Electronic Pioneer Susumu Yokota Passes Away Aged 54
Japanese electronic producer Susumu Yokota, who released on labels including Harthouse, Leaf and Lo, has passed away aged 54. His family have posted the following statement, apparently unaware until recently of Yokota's musical heritage:
“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Susumu Yokota who passed away on 27th March, 2015 at the age of 54 after a long period of medical treatment. We are deeply thankful to the people who listened to and supported Susumu's music during his lifetime. Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in this announcement, as we were until recently unacquainted with Susumu's music industry contacts.” – Susumu Yokota's family.
Jon Tye and Gavin O’shea of Lo Recordings wrote a tribute to Yokota, describing his music as “completely individual, always esoteric yet never wilfully indulgent. His touch was that of a master craftsman, creating intricate musical jewels that sparkled like no others. There's no doubt that if he had been in a position to play live concerts his reputation would far exceed many of his contemporaries. He will be sorely missed by those who value quality and originality in music.”
Leaf and Lo are now planning on releasing an EP of Yokota's most loved work, with more details to come. In the meantime he will be remembered by a career that saw him release house and techno in the early 90s, before graduating onto producing a trio of ambient albums for Leaf that are considered classics of the form – Sakura, Grinning Cat and The Boy And The Tree. Listen to Grinning Cat in full below, and send any messages of condolence or support to the Yokota family at email@example.com.