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Umeko Ando - Ihunke
Umeko Ando
Ihunke
2LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Pingipung)
20,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Umeko Ando (1932-2004) was a folk singer from Japan. She was a representative of the Ainu culture on the Hokkaido Island in the north of Japan. “Ihunke” is her first album which was recorded with the Ainu musician and dub producer Oki Kano in 2000. It was released on CD in Japan only and is finally available on vinyl (2LP + linernotes, DL included). “Ihunke” is following last year’s single “Iuta Upopo” [Pingipung 58, incl. M.RUX Remix] which had been received with overwhelming enthusiasm and was quickly sold out. The 16 Ainu songs on “Ihunke” are delicate, natural gems. They are built on Oki Kano’s Tonkori patterns (a 5-string harp), over which Umeko Ando develops her repetitive, mantric vocals, often in a call-response manner. Oki Kano is one of very few professional Tonkori players who performs worldwide with his Oki Dub Ainu Band. The songs possess a mystical energy – when crows call accurately with Ando’s brittle voice in the first song, it seems like natural powers join in with her music. Her voice sounds like animals of the sky and the forest. Oki Kano: “It was a lot of fun to record with Umeko Ando. Many Ainu hesitate to break from tradition - if Umeko hadn’t been so flexible to work with the younger generation and recording technology, this album would never have happened. Our sessions were intense, and we were proud and happy about making such beautiful music.” Upcoming in autumn: remixes of “Ihunke” by Tolouse Lowtrax, M.Rux, DJ Ground, El Buho Mark Peters, Gama, Andi Otto, and Dreems. Historical background: Only recently (in 2008) have the Ainu officially been acknowledged as indigenous people who are culturally independent from Japan. This record is an example of how their music has been passed on through generations in the underground Ainu communities while it was oppressed by the Japanese hegemony. It deserves a huge audience.
Umeko Ando - Atuy So Kata
Umeko Ando
Atuy So Kata
7" | 2019 | EU | Original (Pingipung)
8,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Atuy So Kata is the closing track of Umeko Ando’s Ihunke album. It is a poetic dedication to the surface of the ocean. Her voice is especially mesmerizing in this traditional Ainu song, and it perfectly captures all the brittle and enchanting qualities of her vocal art. Patric Catani (aka Candie Hank, aka Ill Till) is an artist of many faces who has already appeared on a couple of Pingipung releases. He is widely known for his recent soundtracks for video games such as Minton and Pit People. His playful remix approaches the Ainu folk song with an offbeat punch, spacing out on delays and dub textures. "Many white waves on the ocean They look like rabbits jumping." After the Iuta Upopo 7’’ (Pingipung 058, 2017), the Ihunke re-issue 2LP (Pingipung 060, 2018) and the Ihunke Remixes 12’’ (Pingipung 062, 2018), this single is latest step in Pingipung’s explorations of Umeko Ando’s legacy and contemporary interpretations of her unique music.
Umeko Ando - Ihunke Remixes
Umeko Ando
Ihunke Remixes
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Pingipung)
11,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Umeko Ando’s “Ihunke” hits right in the heart. This summer, Pingipung received enthusiastic responses to the “Ihunke” vinyl re-issue from all over the planet. The label invited an eclectic international bunch of producers to remix the repetitive, mantric vibes of Umeko Ando’s Ainu folklore songs.
Umeko Ando - Battaki Joe Claussell Remix
Umeko Ando
Battaki Joe Claussell Remix
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Volkuta)
26,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
A download code is included. Japanese psych folk magic by Ainu artist Umeko Ando (1932–2004). Remix by Joe Claussell for Sacred Rhythms & Cosmic Arts.
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