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Belt up for a mind-altering journey through time and space stopping by Japanese enka, 8-bit psychedelica and mutated digi dub on this genre-defying long player from King Midas Sound’s Kiki Hitomi and Jahtari bossman disrupt.
Set against an intergalactic backdrop of riddims and soundscapes “Karma No Kusari” (“Chain Of Karma”) unfolds piece by piece, with Kiki’s otherworldly tone of voice providing a ghostly atmosphere that is at times unsettling but always achingly beautiful.
This gritty disc of cosmic vintage pop – entirely done without a computer – includes compositions by Maffi, the mysterious Tapes plus a transmission from the immortal Space Ape. With stunning artwork by Kiki herself “Karma No Kusari” is indispensible for any true space cadet.
One night in 2011 King Midas Sound‘s Roger Robinson returned to Brixton from touring and inadvertently walked into the centre of the London riots. Through the flames and smoke he felt compelled to tell the stories of the people he saw rioting on the street that night.
With disrupt‘s dub soundtrack highlighting the triumphs and tribulations in the lives of the people of Brixton, the album unfolds like a documentary film, extending from the epicentre of the riots and rippling out from there.
Roger showcases all his poetry and singing styles over the sonic tower blocks and underground caverns of disrupt’s dub soundscapes, evoking the golden era of dub poetry of the likes of Prince Far I, Big Youth and Linton Kwesi Johnson – a time when dub poetry made you dance in the club but also made you think on the way home.
Done with lots of voltage, old school samplers, DIY synths, home made delays, dictaphones and even onboard computer mics this gritty disc will take you straight to Brixton’s streets.
Cover artwork by Elen G. / MyLord
The master of the magnetic scrolls is back at the boombox with his second Jahtari EP, once again exploring the more rugged corners of the dub universe. On Side A ‘Where Is The Time’ creates a rhythmical space-time paradoxon straight away, with harmonies that stream right off a dysfunct flux capacitor module. Next up ‘Persian Pulse Width’ switches the tape heads into heavy current mode, driving a battery of damaged 8-bit-chips into a thermal meltdown.
Side B contains two special cuts of older Tapes gems: a 12″ extended dub mix of Vernon Maytone’s ‘Old Pan Sound’ that originally came out on a now hard to find 7″ on Tape’s Selah Wadadda label. And an ultra-heavy, extra-crackling cassette mix of the ghostly ‘Pipe Cleaner’ with haunting flutes by Diggory Kenrick that recently appeared as limited 7 on Meeuw Muzak. Serious voltage baked on tape here!
Spine crunching and synapse scorching 12″-EP by Black Chow, the not-from-this- planet side project of Kevin “The Bug” Martin (King Midas, Techno Animal) and Kiki Hitomi (King Midas, Dokkebi Q), extending the intense echo-dripping vibe of their killer track “Wonderland” from the compilation “Jahtarian Dubbers Vol. 2” into a whole EP.
Following the haunting Japanese original on side A is Pupajim‘s “Signs” with its tsunami-powered vocal style, turning the riddim into something that can only be described as a “bass opera” – utterly unique, totally addictive and absolutely unheard of so far. A deadly and stripped-to-the-bone dub version is on A3.
“Danger” on side B certainly lives up to the title. Casio driven 8-bit loops run through an echo chamber on a sonic warfare weapons testing range, with Kiki Hitomi on the spaceship intercom. The dub version will definitely create a black hole in your neighbourhood. Bass music straight from the bomb shelter on Mars.
The 12″ comes with amazing artwork by Kiki Hitomi!