Tag / electro-pop

If anyone knows me, they’d know this album forms a perfect storm of what I dig about music. I love it when someone actually aims to “sell out” by doing it in such a way that everyone is left dumbfounded by the product of that intended vision. There is one “right” way to pull that […]

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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, […]

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/ March 29, 2017 / Comments Off on Urban Dance: Urban Dance (1985)

Urban Dance: Urban Dance (1985)

Even for Haruomi Hosono, Urban Dance is a rare bird. Let me step back. After listening to Friends of Earth and Love, Peace, and Trance I may be incorrect. Urban Dance’s self-titled debut is a rare bird for Japanese electronic music. Produced by Haruomi Hosono, Urban Dance was the rare slice of Japanese music that drew […]

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/ March 13, 2017 / Comments Off on dip in the pool: Retinae (1989)

dip in the pool: Retinae (1989)

Paris in the winter must be a whole lot different than any other time of the year. Yes, the feeling of romance and culture is still there, but the atmosphere to take it all in must impress all sorts of different stimulations. Romance, city and lights, filtered through multiple environmental layers, meet a more distinct cessation […]

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/ March 3, 2017 / Comments Off on Takumi: Meat the Beat (1983)

Takumi: Meat the Beat (1983)

Tokyo, Berlin, London and other points in between, are the locales touched by Meat the Beat an intriguing work from surprisingly prolific (yet largely unknown) Japanese musician Takumi Iwasaki. Eleven songs in total, nine sung in English, two in Germany, with a startling album cover touching on the austere visuals of Berlin-era Bowie, should it be any surprise that what you’ll […]

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/ February 27, 2017 / Comments Off on Peter Richard: Frozen Red (1983)

Peter Richard: Frozen Red (1983)

imeless Italo-disco featuring an album cover its designer could only love, it’s Walter Beinat’s (aka Peter Richard) Frozen Red. The album’s main hook is the unsung club banger “Walking In the Neon.” Nearly seven minutes long, the audacious electronic mix of Hi-NRG, post-punk, and post-disco still gives rise to a constant DJ request: what the hell was that? Quite atmospheric for such […]

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/ February 13, 2017 / Comments Off on Virna Lindt: Shiver (1984)

Virna Lindt: Shiver (1984)

t’s impossible to know how much to believe of Swedish journalist, model, linguist, literary agent, interpreter, and musician Virna Lindt’s backstory. Before the creation of Shiver, it is said that in 1981, while traveling by train to London she met local record producer/artist Tot Taylor and told him of her plan to record an album that would be […]

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/ February 1, 2017 / Comments Off on Mario Acquaviva: Mario Acquaviva EP (1983)

Mario Acquaviva: Mario Acquaviva EP (1983)

ven in the dead of the winter, this sunlit EP of Italian Pop can break through any forecast. One of my favorite finds of the year was this brief, but spectacular, EP by Bolognese musician Mario Acquaviva. What’s in Mario Acquaviva? Its eighteen masterful minutes of ruminative springtime Mediterranean piano pop mixed with all sorts of found […]

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/ January 25, 2017 / Comments Off on Matia Bazar: Tango (1983)

Matia Bazar: Tango (1983)

ot every album reveals itself instantly. It took me a while to recognize how fascinating Tango by Matia Bazar really was. Imagine, for a second, that ABBA didn’t break up after The Visitors. Imagine that they found a way to continue on after that fan demarcation line, and boldly go wherever that new point of inspiration they had, […]

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/ January 20, 2017 / Comments Off on Joe Hisaishi: 吉祥天女 Kichijoutennyo/Kisshō Tennyo (1984)

Joe Hisaishi: 吉祥天女 Kichijoutennyo/Kisshō Tennyo (1984)

  ow here’s someone’s backstory I can’t even begin to try to tackle. To be brief: pioneering Japanese composer and musician/violinist Joe Hisaishi might best be known for his timeless work soundtracking the vast majority of Studio Ghibli’s films and all of Hayao Miyazaki’s oeuvre. We all can fall in love with his music from Princess […]

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