Monthly Archives: February 2022

Meitei LP & CD

Meitei CD Kofu – Kitchen Label

On ‘Kofū’, Meitei masterfully closes his trilogy of lost Japanese moods with an engaging interrogation of artforms and aesthetics as a provocation — or, as fashioned in the album’s subtitle, a “satire of old Japanese aesthetics”. Each entry’s distinct flavour has earned Meitei acclaim for conjuring a bygone culture through his transportive form of ambient music. ‘Kofū’ arrives as a deconstruction of this approach.

These stories cloud the overall mood of ‘Kofū’, but Meitei takes a Mizoguchi-like approach to mould that unimaginable pain with tenderness. ‘Oiran I’’s hidden subtitle is Hana, and ‘Oiran II’ is Shiokaze. As Meitei explains, “Hana means gorgeous and glorious. Shiokaze is the sea breeze — for her life.” Tracks like ‘Urameshi-ya’ and ‘Gen’ei’ provide a meditative space amidst the turbulence, while ‘Shōnen’ takes a turn for the cinematic. The eight-minute odyssey is engulfed by shadowy voice loops, mixed best for a headphone experience in a solitary setting.

Meitei bids farewell to an expedition first sparked by a passion for a long-forgotten cultural past. ‘Kofū’ is a definitive conclusion with an open invitation to listeners from Japan and beyond — encouraging continued appreciation of this sacred part of history, wholly untethered from the world at large.

Glass-mastered CD housed in a die-cut outer case with rounded obi, 16pp inserts with words in Japanese and English from Meitei. Offset printed, full colour on premium matt paper.

Only a few $26

Meitei LP/CD Kofu II – Kitchen Label

180g heavyweight vinyl in 12″ debossed sleeve with capped obi, 16pp inserts (22 x 14cm) with words in Japanese and English from Meitei. Offset printed, full colour on premium matt paper. LP ships with tracking. Glass-mastered CD housed in a die-cut customised debossed outer case (14.5 x 14.5cm) with rounded obi, 16pp inserts with words in Japanese and English from Meitei. Offset printed, full colour on premium matt paper.

Meitei sounds right at home celebrating the past he first reimagined in his previous work. The merriment is palpable in its first two tracks of Kofū II – a loop of cheery whistling amidst the clanking of wood leads into strings, cricket sounds and flutes, all united in bustling harmony. Happyaku-yachō is where it comes into focus. Pitch-shifted vocal samples roam around in the crowded sonic field as Meitei conjures the vibrancy of a dense Edo of the past. The affair becomes bittersweet as the track leads into the desolate Kaworu, a composi- tional piece lifted from his Komachi sessions – a final requiem to his late grandmother.

The album is bursting with spectral vignettes of wandering samurais, red lanterns, ninjas, puppet theatres, poets, even a vengeful assassin (Shurayuki hime, known to Western audiences as ‘Lady Snow- blood’).

We only have a very few

CD $26

LP $40

Kenda Masuda

Kenta Masuda is a composer of contemporary music who lives in Osaka.
His compositions are often written with a graphic score – like Anestis Logothetis, Jani Christou and so
on – or avant-garde style . He’s also performing & improvising with used
handmade or prepared instruments. Unfortunately those ‘broken sound’ performances are kept private and not opened to any audience.

All (self)releases are pro-duplicated and printed CDR, in jewel case

each $18

Kenta Masuda




flute -flutility

violin – bio ring

custom valved Instrument – Bone

Tomoyuki Aoki & Harutaka Mochizuki

Back in stock !

Tomoyuki Aoki & Harutaka Mochizuki   CD “2”.

Aoki Tomoyuki from UP-TIGHT (one of our favorite band for years) with one of our favorite musician / sax player = one of the most exciting duo for years, we just love their music.

200 copies self release ,


aoki harutaka 2001

Reiko & Tori Kudo LP

Reiko & Tori Kudo LP Tangerine – A Colourful Storm

Limited LP with insert and postcard. Insert contains Japanese and English lyricssheet, postcard contains artwork by the artists. A Colourful Storm presents Tangerine, a collection of songs by Reiko and Tori Kudo. Recorded at Village Hototoguiss, Japan, in 2011 and 2012

Originally released on CD by Hyotan in 2013 

Delicate with a lot of strange details, honestly this is one of the most beautiful album ever recorded.

All Reiko Kudo albums are highly recommended but this one is the last recorded, already 10 years ago !


Aso Ai new LP

Aso Ai LP “The Faintest Hit” Ideologic Organ

New solo album with Stephen O’Malley & Boris but hopefully she stays herself.  First purple edition