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March 2017


Welcome to the new look Far Side newsletter. Not that we particularly wanted to change. Being rather old-school, we like the more personal touch of communicating with customers directly. Whether telling you we've sent your order rather than an automatically generated email, personally recommending something instead of an algorithm, or indeed telling you about new releases. However, our host server called and told us sending thousands of emails every month could mean being blacklisted. So, here you are...
 

New Releases

Loads of new releases since last time. Ryuichi Sakamoto has a new solo album out, his first for  eight years, although he's keeping the title and cover a secret at the moment, apart from the rather strange code SN/M比50%. It's out on both CD and double vinyl LP. There is also another Sakamoto Year Book out, this time 1980-1984, and another in the Commmons:Schola series of tracks chosen by Sakamoto, the latest is of Japanese pop music. If that's enough he also turns up as composer and guest on an album by Shuta Hasunuma and U-Zhaan. 

The final work of Isao Tomita, who passed away last year, gets released in March too. Dr. Coppelius is described as a 'Space Ballet' and was recorded live in Tokyo in November last year. You can watch a video here. 

Makoto Kubota has produced a very nice new album by Mariko Hamada called Town Girl Blue and has released another of his Ambient Bali albums.

The extraordinary group that is Shibusashirazu have released their first album for four years, and you can listen to a track here. Another unclassifiable group, Pascals feature on the new album by Japan's 'Screaming Philosopher' Kazuki Tomokawa. Here's a short video of them recording

Onto traditional music, and there are two albums of koto. Gaho Takahashi recorded hers in Paris and is rather beautiful, while Mana Yoshinaga's Rin-Ring is a mixture with western instruments. Meanwhile one of the great shakuhachi players, Kaoru Kakizaki, has released a fantastic new album with foreign guest players. 

From Amami island, one of my favourite singers, and who we also have the pleasure to work with, Rikki has a new album out and very good it is too. You can watch an album trailer here. There is also a new album from veteran Amami singer Ikue Asazaki. While from Okinawa, Kazufumi Miyazawa has compiled an album of the best of the younger singers and artists from the island. 

From 1970s Thailand is an album of traditional morlam, which you can listen to, and two albums, Volume 1 and Volume 2 from Thai pop/funk legends, The Impossibles. There are two albums from Vietnam that mix traditional with modern influences including by the much touted Mat Troi Do, or Red Sun Band, worth a listen. Finally, an album by Burmese singer Ni Ni Win Shwe, again a mix of traditional and contemporary sounds

There are eight new Far Side Radio shows to listen again to on Mixcloud since the last newsletter or via the Far Side web site for the full track listing with links to the albums. Far Side Radio goes out live every Wednesday from 12 noon on Resonance 104.4 FM repeated on Sunday mornings from 8am. You can also listen on DAB Digital Radio in London, via the Radio Player app, or streaming on the Resonance web site. Recent shows include Ryuchi Sakamoto's selections of Japanese pop, Thai Latin and funk from 1950s-70s, 1990s Japanese rock, Tau Moe and Hawaiian classics, children's songs and fundraising, guests from Japan for the wonderful Yugenism project and a tribute to Toshio Nakanishi who recently died. 
Below is a selection of new releases. Don't forget, to keep up with new releases, what's on the radio and other related things that might be of interest you can like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter using the links below. I promise to not to send you holiday snaps, photos of my dinner, share news stories I've read or videos of cats doing funny things. Hopefully, just useful stuff. If you prefer not to receive this newsletter, I don't mind. Just unsubscribe below. Until next time.
Thank you.
Paul. 
Ryuichi Sakamoto - New Album
£29.99
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Tomita - Dr. Coppelius
£27.99
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Shibusashirazu - Juju
£23.99
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Gaho Takahashi - A Paris
£24.99
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Ryuichi Sakamoto - Year Book 1980-1984
£29.99
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Mariko Hamada - Town Girl Blue
£24.99
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Kazuki Tomokawa - Gleaming Crayon
£21.99
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The Impossibles - Best of Vol.1
£14.99
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Shuta Hasunuma & U-Zhaan - 2 Tone
£25.99
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Makoto Kubota - Relax & Sleep Bali
£17.99
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Kaoru Kakizaki - Shakuhachi Honkyoku
£24.99
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Khana Rungsin - Khan Chang Khan Phaen (2 CDs)
£29.99
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