• masahiko satoh & soundbreakers Amalgamation (CD, £7.50)

    One of the most tripped-out albums you'll ever hear from Japanese keyboardist Masahiko Satoh - and that's saying a lot, considering some of his other avant sessions of the '70s! This one's a really free-form jam - recorded so that each of the two long tunes takes up a side of the record apiece - one with really full-on, frenzied noise - courtesy of some ring modulators played by Satoh, undercut with some really heavy drums from Louis Hayes, a surprising entry for a session like this! The second part has a sound that's a bit more organic - some spare percussion at first - but the record then moves into noisier territory too, and even features some cool scatting female vocals.

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