Echoes Of Japan (Kimono Blue Vinyl) (NO HYPE STICKER ON SLEEVE)— Mais Um
NOTE: The hype sticker was removed by the label – sticker residue is present on the nylon wrapping, brand new item otherwise. 2021 deluxe edition in “kimono blue” vinyl, full colour gatefold sleeve, sealed.
One of the essential ‘global’ albums of 2019 gets its first pressing on ‘kimono blue’ vinyl, alongside a repress on regular black vinyl.
A1 KUSHIMOTO BUSHI
A2 HOHAI BUSHI
B1 MAMUROGAWA ONDO
B2 YASUGI BUSHI
C1 AKITA NIKATA BUSHI
C2 TOICHIN BUSHI
D1 TANKO BUSHI
D3 SUMO JINKU
Ahead of the release of their second album and their collaboration with cult Japanese kimono label Nakai Shoten, Minyo Crusaders come with a limited edition of their classic debut album.
Since their 2020 collaborative EP with Frente Cumbiero amassed almost 1m listens on Spotify plus over 1m views for the lead video on both Facebook and Twitter, the band’s popularity has soared.
Minyo Crusaders rework historic Japanese folk songs (min’yo) with Latin, African, Caribbean and Asian rhythms for their debut album “Echoes of Japan”. Releases from Ryuichi Sakamoto, Haruomi Hosono and Midori Takada have re-ignited global interest in Japanese music and “Echoes of Japan” marks the arrival of a big band like no other. “For Japanese people, min’yo is both the closest, and most distant, folk music” explains band-leader Katsumi Tanaka: “We may not feel it in our daily, urban lives, yet the melodies, the style of singing and the rhythm of the taiko drums are engrained in our DNA”. Initially indifferent to min’yo, a tragic event in recent Japanese history set Tanaka on his current path: “Following the Tohoku earthquake of 2011, I reflected on my life, work and identity. A fan of world music, I began searching for Japanese roots music I could identify with. Discovering mid-late 20th century acts Hibari Misora, Chiemi Eri and the Tokyo Cuban Boys, I was captivated by their eccentric arrangements and how they mixed min’yo with Latin and jazz.” Originally sung by fishermen (Kushimoto Bushi; Mamurogawa Ondo), coal miners (Tanko Bushi) and sumo wrestlers (Sumo Jinku), these songs deal with topics such as the returning spirits of ancestors (Hohai Bushi), Japan’s smallest bird (Toichin Bushi) and a bride’s love for her husband’s pockmarked face (Otemoyan). Minyo Crusaders are one of the most hyped acts on the Tokyo music scene that went national in 2018 through festivals such as Fuji Rock. The band features veterans of the Tokyo roots music scene such as bassist DADDY U (Ska Flames), keyboardist Moe (Kidlat), sax player Koichiro Osawa (Matt Sounds/ J.J. Session), Yamauchi Stephan (J.J. Session), percussionist Mutsumi Kobayashi (Banda de la Mumbia), conga player Irochi (Cubatumb) and vocalist Meg (DJ collective Tokyo Sabroso).
SELECTED PRESS HIGHLIGHTS
NPR Tiny Desk Concert – January 2021
Gilles Peterson: “Fascinating… love this. Thoroughly recommended.”
The Observer: “The focus is on great grooves and fine playing. A band to seek out.”
The Guardian: “Delightfully quirky album of folk songs reimagined from Afrobeat to reggae.”
The Times: “Minyo Crusaders sound like nothing else lurking on your Spotify playlist.”
The Arts Desk: “This ten-piece sound like they’d set a field at WOMAD festival alight.”
BBC 6 Music – Support from: Radcliffe and Maconie, Gideon Coe, Iggy Pop, Tom Robinson, Tom Ravenscroft, Huw Stephens, Don Letts, Cerys Matthews, Gilles Peterson
FOR FANS OF: Haruomi Hosono, Soundway Records, Analog Africa, Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band