Doing Saturday chores to some absolute Jap Jazz / City Pop belters this morning. What are your favourites?
‘Restless’ on Discogs describes Town as a “mega flamboyant, tense, baroque, almost wild disco number with a very evocative, ‘urban’ sound density ending in a free ‘fauve’ saxophone magma”. Pretty accurate I’d say.
Shades of Unique - What I Got Is What You Need.
This one I bought on a whim in a big load I bought from japan off discogs.
Taeko Ohnuki’s first 3 albums are pretty much unbeatable for me. Sunshower takes the cake, just amazing.
This is one of the great city pop albums for me:
A favourite of mine:
(just realised this is neither Jap JAzz or City Pop, it is good though )
That’s an awesome track!
I had a feeling there’d be a YMO connection.
Ms. Onuki and a certain Sakamoto were/are quite tight. She also had a band with Tatsuro Yamashita early on, they recorded one album and it’s really great.
Cheers, I’ll check it out.
Examples from the albums I mentioned earlier.
Some other interesting random things:
(Tom Jobim cover…)
Stevie Wonder did the keyboards and drum programming on this track.
Seaside Lovers - Memories in Beach House
Somewhere between City Pop and Japan/Balearic
This one recently got some more visibility as the Weeknd/OPN sampled it for “Out of Time” on his new album:
This is a nice one, discovered from an edit on ISM:
That is one sweet looking album cover
I’d kill to be somewhere like that right now!
Remember that being on the Mastercuts comp. Loved that!