日本全土に無数にある「盆踊り」、俚謡山脈 x エム・レコードが考えるその最深部且つ理想形のひとつがコレだ。ジャーマン・ロックを思わせる跳ねない太鼓と鉦のハンマー・ビート、圧倒的な音量で一斉に吹き鳴らされる笛、それらが徹底して反復するミニマル・ダンス・ミュージックの極地！そのあまりにもストイックで鋭角的な音像は、電気を使わずに奏でられる「畑の中のリッチー・ホウティン」「埼玉のポーツマス・シンフォニア」とでも呼びたくなる。これが埼玉県北部に今も残る「境石投げ踊り」だ。当地ではこの古い形を残す唄と踊りを観光化することなく、盆の営みとして現在に至るまで続けている。
EM Records is proud to present, following “Yumi Kagura”, the second edition of the Japanese folklore music series, directed by Riyo Mountains. Japan has a long tradition of annual pre-harvest summer dance festivals, known as Bon-Odori festivals, which continues to this day. One of the longest-running of these festivals is the Sakai Ishinage Odori festival, taking place in Sakai town, Saitama, north of Tokyo. Unlike some festivals which function as tourist attractions for domestic and international visitors, this festival is resolutely local, with no professional performers, the music being passed down from generation to generation, played by local men and woman ranging in age from elementary school students to senior citizens. With percussion, massed flutes and vocals, this is a vital, living music, a sort of minimal disco born in the rice fields, agricultural “industrial” music, low-tech hard techno. This album features 1982 recordings, plus 2017 versions of the same pieces recorded and mixed by SUGAI KEN.
Japanese folk song research team formed by Mood Yama and Takumi Saito. They are resident DJs at the renowned party "Soi48" at Be-Wave, Tokyo, featuring music from all over the world. They produce the Japanese folk song mix-CD series entitled "Riyo Mountains Mix" and also direct the reissue series of Japanese folk music on EM Records, including the releases "Yumi-kagura", "Sakai Ishinage Odori”, and "Kizaki Ondo”. Riyo Mountains have appeared as DJs at many events/programs including NTS (London) and Japanese Bon-Odori traditional dance festivals. Their articles about Japanese folk music are now published serially in the Japanese web magazine “boid".