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Ryuichi Sakamoto
Thousand Knives Of

A timely re-issue of the first solo album from the legendary Ryuichi Sakamoto. 'Thousand Knives Of' was originally released back in 1978, when Sakamoto was still in the equally groundbreaking Yellow Magic Orchestra, and established a blueprint for both artists going forward. Notably, this is the first time that the record is being released on vinyl outside of Japan. 

Ryuichi Sakamoto & Taylor Deupree
Live In London

Two legends of the avant-garde world combine on a re-mastered version of this live album, recorded in 2014 at the St. John-at-Hackney Church. Japanese composer and former Yellow Magic Orchestra member Ryuichi Sakamoto is joined by electronic musician Taylor Deupree as the pair improvise wildly on minimalistic musical themes. 

Ryuichi Sakamoto - performed by Brussels Philharmonic and conducted by Dirk Brossé
Music for Film

Ryuichi Sakamoto has a hell of a repertoire when it comes to film soundtracks, so it is only right and proper that he was honoured by the Brussels Philharmonic at the World Soundtrack Awards this year. This suite of Sakamoto’s finest accompaniments stretches from the classic ‘Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence’ right up to ‘The Revenant’, all newly performed. 
  • Artist(s):
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto

Kukangendai × Ryuichi Sakamoto
Zureru

Tokyo avant-jazz three-piece Kukangendai join forces with the one and only Ryuichi Sakamoto for a special collaborative release. Zureru presents one track with the artists working in tandem, one Kukangendai original, and a reworking of said Kukangendai original by Sakamoto. The one where Sakamoto takes control is a stoically beautiful drone piece, while Kukangendai’s freaky input comes across like 23 Skidoo reworked by Micachu And The Shapes. Is good.

Ryuichi Sakamoto
BTTB (20th Anniversary Edition)

Milan deliver more splendid material from the one and only Ryuichi Sakamoto, this time in the form of a twentieth anniversary reissue. Hitherto elusive outside Japan, BTTB (a.k.a. Back to the Basics) mainly consists of solo piano pieces of an artful and generally gentle contemporary classical persuasion. There’s a bit of prepared piano and what sounds like a hydrophone recording as well.

Ryuichi Sakamoto
Ikari (Rage) (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Ryuichi Sakamoto is often unfairly lumped in with ‘composers’ like Luke Howard, Olafur Arnalds and Ludovici Einaudi. He manages to distinguish himself from those charlatans by not being absolutely dreadful. His considered brand of post-minimalist music-making has always seemed well-suited to the big screen, and his score for 2016 Korean flick Ikari (Rage) plays to his strengths. Strings, pianos, lots of reverb, that sort of thing.
  • Artist(s):
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto

Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto
Glass

Fans of stylish minimalist ambience can rejoice as the heroic duo of Nicolai and Sakamoto return on a release that's as much sound art as composition. This conceptual performance took place in a glass structure in September 2016, and is thankfully documented in all its calm, elegant glory, released on the ever great Noton.
  • Artist(s):
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto
async - Remodels

Japanese electronic music legend and former Yellow Magic Orchestra member Ryuichi Sakamoto's 2017 album 'async' graced numerous end of year lists. An all-star cast of remixers have been assembled to re-work the material in their own distinctive visions; Arca, Fennesz, Oneohtrix Point Never, Motion Graphics, Alva Noto, Yves Tumor, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Cornelius and S U R V I V E. 
  • Artist(s):
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto
async

‘async’ is the latest album by Ryuichi Sakamoto. This release shows us how far he has come and how far he is willing to go to break the boundaries of different sounds and textures. A fifteen-track masterpiece that brings together classical, neo-classical and orchestral music. Available on Vinyl Double LP and CD.
  • Artist(s):
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto

Koharu Kisaragi / Ryuichi Sakamoto
Neo-Plant

For their first release Lag Records are reissuing a 1986 12” single by Koharu Kisaragi and Ryuichi Sakamoto. It was the only single culled from Kisaragi’s Tokai No Seikatsu LP; we sadly lost her too soon. Neo-Plant is an avant-garde synth-pop track influenced by hip hop rhythms, with samples galore. ‘Traumerei’ is a graceful slice of folk with Koharu’s woozy vocal and melodic woodwind. The original artwork is intact and there’s a song lyrics insert in both English and Japanese. Limited to 500 copies.

Ryuichi Sakamoto
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence was a 1983 film focused around prisoners of war in Japan, which starred David Bowie. Ryuichi Sakamoto’s soundtrack garnered a fair amount more attention than the film itself, winning a BAFTA, which is fair enough with it’s incredibly unique instrumentation and dynamics. Features David Sylvian’s lyrics and vocals on Forbidden Colors.
  • Artist(s):
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto
Thousand Knives / Plastic Bamboo

Ryuichi Sakamoto: the Japanese musician known for his masterful film soundtracks, his delicate piano music and his Yellow Magic Orchestra alike. Here we get yet another side of Sakamoto’s skills, with a pair of wild and funky electronic pop tunes from the 80’s, originally released on the Better Days label. The Thousand Knives / Plastic Bamboo single is a 7” release on Rush Hour.
  • Artist(s):
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto

Sakamoto / Reich / Satie
re:works Vol. 1

A happy cross-cultural mix-up here on this new Decca series. The re:works are the results of letting contemporary producers get stuck into the Decca Classics catalogue, so you get Martin Buttrich on Erik Satie(!), Patrice Bäumel on Steve Reich and Francesco Tristano on Ryuchi Sakamoto. Each track travels far from the original sources in a high-grade manner. 12” on Decca.

Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto
The Revenant

Erstwhile film soundtrack composer Ryuichi Sakamoto is joined by strict digital minimalist Alva Noto, a frequent collaborator in Sakamoto’s non-soundtrack work. For the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Revenant, the pair fold together dramatic orchestral themes and cold electronic ambience: from listening, I feel like The Revenant might be a tense watch.
  • Artist(s):
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto
Nagasaki: Memories Of My Son

Ryuichi Sakamoto should be familiar to fans of several different strands of sound, having done crucial work as part of Yellow Magic Orchestra, some explorative collaborations with Fennesz, and many years of sensitive film soundtrack work. This most recent release falls into the latter camp, being the accompaniment to Yoji Yamada’s Nagasaki: Memories Of My Son. Lush and fully orchestrated. Released by Milan.

Ryuichi Sakamoto & David Sylvian
Bamboo Houses (Remix)


  • Artist(s):
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto / Illuha / Taylor Deupree
Perpetual

Recorded live at a performance to mark the 10th anniversary of The Yamaguchi Centre for Arts and Media, ‘Perpetual’ is a first time collaboration between four legendary Japanese musicians Ryuichi Sakamoto, Taylor Deupree and the duo AKA Illuha, Corey Fuller and Tomoyoshi Date. Presented in three movements ranging from layers of soft synths and heavily processed guitar, to open sections of delicate piano and silence, found objects and field recordings, the result is spellbinding.
  • Artist(s):
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • Label(s):
  • 12k

Ryuichi Sakamoto
Bricolages

Ryuichi Sakamoto super-imposes different tones and aesthetics onto one another to make the crestfallen clusterfuck that is Bircolages. Through smooth, old-school synth sounds and pastoral samples he crafts an earthy kind of EDM that sounds indebted to both folk and vaporwave -- at the same time, though, he uses ferocious, abrasive sound effects that recall Amon Tobin on ISAM. With a gorgeous, plaintive backdrop and an overwhelmingly chaotic foreground, Bircolages speaks to two different worlds.
  • Artist(s):
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto
1996


Ryuichi Sakamoto + Taylor Deupree
Disappearance


  • Artist(s):
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto

Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto With Ensemble Modern
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  • Artist(s):
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto

Fennesz/ Sakamoto
Cendre


  • Artist(s):
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto