Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986

Various Artists - Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986
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Based on 4 reviews
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Based on 19 ratings
May 3, 2019 / Release Date
Compilation / Format
Light in the Attic / Label
City Pop / Genres
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Easily the best compilation of Japanese city pop ranging from 1976-1986 that I’ve heard all year.
I'm not as opinionated on the new 'Light in the Attic' compilations, they're all great, and it's hard to have one when each track is compiled with perfectionism is in mind. However, this record definitely feels more consistent than 'Kankyõ Ongaku' with a very nice personality raining across front-to-back. I'm less interested in the more passable songs near mid way and end but expect many many hooks. Very nice, very cleanly produced city pop.
Honestly, I found this compilation to be a little underwhelming in comparison to the excellent Kankyõ Ongaku, but there are still some solid tunes here if you're looking for your city pop fix. I do however think the vaporwave/future funk scene is doing more interesting stuff than the source material presents on its own.
My city pop itch has been finally cured by this release.
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Track List

  1. I Say Who - Tomoko Soryo
  2. Kusuri Wo Takusan - Taeko Ohnuki
  3. Midnight Driver - Minako Yoshida
  4. Subterranean Futari Bocci - Nanako Sato
  5. Sports Men - Haruomi Hosono
  6. Coffee Rumba - Izumi Kobayashi
  7. In My Jungle - F.O.E.
  8. Sun Bathing - Akira Inoue, Hiroshi Sato, Masataka Matsutoya
  9. Say Goodbye - Hiroshi Satoh
  10. Drip Dry Eyes - Yukihiro Takahashi
  11. Bamboo Vendor - Masayoshi Takanaka
  12. Lady Pink Panther - Shigeru Suzuki
  13. Bride of Mykonos - Haruomi Hosono, Takahiko Ishikawa, Masataka Matsutoya
  14. L.A. Night - Yasuko Agawa
  15. Exotic Yokogao - Hitomi Tohyama
  16. Machibouke - Tazumi Toyoshima
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Added on: March 23, 2019