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Midnight In Tokyo Vol. 3

Ever wondered what night time feels like in Tokyo? Well do we have a compilation for you. Midnight in Tokyo Vol. 3 from Studio Mule is a masterful selection of tracks that capture then multiplicity of nightlife in Japan's capital. It's sexy, it's funky, it's calm and it's lovely. All in all these 14 rare tracks are utterly transportive. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (StudioMule12LP)
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  • CD (StudioMule12CD)

Mitsuaki Katayama Trio
First Flight

Johnny’s Disk Record is a Japanese label that issued a bunch of interesting jazz LPs back in the ‘70s and ‘80s. One of those was an album by drummer Mitsuaki Katayama and his trio, 1979’s First Flight. The record is a pleasing combination of post-bop, fusion, samba and balladry - Kichiru Sugino’s piano work in particular is at once innovative and melodic. Now First Flight is being reissued by Studio Mule.
  • Vinyl LP (STUDIOMULE11)
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  • Studio Mule

Yoshimi Ueno
Taiko No Uminari

Work by Yoshimi Ueno can be very hard to come by, especially solo work: Taiko No Uminari is the only solo record Ueno ever made, and copies were rare until Studio Mule produced this vinyl reissue. Six pieces of beautiful and intimate jazz recorded musicians including Eiji Nakayama and Yasuaki Shimizu, all driven by Ueno’s deft drumwork.
  • Vinyl LP (Studio Mule 14)
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  • Studio Mule

Eiji Nakayama
Aya's Samba

Over the past couple of years Mule Musiq offshoot Studio Mule has established itself as one of the go-to labels for Japanese jazz reissues. Much of its best material has been scavenged from the catalogue of Johnny’s Disk Record. Eiji Nakayama’s 1978 LP Aya’s Samba is Studio Mule’s latest catch. This is a collection of deftly groovy jazz tracks whose beats are rooted in salsa, funk and (of course) samba. It's a good thing this one's been reissued seeing as original copies go for megabucks.
  • Vinyl LP (Studio Mule 13)

Motohiko Hamase
Reminiscence

Motohiko Hamase’s Reminiscence is another one of those rare vintage items that will quickly pluck up the attention of serious vinyl collector heads, but this reissue thankfully puts it in the hands of the regular listener and lover of new-agey, electric-bass-led ambient-jazz-fusion music. Reissued by Studio Mule.
  • Vinyl LP (STUDIOMULE10LP)
  • CD (STUDIOMULE10CD)

Motohiko Hamase
Intaglio

There’s a resurgence in japanese electronic, jazz and new age music going at the moment. This has shone new light on the underrated bass player, Motohiko Hamase leading to the reissue of his ambient/new age album, Intaglio. Hamase was a reliable session player with acts such as pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto and maverick guitarist, Kazumi Watanabe as well as being a member of the Isao Suzuki Sextet playing modern jazz. LP and CD on Studio Mule.
  • CD (Studio Mule 8CD)

Various
Midnight In Tokyo Vol. 2

Mule Musiq spin-off Studio Mule revisits their Midnight In Tokyo series and returns with another collection of smooth cuts from 1980s Japan. Anyone who’s enjoyed the recent resurgent interest in Japanese City Pop will be plenty pleased with what’s on offer on Midnight In Tokyo Vol. 2. These slick selections from  Ondas boss Dubby bring together electro-funk, MOR pop, Yacht Rock, jazz fusion and occasionally some Latin or Caribbean rhythms.
  • Vinyl Double LP (STUDIOMULE6LP)
  • CD (STUDIOMULE6CD)
  • Label(s):
  • Studio Mule

Phew
Phew

Japanese vocalist Phew was a member of Japanese psych weirdos Aunt Sally. Her self-titled solo debut was originally released in 1981 and recorded legendary German producer Conny Plank’s studio. Can’s Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit feature along with founder of Pass Records Yoshitaka Goto. A classic made in Germany, from the land of the rising sun. LP on Studio Mule.
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  • Studio Mule

Studio Mule
Carnaval feat. Miyako Kouda

Clearly no longer content with being one of the most consistently excellent house labels of the last decade, Mule Musiq branch out with this mysterious new Studio Mule project. Not much is known about the group’s membership - our guess is that MM boss Toshiya Kawasaki might have something to do with it. However, there are three things that we can say for sure: 1) ‘Carnaval’ is a cover of a Taeko Ohnuki’s classic. 2) This version features vocals from Dip In The Pool’s Miyako Kouda. 3) Both edits of the track here are perky acid/disco jams that will bring a smile to your face.
  • Vinyl 12" (STUDIO MULE 3)
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Atlas
Breeze

A wonderful reissue of a distant gem from 1987, which itself was quite an obscurity in its time. Sitting in the middle of a space rock epic, 80s fusion and balearic synth, the album takes the listener to unimaginable places, an ethereal blend of vintage Japanese electronic pop and cosmic rock balladry. 
  • Vinyl LP (STUDIOMULE2LP)
  • Label(s):
  • Studio Mule

Various
Midnight In Tokyo

Mule Musiq here draw on their deep expertise in vintage Japanese musical treats to curate a set of soul and disco little known to Westerners who have not spent decades with their heads inside record crates. Funk, groovy, smooth and stylish, there is a lot to love across these thirteen tracks! Midnight In Tokyo is available from new imprint Studio Mule.