Returning off the back of an incredible run of deep dives into numerous historical contexts of (Japan)noise, we bring you the first ever vinyl reissue of Grim’s legendary 1987 EP, “Message”, now expanded to a full album’s length.
More than five years since first embarking on Masonna’s vinyl reissue series, dedicated to the early tape works, we return with Maso Yamazaki and Space Machine – the end result of Yamazaki’s daily inner trip explorations of music at his Space Machine Systems Studio. Space Tuning triple vinyl box set deeply meditative and tinged with the complex cosmic dimensions that makes it one of the most intriguing and engaging never released.
The first ever cassette pressing of two Merzbow masterpiece: Rainbow Electronics and Green Wheels. Truly amazing, what noise is all about, a howling furious and thrilling listen from start to finish, each tape in a limited edition of 199 copies, so not to be slept on.
Uma166 Space Machine – Space Tuning Box 3LP wooden box edition of 199 sold out • Described by Yamazaki as an “analog electronic cosmic sound project”, Space Machine draws on the artists deep and long-standing love of early electronic music from the ’50s and ’60s, his collecting of analog synthesizers and vintage electronic equipment over the years that he was primarily active as Masonna, and a desire to find a new creative pathway for his work, which was facilitated by being forced, in 2000, to temporarily cease Masonna activities… Find out more here
Uma165 Grim – Message LP edition of 199 sold out • It belongs to a body of three releases created by Grim during the 1980s, including the full length, Folk Music, issued by Eskimo Records in 1986, and the EP, Amaterasu, released by G.A. Propaganda in 1985. While its two predecessors are brilliant and more or less what you might expect from a seminal artist of Japanese noise, Message follows a markedly different path, delving toward the realm of pop and folk via a series of six songs that emit a stronger connection to Daniel Johnson, Syd Barrett, Sebadoh, and Tenniscoats… Find out more here
Uma149 Merzbow – Green Wheels Tape + DL edition of 199 | 14€• Green Wheels is Merzbow in its most straightforward, most genuine, most uncontrolled and refined form. Originally released by the legendary US label Self Abuse Records on CD and 5-inch vinyl record, both housed in a foil-lined cardboard box with the abstract and impressive art work created by the artist himself. Find out more here
Uma144 Merzbow – Rainbow Electronics Tape + DL edition of 199 | 14€• Originally released on CD in 1990 by Alchemy Records as part of the Good Alchemy Series, Rainbow Electronics marks the pinnacle of Merzbow‘s late 80’s noise phase. Selected and transformed from about 21 hours tape of primitive raw material recorded during three years (1987-1990) in 14 fragments lasting about 74 minutes. Find out more here