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Furniture Music

Furniture Music is not simply background music. As Brian Eno said, it is a kind of music that allows any position in relation to it. Music you could slip in an out of. But also, music that shapes deeply the atmosphere of the environment we live in. If you ever wondered how the Japanese have developed this concept, look no further. Furniture Music is your weekly source of Japanese ambient and electronic music, ranging from the 1970s experimental musicians to the contemporary DJs of the most hipster clubs in Tokyo.

Special Episode featuring ambient and electronic music by non-Japanese artists but who were nonetheless inspired by or have some connections with Japan, such as former SOAS student Gold Panda!

Episode 11 showcases the electronic experiments of Anchorsong, a talented musician especially famous for his unique live shows. He is currently touring the UK and he'll be back in the summer for some shows at festivals around Europe.

An episode about Japanese composer and musician Soichi Terada, in celebration of his European Tour April 2016.

1. Do It Again
2. Sunshower (with Nami Shimada)
3. Got To Be Real (with Shinichiro Yokota)
4. Wabi Sabi Wall
5. Yokozuna Beach Chillin
6. I Wanna Be With You

A tribute episode to Susumu Yokota, a prolific musician, whose work spans from ambient to house, and who died prematurely on 27th March 2015.

1. Akafuji
2. Circular
4. Genshi
5. Feel My Love
6. Tears of a Poet
7. Symbol of Life, Love and Aesthetics
8. The Loneliness of Anarchic Beauty Achieved By My Ego
9. Bonda
10. Your Twinkling Eyes

An 'almost-one-hour-long' episode showcasing different kinds of electronic and ambient tunes made by Japanese female artists. GIRL POWER!

1. Cokiyu - Your Thorn
2. Tsuyuko Aki - Fantasia
3. Kaoru Inoue - Aurora
4. Midori Takada - Crossing
5. Sachiko M - 2808200
6. Miharu Koshi - L'Acqua Sonora
7. Ichiko Hashimoto - Milestone
8. Akiko Kiyama - Ant

A selection of melancholic, chill out, relaxing ambient songs by different artists.

1. Ayur - I Miss You
2. Ametsub - Solitude
3. Nujabes - Reflection Eternal
4. Tomoya Naka - Rainy Song
5. Tomoki Takeuchi - Plein Soleil
6. Re:Plus - Nighttime

A great re-issue of 2015, this episode showcases the album Utakata no Hibi by Mariah, originally released in 1983.

1. Soko Kara
2. Shisen
3. Hana ga Saitara
4. Sora ni Mau Maboroshi
5. Shinzo no Tobira

Daisuke Tanabe's European Tour kicked off last week and I had the pleasure to interview him and Sam Tucker of Yuppies Music while they were in London. Listen to our chat and enjoy Daisuke's selection of his own music!

Check tour dates here:

Since Daisuke Tanabe is playing on Thursday 11th February 2016 in London here is a selection of his tunes.

1. Daisuke Tanabe - Coil
2. Daisuke Tanabe - Backpedal
3. Daisuke Tanabe - Walking Muu
4. Kidkanevil & Daisuke Tanabe - Cherry Chimes
5. Yosi Horikawa & Daisuke Tanabe - CALINAWAN
6. Selah Sue - Fear Nothing (Daisuke Tanabe Remix)

This episode is all about one album only, a classic released in the 80s: Ryuichi Sakamoto's Lefthanded Dream / Hidariude no Yume.

1. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Boku no Kakera
2. Ryuichi Sakamoto & Robin Scott - The Left Bank
3. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Venezia
4. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Kacha Kucha Nee
5. Ryuichi Sakamoto & Robin Scott - Just About Enough

How can you define a genre? In this episode we will move from "proper" ambient and electronic tunes to acid jazz and glitch pop ones.

1. Nujabes - A Day By Atmosphere Supreme
2. Aoki Takamasa & Tujiko Noriko - Vinyl Words
3. Aoki Takamasa & Tujiko Noriko - Nolicom
4. Midori Hirano - Feathers
5. Nobukazu Takemura - Mattino Davanti Alla Torre Dell'Orologio
6. Yosi Horikawa - Splash

This first episode is a selection of some favourites of mine, including one cover and one classic, to give you an idea of what the Japanese ambient and electronic scene is like.

1. Susumu Yokota - Kodomotachi by Susumu Yokota
2. Haruomi Hosono - Funiculi Funicula
3. Lullatone - All the optimism of early January
4. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
5. Shinichi Osawa - Thank you for your love
6. Shugo Tokumaru - Gamma