Not really a funk compilation, but a sparkling batch of rare tracks from Japan – most of which were never issued in the west! The folks at Mr. Bongo put this set together with the aid of their operatives in Tokyo, and its one of the freshest we've heard in a long time. Most of the tracks are of more recent vintage, and include work by Japanese artists we do stock at times – like Ryuichi Sakamoto ("Riot In Lagos"), Pizzicato 5 ("Porno 3003"), Monday Michiru (in a remixed version of Disco Dub Band's "For The Love Of Money"), DJ Krush (doing a remix of "Shangri-la of the Europa
" by Sugiza), and U.F.O. ("Off Road – Karafuto Remix"). Other stuff's of stranger variety – like the wild comedy bits by Snakeman Show, who are actually YMO under another name, doing hilarious parodies of English speaking people! Other tracks include "Speak Low" by Anne Young & Yuji Ohno Trio, "Sound Sniper In Sri Lanka" by World Famous, "Mic Check" by Cornelius, "Osorezan" by Kiyoshi Yamaya, and "Time & Days" by Crue-l Grand Orchestra. Lots of variety, a lovely package, superb notes, and a strikling mad batch of tracks that surprised us to no end!
(Out of print.)