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- Label: Tru Thoughts
- Cat Number: TRULP317
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This release comes due to heavy demand for the LP, following the album’s huge success over the last year and its positioning at #5 in BBC 6Music’s Albums of 2016.
‘Ceremonial’ is the second full album from Anchorsong – AKA Tokyo-born, London-based electronic artist Masaaki Yoshida. The LP continues the progression of 2014’s “Mawa” EP (BBE), on which this ever-curious musician began to blend the minimalist, catchy melodic phrasing and unique beats of his acclaimed debut album ‘Chapters’ (2011) with a newfound love for vintage African music. Influences from Orchestre Poly-Rythmo to Fela Kuti-style Afrobeat to High Life now hold sway, while he retains the crisp production sensibility and immersive arrangements that set him apart and have seen him supported by the likes of Huw Stephens, Gilles Peterson and Q Magazine.
“I came across The Vodoun Effect by Orchestre Poly-Rythmo at my local record shop”, recalls Yoshida, of the moment that sparked this new direction; “It had a profound effect on me, and I began to dig deeper into ‘70s African music. Everything sounded fresh to me, and I felt a need to make music reflecting these inspirations.” The album title and the striking cover image, of an African tribesman in ceremonial attire, nod to the importance of these influences; “This record wouldn’t exist without this music, or its feeling of celebration. One of my favourite things about African music is its cheerful and uplifting feeling. I think about how their lives must not have been easy, but it still sounds like they’re celebrating their everyday life.”