One of my absolute favorite things is Japanese disco. So smooth, so sugary…like Fun Dip in musical form. Makes you wanna scream. Tatsuro Yamashita is one of my musical heroes, as he also founded the classic Japanese group Sugar Babe about seven years before this. Pop genius.
The next yer darling mix is in the works—it features lots of danceable Japanese finds, particularly disco-era numbers, along with some Italo disco (including a track by a parliamentary porn star) and loads of other tracks primarily from 1979-1985.
Stay tuned for that… in the meantime, here’s a taste. Truly great Japanese disco pop, with one of the catchiest choruses ever, from Tatsuro Yamashita’s short-lived group Sugar Babe. A well-loved track in Japan (the reissue record even features a karaoke version!)