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Japanese — Recently Added

XA special section of Japanese language records -- city pop, J-pop, and other styles unique to the culture of Japan!


Mad 13 (Japan), 2023. New Copy 2LP
The album's great cover image is an homage to the Death Wish soundtrack by Herbie Hancock, and Mantle references 70s funk group Mandrill in his name – but the sound here is very different than either of those two references might make you expect, more in a contemporary hip hop vein, but ... LP, Vinyl record album
Invitation/Lawson (Japan), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
A wicked bit of Japanese soul, and a rare album done by an American singer who was working on the scene at the time! Shoody sings in English throughout, with a soulful style that's wonderful – mixing her own great vocals with jazzy backings in a level that's a bit like some of the Japanese ... LP, Vinyl record album

Haruomi Hosono, Takahiko Ishikawa, & Masataka Matsutoya

Aegean Sea
CBS/Victory (Italy), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
A sweet little record from this Japanese trio – all instrumental, and put together in a style that blends elements of electro pop, electric fusion, and maybe a bit of sound library funk! The tunes are all pretty vivid – maybe evoking the scene in the title – but they also have ... LP, Vinyl record album
Time Capsule (UK), 1970s. New Copy
A great look at a key moment in the Japanese scene – an early 70s stretch when musicians were going for a style that was warmer and more intimate overall – which would then lead to all the big changes in music to come, but in very surprising ways! Gone are the more postured rock modes ... LP, Vinyl record album

Eri Ohno

Good Question
Columbia/Mondo Groove (Italy), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
Lovely work from Eri Ohno – one of the deeper voiced singers in the city pop generation, and an artist who's able to work here with a nice mix of soulful styles! The record's got some leaner backings than other projects of this nature – really just a small combo, pictured with Eri on ... LP, Vinyl record album

Tatsuro Yamashita

Moonglow
Ariola/Sony (Japan), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
A sweet masterpiece of 70s AOR from Japan – served up by Tatsuro Yamashita, who was easily one of the most soulful male singers on the scene in the years before city pop! The record's got a jazzy vibe that's great, and which really fits the R&B-inspired midtempo rhythms – almost as ... LP, Vinyl record album

Tatsuro Yamashita

Ride On Time
RCA/BMG (Japan), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
The Japanese scene had plenty of great artists in the 70s, but few were as fantastic as Tatsuro Yamashita – a singer who effortlessly captures some of the more soulful currents of the American scene at the time, has a way of forging a really universal groove! The production, instrumentation, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Tatsuro Yamashita

It's A Poppin Time
RCA/BMG (Japan), 1978. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
There's plenty of popping here – great little grooves, recorded with the jazzy finish that makes the 70s material of Tatsuro Yamashita so great! The vibe here has all the warmth and sophisticated groove of Fantasy Records in the late 70s – maybe a bit of Wayne Henderson/At Home ... LP, Vinyl record album

Tatsuro Yamashita

Go Ahead
RCA/BMG (Japan), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
One of the key records that really helped cement the strong reputation of Tatsuro Yamashita in the 70s – served up with the kind of standout material that easily made him one of the most soulful Japanese singers of his time! Yamashita arranged and produced the whole set, which has these warm ... LP, Vinyl record album
Express/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy (reissue)
The very first album from long-running Japanese singer Akira Kushida – a set that bursts out with the word "soulful" on the cover, and definitely follows through with its promise! Given that Akira sings in Japanese on many cuts, the sound isn't exactly the same as James Brown on ... LP, Vinyl record album

Shrieks

Iruka No Uta
Express/Universal (Japan), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
There's no shrieking going on here, as the music's got this gently groovy style that's warm and wonderful – post-folk, maybe a bit sunshine pop influenced – and coming across as almost like a Japanese attempt to hit some Carpenters territory! The songs are often more sophisticated than ... LP, Vinyl record album

Toi Et Moi

Utopia
Liberty/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A really great record from the Japanese scene of the 70s – one that seems to borrow a lot from the French pop styles of the late 60s – as you might guess from the group's name! Toi Et Moi are one guy singer, one gal – blending their Japanese vocals beautifully, with elements that ... LP, Vinyl record album

Toi Et Moi

Sorayo
Liberty/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A record with a really special sound – Japanese pop moving past some of the more emotive modes used a few years before, and working with a gentle, breezy style that sometimes echoes the best A&M Records styles from the Cali scene of the late 60s! Both singers intertwine in a wonderful ... LP, Vinyl record album
Express/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
The sweet image really gets at the wonderful sound of this record – a Japanese pop gem from the end of the 60s, and one that seems to mix together elements of bossa nova and European grooves – all in this way that really fits the way that the male and female vocals come together! The ... LP, Vinyl record album

Akira Mitake

Himawari
Pony Canyon/Lawson (Japan), 1987. New Copy (reissue)
Sweet instrumentals from the Japanese minimal scene of the 80s, but work that's sometimes got some warmer touches than other material of the time – maybe a slight new age sensibility at points, but touched with a sentimental sense of melody that almost prefaces some of the later Ghibli modes! ... LP, Vinyl record album
Time Capsule (Japan), Late 1970s/Early 1980s. New Copy
A really unique selection of Japanese reggae tracks from back in the day – and work that's very different than sounds from both the underground scene in Kingston, and the big wave of reggae hits on the major labels! The pace of many of these cuts has them moving in almost a lovers rock sort ... LP, Vinyl record album

Akiko Yano

To Ki Me Ki
Midi/We Want Sounds (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
An early album from Japanese genius Akiko Yano, and one that features some key contributions from American jazz and fusion players – in a lineup that brings some surprisingly funky touches to the record too! Akiko's vocals and unique song structures still have all the charms you'll know from ... LP, Vinyl record album

Akiko Yano

To Ki Me Ki
Midi/We Want Sounds (UK), 1978. New Copy
An early album from Japanese genius Akiko Yano, and one that features some key contributions from American jazz and fusion players – in a lineup that brings some surprisingly funky touches to the record too! Akiko's vocals and unique song structures still have all the charms you'll know from ... CD

Grey October Sounds

Lo-Fi Ghibli
P-Vine (Japan), 2022. New Copy
A really cool take on the sounds of Studio Ghibli – one that brings classic melodies from the famous animated features into play with the production talents of Grey October Sounds – who delivers the goods with all the low-fi elements promised by the title! The approach is instrumental ... CD
Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Mad sounds from the late 60s world of Japanese pop – a mindblowing, ear-opening batch of singles we never would have gotten our hands on otherwise! The music here feels like sounds coming out of some backroom jukebox in a Nikkatsu "new action" film – or maybe the kind of ... CD
Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Groovy, moddish, magnificent and sunny girl pop from The Land Of The Rising Sun – pummeling drums, jumping arrangements and groovy vocals from the mid-to-late 60s Japanese scene! This is fantastic stuff, any kitch or novelty appeal you might be expecting is kind of muted by the exceptional ... CD

Flower Travellin Band

Made In Japan
Atlantic/Life Goes On (Italy), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
A classic record by this important Japanese band, and one that was actually made in Canada, despite the title – at a time when the group were visiting, and managed to create this wonderful record with a very relaxed, organic vibe! Vocals are in English, and lead singer Joe Yamanaka has a ... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA/BMG (Japan), Late 70s. New Copy
A great collection of work from this soulful Japanese singer - all of his best for RCA and Ariola, collected here in one sweet set! There were few cats on the Japanese scene of the time who could match the approach of US soul singers as well as Yamashita – and you'll definitely hear proof of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Vodka Collins

Tokyo New York
Express/Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy (reissue)
A very hip Japanese group from the 70s – one based in Tokyo, but a combo who also featured Japanese/American members too – and who soar out nicely here on one of their best-remembered albums! The set's got this cool, compressed style that's a bit like glam – but it's also never ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kimiko Kasai with Herbie Hancock

Butterfly
Columbia/Be With (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
A legendary pairing of talents – as Japanese jazz singer Kimiko Kasai works alongside Herbie Hancock – in a setting that's very much on the soul side of the spectrum! Both Herbie and Kimiko started out with a straighter jazz sound in their early years – but by the end of the 70s, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Grey October Sounds

Lo-Fi Anime
P-Vine (Japan), 2023. New Copy
One of the coolest projects so far from Grey October Sounds – a set that has all the crispy beats and laidback vibe of previous records, but which also focuses on themes from anime as well! There's plenty of tunes from the world of anime, but they're nicely changed up with the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Grey October Sounds

Lo-Fi City Pop
P-Vine (Japan), 2023. New Copy
A sweet little record that definitely offers up what it promises in the title – a lower-fi version of the Japanese city pop sound from years back, yet one that's also nicely inflected with some of the hip hop elements that Grey October Sounds use in their music! The image on the cover is ... LP, Vinyl record album

Grey October Sounds

Lo-Fi Ghibli
P-Vine (Japan), 2022. New Copy
A really cool take on the sounds of Studio Ghibli – one that brings classic melodies from the famous animated features into play with the production talents of Grey October Sounds – who delivers the goods with all the low-fi elements promised by the title! The approach is instrumental ... LP, Vinyl record album

Minoru Fushimi

Thanatos Of Funk
MFX/180g, 1985. New Copy (reissue)
A wonderfully home-grown take on 80s funk – served up here by Japanese guitarist Minoru Fushimi, who brings all sorts of instruments into the mix as well! The style is maybe a bit like some of the electro funk from the east coast scene at the time – beats, basslines, and keyboards ... LP, Vinyl record album

All That Jazz

Ghibli Jazz Live
P-Vine (Japan), 2011. New Copy
A nicely expanded version of the great Ghibli Jazz concept – delivered here in a live setting that's maybe got even more brilliance than the studio albums! There's a dynamic sense of presentation right from the start, partly the sense of the concert space in the mix, partly the energy from ... LP, Vinyl record album

All That Jazz

Ghibli Jazz
P-Vine (Japan), 2009. New Copy
A really great take on the music of Studio Ghibli – one that presents the sounds with very much the jazz promised in the title! The sound is very lean and stripped-down, with a small combo style on most numbers – all instruments handled by Tomoo Nogami, who mixes piano, bass, and drums ... LP, Vinyl record album
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy (reissue)
A very groovy album from 70s Japan – one that makes all the best use of the sexy vocal style of Kaoru Yumi, set to a warm mix of funky and easygoing backings! Yumi's as famous for her appearances on screen as she is on record – a role that was unified here through the scandalous album ... LP, Vinyl record album

Tatsuro Yamashita

Spacy
RCA (Japan), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
A surprisingly nice set of soulful pop from mid 70s Japan – very much in the best Free Soul mode that's been championed in recent years! The album's got a nice jazzy style at its core – with arrangements that make the best of the fusion players working in the studio, and a compressed ... LP, Vinyl record album

Carmen Maki

Blues Creation
Denon/Lawson (Japan), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Japanese singer Carmen Maki works here with Blues Creation – on a set that's headier and heavier than just about anything she ever recorded! The group themselves are amazing – searing with guitar work that rivals the best of the Anglo blues-inspired hard rock combos of the period ... LP, Vinyl record album
Orange House/Lawson (Japan), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
Noriyo Ikeda has a look on the cover that's maybe a bit more understated than some of her contemporaries, but comes across on the set with a really vibrant quality – using jazz as much as soul to craft her wonderful vocals, in ways that make for an album that's rich in feeling, even past the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Polydor/Lawson (Japan), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A really lovely little record from Japan – one that's got some slight elements of bossa nova in the backings, but also some European elements too – with a moody vibe that's really wonderful, and very much in keeping from the image on the cover! There's a strong current of melancholy ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kim Sang Hee with Masahiko Sato Trio & Freedom Unity

World Pops & Love Story
All Art/Solid (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy
A really groovy little record from singer Kim Sang Hee – a vocalist who works here in English throughout, but gets backing from a few different forces on the Japanese jazz scene! Things change up nicely throughout the record – so that some tracks have Fender Rhodes backings from the ... LP, Vinyl record album
All Art/Solid (Japan), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
The lovely Kim Sang Hee takes on the music of both Tom Jones and Burt Bacharach – in a setting that has her working with nicely different backings for each of the different sources! The Burt Bacharach material is maybe our favorite – as Kim's sweet voice works wonderfully with the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kahoru Kohiruimaki with Prince

Time The Motion
TDK/Lawson (Japan), 1989. New Copy (reissue)
A great bit of Japanese soul from the end of the 80s – and one that's got a surprising connection to Prince as well – given the man himself wrote some of the tracks, and also appears on the record himself! Apart from Kahoru's Japanese vocals, the Prince tracks are totally Prince ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kiyoshi Yamaya

Kyo
Denon/Lawson (Japan), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
A really cool record from the Japanese scene of the 70s – one that mixes traditional instrumentation with some high fidelity recording styles – then adds in just the right dash of contemporary elements too! The set's not as all-out funky as others like it from the time, but does rise ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kifu Mitsuhashi with Yamaya Kiyoshi

Shakuhachi – Ballads Of The Mountain
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Really cool work on shakuhachi – and a set that's way more than just the ballads you might expect from the title! Japanese reed player Kifu Mitsuhashi definitely uses some older modes here, and begins the set as such – but as the record moves on, more contemporary instrumentation comes ... LP, Vinyl record album

Akiko Yano

Tadaima
Midi/We Want Sounds (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
A Japanese electro pop masterpiece from Akiko Yano – done with lots of help on production from Ryuichi Sakamoto, and lots of musical help from other members of YMO too! Yet the set's got a very different vibe than Sakmoto's music and that of his group – maybe more tuneful, at a level ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Esperanto
Midi/We Want Sounds (UK), 1985. New Copy (reissue)
A masterpiece of electronic work from Ryuichi Sakamoto – and a record that may well be reaching for the universal language promised in the title! The set's not nearly as pop-oriented as some of Sakamoto's other work from the time – mostly instrumental, and with a spirit that's like ... LP, Vinyl record album
P-Vine (Japan), 2014. New Copy
All That Jazz expand their sound here, as you might guess from the winds and wood hinted in the title – using saxes and a bit of strings in a great way over their surprisingly dynamic grooves – almost at a level that seeks to link the club jazz modes of the Tokyo scene with some of the ... LP, Vinyl record album

All That Jazz

Ghibli Jazz 2
P-Vine (Japan), 2010. New Copy
A really great take on the music of Studio Ghibli – one that presents the sounds with very much the jazz promised in the title! The sound is very lean and stripped-down, with a small combo style on most numbers – all instruments handled by Tomoo Nogami, who mixes piano, bass, and drums ... LP, Vinyl record album
Universal/Lawson (Japan), 1996. New Copy
A sweetly soulful soundtrack from Cagnet – music for the extremely popular Long Vacation series in the 90s, done in that Japanese style from the time that was very heavy on influences from American soul! There's English language lyrics on most tracks – sung by Natalie and Anna, with a ... LP, Vinyl record album
TDK/P-Vine (Japan), 1984. New Copy
A set that's especially sexy, and especially jazzy too – as Jun Miyake works here with a whole host of American fusion players – a really great lineup who make the record soar! Jun's definitely in the more fusion-oriented side of his music here – blowing trumpet and flugelhorn, ... CD

Meiko Kaji

Gincho Wataridori
Teichiku/We Want Sounds (UK), 1972. New Copy
The debut album from Meiko Kaji – an artist most folks knew first as an actress, but whose voice finds a wonderful setting in this record! There's a gentle current of funk to most tracks – stepping electric bass next to soaring strings, a bit of horns, and great use of koto from time ... CD
Midi/We Want Sounds (UK), 1984. New Copy
A pivotal album in the career of Ryuichi Sakamoto – a set that got wide global circulation right at a time when he was a rising star on the screen as much as a surprising international music star as well – of the sort who became a key global representative for all the changes that had ... CD

Hiroshi Yoshimura

Green
Air/Light In The Attic, 1986. New Copy (reissue)
A great mixture of organic ideas and electric sounds from Japanese pioneer Hiroshi Yoshimura – a set that follows the cycle of "green" through a progression of really lovely little instrumentals – somewhere between the minimalist experiments of Brian Eno in the late 70s, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated April 14, 2024


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