MARTER & YONY - RHYTHM MATTER
Marter & Yony is a sensational Japanese DUB duo featuring Masateru Yamauchi (Jazzy Sport, Japan) and Yoshio Kabayashi (Aokoya Afrobeat, New York). Intentionally recorded on cassette & ¼" tape to retain a unique, raw yet warm analog sound. Reminicient of Sly & Robbie, Basic Channel (German NEO DUB), yin-yang drum 'n' bass - perfect harmony of dubbed out reverb & echo...creates a blasting dub experience. Recorded in Brooklyn, NY & Nagano, Japan, mixed & mastered in NYC by Hideyuki Waki (Helio Parallax), also inludes a bonus track remix by Loop Diary (Marihito Ayabe - Helio Parallax).Produced by Marter & Yony. Level 16 (Loop Diary Remix) by Marihito Ayabe. Includes: Definition, Rhythm Surfer, Spy (2014 version), Level 13, Cosmic Dance, Electric Forest, Palm's Dream, Fung-Ku, Retrofit, Alpha Waves, High Wind, Reel To Real Dub, and Loop 16 (Loop Diary Remix).
TOM TALLITSCH - RIDE
The album's a heck of a great ride with tenorist Tom Tallitsch – a player who's stepped in traditional tones and phrasing, but who can also push things forward with his own personal agenda as well! Tallitsch has a really old school depth to his instrument – a quality that reminds us a bit of Eric Alexander at his best, as does the flowing sense of rhythm the album gets from Art Hirahara on piano, Peter Brendler on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums – a rhythm trio that fits together very well and provides a rock-solid and soulful swing on the album's best numbers. Michael Dease blows some tight trombone throughout too, and most tunes are originals – with titles that include "Ride", "Rubbernecker", "Rain", "The Giving Tree", "El Luchador", and "Turtle" – but the album also features two surprising ballad remakes, of David Bowie's "Life On Mars" and Led Zepplin's "Ten Years Gone". ~ Dusty Groove
MODERN FEELINGS - MODERN FEELINGS
A weird little project that supposedly has the group improvising alongside abstracted samples of Muzak and easy listening – which themselves are manipulated in really unusual ways too! In fact, those core elements seem to be so buried in the mix, that the main focus is really on the live instrumentation – which is heavy on electronics and very noisy guitar, and also features piano, bass, and drums! There's an icy, experimental feel that really lives up to the legacy of the Sahko label – although the improvisation also imbues the record with more of a human spirit too. Titles include "Searching For The Heart Of Blankness", "Regular Face Paint Tablet Associations", "Factography", and "Smooth Variations VI". ~ Dusty Groove