B-2 Unit (2019 Remastering) Ryuichi Sakamoto
Label: Sony Music Direct
Artist: Ryuichi Sakamoto
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- 1differencia (2019 Remastering)02:06
- 2thatness and thereness (2019 Remastering)03:27
- 3participation mystique (2019 Remastering)06:40
- 4E-3A (2019 Remastering)04:46
- 5iconic storage (2019 Remastering)04:43
- 6riot in Lagos (2019 Remastering)05:40
- 7not the 6 o'clock news (2019 Remastering)05:02
- 8the end of europe (2019 Remastering)04:56
Info for B-2 Unit (2019 Remastering)
Following his ground breaking "Thousand Knives" album. The second solo album by Ryuichi Sakamoto. The co-founder of Yellow Magic Orchestra shows off a more minimal, edgy side of his his work with hard beats, dark bass lines, and stark keyboard work that sits somewhere between synth-pop and industrial.
B2-Unit contains one of Sakamoto’s most seminal tracks – the years ahead of its time, funked-up electronic odyssey ‘Riot in Lagos’. A staple in any worthwhile list of ’80s electronica, it’s no mistake of the imagination to hear some of the ground covered here, as the footholds that Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada would further launch from in the ’90s.
Recorded in London with XTC’s Andy Partridge, as a whole it’s Sakamoto at his most adventurous, and marks a clear branching out from the populism of his work with YMO. A good place to start with Sakamoto if you’re a fan of experiments for the dance-floor.
Ryuichi Sakamoto, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, electronics
Born in 1952 in Nakano (Tokyo), Ryuichi Sakamoto has been active in the entertainment industry since his graduation from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
He achieved western fame as a member of electronic pioneer trio Yellow Magic Orchestra from 1978 until the mid 80s. By then he started writing music alone, or contributing with artists, most notably David Sylvian.
His exploits include an Academy Award for his score to the 1987 Bernardo Bertolucci film The Last Emperor, the soundscape for the opening ceremony of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, and was even hired by the Finnish mobile phone company Nokia to compose ring tones for the Nokia 8800. He is maybe the most influential Japanese musician in electronica. In addition to making music, he has also acted in movies, most notably in "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" co-starring David Bowie, for which Ryuichi also composed perhaps his most memorable film soundtrack.
Trivia - he acts as a director in Madonna's "Rain" video. He also modeled for "The Gap" among other products.
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