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✨✧ Studio MuleBGM ... CD
Studio Mule (Germany), 2019. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Nina AtsukoPlay Room ... LP
Teichiku/Studio Mule (Germany), 1983. New Copy ... $31.99
A beautiful little record from Japanese singer Nina Atsuko – partly in the AOR styles of the city pop generation, but also with more soulful touches too – in a way that really unlocks some of the jazzier currents in Nina's vocals! Lyrics are mostly in Japanese, but a few tunes are remakes of American songs, set to a very new vibe – lots of warm keyboards and a well-produced groove – sometimes upbeat and clubby, sometimes more in a mellow mode. Tunes include "Man Or Boy", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", and "Let Me Kiss" – plus more with Japanese-only titles! LP, Vinyl record album

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BGM (Takayuki Shiraishi)Back Ground Music ... LP
Studio Mule (Germany), 1980. New Copy ... $31.99
A set that's hardly background at all – as the tracks here have a lively, forward sort of energy that reminds us of our favorite post-punk experiments from the British and German scenes at the start of the 70s – done with a darkness that really resonates with the album's cover image too! There's hardly any vocals at all on the songs – other than muted, abstracted lyrics that are buried under brooding basslines, echoey drums, and fuzzy work on guitar and keyboards – all with a moody Factory Records sort of vibe – and by that, we mean Factory circa 1980, not the later sunnier years. Titles include "Neo Dancer", "And", "Repeat", "Membership Card", "Romantic Romance", and "Recovery Room". LP, Vinyl record album

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Doctor UmezuDiva ... LP
NEC/Studio Mule (Germany), 1988. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
Kazutoki "Doctor" Umezu was always one of the more unusual Japanese saxophonists back in the day – not just a jazz musician, but a player who's open to a wide variety of styles – which you'll definitely hear here, in a cool collaboration with percussionist Midori Takada and keyboardist Ichiko Hashimoto! The tunes have a bit of jazz in the mix, but also move through other instrumental styles – often with more fullness than Takada's own work, maybe in a mode that echoes some of the cool "jazz plus" experiments on French labels – first on Saravah, later on Nato/Chabada. There's a bit of voice on the record, but mostly used as another instrument – in a nice mix that includes alto, tenor, soprano, and bass sax – plus bass clarinet, toy piano, pianica, percussion, marimba, gongs, drums, and even some toys! Titles include "Gosan", "Ohayashi", "Poi", "Diva", and "Nishibi No Ataru Heya". LP, Vinyl record album
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Motohiko HamaseIntaglio ... CD
Studio Mule (Germany), 2018. Used ... $8.99
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Motohiko HamaseReminiscence ... CD
Studio Mule (Germany), 2018. Used ... $11.99
Very poetic sounds from bassist Motohiko Hamase – a contemporary recording, but one that almost takes us back to that late 70s/early 80s moment on the Japanese scene, when musicians were combining electric and organic elements – but in ways that had a surprising mix of modes! Hamase plays a six stringed electric bass, but also adds in piano, light percussion, and other sounds – mostly from keyboards, we're guessing – but sometimes with acoustic source elements, which gives the keys almost a painterly approach in sound! The tunes aren't entirely jazz, but they're all instrumental, and way more tuneful than any sort of soundscape mode – with titles that include "Childhood", "Intermezzo", "Tree", "Water Meadow", "Doll", "Na Mo Che", and "Reminiscence". CD
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Motohiko HamaseReminiscence ... CD
Studio Mule (Germany), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99
Very poetic sounds from bassist Motohiko Hamase – a contemporary recording, but one that almost takes us back to that late 70s/early 80s moment on the Japanese scene, when musicians were combining electric and organic elements – but in ways that had a surprising mix of modes! Hamase plays a six stringed electric bass, but also adds in piano, light percussion, and other sounds – mostly from keyboards, we're guessing – but sometimes with acoustic source elements, which gives the keys almost a painterly approach in sound! The tunes aren't entirely jazz, but they're all instrumental, and way more tuneful than any sort of soundscape mode – with titles that include "Childhood", "Intermezzo", "Tree", "Water Meadow", "Doll", "Na Mo Che", and "Reminiscence". CD
Also available Reminiscence ... CD 11.99

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Fumio ItabashiRise & Shine – Live At The Aketa's ... LP
Alm/Studio Mule (Germany), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
A soaring live set from Fumio Itabashi – one of our favorite Japanese pianists of the 70s, and a tremendous player with a strong McCoy Tyner-like sound! The session features Fumio stretching out on 3 long tracks in trio mode – only bass and drums to back him up, and plenty of space to take off on long-spiraling lines on the keys! There's a pulsating groove to the first track in the set – the 20 minute long "Jumping Board", which dips, turns, and flies with the right kind of energy you'd expect from the title. That's followed by a mellower reading of "My Funny Valentine" – but one that's still quite long, and really builds nicely through the set. And last up is another Itabashi original – "Rise & Shine" – which layers sound upon sound as the tune builds on – really cascading beautifully along! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ryo KawasakiLittle Tree ... LP
Studio Mule (Germany), 1980. New Copy ... $31.99
One of the few rare albums cut by Japanese guitarist Ryo Kawasaki and his groundbreaking Golden Dragon group during the early 80s – a record that mixes some of the groove-oriented currents of his previous work with elements that are maybe more far-reaching and fusion-styled too! There's plenty of great guitar on the record – as you'd expect from Ryo – and the set also has reedman Azar Lawrence and percussionist Nana Vasconcelos – each of whom add their talents to some of the album's best cuts! Highlights include the soulful vocal track "Looking Around You", the spacey jammer "Quasar Infection", and the straight ahead "Maximillian" – plus other tracks that include "Little Tree", "Jamiko", and "Midnight Fire Engine". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ryo Kawasaki & SatellitesElectric World (original, extended)/727 (inst) ... 12-inch
Studio Mule (Germany), Mid 80s. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
A key cut from guitarist Ryo Kawasaki – and a single that firmly marked his move from fusion into the clubs! "Electric World" is a catchy bit of 80s electro soul – with female vocals stepping over bassy beats – which get some especially great percussion breakdown moments in the extended mix – especially when some more exotic currents come into play! "727" is an instrument – again with lots of 80s-styled beats, and keyboards making all these cool waves and washes of sound 12-inch, Vinyl record

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VariousMidnight In Tokyo Vol 3 – Japanese Rare Soul, Boogie & New Wave – Compiled By Toshiya Kawasaki ... LP
Studio Mule (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... $23.99
A sexy set of tracks from the Japanese scene – music that seems to start in the disco years, and move into some of the more electronic Tokyo modes of the next generation – but always with a sweetly groovy style to the music! The work here is very different than both US soul of the time, and the wave of Euro disco and boogie – although it maybe shares a bit with the latter, in the way that female vocals are often put upfront in the mix, and given a very sensual sound. Other tracks are maybe more electro soul – with heavier beats at the bottom – and the whole thing is a huge discovery of rare Japanese tracks we never would have heard otherwise! Titles include "Get To Paradise" by Mari Kaneko, "Theme Of High School Student" by Atsuo Fujimoto, "Silhouette Call" by Yuki Nakayamate, "Sunshine Bright On Me" by Kangaroo, "More Sexy" by Yoko Hatanaka, "I'm In Love" by Tomoko Aran, "Crazy Baby" by Rinda Yamamoto, "Stranger's Night" by Maiko Okamoto, "Fantasy" by Masako Miyazaki, and "Singing Lady" by The Fad. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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