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Various Artists - Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds Of Japan 1980-1988 (Light In The Attic)


RELEASED: 5th March 2021
2 x Black Vinyl

Format:  2 x Black Vinyl
Cat No:  LITA1831

Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds of Japan 1980–1988 hovers vibe–wise between two distinct poles within Light In The Attic’s acclaimed Japan Archival Series—Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980–1990 and Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976–1986. All three albums showcase recordings produced during Japan’s soaring bubble economy of the 1980s, an era in which aesthetic visions and consumerism merged. Music echoed the nation’s prosperity and with financial abundance came the luxury to dream.
Sonically, Somewhere Between mines the midpoint between Kankyō Ongaku’s sparkling atmospherics and Pacific Breeze’s metropolitan boogie. The compilation encompasses ambient pop, underground electronics, liminal minimalism and shadow sounds—all descriptors emphasizing the hazy nature of the nebula. Out–of–focus rhythms wear ethereal accoutrements, ballads are shrouded in static, and angular drums snake skyward on transcendent tones. From the Avant–minimalism of Mkwaju Ensemble and Yoshio Ojima, to the leftfield techno-pop of Mishio Ogawa and Noriko Miyamoto (featuring members of YMO), and highlights from the groundbreaking Osaka underground label Vanity Records, these are blurry constellations defying collective categorization.
Expertly curated by Yosuke Kitazawa and Mark “Frosty” McNeill (dublab), Somewhere Between is a collection of music, much of it released for the first time outside Japan, that is bound more by energetic vibration than shared history, genre or scene. They are the sounds of transition and searching—a celebration of the freedom found in floating.


1. Noriko Miyamoto - Arrows & Eyes
2. Mishio Ogawa - Hikari No Ito Kin No Ito
3. Yoshio Ojima - Days Man
4. Mkwaju Ensemble - Tira-Rin
6. Naoki Asai - Yakan Hikou
7. Takami Hasegawa - Koneko To Watashi
8. Mammy - Mizu No Naka No Himitsu
9. Dip in the Pool - Hasu No Enishi
10. Wha Ha Ha - Akatere
11. D-Day - Sweet Sultan
12. Perfect Mother - Dark Disco-Da·Da·Da·Da·Run
13. Neo Museum - Area
14. Sonoko - Wedding With God (À Nijinski)