It’s been way too long since I uploaded my first Japan City Pop DJ-Mix, which became an overnight success and with 11.600+ listeners to date my most popular mix on Mixcloud by far. It’s really amazing, how many people seem to share my passion for City Pop (シティーポップShitī Poppu), the sound, that emerged from booming urban Japan in the late 70s and early 80 and I want to take once again the opportunity for a very warm-hearted “domo arigato gozai-mashita” (-_-) for all the love and support you have been giving that mix.
This time I start in 1977 with “Summer Connection” of Taeko Ohnuki’s wonderful album “Sun Shower”, play many sun-kissed vibes by Tatsuro Yamashita, Toshiki Kadomatsu, Minako Yoshida, Junko Ohash, Hitomi Tohyama, Noriki, Mariko Tone, Meiko Nakahara, Yoshino Fujimal, Hitomi Tohyama, Hiroshi Satoh, Katsumi Horii, Yurie Kokubu , Makoto Matsushita, Hiroyuki Namba to end the mix with a song called “Sun Shower”, produced in 1989 by Japan’s Proto-House pioneer Soichi Terada, whom I had the pleasure to meet one year ago at the annual Kaga Music Festival. Mixed last night before the maybe hottest day in German history (40°C max) this truly deserves the name “Sunshower Mix”.
And now: enjoy the summer!!!
BTW: I wrote an article for German webmag Bonedo about the art of crate digging in Tokyo record shops, with a few hints for shops and strategies.
(Picture by Gra-chan on location in Tokyo-Gotanda)
1. Taeko Ohnuki – Summer Connection – Pan Am
2. Minako Yoshida – Black Moon – Alfa Records
3. Junko Ohashi – I Love You So – Philips
4. Hitomi Tohyama – High Heel Dancer – Columbia
5. Noriki – Do What You Do – Eastworld
6. Tatsuro Yamashita – Merry-Go-Round – Noon Records
7. Toshiki Kadomatsu – Step Into The Light – Air Records
8. Mariko Tone – Broken Eyes – Bourbon Records
9. Toshiki Kadomatsu – Hatsu Koi (初恋) – Air Records
10. Meiko Nakahara – What’s Going On – Eastworld
11. Yoshino Fujimal – Who Are You – Moon Records
12. Hitomi Tohyama – Let’s Talk In Bed – Columbia
13. Hiroshi Satoh – Sweet Inspiration – Alfa Records
14. Katsumi Horii Project – Hot Corner – Air Records
15. Yurie Kokubu – Dancing Tonight – Air Records
16. Tatsuro Yamashita – Love Talkin’ (Honey It’s You) – Air Records
17. Makoto Matsushita – This Is All I Have For You – Air Records
18. Hiroyuki Namba – City Of Silver Gray – Air Records
19. Nami Shimada & Soichi Terada – Sunshower