The cult-favourite Japanese record will be available through Palto Flats next month.
The record was originally released on Better Days in 1983, and has experienced a slight revival mainly due to its beguiling single "Shinzo No Tobira." Originally making its way into the bags of DJs via diggers like Organic Music boss Chee Shimizu, that track was included on Swiss DJ Lexx's entry in Claremont 56's Originals series and wrapped up Lena Willikens' RA Podcast. Recently, Tako Reyenga discussed the album's writer/producer, Yasuaki Shimizu, in a Playing Favourites feature.
Shimizu also worked with Yellow Magic Orchestra members Ryuichi Sakamoto and Haruomi Hosono, the latter of whom's early-'80s work has also been repressed as of late. NYC-based Palto Flats calls Utakata No Hibi "a masterful studio production of Japanese folk and pop idioms filtered through a chamber disco, new wave and synth production." The LP is fully licensed by Columbia Japan as well as Shimizu, has been remastered by Dubplates and Mastering and includes English translations of the LP's lyrics as well as additional artwork by the original jacket artist, Yla Okudaira.
Listen to samples below.
B1 Hana Ga Saltara
C1 Fujiyu Na Nezumi
C2 Sora Ni Mau Maboroshi
D1 Shinzo No Tobira
Palto Flats will release Utakata No Hibi on September 18th, 2015.