Ryuichi Sakamoto – Esperanto, 1985

Guest post by Andy Beta (Twitter / IG) Last year was brutal in almost every aspect, from the social to the international to the personal. Amid such rubble, there was a bit of a silver lining, in that I achieved a noteworthy professional achievement: interviewing Ryuichi Sakamoto for the Gray Lady. We sat one afternoon and sipped … Continue reading Ryuichi Sakamoto – Esperanto, 1985

[Mix for NTS Radio] Getting Warmer Episode 10: Sakamoto Special

My newest mix for NTS Radio is a 坂本龍一 (Ryuichi Sakamoto) special! Not an exhaustive overview, just some personal highlights. If you like it, you can download an mp3 version here. In related news, if you’re interested in listening to my NTS show live, my time slot has just moved to every fourth Wednesday at … Continue reading [Mix for NTS Radio] Getting Warmer Episode 10: Sakamoto Special

Sebestyén Márta & Szörényi Levente ‎– Szerelmeslemez, 1985

Gorgeous interpretations of traditional Hungarian folk songs, fleshed out in full color with synth and drum machine textures. Effortless vocals predominantly by Sebestyén Márta, a folk singer, composer, and actress who has also worked with Deep Forest (!). There’s something Virginia Astley-esque about the deliberately innocent quality of her voice, though perhaps that’s  a typical affect … Continue reading Sebestyén Márta & Szörényi Levente ‎– Szerelmeslemez, 1985

Mix for Sanpo Disco

Honored to contribute a mix to Sanpo Disco, a very inspiring Melbourne-based mix series that I’ve been a fan of for a long time. This is meant to be a pushback against the most brutal New York winter in recent memory: tropical and Latin textures, pillowy synths, ocean waves, sunny Japanese garage pop, crickets. Yes, that’s … Continue reading Mix for Sanpo Disco

[Mix for Self-Titled] OMG Japan 2: Japanese Pop 1980-1989

cover art by Jeff Velker (SC / Twitter) I’m very pleased to finally share Volume 2 of the OMG Japan mix via Self-Titled Mag. That proclivity towards inventive genre splicing is all over this mix, actually, perhaps most noticeably as a reggae influence in three very different incarnations. First, Akiko Yano’s steel drum-flecked synth-reggae cupcake “Ashkenazy … Continue reading [Mix for Self-Titled] OMG Japan 2: Japanese Pop 1980-1989

Jimmy Murakawa – Original De-Motion Picture, 1982

Deeply weird and cool record from Mariah vocalist Jimmy Murakawa, featuring Yasuaki Shimizu production. New wavier and more scronky than the usual around here, even veering into no wave on tracks like “Luci’s Small Hotel Part 2.” With an inclination towards cavernous metallic clanging, creeping synth lines, and echoey muttering, there are moments that feel … Continue reading Jimmy Murakawa – Original De-Motion Picture, 1982

Guest Mix – “Tabby 003”

Guest mix by Poly & Kerf Tracklist: 1. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Saru To Yuki Gami No Kodomo 2. Bill Nelson – Heart and Soul 3. Mori Ra – On the Edge of Flip 4. Leopold Nord & Vous – Les Hippopotamtam 5. Isabelle Antena – La Vie Est Trôp Courte 6. Patrice Rushen – Watch … Continue reading Guest Mix – “Tabby 003”

Haruomi Hosono, Shigeru Suzuki & Tatsuro Yamashita – Pacific, 1978

A classic. While Hosono needs no introduction around here, I’m realizing that Tatsuro Yamashita has perhaps not been given enough air time. For the unfamiliar, Yamashita is iconic in his own right, not just because of his classic Japanese Christmas favorite “Christmas Eve” or his enormous output but also because of his signature early-80’s take on … Continue reading Haruomi Hosono, Shigeru Suzuki & Tatsuro Yamashita – Pacific, 1978

Yumiko Morioka – Resonance, 1986

Guest post by Matt Nida (London) Sometimes the music tells its own story. I bought Yumiko Morioka’s Resonance last year in Tokyo (on the recommendation of someone who knew I’d been devouring records by the likes of Hiroshi Yoshimura, Toshifumi Hinata, Haruomi Hosono and many other names who’ll be familiar to readers of this blog) knowing nothing … Continue reading Yumiko Morioka – Resonance, 1986

[Mix for NTS Radio] Getting Warmer Episode 14

Listen to my newest mix for NTS Radio below. Moody slow-burners, futuristic textures, and a few anachronisms. If you like it, you can download an mp3 here. Enjoy! Tracklist: 1. Владимир Леви & Ким Брейтбург – Не Уходи, Дарящий (thanks David!) 2. Susumu Yokota – King Dragonfly 3. Roberto Musci & Giovanni Venosta – Water Music 4. … Continue reading [Mix for NTS Radio] Getting Warmer Episode 14