Boomkat Product Review:
The Leaf Label has licensed Image 1983-1998, a collection of mainly acoustic and oddly moving instrumental and vocal pieces from Yokota's own Skintone label.
"Susumu Yokota has earned praise for his super-funky blend of house, techno, disco, jazz and breaks, with releases on Japan's Sublime Records, among others.
'Image 1983-1998' is a very personal project, representing a very different side to his musical persona to the one you may already be aware of. Five of the tracks were recorded with guitars and organs in 1983-4, the remainder were inspired by those songs and were recorded in 1997-8. There are already another two Skintone albums ready to go, both in very different styles. Yokota is proving increasingly difficult to pin down, which can only be a good thing as far as we're concerned.
Already synonymous with dance music in Japan, Yokota first attracted worldwide attention back in '92 with Frankfurt-Tokyo Connection on Harthouse. Since then he has enjoyed a prolific career as both a DJ and recording artist, working under a host of pseudonyms, including 246, Ringo and Prism (for Sublime and Reel Musiq) and Stevia' (for NSCom). 'Morino Gakudan' and 'Kawano Hotorino Kinoshitade' were included on the Osmosis sampler."