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野生の野望: YMO-Related Japanese Pop Mix

This is a compilation (with separate tracks, i.e. not “mixed”) that I gave to some friends last Christmas season as crash course to Hosono/Sakamoto/Takahashi’s pop productions. Had a few people request that I up it here…so, here you go!

Miharu Koshi – “Parallelisme” from Parallelisme
Testpattern – “Souvenir Glacé” from Apres Midi
Yukihiro Takahashi – “Curtains” from Neuromantic
Chakra – “You Need Me” from Satekoso
Tamao Koike – “Automne Dans Un Miroir” from Automne Dans Un Miroir
Yellow Magic Orchestra – “Gradated Grey” from Technodelic
Sandii – “Zoot Koot” From Eating Pleasure
Susan – “I Only Come Out At Night” from The Girl Can’t Help It
Haruomi Hosono – “Sports Man” from Philharmony
Miharu Koshi – “Scandal Night” from Tutu
Haruomi Hosono – “Strange Love” from S.F.X.
Hajime Tachibana – “Rock (New Version)” from Yen Memorial Album
Masami Tsuchiya – “Rice Music” from Rice Music
Ryuichi Sakamoto – “Thatness and Thereness” from B-2 Unit
David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto – “Bamboo Music” from Bamboo Houses
Yellow Magic Orchestra – “Wild Ambitions” from Naughty Boys
Taeko Ohnuki – “Inori” from Alfa/Yen: We Wish You a Merry Christmas

  1. Patrick on August 11th, 2012

    Tsuchiya produced that song and the rest of the album (Sakamoto only plays on “Kafka”). It’s a correction worth noting because Tsuchiya and Ippu-Do were successful without the help of YMO!

  2. Spencer on August 11th, 2012

    ah, you’re right. looking at the liners Sakamoto merely arranged “Kafka”…for some reason i remembered him co-arranging the only album (Hideki Matsutake did the programming however). thanks for the correction.

    Tsuchiya related, this book/flexi combo is really cool:

  3. Lindsay on August 11th, 2012

    thank you so so much for this. i’ve been checking this blog for interesting things / music / art or whatever for years and this has to be one of the best posts (not that everything else isn’t good too!). i hadn’t heard any of this before but 20 seconds into parallelisme and i was in love.

  4. Morgan on November 7th, 2012

    Would love it if you could re-post this! MediaFire says Permission Denied.

  5. Sage on November 10th, 2012

    I was directing some friends to this fabulous mix, and discovered the link was broken.

    I uploaded it for them, and thought I’d leave the links here also:




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  7. Sylvain on January 21st, 2013

    Nippon robots breakdancing in between my ears.
    Awesome. Thanks.

  8. leon on February 15th, 2013

    wonderful. thank you

  9. peppergod on March 22nd, 2013

    Thank you for this brain bath.

  10. Jerry Leibowitz on September 19th, 2013

    Nice compilation. Thank you. Just getting ready to buy a USB turntable and digitize all my Japanese vinyl. I pulled a couple cartons out of storage and spun a few things tonight. Matsutake’s Logic System “Venus”, Chris Mosdell’s “Equasian,” and Takahashi’s and Suzuki’s Beatniks. Love this stuff.

  11. RussellChap on June 21st, 2014

    Tasty. This will help sate my desire for ‘J-ambi-pop’.

  12. Will at 50 Watts on February 9th, 2016

    I was very late in finding this. An impeccable compilation. (Most of it new-to-me, though I have a ton of YMO-related stuff.) I can’t wait to follow all these new leads. THANKS!