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Monday MichiruAlter Ego – Nexus Remixed ... CD
Artist Share, 2010. New Copy Gatefold ... $7.99
Really great remixes from Monday Michiru's Nexus album – tracks that make some really great magic with the originals! Monday's selected a great array of talents for this project, and the music really takes off from the sound of Nexus – often into territory that's even more cosmic and far-reaching, with more than a few mixes that would be perfect for a soulful dancefloor – and a few that even get pretty abstract in their approach! There's a lot more beats and keys than on most of the originals – and titles include "Epiphany (Merge Of Equals rmx)", "Sands Of Time (Soulfenix rework)", "Sands Of Time (David Federmann rework)", "Weak (Jephte Guillaume's main voc rmx)", "Your Eyes (Deejaykul rework)", "Candy (Slow Motion Replay rmx)", "Sands Of Time (Soultechnic Saxiest rework)", "Genetic Imprints (Villa Combao Inc & Ramon Riera rmx)", and "Epiphany (Soulfeenix rmx)". CD

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Monday MichiruNaked Breath 2 ... CD
Sonic Image, 2017. New Copy ... $7.99
Beautiful work from Monday Michiru – an artist we've loved for over 20 years, and who just keeps on rewarding our faith in her work with records like this! Years back, Monday was a soul singer, then she grew into a very talented jazz singer too – and here, she's in a very special space of her own – beautifully set up with just the guitar of Yoshihisa Suzuki for accompaniment, plus a bit of her own work on flute – but mostly in a mode that just features her singing alongside the guitar! Monday's always had an expressive voice, but she really knocks it out of the park here – working so many different inflections, twists, and turns into her lyrics – so much so, we don't even miss the other instrumentation at all. Few folks could make an album this vivid with so little – but then again, Monday's always been a rare breed! Titles include the originals "One Thing's For Sure", "Seize The Day", "Brasilified", "Hidden Elements", "Disillusioned", and "Lone Wolf" – plus versions of "One Note Samba", and the Prince classic "Wanna Be Your Lover". CD

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Monday MichiruRoutes ... CD
Artist Share, 2006. New Copy ... $7.99
Another top-shelf session from Monday Michiru – one of the few current artists who's been able to hold our attention for so many years, thanks to an ever-deepening quality in her work! Back at the end of the 90s, we were first amazed when Monday moved simpler dance-based work into more complicated singer-songwriter soul – and we've listened in wonder as she's picked up stronger jazz, Latin, Brazilian, and soul influences as the years have gone on – really growing into her own, and maturing wonderfully with age! This album's way way past the early efforts that were so strongly shaped by her co-collaborators – and features production and all original songs by Monday – recorded live in the studio with a warmly glowing quality that matches the righteous vibe of the tunes and the free-soaring spirit of her vocals. If you were ready to get tired of Monday's sound and style, this isn't the album to do it – because each new track is a surprising delight, and makes us fall in love with her work all over again! Titles include "I'm Still Here", "Yellow Light", "Dig Deep", "The Right Time", "Hung Up", "Be Who You Are", "Touch The Sky", "A New Way", and "Philosophy Road". CD

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✨✧ Monday MichiruPremiumix ... LP
Polydor (Japan), 1999. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nice work from our favorite Japanese soul star – a tight batch of remixes, filled with guest appearances by the likes of Incognito, Basement Jaxx, Shinichi Osawa, Soul Society, Rob Playford, and others – all packaged in an extremely captivating cover with great graphics! Titles include "You Make Me (Shin Shin's Mix)", "Yellow Bird (Incognito Flyin High Mix)", "Cruel 2 Be Kind (Basement Jaxx Nite Dub)", "Double Image (Live At Manic One Remix)", "Love Flow (Mango Margarita Mix)", and "Freed Or Bound (Reconsideration Mix)". Very nice stuff, with more focus on the dancefloor side of Monday's work, than the pop-hook sort of side. A mixture of jazzy bits, jungley bits, and lots more! Packaged in a stunning heavy cover with a beautiful look to it! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Monday MichiruPortraits In Time – 2002 to 2013 ... CD
Adventure, 2016. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful portrait of Monday Michiru – one of our favorite singers of the past 20 years – equally well-versed in jazz, soul, and Brazilian modes – all of which come together on this collection of very well-chosen and overlooked tracks! The special 2CD package brings together music from some of Monday's smaller label and under-distributed titles – including a number of import-only selections, a few collaborations with other artists, and a really wonderful array of tunes that show just how much Michiriu has grown since she first started out! Monday hit some great fame in the mid 90s in Japan – but during recent years, she's been living in the US mostly, and really working on her craft away from the limelight – opening up with expressive jazz inflections that rival some of her best inspirations of previous decades, while still holding onto the richly soulful power that brought her some strong early attention. If you've missed hearing Monday at all, this set is a great introduction – and even if you've followed her as closely as we have, we'll bet that there's some tracks here you might not have in your collection. 23 tracks in all – including "Dreams Of Tomorrow", "Mi Vida", "Sometimes", "One (Alter Ego version)", "Generations", "Epiphany", "Aldeia De Ogum", "Nexus Interlude", "Hung Up", "Genetic Imprints", "Just Be Good To Me", "No Matter What", "Belle O Byron Bay (Bluey mix)", "No Answer", "The Cosmic Laws", and "Cut To The Chase". CD
 
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Toshiko Akiyoshi & Her TrioLullabies For You ... LP
Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1965. Near Mint- ... $48.99
One of the most beautiful albums we've ever heard from Toshiko Akioshi – a wonderfully sensitive trio session that's quite different than her more bop-oriented work of the 50s! The mid 60s album features a fair bit of tunes pulled from traditional and Japanese sources – a few of the lullabies hinted at in the title, and a few more tracks with some slightly Eastern-styled themes. Toshiko's piano, while bold at times, also has a sensitivity that hadn't often shown up in her work by this point – a new sort of gentleness that's open to light colors and tones that really flesh out the album beautifully. Bass is by Yasuo Arakawa and drums are by Kanji Harada – and that's a young Monday Michiru sitting on the piano on the cover (and the album was also one of the last to bill Toshiko as "Mariano", referring to Monday's father Charlie.) Titles include "Mari To Tonosama", "The March", "Angel's Lullaby", "Tuppen Och Honan", "London Bridge", "Cancion De Extremadura", "Kanchororin Bushi", "I Ken Pien Tan", and "Chocho". LP, Vinyl record album
(Very high-quality Japanese reissue, with obi – on 180 gram vinyl, and with a very heavy cover!)

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✨✧ IzanamiChapter 1 ... CD
Jazz Maffia/Daiki Sound (Japan), 2004. Used ... $9.99
One of the best new Japanese groups we've heard in years – a soulful jazz ensemble that takes us back to some of our favorite work from Japan from the mid 90s scene! There's a simplicity here that we really like – keyboards, acoustic bass, and drums all set amidst some earthy, organic programming – topped off by sweet female vocals, in a manner that reminds us of the best work we loved from Nobukazu Takemura and Spiritual Vibes! But apart from just that simple reference, Izanami also have a more mature approach – one that's informed by a decade's worth of Japanese soul, and which seems to borrow a bit from Monday Michiru, Bird, and even the lovely Ann Sally. The set's an ep, with 6 great tracks that include "Mermaid", "Nite Flyte", "Interlude", "Prologue To Chapter 1", and a great version of "Raindrops Keep Fallin On My Head". CD
(Out of print.)

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Mondo GrossoNando Demo Atarashiku Umareru (with bonus DVD) ... CD
Avex (Japan), 2017. New Copy CD & DVD ... $24.99
It's been quite a long time since we last heard from Mondo Grosso – the Japanese project from Shinichi Osawa whose work was part of the same great wave of 90s Tokyo soul we loved from artists like Mondo Grosso, Kyoto Jazz Massive, and Monday Michiru! Yet, despite the passage of time, and a number of solo projects, too – Osawa is immediately back in fine fine form – delivering the sort of album that instantly bridges the Pacific with a wonderfully well-crafted batch of upbeat club music! Some of the familiar talents from that older scene are on deck to help give a voice to the Mondo Grosso music – singers Bird, UA, and Tica – alongside a few other guests vocalists who deliver soulful lyrics, mostly in Japanese – on tracks that include "See You Again", "Solitary", "Late Night Blue", "Time", "Eraser", and "Gold". Features a bonus DVD, with 4 tracks that include "Time", "See You Again", and two more Japanese-language titles. CD
(DVD is NTSC, Region 2.)

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✨✧ Beady BelleDedication ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Beady Belle never lets us down – and even though the lady's been making music for well over a decade, she still turns out some of the most consistently thoughtful soul we can think of! Forget the fact that the singer's on a Norwegian label, as the lyrics here are all in English, backed by warmly jazzy instrumentation that's always made Beady's music hugely popular with our customers for American neo-soul – and which puts her in the same territory as other classic "in the know" artists, such as Monday Michiru or Incognito! The keyboards are especially nice this time around – as thoughtful as the lyrics and the vocals – and titles include "I Run You Ragged", "Hold Your Breath", "Traces", "Dedication", "Waste Of Grace", "Last Drop Of Blood", "Can You Smile", and "Out Of Orbit". CD

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✨✧ Beady BelleDedication ... LP
Jazzland (Norway), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Beady Belle never lets us down – and even though the lady's been making music for well over a decade, she still turns out some of the most consistently thoughtful soul we can think of! Forget the fact that the singer's on a Norwegian label, as the lyrics here are all in English, backed by warmly jazzy instrumentation that's always made Beady's music hugely popular with our customers for American neo-soul – and which puts her in the same territory as other classic "in the know" artists, such as Monday Michiru or Incognito! The keyboards are especially nice this time around – as thoughtful as the lyrics and the vocals – and titles include "I Run You Ragged", "Hold Your Breath", "Traces", "Dedication", "Waste Of Grace", "Last Drop Of Blood", "Can You Smile", and "Out Of Orbit". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Yasuko AgawaSunglow ... CD
Victor/Beatball (Korea), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A classic groover from Yasuko Agawa – proof that the Japanese scene had an ear for soul in the years before Monday Michiru! The early 80s set is made up from equal parts jazz, soul, and Brazilian influences – all used nicely with tight, fusiony production that really works nicely with Yasuko's lighter-voiced approach to the lyrics. One of the highlights of the record is a remake of Viva Brasil's "Skindo-Le-Le", a great little groover with a catchy riff that's right in the Gilles P mode – but other tracks are pretty great too, and come together in a mix of different modes that's somewhat similar to an American jazzy soul album from the same time. Most of the arrangements are by keyboardist Naoya Matsuoka – and titles include "She-Senior Dreams", "Cinema", "Island Breeze", "Here & Now", and the very appropriate "Pardon My English". CD
 
 
 



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