Wewantsounds reissue another LP from Japanese singer Akiko Yano's back catalogue; this time it's cult classic 'Ai Ga Nakucha Ne' recorded in 1982 and co-produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto.
This is the first time the album has been reissued outside of Japan and features original artwork, a 24-page colour booklet with sessions photos by Pennie Smith (famous for The Clash's London Calling photo), an interview with Akiko and fellow musician Steve Jansen and an introduction by Mac DeMarco.
Akiko Yano's 6th studio album, the release continues her exploration of electro pop but sees her brancing off into new territories. She enlisted English musicians Mick Karn, Steve Jansen and David Sylvian from Japan and booked the Air Studios in London under the supervision of engineer Steve Nye where, over a couple of weeks, they created a collection of catchy pop tunes, sung in both Japanese and English.
Reminiscing about the studio sessions, Steve Jansen notes "Our music’s different but we maybe had a similar process of working. It was a great environment because the studio was a great place to work. It was very insular. There were four studios and there were always groups working in there 24/7."
The release of 'Ai Ga Nakucha Ne' is part of an ongoing reissue series via Wewantsounds, who have previously shared five other albums from Akiko's catalogue.
Listen to 'Ai Ga Nakucha Ne' below.
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