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Tokyo Midnight - 東京ミッドナイト

by Sababa 5 (feat. Yurika)

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Shk Évidemment, j'aime beaucoup la première face mise en avant dans la promotion de l'EP, mais la seconde face a pour moi un petit quelque-chose en plus. Les deux influences culturelles des deux artistes arrivent chacune à s'imposer un peu plus et l'alchimie n'en est que plus belle ! Favorite track: Nasnusa - ナスヌーサ.
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Yokrimi As a Lover of Tokyo...the sound of the city is so well captured that I feel like being there...walking on the funky side of the city Favorite track: Tokyo Midnight - 東京ミッドナイト.
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Yahseemi Decent folkish vybes by SABABA 5 and YURIKA!!! Great for dancing RIGHT!!!! Favorite track: Nasnusa - ナスヌーサ.
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Dos Maneras de Bailar Vibrant and gorgeous song! Favorite track: Tokyo Midnight - 東京ミッドナイト.
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Ex-Friendly Quirky, funky and full of energy, big fan of Batov's vision Favorite track: Nasnusa - ナスヌーサ.
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If you don’t know Sababa 5 yet, you’re definitely missing out on one of the hottest bands on the Tel Aviv music scene.
Following their very popular debut release ‘Crossroad of Love’,
Sababa 5 and vocalist Yurika are back on the exclusive Middle Eastern Grooves with their newest double-sided 7” collaboration titled ‘Tokyo Midnight’. The record is a dazzling encounter of cultures, inspired by the funky and exotic melodies of Sababa 5 and the resplendent Japanese words of Yurika.

Title track Tokyo Midnight opens with a groovy guitar riff and continues to an upbeat rhythmic workout, complete with a funky bassline and ululating keyboards. Yurika’s enchanting voice ties things together in a soft, yet hypnotic, musical whirlwind.

On the B-side - Nasnusa - a beautiful guitar solo continues into a captivating rhythm inspired by traditional Mizrahi music. Yurika’s delicate vocals evoke a love story; a couple watches the sunset as the gates to a new world are opening. As Nasnusa fades into the light, her lover recalls her beauty and expresses fondness over the wonderful time they spent together.

About Sababa 5
Founded by Amir Sadot and Ilan Smilan, Sababa 5 have been playing together for two years and have recently built their own recording studio on the street that connects Jaffa to Tel Aviv. “We just wanted a place to record our music where the whole band could fit together in the same room…so, we built the place ourselves! Mind you, there’s not a lot of space…in fact, we’re a bit crammed in there but that’s how we like it. Additionally, we’re above the best hummus place in Tel Aviv so we couldn’t have picked a better location”.

Sababa 5’s musical style has been influenced by all its members and is in continuous evolution, though always remaining very groove-centric. The sound is mainly based in surf rock and retro funk, especially Arabic folk and funk music from the ‘60s and the ‘70s and
artists from that period, such as the legendary Aris San.

Yurika is a Japanese performer who was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. During her teenage years, she discovered belly dancing and fell in love with it. She then traveled the Middle East to discover more of this antique art; learning from choreographers of the stature of Orly Portal and performing with renowned artists Raquy Danziger, Boom Pam, and Ouzo Bazooka.


released September 18, 2020

*Tokyo midnight \ **Nasnusa*

Lyrics by Yurika Hanashima
Music by Ilan Smilan

Yurika Hanashima (vocal)
Ilan Smilan (guitar)
Gilad Levin (guitar)
Amir Sadot (organ and synth)
Guy Benami (drums)

Recorded by Ilan Smilan , Mixed and Mastered by Ilan Smilan

℗ © Batov Records 2020 | BTR045


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