Top Japanese Albums 2011

Best 11 Albums of Difficult Japanese 2011:

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• Off-Beat Singing:

Salyu x Salyu – S(o)un(d)beams (Toy’s Factory)
If Kate Bush continued her vocal experiments from ‘Aerial’  album, one day she might form an extravagant vocal duo with Salyu.

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• J-Beat:

ShinSight Trio “Moonlight Sunrise” (Teichiku)
Shin-Ski, a producer with a Composition graduate. Insight, a rapper with a Y Society diploma. And Ryow, a turntablist from Nagoia. Dream team!

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• J-J Dilla:

Nujabes – Spiritual State (Hydeout)
Great Japanese producer’s first and allegedly last posthumous album. The quintessence of Nujabes’s elegant flair with piano scattered all around it.
http://youtu.be/ndEy2mm56yY

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• Multichannel Rock:

Tokyo Jihen – Daihakken (EMI Music Japan)
‘If the older Tokyo Jihen albums were different TV stations, this must be somebody zapping through them’.
http://youtu.be/LlhTxYYuNmw

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• Scored drone:

Toshio Hosokawa – Landscapes (ECM New Series)
Shō with string background, and without.

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• Dreamwriting:

Caroline – Verdugo Hills (Temporary Residence)
Born in Okinawa, educated in Boston and settled in California records a lovely dream-pop album without much Japanese influences though.

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• J-Step:

Himuro Yoshiteru – 7th Shapeshifting (Bedroom Research)
British have Rustie and his ‘Glass Swords’. Americans got Kuedo’s ‘Severant’. Japan’s irrepressible guide to post-dubstep is Himuro.

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• Lost-Rock:

Vampillia – Alchemic Heart (Important)
Some call them ‘hardcore Arcade Fire’, which is wrong. They prefer to call themselves a ‘brutal orchestra’, which is wrong as well. Try it if you miss the Godspeed You! Black Emperor / A Silver Mt. Zion family.

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• Farewell Ambient:

Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto – Summvs (Raster-Noton)
Noto succumbs to Sakamoto.

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• J-Rap:

Coppu – Twilight (In Ditch)
Wonderfully reserved flow plus the atmosphere you could expect from an album titled ‘Twilight’ and promoted with a single ‘Slumber’.

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• Lost Between Stations:

Toshimaru Nakamura – Maruto (Erstwhile)
Do you ever stop the tuner between stations?

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  1. Kuba pisze:

    Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto – Helo — wciąga!

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