Down Beat Connection - Taiwan - Ryukyu Vol.1
Compiled by Little Masta, brilliant album exploring connections between the close neighboring alternative music scenes in Okinawa and Taiwan, with ska, reggae, dub, cumbia, afrobeat, and other unclassifiable styles. Artists include The Bartox featuring the guitarist from Mongol 800 who record their brand of ska in 1960s vintage style, Tenugui Brothers with Orlando from Ghana and Little Masta, Taipei based Cumbia band La Cumbia del Sol and Otaku3 from Taiwan a collective of musicians living an alternative lifestyle.
1. The Barcox (Okinawa) - Miss Okinawa 2. Gintendan (Okinawa) - CV-6 Ver.1.0 3. Tenugui Brothers (Okinawa)- Mandela 4. Mad Over (Okinawa)- Set if Off (feat. Yoojee & Shin) 5. La Cumbia del Sol (Taiwan) - Revolucion 6. Skaraoke (Taiwan) - Ska Train to Okinawa feat. All Japan Goith (Okinawa) 7. Dubjuana Midnight System (Japan) - Titan 8. Little Masta (Okinawa) - Ass Hole 9. Otaku 3 (Taiwan) - Seven & A Half
Mestizos y Cumbia Musicos de Extremo Oriente (Mestizos and Cumbia Music from the Far East)
Compiled by Little Masta, extraordingary album of Columbian Cumbia inspired music from Japan, Okinawa and Taiwan with dub, reggae, salsa, afrobeat, ska, thrown into the mix.
1. afro BOOGALOO SKA ACADEMY (Tokyo) - Kaze ga Fuku 2. KATUSI from EL SKUNK DI YAWDIE &EXTRAVAGANZA feat. CHAN-MIKA+SHOGO NAGASAKI (Iwate) - Garlic Holic 3. OBRIGARRD(HAZU main pass) (Nagoya) - X-Dance Cumbia 4. La Cumbia Del Sol (Taipei) - La Cumbia Balkanera 5. LITTLE MASTA (Naha/Kawasaki) - Chon Chon Kijimuna 6. iYABASTARDS!(Koza,Okinawa) - Calavera Waltz 7. THE ZOOT16 (Tokyo) - iR 8. Rojo Regalo (Osaka) - Bambi 9. EKD (Tokyo) - Cumbia Sobre El Puerto 10. SKYLARKING (Nagoya) - Movement 11. Min-yo Crusaders (Tokyo) - Kushimoto Bushi 12. DUB BASTARDS (Tokyo) - Center Guy
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N.O.R.O. Next Okinawan Riot Operation
CD single of four Okinawan female vocal heavy rock groups - if that's your thing. The bands are Pain Loops Zealot, Deep Sorrow, Del Henckel and Lapis Lazuli. Click here to email for availability
Indie band compilation featuring among others Nosewater, Johnny Ginowan, Little Kiyoshi, East Woman, Gas Burner and Shy. Some are quite popular on the mainland, all are well known in Okinawa.
Another compilation of the highly marketable Okinawan indies scene.This time though, not the usual punk, but more orthodox rock by groups including Kuro Neko Rhythm, Nangoku Drops, Bikinis, Kafta and Yamane Maki.
Ryukyu-Damashii - Mabui
By the same compilers who helped spawn the whole Okinawa indies scene with their previous CD. Some of the best Okinawa indie groups including The Cherry, Chain Sool, Carma, Jack, Burbons and Gun Ford.
Hassye! Soogasai! Ura Ryukyu
Excellent compilation of Okinawan punk bands, following in the wake of the success of Mongol 800.
The Okinawa - Chinsukou
As well as Japan's most vibrant 'roots' music scene, Okinawa is also home to a new wave of indie groups, some of which are compiled onto this CD. The music is mostly punk and hardcore, by groups including In-Hi, The Junky Jap Dogs, Ryukyu Free Style, and a version of the Okinawan traditional children's song, "Chon Chon Kijimuna" by The Beatle Crusher. Excellent snapshot of what is an exciting scene.
Chapter S - Ryukyu Breakers
Hardcore Okinawan punk, hip hop, ska and more. Some songs come with a distinctly Okinawan taste, at any rate, this CD demonstrates just what an amazing music scene Okinawa has, whatever your taste might be. 19 tracks including by Duty Free Shopp, Skay Mates, Majestics, Bleach, Golem, Jack!! and Kabuki. Click here to email for availability
Apart from all the great roots music, Okinawa has an extremely active indie rock scene. This 12 track compilation features some of the best bands, on all newly recorded tracks for this album. Bands include Mimikiri Bozu, Duty Free Shopp, Za Hookers and Nose Water.
Vol.2 of this compilation series of Okinawan indie rock features Chinese / Okinawan punk outfit Pin Wei Qi Xian, featuring some of Duty Free Shopp, plus Red Gorilla Kick, New Toner and Dumboru Danbo Dancers.