The remastered edition includes liner notes from Haruki Murakami.
The record by the Yellow Magic Orchestra member and Academy Award-winning film composer was originally released in 1998, its title an acronym for Back To The Basics. It was a commercial hit in Japan but has been tough to find outside of the country since. BTTB consists of Debussy and Satie-influenced piano pieces and includes the well-known "Energy Flow." The 20th anniversary edition of BTTB comes via Milan, the label that handled Sakamoto's well-loved 2017 full-length async, along with the accompanying remix album.
The remastered edition comes with notes from famed Japanese author Haruki Murakami, who recently DJ'd on Tokyo Radio. He writes:
Personal and intimate music—somebody (an anonymous somebody) sitting alone in front of the school piano early in the morning, weaving a melody, exploring harmonies. Music that gradually fills a space with high ceilings that contains the wafting presence of rain. But music that leaves gaps where necessary. Once in a while, we need music like this and this way of being...no, perhaps all the time. We need it as much as we need hot black coffee at the break of dawn and a cat napping next to us in the afternoon.The async-centric documentary, Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA, is currently available to stream via subscription service MUBI.
Listen to "energy flow."
04. lorenz and watson
05. choral no. 1
06. choral no. 2
07. do bacteria sleep?
10. distant echo
15. energy flow
16. snake eyes
17. tong poo
Milan will release BTTB on November 9th, 2018, with a double-vinyl version following in 2019.