On behalf of re:discovery records, it is with great excitement that we announce the release of ‘Ambient7 – Excepts from 1995-2000’ compilation. Ambient7 was a threesome out of Japan that included Chica Asamoto, Masayuki Momo and Shuichi Ikebuchi. Chica Asamoto, an accomplished saxophone player while Masayuki Momo and Shuichi Ikebuchi are both talented synthesizer players and producers in their own right. Together, they released 3 full albums during a 6 year span from 1995-2000. Ambient7’s sound was a blend of chill-out styles including ambient, techno, balearic house and everything inbetween. A unique and heartfelt far east version of chill-out music going on at the time like what you would have heard on Waveform Records, Silent, Quango and many beloved other labels. While it was hard to pick out just one EP’s worth of tracks from 3 full length cd’s, we felt these that were chosen is a great collection and examples to fit the vinyl
medium. Also, this record could be equally appreciated in the hands of chill-out aficionado’s, music collectors or brave and ecclectic DJ’s. Those 3 customer bases are always on our minds to make happy here at re:discovery records. The track ‘Escape’ covers most of the A-side. A soft ambient techno track with a touch of dub that is sure to sit along the greats of the genre and the time. Surrounding ‘Escape’, are two short but worthy examples of the Ambient7 sound. First, is the unique tribal attention getter that is ‘Prologue’ then ending with the beautiful Balearic saxophone serenade that is ‘Epilogue’. The b-side might throw you for a loop after hearing the first side. ‘Deep Sea’ comes in just under 11 minutes that has to be heard to understand what is harder to explain. The balancing of mood is particularly interesting. How something can be so hauntingly relaxing yet can evolve into something so ominous and mysterious had to make this EP collection. We won’t say much more. Check it out and make up your own mind. Turn up the volume, close your eyes and enjoy the trip! Lastly, is the Balearic ambient house lullaby that is ‘Orange Sunshine. Some who have heard this track call it a reason to buy the record alone for not even hearing the other tracks on this EP. A standout and a perfect set opener or closer, this is sure to be the re:discovery track for the summer for 2022.
re:discovery records wants to thank the Ambient7 members: Chica Asamoto, Masayuki Momo & Shuichi Ikebuchi for being great to work with and allowing us to highlight some of their amazing music. It is our hope that these will influence them to make future music together after a 20 year absence and that others will seek out the rest of their works from this period. It is also our hope that these bring you as much happiness as they have brought us and that this release gives them new life to a new audience and a special fond memory to those that knew them. Dare to Dream!
Ambient7 – Excepts From 1995-2000