- Japan residents Ken Hidaka, Max Essa and Dr. Rob —who throw the monthly Lone Star party in Harajuku—teamed up for the 13-track set.
Ken Hidaka, Max Essa and Dr. Rob have put together a compilation called Oto No Wa (Selected Sounds Of Japan 1988-2018).
For the fifth entry in its Collector's Series, Music For Dreams has tapped the trio of Japanese diggers, known for their long-running Lone Star party at Bar Bonobo as well as individual pursuits. (Hidaka is a music industry veteran, Essa has been putting out records and DJing for well over a decade and Dr. Rob is a recognizable name from websites like Test Pressing.)
The collection spans from the Japanese "furniture music" and BGM movements (Yoshio Ojima) to the late Japanese electronics genius Susumu Yokota to current acts like Coastlines, who combine fusion, library music and bossa nova rhythms.
Listen to a mini-mix of tracks from Oto No Wa.
A1. Yoshio Ojima – Sealed
A2. Olololop – Mon (Orte Remix)
A3. Kazuya Kotani – Fatima
B1. Schadaraparr – N.I.C.E. Guy (Nice Guitar Dub)
B2. Little Tempo – Frostie
B3. Karel Arbus & Eiji Takamatsu – Coco & The Fish
B4. Kentaro Takizawa – Gradual Life (Album Version)
C1. Yoshiaki Ochi – Balasong
C2. Kaoru Inoue – Wave Introduction
C3. Little Big Bee – Scuba (Original Version)
C4. Coastlines – East Dry River
D1. Susumu Yokota – Uchu Tanjyo
D2. Chillax – Time And Space
D3. Takashi Kokubo – Quiet Inlet
Music For Dreams will release Oto No Wa (Selected Sounds Of Japan 1988-2018) in late March 2020.