Mystica Tribe – Love Is All Right [SOLAR10]

Solar Phenomena continues with a new one release from Mystica Tribe – the musical alias of Tokyo-based producer, Taka Noda. Here he draws on everything from dub, soul, bass music, rhythm and blues and will always freak you out with his unusual sounds. This excellently absorbing EP starts with Love Is All Right, a fusion of Asian percussion and reggae drums that is high tempo and funky. The bright steelpan sounds offset the razor sharp percussion and make for a sunny dub that will get any crowd going. The same fusion vibes continues but in more blissed out and slow motion fashion on ‘Lawn Track’, the beautiful cosmic psyche-out that is ‘Ash’ and supple space journey that is ‘Voyage’ with its intoxicating melodies and loose, tumbling percussion. This is unusual but essential music from an exclusive talent.

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Mystica Tribe – Love Is All Right [SOLAR10]

Mystica Tribe – Island Oasis [SSDB001]

Mystica Tribe is the musical alias of Tokyo-based producer, Taka Noda. Drawing on a wide range of influences from dub, soul, bass music, rhythm and blues Mystica Tribe has quickly been developing a very distinctive sound that exists in a weird, freaked out zone between dub and techno. Noda is especially interested in deep, psychedelic music, and this is reflected in his productions, which are equally suited for late night listening sessions or bent, broken in dancefloors. Now he heads over to Canadian label Silent Season for his debut album, capitalising on his emergent career in the field of dub-influenced downtempo with his most complete artistic statement to date. From the spacious stalk of ”On The Lookout” to the edgy piano delay of ”Peek-a-Boo”, this is the work of a man who has immersed himself in the tradition of classic dub music, but not at the expense of bringing things up to date. The loose, live and natural feel of the album is testament to Noda’s skills in the production department, not to mention his instinct for a killer sub-heavy rhythm.

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Mystica Tribe – Island Oasis [SSDB001]

Mystica Tribe – Stars Are Mine [SD029]

Cover art - Mystica Tribe: Stars Are Mine

Here comes the second of two new bass-infected dub EPs from Japan’s Mystica Tribe on the Syncom Data label. Title track ‘Stars Are Mine’ has a prickly dub atmospheres, with lurching bass and odd effects combing to great effect. ‘His Temple’ is indeed both tribal and mystical, like some dub excursion to a clearing deep in side the jungle. Dark and moody, it’s evocative stuff. ‘Prayer’ then evolves around a catchy melody that won’t leave your head for days, ‘Zen Stone’ rounds out the EP nicely on a gloomy sci trip. It’s an interesting and unfamiliar world in which Mystic Tribe lives, and he soundtracks it beautifully.

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Mystica Tribe – Stars Are Mine [SD029]

Mystica Tribe – Flowers [SD027]

First of two new bassheavy techno-ish dub EP’s by Mystica Tribe. Four tracks of excellent electronic dub with heavy techno and acid influences. Although only his second release after his debut in 2011 with ”Meditation Stick” the Japanese Mystica Tribe already delivers a powerful trademark sound: loose, shuffling beats, layered with heavy basses, tribal percussion and trippy elements, like the dark acid tale on titletrack ”Flowers” and the classic melodica stabs on ”Fractale” and ”Moon & Stone”. Tokyo Dub at it’s best.

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Mystica Tribe – Flowers [SD027]