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Ryukyu Underground

Ryukyu Underground

TUG1028CD

The largest of The Ryukyu Islands which dot the Pacific Ocean to the south of Japan, Okinawa's serene natural beauty works in harmony with the beats and bass lines of its thriving roots music scene, reflecting an independent spirit which has survived centuries of foreign interference. Ryukyu Underground takes this spirit one step further, transporting original recordings sampled from local labels into uncharted territory, and creating dance music in what is still a distinctly Okinawan framework. Ambient, dub, electronica, jungle, soul, jazz and hip-hop swim in the mix with elements of Indian, Afrobeat and Japanese traditional music, to create a uniquely global sound direct from the Ryukyu Underground.
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The largest of The Ryukyu Islands which dot the Pacific Ocean to the south of Japan, Okinawa's serene natural beauty works in harmony with the beats and bass lines of its thriving roots music scene, reflecting an independent spirit which has survived centuries of foreign interference. Ryukyu Underground takes this spirit one step further, transporting original recordings sampled from local labels into uncharted territory, and creating dance music in what is still a distinctly Okinawan framework. Ambient, dub, electronica, jungle, soul, jazz and hip-hop swim in the mix with elements of Indian, Afrobeat and Japanese traditional music, to create a uniquely global sound direct from the Ryukyu Underground.
'They have worked with taste and knowledge and have evidently gone down well.' BBC Music Magazine