Attempting to recreate the golden yesterdays of Jose Padilla`s White Isle sunsets with the tunes of today.
Karel Arbus & Eiji Takamatsu / Mizugumi / Jansen Jarden
Taken from a cassette of sweet minimal sketches released on Max Essa`s relaunched Jansen Jardin. The results of an Australian / Hawaiian collaboration hatched in my current hometown, Karuizawa. Music, to my ears at least, that wouldn`t sound out of place on Jonny Nash`s Melody As Truth.
Pauline Ann Strom / Freedom At The 45th Floor / RVNG Intl.
One episode in an electronic journey that moves from blissful New Age to more mind bending Psychedelia. Taken from RVNG Intl.`s retrospective of Pauline`s work, Trans-Millenia Music. Synthesiser compositions inspired by Eno, Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream, designed to transport the listener to a world out of time – between Millenia.
Jonny Nash / Head Is Clearer / Ekster
My favourite track on the forthcoming Exo3 compilation, released by Ekster. A themed collection based around the artists` interpretations of the word Exoskeleton. It contains pieces by some well-known names such as Jonny, Suzanne Kraft, Gigi Masin and Polysick. Some lesser known ones like Hiele, Hantrax, and Roger 3000. The music is all appropriately shiny and reflective and housed by some fine artwork. The accompanying sleeve notes inked by yours truly.
Tommy Awards / Innergarden / Aficionado
A glacial moment from Sweden`s Tommy Awards new E.P. due on Aficionado.
2 Katara / Go Go Cared / Into The Light
From an expansive and varied set on Greece`s Into The Light that catalogues a previously unreleased collaboration between electronic pioneer, George Theodorakis and multi-instrumentalist Dimitris Papangelidis.
Massimo Amato / In The Mood / Affordable Inner Space
A new LP from Massimo on Italy`s Affordable Inner Space. Modern electronics informed by a plugged-in Miles Davis, Bill Laswell`s ethno-experiments and Jon Hassell`s Fourth World.
Jun Fukamachi / Breathing New Life / WRWTFWW
A much sort after Japanese mini-LP that`s about to get a reissue from Switzerland`s WRWTFWW. I remember finding a copy in Kichijoji`s Ballroom Records for relative pennies around ten years ago. Back when I was actively “digging”. At the time I had`t heard anyone else play anything from it, but was taken with an Art Of Noise Beaten quality on some of the tracks. In need of a second opinion, the next copy I found I sent to Moonboots.
Tropical Hi-Fi / Tradewinds / Emotional Response
Originally scheduled for release in January, Australia`s sometime Ariel Kalma collaborators, Tropical Hi-Fi`s Oceana long player is finally about to see the light of day. Sonically the album plays in sequence a bit like The Orb lost out at sea. Drifting in and out of fog. Discovering uncharted, exotic lands.
Rinneradio / Yasmin / Ambient Zone
The Finnish Jazz septet, lead by Tapani Rinne, feed clarinet, piano, and violin through aquatic electronics.
Wally Badarou / Higher Still / Diskotopia
Another track from the Unamed Trilogy E.P. Wally summoning something symphonic from his Synclavier.
Roberto Aglieri / Sogno Di Mezzogiorno / Archeo Recordings
Archeo Recordings continue to flit between collectable Balearic classics and relatively unknown pieces of Italian art. AR011 will be a reissue of flautist Roberto Aglieri`s Ragapandi from 1987. A beautiful fusion of Folk, Jazz and New Age. It has that harmonica sound from Gabriel Yared`s 37°2 Le Matin score running through it. Which for me makes it irresistible. The Archeo edition will include a bonus LP of archive material, from which I`ve selected a track.
Tokyo Matt / Moonlight Lovers
Tokyo Matt follows up Pi Po Pa – which I`ve played every time I been allowed out – with another classy Japanese Pop edit. I think this one does have a vinyl home, but for now I`ll keep schtum.
Paul Hardcastle / Moments In Time / Music For Dreams
A sublime sunset seduction theme from the former Electro-Jazz Funkateer and 19 man. One of the gems on Moonboots` compilation, Moments In Time, due on Music For Dreams.
HNNY / Till Dig / Omena
From House superstar HNNY`s single-sided 12 for Omena, Ta Paus. One of six pretty electro-acoustic shorts.
Hiroshi II Hiroshi / H2O / HMV Japan
Hiroshi Fujiwara and Hiroshi Kawanabe, ex- of Major Force and Tokyo No. 1 Soul Set, respectively, pay tribute to the laid back groove of William DeVaughan or Ike White, while simultaneously doffing their caps to Haroumi Hosono`s Muzak jams with Shigeru Suzuki, and Tatsuro Yamashita, The LP was originally released in 1993, but just got a domestic repress on HMV Japan. Generally speaking, if you find a Japanese record with a cover like this one, buy it.