin and blues. Amazing indeed. The Son Of P.M. was one of several Shadow Music groups (including P.M. Pocket Music, featured on three tracks of this release), playing "Modified Thai Music," organized by manager Phayoung Mukda. These bands featured the keyboards and arrangements of P.M.s adopted son Khabuan Mukda -- thus this particular bands moniker. The idea of modernized/modified/developed Thai music is central to Mukda and The Sons Of P.M. Retaining an essential Thai core, the music borrows melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements as well as instrumental timbres from a wide range of Western popular music sources. The resultant "developed" music loses none of its Thai character, vigor and élan, and is enriched by the adoption and creative use of new influences. The music on this anthology is an excellent example of this spirit of openness and adventure, a rocking, rollicking parade of undeniably Thai music, relentlessly propulsive and energetic, informed by musical developments from around the globe. A true hybrid which creates energy instead of merely conserving." -EM

Artist: SONS OF P.M.
Title: Hey Klong Yao!
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
Subtitled: Essential Collection of Modernized Thai Music from the 1960s. "Amazing Thailand!" -- The Thai national tourism slogan was undoubtedly inspired in part by the mind-bendingly cool 1960s recordings by the band The Son Of P.M., one of the leading lights of the Thai Shadow Music scene. Inspired by an influx of Western rock and pop music (including British guitar band The Shadows), The Son Of P.M. developed their own style of modernized Thai music, combining traditional Thai instruments with Western keyboards, drums and electric guitars. The result was a seductive, intoxicating blend of Thai melodies merging with elements of rock, surf, go-go, Latin and blues. Amazing indeed. The Son Of P.M. was one of several Shadow Music groups (including P.M. Pocket Music, featured on three tracks of this release), playing "Modified Thai Music," organized by manager Phayoung Mukda. These bands featured the keyboards and arrangements of P.M.s adopted son Khabuan Mukda -- thus this particular bands moniker. The idea of modernized/modified/developed Thai music is central to Mukda and The Sons Of P.M. Retaining an essential Thai core, the music borrows melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements as well as instrumental timbres from a wide range of Western popular music sources. The resultant "developed" music loses none of its Thai character, vigor and élan, and is enriched by the adoption and creative use of new influences. The music on this anthology is an excellent example of this spirit of openness and adventure, a rocking, rollicking parade of undeniably Thai music, relentlessly propulsive and energetic, informed by musical developments from around the globe. A true hybrid which creates energy instead of merely conserving." - EM.

Artist: STEEL AN SKIN
Title: Reggae Is Here Once Again
Format: CD/DVD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $26.00
"Outstanding steel pan, disco and dub CD + DVD release and the third installment in Em Records Steel Pan Series. Steel N Skin were an Afro-Caribbean workshop band based in 1970s London, founded by Peter Blackman, featuring ex-members of 20th Century Steel Band (Grandmaster Flashs fave). Comprised of young nightclub musicians born in Ghana, Nigeria, St. Kitts, Trinidad and the UK, the group gave concerts and workshops in London schools, expanding nationwide to prisons, psychiatric hospitals and summer festivals. The group combined an admirably brave, open and unironic mix of musical forms with community outreach, non-cynical and untainted by preachiness or "social work." Gratifyingly intricate African ritual rhythms and strong vocals compliment reggae, funk, disco and soul influences to form a relentless groove machine. This EM reissue consists of Steel N Skins 1979 debut 12" single "Reggae Is Here Once Again," featuring "Afro Punk Reggae (Dub)," a fine disco-dub workout, plus two tracks from their 1984 LP Acid Rain as well as one unissued track. The documentary DVD by Steve Shaw features perceptive commentary from Steel N Skins founder Peter Blackman, killer live and rehearsal footage of the band, workshop scenes and devastating views of inner-city Liverpool. Including liner notes written by Peter Blackman, English/Japanese text and rare photos. DVD running-time approximately 34 minutes; All-Region; NTSC."-EM

Artist: STEEL AN SKIN
Title: S/T
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
"First time-ever vinyl LP release of this steel pan + disco + dub material from the 1970s. This LP version consists of Steel An Skins 1979 debut 12" single Reggae Is Here Once Again, featuring "Afro Punk Reggae (Dub)," a fine disco-dub workout (now a worldwide dancefloor favorite), plus tracks from their 1984 album Acid Rain. Three of those tunes, 1980s modern-soul/boogie-influenced "Lady (Vocal)," "Lady (Instrumental)" and also a typical Steel An Skin performance "Burning World" appear only on this LP version (not on previous CD version). Steel An Skin was a unit composed of young nightclub musicians born in Ghana, Nigeria, St. Kitts, Trinidad and the UK, who once performed with Ginger Johnsons Afrikan Drummers -- a highlife band under the tutelage of the late Ginger Johnson -- and played at Johnsons Iroko Country Club in Hampstead, London. Steel An Skin began giving concerts and workshops in London schools, expanding nationwide to prisons, psychiatric hospitals and summer festivals, including the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival. The group combined an admirably brave, open and unironic mix of musical forms with a non-cynical approach to community outreach. Ultra-positive consciousness from Afro-Caribbean London, circa 1979. Features ex-members of the legendary 20th Century Steel Band (one of Grand Master Flashs favorites) sailing Trinidad-wise over gratifyingly intricate African ritual rhythms. Strong vocals compliment reggae, funk, disco and soul influences to form a relentless groove machine. Includes an insert in English and Japanese." -EM.

Artist: SYNTOMA
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"These recordings pull back a curtain to reveal the mysterious world of Syntoma and early-80s underground Mexico. Syntoma was founded by Alex Eisenring in 1980, made use of synths and drum machines, and was driven by a freedom-seeking DIY ethos informed by a "rock-jazz-prog-experimental" background. These 70s-born influences throw crazed funhouse mirror reflections onto later Kraftwerk, UK synth-pop, post-punk, and pure pop forms. The first five tracks are instrumental, evidencing some intelligent melodic and harmonic conceptions; the same can be said for the remaining female/male vocal tracks, but the sense of otherness is boosted as the vocal stylings combine a definite UK 80s feel with an unplaceable geo-temporal essence, spanning decades and continents. Primarily a trio during the period of these recordings, 1981-84, Syntoma transcends the era and stands apart from their peers with a surprising melodic sense, harmonic adventurousness, interesting arrangements and, above all, an atmosphere of freshness and enthusiasm. Includes liner notes and lyrics. CD includes two bonus tracks." - EM.

Artist: SYNTOMA
Title: s/t
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
“These recordings pull back a curtain to reveal the mysterious world of Syntoma and early-80s underground Mexico. Syntoma was founded by Alex Eisenring in 1980, made use of synths and drum machines, and was driven by a freedom-seeking DIY ethos informed by a "rock-jazz-prog-experimental" background. These 70s-born influences throw crazed funhouse mirror reflections onto later Kraftwerk, UK synth-pop, post-punk, and pure pop forms. The first five tracks are instrumental, evidencing some intelligent melodic and harmonic conceptions; the same can be said for the remaining female/male vocal tracks, but the sense of otherness is boosted as the vocal stylings combine a definite UK 80s feel with an unplaceable geo-temporal essence, spanning decades and continents. Primarily a trio during the period of these recordings, 1981-84, Syntoma transcends the era and stands apart from their peers with a surprising melodic sense, harmonic adventurousness, interesting arrangements and, above all, an atmosphere of freshness and enthusiasm. Includes liner notes and lyrics.” - EM.

Artist: TAKEMATSU, RYO
Title: Six-O-Seven Blues
Format: Triple 7"
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
"Triple 7" version, packaged in a special slipcase. Tokyos Ryo Takematsuproves the universality and timelessness of the blues on his debut solo release Six-O-Seven Blues. Recorded mainly in a Japanese bedroom, Takematsus heartfelt and sincere acoustic guitar-playing filters his love of pre-war American country blues through the more relatively recent influences of John Fahey and Backwards Sam Firk; the seven pieces here, on three 7" records, slingshot these influences through space and time, from America in a previous century to 21st-century Japan and on to the wider world. Bookended by opening and closing collaborative tracks, Takematsu, one of the founding members of EM Records stalwartsNoahlewis Mahlon Taits, rides solo for the bulk of the tracks, sounding relaxed and focused. The opening title-track, by Takematsu, features some guest percussion from his bandmates, and the final track is a remix, byTomoki Kanda, of John Faheys "On Doing an Evil Deed Blues." Two more tracks by Fahey appear, plus songs by Skip James and William Moore. This time-travelling set is a charm." -EM.

Artist: TANAKA, SHIGEO
Title: Yumi Kagura
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $28.00
"A hotline to the gods! Kagura is a thousand-year-old form of Japanese Shinto sacred music and dance, accompanying the chanting of myths; the word “kagura” can be translated as “god-entertainment”. Passed down over countless generations, the music is rare and recordings even rarer. Shigeo Tanaka was a master of the yumi (bow), an uncommon single-string percussion instrument, which is a true bow: arrows are fired off at the end of each ceremony to fend off evil sprits. The instrument is difficult to play; its hard to draw out the proper sound and maintain the rhythm. Yumi Kagura is the oldest of all the various forms of Kagura. The Tanaka family, based in rural Jōge-cho, Hiroshima prefecture, has passed down this yumi kagura tradition for hundreds of years; this lineage continues to this day in the person of his daughter Ritsuko Tanaka. The Jōge-cho yumi kagura, which prays for family well-being, bountiful crops and good fortune, was designated an Important Intangible Cultural Property in 1971. The piece featured here, “Takusa saimon”, based on the myth “Ama no iwato” (The Rocky Celestial Cave), is mesmeric, reaching back across ages to the time before time, with Tanakas voice and yumi, accompanied by flute and metal percussion, drawing us closer to the primal activities of the gods. Listeners may find affinities with aspects of musics as diverse as German electronic minimalism like E2-E4, certain Ethiopian music, “spiritual jazz” and more, all tapping into the deep root of forever. Previously available only on a ridiculously obscure 1991 cassette release, Yumi-kagura is the first collaborative release by EM Records and Riyo Mountains, a Japanese folk song research team." - EM.

Artist: TAPES
Title: No Broken Hearts On This Factory Floor
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Shifting tectonic plates, as two island nations collide! London resident Jackson Bailey aka Tapes makes Jamaica-drenched lo-fi bass music, a forward-looking mix of dub, dancehall, and electro roots channeled and filtered through old-school rhythm machines, synths, spring reverb, and delay. Recorded with glorious grit on cassette, sometimes in the red, tape hiss intact but somehow sounding bigger, better and beatier than it should, with a sweet analog patina. Theres an aquatic feel here on this first full album from Bailey, a rich brew of deep and soulful sunny JA roots, hints of UK melancholy and industrial smoke, even some icily funky NYC early electro. With an old island soul and a new ear to the future, this first album from Tapes features six previously unreleased tracks plus ten tracks previously issued on his own label and other labels, including Jahtari, in various formats, included here with remastered sound in previously unreleased mixes. With a total running time of 43 minutes, these 16 tracks are available on CD and double LP (45 RPM). UK, JA, NYC: all these letters, and more, spell Tapes. Front cover art by Jimmy Cauty (The KLF). Co-production of EM Records and Corner Stone Music." - EM.

Artist: TAPES
Title: No Broken Hearts On This Factory Floor
Format: Double LP
Label: EM
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
"Shifting tectonic plates, as two island nations collide! London resident Jackson Bailey aka Tapes makes Jamaica-drenched lo-fi bass music, a forward-looking mix of dub, dancehall, and electro roots channeled and filtered through old-school rhythm machines, synths, spring reverb, and delay. Recorded with glorious grit on cassette, sometimes in the red, tape hiss intact but somehow sounding bigger, better and beatier than it should, with a sweet analog patina. Theres an aquatic feel here on this first full album from Bailey, a rich brew of deep and soulful sunny JA roots, hints of UK melancholy and industrial smoke, even some icily funky NYC early electro. With an old island soul and a new ear to the future, this first album from Tapes features six previously unreleased tracks plus ten tracks previously issued on his own label and other labels, including Jahtari, in various formats, included here with remastered sound in previously unreleased mixes. With a total running time of 43 minutes, these 16 tracks are available on CD and double LP (45 RPM). UK, JA, NYC: all these letters, and more, spell Tapes. Front cover art by Jimmy Cauty (The KLF). Co-production of EM Records and Corner Stone Music." - EM.

Artist: TULLY
Title: Sea of Joy
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"First time on CD & re-issue of the music for the classic Australian surf movie filmed by Paul Witzig in 1971, starring Wayne Lynce, Nat Young and Ted Spencer. Filmed in Australia, Mauritius, South Africa, Oahu and Kauai. The music was all written & performed by a psychedelic rock acid folk outfit called Tully featuring Richard Lockwood and Michael Carlos. The band that recorded Sea of Joy was the precocious child of two very different creatures, Tully the First (wild psychedelic & spiritual progressive rock) and Extradition (ethereal acid folk sounds, later survived the album entitled Hush). They played together once then became Tully the Second. The music they played for the soundtrack was engrossing and particularly enchanting (and still is!). You may find there will be nothing to compare such a recording with - not even other surf soundtracks or surfing-related music in the whole of surf music history (even now). Deep-psych-progressive-rock-acid folk surf in the early 1970s!" -Stephen McParland.

Artist: V/A
Title: Light Wave: Today & Tomorrow
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
“This compilation is a sweet snapshot of a sophisticated sector of young Japanese pop music circa 2014. Originally released as a series of web-only EPs on Dai Ogasawaras Ano(t)raks label, Light Wave features artists born in the 1990s who have been strongly influenced by the melodic, sophisticated Japanese "city pop" music of the 70s and 80s, as exemplified by such revered names as Tatsuro Yamashita, Yumi Arai, and Tin Pan Alley. These musicians also draw inspiration from the "shibuya style" pop of the 90s, including artists like Pizzicato Five and Cornelius. But whereas these earlier artists were living in boom times and recording in luxurious studios financed by major record companies, these young artists have been born into a glum economic era with a decimated recording industry. Nevertheless, through the magic of sheer willpower and surprisingly assured musical and self-production skills, they make joyous, lighthearted, and refreshingly refined pop music. With strong melodies and inspired arrangements, this fresh new wave of city pop is perfect summer music, all year round. Remastered to EM Records exacting standards, this collection showcases a promising generation of pure pop music in Japan. Includes 20-page booklet with liner notes by Ryohei Matsunaga, lyrics, artist bios, and English translations. Includes tracks by Hesonosuke, Miho Tsujibayashi, Shin Rizumu featuring Sodapop, rizumu & ikkubaru, and Sodapop (including a track featuring Yuriko Ohno). CD also includes a track by Umanosora and an extra track by Hesonosuke. LP (EM 1137LP) also includes a track by Like This Parade.”

Artist: V/A
Title: Light Wave: Today & Tomorrow
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
"This compilation is a sweet snapshot of a sophisticated sector of young Japanese pop music circa 2014. Originally released as a series of web-only EPs on Dai Ogasawaras Ano(t)raks label, Light Wave features artists born in the 1990s who have been strongly influenced by the melodic, sophisticated Japanese "city pop" music of the 70s and 80s, as exemplified by such revered names as Tatsuro Yamashita, Yumi Arai, and Tin Pan Alley. These musicians also draw inspiration from the "shibuya style" pop of the 90s, including artists like Pizzicato Five and Cornelius. But whereas these earlier artists were living in boom times and recording in luxurious studios financed by major record companies, these young artists have been born into a glum economic era with a decimated recording industry. Nevertheless, through the magic of sheer willpower and surprisingly assured musical and self-production skills, they make joyous, lighthearted, and refreshingly refined pop music. With strong melodies and inspired arrangements, this fresh new wave of city pop is perfect summer music, all year round. Remastered to EM Records exacting standards, this collection showcases a promising generation of pure pop music in Japan. Includes 20-page booklet with liner notes by Ryohei Matsunaga, lyrics, artist bios, and English translations. Includes tracks by Hesonosuke, Miho Tsujibayashi, Shin Rizumu featuring Sodapop, rizumu & ikkubaru, and Sodapop (including a track featuring Yuriko Ohno). CD also includes a track by Umanosora and an extra track by Hesonosuke. LP (EM 1137LP) also includes a track by Like This Parade. Includes insert." - EM.

Artist: WADA, YOSHI
Title: Earth Horns With Electronic Drone
Format: Triple LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $68.00
"2014 repress, originally released in 2009. New four-color printed 12" inner sleeves, six sides, including many unseen rare photos from mid 1970s performances and concert posters. Triple LP version of the entire 162-minute performance -- the vinyl version therefore contains approx 85 additional minutes of music." -EM.

Artist: WADA, YOSHI
Title: Earth Horns With Electronic Drone
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Yoshi Wada and EM Records presents the first-ever, world-premiere release of Earth Horns With Electronic Drone, recorded live in 1974. Combining four of Wadas self-made "pipehorns" (made from plumbing materials, over three meters in length), with an electronic drone tuned to the electrical current of the performance space, this is a lost masterpiece of early minimalism, placing Wada rightfully in the pantheon with La Monte Young, Phill Niblock, Maryanne Amacher and Alvin Lucier. Recorded live in Syracuse, New York, this recording captures the room-filling complex overtones generated by the ever-shifting interplay of the breathing horns and the constant electronic drone. This is a music of ritual hypnotic power, its heavy low-end mass and sense of change within constancy engendering a meditative transcendency. Earth Horns With Electronic Drone is the fourth and ultimate release in Em Records Yoshi Wada series, a must for all fans of minimalism, heavy drones, ritual, mystery and world-shaking transcendence. From an original performance of almost three hours, the CD features a 77-minute excerpt. The full performance is also available as a 3LP set (162 minutes). From Earth horns to beyond the firmament: prepare to be elevated! Pipehorns constructed by Yoshi Wada; electronic equipment designed by Liz Phillips and Yoshi Wada; Electronics: Liz Phillips; Pipehorn Players: Jim Burton, Garrett List, Barbara Stewart and Yoshi Wada. 96khz/24bit digitally remastered, including a booklet with text in Japanese & English, and a reproduction circa-1975 Fluxus poster by George Maciunas." -EM

Artist: WADA, YOSHI
Title: Lament For The Rise and Fall of the Elephantine Crocodile
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Finally, a CD reissue of Yoshi Wadas most important and most rare LP, Lament For The Rise And Fall Of The Elephantine Crocodile, originally released in 1982 on the India Navigation label. Yoshi Wada is a Japanese sound installation artist and musician -- he moved to New York in the late 1960s, and became well-known as a Fluxus artist with links to La Monte Young, and has been involved in many performances and sound installations. However, he has released only two recordings, which are both hard to find. This CD contains two pieces: track 1 features a solo overtone voice (he studied with legendary Indian vocalist Pandit Pran Nath) recorded at the performance space Dry Pool (literally a dry pool that Wada slept in before this recording), with a deep underground echoing feeling. Track 2 displays Wadas trademark dense psychedelic drones using his "pipe horn," a home-made, bagpipe-like instrument. These wondrous sounds will take you to another, better world. 96khz/24bit digitally remastered complete full-length version (original LP edition was edited). Liner notes in English & Japanese." - EM.

Artist: WADA, YOSHI
Title: Off The Wall
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"More Yoshi Wada from EM Records! The long-awaited reissue of Wadas 1985 LP Off The Wall, recorded in Berlin and originally released on the esteemed FMP-subsidiary SAJ label. A minimalist yet majestic monsterpiece ("massive," as Tom Johnson declares in his perceptive liner notes), Off The Wall features Wada and Wayne Hankin on bagpipes, Marilyn Bogerd on adapted organ, and percussionist Andreas Schmidt-Neri. The original album consisted of two side-long pieces recorded on successive days by Jost Geber, who captured the power and dynamics of the quartet without losing the meditative delicacy of the bagpipes and the intricacy of their interplay with the homemade organ (constructed by Wada), resulting in a slowly-evolving mosaic of combination tones and overtones. Simultaneously static yet changing, rooted and ethereal, homespun and alien, ancient and very modern, the music is created entirely with acoustic instruments but has "electronic" textures at times, yet is very warm and human, always pulsing, shifting and mutating. Em Records is pleased indeed to release Off The Wall for the first time ever on CD, with the bonus track "Die Konsonanten Pfeifen," a slightly earlier recording with Wada and Hankin on bagpipes and Kevin Newhoff on percussion, originally released as a cassette." - EM.

Artist: WADA, YOSHI
Title: Singing in Unison
Format: Triple LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $68.00
"Singing in Unison is the latest in a series of recordings from acclaimed sound artist, composer, and performer Yoshi Wada. Recorded live over two nights in 1978, on March 14th and 15th at New York Citys legendary performance space The Kitchen, Singing in Unison is a dramatic yet meditative work: modal improvisations for three male voices, singing, with great gravitas, in purposeful unison. These previously-unreleased recordings, featuring vocalists Richard Hayman, Imani Smith, and Wada himself are extremely powerful, with a glacial majesty and a sense of timeless wonder. Wadas earliest musical memories are of hearing Zen Buddhist ritual chants in his native Japan, and those memories are reflected in the deep vocalizations here; also evident is Wadas period of intense study with Indian master singer Pandit Pran Nath. Thus there is a definite "eastern" feeling to Singing in Unison, with further elements added by Imani Smiths Sufi background and Wadas interest in eastern European vocal styles, but the music is also informed by Wadas experiences in the Fluxus movement and as a member of the New York avant-garde community. The edgy atmosphere of 1970s New York City pervades these recordings, adding a hint of menace. Despite the fact that this is purely vocal music, fans of the slow-moving heaviosity of Sunn 0))) will appreciate Singing in Unison. Yoshi Wada has four previous releases on EM Records: Lament for the Rise and Fall of Elephantine Crocodile (EM 1074CD); The Appointed Cloud (EM 1076D); Off the Wall (EM 1078CD); and Earth Horns with Electronic Drone (EM 1081CD). This triple LP set features a complete version of both performances, March 14 and 15 (two and a half hours in total). Singing in Unison is a massive, monumental, monolith of vocal sound. 96khz/24bit digitally remastered. Liner notes written by Yoshi Wada, with English/Japanese text. Cover art by Yoshi Wada." -EM.

Artist: WADA, YOSHI
Title: Singing in Unison
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Singing in Unison is the latest in a series of recordings from acclaimed sound artist, composer, and performer Yoshi Wada. Recorded live over two nights in 1978, on March 14th and 15th at New York Citys legendary performance space The Kitchen, Singing in Unison is a dramatic yet meditative work: modal improvisations for three male voices, singing, with great gravitas, in purposeful unison. These previously-unreleased recordings, featuring vocalists Richard Hayman, Imani Smith, and Wada himself are extremely powerful, with a glacial majesty and a sense of timeless wonder. Wadas earliest musical memories are of hearing Zen Buddhist ritual chants in his native Japan, and those memories are reflected in the deep vocalizations here; also evident is Wadas period of intense study with Indian master singer Pandit Pran Nath. Thus there is a definite "eastern" feeling to Singing in Unison, with further elements added by Imani Smiths Sufi background and Wadas interest in eastern European vocal styles, but the music is also informed by Wadas experiences in the Fluxus movement and as a member of the New York avant-garde community. The edgy atmosphere of 1970s New York City pervades these recordings, adding a hint of menace. Despite the fact that this is purely vocal music, fans of the slow-moving heaviosity of Sunn 0))) will appreciate Singing in Unison. Yoshi Wada has four previous releases on EM Records: Lament for the Rise and Fall of Elephantine Crocodile (EM 1074CD); The Appointed Cloud (EM 1076D); Off the Wall (EM 1078CD); and Earth Horns with Electronic Drone (EM 1081CD). CD version features the March 15 performance. Singing in Unison is a massive, monumental, monolith of vocal sound. 96khz/24bit digitally remastered. Liner notes written by Yoshi Wada, with English/Japanese text. Cover art by Yoshi Wada." -Em.

Artist: WADA, YOSHI
Title: The Appointed Cloud
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"This is the first-ever release of the extraordinary 1987 performance of Yoshi Wadas interactive sound installation The Appointed Cloud, recorded in the Great Hall of the New York Hall of Science. This majestic recording captures 60 minutes of sound produced by a self-made 80-pipe organ, a pipe gong, sirens and a massive suspended metal sheet, all triggered by a computer program designed by David Rayna. The CD also features Wada, Bob Drombowski and Wayne Hankin on bagpipes, plus Michael Pugliese (percussion). Dramatically structured, shifting and intense, The Appointed Cloud features massive low frequencies and regal percussion vying with the ululations of bagpipes, all resounding in the huge, reverberant space of the Great Hall with its 24-meter ceiling. This CD, the second Yoshi Wada release as a joint production of EM Records and Omega Point (the first being the reissue of 1982s Lament For The Rise and Fall of the Elephantine Crocodile), is sure to delight all who enjoy drones, dynamics and drama. "His creation explores the effects of low, rumbling bass sounds and the higher, ringing tones of the organ as they reverberate off the curving walls of the space ... The work continues Wadas fascination with producing sub-sonic sounds -- sound frequencies so low that it seems the sounds are produced by the inner ear rather than an outside source. "- EM

Artist: WATTS LITTLE ANGEL BAND
Title: New Orleans/Land Of A 1000 Dances/Nik Nak Paddy Whack
Format: 7"
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $15.00
"After the Watts Riots in South Los Angeles in 1965, the working-class community suffered further with no improvements to the infrastructure, a lack of opportunity, and the rise of delinquency and gang-fuelled crime. In the early 70s, a community activist, Mike Joseph, discovered a group of children in Watts playing music using junk and scrap metal as instruments. He brought them into a studio in Los Angeles and produced a record in 1971 in cooperation with the Watts Writers Workshop and other community groups. Scrap oil drums, iron bars, metal cans & other urban castoffs are played with enthusiasm, backing R&B favorites and a childrens song. But it was more than a mere document of childs play -- this peerlessly unique musical expression sends a strong message." - EM.

Artist: WICKED WITCH
Title: Chaos: 1978-86
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $22.00
"First-time ever reissue of rare evil psycho machine-funk from 80s Washington, D.C., including previously-unreleased mixes. Now is not the time to doubt your senses -- the Wicked Witch does exist. Born and raised in the musical magical cauldron of Washington D.C., Wicked Witch combines elements from alchemical mentors Parliament Funkadelic, Sun Ra, ESG, Run DMC, James Brown and Jimi Hendrix to cast a crazed spell on the innocent listener. An evil mass of machine-funk with lashings of rhythm and blues and fusion delivered direct from the heart of the Witch, a misunderstood psycho-genius weaving his solo web deep within the dark studio walls. Trained by masters at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Wicked Witch is in full control; he plays all, knows all, tells all. His message will not be denied. Believe your ears, believe your eyes: the Wicked Witch does indeed exist. First-time ever re-issue, remastered from the original master tapes." - EM.

Artist: WICKED WITCH
Title: Chaos: 1978-86
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $19.00
"First-time ever reissue of rare evil psycho machine-funk from 80s Washington, D.C., including previously-unreleased mixes. Now is not the time to doubt your senses -- the Wicked Witch does exist. Born and raised in the musical magical cauldron of Washington D.C., Wicked Witch combines elements from alchemical mentors Parliament Funkadelic, Sun Ra, ESG, Run DMC, James Brown and Jimi Hendrix to cast a crazed spell on the innocent listener. An evil mass of machine-funk with lashings of rhythm and blues and fusion delivered direct from the heart of the Witch, a misunderstood psycho-genius weaving his solo web deep within the dark studio walls. Trained by masters at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Wicked Witch is in full control; he plays all, knows all, tells all. His message will not be denied. Believe your ears, believe your eyes: the Wicked Witch does indeed exist. First-time ever re-issue, remastered from the original master tapes, including rare photos." -EM

Artist: WICKED WITCH
Title: Under Your Spell
Format: Double 12"
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $26.00
"Insistent drum machines, resonant synths, phased n fuzzed guitar mayhem, the lone magus at play in the studio: there are musical and methodological antecedents for the work of Wicked Witch, but spot-the-influence is a worthless pursuit, crumbling under the relentless focus of the four WW tracks here. For his second release on EM Records, Washington D.C.s Richard Simms gives us three previously unreleased tracks from his single-mindedly all-encompassing world, plus his own remix of one track. The second disc of this double 12 inch 45 RPM release features remixes/reconstructions by German musician DJ Slyngshot and the Osaka duo YYPYY, which comprises goats Koshiro Hino and renowned DJ Yousuke Yukimatsu. This second disc by turns emphasizes and destabilizes the relentless rhythm and visionary filigree of the Wicked Witch disc. Get ready to be enchanted by the spell of the Wicked Witch." - EM.

Artist: YOUNG, ROLAND P.
Title: Confluences
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
"LP version. The fourth release from Roland P. Young on EM Records sees him moving ever deeper, earthbound and rooted, yet simultaneously flying further out, expanding his exploration of untethered celestial realms. Recorded in 2014 following a move to Tel Aviv, the title Confluences hints at the blend of cultures and histories in his new homeland, and is reflected in the music, which shows a range of cultural influences, filtered through Youngs unique sensibility and vision. This is a calm, spiritual set, evidencing an inner comfort that was less prevalent on his Brooklyn recordings. This is not to imply that RPY is no longer searching; this release brings to fruition the promise of earlier recordings such as Isophonic Boogie Woogie (EM 1045CD/HJ-LP) and Istet Serenade (EM 1087CD/LP), made complete via Youngs multi-instrumental chops on sax, bass clarinet, kalimba, and keyboards working in tandem with his rhythm and bass programming skills, his multi-track studio mastery, and an ever-evolving sense of musical form and drama. The confluences of cultures are of course swirling throughout this release, but also the confluences, as noted above, of the earthy and the celestial, as well as the temporal confluences of the past, present, and future. Perhaps more than any of his previous releases, Confluences realizes Youngs description of his own work as "Afro spiritual minimal electronic space music." This release is the next stage of Roland P. Youngs never-ending voyage." - EM.

Artist: YOUNG, ROLAND P.
Title: Confluences
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"The fourth release from Roland P. Young on EM Records sees him moving ever deeper, earthbound and rooted, yet simultaneously flying further out, expanding his exploration of untethered celestial realms. Recorded in 2014 following a move to Tel Aviv, the title Confluences hints at the blend of cultures and histories in his new homeland, and is reflected in the music, which shows a range of cultural influences, filtered through Youngs unique sensibility and vision. This is a calm, spiritual set, evidencing an inner comfort that was less prevalent on his Brooklyn recordings. This is not to imply that RPY is no longer searching; this release brings to fruition the promise of earlier recordings such as Isophonic Boogie Woogie (EM 1045CD/HJ-LP) and Istet Serenade (EM 1087CD/LP), made complete via Youngs multi-instrumental chops on sax, bass clarinet, kalimba, and keyboards working in tandem with his rhythm and bass programming skills, his multi-track studio mastery, and an ever-evolving sense of musical form and drama. The confluences of cultures are of course swirling throughout this release, but also the confluences, as noted above, of the earthy and the celestial, as well as the temporal confluences of the past, present, and future. Perhaps more than any of his previous releases, Confluences realizes Youngs description of his own work as "Afro spiritual minimal electronic space music." Available on CD and LP, this release is the next stage of Roland P. Youngs never-ending voyage. Get on board!" - EM.

Artist: YOUNG, ROLAND P.
Title: Isophonic Boogie Woogie
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $24.00
"Reissue of the legendary 5-track first LP (plus 2 bonus tracks) from horn wizard & original underground FM radio DJ Young, featuring soprano sax, clarinet, and electronically-processed bass clarinet. An enjoyable outing from a neglected musician. Cosmic Afro minimal electronic winds recorded in 1970s San Francisco." - EM. "Classic explorations from the dude who was responsible for the legendary Infinite Sound LP on Arch 1750." - FE.

Artist: YOUNG, ROLAND P.
Title: Isophonic Boogie Woogie
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Long-awaited, newly repressed for vinyl LP edition of the legendary 5-track first LP from U.S. horn wizard & original underground FM radio DJ Roland P. Young, featuring soprano sax, clarinet, and electronically-processed bass clarinet. Youngs mid-70s work with jazz/chamber/electronic ensemble Infinite Sound (including members Glenn Howell and Aisha Kahlil) helped form the musical language of Isophonic Boogie Woogie, a solo, jazz/world music-flecked exploration of acoustic and electronic sounds. An enjoyable outing from a neglected musician. Cosmic Afro-minimal electronic winds recorded in late 1970s San Francisco. CD version re-released in 2005 on Em Records." -EM

Artist: YOUNG, ROLAND P.
Title: Mystiphonic
Format: LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Mystiphonic is the third release from Roland P. Young on EM Records, following Isophonic Boogie Woogie (EM 1045CD/HJ-LP) which was originally released in 1980 and re-issued by EM in 2005, and the 2009 Istet Serenade (EM 1087CD/LP). Mystiphonic is the fruit of two years of recordings at Youngs Isophonic Sound Laboratory in Brooklyn, "comprovisations" which are more electronic than the previous EM releases, and yet this new LP retains Youngs emotional life-long horn playing, a romance which began in his youth in Kansas City. Also carrying on from previous releases is the all-encompassing warmth and organic/oceanic feeling of Youngs music, a rootedness that has been present since his early exposure to Charlie Parker, on through his San Francisco years and ever forward, linking past, present and future through deep American soil to his world-embracing current music, all united through his "Isophonic" philosophy. The Mystiphonic blend of electronics, percussion and horns is one of subtle beauty, sure to please Youngs fans while attracting new admirers." -EM.

Artist: YOUNG, ROLAND P.
Title: Mystiphonic
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Mystiphonic is the third release from Roland P. Young on EM Records, following Isophonic Boogie Woogie (EM 1045CD/HJ-LP) which was originally released in 1980 and re-issued by EM in 2005, and the 2009 Istet Serenade (EM 1087CD/LP). Mystiphonic is the fruit of two years of recordings at Youngs Isophonic Sound Laboratory in Brooklyn, "comprovisations" which are more electronic than the previous EM releases, and yet this new CD retains Youngs emotional life-long horn playing, a romance which began in his youth in Kansas City. Also carrying on from previous releases is the all-encompassing warmth and organic/oceanic feeling of Youngs music, a rootedness that has been present since his early exposure to Charlie Parker, on through his San Francisco years and ever forward, linking past, present and future through deep American soil to his world-embracing current music, all united through his "Isophonic" philosophy. The Mystiphonic blend of electronics, percussion and horns is one of subtle beauty, sure to please Youngs fans while attracting new admirers." -EM.

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