World Treasures Radio show now available (with tracklist): 5th Notional and Ekiti Sound in focus

The latest World Treasures Music radio show is now available to catch up on and features a new interpretation of Japanese ambiance by 5th Notional and a track called Ife by new transnational outfit – Ekiti Sound.

Ekiti Sound is Leke, aka CHiF, a Nigerian and London-based producer, vocalist and musician who has just signed to Crammed Discs after working on soundtracks in the Nollywood film industry. He makes futuristic fusion music that transcends borders. This video is pretty natty too and is directed by Sam Campbell, who shot it in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria:

“Ife means the greatest love in Yoruba,” Lefe says. “The song weaves a traditional raspy vocal from Ekiti Sound collaborator Prince G. The deep sub bass energy rides on the signature heavy tribal drums and patterns of Ekiti sound lifting into a ethereal breakdown melody that sticks in your head.”

Ekiti Sound’s debut album Abeg No Vex is planned for release in November.

Also featured in the latest show is a track from the priceless reissue of 5th Notional’s Yawn Yawn Yawn by Archeo Recordings. Manu at Archeo has been reissuing grails from his native Italy since 2014. This mellow masterpiece of Japanese ambient music has been delivered in a three vinyl pack with new remixes from some of Japan’s finest – Chee Shimizu, Yabe, Kuniyuki, as well as Tokyo DJ Max Essa. All of these tracks are absolutely beautiful and they have been staples of recent World Treasures shows and mixes.

More selections from the latest show will be covered in the coming days, including features of new albums by Chancha Via Circuita, El Malon Del Gaucho and Emanative. Also coming up is a feature on Japanese visionary Haruomi Hosono and the forthcoming packages from Light In The Attic Records, as well as an interview with Romanian music pioneer – Rodion.

Listen to the show:

Tracklist

George Earnest – A Storm

5th Notional – Song With No Words (Laughing Instrumental)

Chancha Via Circuita – Ilaló (feat. Mateo Kingman)

Copenema – Te Faz Bem (mix master 2)

Bonnie & Klein – Iris

Emanative – Dawn Child (Sunrise)

Emanative – Iyaami (ft Dele Sosimi)

Chancha Via Circuita – Kawa Kawa (feat. Kaleema)

Falz – This Is Nigeria

Ekiti Sound – Ife

Haruomi Hosono – Laugh-Gas

Haruomi Hosono – Orgone Box

Omer Coleman – So Good (Instrumental)

Pat Ca$h – Cajibre

Omer Coleman – Lovin Babe Sure Is Fun (Vocal Edit)

El Malon Del Gaucho – Molina

Pastor T. L. Barrett – Jesus, Lover Of My Soul

Pastor T. L. Barrett –  Do Not Pass My By

Letta Mbulu – Kilimandjaro Take Us Higher

Bakambi N Kela – Kilimanjoro

Christy Essien – You Can’t Change A Man

Uta Bella – Enyin

George Earnest – A Sea

Christy Essien – Goodbye

Finally, posting this now that the controversy has died down a bit. Falz’s parody/pastiche/inspired take on Childish Gambino’s This Is America attracted praise and criticism in huge quantities. Positive perspectives focused on this comedian’s biting staire and social commentary. Negative perspectives focused on specific lyrics that stereotyped Nigerians, without the slightest recognition of irony or intention. It is hard to deny that art should create a reaction,

New material and reissues from Japan display musical diversity of nation

One of the recent highlights has been the super-funky, super flaky LP by Shintaro Sakamoto. The former Yura Yura Teikoko guitarist smashes it with his Hawaiian lap steel guitar on this, the fourth solo album by this pioneer. When Sakamoto duets with robot voices (Purging the Demons) we are hearing something unique. Love Is Possible is reggae, roots, Balearic, funk, pop and rock all at once in a heady brew that is both fresh and timeless – as you can hear from the title track.

Yura Yura Teikoku recorded a dozen studio albums between 1992 and 2007, but  played to large audiences in Japan, only touring outside the country in the United States in 2005. Sakamoto will be earning himself new listeners with this release, as well as revisits to the psychedelic rock sound of his former three piece.

There are timely reissues of the Japanese ambient variety also.  One of the most essential pieces from this country and in this genre is Yasuaki Shimizu’s Kakashi LP. This has been one of the most sought after OG vinyls from the country for many years. The 1982 first release is highly coveted and the 2016 reissue  was a welcome one, though still soaring in value since last year. Heads up on another reissue circulating soon, though not on the Better Days label.

Finally, another supreme collection of Japanese music has been released by the awesome label Light In The Attic. Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973 is the first installment in what promises to be an essential ‘Japan archival’ mini-series. The twists, turns, emotion, soul, selection, package, artwork and price make this one of the must-have compilations of 2017. Music lovers can expect big things from now on with the themed mini-series.

Other artists include Haruomi Hosono, Yasuaki Shimizu, Kenji Endo, Kazuhiko Yamahira & The Sherman, Sachiko Kanenobu, Kazuhiko Kato, Takashi Nishioka and Hachimitsu Pie.

To see a collection of the stunning cover art associated with this release, click here to visit the WTM Japan page.