Japan’s hedonistic ’80s sound is captured perfectly in this all-vinyl mix.
If you like your music oozing cosmopolitan class and shimmering in neon-hued funk, then city pop might be the style for you. The unique brand of ’80s Japanese boogie has received its fair share of attention over the past few years thanks to a slew of reissues and mixtapes. Revelling in urban glamour and tales of late-night excess, city pop brought a new element to the Japanese funk and disco sound with a bleary-eyed hedonism underlying the tracks’ infectious electronic grooves.
Now, the YouTube channel My Analog Journal have put together a sensational 15-track mix of some of the most obscure Japanese city pop, jazz and soul around. Played directly from vinyl, it will be sure to turn the headiest diggers amongst your friends green with envy. For the rest of us, it’s a beautiful primer to the unique sound emanating from Japan during the buzz of the ’80s. Listen in full above and check out the tracklist below.
Tatsuro Yamashita – Dancer
Junko Ohashi – クリスタル・シティー
Marlene – The Cheater
Hitomi “Penny” Tohyama – Tuxedo Connection
Toshiki Kadomatsu – I Can’t Stop The Night
Hitomi “Penny” Tohyama – Sexy Robot
Anri – Cat’s Eye (New Take)
Tatsuro Yamashita – Love Space
Noriko Miyamoto – 熱い風
大上留利子 (Ruriko Ohgami) – ふわりふわふわ
Mai Yamane – My Saturday Man
大上留利子 (Ruriko Ohgami) – Sexy Woman
Yasuha – Thinking of You
Kimiko Kasai – Use Me
柳ジョージ + Nadjaバンド – Dream Racer 1