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Flying Rhythms, in keeping with the current taste in progressive minimalism, is a band stripped down to the core. You’ve got drums, percussion and . . . well, that’s pretty much it, except for Dry & Heavy/Little Tempo member Naoyuki Uchida dubbing things out on the mixing desk. As evidenced in tracks like “African vs. Punk” and “Trance Space” on their eponymous debut album, Flying Rhythms like to take the well-known rhythmic grooves of dub and funk and run them through a blender of effects.

Drummer Yoshio Kuge lays down a fat, John Bonham-esque thunk, over which Senegalese djembe player Latyr Sy (session player for Original Love and many others) lays down more fluid lines of hand percussion, all of which gets stretched, delayed, pitch-shifted, ping-ponged and washed out by Uchida on the mixer.

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