Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Vibrastone - Vibra is Back

While this isn't quite Entropy Productions which is the Vibrastone album I've been searching for everywhere. At least it's something by Vibrastone, Japan's most popular hip-hop group, at least from the late 80's/early 90's that is. Japanese hip-hop with rock/pop/new wave singer Haruo Chikada on MC. Every track's length averages to almost 9 minutes each which is a lot longer than your typical hip-hop song.
Aside from fans of hip-hop I'd really recommend this to people who like Jagatara, E.D.P.S or EP-4, while it is essentially a hip-hop album it's still quite new waveish like in some of Haruo's older bands/albums, mainly The Vibratones and also has a similar funky sound to the previous bands I mentioned.

This is the final (seventh) track

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Keiichi Suzuki with Moonriders - Hinotama Boy

The first Moonriders album with Keiichi Suzuki as a member, actually, Keiichi Suzuki has always been in the Moonriders so I'm not sure why they released it under this name. It must've been for extra publicity since Keiichi Suzuki was involved with a grand total of one other band before joining Moonriders as far as I'm aware. Anyways, this is one of their best albums in my opinion.  For fans of Niagara Triangle, Eiichi Ohtaki, Motoharu Sano, Tatsuro Yamashita, Shigeru Suzuki, Tin Pan Alley, Yosui Inoue, Sugar Babe, Haruomi Hosono (mainly his early to mid 70's stuff,) Happy End ~ the list could go on~ basically if you're a fan of Japanese pop music from the 70's you'll love this.

V0mp3 Reuploaded
Second track, it's hard to imagine somebody standing there for almost 8 minutes

Friday, 13 April 2012

Hiroshi Fujiwara - Classic Dub Classics

Something I've been listening to a fair bit recently. Well done dub remakes of classical compositions. You might know of Hiroshi Fujiwara from the hip-hop duo Tiny Panx. No Youtube samples so I'll post the track-list instead, if you like dub or classical music you should give this a listen

01. The Swan (Saint Saens)
02. Ave maria (Shubert)
03. Nocturne (Chopin)
04. Piano Conerto (Ravel)
05. Moonlight (Beethoven)
06. Reverie (Debussy)
07. Dreaming (Schumann)
08. Pathetique (Beethoven)
09. Swanlake (Tchaikovsky)
10. Air on the G-string (Bach)


Monday, 2 April 2012

Sadistic Mika Band - Black Ship

Fusion pop/rock, from 1974, very popular in Japan at the time. Members include Kazuhiko Kato from The Folk Crusaders, Masayoshi Takanaka who hasn't been in any other bands as far as I'm aware but he has an extremely large fusion solo discography, Hiro Tsunoda from Food Brain, Jacks and Strawberry Path, Yukihiro Takahashi from Yellow Magic Orchestra, The Beatniks and one of Japan's first hip-hop groups, Super Eccentric Theatre and the other three members either haven't done anything else or what they have done is impossible to find outside of Japan.

title track, quality isn't that great, sorry