Power can manifest itself in many ways. Power isn’t always in the density of something but in the lightness of it. Kenji Omura’s spirited take on funk, sophisticated pop, and so many other smooth genres comes together into one powerful album: Gaijin Heaven. The late, great Kenji Omura, one time or some time YMO guitarist, draws from his background in jazz to create a delectable mix of styles cropping up in Japan in the early ’80s influenced by the sophisticated American urban music being created at that time. What you’ll hear in Gaijin Heaven are ultra-funky groovers slotting alongside ingenious soul covers. What you also get are his own chrome-plated sophisti-pop wonders that help it rise among nameless West Coast-influenced Japanese artists. Huge tinges of Roxy Music’s work in Avalon make Gaijin Heaven a not so distant cousin of it, with its different sort of sublimity in its own expertly polished luster. Perfect for the summer, Gaijin Heaven seems to have been made to soundtrack a gorgeous day outside your friendly confines.