mattnida / Matt Nida

TV producer, musician and podcaster based in London.

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  1. SunEye w/Akiko Yano — In Conversation (03.20.19)

    SunEye is a duo made up of Akiko and Hashim Bharoocha, originally hailing from Tokyo, Japan and now based in Los Angeles. They make electronic music together, and as DJs they specialize in City Pop, Boogie & Funk from Japan, as well as vintage to modern J-Pop.

    They have an internet radio show called “SunEye Radio” on, and a monthly DJ event at the Zebulon club in LA called “SunEye Presents: Tokyo City Nights”. They also have a label called Plant Bass Records.

    This program featured a live interview with Akiko Yano

    When Akiko Suzuki left her home town of Aomori for Tokyo in the early 70s aged just 15 to become a professional musician, she quickly started making waves on the local music scene performing at the jazz club Rob Roy. In 1973 she released a 7″ with the group Zariba and caught the attention of A&R man Koki Miura. She then recorded one song, “Oinaru Shiino-ki” with Haruomi Hosono on bass and drummer Tatsuo Hayashi (who features on many Hosono albums and also Hiroshi Sato’s 1979 album Orient) with a full album in mind. ​ After a marriage with musician/producer Makoto Yano and the birth of her son (named Fuuta), Yano and her team resumed the recording of the album and decided to pitch Little Feat for a collaboration as she loved the group. Against all odds they said yes and Yano left Tokyo for Los Angeles in March 1976 to record a full side with them. The legend has it they found it so difficult to keep up with Yano’s compositions they returned some of their fee. The Session was nevertheless stunning and Lowell George even compared Yano to Stevie Wonder. The Little Feat blend of New Orleans groove matched Yano’s melodies perfectly, as witnessed on “Funamachi-Uta Part 2.” Originally a traditional song from The Nebuta Festival in her hometown of Aomori (part I on side 2 gives a good idea of what the original form sounds like), the Little Feat version is a formidable slow-funk workout not dissimilar to their classic, “Spanish Moon”, serving Yano’s beautiful vocals and sense of groove to perfection. The whole side is a match made in heaven, showcasing the classic Little Feat line up at their funkiest with Yano’s unique Japanese twist. ​ The Japanese side on the album gives a great snapshot of the Tokyo music scene of the 70s with many musicians gravitating around Haruomi Hosono (and present on his 1973 classic album ‘Hosono House’ including sound engineer Kinji Yoshino) and also several musicians from Japanese band, The Moonriders.

    Recorded at the legendary Onkyo Haus studio in Tokyo, the sessions mix singer-songwriter sensitivity and pop with traditional Japanese sounds and instruments like the Shinobue transverse flute, the Koto string instrument or the Tsuzumi hand drum as played on “Hekoriputaa” by the legendary percussionist Kisaku Katada who was appointed Living National Treasure by the Japanese state in 1999; together they create a beautiful east-meets-west mix masterfully driven by Yano’s creativity and unique talent. ​ A breathtaking debut album that made Akiko Yano one of the most important artists to emerge from the 70s, Japanese Girl has since become a milestone in Japanese music with a recent documentary on NHK TV telling the whole story behind this classic. Wewantsounds is now proud to present this essential album to the rest of the world.

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  2. Discreet Music – Pop Ambient | Red Bull Radio

    Sam Hockley-Smith surveys Kompakt’s long-running compilation series, from its debut in 2001 through to the present.

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  3. Discreet Music – Berlin Ambient | Red Bull Radio

    Sam Hockley-Smith surveys the ambient history of Europe’s unofficial techno capital, from Tangerine Dream to Alva Noto and Kangding Ray.

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  4. This Side of Nowhere with Veronica Vasicka – The Women of French ’80s Synth Pop | Red Bull Radio

    We dive into music from the leading women of France’s underground synth pop scene, featuring Nini Raviolette, Deux and X-Ray Pop.

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  5. Emotional Landscapes 10th September 2018 | Listen on NTS

    Playing Experimental, Ambient, Musique Concrete. Maya Kalev paints varied soundscapes in her monthly Emotional Landscapes show, running through a selection of wide and varied ambient music including fourth world, kosmische, dream pop and minimalist compositions…

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  6. Peak Time – Barbara Morgenstern | Red Bull Radio

    Live from RBMA Berlin: A longtime purveyor of heartfelt electronic pop talks the evolution of Berlin DIY and her forthcoming tenth album.

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  7. Some For Harry / A Haruomi Hosono Companion

    “It was really pure art. Pure art. Anyway, producing great works was the ultimate goal; we had eyes for nothing else. We heard nothing else. We still had no sense of society. There was no sense of the masses.” – Haruomi Hosono

    Here now, “Some for Harry,” a celebration and glance at Haruomi Hosono: bass God of Japan, the in-demand producer, the confounding inventor, the soothe-singing crooner and social commentator; an hour of groove, freak-out, electronicalypso and beyond. / b kramer

    Some For Harry / A Haruomi Hosono Companion

    playlist / provenance after the jump …

    Excerpt from “Tube” w/ host Jools Holland – Interview with Harry Hosono, 1980.

    Harry Hosono & The Yellow Magic Band – Shimendoka/四面道歌

    Ayumi Ishida & Tin-Pan-Alley-Family – Watashi Jishin/私自身

    Makoto Kubota & The Sunset Gang – Stardust/星くず

    Harruomi Hosono – Merry Go Round

    Miharu Koshi – L’acqua Sonora/天使に寄す

    Haruomi Hosono – Bara To Yaju/薔薇と野獣

    Harruomi Hosono – In Limbo

    Harry Hosono – Hotel Malabar Ground Floor …Triangle Circuit On The Sea-Forest… (Excerpt from “Cochin Moon”)

    Haruomi Hosono – “Sports Men”

    Towea Tei ft. Kylie Minogue and Haruomi Hosono – GBI (German Bold Italic)

    Sandii – “Zoot Kook”

    Sheena & The Rokkets – Ukabina Peach Girl/浮かびのピーチガール

    Excerpt from “Tube” w/ host Jools Holland – Interview with Harry Hosono, 1980.

    Swing Slow – “Western Boléro”

    Masato Minami – Hateshinai Nagare ni Saku Mune Ipai no Ai (The Tropics)/果てしない流れに咲く胸いっぱいの愛

    World Standard – “Country Sad Ballad Man”

    Happy End – Hana Ichi Monme/花いちもんめ

    Sachiko Kanenobu – Blue Fish/青い魚

    Chu Kosaka ft. Harry Hosono – Arigato/ありがとう

    Yellow Magic Orchestra – “Tighten Up” (“Live” on Soul Train)

    Related: Aquarium Drunkard Mixtape Archives

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