[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

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

Jansen/Barbieri – Worlds In A Small Room, 1985

Arguably an apotheosis of the long and fruitful 80s Japanese and British musical cross-pollination. Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri were both founding members of Japan, alongside David Sylvian, and the band toured with Masami Tsuchiya of Ippu-Do and Yukihiro Takahashi of YMO. Jansen and Barbieri both contributed to Ippu-Do’s Night Mirage, and Tsuchiya went on … Continue reading Jansen/Barbieri – Worlds In A Small Room, 1985

Seigén Ono – Seigén, 1984

Ouch, so beautiful. Seigén Ono’s debut album was released when he was 26 years old, though he had already worked with David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto, and went on to become one of Japan’s most sought-after producers and engineers. I feel as if this record has been steadily opening up for me over the past … Continue reading Seigén Ono – Seigén, 1984

Bill Nelson – The Love That Whirls (Diary Of A Thinking Heart), 1982

As the title suggests, this is a record about love, but in typical Bill Nelson fashion, it’s neither saccharine nor sentimental. It’s full-blooded, angsty, and churning, and the song titles are unabashed: “Eros Arriving,” “The Bride Of Christ In Autumn,” “Flesh,” “Flaming Desire,” and my favorite, “The Crystal Escalator In The Palace Of God Department … Continue reading Bill Nelson – The Love That Whirls (Diary Of A Thinking Heart), 1982

Akiko Yano – Tadaima, 1981

Not for the faint of heart, although I think the cover art should give you a pretty good sense of what you’re in for. Akiko Yano covers a lot of ground here, ranging from bubblegum reggae to pure, high-toned J-pop to the spronky sample relentlessness of new wave contemporaries like Devo, “Little Girls” era Oingo … Continue reading Akiko Yano – Tadaima, 1981

Masumi Hara – Yume No 4-Bai, 1984

Experimental pop. Brooding ballads with Enya-like synth sweeps and sparse, kick-heavy upbeat tracks that playfully reference dub reggae, hip hop, samba, disco, and even polka. Lush atmospherics, vocal layering, and liberal delay effect. Most songs have several minute long intro sections before opening up. A lot of people participated in the making of this album. … Continue reading Masumi Hara – Yume No 4-Bai, 1984