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Motohiko Hamase

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Technodrome
Technodrome (LP + insert)
Cat: WRWTFWW 035. Rel: 04 Jun 20
Ambient/Drone
  1. Invisble City (6:11)
  2. Technodrome (8:33)
  3. Imagery (7:20)
  4. Opaque (5:47)
  5. End Of Legal Fiction (8:44)
  6. Chirico (3:54)
  7. Moriana (8:22)
  8. Lattice (For Saxophone Quartet) (6:10)
Review: If there's one thing that the recent spate of Motohiko Hamase reissues proves, it was that the Japanese jazz bassist turned ambient experimentalist was impressively versatile. So while 1988's "Notes of Forestry" saw him explore pastoral sounds, miminalist motifs and new age synthesizers, by 1993 he'd moved on to making hypnotic blends of leftfield house and techno. "Technodrome", then, is a highly unusual but must-check set: an album in which his free-jazz bass and guitar solos weave in and out of hypnotic lo-fi drum machine rhythms, ghostly chords, minimalist techno motifs and bubbly, mind-altering electronic motifs. The album has been described as "ambient house" before, but that really doesn't do justice to its inventiveness and complexity. Recommended.
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Played by: Alexis Le-Tan
 in stock $23.99
Intaglio
Intaglio (LP)
Cat: STUDIOMULE 8LP. Rel: 07 Aug 18
Jazz
  1. Circlet (5:32)
  2. Rain Calls For Bird (5:04)
  3. Lung (6:35)
  4. Symptom (3:13)
  5. Elan Vital (5:59)
  6. Aboriginel (4:31)
  7. Intagliol (7:15)
Review: Japan's Motohiki Hamase, one of the nation's most revered jazz bassists, has primarily released music with the Isao Suzuki Quartet, but the output under his own name has always intrigued us - especially given that he's now out through Mule Musiq, and that this is his first solo outing since 1993! Intaglio strays way beyond the natural confinements of jazz, taking the gnere's heart and soul into an electronic voyage that seems to be totally undefinable. 'Organic ambient' seems to be the clearest way to describe these atmospheric experiments, a collection of rhythmic collages powered by Hamase's understanding of timing, acoustic balance, and the power that traditional jazz instruments can impose when processed in an innovative style. This is all about detail and aesthetic, so it comes recommended to fans of Cafe Oto's output, to cite one example. Warmly recommended.
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 in stock $21.54
Anecdote
Anecdote (2xLP)
Cat: WRWTFWW 036. Rel: 04 Jun 20
Ambient/Drone
  1. Anecdote (8:47)
  2. Aborigine (4:38)
  3. Lung (6:35)
  4. Intrermezzo (5:33)
  5. Symptom (4:56)
  6. Circlet (5:34)
  7. Reminiscence (5:35)
  8. Elan Vital (6:07)
  9. Pascal Variant (6:36)
  10. Intaglio (7:27)
  11. Duplicated Scene (4:54)
  12. Plateau (4:49)
 in stock $29.17
Anecdote
Anecdote (CD)
Cat: WRWTFWW 036CD. Rel: 08 Jun 20
Ambient/Drone
  1. Anecdote
  2. Aubergine
  3. Lung
  4. Intrermezzo
  5. Symptom
  6. Circlet
  7. Reminiscence
  8. Elan Vital
  9. Pascal Variant
  10. Intaglio
  11. Duplicated Scene
  12. Plateau
 in stock $12.54
Technodrome
Cat: WRWTFWW 035CD. Rel: 15 Jun 20
Ambient/Drone
  1. Invisible City
  2. Technodrome
  3. Imagery
  4. Opaque
  5. End Of Legal Fiction
  6. Chirico
  7. Moriana
  8. Lattice (For Saxophone Quartet)
 in stock $12.54
Notes Of Forestry
Cat: WRWTFWW 034. Rel: 04 Jun 20
Ambient/Drone
  1. Notes Of Forestry (6:15)
  2. Pascal (7:47)
  3. Sprial For Multiple Instruments (8:07)
  4. Nude (17:14)
Review: For the latest release in their ongoing "Esplande Series" focusing on the work of Japanese ambient minimalists, Swiss reissue specialists WRWTFWW have decided to deliver a new edition of Motohiko Hamase's rather good - but very hard to find - 1988 release "Notes of Forestry". It remains a remarkable work, sitting somewhere between the fluid and heavenly electronics of new age ambient, the cyclical minimalist movements of Steve Reich, free-jazz and the kind of free-wheeling, loose-limbed works most often associated with experimental percussionists. Hamase is a bass player by trade, and its' his fast-fingered fretless bass playing that catches the ear throughout (though it by no means dominates the sound space).
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Notes Of Forestry
Cat: WRWTFWW 034CD. Rel: 15 Jun 20
Ambient/Drone
  1. Notes Of Forestry
  2. Pascal
  3. Sprial For Multiple Instruments
  4. Nude
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