composer / producer


mix: endless summer

a summery playlist, travelling from japan’s city pop and retro-future jams, to brazil’s bossa nova, and landing on american jazz fusion and jazz-tinged pop.

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  1. SUPER★DRAGON – [君は1000%] 君は1000
  2. Kikuo – Astral Travel
  3. Shibayan feat. Rainych – disco light
  4. 無果汁団 – [うみねこゲイザー] まぼろしタイムマシン
  5. Minami Kitasono – エビはカニじゃない
  6. Gen Hoshino – Comedy
  7. 大貫妙子 – [Sunshower] Summer Connection
  8. 土岐麻子 – [VOICE~WORKS BEST~] Flamingo
  9. Tatsuro Yamashita – [Ride On Time] Clouds
  10. Antônio Carlos Jobim – [Stone Flower] Andorinha
  11. Banda Black Rio – Mr Funky Samba
  12. Elis Regina & Tom Jobim – [Elis & Tom] Águas de março
  13. Elizeth Cardoso – Outra Vez
  14. Vinicius de Moraes, Toquinho y María Creuza – [En La Fusa (Buenos Aires)] Samba Em Preludio
  15. César Camargo Mariano e Hélio Delmiro – [Samambaia CD1] Carinhoso
  16. Steely Dan – [Aja] Deacon Blues
  17. Michael Jackson – [Michael Jackson Off The Wall – Special Edition] I Can’t Help It
  18. Stevie Wonder – [Innervisions] Too High
  19. Jamiroquai – [The Return Of The Space Cowboy] Space Cowboy
  20. Weather Report – [Heavy Weather (Mastersound SBM)] Palladium
  21. Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes – [Astral Traveling CD1] Astral Traveling
  22. Ramsey Lewis – [Salongo] Brazilica

This mix is a bit of a change from my previous ones, which were specifically aiming for newer releases with a focus on digital fusion. For this one, I was inspired by the summer’s sweltering heat to let my mind wander to worldwide genres that make me feel like summer.

Starting with Japanese city pop. I included a selection of classics, like “Clouds” by Tatsuro Yamashita, as well as SUPER DRAGON’s cover of “Kimi wa 1000%”, but also modern takes, like Mukajudan’s wonderful Maboroshi Time Machine and Flamingo by Asako Toki.

Drifting onward from this sound, I landed on the bossa nova sound from Brazil: Jobim, Banda Black Rio (although they might be considered funk instead), and many other pioneers from that time.

Finally, I selected some of the most summery tracks from the US jazz fusion and jazzy, summery side of r’n’b from the 70s and 80s: Steely Dan is a must of course, and I recently discovered that “I Can’t Help It” by Michael Jackson was written by Stevie Wonder, a real sleeper track with stellar production by Quincy Jones. I also included some of my favorite instrumental jazz fusion tracks to close the set out, with Ramsey Lewis’ “Brazilica” tying it all together. Get a cold drink and sit under the intercontinental palm trees!

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