Jap Jazz / City Pop Favourites

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.

Bonkers!

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This one I bought on a whim in a big load I bought from japan off discogs.

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Taeko Ohnuki’s first 3 albums are pretty much unbeatable for me. Sunshower takes the cake, just amazing.

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This is one of the great city pop albums for me:

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A favourite of mine:

(just realised this is neither Jap JAzz or City Pop, it is good though :slight_smile: )

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That’s an awesome track!

I had a feeling there’d be a YMO connection.

Yeah this is awesome.

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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.

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Cheers, I’ll check it out.

Examples from the albums I mentioned earlier.

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Some other interesting random things:

(Tom Jobim cover…)

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Stevie Wonder did the keyboards and drum programming on this track.

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Seaside Lovers - Memories in Beach House

Somewhere between City Pop and Japan/Balearic

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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:

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That is one sweet looking album cover

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I’d kill to be somewhere like that right now!

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Remember that being on the Mastercuts comp. Loved that!

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