japanese compilations: s&d

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i'm curious about the Cafe Apres Midi series I just read about on another thread... anything else in a similar vein (or not) that anyone could recommend?

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 22:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

oh and is anyone familiar with any of those Sound Concierge mixes by the Plastic Fantastic Machine dude? any good?

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 22:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The Cafe Apres Midi series is very good if your taste runs to soft pop, samba tinged jazz, MPB, and easy listening. Dusty Groove has a lot of them still available. In addition to their usual compilations, they've put together some good label and single artists retrospectives. I especially like the ones on El, Cherry Red, and Crepuscule.

Haven't heard the Sound Concierge series.

Ice Cream Electric (Ice Cream Electric), Wednesday, 15 November 2006 01:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I think there are about 6 discs in the Sound Concierge series by now. I only have #404 "Electric Carnival", but it's pretty serious. Here's a tracklisting:

1. Bushes(FPM?fs Telecaster Mix)(Markus Nikolai)
2. Birthday(Junior Boys)
3. Man With Guitar(Man With Guitar)
4. The One(Main Mix)(Next Evidence)
5. Da Hype(Extended Vocal Version)(Junior Jack feat.Robert Smith)
6. Nasty(Main Mix)(The Ripoff Artist)
7. Me And Giuliani Down By The School Yard(A True Story)(!!!)
8. Three Girl Rhumba(Play Paul?fs(Rock Me If Possible)Club Mix)(Klonhertz)
9. David(Tim Deluxe Mix)(Gus Gus)
10. Saturday 7.15(Fafa Monteco)
11. The Roof Is On Fire(Christopher Just Mix)(WestBam)
12. Batucada(BTA)
13. In The Sky(Joey Negro Red Sky Club Edit)(Ernest Saint Laurent)
14. Strings Of Life(Danny Krivit?fs Extended Edit)(Soul Central)
15. Hale No Sola Sita~La Yellow Samba~(FPM Punky Samba Mix)(PE?fZ)

J-rock (Julien Sandiford), Wednesday, 15 November 2006 04:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Prego 99 Campmaster (on Trattoria) is great.

On a personal note (shameless plug), I've just finished an album with Hideki Kaji - he's contributed to loads of these comps. He just keeps churning out these great songs.

The Yukari Fresh Cityrama remix/cover version album is another good one.

Jez (Jez), Wednesday, 15 November 2006 12:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink


This may not be the best example of a comp, but it certainly gets my vote for its supa-cool cover art.

christoff (christoff), Wednesday, 15 November 2006 16:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Probably not what you're looking for, but this fucking rocks:


Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 15 November 2006 16:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I quite enjoyed the Usagi-Chang Superstar!!! series (vols 1-3), which cover practically all bases of JPN's elepop, electro disco and hyper-indie scenes. Bluebadge's Pop Comes Up! discs are also cool. Supporting vote for Trattoria's comps also

Badrock Example (Barima), Wednesday, 15 November 2006 16:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

eight years pass...

oh and is anyone familiar with any of those Sound Concierge mixes by the Plastic Fantastic Machine dude? any good?
― Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Tuesday, November 14, 2006 4:28 PM (8 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yes. An embarassment of riches. Like maybe the best DJ mix albums I've heard.

Fancy Fantasies (Old Lunch), Friday, 11 September 2015 13:16 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Still can't believe this thread is the only place the Sound Concierge albums have been discussed (and that there's no Fantastic Plastic Machine thread at all). Listening to Sound Concierge #702 right now and it is so mind-blowingly good. I do kind of unreservedly love everything Tomoyuki Tanaka has been involved with, though.

CeCe Penistongs (Old Lunch), Friday, 21 October 2016 14:01 (one year ago) Permalink

oh damn I forgot about those. will have to check 'em out because yeah, dude's taste is incredible

frogbs, Friday, 21 October 2016 15:46 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Have 401 and 403 on their way to me. The ones with more dance music look less appealing. I found Hiroshi Fujiwara - Hiroshi's Kick Back (Private Mix) Vol.1 and 2 secondhand. Well recommended.

mmmm, Monday, 21 November 2016 18:07 (one year ago) Permalink

Crue-L Future, Post Newnow - Crue-L Classic Remixes Vol.II and Crue-L Café good in a modern disco/Balearic way.

mmmm, Monday, 21 November 2016 18:09 (one year ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Also probably not what you're looking for but there is an amazing series documenting the Japanese psychedelic noise underground called
Tokyo Flashback. I think it's up to Vol.10 or so now. Anyway, I freaking LOVE 'em.

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Friday, 21 April 2017 12:43 (nine months ago) Permalink

Tokyo Flashback comps look interesting. I guess they aren't available to stream anywhere. I have this, but not played it yet..
Various ‎– Tokyo Invasion Volume 1: Cosmic Kurushi Monsters

mmmm, Friday, 21 April 2017 16:37 (nine months ago) Permalink

Its a Virgin issued comp.

mmmm, Friday, 21 April 2017 16:37 (nine months ago) Permalink

this is forthcoming, should be cool

P.S.F. artists have come together to create a special compilation album of unreleased music to benefit the family of the late label founder Hideo Ikeezumi. Disk Union Japan is doing a 2CD version out this May and Black Editions will be issuing a special 4LP version to follow.

Artists on the compilation include:
White Heaven
Kazuo Imai
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
maher shalal hash baz
Kim Doo Soo
à qui avec Gabriel
Masayoshi Urabe
Keiji Haino
Overhang Party
Keiko Higuchi
High Rise
Makoto Kawashima
Go Hirano
Hideaki Kondo

tylerw, Friday, 21 April 2017 16:44 (nine months ago) Permalink

that is one fine looking release

niels, Saturday, 22 April 2017 10:04 (nine months ago) Permalink

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