“New Maps” video by Roger Robinson
“New Maps” video by Roger Robinson
WaqWaq [pron.: Wa-Ku Wa-Ku], Definition: to flutter or fly.
Shinsekai = New World, refers to the periphery of severe poverty and destitution in Osaka, Japan. Called Nishinari-ku it is home to many beautiful people.
Next level sounds coming from the Science Ninja Team WaqWaq Kingdom, re-charting dub territory as we know it with their highly addictive post-tribal epic Shinsekai (“New World”).
Driven by the trimba (a percussion instrument developed and mastered by Moondog) of Andrea Belfi (Nils Frahm, Nonkeen, Mike Watt) –– the ethereal voice of Kiki Hitomi (King Midas, Black Chow) is twisting through a fog of swirling arpeggiators and polyrhythmic textures, all brought together beautifully by bass- and mayhem expert Shigeru Ishihara (DJ Scotch Egg, Seefeel).
‘Shinsekai’ develops its very own language as each of the hypnotic tracks meanders through different stages of deepness and tension, evolving into the bigger picture of an album with a dazzling amount of intrinsic details.
Stunning artwork by Simon Fowler (Sunn O))), The Bug and many more), done in Hanga / relief printing style. Guest vocals on “Step Into The World” by Kathy Alberici. Mastered and cut for extra heaviness by Pole / Scapemastering Berlin.
Formed in 2015, the science ninja team WaqWaq Kingdom is running secret operations from their underground bases in Berlin and Leipzig. Set out to save the world and re-chart sonic territory as we know it, their combined WaqWaq powers created the super weapon “Shinsekai” (“New World”), which will send ripples throughout the galaxy.
WaqWaq Kingdom team members are:
Shigeru Ishihara is mostly knows as breakcore-gameboy legend DJ Scotch Egg, but also for playing bass in Seefeel (Warp Records), the Devilman project and Small But Hard Records. When he’s not saving the world operating the WaqWaq science lab he’s running Samurai Spoon, making the best Okonomiyaki in Berlin – oi-shiii!
Kiki Hitomi is the singer/songwriter from bass explorers King Midas Sound (Ninja Tune), Black Chow, the Japanese Dubstep noise duo Dokkebi Q and the NoinoNoinoNoino project. Her highly acclaimed solo debut album “Karma No Kusari” appeared on Jahtari in 2016.
Andrea also exhibited sound-art installations throughout Europe and U.S., released five solo albums and more than fifty collaborative records. He has performed at Barbican Centre (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Unsound Festival (Krakow), Issue Project Room (New York), CTM Festival (Berlin).
WaqWaq Kingdom Releases
NoinoNoinoNoino “8” tape out on Caoutchou Records
Watch out for Kiki Hitomi‘s side project NoinoNoinoNoino! Caoutchou Records just released their album “8” on a fantastic looking limited tape edition. If you’re into the dense atmopshere of 1960s Japanese New Wave Cinema and movies like “Suna No Onna / Woman Of The Dunes” the post apycalyptic dubs on this haunting cassette are for you. Some ideas in there later found their way into songs on Kiki Hitomi’s LP “Karma No Kusari“, so listen closely!
2014, boiling hot sun in Berlin: Kiki Hitomi (1/3 of King Midas Sound), Dead Fader, DJ Die Soon, and DJ Hotel gathered in a shaman’s den to record. Within 3 days without food -only surviving on green holy aroma’s- they produced 44 songs. 13 of those tracks form the album “8”.
These highly intense improvisations, all one take recordings, connect into one long bass-heavy soundtrack that gives a nod to 60’s Japanese New Wave movies like “Suna no Onna”.