Review: Living legend Phew follows up her brilliant Light Sleep album with another masterwork entitled Voice Hardcore, for New York City based Mesh Key. Phew's career began in the 70s when she fronted Osaka punk group Aunt Sally - who released one album on Vanity Records in 1979. Ryuichi Sakamoto produced Phew's first solo release in 1980, and in 1981 Pass Records issued her debut LP: a classic featuring Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit of Can, with Conny Plank. She's since collaborated with members of DAF, Einsturzende Neubauten, Boredoms and more. Comprised entirely of her iconic, instantly recognizable voice, it is twisted, folded and layered over six mesmerizing tracks.
Review: Shintaro Sakamoto's third solo album is a bonafide masterpiece of warped steel guitar, ambient disco and Adult Oriented Rock soul. An exclusive Mesh-Key release with completely different art from the Japanese release. The beloved cult singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist led Tokyo's psych rock gods Yura Yura Teikoku for 21 years, until they disbanded in 2010. Post-YYT, Sakamoto has released several brilliant solo albums and an array of singles and collaborations. And as if that weren't enough, he is also a renowned and sought after visual artist and designer. Comes with full-colour inserts with translations of all the lyrics.