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Use My Body by Mavis John

Sweaty groove from Mr Bongo’s Record Club Volume One compilation.

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It’ll Never Be Over For Me by Timi Yuro

Northern soul classic pick from the exceptional, yet rarely mentioned, belter.

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Hawaiian Caravan by Roy Kawasaki

Funky Sakamoto-esque tune from NuNorthern Soul’s retrospective series.

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I & I by Lone Watti

Dub-treading thumper salvaged from Reggae Rula, a collection of Spanish reggae songs that sound wouldn’t be misplaced in a turn of the century Benidorm all inclusive.

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Yellow Story by Kiki Hitomi

Big boom digital sleng teng from London via Japan.

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Macumba by Claudia

Another catchy Brazil release from Mr Bongo.

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Freio Aerodinamico by Marcos Valle

Hard grooving Brazilian break from Light In The Attic’s reissue of Mr Valle’s 1970 self-titled album.

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Dancing Star by Mimi Izumi Kobayashi

Cosmic J-Pop disco opening theme from hit anime, Urusei Yatsura.

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Genius Of Love by Tom Tom Club

Hypnotic mover from Talking Heads side project, as featured in Stop Making Sense and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

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Melon Soda by Tricot

Single from Tricot’s great new release, named for the impossible-to-find-in-the-UK beverage.

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MUSIC GET! Searching for sounds in Japan

In November 2015, I went to Tokyo for the first time and I learnt two things. First, that there is a limit to how much sushi you can eat before your organs rebel against your body, and second, Japan is the holy land for socially inept geeks, a.k.a. the majority of record collectors. As a socially inept geek, I had found my true home. On the plane back to England, I was already planning when I could return and rescue the dozens of records I had to leave behind in the racks due to baggage constraints. Thankfully, 18 months later and I was back on the plane, ready again to plunder the loot of the land of the rising sun.

This trip would not only take me back to Tokyo, but on to Kyoto and Osaka. After a long, cramped flight and an unforgettable experience (in the same way that having your finger nails pulled out with tweezers is an unforgettable experience) in a capsule hotel, my first base camp of the trip was established and I fired up Google Maps to pinpoint the best record shops in Tokyo. Continue reading “MUSIC GET! Searching for sounds in Japan”

MIX: Boogie Synthetic

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Riot In Lagos by Riuichi Sakamoto

Blueprint for Aphex Twin from Yellow Magic Orchestra hero

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What’s New Pussycat by Lena Platonos

Greek pre-techno heavy hitter with no hint of Tom Jones.

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Epsilon by Patten

Concrete crumble that will end up as the theme song for a future presidential candidate.

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Melt by Wwwings

Deconstructed sci-fi dread from mystery band from the ex-USSR.

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Platonic by Horuomi Hosono

More from solo projects of the Battleship YMO and possible song for the first dance at my wedding.

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What’s Wrong Yvette by Crank Call Love Affair

Punky funky tune, featured on Sacred Bones’ fantastic Killed By Deathrock Volume Two compilation.

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Tylko Punk Rock by Andrzej Korzynski

DIY disco shrieking from Mr. Korzynski, who usually oversees soundtracks.

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Magic Fly by Space

Way before Daft Punk, France was already producing robot rockers, with slightly crappier costumes.

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Memory Vague by Oneohtrix Point Never

Audio landscaping from personal fave, initially seen on split cassette with Caboladies in 2009 and also the title of YouTube oddities DVD produced by OPN the same year.

 

MIX: Boogie Plaza

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Merry-Go-Round by Tatsuro Yamashita

100% Godzilla bass from the funkiest number one “album of the year 1983”, Melodies.

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Town by Minako Yoshida

Came across this from an impulse buy at Sister Ray recently, through Rush Hour Recordings reissue of this heavy stomper backed with “Midnight Driving” from Minako’s album, Monochrome.

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Behind The Mask by Yellow Magic Orchestra

Cruise through YMO’s vocoder metropolis from one of my fave albums ever.

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Hesitation by Mya & The Mirror

Taken from Medical Records’ 2014 Fuzz Dance compilation, this sample-ready tune is Mya & The Mirror’s only release.

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I Wanna Be Your Lover by La Bionda

Absolute fave track ever, that I take every opportunity to force on people.

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Koi No Projection by Kikuchi Momoko

Sultry funk from super idol Kikuchi Momoko. All her album covers make it look like she is always on holiday (see Ocean Side and Adventure for evidence).

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Tonite’s The Night (All Right) by Take Three

Bongo banger from Dâm-Funk’s DJ Kicks album, released last year.

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Yume No Tsuzuki by Mariya Takeuchi

Young love jam, salvaged from ballad-ridden Request.

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It’s Your Move by Diana Ross

You know you’ve heard it before. No shame.