Mule Musiq launches Studio Mule sub-label with a collection of Japanese disco, boogie and soul

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  • Midnight In Tokyo Vol. 1 includes cuts from Piper, Colored Music and Mariah singer Yumi Murata.
  • Mule Musiq launches Studio Mule sub-label with a collection of Japanese disco, boogie and soul image
  • Mule Musiq will launch its new Studio Mule sub-label with a compilation called Midnight In Tokyo Vol. 1. The collection of Japanese disco, boogie and soul was compiled by label boss Toshiya Kawasaki and includes music by Nobuo Yagi, cult City Pop band Piper and Colored Music, to name a few. (The latter group's music was edited and reissued by Chee Shimizu earlier this year.) Mule says Aru Takamura's "Koi Wa Saiko (I'm In Love)," can be thought of as "the Japanese answer to Cheryl Lynn's 'Got To Be Real,'" and that "Live Hard, Live Free," by Eri Ohno, could be compared with Chaka Khan's "I Know You, I Live You." Kuniyuki Takahashi, who released Newwave Project on Mule Musiq earlier this year, mastered the 13-track set, presumably the first in a series. It follows another Japanese archival release from the Mule camp: a reissue of jazz pianist Fumio Itabashi's 1982 album Watarase. Listen to clips over at Forced Exposure. Tracklist 01. Nobuo Yagi - Mi Mi Africa 02. Nobuyuki Shimizu - Silver Spot 03. Piper - Samba Night 04. Haruko Kuwana - Akogareno Sundown 05. Aru Takamura - Koi Wa Saikou (I'm In Love) 06. Honma Express - What The Magic Is To Try 07. Colored Music - Colored Music 08. Shohjo-Tai & Red Bus St Project - Electric City 09. Hitomi Tohyama - Love Is The Competition 10. Yumi Murata - Krishna 11. Eri Ohno - Live Hard, Live Free 12. Minnie - Rocket 88 13. Shoody - Tokyo Melody Studio Mule will release Midnight In Tokyo Vol. 1 on January 26th, 2018.