Oto No Wa: Selected Sounds of Japan 1988​-​2018

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    Tracklisting:

    1. Yoshio Ojima – Sealed
    2. Olololop – Mon (orte Remix)
    3. Kazuya Kotani – Fatima
    4. Schadaraparr – N.I.C.E. Guy (Nice Guitar Dub)
    5. Little Tempo – Frostie
    6. Karel Arbus & Eiji Takamatsu – Coco & The Fish
    7. Kentaro Takizawa – Gradual Life (Album Version)
    8. Yoshiaki Ochi – Balasong
    9. Kaoru Inoue – Wave Introduction
    10. Little Big Bee – Scuba (Original Version)
    11. Coastlines – East Dry River
    12. Susumu Yokota – Uchu Tanjyo
    13. Chillax – Time And Space
    14. Takashi Kokubo – Quiet Inlet

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    TRACK LISTING
    A
    1. Yoshio Ojima – Sealed
    2. Olololop – Mon (orte Remix)
    3. Kazuya Kotani – Fatima
    B
    1. Schadaraparr – N.I.C.E. Guy (Nice Guitar Dub)
    2. Little Tempo – Frostie
    3. Karel Arbus & Eiji Takamatsu – Coco & The Fish
    4. Kentaro Takizawa – Gradual Life (Album Version)
    C
    1. Yoshiaki Ochi – Balasong
    2. Kaoru Inoue – Wave Introduction
    3. Little Big Bee – Scuba (Original Version) 4. Coastlines – East Dry River
    D
    1. Susumu Yokota – Uchu Tanjyo
    2. Chillax – Time And Space
    3. Takashi Kokubo – Quiet Inlet

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about

For the fifth entry in our Collector’s Series we enlist the skills of Japan-based musical connoisseurs, Ken Hidaka, Max Essa, and Dr. Rob.
Their compilation Oto No Wa sets out to map the evolution of chilled Japanese sounds across 3 decades. Collecting 14 tracks, produced by a wide range of artists. From ambient pioneers to dance-floor veterans.

Roping in 9-piece reggae band, Little Tempo, percussionist Kotani Kazuya, and organic, psychedelic collective, Olololop.
Beginning in the late 1980s, the era when “environmental music” became prevalent, there’s Yoshio Ojima’s cool computer-generated Sealed. The compilation also includes later work by his contemporaries Takashi Kokubo and Yoshiaki Ochi. Theirs are compositions designed for art galleries and museum installations. “BGM” built from emerging technology, and / or counterpoint tapped out expertly on sticks and stones.

The 90s give us the seminal electronics of Susumu Yokota, and the solar-flare strut of Scha Dara Parr - Japan’s answer to The Beastie Boys. Here, remixed by the legendary Major Force. Moving into the 21st century we have the post-house productions of Flower Records. Kentaro Takizawa’s oceanic Gradual Life, and Little Big Bee’s colourful coral reef-diving Scuba.
Fellow traveller, Kaoru Inoue’s “Kyushu kosmische”. Representing the next decade are Flower Records’ current rising stars, Coastlines, who calmly combine classic fusion, library music, and gentle nova bossa nova rhythms. Alongside them are the sun-baked electro-acoustics of Karel Arbus & Eiji Takamatsu, plus Chillax’ previously unreleased epic analog / modular jam.
All of these selections are the result of some serious digging but more importantly they represent physical connections made during Ken’s 20-plus-year career in the Biz and Max’ decade of DJing all over Japan. Music made by folks interviewed by Rob at the websites, Test Pressing and Ban Ban Ton Ton. Friendships forged at Lone Star - the trio’s long-running party, which takes place every month at Bar Bonobo in Harajuku.
Thanks for listening,
Ken Hidaka, Max Essa, Dr. Rob & The Music For Dreams-team

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released March 27, 2020

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Music for Dreams is is a sonic kaleidoscope of musical tones and colours. The corner stone of MFD is the globally appealing sound and encompassing range of genres spanning from danceable balearic and electronic to beautiful ambient music.

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