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|1.||Hitomi Tohyama - "Exotic Yokogao" (4:30)|
|2.||Hitomi Tohyama - "Wanna Kiss" (4:29)|
|3.||Mizuki Koyama - "Kareniwa-Kanawanai" (4:30)|
|1.||Junko Ohashi - "Dancin'" (4:23)|
|2.||Junko Ohashi - "Sensual Night" (3:24)|
|3.||Kaoru Akimoto - "Dress Down" (4:28)|
|1.||Aru Takamura - "I'm In Love" (4:26)|
|2.||Mariko Tone - "Broken Eyes" (4:47)|
|3.||Rie Murakami - "TNT" (4:22)|
|1.||RA MU - "Love Is The Work Of Mind" (4:52)|
|2.||Kikuchi Momoko - "Mystical Composer" (4:58)|
|3.||Yumi Seino - "Sky Restaurant" (3:42)|
When it comes to shining a light on obscure regional disco and boogie scenes, the crate diggers behind Cultures of Soul are rarely beaten. Their latest killer compilation gathers together little known boogie, electrofunk and J-pop released in Japan between 1981 and 1988. It's predictably brilliant from start to finish, with the squelchy synth bounce and bi-lingual vocals of Hitomi Tohyama's "Wanna Kiss" and the mid-'80s Madonna vibes of Kaoru Akimoti's "Dress Down" amongst the highlights. What's perhaps most impressive is the comparative quality of the tunes; aside from Japanese language vocals, most sound like they could have been recorded and released by New York or Los Angeles-based artists, rather than Tokyo ones. As the old cliche goes, this is "all killer, no filler".
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