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    Various Artists – Alex from Tokyo presents Japan Vibrations Vol.1

    From the World Famous Records Bandcamp Site: “Dive into the exhilarating era of Japan’s electronic dance music scene from the mid ’80s to the mid ’90s with Japan Vibrations Vol. 1. The hand-picked collection by DJ and musical storyteller Alex from Tokyopays homage to the trailblazers and innovators who shaped the landscape. […] Experience the vibrations of pioneers Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Yasuaki Shimizu. Of culture-shaping forces Hiroshi Fujiwara, Kan Takagi, Susumu Yokota, Silent Poets, Mondo Grosso and Kyoto Jazz Massive. And of new-generation artists CMJK (C.T. Scan), Mind Design, Okihide, and Hiroshi Watanabe. The evolution of a scene,…

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    The Drone Pilots #051 – Electric Light

      The Drone Pilots are a rather secretive collective I encountered by chance here in Beijing. They specialize in long-form trance mixes, and this particular one uses, of all bands to choose from, the Electric Light Orchestra as base material. From the project’s Soundcloud site: “”I have a message from another Time” – Prologue Tribute to the legendary Electric Light Orchestra who first industrialised the synth/strings combo. Namecheck: Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, Bev Bevan, Richard Tandy,, Reinhold Mack and remembering Kelly Groucutt, Louis Clark, Musicland Studios (RIP), Vocoder 2000 and the orchestral cast of thousands following on from Mik Kaminski,…

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    Moana Pozzi – Impulsi di sesso

    Moana Pozzi was a former pornographic actor, television personality and politician from Italy.  She also tried her hand at singing, and this lost treasure, lovingly reissued by Cinedelic Records, offers some well-done Italo-Disco, funk, and a cheesy-but-fun vibe.

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    Akshin Alizadeh – Reasons

    We have here a slab of R&B and modern soul courtesy of Akshin Alizadeh, the wunderkind originally from Azerbaijan who records for Cold Busted Records out of Oregon.  It’s strangely radio-friendly, but the funk is pleasant on this single

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    ISQ – Ode To Myself (Arthur Baker Remix)

    ISQ are a band based out of London who have managed to carve out a rather nice niche in both the alternative jazz and house music worlds.  In this new release, their track, Ode To Myself, has been remixed by legendary producer Arthur Baker, who has worked his magic with bands like New Order and Afrika Bambaataa.  The vocals are smooth, the beats are warm.  This should make the rounds at all the summer dance hotspots.  If you prefer to hear this on Bandcamp, the song can be accessed here.  It sounds phenomenal as a FLAC file.  

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    Tunnelmental – State and Remixes EP

    A good remix album should have the same song remixed by several pros and not sound a thing like the original.  I think Nigel & Derek of Tunnelmental have pulled it off in this three-track album.  The original track is a bouncy raver with the sampled refrain, “Life is a state of mind.”  I can agree with that.  Track two is remixed by Tony Byker, whose previous remixing work I’m not familiar with, but he ups the bpm to make this into something actually dancefloor-ready.  The final track is a house-style reworking by Derek which closes the EP quite well.