Image 1983 - 1998 by Susumu Yokota
Formats: CD (BAY 9CD) Limited Edition Vinyl LP (BAY 9V) Digital (BAY 9E)
Release Date: 13 September 1999
Susumu Yokota has earned praise for his super-funky blend of house, techno, disco, jazz and breaks, with releases on Japan's Sublime Records, among others. "[He] has more ideas in the space of one album than most house producers have in their entire careers" said Mixmag of 1999, his most recent album on Sublime.
The Leaf Label has licensed Image 1983-1998, a collection of mainly acoustic and oddly moving instrumental and vocal pieces from Yokota's own Skintone label. It's a very personal project, representing a very different side to his musical persona to the one you may already be aware of. Five of the tracks were recorded with guitars and organs in 1983-4, the remainder were inspired by those songs and were recorded in 1997-8. There are already another two Skintone albums ready to go, both in very different styles. Yokota is proving increasingly difficult to pin down, which can only be a good thing as far as we're concerned.
Already synonymous with dance music in Japan, Yokota first attracted worldwide attention back in '92 with Frankfurt-Tokyo Connection on Harthouse. Since then he has enjoyed a prolific career as both a DJ and recording artist, working under a host of pseudonyms, including 246, Ringo and Prism (for Sublime and Reel Musiq) and Stevia' (for NSCom). 'Morino Gakudan' and 'Kawano Hotorino Kinoshitade' were included on the Osmosis sampler.
The vinyl version of Image is limited to 1,000 copies.