Japan, as we all know, is ahead of the world in many ways – and from today, in one more. Sketches, the long-awaited second album from The Ray Mann Three, is released today through Japanese label P-Vine, and is available on CD or in mp3 format.
The rest of the world will have to wait until September 18 for their Sketches album goodness – but you can pre-order the album if you’re on our email list…
At a recent solo concert in Berlin, I was joined onstage by Japan’s own soul super-producer (and friend and collaborator) SWING-O.
I met SWING-O a.k.a. 45 on The Ray Mann Three’s first tour of Japan back in 2010. We’ve been collaborating via the internet ever since – our latest effort, ‘Lucky Day‘, received radio love from as far away as Britain – and you can even get it as a ringtone!
Japan’s own soul super-producer SWING-O a.k.a. 45 and Ray Mann have teamed up for new track ‘Lucky Day’.
Listen to my entire DJ set from a few nights ago in Sydney, featuring tracks from records given to me by the musicians I met and played with at Greenroom Festival 2010 in Japan (and some cheeky Japan-themed extras in there too).
Dedicated to all my friends in Japan. Stay safe everyone! Much love – R
UPDATE 21.04.11 ~ Listen to the entire DJ set here.
Amidst packing my bags for o/s (haven’t left just yet – still recording the new EPs), I’m sneaking in a cheeky DJ set.
I’m gonna give one last spin to all the records given to me by the bands The Ray Mann Three met and played with in Japan at Greenroom Festival 2010, as well as a few other Japan-inspired things too…
Once again, I’m gonna try to tweet the playlist as I go – crazy! Follow the chicanery on my Twitter.
This gig is free – donate to Japan.
What: Ray Mann DJ set – ‘To Japan, Love from Sydney’
Where: Cafe Lounge, 277 Goulburn Street, Sydney
When: Tue 19 April, 8-10pm Sydney Time (find out when that is in your time zone)
“I get excited watching a gig that has that extra element, and I don’t see many other local bands doing it at the moment, so why not?” Ray Mann Q&A by Crimson Cookie
The Ray Mann Three is all set to embark on our first-ever visit to Japan to play shows in May 2010.