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CHIKASHI ISHIZUKA / ATZ OGAWA

Test Pressing, Review, Dr Rob, Chikashi Ishizuka

Double bass and electric Blues.Like James Blood Ulmer with Sherwood on Rough Trade. As if EP-4`s Defunkt groove were stripped down in a D`Angelo “Spanish Joint” way. `cept it ain`t quite that funky. But what is?

Spiritual Jazz meets Blaxploitation. Sweet Sweetback`s Baadasssss Song. Brother`s Gonna Work It Out. Keys in call and response with themselves, a Kabbala bassline, and then in come Tropical rhythm clips to make you wonder where you put that Michael Boothman record.

Test Pressing, Reviews, Dr Rob, ATZ Ogawa, Wonderball Recordings, Japan

More EP-4 funk. This time thrown with Blasthead angles. Multi-instrumentalist Ogawa-san channels Funkadelic, Frank Zappa, and Holger Czukay.

Maggotbrain cool in a pool. Mandre in search of N*E*R*D with Damo Suzuki on shouts. The Isleys on acid. Woo`s “English Style Of Rowing”. If Prince had been strung out on Ash Ra when recording Sign Of The Times.

Ishizuka-san is a member of Su-Paka-Pooh who have been putting records out on labels like Flower and Disorient for well over a decade, while Ogawa-san has been making music in Japan and the US since the mid-80s. His E.P. is released on Wonderball Recordings, the label linked to the legendary music bar in Sapporo of the same name, that is just about to celebrate it`s 17th anniversary.

Big thank you to Yozo-san at Koenji`s equally legendary EAD Records for the vinyl and the connections.

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