Midnight In Tokyo Vol. 1 includes cuts from Piper, Colored Music and Mariah singer Yumi Murata.
The collection of Japanese disco, boogie and soul was compiled by label boss Toshiya Kawasaki and includes music by Nobuo Yagi, cult City Pop band Piper and Colored Music, to name a few. (The latter group's music was edited and reissued by Chee Shimizu earlier this year.) Mule says Aru Takamura's "Koi Wa Saiko (I'm In Love)," can be thought of as "the Japanese answer to Cheryl Lynn's 'Got To Be Real,'" and that "Live Hard, Live Free," by Eri Ohno, could be compared with Chaka Khan's "I Know You, I Live You."
Kuniyuki Takahashi, who released Newwave Project on Mule Musiq earlier this year, mastered the 13-track set, presumably the first in a series. It follows another Japanese archival release from the Mule camp: a reissue of jazz pianist Fumio Itabashi's 1982 album Watarase.
Listen to clips over at Forced Exposure.
01. Nobuo Yagi - Mi Mi Africa
02. Nobuyuki Shimizu - Silver Spot
03. Piper - Samba Night
04. Haruko Kuwana - Akogareno Sundown
05. Aru Takamura - Koi Wa Saikou (I'm In Love)
06. Honma Express - What The Magic Is To Try
07. Colored Music - Colored Music
08. Shohjo-Tai & Red Bus St Project - Electric City
09. Hitomi Tohyama - Love Is The Competition
10. Yumi Murata - Krishna
11. Eri Ohno - Live Hard, Live Free
12. Minnie - Rocket 88
13. Shoody - Tokyo Melody
Studio Mule will release Midnight In Tokyo Vol. 1 on January 26th, 2018.