Tokyo’s Flower Records are an institution. They’ve been releasing music for an incredible 28 years. Starting in 1995, with hot homegrown house 12s, which in London were super sought after*, 2022 saw the imprint experience a fresh wave of international success with a series of 7s that proved just as desirable. Cruisic’s Pacific 707 put 808’s rave classic though its jazz paces. Onegram performed a funk overhaul of Kraftwerk’s Trans Europe Express. Reggae Disco Rockers teamed up with singer / songwriter Marter, to drop Neil Young’s Harvest Moon into dubwise. STE took a suitably fragile modern crack at Joni Mitchell’s Case Of You. Masato “Slowly” Komatsu, together with veteran Jamaican vocalist Courtney John, triumphed with a terrific 2 step take on Curtis Mayfield`s Tripping Out. Komatsu also collaborated with Ryo Kawahara as Lost Weekend, a laid back lament for Tokyo’s pandemic-rocked, but recovering, nightlife. There was more original music in the shape of a sophomore album of brilliant Brazilian-flavoured fusion from Coastlines, and a new 45, care of Quinn Lamont Luke and Max Essa, is all good to go. Here, however, label co-founder, Eitetsu Takamiya, still an in-demand DJ, runs through a few of his personal favourites, and floor-fillers, from the last 12 months.
Super selections by Eitetsu Takamiya.
Cruisic / Pacific 707 / Flower
Brian Jackson / This is Brian Jackson / BBE
Magic Source / Genius Of Love / Favorite Recordings
Late Nite Tuff Guy / To The Rhythm / Tuff Cuts
Cerrone / Look For Love (The Reflex Revision) / Discolidays Recordings
*Available only to those in the know from Vinyl Junkies` basement on Berwick Street.