Saturday, January 30, 2010

Electrified Fukuko - Gamble '86

I could easily see this little bon bon fitting at either Big in Japan or Downtown Music, but so far as I am able to tell, no one has posted it. I was unable to find even a scan of the cover, but the above is a detail from it, which gives a pretty good idea. This four song EP released in 1985 finds Ikue Mori just before she began her transformation into the poetess of the drum machine. A trio recording with two other women otherwise unknown to me, Non on bass and vocals and Emiko M. on guitar, with a sound pitched somewhere between Saboten, Fake and Chie Mukai, any of these four songs would have been at home on the Fred Frith produced compilation of Japanese music, Welcome to Dreamland, released the same year. Electrified-Fukuko (Fukuko apparently means belly or something to do with the abdominal cavity), is a bit like a cleaner, more delicate and spacious DNA, three instruments, each inhabiting their own particular space and collectively creating quite a seductive ruckus. Ikue's drumming expands beyond her toms dominated approach to make effective use of cymbals and drum rims, prefiguring the drum machine textures she began to experiment with in Tohban Djan. Golden Gate comes on like LiLiPUT ca. their first album. Fiesta makes effective use of what sounds like a recorder and has something of a Fish & Roses feel about it, while also being the most Japanese sounding. March is notable for Non's Immigrant Song yelp and the bassline of Beast and Blue Moon reminds me of Kira Roessler's work with Mike Watt as Dos. All in all a lost a little gem of the no wave.

01. Golden Gate (2:18)
02. Fiesta (5:47)
03. March (3:05)
04. Beast and Blue Moon (3:02)

Ikue Mori - Drums, Percussion
Non - Bass, Vocals
Emiko M. - Guitar

Thanks to Reck for big help.

Telegraph Records TGEP 030

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Slant - Hive

Slant - Hive was released in 1989 as These Records no. 5. Slant consisted of performance poet, Cris Cheek, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, Sianed Jones, the turntables and radio of Philip Jeck, Julia Doyle on double bass and Frances Knight, keys and accordion, plus guests. I knew Sianed Jones from her work in Kahondo Style, but the other names were new to me at the time this was issued. Since then both Cheek and Jeck have extensive resumes. I've been unable to find very much on the net, not even a scan of the cover, merely a discography. Above is the scanned insert with the image of the back cover of the album sans track listings and recording information. Slant is difficult to pin down, but signposts may include the moodier parts of Julie Tippetts' Sunset Glow, her more recent and abstract work, such as Shadow Puppet or the atmospheric sound world of her collaborations with Martin Archer, like 2009's Ghosts of Gold. One may also be put in mind of the one off project of David Garland, Ikue Mori and Cinnie Cole entitled, Worlds of Love, which was released around the same time. Slant recorded two additional CDs in the early '90s, but I've not heard them.

01. Being in Bed (6:28)
02. Sleep (2:55)
03. Rush Hour / Mind the Gap (6:02)
04. Three Families (4:03)
05. Red Stone (3:11)
06. Frustration (5:06)
07. Road (4:17)
08. Sheep (0:59)
09. Ducks (3:34)
10. P is for Plane (2:51)
11. Sending Dazz to Kellogs (2:27)
12. Litter (5:23)
13. Howling and Wolf (4:17)

Note: 14 tracks are listed but Rush Hour and Mind the Gap run together without a pause.


  • Cris Cheek - marimba, souffara, emax, voices, piano, darabouka, clarinet, agogo bells, breath rhythms, face slap, seed pod rattles, cassette samples, tambourine, alesis HR16
  • Sianed Jones - violin, vocals, piano, fife, claves, viola da gamba, harmonium, breath rhythms, organ, emax
  • Philip Jeck - turntables, radio
  • Frances Knight - DX7, accordion, keyboards
  • Julia Doyle - double bass
  • Maciek Hyrbowicz - guitar, cabasa
  • Osian Tam - voice
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Nimal refers to Nimal as a Slovenian group, presumably because of the key role played by Bratko Bibic. Here though is the first recording by Nimal and he's not even present. Nimal is more accurately viewed as an offshoot of Debile Menthol. This is very much Momo Rossel's vision, as he wrote and arranged the music, played most of the instruments and did the engineering. Tom Cora, Pippin Barnett, Dominique Diebold, Gilles Rieder, Didier Pietton and Victor de Bros appear as guests. It serves as a template for Nimal's subsequent work, with all tracks but Dimanche re-recorded in a more fully realized band format for Voix de Surface.

1. La semaine des quatre jeudi - Part I - IV (10:12)
2. Dimanche (2:46)
3. Animal triste (4:35)
4. La marelle (4:30)
5. Au zoo (4:01)
6. Un drame (2:10)
7. Le tram (1:44)
8. Maligne (3:14)

- Jean-M. Rossel / guitars, bass, accordion, hurdy-gurdy, bouzouki, piano, DX- 100, percussion, sound effects
- Tom Cora / cello (6,8), bass (7), voice (2)
- Pippin Barnett / (1) drums, percussion
- Dominique Diebold / (4) drums
- Victor de Bros / (4) piano, prophet
- Gilles V. Rieder / (5) percussion
- Didier Pietton / (2) soprano

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