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”
Riot In Lagos by Riuichi Sakamoto
Blueprint for Aphex Twin from Yellow Magic Orchestra hero
What’s New Pussycat by Lena Platonos
Greek pre-techno heavy hitter with no hint of Tom Jones.
Epsilon by Patten
Concrete crumble that will end up as the theme song for a future presidential candidate.
Melt by Wwwings
Deconstructed sci-fi dread from mystery band from the ex-USSR.
Platonic by Horuomi Hosono
More from solo projects of the Battleship YMO and possible song for the first dance at my wedding.
What’s Wrong Yvette by Crank Call Love Affair
Punky funky tune, featured on Sacred Bones’ fantastic Killed By Deathrock Volume Two compilation.
Tylko Punk Rock by Andrzej Korzynski
DIY disco shrieking from Mr. Korzynski, who usually oversees soundtracks.
Magic Fly by Space
Way before Daft Punk, France was already producing robot rockers, with slightly crappier costumes.
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.