"Skyfire" originally came out in 1981 on Good Question, an album released by the Better Days label. Like a lot of Japanese music made in that decade—especially the stuff on Better Days, whose catalogue is a trove for fans of weird pop—it's a slick recording pulled together by accomplished session musicians. Secondhand copies of the album are not cheap, making Rush Hour's reissue all the more welcome.
"Skyfire" is immediately recognizable for Yoshifumi Okajima's bassline and Ohno's vocals, an irresistible combination for EQ-loving DJs. The record's other tune, "Live Hard, Live Free," plucked from Ohno's 1980 self-titled album, is pleasant, mid-tempo disco-boogie that again fuses electronics and live instrumentation, the vocals riding tight guitar licks and bursts of saxophone. Rush Hour also released two more Japanese boogie 7-inches in the same batch as Ohno—Ryo Kawasaki's Little One and Fuwari Fuwa Fuwa by Ruriko Ohgami—but Skyfire is undoubtedly the standout.