Boomkat Product Review:
Cut from Ryuichi Sakamoto’s first solo album of the same name, Thousand Knives Of was released in 1978, the same year that Sakamoto’s band, Yellow Magic Orchestra also released their eponymous debut album.
Purportedly the first ever release to use a Roland TR-808, Thousand Knives Of would become a fan favourite of YMO’s live shows. Its Kraftwerkian vocoder intro and mellow, swaying beginnings are cool enough, but allow those hairy guitar chops, please.
The flipside’s Plastic Bamboo, also taken from Sakamoto’s album, makes up for the A-side with a squeaky clean yet greazy sort of Japanese electro-boogie laced with wheezing melodica-like tones and the kind of contoured synths that clearly influenced Heinrich Mueller.