Day 10 of our 2019 charity Advent Calendar, in aid of War Child.
In 2016, Shinichiro Yokota’s playful cover of Cheryl Lynn’s ‘Got To Be Real’ got a long-awaited reissue after its original release on Soichi Terada’s Far East Recordings in 1991. Thanks to Hunee’s Rush Hour compilation a year prior, Japan’s video-game inspired deep house sound was enjoying a renaissance and these two collaborators were riding the crest together. While that initial buzz may have subsided, Terada’s effervescence on the world stage hasn’t and he continues to put out new work under his own name and others. This include Omodaka, a project that tests the fusion of music and video, blending Japanese folk, electronic productions and chip tune. On this donated track, Terada combines Yokota’s original with Japanese folk song ‘Ryotsu Jinku’, blending 8-bit productions with Akiko Kanazawa traditional Japanese singing. A wild combination completely in keeping with Terada’s MO.
Our featured charity for 2019 is War Child, whose work in post-conflict zones is done a bit differently. They recognise humans need more than just food and shelter to flourish after a war, breaking the cycle that leads to repeated conflicts by giving them purpose, education and cultural enrichment.
The dance floor has long-since been a safe space for the displaced, marginalised and persecuted to find community and expression. Safe Spaces represent the core of War Child’s work, providing vital refuge for young people to play, learn and regain their childhood.
Check the below playlist for all tracks in our Calendar.
Artwork across the series by Jodie Haines.