Last weekend my wife Liz and I got to hang out with Erik Luebs, Jake Falby, Jordan Lee, and Cameron Potter while the group gallivants around the eastern US on tour, half of them gathered up for the purpose only incidentally when they all realized they'd be in the United States at the same time; Falby is a violinist active in Buenos Aires while Erik is an experimental electronic composer currently living in Japan, recording as Magical Mistakes and helping to run Day Tripper Records. Jordan Lee we know from his imprint Kassette Klub and we're releasing a tape with Potter's band Little Spoon on our imprint Crash Symbols, so you can imagine we had plenty to talk about. Erik's work with Day Tripper came out after I heaped on them whatever Crash Symbols merch we hadn't nailed down; none of the bunch had much of their discography with them to trade in kind, but links were exchanged and their visit started looking more and more fortuitous. The overlap in our interests quickly compounded; Day Tripper's latest is a collaboration with American label Astro Nautico, one of our perennial favorites when it comes to interesting production and next-level beat work. Erik emphasized for us the enduring significance of beautiful objects in the Japanese DIY culture, so it wasn't such a surprise that the collaboration between Day Tripper's associates in the INNIT collective and Astro Nautico would come beautifully prepared in unique, handmade packaging to showcase the edition:
"An experiment in cultural exchange and sampling, respective music collectives Astro Nautico and INNIT/Day Tripper Records have collaborated on a transpacific project which finds 7 members of Astro Nautico sampling Kurosawa’s 'The Seven Samurai' to create a track and conversely, 7 members of Japan-based INNIT flipping sounds found in the westernized version of the same film, 'The Magnificent Seven'." -Astro Nautico
Buy 7 by 7 from Day Tripper of Astro Nautico; there's no better intro out there to the impressive young Japanese imprint or better evidence for Astro Nautico's continued willingness to realize complex visions for the international electronic scene.