Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead has prepared a benefit album for Japan.

Blonde Redhead‘s Kazu Makino has curated We Are The Works In Progress, a compilation which will benefit earthquake relief efforts in Japan. Kazu, a Kyoto native, collected “exclusive material by artists that I admire” for the 14-song compilation, including new works from Four Tet, Nosaj Thing and The Knife’s Karin Andersson.

Makino spoke about the philosophy behind the “work in progress” theme:

We wanted it to be something special – something you don’t normally put on and album, and therefore many of these tracks are works in progress….hence the name. They are ideas that we became very attached to…versions of music that aren’t right for release, but ones that we love. Unfinished things often carry more energy….the possibility of it eventually becoming something great is infinite without having to be quite yet. I’ve noticed that each songs relates to one another. Like my friend Scott Mou said, “it sounds like each song is passing a baton to the next one”. I feel the same way.”

The album will be released next Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 and will initially benefit Japan Society and Architecture For Humanity, though Makino stresses the importance of adding charities and organizations as needs shift in Japan. Follow updates to the project, including purchase options on release date, on its Tumblr.


1. Moma – Four Tet – exclusive
2. No Face – Karin Dreijer Andersson (Fever Ray/The Knife) – exclusive
3. G Song – Terry Riley – exclusive rework of 70s classic, w/new vocals
4. Nightcrawler – Nosaj Thing – exclusive
5. Berceuse – John Roberts – exclusive
6. Penny Sparkle – Blonde Redhead (Drew Brown Exclusive Remix)
7. Bird On A Wire – Pantha Du Prince – exclusive
8. In Here The World Begins – Broadcast – re-release of a tour vinyl-only track
9. Drip – Liars/Blonde Redhead – previously released track remixed by Blonde Redhead
10. Curve – Deerhunter – exclusive
11. Stalagmite – Stalactite Susumu Mukai of Zongamin + Drew Brown – exclusive
12. Castles In The Grave – John Maus – exclusive
13. Bamboo House – David Sylvian/Ryuichi Sakamoto – previously released
14. Song Seven – Interpol – previously released B-Side

Listen to Four Tet’s “Moma,” on Soundcloud: