Review: Mysticisms delves into the spiritual realm with the archival recordings of London based Japanese duo, Afrobuddha to present their highly sought music to date, in Obame and Zone, on one EP. With copies of their debut releases now selling for dizzying prices, a chance to work with label friend Kay Suzuki attained. With his respected Time Capsule label releasing a stream of amazing world music inspired reissues, his project with Koichi Sakai is revisited and reborn.
Released as a celebration of the spiritual affinity felt with the African and Afro-Caribbean music community, enter Obame; a collaboration with the Kakatsitsi Drummers - pioneering percussionists of the Ga tribe of Southern Ghana. Combining traditional drumming with flutes, xylophone and folkloric chants, Suzuki and Sakai's art and philosophy of rhythm via house, disco, afrobeat and reggae, underpins this offering to stunning effect. Zone follows. A spiritual essence of London's vibrant multi-cultural society, the track fuses intoxicating raw percussion. Featuring Ghanaian master drummer Afla Sackey's thundering congas and djembe on a 3/4 signature of polyrhythm beats, repetitive chants and deep analog synths, this is a stripped backed journey into drum dub of space-bending delays and reverb effects. Chant the Mystery.
Review: To keep your Emotional Response / Rescue, Platform 23 and Sacred Summit catalogues up to date here comes a new release from the Mysticisms label - aka Piers Harrison and Stuart Leath's experimental house music domain. Extending the run of Japanese duo Afrobudda with a new mix of their percussive heavy track "Obame", the EP heads into more discernible deep house territory with some glittering synths and underwater grooves by Asian Psilocybe Foundation's "Wave Control". That takes up place next to the dank and experimental flutes, toy tones and playheap atmospheres of Vertigo Inc's "Numbers", but it's arguably Jonny Rock's 'Slightly Tingled Worrior edit' of Persian that causes the biggest stir here through a beatdown and slamming reggaeton house jam. So good.