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V/A - Tokyo Sound System 1+2=3 2xCD

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(New Smell Records)

When I was hanging out with Jo2 (New Smell Records boss, Exit Hippies singer), he loaded me up with a metric shitload of records to sell on his behalf in the USA. So please enjoy these crucial and typically hard to come by pieces of noise crust heaven I carried across Japan and over the ocean straight to your loving ears.


The Tokyo Sound System comp series, and the community of bands they documented, is some of the most important music ever in my life. When I first heard these comps, it totally shocked my system, I never knew punk could be so free, so cool and charming, so fresh and exciting. Their mish-mash of raw punk and techno made me believe that punk doesn't need to be an expression regimented by rules or conventions, that the only limitations are what you place on yourself, that being yourself and finding your own voice is a big part of what makes punk/art powerful and compelling. I give these comps the highest possible recommendations!!

So between both CDs, you have Volumes 1, 2, and 3.

Vol. 1 features some absolutely insane, perfect, flawless Abraham Cross stuff (maybe their best material? some of the best crustcore/raw punk ever in my opinion), Takaaki Itoh, and Chapmans.

Vol. 2 has a nice description elsewhere.

Vol. 3 is I guess technically all the new material on this 2xCD that's not on Vol's 1 and 2. This includes:
-Aostrapos (2 wonderful tracks of their signature psychedelic crust jam style)
-Disdomestic Violence (3 tracks of UK-inspired crustcore)
-Black Hole (2 great tracks of kinda trippy, super noize crustcore)
-Bakteria (2 tracks of harsh noise)
-Extintos (the highlight of Vol. 3, 3 GREAT GREAT GREAT tracks of their signature Latin American-style hardcore)
-Filth Militia (2 tracks from arguably the best band of the entire Tokyo Sound System scene....seriously, their demo tapes are absolutely perfect, just awe-inspiring, I tried to reissue them on a 12" but they weren't Doom/ENT/Sore Throat-style brutality that's particularly heavy on the noize and medium on the psychedelics, flawless execution and soooo powerful and rough)
-Terror (1 track of minimalist beat/harsh noise experimentation)
-Sonic (2 tracks of kinda ambient harsh noise)
-DJ Ray (1 EXCELLENT track of minimalist dance music)
-Easies (a quick jam by this fast hardcore band)


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