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80s Japanese Music: Not What You Would Think It Is

When one thinks about Japanese culture, one tends to associate themes such as being over the top and fantastical. This is because of the fact that Japanese culture tends to have all of these qualities, but that does not mean that there are a few examples of Japanese culture that are a lot subtler than what you would expect, and one example of this is the wave of minimalist music that started coming out of Japan in the eighties. Minimalist music tends to involve a lot of subtle textures and very few changes, and if the changes come they take a very long time to be put in place.

While we may have a label for this kind of music now, in the 80s people had no way of describing it whatsoever because it was so far outside of what anyone had attempted to do before. For this very reason, the music that these artists created ended up going pretty unappreciated for the longest time except for a few surges in popularity in the 90s. Now, however, people are started to realize that this wave of music existed and are beginning to appreciate it a lot more. This is because people have started to finally catch up with what these Japanese musicians were trying to do in the 80s. In a way, their ears have finally evolved enough to allow them to enjoy the music that was being made during that period in time.

One example of a Japanese minimalist ambient musician from the 80s is Midori Takada who made a name for herself through various musical projects but considered this to be her best work. Despite her high opinions of her own album, the record received very little critical and commercial success for about thirty or so years. Her album, Through the Looking Glass, was meant to be a look into the other side of Tokyo. Amidst the chaotic sounds of city life you would find immense tranquility in what Midori was trying to create, and it is because of this that she is able to provide so many incredible aural textures. She often incorporated the harsh mechanical sounds of Tokyo into her work as well in order to juxtapose them with the subtler music that she was creating, thereby drawing a parallel between the two worlds that she was trying to describe.

However, perhaps the most iconic album of this time period is Green by Hiroshi Yoshimura, a cult legend in Japan that is once again better known for all of his other work rather than this piece of art. This album laid the groundwork for the entire minimalist movement that Takada also became a part of.

One thing that set these minimalist artists apart was the fact that they felt the desire to be different. In their attempts to do something new, they created an art form that would go down in history as iconic and extremely influential.

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Some of The Hottest Australian Producers This Year

Australian music has seen something of a renaissance in recent times, whether you are talking about the psychedelic rock of Tame Impala and Wolfmother or you think of the electronic DJs that are making a scene of their own. Listed below are some of the most prominent DJs that have made the biggest impact in 2017, and as a result are the ones that you should be looking out for if you want to figure out who the best possible tracks will come from in the New Year.

  • Young Franco: Young Franco doesn’t really look like a DJ, but that’s only because we tend to think that people will all conform to our particular stereotypes. Franco has had a phenomenal 2017 that has turned him into an absolute rockstar in the DJ scene. He has released several singles that ended up topping the charts, and to top it all off he has been playing at quite a few sell out shows as well. Suffice it to say that this here is an incredibly talented musician that is going to have a lot of artistic control over what 2018 ends up sounding like.
  • Perto: One of the first things you are going to notice about Perto is that he is very young. At only 15 years of age, this producer has created some absolute bangers with his remixes in particular giving people at clubs something incredible to dance to. The fact that he is so young becomes irrelevant when you realize just how talented he is, and the best thing is that he just seems to keep getting better. Expect him to release some truly phenomenal tracks this year and get even more famous than he already is.
  • Sippy: It’s not easy being a girl in the world of DJs, but Sippy manages to make it look easy. Her tracks are bass heavy powerhouses that are going to make you feel like a tidal wave has hit you right in your soul, with bone shattering bangers that are going to leave you sore the next day from dancing so much. Her 2017 has been so good that chances are she will end up breaking into the US scene this year, and once she does there really will be no stopping her and her incredible growth rate.
  • Leotrix: This producer looks more like someone you would find in an 80s punk rock band, but when you listen to his tunes you would find that he is actually one of the filthiest DJs in Australia. His sets have a tendency to drive the crowd wild and the best part is that he has finally started to get some long overdue attention last year. Thanks to this boost in popularity, chances are that his 2018 will be full of new tracks and bigger performances, all of which are going to contribute to him becoming the household name that he thoroughly deserves to be.
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