SHIZEN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV2be_9V4Jg Masayuki Sakamoto - Psy'chy From 風雅 Shizen Collection '87 Released on Shizen, 1987, Japan A few months ago we mentioned a record by Japanese bassist Motohiko Hamase, released on Shizen. However we did not discovered him through the record we wrote about but through a compilation released on the label in 1986 and simply called…Lire la suite SHIZEN

FRETLESS IN JAPAN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irjHNhTgJ2o&t=3s Motohiko Hamase - Plateau From Motohiko Hamase - Reminiscence Released on Shi Zen, 1986, Japan The idea that there are still some unsung Japanese heroes of ambient seems both very exciting and puzzling today as a lot of articles (some in mainstream magazines) and even reissues (like the recent reissue of Midori Takada's Through the Looking Glass) have…Lire la suite FRETLESS IN JAPAN

BIGGER THAN LIFE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3chMvgda-8Y&feature=youtu.be Joe Hisaishi - シーラカンスの夢 From Joe Hisaishi - シンデレラ迷宮 Released on Columbia 1984, Japan How can we possibly introduce Joe Hisaishi, without doubt one of the mot influential composers for the cinema from the last 30 years? Let's begin with some facts... By the end of the 1960's, Hisaishi has already graduated from the prestigious…Lire la suite BIGGER THAN LIFE

A SCENE AT THE SEA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeefDaqWMG0 Hajime Mizoguchi - Gift From "La Mer" From Hajime Mizoguchi - Halfinch Dessert Released on CBS, 1986, Japan Hajime Mizoguchi studied the cello at the prestigious Tokyo University of Fine Art and Music, successfully graduating in 1985, one year before releasing his debut album, Halfinch Desert. Mainly working for the film industry since then, the…Lire la suite A SCENE AT THE SEA

SEX… ENERGY… STAR

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEWPKhv-P2w&t=45s F.O.E. - Total Eclipse From F.O.E. - Sex, Energy and Star Released on Non-Standard, 1986, Japan For those who wouldn't know, F.O.E.(which stands for Friends Of Earth)  is "just" another band lead by the mastermind, Haruomi Hosono, teaming with some of his long-time musical contributors like Jotaro Nonaka and Miharu Koshi... ... Don't think we need to…Lire la suite SEX… ENERGY… STAR

ELEPHANTS DANCING

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2VJkocLhxo Imitation - Narcissa From Imitation - Muscle And Heat Released on Kitty Records, 1982, Japan Muscle And Heat is one of the three albums recorded by the short-lived band Imitation. Imitation's second album was released on cult Japanese label, Kitty Records, on which were released some of Japan's cultest early-1980's electro disco records (most notably Hiroshi Sato's…Lire la suite ELEPHANTS DANCING

‘LECTRIC LIGHTS, ‘LECTRIC CITY

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS6Aw682asE Shohjo-Tai & Red Bus St Project - Electric City From Shohjo-Tai & Red Bus St Project - Escape Released on Broadway, Japan, 1985 Shohjo-Tai is a Japanese female idol group formed in the 1980's. At the time, there was a big female Idol movement all over Japan and this band made 8 LP's (!!). Many…Lire la suite ‘LECTRIC LIGHTS, ‘LECTRIC CITY

ANOTHER H. HOSONO PRODUCTION

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXWNBaNZU9I Kuniko Yamada - Tetsugaku Shiyo From 山田邦子 ‎- セカンド - 贅沢者  Released on Victor, 1982, Japan Our first dancefloor-friendly post in a while is a classy Japanese synthpop track by Kuniko Yamada. Kuniko has a long career of humorist,comedian, actress, and writer behind her but she also found the time to record 2 albums…Lire la suite ANOTHER H. HOSONO PRODUCTION

YAMA NO KYOKU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFo3DOTjhDE Mountain Tune - Triad From Mountain Tune - Bolero  Released on King Records, 1985, Japan A few months ago, we uploaded a smooth disco jam by Masanori Sasaji, a keyboardist who worked on many classic Japanese albums including Mariah's Utakata No Hibi and Yasuaki Shimizu's Kakashi. He's now back on OYT with a one-shot band, Mountain Tune, in…Lire la suite YAMA NO KYOKU

ALIVE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSb-00SXfCs Ichiko Hashimoto - D.P. From Ichiko Hashimoto - Vivant Released on Polydor, 1986, Japan This beautiful lady is not your average good-looking J-pop singer, Ichiko Hashimoto is instead one of the most emblematic figures from the Japanese  experimental New Wave scene, releasing, alongside Atsuo Fujimoto, one of the most famous albums on Better Days, Colored…Lire la suite ALIVE