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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!


Sketch Show (Yukihiro Takahasi & Haruomi Hosono)

Audio Sponge (cream vinyl pressing)
Cutting Edge (Japan), 2002. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Pretty nice work from the Japanese duo of Yukihiro Takahasi & Haruomi Hosono – a mixture of quirky electronics that has a fresh sound we wouldn't expect from these two older talents! The album's got a really nice feel overall – abstract one minute, but sweet and catchy the other ... LP, Vinyl record album

Junko Ohashi

Tea For Tears
Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
A really beautiful record from Junko Ohashi – a set recorded right in that very soulful moment of Japanese pop, with a strong influence from American fusion and R&B! Arrangements are by Mitsuo Hagita, and most of the lyrics are by Yoshiko Miura – and in many ways, the album feels ... LP, Vinyl record album

Maki Asakawa

Maborosi No Onnatachi
East World/Universal (Japan), 1988. New Copy (reissue)
A beautifully moody record fron Maki Asakawa, and a set that may well be one of her most striking ever – thanks to a stripped-down approach to recording that often mixes her vocals with just a bit of piano and saxophone – handled by Toshiyuki Honda throughout! The vibe here is very ... LP, Vinyl record album

Maki Asakawa

Some Years Past
Universal (Japan), 1985. New Copy (reissue)
Maki Asakawa looks as dark and moody as ever on the cover, but there's actually a few moments here that seem to have a spark of positivity – although maybe one that's just in the instrumentation and production, which seem to borrow a bit from some of the darker side of the UK spectrum at the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner (Japan), 1988. New Copy (reissue)
We're not sure we've ever heard Carlos Toshiki and Omega Drive before – but the album's a great entry in the Japanese scene of the 80s – a soulful set that really marks a moment when warmer sounds were coming back to the music! The instrumentation is definitely 80s-styled, but used ... LP, Vinyl record album

Nanako Sato

Funny Walkin
Blow Up/Sony (Japan), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
A 70s classic from Nanako Sato – a singer with a great mix of sweet, sultry styles – and one who often brought a bit of jazz into her work as well, even though the record's not exactly a jazz album overall! Arrangements and keyboards are by Yuji Ohno, an artist who always knew how to ... LP, Vinyl record album

Yoko Nagisa

Yoko Elegance
Tokuma/P-Vine (Japan), 2002. New Copy
A great little record from Japanese singer Yoko Nagisa – an artist who's clearly got a 70s look on the cover, and who really brings that to the record too – mixing in bits of jazz and bits of soul, at a level that maybe makes the whole thing feel like some blend between vintage work by ... LP, Vinyl record album
East World/Universal (Japan), 2000. New Copy
A cool collection of sounds from the Japanese show of the same name – based around a park in Tokyo that's full of young kids and gangs – and presented here with a mixture of hip hop beats and more intense musical modes! Think of the record maybe as the score for some Tokyo-set video ... LP, Vinyl record album

Yazuaki Shimizu

Kiren
Palto Flats, 1984. New Copy
A really unusual album from the Japanese scene of the 80s – a set that was unissued at the time, but which is right in line with the other groundbreaking music of Yazuaki Shimizu! At some level, there's echoes of the instrumental experiments of Ryuichi Sakamoto going on here – but at ... LP, Vinyl record album

Suzken

Barroco
Urban Discos (Japan), 2022. New Copy
A mix of jazzy and soulful styles from Japanese artist Suzken – sometimes instrumental, sometimes vocal – often with some warmer touches that evoke a vintage mode as well! Yet the record's not the usual retro funk outing – as Suzken really has an ear that's all his own – a ... CD

Yazuaki Shimizu

Kiren
Palto Flats, 1984. New Copy
A really unusual album from the Japanese scene of the 80s – a set that was unissued at the time, but which is right in line with the other groundbreaking music of Yazuaki Shimizu! At some level, there's echoes of the instrumental experiments of Ryuichi Sakamoto going on here – but at ... LP, Vinyl record album
Death Is Not The End, 1920s/1930s. New Copy
Enigmatic sounds from the early years of the recording industry in Japan – served up in a style billed as ryukoka, which mixes older elements of traditional music with some of the newer flavors emerging from the west in the early 20th century! To our ears, these tunes still sound very ... CD
Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
CD...$9.99 18.99
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

Akiko Yano

Ongaku Wa Okurimono
JVC (Japan), 2021. New Copy
A record with a title that translates as "music is a gift" – and a set that certainly feels like one from the great Akiko Yano! You might know Yano's beautiful work of the 80s, and think that she's only the subject of reissue campaigns over the years – but she still sounds ... LP, Vinyl record album

Sketch Show (Yukihiro Takahasi & Haruomi Hosono)

Tronika (white vinyl pressing)
Cutting Edge (Japan), 2003. New Copy
Japanese musicians Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi had a big impact on the scound of their scene in the 70s and 80s – and here, they continue to amaze the ears with a whole new range of sounds for the 21st century – modes that are maybe more stripped-down and understated than ... LP, Vinyl record album
Vertigo/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Hard to say goodbye to a group this good – one of the heaviest combos working the Japanese scene in the early 70s – graded with guitar work from Shigeru Narumo that we'd put right up next to any of the best British or American players of the time! Shigeru clearly gets his inspiration ... LP, Vinyl record album
Universal (Japan), 1983. New Copy (reissue)
A really richly layered album from Maki Asakawa – part of that move she made into more textured material in the 80s, although still with all the deeply moody qualities that made her 70s vocals so great! This time around, there's help from a few key jazz players – Shigeru Mukai on ... LP, Vinyl record album

Inoyamaland

Danzindan-Pojidon
Yen/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1983. New Copy (reissue)
Japanese electronic ambient at its best – a set of tracks created by Yasushi Yamashita and Makoko Inoue, and done in a way that's an effortless combination of natural impulses and computer technology! The tunes are very slow-moving and beautiful – unfolding like little flowers, and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Cantas Murata & Samba Machines

Opa!
Happiness (Japan), 2014. Used
... CD

Linda with Rip Masters

Rockin Goldies Show
DIW (Japan), 2005. Used
Retro rock and roll sounds by way of Japan – features Rip Masters on guitar and piano and a special guest appearance by Ray Campi on steel guitar. CD

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
East World/Universal (Japan), 1986. New Copy (reissue)
An unusual mid 80s set from Maki Asakawa – one that follows some of the moody styles that she was really digging into at the time, but which also brings in a touch of American soul – thanks in part to work from bassist Bobby Watson, and drummer Cecil Moore – who also seems to do a ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated May 27, 2022


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