Newsletter January/February 2016

Dear Customer and friend of the Far Side,

New releases for a new year just uploaded!

Too late for January, too early for February, so a bit of both..

I receive regular requests from people asking about any forthcoming Tomita re-releases onto SACD. Although it is out in about a month, the record company still haven’t released full details about Okhotsk Genso. We’ve put together all the information we do have, but so far no mention if it is 4.0ch Surround Sound like the ‘Ultimate Edition’ CDs, but it is SACD Hybrid.

The Japanese edition of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s soundtrack to The Revenant is out next month too.

There are three albums from Cornelius; two soundtracks and a new collection.

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If J.A.K.A.M. (Juzu a.k.a. Moochy) was say British or American, I’m pretty sure he would be a star in the world club/global beats scene. He’s travelled to Senegal, Turkey, Cuba, Egypt among other places to make recordings as well as in Japan, and results are as impressive as anything else I’ve heard in this genre in recent years.

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It’s getting on for six years since the terrible Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. This area in northern Japan is rich in minyo (folk) songs. Awaibito have taken these folk songs and given them new arrangements, which work surprisingly well.

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Okinawa’s Nenez, the new version of the original and brilliant female quartet, have a new album out. Good in places, not in others, it’s probably fair to say.

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Talking of Okinawa, I’m looking forward to going there this week to take part in the Trans Asia Music Meeting.

Back end of next week when we will send out orders you might still be waiting for.

There are three Far Side Radio shows to listen to again since the last newsletter, originally broadcast on Resonance 104.4fm. Christmas, New Releases and Asian Blues, and including on this newsletter the two shows of the best of 2015. Japan/Okinawa and Asia.

You can listen live on Resonance 104.4fm in London from 12 noon on Wednesdays, via DAB digital radio in London or via Radio Player or through http://www.resonancefm.com.
Not only that, Far Side Radio is repeated every Sunday from 8am on Resonance.

Until next time!

All the best

Paul

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