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chOOn!! is a reissue label and a radio show operating out of Glasgow, Scotland (choooon.bandcamp.com).

Global connectivity, metaphysical traveling and world music in a very current sense, which is to say, rootless in all its dazzling multiplicity.

Intrinsically linked with the worldly sound seeking circles of minimalist and avant-garde noisemakers, chOOn!! is woven into a complex tapestry of the manmade and natural, synthetic and organic. Rooted in an impulse both ancient and original - subtle, hypnotic percussions and natural rituals confronting the digital future.

From the sublime to the ridiculous but all fit to be branded "chOOn!!"

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   14:00 - 16:00
   Fri, 12/06/2020
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Guest Mix #6 // Norio Sato [Rare Groove, Osaka]
28/05/2020 // Guest Mix #6 // Norio Sato [Rare Groove, Osaka]

Today we welcome our sixth guest mix selection - this time from Norio Sato - DJ, rare music curator and owner of one of Japan's, hell, the world's greatest record shops, Rare Groove in Osaka.

Norio has been running the Rare Groove store since 2007. His insanely wide and deep collection of second-hand Japanese music, disco, psychedelic rock, new age music, ambient, house and more has attracted some of the world’s greatest DJs and ardent diggers to his shop. Due to the current pandemic, Norio has switched Rare Grooves’s emphasis to their online store - they are uploading new arrivals every day - do yourself a favour and check out their drool-worthy Instagram via @recordshopraregroove.

Norio’s mixes are as curious and unique as the items he stocks at Rare Groove. His guest mix takes us on a wide-ranging survey of Japanese electronic experimentation turning up pieces influenced by ambient and environmental music, sci-fi cityscapes and new age ideas that project the aesthetic into digital realms. A luminous whirl of drum machines, traditional melodies and synthesiser fantasias.

We are also celebrating the impending release of our second reissue on Monday (June 1st) - Toshioki Matsumura’s A Visual Brain: 1986-1993.

For two decades, Toshi recorded soundtracks as a member of Visual Brains, a pioneering video-art collective based in Tokyo. This set of prime archival selections is a seamless mix of the organic and inorganic, the recent past and distant future. A Visual Brain is both damaged steel pan dub and hi-tech new wave balladry, damply ambient synth-pop and Reichian magnificence. Minimalist tropes wrapped in candy striped technicolor. Available on Vinyl via Light In The Attic and Digital via the chOOn!! Bandcamp.

You can catch up on some other radio forays - all Japanese currents in the run up to the release of our second reissue.

We recently appeared on Portland's XRAY.fm for the wonderful Galaxy My Dear with Jason Urick - Listen to our selection of Japanese odd-ball and mutant poptones on the cloud via


We travelled across Glasgow via quarantine to guest on Clyde Built Radio (04.04.20). You can listen back to my offering on the cloud via


... and if you haven't already, catch up with our guest slot on Dublab in Los Angeles where the fascination with Japanese odd-waves continues.

Stream via the Dublab archive at



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