Ryuichi Sakamoto, Mariah, Eri Ohno and Colored Music all feature on the two-disc roundup of the cult Japanese label.
More Better Days is due to arrive on July 20th. The catalogue of Better Days, a subsidiary of Columbia Records in Japan, has been resurfacing these past 18 months. Palto Flats's 2015 reissue of the Mariah album Utakata No Hibi was followed by Chee Shimizu's edits of Colored Music, a re-release of Yasuaki Shimizu's Kakashi LP and Rush Hour's Eri Ohno 7-inch. This compilation has material from all those artists plus the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Mkwaju Ensemble and Kazumi Watanabe. Shimizu, the man behind the Organic Music shop, has divided the two-disc CD version of More Better Days into two categories: "avant-wave" and "funky and mellow." Below is the CD tracklist. There will be a vinyl version too, but the tracklist is still TBA.
Disc 1: Avant-Wave
01. Yasuaki Shimizu - Semitori No Hi
02. Mariah - Shonen
03. Mkwaju Ensemble - Tira-Rin
04. Akira Sakata - Meuniere
05. Colored Music - Ei Sei Raku
06. Paradigm Shift - P.S.
07. Yasuaki Shimizu - Yume Dewa
08. Mkwaju Ensemble - Wood Dance
09. Colored Music - Heartbeat
10. Pecker - Kylyn
11. Atsuo Fujimoto's Beat Jazz - Strangers In Island
12. Mariah - Shinzo No Tobira
13. Kazumi Watanabe - Mother Terra
14. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Plastic Bamboo
15. Kyoko Furuya - Harumi Futoh
Disc 2: Funky & Mellow
01. Tamami Koyake - You Wanna Rain
02. Arakawa Band - Funky Fanky
03. Mikio Masuda - Mickey's Samba
04. Shuichi "Ponta" Murakami - Huang Di
05. Eri Ohno - Skyfire
06. Pecker - Concrete Jungle
07. Ryojiro Furusawa - Moonlight Slumber
08. Kiyoshi Sugimoto - Night Train
09. Kazumi Watanabe - Mellow Sunshine
10. Eri Ohno - Living Inside Your Love
11. Kazumi Watanabe - I'll Be There
12. Mikio Masuda - Moon Stone
Better Days will release More Better Days on July 20th, 2016.