Japanese Tag Archive

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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Mellow

Minnie – Rocket 88 (1987)

Rocket 88 is a City Pop masterpiece by Minnie released in 1987 on Paradise Records.  A must have if you can get it for cheap! 

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Mellow

Milk – Milk (1987)

Milk is a Boogie masterpiece released in 1987 on small Japanese label J&L Records. Ultra-rare private press boogie/funk LP by the singer-songwriter duo Milk, composed of sisters Ritsuko and Rie Miyajima.

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Mellow

Air Suspension Club Band – Another World (1982)

Another World is a Soul Funk masterpiece released in 1982 on Japanese label, VAP stands for “Video Audio Project“. This album produced by Mr. Theodore is simply amazing! Certainly the best album by Air Suspension Club Band.

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Groovy

Terada – Snow Tires

Tokyo native Terada Sōichi electrifies us with his two song instrumental EP “Snow Tires“.

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Organic, Spiritual

Jun Fukamachi – Nicole (86 Spring And Summer Collection – Instrumental Images)

There’s no need to introduce prodigious Japan-born composer, pianist Jun Fukamachi who was a highly demanded artist throughout the 70-80’s. Here is one of his solo production released in ’86.

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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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Experimental

Social Material – Class / Consciousness (2001)

Terre Thaemlitz (Social Material) has the most authentic techno sound of the Experimental Scene. This instrumental album brings you back to 1990-93!

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Groovy

The Main Attraction – Love is Beautiful (1983)

Rare Japan-only release by The Main Attraction, produced by Philip Roane.

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Spiritual

Makoto Terashita meets Harold Land – Topology (1984)

Stunning and ultra-rare Japanese jazz masterpiece recorded in 1984. Released on the tiny Aketa’s Disk label, this one has been a big want for a long, long time now and it does not disappoint. Amazing composer Makoto Terashita.

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Mellow

Various Artists – Down To The Resort (1986)

Solid compilation of 80’s japanese synth music by Alfa Records in 1986. This is compilation features the killer track “Moon Flower” by Water Melon Group and “Hot Beach” by Interior.

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Groovy

Junko Ohashi – Point Zero (1983)

Most sought-after album by japanese singer Junko Ohashi. Let’s be honest, this album is pretty bad but it includes the monster 80’s Synth Funk cut “Dancin” .

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