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Tokyo Nights
Record Collector. .475 (Jan. 2018): p108.
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Tokyo Nights


Culture s Of Soul COSO 21 (LP)

Japan's boogie nights

As Japan's economic boom reached its peak in the 80s, its music scene began to reflect the new-found wealth and optimism of the metropolitan elite. A new genre, City Pop, emerged, presenting a grab-bag of US styles (disco, boogie, soul and AOR) and lyrically reflecting contemporary concerns; chiefly the single life, city living and weekend escapes to the beach.

Culled from a variety of the scene's female artists, Cultures Of Soul's overview does an excellent job of cherry picking its highlights. Sung in a mixture of Japanese and English and chock-full of brash, liquid-synth basslines and exultant vocals, Hitomi Tohyama's Wanna Kiss is an excellent example of the type of joyful, Immaculately crafted boogie on offer. Junko Ohashi's iridescent Dancin' adds a thick slab of electro to the mix, while the riot of 80s synths and sax solos that constitutes Kaoru Akimoto's Dress Down is taken to another level by a chorus catchy enough to induce severe karaoke envy.

It's hard not get swept up in the sheer positivity of It all, or to avoid experiencing an odd sense of nostalgia-by-proxy for a scene whose brash production values and memorable choruses present a neat Japanese refraction of their 80s western pop counterparts. Paul Bowler

Source Citation   (MLA 8th Edition)
Bowler, Paul. "Tokyo Nights." Record Collector, Jan. 2018, p. 108. Fine Arts and Music Collection, Accessed 22 Feb. 2019.

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