Boomkat Product Review:
Alex From Tokyo serves a personal conception of ‘80s-to-‘90s Japanese ambient and dance music, plotted like a DJ mix and studded with charms by Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yasuaki Shimizu, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Kan Takagi, Susumu Yokota, Silent Poets, Mondo Grosso and Kyoto Jazz Massive
A love letter to his adopted home city of decades, ‘Alex From Tokyo Presents Japan Vibrations Vol. 1’ lays out an outsider-insider perspective on native sounds gleaned from many hours spent in Japan’s legendary venues and clubs. Alex From Tokyo is your spirit guide for a journey that opens with a brace of ambient glitter in YMO guy Haruomi Hosno’s ‘Ambient Meditation #3’, and takes in slo-mo downbeat of Silent Poets’ ‘Meaning in Tone (’95 Space & Oriental)’, before shifting gear into spiralling comic synth modes of ’Sun’ by Mind design, and the squashed synth-soul of Quadra’s ‘Phantom’. It only gets perkier form herein, sporting the freestyle-esque swivel of ’Tamare-Tamare’ from Yasuaki Shimizu, and boogie swang of Sakamoto’s ‘Tibetan Dance (Version)’, thru to the swole deep house bass of ‘Hiroshi’s Dub (Tokyo Club Mix)’ from T.P.O., floating ambient breaks by Okihide, Mondo Grosso’s fruity jazz-dance, and atmospheric deep techno-house of Prism and C.T. Scan.