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V.A. - Bird Cage: Birdfriend Archives
V.A.
Bird Cage: Birdfriend Archives
2LP | 2020 | US | Original (EM Records)
20,99 €* 29,99 € -30%
Release:2020 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
* This compilation, available on CD and double vinyl, features 18 tracks by Japanese artists, from 2013-2017, previously available only on hard-to-find cassettes on the Birdfriend label

* Compiled by Hino, who also provides liner notes and cover art
Kiyoaki Iwamoto - Sougi +
Kiyoaki Iwamoto
Sougi +
10" | 1983 | JP | Reissue (EM Records)
18,99 €*
Release:1983 / JP – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Forty years ago this summer, Joy Division released what became their only chart hit, Love Will Tear Us Apart.

December 1982, Tokyo. Kiyoaki Iwamoto has a guitar, a simple rhythm box, a friend with a bass guitar, and some stripped-down songs, brazen in their post-punk simplicity, irritation and controlled aggression, yet full of sadness and resignation. Five songs, including a rearranged version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart” are recorded and released on a now extremely rare 7” record. This release, available on 10” vinyl or CD, features those five songs, along with a previously unreleased 1980 live performance by his duo Birei, as well as a 2020 reworking of “Love ...” , by the Japanese duo Chisato and Junta. Iwamoto was an enigma, active in the post-punk scene in Japan in the late 70s and early 80s, a member of Birei and founding member of Guys & Dolls with Tori Kudo (Maher Shalal Hash Baz); in the mid-80s he cut contact with his friends, disavowing his name and later performing under a different moniker. Liner notes written by Koki Emura, with English text & lyrics.
Tapes - Summer Jam / Salavere
Tapes
Summer Jam / Salavere
10" | 2020 | UK | Original (EM Records)
15,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Tapes is back! EM Records is very happy to bring you the latest from the artist known as Tapes, here with a 10-inch vinyl/download release that, with its good vibes, positivity and major-key delightfulness, will rescue you from any doldrums you are experiencing, whether personal, societal or cosmic. Both of the tracks are solo recordings from 2019, but they soar over the worries of the year, any year, with an uplifting rhythmic lilt, a positive tonality, non-annoyingly catchy melodies and some lovely sonic textures. There’s something here for fans of bass music, mid-80s-and-beyond electronic music, and toe-tapping good times. There’ s a sweet chord progression and background drift in the title track that are particularly pleasing, and the flipside has some very satisfying tape echo that will lovingly catapult you to the future past. The sun can shine anywhere, anywhen, so enjoy!
V.A. - Klapyahandz Volume 1: The Cream Of The Crop 2001-2011
V.A.
Klapyahandz Volume 1: The Cream Of The Crop 2001-2011
CD | 2020 | UK | Original (EM Records)
12,09 €* 21,99 € -45%
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
The KlapYaHandz label, a long-running labour of love helmed by Sok Visal, has been at the forefront of a revitalization of contemporary Cambodian culture since the beginning of the 21st century; it was the very first independent hip hop label in Cambodia, nurturing an ecosystem of rappers, producers and engineers, male and female, fusing hard-hitting Khmer-language hip hop rhymes with samples of Khmer traditional music and Golden Age hits, propelled by relentless grooves.

Returning to his Cambodian homeland after a youth spent absorbing hip hop in France and the U.S., Visal’s energy and focus inspired a new musical generation; his love of Cambodian music as well as hip hop melded with his ear for jazz, funk and soul, and led to the creation of some very cool music from the artists he brought to his label. The 12 tracks on this CD are the very finest from the first decade of the KlapYaHandz galaxy. Hip hop, yes, but very definitely Cambodian hip hop, with traditional and Golden Age musical elements very prominent. Very cool, very Cambodian, very cosmopolitan, and very contemporary, but the past is always present, a love of musical history lighting the way forward.

Housed in wide jewel case (12mm spine) with 36-page booklet including English liner notes (by Sok Visal and Sorany Var) and lyrics.

Compiled by Sok “Cream” Visal
Mastered by Young-G (stillichimiya / OMK) Cover art by Shinsuke Takagi (Soi48 / OMK).
V.A. - S.D.S =Zero= (Subscription Double Suicide =Zero=)
V.A.
S.D.S =Zero= (Subscription Double Suicide =Zero=)
LP | 2020 | US | Original (EM Records)
23,99 €*
Release:2020 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie, Pop
12 tracks from 17 new independent Japanese artists
Fold-out insert (LP)

Launched in an uncertain time, here are 12 tracks from 17 new independent Japanese artists, a physical release from a generation which has an online-release default setting. Not a scene document, not a label sampler, and not a showcase for a collective, this compilation features a selection of artists from all across Japan, selected by ex-Jesse Ruins producer CVN. These songs are snapshots of a sensibility shared by these artists: a love of contemporary electronic pop music, an awareness of melody, and an appreciation of the musical options provided by technology. Not techno or ambient, there is an emphasis on the human voice, with elements of hiphop, trap, EDM and bass music, all subsumed into multiple facets of a glowing electronic bedroom pop gem. Available on CD, vinyl and digital, with English liner notes, lyrics and artist information. These songs are seeds of hope for the coming post-pandemic parties.
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