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Haruomi Hosono – Close To You (2010)

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Like Ryuichi Sakamoto, Haruomi (Harry) Hosono first gained global recognition as one third of the electronic music group Yellow Magic Orchestra. In 2010, postrock maverick Jim O’Rourke had the genius idea of producing All Kinds of People: Love Burt Bacharach, a tribute album to 60s lounge don Burt Bacharach. Yes, I kid you not. The LP features guest vocalists Kahimi Karie, Yoshimi, and several other venerable Japanese artists, including Hosono, who gets a helping drum hand from Wilco’s Glenn Kotche on the classic ‘Close To You’.

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David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Forbidden Colours (1983)

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David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto

A slow start to the first full working week of the New Year – feeling a little sluggish after two weeks of festivities. Plenty of time for resolutions to sort that out, but for now it’s the haunting moodiness of ‘Forbidden Colours’ composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto with lyrics from David Sylvian. The song is the vocal version of the main theme music of Nagisa Oshima’s movie Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. The film featured David Bowie, who has always been a great influence on Sylvian’s artistry.

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Ryuichi Sakamoto – Bibo No Aozora (1996)

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The closing scene of the Alejandro González Iñárritu’s movie Babel features the sound of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s ‘Bibo no Aozora’. This hauntingly beautiful instrumental is a world apart from Sakamoto’s early work with electronica pioneers Yellow Magic Orchestra. The Magic Numbers would borrow heavily from this piece for their song ‘The Pulse’ in 2010.

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