It was recently announced that American record label Light In The Attic will be releasing a sequel to the popular "city pop" compilation Pacific Breeze
on May 15th.
Pacific Breeze 2: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1972-1986
is curated by Andy Cabic
and Mark “Frosty” McNeill
, and it features cover artwork by Hiroshi Nagai
. The latest release in Light
In The Attic’s "Japan Archival Series", it features 16 popular songs, many of which have never been released outside of Japan.
While the original Pacific Breeze
included artists like Minako Yoshida
, Taeko Ohnuki
, Hiroshi Sato
and Haruomi Hosono
, among other key players of ‘70s to ’80s Japanese city pop, a genre described as an “amalgam of AOR,
R&B, jazz fusion, funk, boogie and disco, all a touch dizzy with tropical euphoria”, Pacific Breeze 2
is said to dig deeper into the sounds of bubble-era Japan, from the proto-city pop funk of Bread & Butter
and Eiichi Ohtaki
like Kimiko Kasai
. It also includes artists like Tomoko Aran
, who have gained popularity in recent years thanks to vaporwave, the meme-genre that heavily samples Japanese city pop to create its aesthetic.
The album's full tracklist and additional background information can be found here
Now available for preorders, Pacific Breeze 2
will be released on CD, double LP (including both classic black and colour variations), cassette and as a digital EP featuring highlights from the album. Exclusive bundles and merchandise featuring Hiroshi Nagai
’s art are also available
from the Light In The Attic online store
. A Pacific Breeze
koozie will be added to all vinyl purchases from the LITA online store, while supplies last.
In addition, to commemorate the sequel's release, the first Pacific Breeze
compilation will be repressed on a new tri-colour vinyl as a "Summer Fun Edition" that will be limited to 500 copies and exclusive to the LITA online store. The release can be preordered here