JAPAN'S FINEST TABLATRONIC SAMPLEMANIA ETHOGRAPHERS OR SIMPLY SAID - THE FUTURE SOUND OF JAPAN
ARTIST``````````ASA-CHANG & JUNRAY
SINGLE 01`````KANA (2004)
SINGLE 02`````SENAKA (2004)
ALBUM`````````TSU GI NE PU (2003)
GENRE``````````ELECTRONIC, EXPERIMENTAL, POST-ETNO (HA?)
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.
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Read an interview here: Asa-Chang & Junray feat. Kyoko Koizumi