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Japanese, Mellow

Tabo’s Project – Eyes Of A Child (1986)

This album by Tokyo based band Tabo’s Project (Ken Yajima, Natsu and Takashi Omori) was released in 1986 on Taishita Records. The two songs that really stand out on this album are “Feel” and “Eyes Of A Child”.

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Japanese, Mellow

Naoya Matsuoka – Heart Cocktail Vol.2 (1987)

Honmoku native Naoya Matsuoka electrifies us with his twelve song instrumental album… The sophistication of his easy funk baptizes you from the very first bar, to the point where you can almost feel the ocean mist on your face.

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Experimental, Japanese

BGM – Back Ground Music (1980)

This was BGM’s sole album, released as an LP in 1980. Despite it’s title, this is not exactly music to play in the background…

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Floating, Japanese

Crue-L Grand Orchestra – (You Are) More Than Paradise (Theo Parrish Translation)

Interesting piece Deep-House Japanese production by Crue-L Grand Orchestra (Daisuke Kojima, Miyuki Hatakeyama) released on Japanese dance music label Crue-L Records in 2010.

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Groovy, Japanese

Yasuko Agawa – L.A. Night (1987)

One of the best Japanese’s Disco release ever made by Yasuko Agawa. Released in 1987 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Japanese, Must Have

Soichi Terada & Shinichiro Yokota – Far East Recording (1992)

Another Japanese House burner from the ultra solid EP of Soichi Terada & Shinichiro Yokota. Always nicer to have it on digital for that loud sound we love so much!

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Japanese, Meditation, Organic

Masahiro Sugaya – The Long Living Things (1988)

This album by musican and producer Masahiro Sugaya was released on label ALM Records. The track that really stands out on this album is “Circus In The Sky”.

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Japanese, Obscure

Aragon – The Birth Of Aragon (The Studio Works) (1985)

Superb sound collage by Aragon (Kazuhiro Nishimatsu, Keishi Urata, Tadashi Nanba, Tatsuo Hayashi, Tsuyoshi Kon). All tracks amazing and top recommended of Japanese obscure music.  Holy grail item! 

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Japanese, Organic

Milky Way Band – Quarter Diary (1989)

Milky Way Band released in 1989, through infinitely small quantities, on a nondescript label simply titled the Athene Record Ind. Co., Ltd.

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Japanese, Mellow

Exotics – Library (1983)

The only album by Exotics. Produced by Japanese idle pop star, Kenji Sawada. Very cool new wave disco tune “Nobody Livin’ Here” and “Be Cool” check at first.

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Japanese, Tropical

Imitation – Muscle And Heat (1982)

The second album by new wave group Imitation centered upon Yu Imai ex. Sadistic Mika Band. Includes many nice tropical new wave.

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Japanese, Meditation

Hiroshi Yoshimura – A.I.R (Air In Resort) (1984)

Mixing bird song and sea sound with environmental field recordings: that’s lovely. Mixing electronics with bell acoustics: that’s different. Presenting this whole mix in one serene, wonderfully smelling and designed package: that’s inspiring.

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Japanese, Spiritual

Satoshi Ashikawa – Still Way (Wave Notation 2) (1982)

In the liner notes of the LP release, he writes about the commodification of music, and in particular, what he saw as the steady pervasiveness of music as it becomes further background noise in everyday life: advertising filler, the silver screen, TV, etc; how nowadays (and this was felt even 30yrs ago) it’s impossible to escape some jingle somewhere.

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