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Born Slippy (reissue)
Born Slippy (reissue) (7" + insert + MP3 download code Nachpressung)
Cat: PARK 1036R. Rel: 18 Mar 24
 
Reggae Classics/Ska
Born Slippy (3:30)
Groove Tube (3:18)
Review: Over the last couple of years, we've been treated to numerous reissues of classic cover versions by Japanese reggae/rocksteady combo Inokasira Rangers, including takes on Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', Pharrell's 'Happy' and New Order's 'Blue Monday'. Here we're treated to another, as the band's 2017 take on Underworld anthem 'Born Slippy' gets a fresh pressing. It's certainly a revolutionary revision, with Keichi Sokabe's surprisingly Karl Hyde-sounding lead vocal rising above a lusciously languid, sub-heavy reggae groove. Over on the flip they take on 'Groove Tube', a 1991 indie-pop-meets-acid house single from Japanese outfit Flipper's Guitar, reframing it as a baggy, glassy-eyed rocksteady number.

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Tags: Japanese
 in stock $13.90
Maki Asakawa
Maki Asakawa (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: HJRLP 111. Rel: 30 Sep 15
 
Jazz
Nemuru No Ga Kowai (3:46)
Chicchana Toki Kara (live) (2:24)
Blue Spirit Blues (5:44)
Fushiawase To Lu Na No Neko (2:45)
Govinda (4:10)
Chicchana Toki Kara (2:43)
Boro To Furutetsu (7:58)
Aisa Nai No Aise Nai No (4:03)
Uramado (4:55)
Kamone (4:01)
Machi (3:31)
Gogo (7:31)
Zenkamono No Christmas (3:07)
Hikkoshi (3:49)
Cabaret (4:25)
Konna Funi Sugite Iku No Nara (3:54)
Onna (2:56)
Yuki Ga Furu (4:09)
 in stock $25.74
Wamono A To Z Vol II: Japanese Funk 1970-1977
Cat: 180G WALP02. Rel: 08 Apr 21
 
Funk
Mieko Hirota - "Theme Of 'Doberman Cop'" (3:52)
Hiroshi Sato - "Bad Junky Blues" (3:48)
Sammy - "The In-&-Outer-Stomp-&-Shouter" (with Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media) (3:20)
Fujio Tokita - "Watashi No Beatles" (3:13)
School Band - "I Hope It's Fine" (4:03)
Bread & Butter - "Devil Woman" (2:57)
Hatsumi Shibata - "Singer Lady" (3:33)
Kan Mikami - "Jikokeno No Samba" (2:23)
Akira Yasuda & Beat Folk - "Yumura No Obaba" (3:04)
Pinky Chicks - "Tosetsu Donpan Bushi" (3:16)
Review: On the first instalment in the Wamono A to Z compilation series, released in September 2020, dusty-fingered diggers DJ Yoshizawa Dynamite.jp and Chintam focused on Japanese jazz-funk and rare groove gems recorded and released between 1968 and '80. For this speedy sequel, they've narrowed their focus further in order to showcase little-known Japanese funk slammers pressed to wax between 1970 and '77. As you'd expect, there's tons of absolute bangers amongst the 10 tracks on show, with highlights including the Blaxploitation movie soundtrack vibes of Mieko Hirota's 'Theme of Doberman Cop', the fuzzy, Hammond-sporting psych-funk of Fujio Tokita's quirky 'Watashi No Beatles', and the energetic, proto disco-funk of Hatsumi Shibata's 'Singer Lady'.
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 in stock $29.34
Beautiful Bamboo Flute
Cat: MRBLP 214. Rel: 27 Sep 19
 
Jazz
Kokiriku Bushi (4:05)
Sado Okesa (3:54)
Tairyo Utaikomi (3:16)
Soma Bon Uta (2:56)
Komoro Mago Uta (2:58)
Nanbu Ushio Uta (3:44)
Itsuki No Komori Uta (4:35)
Hietsuki Bushi (4:06)
Yasuki Bushi (3:36)
Yosakoi Bushi (4:06)
Kuroda Bushi (4:24)
Review: In 2002, the Japanese government recognized bamboo flute maestro Hozan Yamamoto as a "living national treasure". It was in honor of his lengthy career in music, and in particular the way he championed a traditional Japanese instrument even when he was turning his hand to Western music. "Beautiful Bamboo Flute", an album first released in 1971 and almost impossible to find since, is a superb example of this. It sees him deliver haunting, emotional and life-affirming solos over funky jazz, big band and fusion backing tracks that tend towards the fresh and funky. It's an unusual blend, but also an invigorating and exciting one.
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 in stock $21.61
Bamboo (reissue)
Bamboo (reissue) (gatefold LP)
Cat: MRBLP 195. Rel: 03 Jun 19
 
International
Take Five (4:57)
Mogamigawa Funauta (3:59)
The Positive & The Negative (9:21)
And I Love Her (2:59)
The House Of The Rising Sun (4:23)
Do You Know The Way To San Jose (3:02)
Soul Bamboo (5:30)
Call Me (3:35)
Scarborouge Fair (3:34)
 in stock $19.56
Wamono A to Z Vol III: Japanese Light Mellow Funk Disco & Boogie 1978-1988
Cat: 180GWALP 03. Rel: 30 Sep 21
 
International
Tetsuo Sakurai - "Kimono" (5:10)
Jadoes - "Friday Night" (extended dance mix) (5:44)
Yumi Sato - "Ame" (3:37)
Kiyohiko Ozaki - "Ojosan Ote Yawaraka Ni" (4:33)
Hitomi Tohyama - "Rainy Driver" (4:29)
Sentimental City Romance - "Hello Suisei" (5:30)
Mizuki Koyama - "Kare Niwa Kanawanai" (4:29)
Hitomi Tohyama - "Sweet Soul Music (Kiss Of Life)" (3:50)
Review: For the latest edition of their essential Wamano A to Z compilation series - the third to date - DJ Yoshiwza Dynamite JP and Chintam have decided to focus on "Japanese light mellow funk, disco and boogie" tracks recorded between 1978 and '88. Like its' predecessors, the eight-track set is heavy on obscurities and little-known cuts, as well as bona fide killer cuts. There's much to savour throughout, from the intergalactic, slap-bass propelled boogie brilliance of Jadoes' 'Friday Night (Extended Mix)' and the laidback funk bliss of Yumi Sato's 'Ame', to the smooth jazz-funk lusciousness of Hitomi Tohyama's 'Rainy Driver' and the Latin-infused, Teena Marie style electrofunk brilliance of Mizuki Koyami's 'Kare Niwa Kanawanai'.
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 in stock $32.94
Watarase (Joe Claussell remix)
Cat: STUDIOMULE 41. Rel: 31 Aug 22
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
Watarase (Joe Claussell remix) (16:00)
Watarase (feat Yuki Kaneko Symphonic Poem) (13:15)
Review: Some expansive, cinematic, orchestral spiritual jazz for you here, from the trio of talents that Fumio Itabashi, Kuniyiki and Henrik Schwarz. While the latter two are generally better-known for their deep and sometimes tech-tinged house and ambient productions, the original mix of 'Watarese' (featured here on side B) is a dense, immersive jazz soundscape laden with evocative Japanese vocals, improvised piano, moody orchestration and definite nods towards vintage free-jazz. Spiritual Life supremo Joaquin 'Joe' Clausell provides the remix and, somewhat predictably, steals the show. His take is gently rhythmic, sun-splashed spiritual jazz full of hand percussion, fluid piano motifs and rubbery double bass.
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 in stock $25.23
AB79 Edits
Cat: GAMM 171. Rel: 20 Feb 23
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
Samba Do Marcos (Koichi Toyama edit) (6:19)
Santa Monica (Koichi Toyama edit) (4:36)
Grama Grass (Koichi Toyama edit) (7:54)
Samba Chimba (Koichi Toyama edit) (4:09)
Review: For its last few outings, Gamm has rather been heading back to its roots. But now the label reverts away from hip-hop and back towards the Latin and disco sounds it has become best known for. And that's no bad thing as Koichi Toyama turns on his machines and gets the scalpel out to serve up some distinctive edits of four fiery broken beat and nu jazz gems. There are playful sax leads on the opener, muted vibes on the shuffling samba stylings of 'Santa Monica' and busier Rhodes chords on 'Grama Grass' before the jazz dancer that is 'Samba Chimba' offers another golden moment to close.
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 in stock $15.43
Nippon Girls 2: Japanese Pop Beat & Rock'n'Roll 1966-70
VARIOUS
Cat: HIQLP 022. Rel: 24 Oct 14
 
International
Kayoko Ishuu - "Bazazz No 1"
Reiko Mari - "Saike Na Machi"
Linda Yamamoto - "Furi Furi 5"
Mari Henmi - "Daniel Mon Amour"
Chiyo Okumura - "Koi Gurui"
Emy Jackson & Blue Comets - "Namida No Go Go"
Katsuko Kanai - "Mini Mini Girl"
Akiko Wada - "Boy & Girl"
Kemeko Matsudaira - "Watshi Ga Kemeko Yo"
Akiko Nakamura - "Namida No Mori No Monogatari"
The Peanuts - "Tokyo No Hito"
Kazumi Yasui - "Warui Kuse"
Review: This collection focuses in an era of Japanese music in which fashion, glamour and kitsch collided to create an addictive sound that morphed Westernized shapes into something kaleidoscopic and unique; the GS (or Group Sounds) phenomenon had seen Japanese artists attempting their own take on the high-energy onslaught of the Beatles and the British invasion, but elsewhere the female artists of the era were crafting a sound that tipped its hat to bossa nova, psych-pop and French ye-ye whilst maintaining a distinctly Japanese approach. Vibrant, eclectic and shot through with an insouciance and style rich even for this era, this is a compilation that sounds as exotic today as it did in the '60s.
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 in stock $23.17
Tokyo Riddim: 1976-1985
VARIOUS
Cat: TIME 016. Rel: 24 Jan 24
 
Reggae Classics/Ska
Miki Hirayama - "Tsukikage No Nagisa" (4:22)
Miki Hirayama - "Denshi Lenzi" (3:46)
Chu Kosaka - "Music" (5:12)
Izumi Mimi Kobayashi - "Lazy Love" (4:16)
Junko Yagami - "Johannesburg" (5:06)
Miharu Koshi - "Coffee Break" (4:43)
Marlene - "Hittin' Me Where It Hurts" (4:55)
Lily - "Tenkini Naare" (3:12)
Review: The more erudite record digger will know that Japan has long since had a thriving ska, dub and reggae scene. This new entry in the Nippon series from London's Time Capsule label proves that - Tokyo Riddim 1976-1985 dives deep into its early days when J-reggae artists were looking to the likes of UB40 and The Police for inspiration rather than the Jamaican originators. And you can hear that here in this fine collection of backbeat gems which are playful, loose and catchy, with subtle hints of city-pop and new-wave sounds. These tracks have only been available in Japan before and are now sure to find a welcome new audience on European shores.
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 in stock $28.82
Japanese Jazz Spectacle Vol II: Deep Heavy & Beautiful Jazz From Japan 1962-1985
Yusuke OGAWA / VARIOUS
Cat: 180GHMVLP 02. Rel: 26 Jan 23
 
Jazz
Toshiaki Yokota & The Beat Generation - "Clair Deluge" (7:01)
Tadao Sawai, Toshiyuki Miyama & New Herd Orchestra - "Constant Rain" (4:42)
Akira Miyazawa - "Yamame" (5:45)
Various Artists - "Ma Mere L'Oye" (3:23)
Masao Yagi - "Blossom In The Water" (5:19)
Masahiko Togashi, Isao Suzuki - "A Day Of The Sun" (7:54)
Yasuko Nagamine, Yasuaki Shimizu - "Summer Wind" (6:39)
Hideo Shiraki - "Sayonara Blues" (6:38)
Masahiko Togashi & His Improvisation Jazz Orchestra - "Desireless" (13:25)
Takeru Muraoka & His New Group - "Lady Boogie" (3:04)
Yoshio Ikeda - "Down To The Sea" (10:17)
George Otsuka Quintet - "Loving You" (6:54)
Review: After an acclaimed first volume, Japanese jazz expert Yusuke Ogawa continues to explore the phenomenon of Wajazz by diving into the archives of King Records. Spanning the years between 1962 and 1985, he brings to light some truly astounding music from artists like Isao Suzuki, Toshiaki Yokota, Akira Miyazawa, Takeru Muraoka, Yasuaki Shimizu, Masahiko Togashi and George Otsuka. There's a consistent thread of spiritual jazz around these varied performances, which Ogawa has pointedly selected for qualities which mark them out as unmistakably Japanese. It's another strong testament to the vibrant jazz culture from Japan, selected by a true expert driven by infinite passion for the music.
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 in stock $40.41
Mr Bongo Record Club Volume Five
VARIOUS
Mr Bongo Record Club Volume Five (limited translucent pink vinyl 2xLP + insert)
Cat: MRBLP 237PINK. Rel: 03 Jun 22
 
Funk
John Barry-Moore - "Abertura De "Os Inocentes"" (1:48)
Willy Chirino - "Sing A Song (Canten Mi Cancion)" (4:17)
Malouma - "Nebine" (4:46)
Yasuaki Shimizu - "Kakashi" (4:39)
Mariah - "Shinzo No Tobira" (4:48)
Mave & Dave - "You Are Delicious" (4:40)
Pamoja - "Oooh, Baby" (3:40)
Mark Capanni - "I Believe In Miracles" (3:02)
Admin - "Step Into Light" (4:37)
Phillip Malela - "Tiba Kamo" (3:14)
Gyedu Blay Ambolley - "Let's Be Happy" (Disco mix) (7:01)
Tyrone Evans - "Rise Up" (Discomix) (7:18)
Stimela - "I Hate Telling A Lie" (7:38)
Eamon - "Ready For War" (3:03)
Sven Wunder - "Mosaic" (2:59)
Hiroshi Suzuki - "Romance" (5:48)
Tete Da Bahia - "Duplo Sentido" (5:03)
Tags: African | Japanese | MPB
 in stock $23.17
In Praise Of Mitochondria
Cat: LER 1009. Rel: 27 Sep 17
 
Funk
Nikuzukue (Living Desk Of Flesh) (5:51)
Thanatopsis (6:43)
In Praise Of Mitochondria (Mitochondria San) (2:56)
Ai Wa Nohshintoh (Love Hits Like Concussion) (4:12)
Shinzo-San (Respecting My Hardworking Heart) (4:32)
Mizuko No Tamashii Hyakumademo (Unborn Fetus' Dream Lives For One Hundred Years) (4:31)
Furarete Nambo (It's Ok To Get Dumped) (5:59)
Sutten Tenmari (Me After The Bubble Economy Crashed) (3:08)
Nohdashi (Taking Out The Brain/The Man Who Was Only A Brain) (4:27)
Dompan (Private Funk - alternate version) (6:21)
It Isn't Because Of Hemoglobin (Hemoglobin No Seijanai) (6:27)
Zennotized Funk (3:53)
Review: Japanese original Minoru Hoodoo Fushimi self released four albums between 1985 and 1992. With this compilation, Australia's Left Ear Records have selected 12 tracks for a double vinyl retrospective. Minoru set out to combine his love of all things funk, with traditional instruments and song from his homeland. His vocals switch between raps about cellular metabolism and haemoglobin, soulful crooning and vocoder. On "Shinz-San" he adds metal guitar to vintage Sugarhill Gang and he goes crazy with his sampler. Scratching in cats, frogs, babies, laughter, giggles, traffic jams, failing ignitions, opera singers and amorous sighs. Meanwhile "Furarete" mixes elephant roars and go-go. Curious oddities from a fogotten hero of the Japanese underground.
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 in stock $29.85
Rock Steady (reissue)
Rock Steady (reissue) (transparent green vinyl 7")
Cat: SG 081GREEN. Rel: 22 Dec 22
 
Funk
Rock Steady (4:09)
Rock Steady (Macka-Chin edit) (4:25)
Review: Jaribu Afrobeat Arkestra are an entirely unique phenomenon, a Japanese collective pushing forward Neo-Afrobeat with heavy influence of the classic Japanese jazz sound and the long tradition of covering iconic western soul/funk tracks. Aretha Franklin's 'Rock Steady' is a collaboration with fellow Japanese artist Tina (aka Luv Tina), a decorated vocal powerhouse in the early 2000s R&B landscape, culminating in a mind-boggling genre mashup that defies expectations. The J.A.A. chorus section matches Tina's power perfectly with the blaring jazz instrumental, with phenomenal sax and trumpets. Swipe this coloured reissue before it goes again, you have to hear it to feel it.
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 in stock $16.47
Tonkori In The Moonlight (1996-2006)
Cat: MAIS 044LP. Rel: 28 Jan 22
 
International
Drum Song (3:08)
Kai Kai As To (Rippling Lake) (6:05)
Iso Kaari Irehte (Bear Trap Rhythm) (feat Umeko Ando) (3:57)
Yaykatekar Dub (Love Dub) (5:08)
Tonkori In The Moonlight (3:27)
Afghan Herbal Garden (3:26)
Iuta Upopo (Pestle Song) (feat Umeko Ando) (6:20)
Cup Kamuy Ho (Wake Up Sun) (feat Umeko Ando) (1:22)
Battaki (Grasshopper Dance) (feat Umeko Ando) (5:06)
Oki & Kila - "Oroho Raha Mokor Mokor (Sleep, Sleep)" (5:13)
Wei Ne (Oh, My Heart!) (2:27)
 in stock $19.05
Sweet Soul Music
Cat: HMJA 164. Rel: 18 Aug 22
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Sweet Soul Music (Kiss Of Life) (3:47)
Wanna Kiss (4:28)
Review: Hitomi Toyama's 'Sweet Soul Music' originally made it to wax last year, when the track appeared as part of a rare Japanese funk compilation curated by the sound's brightest stars, Wamono. Now, though, it gets a proper release on 7", and is backended by the sultry B-side 'Wanna Kiss', which sounds pitched up and chirpy in its shrill alto vocals, which assure us we're held. The A, meanwhile, is as horny (in both senses of the word) as ever, quite obviously singing the praises of "sweet soul music... I love you!"
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 in stock $21.61
Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop AOR & Boogie 1976-1986
VARIOUS
Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop AOR & Boogie 1976-1986 (blue & green vinyl 2xLP + booklet with obi-strip)
Cat: LITA 16315. Rel: 22 Feb 23
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Tomoko Soryo - "I Say Who" (3:09)
Taeko Ohnuki - "Kusuri Wo Takusan" (4:04)
Minako Yoshida - "Midnight Driver" (7:35)
Nanako Sato - "Subterranean Futari Bocci" (3:12)
Haruomi Hosono - "Sports Men" (4:04)
Izumi Kobayashi - "Coffee Rumba" (5:18)
Friends Of Earth (FOE) - "In My Jungle" (6:34)
Akira Inou, Hiroshi Sato & Masataka Matsutoya - "Sun Bathing" (3:20)
Hiroshi Sato - "Say Goodbye" (3:21)
Yukihiro Takahashi - "Drip Dry Eyes" (5:19)
Masayoshi Takanaka - "Bamboo Vender" (3:32)
Shigeru Suzuki - "Lady Pink Panther" (2:51)
Haruomi Hosono, Takahiko Ishikawa & Masataka Matsutoya - "Mykonos No Hanayome" (3:46)
Yasuko Agawa - "LA Night" (5:22)
Hitomi Tohyama - "Exotic Yokogao" (4:30)
Tazumi Toyoshima - "Machibouke" (2:46)
Review: U.S label Light In The Attic has hit gold with this hugely popular series. It has done three volumes by now but here comes a welcome reissue of the first from a few years ago. After compilations exploring various Japanese takes on Western music, most notably folk, rock, ambient and new age they switched tack, curating a brilliant double-album set that showcases the best Japanese synth-pop, AOR and boogie recorded between 1976 and '86. The quality threshold remains impressively high throughout, from the blue-eyed-soul breeze of Taeko Ohnuki's 'Kusuri Wo Takusan' and the Chaz Jankel-meets-Thompson Twins style throb of Haruomi Hosono's 'Sports Men', to the talkbox-sporting late night AOR-pop flex's Hiroshi Satoh's 'Say Goodbye' and the glistening, Latin-influenced jazz-funk brilliance of Masayoshi Takanaka.
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Gespielt von: Faze Action
 in stock $40.14
Uganda: Dawn Of African Rock
Uganda: Dawn Of African Rock (LP box set + insert)
Cat: MRBLP 239. Rel: 30 Sep 22
 
Progressive Rock
Wanyama Na Mapambazuko (11:40)
Na Tu Penda Sana (9:30)
Vita (7:43)
Pygmy (7:47)
Review: Japanese jazz drummer Akira Ishikawa's blistering 'Uganda (Dawn Of Rock)' makes a piognant claim as to the origins of rock n' roll, blending traditional African drumming workouts with the futuristic tropes belonging to psychedelic rock and fourth world music. Consisting of just four movements ranging from formless to the watery and rhythmic, its recording lies in the basis of just one legendary drummer, but in all its sonics sounds as though an enormous ensemble were behind it. A well-sought J-psych rarity.
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 in stock $39.89
Subetemaboroshi
Subetemaboroshi (double 7" + insert)
Cat: P 74523. Rel: 23 Aug 21
 
Hip Hop/R&B
Subete Maboroshi (feat Darthreider) (4:28)
Said Knock You Out (4:58)
I Couldn't Become Robert De Niro (feat Utamaru) (4:09)
I Need Love (feat Seamonator & Darthreider) (5:13)
Review: Japan's cult P-Vine label serves up some dazzling hip hop edits and mash-ups on this raw and ready double 7". The first tune out of the blocks is a brutal drum assault with crashing breaks and edgy rapped vocals from Darthreider on 'Subete Maboroshi.' Then comes a re-sung version of the classic hip hop anthem 'Said Knock You Out' with plenty of extra angst and bile. Flip it over and the angular drums and big stabs continue with Utamaru spitting hard bars over 'I Couldn't Become Robert De Niro.' Last of all comes 'I Need Love' featuring 'Seamonator & Darthereider in unrelenting fashion
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Tags: Japanese
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 in stock $10.75
Crossroad Of Love
Crossroad Of Love (limited green vinyl 7")
Cat: BTR 30GREEN. Rel: 26 Aug 22
 
Funk
Crossroad Of Love (3:56)
Blue Universe (4:29)
 in stock $14.92
Shakuhachi Sato No Uta/The Ballad Of The Village (remastered)
Cat: HMJY 171. Rel: 09 Nov 22
 
International
Hanagasa Ondo (2:53)
Akita Obako (3:51)
Soma Bon Uta (2:13)
Otemoyan (2:49)
Mamurogawa Ondo (3:29)
Lullaby Of Itsuki (3:33)
Yosakoi Festival (3:14)
Yagibushi (2:49)
Gujo Bushi (Kawasaki) (2:33)
North Sea Bon Uta (2:43)
Asaya Yunta (3:46)
Kuroda-bushi (3:19)
 in stock $38.09
Tsumetai Mizu/Cold Water (remastered)
Tsumetai Mizu/Cold Water (remastered) (limited LP + insert with obi-strip)
Cat: HMJY 175. Rel: 09 Nov 22
 
Indie/Alternative
Harumi Wharf (4:10)
Where (5:31)
Shura Bura (3:21)
Love Only For One Season (4:22)
Memory (5:32)
Tokyo (5:46)
Kesarang Pasarang (4:53)
Main Street At Midnight (3:31)
Deja Vu (6:27)
Surely So (3:26)
 in stock $38.09
Okinawa (reissue) (Record Store Day RSD 2021)
Cat: NAS 2084. Rel: 26 Jul 21
 
International
Sasquatch (4:54)
High School Cadets (4:40)
Baby Elephant Walk (4:14)
C'est Si Bon (3:31)
Okinawa Blues (3:28)
Sea Side Bound (4:21)
Tanichamae (3:57)
Sunset Okinawa (5:35)
 in stock $46.32
Nippon Psychedelic Soul 1970-1979
VARIOUS
Cat: TIME 018. Rel: 19 Mar 24
 
Soul
Hiroshi Kamayatsu - "Have You Smoked Gauloise?" (4:20)
Happy End - "Ome, Spring" (4:18)
Yoshiko Sai - "Blue Glass Ball" (4:53)
Tadashi Goino Group - "Go Beyond Time" (4:58)
Jun Fukamachi - "You" (4:08)
Momotaro Pink - "August's Impression" (with original Pinks) (6:04)
Vol 1 Chap 100 - "In The Room" (7:18)
Review: Time Capsule exposes a few of the myriad pathways in Japan's 70s psychedelic soul wormhole, when a bountiful crop of music emerged from musicians inspired by homespun hero Haruomi Hosono's Happy End project, as well as the meandering ballads emerging from the dissolution of the 1960s protest movements. From the charming, Hosono-esque Francophile lounge funk of Hiroshi Kamayatsu's 'Have You Smoked Gauloise?' to the Tadashi Goino Group's strikingly sparse drum machine n' synth incantation 'Jikan Wo Koero Go Beyond Time', almost sounding like Goino is flanked by Vega and Rev at times, to the theatrical, almost duul-esque closing ballad 'Heya No Naka In The Room', the heads at Time Capsule assemble a compelling and kaleidoscopic anthology of forgotten Japanese gems.

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Funk Party
Cat: HMJY 173. Rel: 09 Nov 22
 
Funk
Jiro Inagaki & Seoul Media - "Put It Where You Want It" (5:53)
Jiro Inagaki & Seoul Media - "Sex Machine" (with Akira Yasuda & Beat Folk) (4:49)
Jiro Inagaki & Seoul Media - "Loose Booty/Funky Stuff" (with Akira Yasuda & Beat Folk) (9:18)
Taeko Morino - "I Who Have Nothing" (5:29)
Eddy Clan & Orient Express - "Walking All Day" (4:46)
Akira Ishikawa & Count Buffalo - "Scratch" (10:27)
Review: A long-time-coming reissue of a lesser known live funk album, showcasing the deft J-funk stylings of the genre's foremost legend Jiro Inagaki on the A - as well as lesser-spotted curios from fellow artists Taeko Morino, Eddy Clan and Akira Ishikawa on the B. Packed with futuristic synths and boasting a rather dry, untainted sound, we're most impressed by Morino's slow Anglophone ballad, which we'd describe as most haunting and mesmerising.
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 in stock $36.55
Cumbia Descarga
Cat: JS12S 130. Rel: 09 Nov 23
 
International
Cumbia Descarga
Cumbia Descarga (Akio Nagase Acid dub mix)
Ragga Cumbia
Ragga Cumbia (Akio Nagase Cumbiacid remix)
Review: Whatever the rest of the world can do, Japan often does it better, no matter how unlikely the subject. And once again here we have evidence that is true as Japan-based cumbia artist Real Thing returns with two fresh new gems as good as any you could find coming out of South America. Real Thing has been a DJ and producer in Osaka for the last 20-plus years and has dropped music on the likes of Emotional Especial. The two tunes he serves up here and fiery and heavily percussive rhythms with wild synth lines woven in, while Akio Nagase adds two even more wild and wonderful acid remixes.
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Tags: Japanese | Cumbia
 in stock $28.58
Pacific Breeze 2: Japanese City Pop AOR & Boogie 1972-1986
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Pacific Breeze 2: Japanese City Pop AOR & Boogie 1972-1986 (sunny splattered vinyl 2xLP + booklet with obi-strip)
Cat: LITA 17913. Rel: 22 Feb 23
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Bread & Butter - "Pink Shadow" (3:15)
Eiichi Ohtaki - "Yubikiri" (3:33)
Kimiko Kasai - "Vibration (Love Celebration)" (4:15)
The Mystery Kindaichi Band - "Kindaichi Kosuke No Theme" (3:29)
Tetsuji Hayashi - "Hidari Mune No Seiza" (3:59)
Anri - "Last Summer Whisper" (4:57)
Momoko Kikuchi - "Blind Curve" (4:05)
Tomoko Aran - "I'm In Love" (5:47)
Yu Imai - "Kindaichi Kosuke Nishi E Iku" (3:16)
Sadistics - "The Tokyo Taste" (3:31)
Piper - "Hot Sand" (3:28)
Junko Ohashi & Minoya Central Station - "Rainy Saturday & Coffee Break" (3:44)
Eri Ohno - "Skyfire" (5:10)
Yumi Murata - "Kanpoo" (5:04)
Kyoko Furuya - "Harumifutou" (4:09)
Yuji Toriyama - "Bay/Sky Provincetown 1977" (4:23)
Review: As the third installment brings attention back on this crucial series, Light In The Attic are running a repress of their second voyage into the plentiful realm of Japanese city pop - another extended cruise through impossibly slick '70s and '80s groovers with that golden studio sound. There's sultry slinkers like Eiichi Ohtaki and sensual funk from Kimiko Kasai on "Vibration (Love Celebration)". Watch out for the heavy bass and subtle synth inflections of Yu Imai's incredible "Kindaichi Kosuke Nishi E Iku" and the impossibly catchy whistlealong 'Hot Sand' by Piper. It's not a competition, but if you crave that US AOR sound, it might just be that the Japanese did it better.
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 in stock $54.83
Konuka Ame
Cat: NDS 1064. Rel: 18 Aug 22
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Konuka Ame (4:16)
Silver Spot (4:23)
 in stock $21.10
Upopo Sanke
Upopo Sanke (2xLP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: 425010 1452475. Rel: 05 Sep 23
 
International
Chorakkun (2:44)
Eri Rimse (4:06)
Saranpe (4:50)
Iuta Upopo (6:14)
Suchochoy (4:51)
Chup Kamuy Ho (1:15)
Sarukiusinay Kotan (3:21)
Utari Opun Parewa (3:41)
Mukkuri Hawehe (3:04)
Emusi Rimse (3:42)
Ku Rimse (4:32)
Herekan Ho (3:10)
Rera Suye (1:46)
Aruo (4:23)
Tags: Japanese
 in stock $38.61
Exciting Drums African Rock Party (Japanese Edition)
Cat: HMJY 183. Rel: 31 Jan 23
 
Jazz
You Keep Me Hangin' On (2:24)
Ob-La-Di, Ob La-Da (2:35)
Amen (2:54)
Touch Me (2:32)
Otis Sleep On (2:14)
Back In The USSR (2:41)
Soul Limbo (2:30)
Hold Tight (3:21)
The Sidewinder (2:41)
Windy (2:33)
The Cat (3:34)
Going Up The Country (3:26)
Review: Originally released in 1969, Exciting Drums African Rock Party is the first album from Akira Ishikawa under his Count Buffalo alias. It's a wide-ranging affair which includes covers of contemporary standards such as 'You Keep Me Hanging On', 'Back In The U.S.S.R.' and 'Soul Limbo', all given a bold and brassy jazz revision by Ishikawa's band, which included Hiromasa Suzuki on piano, Masaoki Terakawa on bass and Takeru Muraoka on tenor sax. This is the first time it's been repressed since its release, so you can expect all Japanese jazz aficionados to be jumping on this one quickly.
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 in stock $47.88
Heart Station
Heart Station (gatefold 180 gram vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: UPJY 9210/1. Rel: 05 Sep 22
 
Pop
Fight The Blues (4:09)
Heart Station (4:33)
Beautiful World (5:05)
Flavor Of Life (Ballad version) (5:23)
Stay Gold (5:13)
Kiss & Cry (5:10)
Gentle Beast (interlude) (1:13)
Celebrate (4:19)
Prisoner Of Love (4:41)
Track 10 (3:47)
Track 11 (2:23)
Track 12 (5:40)
Flavor Of Life (bonus track) (4:48)
Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (2007 mix - bonus track) (3:21)
Review: Straight from the renegade minds of Italy's DUB (District Underground Bastards) - whose parties deal exclusively in untrodden, alternative locations not normally inhabited by DJs and crowds - comes 'Bersekr', the newest collab cut from Vadim Oslov and Denis Andreev. Together, the dark, minimal techno powerhouse deliver two back-to-back cuts of only the purest cleanliness and snap. 'Toltec Snippet' and 'Alexandra Snippet' expose themselves minimally but confidently, as Minilogue jerks and dub echoes unfurl across as dancefloor-taming 6 minutes.

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 in stock $41.18
Desire (reissue)
Desire (reissue) (limited LP + insert with obi-strip)
Cat: PROT 7131. Rel: 01 Oct 21
 
International
Betrayal Drive Way (5:01)
Ecstasy Alone (5:13)
Swapping Party (3:01)
Summer Time Girl (4:29)
Don't Cry My Heart (4:35)
Face To Face (5:30)
Private Lesson (4:27)
Emptiness & Woman (4:16)
Life Is Very Short (5:42)
Tags: Japanese
 in stock $38.09
Tokio A Las 7 De La Noche
Tokio A Las 7 De La Noche (7" + insert in spot-varnished sleeve)
Cat: URDC 50. Rel: 20 Jul 22
 
International
Tokio A Las 7 De La Noche (3:24)
The Night Is Still Young In Tokyo (3:35)
Tags: Japanese | Cuban | Salsa
 in stock $21.10
Dixie Fever (reissue)
Dixie Fever (reissue) (LP with obi-strip)
Cat: WWSLP 58. Rel: 22 Oct 21
 
International
Dixie Fever (5:00)
Wild About My Lovin' (4:08)
Rakuda Blues (Camel Blues) (5:02)
Heart No Melody (3:24)
Hoshikuzu (Stardust) (3:58)
Chinatown Blues (4:56)
Captain Banana (5:48)
When I Was A Cowboy (4:31)
Hitotu Dake Hikaru Mono (4:23)
Tags: Japanese
 in stock $26.25
Himiko (reissue)
Himiko (reissue) (LP + booklet with obi-strip)
Cat: HMJA 129. Rel: 24 Aug 20
 
Jazz
I Don't Know What To Say (3:23)
Miscalculation Of Pygmalion (4:06)
The Bottom Of The Mind (2:55)
Media Spell (3:21)
My Bus (5:37)
Love Blanket (4:14)
Dreaming Himiko (4:40)
Everyone Lies (4:17)
Rakuchin (4:23)
Gespielt von: Manu Archeo
 in stock $39.39
Iwaki Impromptu
Cat: VOLKUTA 003. Rel: 27 May 21
 
International
Iwaki Impromptu (8:01)
Iwaki Impromptu (Bill Laswell translation mix) (8:22)
Tags: Japanese
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 in stock $20.18
Uterus Uterus (reissue)
Uterus Uterus (reissue) (LP + insert with obi-strip)
Cat: PROT 7194. Rel: 10 Aug 22
 
Rock
Jungle (4:31)
Wonder Life (3:12)
Stay With Me, My Love (4:33)
Shake Up Heaven & Shake Earth (3:37)
Love The One You're With (3:34)
Hungry Sky (5:14)
Fushigi Okite (4:49)
Koujitsu (5:06)
Toki No Oto (4:48)
Review: Yumi Murata's Uterus Uterus is a jazz-pop classic from 1985. Yumi is a vocal coach and former singer who was active from the late 70s and through the 80s before opening her own Murata Yumi Vocal Training Room in 1991 and teaching ever since. This long-player was a later one out of the seven she released in all and is one of her most popular as it mixes up fusion, new wave, funk, pop and jazz across synth sounds. These are enjoyable and sophisticated sounds from this talented vocalist.
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 in stock $36.55
Muscle & Heat (reissue)
Muscle & Heat (reissue) (LP + booklet with obi-strip)
Cat: PROT 7109. Rel: 17 Jun 21
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Thermo Limbo (5:46)
Watashi No Suki Na Kuni (5:51)
Swimming Under The Glass (4:12)
Do The Wolf (4:33)
Exotic Dance (6:04)
Narcissa (5:18)
Dodo Bird (1:27)
Muscle & Heat (5:04)
Oriental Oriental (3:15)
 in stock $37.84
Machiboke (reissue)
Machiboke (reissue) (LP + insert with obi-strip)
Cat: PROT 7103. Rel: 14 Jun 21
 
Folk/Americana
Asa No Hikari (1:42)
Kawaii Omae (3:52)
Kisya (4:07)
Hitogomi (4:01)
Yamadashi No Baai (4:05)
Maruyama Ginja (3:25)
Machiboke (4:25)
Yasumi No Kaze (2:55)
Make Love Co (3:33)
Toki Ha Chikazuite (3:52)
Poor Boy (5:06)
Banka (1:36)
Tags: Japanese
 in stock $74.39
So Crystal (reissue)
So Crystal (reissue) (limited LP + insert with obi-strip)
Cat: PROT 7193. Rel: 23 Aug 22
 
Pop
The Dawn (0:41)
Burnin' Night (4:52)
Just You're Mine (3:42)
Melodies (3:30)
Maybe Tonight (2:43)
Goodnight To You (4:15)
Silent Walker (4:12)
Not My Tears (3:49)
Set Me Free (3:11)
Sayonara So Long (3:21)
Tsu-Bu-Ya-Ki (4:51)
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 in stock $19.40
Smile In Your Face
Smile In Your Face (translucent pink vinyl 7" + insert)
Cat: PROT 7201. Rel: 09 Nov 22
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
Smile In Your Face (feat Muro) (4:45)
Smile In Your Face (Sunaga't Experience remix) (4:29)
 in stock $20.86
The Man
The Man (7")
Cat: URDC 99. Rel: 18 Sep 23
 
Hip Hop/R&B
The Man (Nautilus Re-work - DJ Chuck-Tee remix) (3:32)
The Man (Macka-Chin remix) (4:41)
Review: Japanese hip-hop pioneer Ryuhei 'The Man' Teshirogi passed away earlier in February 2023. To commemorate his honour, DJ Chuck-Tee, Ryuhei's younger brother, comes through with a fresh medley - with verse features from Ryuhei's many contemporaries including Macka-Chin, Gocci and Kashi Da Handsome - making for a melancholic celebration of the DJ, digger and producer's life and legacy.
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Tags: Japanese
 in stock $21.36
Salsa De Yunta
Salsa De Yunta (limited 7")
Cat: KUMOMI 003. Rel: 11 Dec 23
 
International
Salsa De Yunta (5:00)
Umi Nu Chinboura (3:35)
Review: The titular release from Kumomi Records, based in Japan, hears Okinawa salsa band Kachimba 1551 fuse two enduring traditions: Okinawa folk music and salsa. The band embarked on this fusion first in 1998 and have continued their activities in their hometown of Okinawa ever since. A-sider, their rendition of 'Asatoya Yunta', appears first - a folk song said to have originated on Taketomi Island in the Yaeyama Islands, and which has been covered by many musicians around the world (including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Haruomi Hosono, and Akiko Yano). On the B, meanwhile, is 'Uminu Chinboraa', said to have been handed down from 'Ie Island In Kunigami Gun Of Okinawa', a folk song known for its use in traditional party settings.
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Gespielt von: Galletas Calientes
Tags: Japanese | Salsa
 in stock $17.25
Michibata
Cat: OTS 280. Rel: 10 May 23
 
Hip Hop/R&B
Michibata (4:41)
Michibata (instrumental) (4:42)
Tags: Japanese
 in stock $20.08
Funky King
Funky King (7" + insert)
Cat: CRK 1027. Rel: 29 Apr 22
 
Funk
Funky King (part 1) (5:01)
Go Go King (4:59)
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 in stock $15.89
Lovers Logic (reissue)
Cat: WQJL 157. Rel: 09 Nov 22
 
Soul
Starlight Ballet (4:32)
I Love You (5:00)
Trade Wind (4:16)
New York-Review (3:45)
Keep On Loving You (4:19)
Act-III (4:40)
Please Please (4:13)
Photograph (3:24)
Go Back (4:54)
Daylight Blue (4:41)
 in stock $38.09
It's Friday (reissue)
It's Friday (reissue) (LP + insert)
Cat: HMJA 130. Rel: 20 Nov 20
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Ikasuman (5:39)
Natsu No Du-Bi Da-Ba (3:54)
Step By Step (4:11)
Windy Noon (4:22)
Friday Night (3:36)
Cool (3:46)
Silent Night (4:08)
I Wanna Hold You Tonight (5:08)
In The Moon (4:24)
 in stock $44.79
Summer Place
Cat: HMJA 154. Rel: 14 May 23
 
Pop
Summer Place (3:12)
Summer Place (instrumental) (3:15)
 in stock $20.86
Fly Me To The Moon
Fly Me To The Moon (7" + insert)
Cat: DM 026. Rel: 29 Apr 22
 
Jazz
Ufutsuki Bushi (5:07)
Hiyamikachi Busi (4:22)
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 in stock $17.70
Neppu
Neppu (limited LP + insert with obi-strip)
Cat: PROT 7121. Rel: 01 Oct 21
 
Funk
Black Wings (5:07)
Clown In The Sunlight (5:05)
Seeing The Phantom Sea (5:57)
The Dream That A Fish Saw (5:11)
Midnight Train (5:53)
Magic Night (4:28)
September Shells (Faded Love) (4:17)
Hot Wind (7:29)
 in stock $38.09
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