Shimizu re-edits two songs from Colored Music, the title track and "Heartbeat," for a 7-inch on Japanism, a new label he's started with HMV Japan. His take on "Colored Music" maintains the original's slap bass-fuelled punk-funk. It's at once urgent and relaxed, catchy yet supremely odd, with a few wrinkles ironed out so it's easier to play in clubs. That said, it's not an overly sanitised edit: Shimizu keeps the screwy synth line, reminiscent of the industrial noise that made Severed Heads' "Dead Eyes Opened" too abrasive to be a mainstream pop hit.
Shimizu nails it on "Heartbeat," a track that was also edited by Howard Williams, AKA Japan Blues, for Berceuse Heroique in 2014. Built around a drum machine loop, this version sounds remarkably like classic deep house. The beauty of these edits is that Shimizu has shaped them into club-friendly tracks while keeping the strangeness that made them so appealing in the first place.