“Respect Records” perfectly describes the way this label feels that obscure styles of music, such as Okinawan, calypso, Hawaiian and Irish music, should be handled. Clearly, the folks at Respect are unusually dedicated. However, their recent release, “Ryukyu Remixed,” is poised to gain recognition far beyond the bounds of their eclectic, and respectable, specialties.
Ryukyu Underground’s earlier releases brought Okinawa’s bifurcated culture together in unexpected ways. Two years ago, samples of Okinawan traditional vocals and “island songs” were mixed with the urban DJ sensibilities of the two members, Keith Gordon and Jon Taylor. Last year, they interacted with local Okinawan musicians, such as the ethereal vocalist Mika Uchizato.
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