Wednesday, July 23, 2008



SINGLE 01`````KANA (2004)
SINGLE 02`````SENAKA (2004)
ALBUM`````````TSU GI NE PU (2003)


Extraordinary sampling techniques and brilliant beat-programming are trademarks of this Japan-based experimental band. Unfortunately, these 3 recordings are all I have. If anyone has their album/compilation "Jun Ray Sung Chang" please let me know because I simply cannot find it anywhere.

I don't understand one word they are singing (speaking mostly) but it somehow seems they are examining the Japanese language itself. I've realised that for people who don't understand their chopped-up lyrics, this album may even sound more interesting because the voices litteraly become rhytmic instruments just like percussions and sound textures they are using.

My favourite tracks are "Toremoro" from "Tsu Gi Ne Pu" album and "Kana" from "Kana" single.

This is strange, but their albums, EP's and singles are extremely rare to find on the internet and that makes this a must-must-have:)

Based in Tokyo, self-taught tabla guru Asa-Chang spends his professional life touring with multi-million-selling J-pop acts - groups that make S Club 7 sound like Joy Division. Regarded as Japan's premier session percussionist, in his spare time this loveable eccentric makes music that might just blow your head off.

Asa-Chang & Junray is the name of the Asa-Chang experience, and comes from the 'Jun-Ray Tronics' soundsystem he uses. The word also means 'pilgrimage' - Asa-Chang is on a mission to take music to places it's never been.

All three recordings are packed in one zip file.


Read an interview here: Asa-Chang & Junray feat. Kyoko Koizumi


Anonymous said...

Have a look at this forum page and scroll down to the post containing the words "Jun Ray Sung Chang" by author xhyperballadx.

Sign up for the forum and message him! ;-)

BTW, excellent selection of albums and descriptions, as always. Prefer quality over quantity.

KOMPAKT of course is specialized quite much on Minimal Techno mainly, but there are excellent albums recently, like

Justus Köhncke's "Safe and Sound" (AMG Album Pick)

DJ KOZE's "Kosi comes around"

The Field's "From Here We Go Sublime",

Supermayer's (Superpitcher & Michael Mayer) "Save the World" is at least an interesting concept album.

Hey, it's my hometown's label, and I can't wait for August's c/o pop festival with KOMPAKT label party ;-)

Another note, I wouldn't mind (co-)posts at meg*uplo*d since RS's free user limitation to 50K/s, but I can live with the status quo, too. ;-)


Panda Stuffer said...

Hey this forum seems really fantastic! Tnx for the link, but I have a problem when registering... I didnt get that confirmation mail since yesterday? Do you know if there is some problem on the site? Is it closed?

Justus Köhncke's "Safe and Sound" is great, Supermayer's "Save the World" also but the Field's I havent heard.

Tnx for this great comment:)

Anonymous said...

Sorry, just found the mentioned forum by accident/google, don't know anything about it but I will try later for myself.

Anonymous said...

Just a thought, have you looked at your spam filter/folder?

Panda Stuffer said...

It's ok I've registered. I just had to wait for like 24 hours to get the confirmation mail.

Great forum, you should register.

xhyperballadx said...

Hi, I got your email and all that... I'll upload it asap.

Everyone else, grab these links above and mine here, BUT BUY A CD!! They're amazing artists and aren't U2 or Metallica, so help them out and stuff.

Nice to see someone found my post. I have more things there, so everyone take a look..

xhyperballadx said...

Here it is. 320kps

Like I said, buy the original..

Panda Stuffer said...

Tnx xhyperballadx much:) I'll add this album to my post.

Boebis said...

I love it, soooooooooooo much. I didn't have the Tsu gi one. Its as good as the other. Really found of Kaikyo. How come it's not number one everywhere?

Panda Stuffer said...

Kaikyo is gorgeous. Good question also:)

Kazuhiko said...
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Kazuhiko said...

thankyou so much, I love asa chang but I could not find albums anywhere, sorry for my poor english, that's not my mother language

cialis online said...

Thanks for posting this, I've been searching the same singles... and you know what, my favorite track is "Toremoro" too, I think their rhythms are awesome and most of the people won't ignore the music style, because they are a professional in this kind of sounds. 23jj

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