Japanese producer axion117 gives us some Sketches for his new album. Looking for some albums from this year, I spotted this gem on Bandcamp. axion117 aka Shuya Sato is a Japanese producer and his latest album, Sketches, is fantastic. Sharp chops of pitched down 80s funk records are his MO and he executes this with the technique of a samurai. I don’t say this because…

Brazilian musician Ed Motta compiles a mix of cool Japanese “City Pop”. Japanese representations of Western music always add a new edge and come out sounding better in ways. City Pop is musical menagerie of styles, taking from J-Pop, soft rock, AOR, and bits of funk and boogie. Ed Motta compiled a fine mix showcasing the cool vibes of City Pop. Any producers with a…

Tokyo’s beat maestro bugged shows us his Street Mentality. Some of the best art comes from a limited palette. Street Mentality is such a piece, made up of 12 beats sampling only 5 jazz records. The tracks thread together like an urban tapestry; gritty and unpolished in its limitations. Bugseed thrives in this kind of musical environment and manages to eke every last breath out of the…

Nitsua is his name. Japan is the setting. Superb beats is the game. Lost In Translation is the track… and you’ve got to hear this. Out of the colossal shadow Nujabes cast both in life and posthumously with his legendary stable hydeout productions and all of his art comes something of a reincarnation, one that is familiar in spirit yet stands alone from its previous form.  A…

Get down to some Japanese funk from the 80s with this two-part mix on YouTube. When it comes to technological advancement and musical adaptation, Japan are light years ahead. During the 80s, they provided some fantastic jazz and pop renditions and still do so today but where many music buffs find gold are in the funk/boogie/rare groove records from the Land of the Rising Sun….

Enigmatic producer AFTA-1 drops _UNDFND in the future. Sort of. Maybe I’ve had my head in the sand for the past year or so but I’ve heard very little about AFTA-1 up until recently and what a way to pique my interest. _UNDFND is a gorgeous ensemble of well-crafted compositions, each track meandering into the other with the smoothness of silk. There’s a double element…

Remember the time… Michael Jackson visited Isao Tomita in Japan during his Bad tour and got wasted on sake? Nah, me neither. It would have been Michael Jackson’s 56th birthday this year, it’s already 5 years since his passing in June and yet there is still so much we don’t know about the King of Pop or we’ve forgotten because the media have forwarded their…

We gave Languid’s latest track “Farewell” a listen, taken from the “Six Deep” compilation by Rootnote Collective. It’s been far too long since we last heard a full release from Languid but we’ll make do with this gem. Farewell sees the UK producer back on his Japanese tip, high on the treble with plenty of crazy chops in between. Amongst the other artists on the…