Kakashi

29/12/17WRWTFWW & Palto Flats Reissue Yasuaki Shimizu's 1982 Holy Grail
 

Only a few more days to go and 2017 is history as we eagerly await the joy and the pain and most importantly the music that 2018 has in store for us. But before we make the jump, we would like to highlight one more essential release by ways of Genevan-based imprint WRWTFWW (We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want) Records and NYC's Palto Flats.

Earlier this year, the two collaborated on a highly sought-after reissue of Midori Takada's ambient holy grail LP "Through The Looking Glass", which is now succeeded by an equally anticipated re-release of "Kakashi", "a wonderful, rare record wrapped in a mysterious yet playful ambiance" by the Japanese composer, producer and sax player Yasuaki Shimizu. Shimizu had previously collaborated with the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Julee Cruise and David Cunningham among others.

First issued in 1982, "Kakashi" is an iconic Japanese underground release that has more recently garnered cult status and offers a striking "blend of saxophone experimentations, jazz fusion and ambient dub excursions". The first ever reissue outside of Japan now comes with new liner notes by French author Patrice Bollon, translated liner notes as well as studio banter from Yasuaki Shimizu himself.

You can listen to an excerpt in the SoundCloud player above or the full release below.

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom