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One Tokyo based DJ’s sonic memoir, spanning two decades of life and music in Japan. "Japan Vibrations Vol. 1" will transport listeners in time to energetic nights at Japan’s legendary club venues and delight with a spirited journey of musical discovery and reflection.

Dive into the exhilarating era of Japan’s electronic dance music scene from the mid ’80s to the mid ’90s, hand-picked by DJ and musical storyteller Alex from Tokyo who pays homage to the trailblazers and innovators who shaped the landscape.

11 newly remastered tracks spanning ambient, downtempo, dub, world beats, deep house, new jazz, and techno. Together they showcase the creative ingenuity and energy of a paradisiac era marked by a symbiotic fusion of international sounds with distinctively Japanese influences. Experience the vibrations of pioneers Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Yasuaki Shimizu. Of culture-shaping forces Hiroshi Fujiwara and Kan Takagi (T.P.O./Major Force), Susumu Yokota (Prism), Silent Poets, Mondo Grosso and Kyoto Jazz Massive. And of new-generation artists CMJK (C.T. Scan), Mind Design, Okihide, and Hiroshi Watanabe (Quadra). The evolution of a scene, a moment, presented with the progression of a DJ set.

Hi-fidelity remastering by sound engineer Isao Kumano (PHONON). License coordination by Ken Hidaka, album artwork by Takehiko Kitahara. Photography by Meisa Fujishiro and Beezer, and from Alex and friends’ personal collections. Pressed by Mother Tongue Records. 

TRACK LISTING

Haruomi Hosono - Ambient Meditation #3
Silent Poets - Meaning In The Tone (’95 Space & Oriental)
Mind Design - Sun
Quadra - Phantom
Yasuaki Shimizu - Tamare-Tamare
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Tibetan Dance (Version)
T.P.O. - Hiroshi’s Dub (Tokyo Club Mix)
Okihide - Biskatta
Mondo Grosso - Vibe PM (Jazzy Mixed Roots) (Remixed By Yoshihiro Okino)
Prism - Velvet Nymph

C.T. Scan - Cold Sleep (The Door Into Summer)


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