Music

I make music, as Shinjuku Zulu, as well as K.I.A. It parallels the visual art, collaging styles, eras and cultures.

THE GLOBE & MAIL – “FOUR STARS. Sheer brilliance, haunting vocals…top ten CDs of the year”, GAZETTE – “FOUR STARS. Breaks,house,reggae, exotic vocals…Shinjuku Zulu is a cd that warrants repeated listens” etc…

For album links, press, videos and lyrics, scroll down.

Here’s the album I like the most: DXLR8. (Chillout songs, with one called “Mrs Major Tom” that Sheryl Crow later covered.)

Releases, in chronological order (click to see/hear on iTunes)

“That Groove Makes Me Shake Mrs Major Tom”, a new compilation of all songs featuring Larissa Gomes.

“Xenophile Wildstyle” at iTunes, a new compilation of all the ‘world’ K.I.A. & Shinjuku Zulu, uptempo & downtempo, with ‘abstract’ vocals — chants — from tribal to choral. (The cover is the kabuki jet engine painting “Turboaragato“).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hear some music videos on Youtube:

SLOW IS THE NEW FAST – by Shinjuku Zulu (ALBUM: Various Chimeras)
(Rap/jazz/electronic. Non-speed readers: hit pause to read the subtitle treatise on time. Karaoke lovers: sing along to the large print.)

BROKEN – by K.I.A. & Shinjuku Zulu (ALBUM: DXLR8)
(downtempo/chill/ambient electronic, dubstep blues)

SHANGHAI MASAI – by Shinjuku Zulu (ALBUM: Various Chimeras)
(electronic/world/rap/dance. A speed collage, watch the visual puns.)

MRS MAJOR TOM – by K.I.A.
(Sheryl Crow’s acoustic cover version. The orignal, from the album “Adieu Shinjuku Zulu”, is more ambient/electronic.)

DXLR8 – by K.I.A. & Shinjuku Zulu
(sampler of the all-downtempo compilation album, feat. Allelujah (17th cent. dancehall reggae); Scarboough Fair (A True Dub of Mine); Mrs Major Tom etc.)

More K.I.A. and Shinjuku Zulu videos HERE


PRESS:

THE GLOBE & MAIL – “FOUR STARS. Sheer brilliance, haunting vocals…top ten CDs of the year”

GAZETTE – “FOUR STARS. Breaks,house,reggae, exotic vocals…Shinjuku Zulu is a cd that warrants repeated listens”

THE STAR – “Choirboy dub…Top 5 Hitlist”

THE HERALD “A master at aural collage…”

POPMATTERS – “…especially ambitious trans-continental mash-ups…melds components elegantly into compositions that sound surprisingly natural…Stick-in-your-head melodies and enough stylistic ADD to stay fresh…”Various Chimeras” is on solid footing in the current mash-up-informed, pop cultural petri-dish.”

COKEMACHINEGLOW – “Impressive…create[s] three-headed songs by grafting cultures onto collaged beasts that growl with different tongues…as devastating as anything else this year…Make Me Shake, Da Riddim Griffin, and Coal Coal Black [are] fantastic.”

EYE Magazine – “”Various Chimeras” is a cosmopolitan musical sponge…brave fare like the choral/hip-hop of “My Man Amen” or Kraut-rocking “We Do Supersonic” play to Shinjuku Zulu’s strengths…”

EXCLAIM! – “Good dubby house, good electronic dancehall…’Sonorous Susurrus’ is minimalistic, melancholly…” and “Various Chimeras’ is classic hipster material… “We Do Supersonic” and “Shanghai Masai” represent urban dance at its best.”


ALBUM & TRACK LIST:

SHINJUKU ZULU

Kiss the Honey, Honey (7 tracks)
01 “Kiss the Honey, Honey” feat. Caryn Green (dance)
02 “Hey La” feat. Larissa Gomes (electronic)
03 “SXYLV” (electro/dance)
04 “Dirty Liar” feat. MC General – Ye Olde Schoole Edit (hip hop)
05 “Dirty Liar” feat. MC General – Screw Chop Edit (hip hop)
06 “Dirty Liar” Instrumental – Ye Olde Schoole Edit (hip hop)
07 “Dirty Liar” Instrumental – Screw Chop Edit (hip hop)

Various Chimeras (19 tracks)
01 “Make Me Shake (Gimme Some Crush Crush) feat. Larissa Gomes, Shankhini
02 “Baby U Got” feat. Shankhini, by Shinjuku Zulu & Shankhini
03 “Feel It” feat. Larissa Gomes
04 “Kiss the Honey, Honey” feat. Caryn Green
05 “Dirty Liar” feat.  General
06 “Almighty Beat” feat. Shawn Skeir
07 “We Do Supersonic” feat. Prince I
08 “SXYLV” feat. Ms. Mac
09 “Rashomon” feat. Bit Playaz
10 “That Groove” feat. Larissa Gomes
11 “Be My DJ” feat. Caryn Green
12 “Hey La” feat. Larissa Gomes
13 “Large Slow River” feat. Janet Cardiff
14 “Nevermine” feat. Larissa Gomes
15 “Sensation” feat. Courtney Farquhar

Shinjuku Zulu (15 tracks)
01 “Shinjuku Zulu” (acapella drum’n’bass)
02 “That Groove” (dance)
03 “Segue” (africatronica)
04 “Brando” (pop electronica)
05 “Yedayed” (downtempo)
06 “Sweetness LIkes the Reverb” (chillout/ambient acapella)
07 “Dervish” (ethnotechno)
08 “Cyclamen” (electronica/world)
09 “Unlullaby” (electronica)
10 “Velocity” (dance/ambient electronica)
11 “Funkriot” (electro)
12 “Cyclone” (electronica)
13 “A Clubber’s LIfe” (dance)
14 “Behemoth” (electronica)
15 “All the Bright Tribes” (world/electronica)

K.I.A.

Adieu Shinjuku Zulu (14 tracks)
01) Losing My Mind (feat. Larissa Gomes)
02) A.E.M. feat. (Screaming Memes)
03) Almighty Beat (feat. Shawn Skier)
04) Allelujah (feat. Eugene Spanier)
05) Mrs. Major Tom feat. (Larissa Gomes)
06) Box the Gnat feat. (Courtney Farquhar)
07) Feel It feat. (Larissa Gomes)
08) Operafrica feat. (Richard Williams)
09) E-yeah! (feat. Mama One Em)
10) Happiness Like Motion, (feat. Larissa Gomes)
11) Sayasaya (feat the Artic Zulu Ensemble)
12) Shopping (feat. Sarah Daye)
13) Bedouin Engine (feat. MC Acapella & All the Bright Tribes)
14) Adieu, Shinjuku Zulu (feat. Larissa Gomes)

Sonorous Susurrus (22 tracks)
Sonorous
01 “Be My DJ” f. Caryn Green (dance)
02 “Freedom” f. Shawn Skeir (bluestronica)
03 “Downquark” (microdancehall)
04 “Sensation” f. Courtney Farquhar (folktronica)
05 “Nevermine” f. Larissa Gomes (Mrs Major Tom remix)
06 “Housin’ Down the Burn” f. Larissa Gomes (dance)
07 “Music Is My DNA” (electronica)
08 “Large Slow River” f. Janet Cardiff (artwork + IDM)
09 “Magpi” (rocktronica) 10 “Rashomon” (microhouse)
11 “Ain’t No Nuns” f. Shawn Skeir (1920s electronica)
Susurrus
12 “Howdydaomaori” (hypnoticatronica)
13 “Sleep” f. Sydney White (blues + electronica)
14 “Dubmarine” f. Prince I (reggae haikus + ambient)
15 “Scatter” f. Sydney White (blues + ambient)
16 “Rise Up” f. Giancarlo (choirboy dub)
17 “Uneunoia” (ambient)
18 “She’s All States” f. Patrick Duffy (world + electronica)
19 “Hummingbird” f. Larissa Gomes (singer/songwriter)
20 “Mmm” (100 hums,1000 snares)
21 “PS/AT” (trumpets & sadness, scratched)
22 “Goa-di” f. Giancarlo (acapellatronica)

K.I.A. and SHINJUKU ZULU compilations:

Xenophile Wildstyle (compilation of World / Chant tracks)
01 Segue
02 Chimera Hey Ya
03 Allelujah
04 Tuktuyuktuk to Timbuktu
05 Yedayed
06 Downquark
07 Cyclamen
08 E-Yeah!
09 Freedom
10 All the Bright Tribes
11 Music Is My DNA
12 Coal Coal Black
13 Howdydaomaori
14 Broken II
15 One Come We

DXLR8 (compilation of Downtempo / Chill / Ambient / Dub tracks)
01 “Scarborough Fair -A True Dub of Mine” (21st cent. edit) -Shinjuku Zulu
02 “Mrs. Major Tom” (continuing the story from the wife’s p.o.v.) -K.I.A.
03 “Allelujah” (dancehall, 17th cent. style) -K.I.A.
04 “Rainbowbeau” (ambient pop) -Shinjuku Zulu
05 “Yedayed” (chillout/world) -Shinjuku Zulu
06 “Broken” (dubstep)
07 “Scatter” (jazz scatting & breaks; trip hop) -K.I.A.
08 “One Come We” (electronica) -Shinjuku Zulu
09 “Dubmarine” (chillout, feat. two reggae haikus) -K.I.A.
10 “Sweetness Likes the Reverb” (acapellatronica) -Shinjuku Zulu
11 “Rise Up” (like Sigur Ros gone dub, w/choirboy vocals) -K.I.A.
12 “Coal Coal Black” (blues + dub) -Shinjuku Zulu
13 “Uneunoia” (instrumental/ambient) -K.I.A.

F-1 Papillons (compilation of Dance / Uptempo / Pop tracks)
01 “Make Me Shake (Gimme Some Crush Crush) feat. Larissa Gomes, Shankhini
02 “Baby U Got” feat. Shankhini, by Shinjuku Zulu & Shankhini
03 “Feel It” feat. Larissa Gomes
04 “Kiss the Honey, Honey” feat. Caryn Green
05 “Dirty Liar” feat. MC General
06 “Almighty Beat” feat. Shawn Skeir
07 “We Do Supersonic” feat. Prince I
08 “SXYLV” feat. Ms. Mac
09 “Rashomon” feat. Bit Playaz
10 “That Groove” feat. Larissa Gomes
11 “Be My DJ” feat. Caryn Green
12 “Hey La” feat. Larissa Gomes
13 “Large Slow River” feat. Janet Cardiff
14 “Nevermine” feat. Larissa Gomes
15 “Sensation” feat. Courtney Farquhar

LYRICS

MRS MAJOR TOM by K.I.A.

You Went Up, So Bright Tom
Thought My Love Was Rocketing You Along
When You Didn’t Come Back, And Didn’t Come Back
My Nova Heart Collapsed
To A Black, Black Hole

Floating On Sine Waves In Inner Space
Awaiting A Signal Of Grace
From Ground Control, To Lost Control,
Ballet To Battle, Halo To Hole

You Were So Far Gone
Right Was Wrong, Up Was Down.
By Going Still Further On,
You Hoped To Come Around.
It Was Light Years Long, Dear Husband Tom.
At Last Back You’ve Come…
Yet Still, You’re Gone.

Floating On Sine Waves In Inner Space
Awaiting A Signal Of Grace
From Ground Control, To Lost Control,
Ballet To Battle, Halo To Hole

I Watched The Skies, For All That Time,
And Now Your Asteroid Eyes
Say You Were Never Mine.
Never Mine, Never Mine,
Never, Never Mine…

Floating On Sine Waves In Inner Space
Awaiting A Signal Of Grace
From Ground Control, To Lost Control,
Ballet To Battle, Halo To Hole

You Didn’t Burn Up, My Major Tom.
You Just Burnt Out.
You Just Burnt Out.


SLOW IS THE NEW FAST by SHINJUKU ZULU
(from “Various Chimeras”)

Come swing with me,

let’s make it last

Slow…is the new fast

RAP:

Come do this thing with me, yo, go with the flow

You gotta know (that) fast’s the old slow

you make me sigh and I’ll make you sing

come on let’s sway, come on let’s swing

ain’t it a kick the way time does it’s tricks,

so don’t you dare jazz me too quick

a minute’s a moment, and just like that

the future slips too soon to the past

Come do this thing with me, let’s make it last (yeah)

You gotta know that slow is the new fast

You take me tonight, I’ll bring you to the day

Sing it or say it, let’s swing it and sway

SINGING:

Ain’t it a trip, don’t jazz me too quick

RAP:

ain’t it a kick the way time does it’s tricks,

so don’t you dare jazz me too quick

a minute’s a moment, and just like that

the future slips too soon to the past

Come do this thing with me, let’s make it last

you can move me slow, but hold me fast

Swing me any way, but sway me just so

I’ll let you come, but I won’t let you go

ain’t it a kick the way time does it’s tricks,

so don’t you dare jazz me too quick

a minute’s a moment, and just like that

the future slips too soon to the past

RAP:

no shots, just a gin and tonic

less like the meth and more like the chronic

don’t get off, before you get on it,

more like the flesh and less on the bionic

a little bit of ding but a lot of dong it

if it lasts long enough yo we can bronze it

come do that thing with me, yeah

hey! love is the new pain

modesty  is the new vain!

clarity is the new misunderstand

woman is the new man!

spiritual the new material

reality the new ethereal!

modesty the new bling

gentle the new sting!

right is the new wrong

naked the new thong!

diminuitive the new big

no big is the new big!

rastafarian the new librarian

lil kim is the new maid marion!

me the new you

and new the new new!