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Like A Virgin (mono)
Like A Virgin (mono) (7" + MP3 download code)
Cat: PARK 1052. Rel: 17 Jul 23
Reggae Classics/Ska
Like A Virgin (3:34)
Take On Me (4:13)
Review: By now, we should all be aware of Inokasira Rangers, Japan's premier exponents of undeniably excellent reggae and rocksteady covers of everything from Nirvana, Kraftwerk and New Order to Underworld and Radiohead. Here they put their spin on two more classic cuts. On side A, they turn Madonna classic 'Like a Virgin' into a cheeky rocksteady instrumental, with the pop megastar's vocal being replaced by heady Hammond solos. Over on the reverse, they go for a sun-splashed, Balearic-leaning instrumental reggae revision of A-ha favourite 'Take On Me'. Yes, it's a novel and unusual idea, but as ever they've executed it beautifully.
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25 Miles
25 Miles (7" + MP3 download code)
Cat: PARK 1039. Rel: 08 Jun 21
25 Miles (3:25)
It's A Shame (4:18)
Review: Over the last decade, Inokashira Rangers have proved that you can turn pretty much any track - whether it's a TV theme tune, rave banger or grunge classic - into a reggae or rocksteady gem if you know what you're doing. They're at it again on their latest "45", which opens with a storming, largely instrumental reggae-soul version of Edwin Starr's 1968 soul classic '25 Miles'. Their version - full of reverb-laden drums, fuzzy organ motifs, mazy solos, warming bass and JB's guitars - is naturally hugely different to Starr's version, but recognisably the same song. Their flipside take on Spinners' classic 'It's a Shame' is rather more difficult, with the trio slowing it down to a skanking reggae crawl while retaining the familiar melodic refrain.
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Hikoukigumo (7" + MP3 download code)
Cat: PARK 1037. Rel: 18 May 21
Hikoukigumo (2:40)
Tetsuko No Heya (2:56)
Review: Freshfrom offering up brand-new cover versions of 'Toxic' and 'Waterfalls', Inokasira Rangers delve into their back catalogue and offer up another essential reissue. Both tracks were originally released back in 2015 and, like much of their catalogue, put a rocksteady-influenced vintage reggae spin on tracks by other artists. Lead cut 'Hikoukigumo' was the title track from singer-songwriter Yumi Arai's 1973 debut album; in the hands of the Rangers, it becomes a lolloping, Hammond-heavy shuffler full of toasty bass, clipped guitar riffs, rock-solid drums and melodic organ solos. Over on the flip they deliver their interpretation of 'Tetsu no Heya', the Taku Izumi-penned theme tune for a record-breaking Japanese chat show of the same name. We're not familiar with the original, but the trio's cheery and melodic reggae interpretation is certainly entertaining.
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Tags: Japanese Pop | Rocksteady | Ska
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I'm In The Mood For Dancing
I'm In The Mood For Dancing (limited 7" + insert)
Cat: PARK 1049. Rel: 16 Jan 23
Roots/Lovers Rock
I'm In The Mood For Dancing (3:22)
Central Freeway (3:13)
Review: Japan's brilliantly curious but highly listenable Inokashira Ranger band has covered everything in imaginable in their storied 10-year-plus career. Now they turn to The Nolans for some buttery lovers' rock with a warm and familiar edge. 'I'm In The Mood For Dancing' biomes a rolling rhythm with bright Hammond chords and swaggering riffs. The vocal comes from Yuima Enya and is nice and sweet and soulful. 'Central Freeway' on the flip is a smiler-sounding tune with easy-going drum sways and effortless cool vocals.
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Love Squall
Love Squall (limited 7" + insert)
Cat: PARK 1050. Rel: 16 Jan 23
Roots/Lovers Rock
Love Squall (3:08)
Plastic Love (4:46)
Review: Inokashira Rangers are renowned for their ska/reggae covers of some of the world's best-known songs, with versions of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', 'Creep' and 'I'm Not In Love', all laid to sweet 7" over the years. Here they team up with regular collaborating singer Sofia Manari, who takes centre stage in covering two J-pop classics closer to home. 'Love Squall', originally written by jazz great Yuji Ohno, hears a vocal rendition, while Mariya Takeuchi's 'Plastic Love' gets a similarly jubilant reworking on the B.
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Anarchy In The UK
Anarchy In The UK (7" + insert)
Cat: PARK 1053. Rel: 23 Oct 23
Reggae Classics/Ska
Anarchy In The UK (3:16)
Longing For Andulusia (4:44)
Review: Inokasira Rangers are known for bringing their own idiosyncratic dub and rootsy take on a whole world of classic source sounds from multiple different genres. Here they look to an iconic tune from The Sex Pistols and completely rework it into a slow and skating digital-dub framework then wire it up with spangled bass, bright metallic chords and re-sing the vocal in snarling fashion. On the flip is the excellent 'Longing For Andulusia' which is a more laid back and traditional dub sound that comes doused in island sun with some epic guitar solos.
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Sex Machine
Sex Machine (7" + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: PARK 0144. Rel: 21 Jun 22
Sex Machine (3:53)
Nagoriyuki (3:40)
Review: By now, we've become accustomed to Japanese outfit Inosakira Rangers offering up reggae and vintage rocksteady style cover versions of pop and dance tracks of old. Their latest cover, of James Brown classic 'Sex Machine', is a little different. It's no less warm, dusty or on-point than its predecessors, but there's no reggae or rocksteady flex - just a warmer, more laidback take on the funk classic, complete with distinctive lead vocals from Keichi Sokabe. They're back in lazy, Sunday afternoon rocksteady mode on original B-side 'Nagoriyuki', a sweet and quietly soulful number that pushes the band's bassist and organist - or more specifically their fine instrumentation - high in the mix for added nostalgic pleasure.
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Born Slippy (reissue)
Born Slippy (reissue) (7" + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: PARK 1036R. Rel: 21 Jun 22
Reggae Classics/Ska
Born Slippy (3:29)
Groove Tube (3:18)
Review: Over the last couple of years, we've been treated to numerous reissues of classic cover versions by Japanese reggae/rocksteady combo Inokasira Rangers, including takes on Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', Pharrell's 'Happy' and New Order's 'Blue Monday'. Here we're treated to another, as the band's 2017 take on Underworld anthem 'Born Slippy' gets a fresh pressing. It's certainly a revolutionary revision, with Keichi Sokabe's surprisingly Karl Hyde-sounding lead vocal rising above a lusciously languid, sub-heavy reggae groove. Over on the flip they take on 'Groove Tube', a 1991 indie-pop-meets-acid house single from Japanese outfit Flipper's Guitar, reframing it as a baggy, glassy-eyed rocksteady number.

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Tags: Japanese
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Whatever (7" + MP3 download code)
Cat: PARK 1040. Rel: 10 Aug 21
Reggae Classics/Ska
Whatever (3:45)
The World On Pause (3:31)
Review: Keiichi Sokabe and the vast Inokasira Rangers collective love to serve up their own covers of the biggest tunes from a range of genres. They've done 'Born Slippy,' 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' and 'Autobahn' amongst many others before now and this time out they add their own reggae spin to Oasis's classic 'Whatever.' In their hands, it has noodling melodies and a fat rhythm section that trundles along with a sense of playfulness. On the flip is the more upbeat 'The World On Pause.' It's driven by some clacking wooden hits and warm chords, with organ stabs and busy vocals all getting you up on your toes.
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