Six new remixes for the Grammy nominated vocalist, Chitose Hajime.
Hailing from the southernmost island of Japan, Amami Oshima, grammy nominated vocalist Chitose Hajime last year released the album Amami Shima-Uta, named after the traditional music of her home island. Six pieces from the album have now been expertly given the remix treatment.
Chihei Hatakeyama, Ryuichi Sakamoto and the late Ras G all deliver abstracted ambient cuts, filled with gorgeous, brooding textures and sparse arrangements. Tim Hecker goes for a more contemporary approach, the result being a heavily auto-tuned interpretation with plenty of glassy synths for good measure. Ninja Tune associate Dorian Concept, who recently opened up his studio to us, in his unique way bucks the trend and serves up a bouncy, skipping take, far removed from the approach of the others.
Finally Shintaro Sakamoto delivers a truly bizarre version that (in a brilliant way) sounds like very unnerving elevator music.
1. Asabana-Bushi (Shintaro Sakamoto Remix)
2. Kubanuha-Bushi (Ras G Remix)
3. Kurudando-Bushi (Chihei Hatakeyama Remix)
4. Nagakumo-Bushi (Tim Hecker Remix)
5. Hounen-Bushi (Dorian Concept Remix)
6. Watasya (Ryuichi Sakamoto Remix)
Digital version lands November 27th
Vinyl drops December 25th via Augusta Records
Buy it here