King Kong Paradise - Atsusa Mo Samusamo LP
Label: Studio Mule
Studio Mule presents a reissue of King Kong Paradise's Atsusa Mo Samusamo..., originally released in 1984 on Johnny's Disk. Johnny's Disk was an independent jazz label run by the owner of jazz cafe Kaiunbashi No Johnny located in Rikuzentakata City in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. The legendary label released a string of albums of high quality but down-to-earth music, spanning modern jazz, avant-garde jazz, and left-field pop. Albums such as Teru Sakamoto's Farewell My Johnny/Left Alone and Eiji Nakayama's Aya's Samba have reached cult status among fans as some of the best works to come out of the Japanese jazz scene. Following a cult classic jazz fusion album on Bourbon Records, King Kong Paradise delivered Atsusa Mo Samusamo..., an album of alternative, left-field Balearic rock that was way ahead of its time. An anomaly that sticks out in the Johnny's Disk's catalog, this rare record may appeal more to new wave, reggae and rock fans than jazz heads; in fact, one might not be surprised if people like DJ Harvey or Theo Parrish dropped this oddity in their sets. If one digs the kind of weirdness that's being reissued by Music From Memory, one might find this record intriguing.