So you must always listen to the albums and never buy blindfolded if I may say so! hahah Or you'll be in for some surprises!
There is some Japanese Funk and even more Japanese jazz-funk in case you're also interested in that genre.
You can start with these few examples but I'm sure you'll get more references from my fellow funkologists!
MYX only released one LP but it's pretty good all around.
MYX Dance (Everybody Get Up)
MYX Let me Love You
Tatsuro Yamashita is a major artist in Japan, the guy has 24 albums under his belt!!!
He's got a nice voice (which is not the case with all Japanese artists imho) here are two songs but there are so much more.. I'll let you dig and check by yourself.
Merry-Go-Round is one of my favourites in J-Funk
Spectrum is a band which at times sounds a lot like EWF which is not a bad sound to mesure yourself to...
Long Train Runnin
Toshiki Kadomatsu another Japanese pop star
Step Into The Light
If You Wanna Dance Tonight
Yasuko Agawa recorded 23 albums!!! She recorded a lot of good stuff but the one LP that everyone wants is the one she recorded with the L.A. Boppers as backing band and produced by Augie Johnson (Side Effect) The name of this album is "Gravy"
Out of this LP is one gem of a track : L.A. Nights
Toshinobu Kubota another funky artist from the land of the rising sun
Dance If You Want It
Bubble Gum Brothers A fun band by a duo of stand up comedians who produced a couple of great songs...
Yappa JB (tribute to the Godfather)
Won't Be Long (nice video that shows life in the streets of Tokyo)
And my favouriyte video : Torokel Lady (a real must see)
Got plenty more but you've got to digest these ones first and I've got to get me a drink Hahahaha
Loyal to none
Some artists I already knew for an Ed Motta AOR mix from a few months back
From what I've heard I think I'm leaning toward the City Pop genre as I've seen it's called
Like Junko Ohashi '' Dancin' "
And, man, thank you for the tip on that ''Gravy'' LP, never kenw it was a LA Boppers collaboration, I really dig it.
Do you have any advices on more affordable records even recent reissues or compilations ? I've been looking over the web and so far I've found two compilations : Lovin' Mighty Fire with that monster track from Junko Ohashi '' Dancin' '' and another one called '' Super City Pop '', can't tell you the names on this one as there are only audio snippets, but no artists for each tracks only this in the bio : ''Aru Takamara, Hitomi ''Penny'' Tohyama, Junko Ohashi, Junko Yagami, Kaoru Akimoto, Masaki Ueda, Makato Matsushita, Seaside Lovers''
Both compilations are not bad from what I've heard but I NEED MORE AAHAHHA
I hope you'll have a good drink for me too !
You'll have to be patient sometimes to snatch them!
There's also an album worth getting if you have a chance (because it's pretty expensive) and it's "Boogie Train" by Funky Bureau.
About compilations I am so unaware about them that I am discovering the ones you mentioned! hahaha
Thanks for the tip because you are absolutely right. You can never get too much of them!
Loyal to none
''He was highly successful in the late 1980s and early 1990s, first promoted as a teen idol. Okamura also claimed during this time that he was most inspired by the singers Seiko Matsuda and Prince"
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