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Founded in 2001, EM Records from Osaka focusses on reissues of experimental and outsider music. The incredible back catalogue contains a wide range of styles, from Yoshi Wada and T.R.Mahalingam via Brenda Ray, John Cage and Finis Africae to Sam Moore, Sheriff Lindo, The Android Sisters and a number of archival Thai Pop releases.

 
"This collection of 12 luk thung songs from the 1960s-70s, all produced by Surin Phaksiri, is a superb showcase of cross-genre/multi-national fertilization, with Latin, jazz, western pop, Indian and Japanese music seamlessly melding with the musical culture of Isan ...
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EM1185 | EM RECORDS

"Osharaku is a traditional Japanese form of musical entertainment, featuring mainly voice, shamisen and percussion, with a repertoire of folk and popular songs, performed by farmers and fishermen for local audiences. This compilation, 28 tracks compiled by Riyo ...
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EM1181LP | EM RECORDS

listen on bandcamp***"YPY is back with his third full-length album, his second on EM Records, following his 2016 debut Zurhyrethm, and 2020 on Where To Now? YPY is the solo alias of Osaka-based Koshiro Hino, who has honed his rhythmic instincts as leader of the ...
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EM1184 | EM RECORDS

TAKAO - STEALTH (LP)

"Stealth is certainly an apt title for this disarming collection of crypto-New Age. From its opening, one might be forgiven for assuming that what follows is a tableau of digital disruption, and noise in one of its less offensive iterations. However, Takao instead ...
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EM1180 | EM RECORDS

""Kizaki Ondo" is a folk song from Nitta Kizaki town in Gunma, north of Tokyo. Played annually by local performers at the Bon-Odori traditional summer dance festival, it features unabashed lyrics about prostitution along with a rhythmic drive sure to appeal to fans of ...
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EM1179LP | EM RECORDS

"7FO: pronounced "nana f o" in English, "nana" being seven. Ryu no Nukegara: "dragon's husk". These are the only difficulties you'll encounter here. This is warm, friendly, relaxed music, very "understandable" and yet intriguing, sure to appeal to fans of electronic ...
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EM1178 | EM RECORDS

"This is the duo's long-awaited second release from Osaka-based Synth Sisters, following their 2014 debut. Consisting entirely of new recordings, featuring Mayuko's synthesizers, and Rie's electric piano and synthesizers as well as her celestial vocals. The euphoria on ...
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EM1175 | EM RECORDS

"An exciting collection from pioneering Thai molam idol Banyen Rakkaen, featuring her most thrilling performances from the early to mid-70s, with innovative genre-bending arrangements and production from Thepphabut Satirodchomphu. These tracks, all originally released ...
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EM1174 | EM RECORDS

"This 12-inch vinyl-only release is the fourth in the series in support of the Kuzoku film "Bangkok Nites". Both songs here are covers of "The Countryside is Great", a 70s luk thung classic originally sung by Runghpet Laemsing. The song, which plays a pivotal role in ...
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EM1172 | EM RECORDS

"Besides having an excellent name, this man, a luminary of Algerian music, possessed a unique musical sense, able to transcend the borders of musical cultures to create a distinctive fusion of Arabo-Andalusian and European styles. "Istikhbars and Improvisations", ...
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EM1096LP | EM RECORDS

"EM Records is proud to present, following "Yumi Kagura", the second edition of the Japanese folklore music series, directed by Riyo Mountains. Japan has a long tradition of annual pre-harvest summer dance festivals, known as Bon-Odori festivals, which continues to this ...
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EM1171CD | EM RECORDS

"Vol. 2 consists of previously unreleased recordings from 2015 to 2017." (label info)
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EM1169LP | EM RECORDS

"Vol. 1 is an EM Records edition, compiled from an earlier self-released double CD featuring recordings from 2014-15." (label info)
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EM1168LP | EM RECORDS

"EM Records is proud to present, following "Yumi Kagura", the second edition of the Japanese folklore music series, directed by Riyo Mountains. Japan has a long tradition of annual pre-harvest summer dance festivals, known as Bon-Odori festivals, which continues to this ...
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EM1171LP | EM RECORDS

"From Scratch was an innovative and highly influential New Zealand-based sound-performance group, making extensive use of found and repurposed objects as well as custom-made instruments in their intricately interlocking percussion music. One of their signature ...
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EM1160LP | EM RECORDS

"Belgian composer Lieven Martens Moana, formerly known as Dolphins Into The Future, interprets and re-imagines Spaniard Juan Alberto Arteche Guel's 1990 Finis Africae album "Amazonia", a Balearic classic. Utilizing analog and digital instrumentation and recording ...
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EM1165LP | EM RECORDS

"Belgian composer Lieven Martens Moana, formerly known as Dolphins Into The Future, interprets and re-imagines Spaniard Juan Alberto Arteche Guel's 1990 Finis Africae album "Amazonia", a Balearic classic. Utilizing analog and digital instrumentation and recording ...
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EM1165CD | EM RECORDS

KENSUKE IDE WITH HIS MOTHERSHIP FEATURING PONGSAPON UPANI VS HAIR STYLISTICS "This is the third 12-inch vinyl release in support of the film "Bangkok Nites"; this time it's Kensuke Ide with his Mothership teaming up with Pongsapong Upani, a renowned young khaen player ...
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EM1163TEP | EM RECORDS

"The second of two EM Records 12-inch vinyl-only "tribute releases" in support of the Kuzoku film "Bangkok Nites", this time by rap group stillichimiya, local heroes in their Yamanashi homeland. Based on samples from Dao Bandon's biggest hit, the classic luk thung Isan ...
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EM1159TEP | EM RECORDS

"Insistent drum machines, resonant synths, phased 'n fuzzed guitar mayhem, the lone magus at play in the studio: there are musical and methodological antecedents for the work of Wicked Witch, but spot-the-influence is a worthless pursuit, crumbling under the relentless ...
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EM1155DEP | EM RECORDS

""Never Forget Me" is the second release on EM Records from Angkanang Kunchai, one of the greatest Thai singers; the original 1979 vinyl release, now extremely rare, was a collection of her self-produced songs, backed by her own band. This radically independent stance, ...
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EM1157LP | EM RECORDS

""Never Forget Me" is the second release on EM Records from Angkanang Kunchai, one of the greatest Thai singers; the original 1979 vinyl release, now extremely rare, was a collection of her self-produced songs, backed by her own band. This radically independent stance, ...
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EM1157CD | EM RECORDS

"Sonthaya Kalasin was the male lead singer in in the molam section of legendary producer/impresario Surin Paksiri's beloved musical troupe Tidso Lam Phloen; his female counterpart was Phairin Phonphibun (EM1147CD/LP). These recordings, the very best of Kalasin's work ...
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EM1156CD | EM RECORDS

"Sonthaya Kalasin was the male lead singer in in the molam section of legendary producer/impresario Surin Paksiri's beloved musical troupe Tidso Lam Phloen; his female counterpart was Phairin Phonphibun (EM1147CD/LP). These recordings, the very best of Kalasin's work ...
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EM1156LP | EM RECORDS

"A revered figure in his native Isan region, and indeed throughout Thailand, Doi Inthanon is a legendary producer, composer, visionary and talent-spotter, a man who combines business acumen with an unerring ability to both predict and engender new directions in Thai ...
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EM1152LP | EM RECORDS