City Pop S/D

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From RYM:
City Pop is a breezy, mellow mixture of Smooth Jazz and AOR, often with additional elements of Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Funk or Boogie. Commonly cited as a facet of the prosperous "bubble economy"-era in Japan, City Pop is essentially a "mood" or "lifestyle" genre which appealed to an older and more affluent Japanese audience during the 1980s. Thematically, City Pop reflects a life of luxury in a sophisticated urban environment (see Toshiki Kadomatsu's Weekend Fly to the Sun album and its song titles: "Office Lady", "Rush Hour", "Brunch", etc.).

Also happens to be a big influence on vaporwave/future funk/mallsoft records. Guilty pleasure/duh this obviously awesome chill smooth music.

Eiichi Ohtaki (大瀧詠一) - A Long Vacation (1981)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0T2z8u9XFm0

Tatsuro Yamashita - For You (1982)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2wjCX81CHM

Hosono/Suzuki/Yamashita - Pacific (1978)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSCwoYcp0IY

What else??

Dominique, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 02:20 (four years ago) link

Japanese Yacht Rock

MarkoP, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 03:54 (four years ago) link

rym has a lot of resources on the genre in general. here's one i've been into recently.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rampKT5tINo

hypnic jerk (rushomancy), Wednesday, 29 June 2016 11:37 (four years ago) link

tatsuro yamashita is such a beach boys nerd he was covering "guess i'm dumb" in _1983_.

hypnic jerk (rushomancy), Wednesday, 29 June 2016 11:41 (four years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmScAoPrg_I

hypnic jerk (rushomancy), Wednesday, 29 June 2016 11:44 (four years ago) link

that Sandii is cool -- it seems like ABBA was a big thing for a lot of these guys

Dominique, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 13:53 (four years ago) link

Tasuro Yamashita's 'Yellow Cab' is all time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwqMMtXI2Gs

MaresNest, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:12 (four years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QuYQEFEeKU

J. Sam, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:17 (four years ago) link

prob a lot of overlap with this thread: '80s japanese boogie/r&b/freestyle

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:24 (four years ago) link

This site is a precious resource:

http://convertibletoyokohama.com/

Not sure if many of the links have survived tho

J. Sam, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:25 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8S6zwPR3QDo

Graydon's solo here sounds like a Peg outtake

calstars, Friday, 8 January 2021 21:34 (two weeks ago) link


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