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Asa-Chang & Junray – “Tsu Gi Ne Pu” – [Leaf Recordings]

Thurston Hunger   4/21/2015   A Library, CD

Precision pairings of peculiar samples. The
lead-off track locks a tractor beam on Star Trek
samples, percussive East Indian style “bol”
singing and something that sounds like a
variation on the “I Dream of Jeanie” theme melody.
The whole EP is funny and fascinating, or maybe
the other way around. For what it’s worth,
Asa-Chang is the nickname for Koichi Asakura, who
plays the Indonesian bongos (“Dandud”) as well as
some synthesized drums, and “Junray” is Japanese
for “pilgrimage.” Originally this was a one-man
journey, but somewhere along the way, U-ZHAAN
joined to help turn the tablas around. Rhythms
seem so well-charted they approach algorithmic
status. This made me think of those AIBO robot
dogs; clever, cute and animated, I look forward
to seeing how it lives outside the laboratory.
The last track stops at then lot’s o’
silence until a bonus jabber-stabber poetcussion
piece, at track # .) -THungroid

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