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Akiko Yano - Iroha Ni Konpeitou
Akiko Yano
Iroha Ni Konpeitou
LP | 1977 | EU | Reissue (wewantsounds)
27,99 €*
Release:1977 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Wewantsounds continues its Akiko Yano reissue programme with the release of "Iroha Ni Konpeitou," another superb Akiko Yano album and one of her funkiest, highlighting her unmissable singing and songwriting talents. Recorded in Tokyo and New York City, the album features a superb line up of the best musicians from both cities and sees Yano mixing Japanese pop with funk and a touch of electronics, playing a wide array of keyboards programmed by YMO synth wizard Hideki Matsutake. This is the first time the album is released outside of Japan and this deluxe LP edition includes remastered sound, download card plus the original 4-page insert with poster, lyrics and full line-up.
"Iroha Ni Konpeitou" is perhaps Akiko Yano's best known album in the Western world not just because of its striking front cover - a shot by famed photographer Bishin Jumonji featuring Akiko holding an inflatable dolphin (legend has it all the props and clothes were borrowed from the set of an Issey Miyake ad), but because the album is one of Akiko's funkiest ones. A slick mix of Japanese Pop and New York funk, the album was recorded in Tokyo except for the "Iroha Ni Konpeitou" title track which was recorded in NYC with an all-star line-up consisting of Rick Marotta, David Spinozza, Will Lee and Nicky Marrero.

For the rest of the album, Akiko is accompanied by some of the best musicians from the Tokyo music scene gravitating around the groups Happy End and Tin Pan Alley: the ubiquitous Haruomi Hosono on bass, Tatsuo Hayashi on drums, Shigeru Suzuki on guitar to name just a few. Interestingly two Hosono compositions are featured on the album, "Ai Ai Gasa" which he recorded on his 1973 landmark debut "Hosono House" and "Hourou" originally recorded in 75 by singer and musician Chu Kosaka (on the eponymous album “Horo”).

Last but not least Hideki Matsutake is handling the keyboard programming duties on the album as Yano is playing a wide array of keyboards: Moog IIIc, Mini Moog, String Ensemble, on top of the Fender Rhodes, Clavinet, Yamaha CP7C. Matsutake would soon become programmer in chief for YMO, touring and playing with them around the world (like Yano herself). Although the album feels very accessible and funky, there are complex keyboard layers underneath as on the first short introduction 'KAWAJI', a short electro fantasy, or on such tracks as "Ai Ai Gasa" and “Kino Wa Mou" on which Akiko is playing bass with her Moog, making the album a richly textured and inventive one once you scratch its surface. The tracks on the album flow effortlessly also highlighting Akiko Yano's superb songwriting and knack for creating fascinating pop song.

"Iroha Ni Konpeitou" sounds as fresh and beautiful as when it first came out more than forty years ago and will please the growing circle of Akiko Yano fans around the world as a welcome addition to her brilliant discography.
Colored Music - Colored Music
Colored Music
Colored Music
LP | 1981 | EU | Reissue (WRWTFWW)
21,99 €*
Release:1981 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
This is a beautiful 1LP Edition with 140g Vinyl, Stoughton Tip-On Sleeve, Liner Notes (English & Japanese) by Chee Shimizu, Sticker Official reissue of diggers’ favorite Colored Music available on vinyl and CD or the first time since 1981.
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - OST Akira
Geinoh Yamashirogumi
OST Akira
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Milan)
48,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Movies / TV
Set in the year 2019 in Neo-Tokyo, the world is still recovering from the ravages of World War III. One night, teen delinquent Kaneda has his biker gang hurtle through the busy city. Kaneda’s friend, Tetsuo, is seriously injured during an accident and is taken to an army hospital. There the military notice Tetsuo’s potential psychic power, so they transfer Tetsuo to a secret government laboratory to awakening his latent abilities. When Kaneda gets involved in an antigovernment guerrilla movement, he encounters Kei, a member of the revolutionaries, and learns that the goal of the fighters is to infiltrate a secret laboratory – the very one where Tetuso is being held. The experiments to awaken Tetsuo’s powers are a terrifying success as he begins to wield psychic energy he cannot control - reminiscent of the emergence of the legendary esper boy "Akira”, which triggered World War III. The stage set, a fierce battle begins between Kaneda, Kei, the army and Tetsuo with the destiny of Earth at stake.

The symphonic music to AKIRA was composed by Dr. Shoji Yamashiro, head of the beloved Japanese musical collective Geinoh Yamashirogumi, and performed by the group. Rerecorded and remastered using the most advanced audio techniques available, this release of the unforgettable score of AKIRA is peerless in quality and audio fidelity.

To celebrate the long-awaited release of AKIRA on the vinyl format, we have pressed the soundtrack on a pair of 180 gram black vinyl discs for an optimal listening experience. The discs are housed in a pair of high quality eurosleeves displaying artwork from the film which are in turn packaged in a gatefold jacket featuring the beautiful skyline of Neo-Tokyo. A download card including a lengthy commentary by Dr. Yamashiro on topics ranging from AKIRA to Geinoh Yamashirogumi to his work in advanced brain studies is also included.
Haruomi Hosono - Cochin Moon
Haruomi Hosono
Cochin Moon
LP | 1978 | US | Reissue (Light In The Attic)
24,29 €* 26,99 € -10%
Release:1978 / US – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
The unbelievably prolific Haruomi Hosono is one of the major architects of modern Japanese pop music. With his encyclopedic knowledge of music and boundless curiosity for new sounds, Hosono is the auteur of his own idiosyncratic musical world, putting his unmistakable stamp on hundreds of recordings as an artist, session player, songwriter and producer. Born and raised in central Tokyo, his adolescent obsession with American pop culture informed his early forays into country music, which he would revisit later in his career. Hosono made his professional debut in 1969 as a member of Apryl Fool, whose heavy psychedelia was somewhat at odds with his influences, which leaned towards the rootsy sounds of Moby Grape and Buffalo Springfield. The latter was one of the main inspirations for his next group, Happy End, whose unique blend of West Coast sounds with Japanese lyrics proved to be highly influential over the course of three albums. After the band’s amicable break up in 1973, Hosono began his solo career with Hosono House, an intimate slice of Japanese Americana recorded inside a rented house with recording gear squeezed into its tiny bedroom. Hosono’s solo career would take many twists and turns from this point forward, with forays into exotica, electronic, ambient, and techno, culminating in the massive success of techno pop group Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO).

Released in September 1978, a mere two months before YMO’s debut, Cochin Moon is a clear precursor to the groundbreaking synth and sequencer-dominated sounds that would come to define the iconic trio. Credited to Hosono and Pop Art legend Tadanori Yokoo (who created the cover art), Cochin Moon is a fictional soundtrack to a journey into unknown worlds, inspired by Hosono and Yokoo’s trip to India. Initially the album was to be a kind of ethnographic musical document, using found sounds and field recordings made by Hosono himself. Instead, after Yokoo introduced Hosono to the sounds of Kraftwerk and krautrock during the trip, Cochin Moon became something much stranger. Created almost entirely on synthesizers and sequencers with the help of future YMO collaborators Ryuichi Sakamoto and Hideki Matsutake, the music on the album is the perfect encapsulation of Hosono’s concept of “sightseeing music,” transporting the listener to an exotic place that may or may not exist. This highly sought-after album sees its first-ever official release outside of Japan.

Admired by artists ranging from Van Dyke Parks to Mac DeMarco, Hosono continues to forge ahead as he heads into his fifth decade as a musician. With the re-release of his key albums for the first time outside of Japan, his genius will be discovered by a whole new generation of fans around the world.
Haruomi Hosono - Hochono House
Haruomi Hosono
Hochono House
LP | 2019 | JP | Original (Victor Entertainment)
44,99 €*
Release:2019 / JP – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
An inventive 2019 re-imagining of his 1973 solo debut Hosono House, recorded entirely by himself /// Track-by-track notes by Hosono /// Hochono House is a re-imagining of Hosono’s 1973 solo debut album Hosono House. Recorded 45 years after The Band-like sessions that produced the rootsy Japanese Americana classic, Hochono House is an entirely solo affair, with Hosono himself handling all the recording, engineering, programming, arrangements, instruments, and singing. It’s a perfect distillation of the various styles Hosono has cultivated over his 50 year career, from his folky beginnings through his techno-pop era, to putting his own spin on the music of his youth. Rather than it being an exercise in nostalgia, Hochono House instead sees Hosono pushing forward as always, acknowledging his past while hinting at another brand new phase of his career.
Hiroshi Sato - Awakening
Hiroshi Sato
Awakening
LP | 1982 | JP | Reissue (Sony Japan)
66,99 €*
Release:1982 / JP – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves, Pop
Preorder 19.07.2019
Delayed until June. / 1st analogue re-issue since original release. Considered a genre defining album for City Pop & AOR in Japan. Hiroshi Sato started his career as a keyboardist for Tin Pan Alley (a group of studio musicians led by Haruomi Hosono). Comes with a lyrics/credits insert and a liner notes insert. Single Jacket with Obi Strip. Remastered by original sound engineer Mitsuo Koike. Cutting engineer - Bernie Grundman. Pressed in 180g vinyl. Limited Pressing. Awakening is Sato’s 4th solo album. The sounds were constructed on the very first drum machine the Linn LM-1. Sato programmed the sounds himself and played all instruments except for guitar(guest musicians included Tatsuro Yamashita and Tsunehide Matsuki). This album is considered his best work and a masterpiece of Japanese AOR and city pop. Sato recalled later as that this was his 1st true solo album.

Hiroshi Sato started his career as a keyboardist for Tin Pan Alley. Which was was a group of studio musicians led by Haruomi Hosono. Sato had played on various albums with Hosono including his Tropical Trilogy albums. Sato was even asked by Hosono to join Yellow Magic Orchestra which he turned down (the spot ended up being filled by Ryuichi Sakamoto).
Hiroshi Yoshimura - Music For Nine Postcards
Hiroshi Yoshimura
Music For Nine Postcards
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Empire Of Signs)
27,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Preorder 30.08.2019
Status: Delayed until June. / Only one copy per customer!
The late Hiroshi Yoshimura, a pioneer of Japanese ambient music. Yoshimura was involved in a wide range of fields, such as sound design for public installations, graphic design, visual poetry, free improvised performance (using his own body) and inventing his own instruments, right up until he passed away in 2003.
The seven songson this album were created for a fashion exibition held at a warehouse in the Tokyo bay area. He released it on cassete tape on Japanese label ‘Fukusei Gijutsu Kohboh” ran by Yoshio Ojima who produced the album.
Referring to the Loft: "As the time goes by, the Loft that was swept away ( forgotten) from the City but it somewhat has a look of a " City of Ruins" that reminds you of something you have forgotten. Something nostalgic. Sounds from the City and the vast landscape gave me a great opportunity to take a fresh look at Tokyo." says Yoshimura.
Referring To the Pier: His look towards Tokyo bay takes on the shape of sonic particles....tickling down gently while tinged with change. A landscape of Seven Sounds.
This is the first-ever vinyl release, 34 years after it's recording. The sleeve image is the same as on the original cassette release.
Joe Hisaishi - My Neighbor Totoro - Sound Book
Joe Hisaishi
My Neighbor Totoro - Sound Book
LP | JP | Original (Studio Ghibli)
49,99 €*
Release:JP – Original
Genre:Movies / TV
Newly recorded scores from “My Neighbor Totoro”with the keynote of violin, guitar and flute. A picture book of music which you can feel heart-warming interaction between Totoro and children.
(Violin: Masatsugu Shinozaki / Flute: Rie Akagi / Guitar: Hiroki Miyano) With 4 pages of illustrations.
Keiji Haino - Watashi Dake?
Keiji Haino
Watashi Dake?
LP | 1981 | US | Reissue (Black Editions)
35,99 €*
Release:1981 / US – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Over the last fifty years few musicians or performers have created as monumental and uncompromising a body of work as that of Keiji Haino. Through a vast number of recordings and performances Haino has staked out a ground all his own- creating a language of unparalleled intensity that defies any simple classification. For all this, his 1981 debut album Watashi Dake? has remained enigmatic. Originally released in a small edition by the legendary Pinakotheca label, the album was heard by only a select few in Japan and far fewer overseas. Original vinyl copies became impossibly rare and highly sought after the world over.

Watashi Dake? presents a haunting vision – stark vocals, whispered and screamed, punctuate dark silences. Intricate and sharp guitar figures interweave, repeat and stretch, trance-like, emerging from dark recesses. Written and composed on the spot – Haino’s vision is one of deep spiritual depths that distantly evokes 1920’s blues and medieval music- yet is unlike anything ever committed to record before or since. Coupled with starkly minimal packaging featuring the now iconic cover photographs by legendary photog-
rapher Gin Satoh, the album is a startling and fully realized artistic statement.
Kenji Kawai - OST Ghost In The Shell
Kenji Kawai
OST Ghost In The Shell
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (WRWTFWW)
18,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Movies / TV
Regular Official Authorised Vinyl Version, Original Soundtrack.

The first ever OFFICIAL vinyl release of the soundtrack for Mamoru Oshii’s legendary science fiction anime film GHOST IN THE SHELL (1995). - LP cut from the original master reels at Emil Berliner Studios, official Ghost in the Shell artwork Tracklisting LP : A1 ?I - Making Of Cyborg A2 Ghosthack A3 Puppetmaster A4 Virtual Crime A5 ?II - Ghost City B1 Access B2 Nightstalker B3 Floating Museum B4 Ghostdive B5 ?III - Reincarnation We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records is thrilled and honored to announce the first ever official vinyl pressing of the soundtrack for Mamoru Oshii’s critically acclaimed and all around legendary science fiction anime film GHOST IN THE SHELL (1995), adapted from Masamune Shirow’s groundbreaking manga series of the same name. Cut from the original master reels at Emil Berliner Studios (formerly the in-house recording department of renowned classical record label Deutsche Grammophon). The haunting score is composed by Kenji Kawai, one of Japan’s most celebrated soundtrack composers, alongside Joe Hisaishi and Ry?ichi Sakamoto, whose work includes Hideo Nakata’s Ring (1998) and Ring 2 (1999), Death Note (2006), Hong Kong films Seven Swords by Tsui Hark (2005) and Ip Man by Wilson Yip (2008), and countless others. Kawai’s compositions see ancient harmonies and percussions uncannily mesh with synthesized sounds of the modern world to convey a sumptuous balance between folklore tradition and futuristic outlook.
Masahiko Sato - OST Belladonna
Masahiko Sato
OST Belladonna
LP | 1975 | UK | Reissue (Finders Keepers)
20,99 €*
Release:1975 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Movies / TV
An unholy grail of near mythical status finally joins the Finders Keepers Records discography in the form of this first-ever reissue of Masahiko Sato’s elusive sensual psychedelic free jazz score to the stunning Japanese witchcraft animation Belladonna Of Sadness (Kanashimi no Belladonna) directed by anime screenwriter Eiichi Yamamoto in 1973. asn early feature-length example of a micro-genre in which Japanese anime producers collaborated with the “pink” film genre.
Merzbow - Venereology
Midori Takada - Through The Looking Glass Crystal Clear Vinyl Edition
Midori Takada
Through The Looking Glass Crystal Clear Vinyl Edition
2LP | 1983 | EU | Reissue (WRWTFWW)
34,99 €*
Release:1983 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
WRWTFWW & Palto Flats Records are ecstatic to announce the highly-anticipated reissue of Japanese percussionist Midori Takada’s sought after and timeless ambient / minimal album “Through The Looking Glass", originally released in 1983 by RCA Japan. Considered a Holy Grail of Japanese music by many, “Through The Looking Glass” is Midori Takada’s first solo endeavor, a captivating four-song suite capturing her deep quests into traditional African and Asian percussive language and exploring contemplative ambient sounds with an admirably precise use of marimba. The result is alternatively ethereal and vibrant, always precise and mesmerizing, and makes for an atmospheric masterpiece and an unparalleled sonic and spiritual experience. The fully licensed reissue is available as a single 33rpm LP and a limited 45rpm DLP, both cut directly from the original studio reels (AAA), at Emil Berliner (formerly the in-house recording department of renowned classical record label Deutsche Grammophon) for the 45rpm DLP, and at the equally famous Frankfurter SST Studio for the LP.
Minako Yoshido - Let's Do It
Minako Yoshido
Let's Do It
LP | 1978 | JP | Reissue (Sony Japan)
42,49 €* 49,99 € -15%
Release:1978 / JP – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves, Pop
1st analogue re-issue since original release. Produced by Gene & Billy Page of Motown fame. Select songs co-written with Tatsuro Yamashita. Comes with a lyrics/credits insert and a liner notes insert. Single Jacket with Obi Strip. Remastered by original sound engineer Tamotsu Yoshida from original master. Cutting Engineer Bernie Grundman. Pressed at Quality Record Pressing (US). Limited Pressing. Minako Yoshida's 6th album Let's Do It was recorded in Hollywood, and was her first time recording outside of Japan working with foreign musicians. It was produced by Gene & Billy Page of Motown fame, with the backup of Motown musicians like David T. Walker, Wah Wah Watson, and Greg Phillinganes. Yoshida later said in an interview that she didn't want a Hollywood sound, so she gathered Ryuichi Sakamoto and her musicians at a studio in Tokyo to create demo tracks with solid arrangements before she went into production in Hollywood. Let's Do It is a great mix of Minako's Japanese song writing sensibility fused with a urban soul/ fusion sound. All Songs are written by Yoshida, except for 3 songs co-written with Tatsuro Yamashita, who later re-recorded Cloud and Time for his own albums.
Mkwaju Ensemble (Midori Takada) - Mkwaju
Mkwaju Ensemble (Midori Takada)
Mkwaju
LP | 1981 | EU | Reissue (WRWTFWW)
21,99 €*
Release:1981 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Beautiful 1 LP Edition Clasic with 350g cardboard sleeve, Sticker - The holy grail album Mkwaju by acclaimed Japanese percussionist Midori Takada’s Mkwaju ensemble WRWTFWW Records is proud to announce the highly anticipated official reissue of holy grail album Mkwaju by acclaimed Japanese percussionist Midori Takada’s Mkwaju ensemble, sourced from the original masters and available in two versions: a vinyl LP cut at Emil Berliner Studios (formerly the in-house recording department of Deutsche Grammophon) and a digipack CD.
NHK yx Koyxen - Exit Entrance
Osamu Kitajima - The Early Years Boxset
Osamu Kitajima
The Early Years Boxset
5LP Box | 2019 | EU | Original (Everland)
114,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Preorder 28.06.2019
Osamu Kitajima was born in Chigasaki, Japan on February 3rd 1949 and studied classical guitar and piano already in his childhood days. Later on in the 1960s, when Beat and Rock music became the hot stuff in the popular music circuit, he joined his cousin’s band “The Launchers” with his brother, before graduating from university. Osamu’s cousin, Yūzō Kayama, is a famous Japanese film actor and musician. In 1971, when Osamu was already a successful composer of TV advertising jingles, he moved to England for a year and developed an obsession for British Rock music, especially in the Psychedelic field. The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple and The Zombies became his major influences and inspired him to start a solo career under the name „Justin Heathcliff“, which he adopted for it’s typical English sound. His 1971 eponymous album was a typical Pop Psyche effort for it’s time, but not long after he returned home to Japan, Osamu abandoned the English sounding name and further on merged Western Progressive and Electronic music with Japanese Folk sounds.
Shinchugoku (1972)
This is a beautiful early 1970s Psychedelic Folk Rock effort, on which Osamu Kitajima cooperated with Fumio Miyashita (aka FAR OUT) and members oft he very popular FAR EAST FAMILY BAND, to create a bunch of mind altering colorful tunes with a mellow, yet intense approach.
Benzaiten (1976)
This album is called his masterpiece by many aficionadoes of 1970s Progressive Rock, with it’s mixture of haunting Japanese Folk elements and skillfully played spacey Rock music that takes you on a spiritual journey to the center of your mind.
Osamu (1977)
His third album marks another change in direction. Still Japanese elements and some haunting melodic Space Rock elements flow gently into another, but by incorporating Jazz, Funk and even Reggae, Osamu broadens the whole musical colour palette by far.
Masterless Samurai (1980)
Osamu completely abandons the Space Rock aspects here and takes a turn into Jazzrock with a Progressive edge, that he still combines with these totally exotical sounding Japanese Folk elements.
Dragon King (1981)
The step from Masterless Samurai to Dragon King has not been such a big one as it has been with the albums before. We experience a softer version of Osamus Jazzrock / Japanese Folk Fusion, that often even shows Soul Pop aspects, typical for it’s time.
Osamu Kitajima - The Early Years Deluxe Edition Boxset
Osamu Kitajima
The Early Years Deluxe Edition Boxset
5LP Box | 2019 | EU | Original (Everland)
159,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Preorder 06.07.2019
Osamu Kitajima was born in Chigasaki, Japan on February 3rd 1949 and studied classical guitar and piano already in his childhood days. Later on in the 1960s, when Beat and Rock music became the hot stuff in the popular music circuit, he joined his cousin’s band “The Launchers” with his brother, before graduating from university. Osamu’s cousin, Yūzō Kayama, is a famous Japanese film actor and musician. In 1971, when Osamu was already a successful composer of TV advertising jingles, he moved to England for a year and developed an obsession for British Rock music, especially in the Psychedelic field. The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple and The Zombies became his major influences and inspired him to start a solo career under the name „Justin Heathcliff“, which he adopted for it’s typical English sound. His 1971 eponymous album was a typical Pop Psyche effort for it’s time, but not long after he returned home to Japan, Osamu abandoned the English sounding name and further on merged Western Progressive and Electronic music with Japanese Folk sounds.
Shinchugoku (1972)
This is a beautiful early 1970s Psychedelic Folk Rock effort, on which Osamu Kitajima cooperated with Fumio Miyashita (aka FAR OUT) and members oft he very popular FAR EAST FAMILY BAND, to create a bunch of mind altering colorful tunes with a mellow, yet intense approach.
Benzaiten (1976)
This album is called his masterpiece by many aficionadoes of 1970s Progressive Rock, with it’s mixture of haunting Japanese Folk elements and skillfully played spacey Rock music that takes you on a spiritual journey to the center of your mind.
Osamu (1977)
His third album marks another change in direction. Still Japanese elements and some haunting melodic Space Rock elements flow gently into another, but by incorporating Jazz, Funk and even Reggae, Osamu broadens the whole musical colour palette by far.
Masterless Samurai (1980)
Osamu completely abandons the Space Rock aspects here and takes a turn into Jazzrock with a Progressive edge, that he still combines with these totally exotical sounding Japanese Folk elements.
Dragon King (1981)
The step from Masterless Samurai to Dragon King has not been such a big one as it has been with the albums before. We experience a softer version of Osamus Jazzrock / Japanese Folk Fusion, that often even shows Soul Pop aspects, typical for it’s time.
Phew - Voice Hardcore
Phew
Voice Hardcore
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Mesh-Key)
23,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Living legend Phew follows up her brilliant Light Sleep album with another masterwork - Voice Hardcore - comprised entirely of her iconic, instantly recognizable voice, twisted, folded and layered over six mesmerizing tracks.
Pizzicato Five - On Her Majesty's Request
Pizzicato Five
On Her Majesty's Request
LP | 2018 | JP | Original (Great Tracks / Sony Japan)
49,99 €*
Release:2018 / JP – Original
Genre:Pop
* First time on vinyl
* Supervised by Pizzicato Five founder Yasuharu Konishi
* New jacket by original designer Mitsuo Shindo
* Vinyl cutting by Bernie Grundman Mastering
* Pressed at Sony DADC Japan
* Limited edition import Japanese press

On Her Majesty’s Request is the third album by Pizzicato Five, originally released on July 21, 1989. Intended as a fictional soundtrack to a spy film, the album consists of compositions written by each member of the group, including the fan favorite “Let’s Spend The Night Together” and “Satellite Hour,” which featured future lead vocalist Maki Nomiya’s first appearance with Pizzicato Five. Originally a CD-only release, On Her Majesty’s Request is now available for the first time on vinyl, with newly remastered audio under the supervision of Pizzicato Five founder Yasuharu Konishi and a new jacket by original designer Mitsuo Shindo incorporating the iconic imagery from the original release.
SAICOBAB - Sab Se Purani Bab
Shigeo Tanaka - Yumi Kagura
Shigeo Tanaka
Yumi Kagura
LP | 2016 | JP | Original (EM)
19,99 €*
Release:2016 / JP – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
A hotline to the gods! Kagura is a thousand-year-old form of Japanese Shinto sacred music and dance, accompanying the chanting of myths; the word "Kagura" can be translated as "god-entertainment". Passed down over countless generations, the music is rare and recordings even rarer. Shigeo Tanaka was a master of the Yumi (bow), an uncommon single-string percussion instrument, which is a true bow: arrows are fired off at the end of each ceremony to fend off evil spirits. The instrument is difficult to play; it's hard to draw out the proper sound and maintain the rhythm. LP includes a six page insert. “Yumi Kagura” is the oldest of all the various forms of Kagura. The Tanaka family, based in rural Jōge-cho, Hiroshima prefecture, has passed down this “Yumi Kagura” tradition for hundreds of years; this lineage continues to this day in the person of his daughter Ritsuko Tanaka. The Jōge-cho “Yumi Kagura”, which prays for family well-being, bountiful crops and good fortune, was designated an Important Intangible Cultural Property in 1971. The piece featured here, "Takusa Saimon", based on the myth "Ama No Iwato" (The Rocky Celestial Cave), is mesmeric, reaching back across ages to the time before time, with Tanaka's voice and Yumi, accompanied by flute and metal percussion, drawing us closer to the primal activities of the gods. Listeners may find affinities with aspects of music as diverse as German electronic minimalism like E2-E4, certain Ethiopian music, spiritual jazz and more, all tapping into the deep root of forever. Previously available only on a ridiculously obscure 1991 cassette release, “Yumi Kagura” is the first collaborative release by EM Records and Riyo Mountains, a Japanese folk song research team.
Shinichi Atobe - Butterfly Effect Black Vinyl Edition
Shuta Hasunuma & U-Zhaan - 2 tone
Shuta Hasunuma & U-Zhaan
2 tone
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Birdwatcher)
19,94 €* 20,99 € -5%
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
2 Tone is a wonderful album of ambient experimentation by Japanese musicians Shuta Hasunuma & U-Zhaan which received a limited release in Japan only in 2017 on the Commmons label. Now, were happy to announce the CD, LP and digital will be available to the rest of the world on March 23rd, 2018. The album features incredible collaborations with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Devendra Banhart, and Arto Lindsay. Shuta Hasunuma (b. 1983) is a Japanese artist and composer who applies the methodology of his musical compositions to a range of other media, producing videos, sound works, three- dimensional sculptures and installations. He has released solo records, in addition to producing a number of commissioned works and collaborations that straddle performing arts and cinema. Selected exhibitions include compositions at Beijing Culture and Art Center (2017), compositions rhythm at Spiral Garden, Tokyo (2016), and compositions time, space and architecture at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (2015).
Studio Mule - BGM
Studio Mule
BGM
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Studio Mule)
21,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Mule Musiq's sub label studio mule has formed a group of shifting members and are now releasing a debut album with 8 tracks of reworked obscure japanese gems. The album contains the three singles the group released so far, featuring miyako koda of the ex-perimental pop band dip in the pool, whose "on retinae" was reissued by music from memory to great acclaim, on vocals and mule musiq staple kuniyuki on production with direction by label head Toshiya Kawasaki.
Sugai Ken - Ukabazumorezu
Sugai Ken
Ukabazumorezu
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Rvng Int'l)
17,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
With a melodic cluster dripping into a pool of dark water, UkabazUmorezU's
arrival ripples as an apex in Sugai Ken's continued construction of a deeply
resonant, enveloping sound world. Upon contact, UkabazUmorezU gently and
generously unfurls across aural alleys and streets mundanely but mystically detailed
with recontextualized Japanese rituals and tradition. A lived experience of
traditional Japanese music's conversation with environment, and vice versa, forms
the melodic make-up and metaphysical philosophy conditioning UkabazUmorezU.
Upon imagining a landscape, Sugai decomposes the image (and the images within
the image) and replaces it with a sound representation - an artifactual terrain,
tethered to but abstracted from the natural world. The eleven pieces which form
UkabazUmorezU dovetail meaningfully with the invented album title, roughly
translating to "slow and steady wins the race." Made up of recordings sourced and
appropriated from the local perf orming arts of Kanagawa, Japan (where Sugai
lives), his daily surroundings, and Sugai's tool kit of electronic synthesis,
UkabazUmorezU evokes tranquil patience while never settling into a single style or
still of sound for too long.
Taeko Ohnuki - Romantique
Taeko Ohnuki
Romantique
LP | 1980 | JP | Reissue (Sony Japan)
42,49 €* 49,99 € -15%
Release:1980 / JP – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves, Pop
1st analogue re-issue since original release. Backed by members Yellow Magic Orchestra. Comes with a lyrics/credits insert and a liner notes insert. Single jacket with Obi Strip. Remastered by Bernie Grundman from original master tape to 96KHz/24bit digital high resolution master
Pressed at Sony DADC Japan. Limited Pressing. Taeko Onuki's 4th album, Romantique, became the first installment of her successful European Trilogy of albums which are inspired by and paid homage to french cinema soundtracks. The sound arrangement was changed from her previous studio band sound to a synth driven new wave sound. This album established her distinct whispery vocal style which was inspired by the french pops of Bridgette Fontaine and Françoise Hardy. Song arrangements are by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Kazuhiko Kato, and featured members of Yellow Magic Orchestra, including Kenji Omura on guitar and Hideki Matsutake on synth programming. The album includes a self cover of Shinkiro No Machi which she originally wrote for her previous band Sugar Babe's album Songs.
Teruhisa Fukuda (Shakuhachi Master) - Japon (Japan)
Teruhisa Fukuda (Shakuhachi Master)
Japon (Japan)
2LP | 2019 | EU | Original (VDE)
23,74 €* 24,99 € -5%
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
This release comes on 180g vinyl. Ambient/Traditional Flute Music from Japanese Shakuhachi Master Teruhisa Fukuda The shakuhachi is an end-blown bamboo flute with one dorsal and four frontal holes and a bevelled notch as mouthpiece. There are two elements in the name of the instrument: shaku refers to an ancient measurement which is the equivalent of 30,3 cm; hachi means eight. Originally shakuhachi thus refers to a flute that measures 1,8 shaku, that is, 54,5 cm.
Toru Takemitsu - OST Ran Ost
Umeko Ando - Ihunke
Umeko Ando
Ihunke
2LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Pingipung)
20,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Umeko Ando (1932-2004) was a folk singer from Japan. She was a representative of the Ainu culture on the Hokkaido Island in the north of Japan. “Ihunke” is her first album which was recorded with the Ainu musician and dub producer Oki Kano in 2000. It was released on CD in Japan only and is finally available on vinyl (2LP + linernotes, DL included). “Ihunke” is following last year’s single “Iuta Upopo” [Pingipung 58, incl. M.RUX Remix] which had been received with overwhelming enthusiasm and was quickly sold out. The 16 Ainu songs on “Ihunke” are delicate, natural gems. They are built on Oki Kano’s Tonkori patterns (a 5-string harp), over which Umeko Ando develops her repetitive, mantric vocals, often in a call-response manner. Oki Kano is one of very few professional Tonkori players who performs worldwide with his Oki Dub Ainu Band. The songs possess a mystical energy – when crows call accurately with Ando’s brittle voice in the first song, it seems like natural powers join in with her music. Her voice sounds like animals of the sky and the forest. Oki Kano: “It was a lot of fun to record with Umeko Ando. Many Ainu hesitate to break from tradition - if Umeko hadn’t been so flexible to work with the younger generation and recording technology, this album would never have happened. Our sessions were intense, and we were proud and happy about making such beautiful music.” Upcoming in autumn: remixes of “Ihunke” by Tolouse Lowtrax, M.Rux, DJ Ground, El Buho Mark Peters, Gama, Andi Otto, and Dreems. Historical background: Only recently (in 2008) have the Ainu officially been acknowledged as indigenous people who are culturally independent from Japan. This record is an example of how their music has been passed on through generations in the underground Ainu communities while it was oppressed by the Japanese hegemony. It deserves a huge audience.
V.A. - Kankyo Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990
V.A.
Kankyo Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990
3LP | 2018 | US | Original (Light In The Attic)
59,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 26.07.2019
* First-ever fully licensed collection of this music outside of Japan
* Extensive liner notes and artist bios, including an essay by Spencer Doran
* 3xLP with deluxe Stoughton “tip-on” jackets and slipcase
* Cover photo by Osamu Murai features buildings designed by Fumihiko Maki
* Product Shots by Jean-Claude Vorgeack

Description:
Light In The Attic’s Japan Archival Series continues with Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990, an unprecedented overview of the country’s vital minimal, ambient, avant-garde, and New Age music – what can collectively be described as kankyō ongaku, or environmental music. The collection features internationally acclaimed artists such as Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Joe Hisaishi, as well as other pioneers like Hiroshi Yoshimura, Yoshio Ojima and Satoshi Ashikawa, who deserve a place alongside the indisputable giants of these genres.

In the 1970s, the concepts of Brian Eno’s “ambient” and Erik Satie’s “furniture music” began to take hold in the minds of artists and musicians around Tokyo. Emerging fields like soundscape design and architectural acoustics opened up new ways in which sound and music could be consumed. For artists like Yoshimura, Ojima and Ashikawa, these ideas became the foundation for their musical works, which were heard not only on records and in live performances, but also within public and private spaces where they intermingled with the sounds and environments of everyday life. The bubble economy of 1980s Japan also had a hand in the advancement of kankyō ongaku. In an attempt to cultivate an image of sophisticated lifestyle, corporations with expendable income bankrolled various art and music initiatives, which opened up new and unorthodox ways in which artists could integrate their avant-garde musical forms into everyday life: in-store music for Muji, promo LP for a Sanyo AC unit, a Seiko watch advert, among others that can be heard in this collection.

Kankyō Ongaku is expertly compiled by Spencer Doran (Visible Cloaks) who, with a series of revelatory mixtapes as well as his label Empire of Signs (Music For Nine Postcards), has been instrumental in shepherding interest in this music outside of Japan. Together with Light In The Attic’s celebrated anthologies I Am The Center and The Microcosm, Kankyō Ongaku helps to broaden our understanding of this quietly profound music, regardless of the environment in which it’s heard.
V.A. - Lovin' Mighty Fire - Nippon Funk, Soul, Disco 1973-1983
V.A.
Lovin' Mighty Fire - Nippon Funk, Soul, Disco 1973-1983
2LP | 2016 | UK | Original (BGP)
31,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
“Lovin’ Mighty Fire” is Howard Williams’ third Japanese music compilation for the Ace Records house of labels - this time, for BGP International. Assembled in between his job as a record distributor and his monthly Japan Blues show for NTS radio, the first two have taken a look at the late 50s for a blast of Japanese rockabilly (“Nippon Rock’n’Roll” CDWIKD 313), then the 60s and 70s for a romp in Japanese surf music (“Nippon Guitars” CDWIKD 297). Following his retrospective of jazz singer Maki Asakawa for Honest Jon’s, this new outing searches for the soul music of Japan, from the early 70s to the early 80s.

Japan has long been known as the final destination for many a collectible soul record. Yet, who suspected that some fine soul grooves were recorded for the domestic market, from ballads, to funk and disco? Strangely enough, some of the busiest writers and producers in this field came from a late 60s rock band, Happy End, but on listening to their collaborations, their rhythmic, soulful feel is immediately apparent.

The bluesy funk of Lily; the soul-diva brilliance of Minako Yoshida – represented here in both slow-grind mode and epic disco; the maverick genius of Haruomi Hosono; the lively songstress Yasuko Agawa; and the sultry steaminess of Mari Natsuki, and more. This album finally plants a Japanese flag firmly on the global map of soul.
V.A. - Pioneering Japanese Video Game Music
V.A.
Pioneering Japanese Video Game Music
2LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Hyperdub)
34,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Movies / TV
Hyperdub präsentiert mit "Diggin In The Carts - A Collection Of Pioneering Japanese Video Game Music" eine Sammlung seltener und erfolgreicher japanischer Videospiel Scores. Es folgt der von der Kritik gefeierten Radio-Dokumentationsreihe der Red Bull Music Academy gleichen Namens, die die Geschichte und den globalen Einfluss dieser aufregenden frühen elektronischen Musik dokumentiert. Erforscht und kuratiert von "Diggin In The Carts" Autor und Co-Regisseur Nick Dwyer sowie Hyperdub Labelboss Kode9, taucht die Sammlung tief in die seltenen Archive der Chip-Ära der japanischen Videospiel-Musik ein. Auf CD und digital erhältlich, mit einer Vinyl-Auflage, die Anfang 2018 folgen wird. Das Artwork des bekannten japanischen Anime-Künstlers KOJI MORIMOTO, dessen unverwechselbarer Stil in Filmen wie "Memories" und "The Animatrix" zu sehen ist, veredelt diesen Release. Die Musik der Compilation wurde für weltweit bekannte Spielkonsolen wie Famicom, Super Nintendo und PC-Engine bis hin zu populären japanischen Heimcomputerplattformen wie MSX, MSXturboR und den PC-8801 gemacht. "Diggin In The Carts" zeigt diese Arbeiten nicht nur als "Musik für Videospiele", sondern als unglaubliche Stücke elektronisch produzierter japanischer Musik, die für sich allein stehen kann. Das von Steve Reich inspirierte das minimalistische Meisterstück "Mister Diviner" von Soshi Hosoi aus The Mahjong Touhaiden bis hin zu der schillernden High-Tech-Chip-Seele von Toshiharu Yamanishis "Shooting Stars" vom legendären Mega Drive-Shooter "Thunder Force IV" und nicht zu vergessen, der Konami Kukeiha Club mit Titeln wie "Mouryou Senki Madara" und "Esper Dream II". "Diggin In The Carts" schafft es, die Freude und Tiefe dieser Musik einem Publikum innerhalb und außerhalb der Spielwelt näher zu bringen.
V.A. - Tokyo Flashback P.S.F. - Psychedelic Speed Freaks
V.A.
Tokyo Flashback P.S.F. - Psychedelic Speed Freaks
4LP | 2019 | US | Original (Black Editions)
64,99 €*
Release:2019 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Deluxe triple gatefold, heavy tip-on edition with metallic inks and spot finishes
Includes essays by Masaki Batoh and Alan Cummings along with artist profiles, all in English and Japanese
Includes printed inner sleeves.
Pressed to high quality vinyl at RTI

Few label founders loom as large in the history of underground music as P.S.F Record’s Hideo Ikeezumi. Over three decades and more than 200 titles, Ikeezumi’s intensely critical ear guided and assembled a body of music that transcended genre; he exclusively championed artists that were uncompromising in their visions, unconcerned with trends or commercial success. This four-LP compilation, selected by Ghost’s Masaki Batoh, is a primer of Ikeezumi’s curation: a kaleidoscopic collection of previously unreleased gems from the Japanese underground. Running the full stylistic gamut from the hushed tones of Kim Doo Soo and Go Hirano to the psychedelic rock splendor of Overhang Party and High Rise this set connects the dots between generations and movements, all linked by the common thread of Ikeezumi’s panoramic musical vision. The most original voices in the avant garde, psychedelia, folk, free jazz, and rock all found a home with P.S.F. Records.

Featuring exclusive music from Fushitisusha, Ghost, Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O., Keiji Haino, Kazuo Imai, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, .es, á qui avec Gabriel, Shizuka, Masayoshi Urabe, Ché-SHIZU, White Heaven, Keiko Higuchi, Reizen, Makoto Kawashima, Niseaporia, Hasegawa-Shizuo, and Hideaki Kondo.
V.A. - Tokyo Nights: Female J-Pop Boogie Funk 1981 - 1988
V.A.
Tokyo Nights: Female J-Pop Boogie Funk 1981 - 1988
2LP | 2017 | US | Original (Cultures Of Soul)
26,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Following successful disco excavation from the Caribbean to South Africa, Boston-based label Cultures of Soul booked a first class ticket to Narita to bring you the latest release, Tokyo Nights: Female J-Pop Boogie Funk: 1981 to 1988. This compilation presents 12 of the most memorable and sought-after songs of the era recorded by female artists. The music is a reflection of the unbridled optimism, technological achievement, excess and exuberance of Bubble-era Japan. More than catchy melodies and funky baselines, these are reflections of a time when Japan was the center, and future of the world. The Bubble can be characterized as an endless, extravagant party where personal and corporate wealth soared through the explosion of real estate and stock prices. Scores of young Japanese men and women moved to cities in search of affluence, transforming them into neon wonderlands. Changes in morals, values and gender roles followed suit. Prosperity leads to indulgence, and the taste for nightlife, from flashy restaurants to glitzy discotheques, was unquenchable. A soundtrack to this new, lavish lifestyle was necessary and the latest sound, City Pop (urban pop music for those with urban lifestyles), epitomized these attitudes. While influenced by American R&B and boogie, elements of fusion, YMO style Technopop, and adult-oriented rock (AOR) are front and center. Sung primarily in Japanese (with a word or two of English sprinkled in), City Pop is Japanese music for Japanese people. Producers like Tatsuro Yamashita, Toshiki Kadomatsu, and Haruomi Hosono were quick to embrace the latest studio equipment and technology. Synthesizers like the Yamaha DX7, Roland Juno-60, ARP Quadra, Moog Polymoog and Oberheim OB-8, as well as drum machines like the Linndrum, were prevalent. Digital reverb was applied liberally. Compiled by Eli Cohen (Alliance Upholstery) and Deano Sounds (Cultures of Soul), Tokyo Nights includes tracks by Hitomi Tohyama, Junko Ohashi, Mizuki Koyama, Kaoru Akimoto, Aru Takamura, Mariko Tone, Rie Murakami, RA MU, Kikuchi Momoko and Yumi Seino. Each selection celebrates the unique traits and meticulous production that define the sound. Think sandy beaches and metropolitan skylines, illumination and romance. Embrace the feeling of movement, from a coastal highway stretching towards the horizon or the city sprawling into the future. Turn on the hi-fi and slip into these Tokyo Nights.
Yellow Magic Orchestra - X-Multiplies Black Vinyl Edition
Yellow Magic Orchestra
X-Multiplies Black Vinyl Edition
LP | 1980 | EU | Reissue (Music On Vinyl)
24,99 €*
Release:1980 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Pop
X∞ Multiplies was released as an EP in 1980. Now this album is something different! Filled with humor, catchy commercial tunes, instrumentals, computerized vocals and 2 versions of the Soul classic "Tighten up" by Archie Bell & The Drells, YMO took a break from their serious side and decided to have a go with a more poppy sound mixed with humor and fun.

180g vinyl.
Yoko Ono - Fly Black Vinyl Edition
Yoko Ono - Fly Colored Vinyl Edition
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