Following up the acclaimed collaborative release with The Limiñanas, Variation sur 3 Bancs, that also featured Pilooski, Superpitcher and Destiino — Tokoyo No Kuni features Japanese composer, artist and sound designer Vega Voga. A founding member of Parisian group Tristesse Contemporaine, Vega Voga aka Narumi Herisson has leant her vocal talents to the likes of Pilooski and Il Est Vilaine.
Tokoyo No Kuni is an exploration of Japanese mythology and after world, and an expertly crafted blend of Japanese instrumentation and psychedelic electronica, rounded off with remixes from Nicola Cruz, Michael Mayer and Wolf Müller.
This summer I had the chance to travel around Europe discovering new places & meeting new people; it was amazing after this long lockdown period! I also spent time in my studio in Barcelona finishing some new tracks for my upcoming LP called Piscolabis.
The idea came out after a lunch in Paris with my Japanese friend Narumi from Tristesse Contemporaine. We talked hours about our two cultures and thought it could be a nice experiment to fit it into a track and Tokoyo No Kuni was born.
We have common friends and we met several times at Parisian parties but we never had the chance to talk about music. I love her vibe and energy and her musical world, and especially her collaboration with Pilooski called ‘Sakura No Mori No Mankai No Shita’ released on the Isola EP on Dirty records.
Narumi © écoute chérie
I used lot of Asian drum sounds that I sampled and replayed in my MPC, I also invited Lionel from The Limiñanas to play some psychedelic guitars to bring a kind of Kill Bill touch to it and last I added a lot of dub FX played live to keep a human feeling.
I love cooking, reading, walking and travelling around with my girlfriend.
We’ll release the ‘Tokoyo No Kuni’ video soon directed by Catalan director Arnau Montanyes and early next year we will release my new LP Piscolabis on my home sweet home La Belle Records.