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Various - Alfa/Yen Records 1980-1987: Techno Pop and Other Electronic Adventures in Tokyo (LP)

Various - Alfa/Yen Records 1980-1987: Techno Pop and Other Electronic Adventures in Tokyo (LP)

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Recording technology was completely revolutionized in the 80s by the multitrack recorder, with the popularity of 24-channel SSL consoles sweeping the world. Japanese pop music created during this wave of digital improvement is now recognized worldwide as "City Pop." Techno Pop was another offshoot born of the same revolution. Precise, computer-controlled beats produced by groups like Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) introduced a different type of sound to the masses. By now, these works have been brought into the international limelight and continue to be a major influence on today's music.

At the center of Tokyo's Techno Pop scene was ALFA/YEN Records. The label left behind an impressive body of work, but much of it wasn't made widely available... until now! This new, definitive compilation focuses on the music archives of the YEN Records catalog, available for the first time exclusively at Light in the Attic. This is a true celebration of Japan's Techno Pop scene of the 80s, reissued with the intent that future generations, internationally, will be able to discover, enjoy, and appreciate ALFA/YEN and it's significant contributions to the sonic landscape of the 80s and beyond. ALFA/YEN The label was established by Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi in May 1982, within Alfa Records. For Haruomi Hosono, it was a long-awaited label driven by producers and artists, and for Yukihiro Takahashi, he enjoyed experimenting with his works at a private studio. The label continued to release high-quality works not just by YMO and related artists but also unique artists such as Hajime Tachibana and Jun Togawa, and cutting-edge bands such as Testpattern and Interior. Unfortunately, the label ended in May 1985, but it's success led to a later boom in indie labels, and it continues to have a profound impact on Japanese music.

1 Seoul Music - Yellow Magic Orchestra
2 Zoot Kook - Sandii
3 Sakisaka to Momonai No Gokigen Ikaga One Two Three - You An' Me Orgasmus Orchestra
4 Drip Dry Eyes - Yukihiro Takahashi
5 Suki-Suki-Daisuki - Jun Togawa
6 Parallelisme - Miharu Koshi
7 Bikkuri Party No Theme - Haruomi Hosono & Yukihiro Takahashi
8 Sakasa Kenjin Eagas - Apogee & Perigee
9 Yumemiru Yakusoku - Haruomi Hosono
10 Rock - Hajime Tachibana
11 Riot in Lagos - Ryuichi Sakamoto
12 Radarman - Jun Togawa
13 Platonic - Haruomi Hosono
14 Beat the Rap- Super Eccentric Theater
15 Rap Phenomena - Yellow Magic Orchestra
16 Lexington Queen - Ryuichi Sakamoto
17 Chanel No #5 No on the Rock - Sheena
18 Beach Girl - Testpattern
19 Flashback - Yukihiro Takahashi
20 Automne Dans Un Miroir - Tamao Koike
21 Ascending - Interior

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