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Artist: MUKAI,CHIE + JUSTIN SIMON
Title: Hi Tsuki
Format: LP
Label: Mesh-Key
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"Mesh-Key is pleased to announce the release of a lavish, limited edition run of this heretofore unheard collaboration, finally seeing the light of day 15 years after its recording. Acoustic instrumentation and synthesizers meet Mukais haunting voice for four sparse, minimalistic compositions unlike anything in either artists previous output.Each record comes folded inside thick Italian pastel paper, and each copy has been individually decorated with a design in sumi ink by Simon. The titles and inserts were silkscreened by Keegan Cooke at The Circadian Press.

Chie Mukai is a composer and musician from Osaka, Japan, best known for her underground improv-folk group Ché-SHIZU (PSF), which she founded in 1981. In addition to her song-based work, Mukai has been an active improviser since 1975, when she joined the East Bionic Symphonia group under the leadership of Fluxus violinist-composer Takehisa Kosugi at the Biggako Art School of Tokyo. She has since collaborated with Keiji Haino, John Duncan, Agata Morio and many others. Her primary instrument is the bowed Chinese er-hu, but she also plays piano and percussion. Justin Simon records as Invisible Conga People and runs Mesh-Key Records. One-time edition of 300 copies." - Mesh-Key.

Artist: PHEW
Title: Light Sleep
Format: LP
Label: Mesh-Key
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Propulsive rhythms from early drum machines, whirring electronics and dreamlike vocals make for a jaw-dropping late-career masterpiece from legendary Japanese musician Phew, recorded solo at Phews home in Tokyo.

Phews career began in the late 1970s as lead singer of Osaka punk group Aunt Sally (whose only full-length was released by Vanity Records in 1979). Ryuichi Sakamoto produced her first solo release in 1980, a two-song single, and in 1981 Pass Records released her debut album, a bonafide classic recorded with original Can members Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit at Conny Planks studio in Germany. Shes forged a singular path over the past thirty-plus years, collaborating with folks from DAF, Einstürzende Neubauten, Boredoms, Anton Fier, Bill Laswell and more. Its borderline sacrilegious to compare an artist as unique as Phew with anyone else, but for those unfamiliar with her work, “Light Sleep” might be described as a more animated Nico singing (in Japanese) for early Suicide. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D+M, Berlin." - Mesh-Key. Limited second pressing with slightly altered jacket and insert design.

Artist: PHEW
Title: Voice Hardcore
Format: LP
Label: Mesh-Key
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Living legend Phew follows her brilliant “Light Sleep” album with another masterwork – “Voice Hardcore” - comprised entirely of her iconic, instantly recognizable voice, twisted, folded and layered over six mesmerizing tracks. Recorded at home in summer 2017, this release finds Phew exploring an idea she first hatched while recording her debut single “Finale” in 1980 – to, in her words, “make new reverberations that I have never heard before, using only my body.” 37 years later, once again Phew proves herself to be the exception to the rule – a veteran artist with an estimable catalog spanning decades who, rather than repeating herself or playing it safe, charges headfirst into uncharted territory.
Phews self-released tour CD of “Voice Hardcore” was voted #23 Best Album of 2017 by The Wire Magazine (“A woozy, opiate-soaked stumble into a sparse dreamworld”).
This Mesh-Key vinyl edition features a silver foil stamped cover and a double-sided, full color insert, and comes with an mp3 download card.
Bio:Phews career began in the 70s when she fronted Osaka punk group Aunt Sally (who released one album on Vanity Records in 1979). Ryuichi Sakamoto produced Phews first solo release in 1980 and in 1981 Pass Records issued her debut LP, a classic featuring Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit of Can, and Conny Plank. Shes since released six acclaimed solo albums and multiple collaborations with members of DAF, Einstürzende Neubauten, Boredoms, and more." - Mesh-Key.

Artist: SAKAMOTO, SHINTARO
Title: Love If Possible
Format: LP
Label: Mesh-Key
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
Third solo album by former member of Japanese psych band Yura Yura Teikoku. Comes with full-color inserts with translations of all the lyrics, and digital download cards.

"In the late 1950s and early 60s–the space age that spawned The Jetsons and brought hi-fi stereos into countless suburban living rooms–Americans were infatuated with the thought of experiencing far-off and unknowable cultures from the safety of their homes. Think of João and Astrud Gilberto, Les Baxter, Miles Daviss Sketches of Spain, Juan García Esquivel, Herb Alperts Tijuana Brass: It was a great time for musicians who satisfied this urge for the exotic, regardless of whether they were offering a genuine article or the ersatz version.
By deliberately amplifying the foreign strangeness that composers built into easy-listening exotica and that dilettantish listeners imposed on bossa nova and Latin jazz, the Japanese musician Shintaro Sakamoto seems to ask, What if this alien music were made by actual aliens? Following two decades as frontman of the beloved psych-rock outfit Yura Yura Teikoku, Sakamoto has spent the last five years making tight and rhythmic pop that just barely passes the Turing test, immaculately arranged and recorded on a small orchestra of guitars, keyboards, woodwinds, drums, and hand percussion. His sound also evokes Steely Dan, Stereolab, and Eureka-era Jim ORourke–auteurs of slyly sophisticated, sometimes difficult music that just happens to sound great in the background over cocktails.
Sakamoto fully established his uncanny aesthetic universe on his 2011 solo debut How to Live With a Phantom, which has become something of a cult classic for American record collectors and Nipponophiles. (For English-speaking listeners, the fact that Sakamoto sings in Japanese makes the line between his musics intentional distance and our own otherizing occasionally difficult to define.) On 2014s Lets Dance Raw, he refined the formula, mostly via layers of steel guitar that sounded like the shag-carpeted tiki bar approximation of Hawaiian slack-key playing.
Love If Possible continues to subtly expand his sound, with more forceful rhythms and the addition of marimba and Mellotron to the mix. In its ghostly way, Sakamotos music has always suggested the idea of dancing, but “Like an Animal” and “Disco Is” are among the first songs in his catalog that might induce actual bodily movement on the floor. “Tournament of Macho Men” grafts his sensibility onto the sort of meandering, pastoral ballad that was once the exclusive domain of curly-headed Englishe guyse who spelle everythinge like thise, complete with Mellotron flute.
Sometimes, the songs seem to stretch out forever in all directions with no peaks or valleys, like an infinite marble tabletop, bringing to mind James Browns edict for the way his band should sound: “Hard. Flat. Flat.” When drummer Yuta Suganuma hits his toms or any cymbals other than the hi-hat, it qualifies as a major event in the life of these songs. He gets through the entire five-and-a-half-minute title track, which opens the album, with just kick, snare, and shaker.

In November, rather than releasing a traditional single to announce the upcoming American release of Love If Possible, Sakamoto shared a cover of “Disco Is” performed by an electronic musician named Syunsuke Ono, who is otherwise best known for his vocoder interpretations of Sly & The Family Stone. Onos version of “Disco Is” is sparse and sweetly mechanical, as if Rosie the Robot Maid had turned herself into a one-woman funk band for the entertainment of the Jetson family. It doesnt sound exactly like Sakamotos own recordings, but youd be forgiven for thinking you were hearing a snippet of his new album. Doing away with his human human voice entirely in favor of an androids syrupy drawl would seem like a logical next step for Sakamotos music, and its tempting to wonder what Love If Possible would sound like if hed further indulged his more experimental tendencies.
The albums most immediate song is “Purging the Demons,” on which Sakamoto sings call-and-response with three backup vocalists and a pitch-shifted version of his own voice that sounds not entirely unlike Onos vocoder. The lyrics reference the Japanese folk myth of Momotaro, a boy who takes a dog, monkey, and pheasant with him on a journey from his home town to battle the monsters who live on a far-off island. (In Sakamotos version, Momotaro travels not in the giant peach of the original, but a “used car.”) As it ends, “Purging the Demons” fills with background chatter and hollers that might as well have been ripped from some forgotten funk 45, putting Sakamotos robot crooning smack in the middle of an honest-to-god party. At that moment, Love If Possibles alienness momentarily sprints past its pleasant wallpaper quality, and you can imagine a baffled soiree guest finally putting down his drink and wondering aloud, What in the world is this music?" - Spin.

Artist: YURA YURA TEIKOKU
Title: NA.MA.SHI.BI.RE.NA.MA.ME.MA.I.
Format: CD
Label: Mesh-Key
Country: USA
Price: $10.00
"Available for the first time outside Japan, This 2003 hour-plus live recording captures (Yura Yura Teikoku) at the height of their powers" - Mesh Key. ⿿From Japan springs forth the greatest band in the world, Yura Yura Teikoku. I have profound love and respect for this band⿿s music and I hope it brings you as much joy as it has brought me.⿝ - Michio Kurihara, THE STARS/GHOST/DAMON&NAOMI guitarist. ⿿Yura Yura Teikoku is Japan⿿s sensational, psychedelic, pop-noise explosion that Western ears have never heard. The sheer amount of noise generated by these three mere men has become stuff of legend in Japan: only Yura Yura Teikoku could pull together a sound this brutal, this large and make it into something this meaningful, this unique.⿝ - W.D. Marx, THE FADER.

Artist: YURA YURA TEIKOKU
Title: Soft Death
Format: 12"
Label: Mesh-Key
Country: USA
Price: $11.00
"A brand new 12-inch EP from veteran Japanese psych rock legends YURA YURA TEIKOKU. The A-side is a pounding long mix of the song "Soft Death" from the bands Sweet Spot album. The B-side features an exclusive remix of "It Was A Robot," along with a "Soft Death" instrumental mix. The bands ecstatic pop/pysch sound has been embraced by both rock and dance music fans alike. Limited to 500 copies." - Mesh Key.
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