High expectations for this label from Japan Blues - the pretty unambiguously named Les Editions Japonais. First release exceeds them. Kufuki is a Tokyo four-piece formed in 2010; Dodome is their attempt at electrifying - that is to say electronicizing - minyo, or traditional Japanese folk music. It’s interesting and immediate stuff - especially ‘Torobayashi’, Kufuki’s deft overhaul a song first released in the early 60s by Masao Suzuki, as part of the original wave of popularised minyo. Beseeching vocal (well, it SOUNDS beseeching…obviously I’ve no idea what he’s actually saying) is strapped to a tuff, Jammy-style rhythm with a FAT computerised bassline rolling off it. Japan Blues amplifies that digi-dub/dancehall flavour and dials down the vocal for his ‘Torobyashi In Dub’ version, coming over like Equiknoxx by way of Smith & Mighty. If you dug that recent Emerson Kitamura 12", you need this. Bangers!