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Susumu Yokota

Susumu Yokota emerged in the early '90s as one of the most versatile and prolific electronic producers going. In his native Japan, he was known for many years as a top-tier dance music talent, specializing in all varieties of house while dabbling in techno, electro, and trance for the Sublime, Harthouse, and Planet Earth labels. Alternate aliases for his dance releases included Ringo, Prism, and Sonicstuff. While his dancefloor tracks were funky and playful with a heavy debt to epic disco -- he even covered Idris Muhammad's underground disco classic "Could Heaven Ever Be Like This" -- Yokota's ambient work unfolds with the patience of a butoh dance, all small gestures and gradually shifting layers of quiet sound. He gained international stature with home listeners and critics with the release of a series of well-received ambient albums on the U.K. label Leaf, beginning in 1998 with Magic Thread, and following with Image: 1983-1998 (1999), Sakura (2000), Grinning Cat (2001), and The Boy and the Tree (2002). (Some of these releases originally appeared in small runs on Yokota's Skintone label.) Releases for Lo Recordings followed, including the Rothko collaboration Distant Sounds of Summer (2005), Wonder Waltz (2006), Love or Die (2007), and Mother (2009). Also an accomplished DJ, Yokota leant his mixing skills to the 2001 label retrospective Leaf Compilation. After a period of ill health, Yokota died in March 2015 at the age of 54. ~ Mark Richardson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Kaleidoscope

1. Your Twinkling Light

2. Her Feminineness

3. 9 Petals

4. Sprouting Symphony

5. Photosynthesis

6. Stain On My Heart

7. Metallic Energy

8. Patinated Room Key

9. Wave Drops

10. Lily Scents Jealousy

11. Blue Moon

12. When I Shut My Eye

13. After Falling Twice

14. 2 Skys

15. A Pebble On The Verge Of Breaking

16. Red Moon

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Track List: Mother

1. Love Tendrilises

2. Breeze

3. Ray Of Light

4. Flower White

5. Natural Process

6. Reflect Mind

7. Inside Foresighted

8. Meltwater

9. Tree Surgeon

10. Suture

11. Bonda

12. 12 Days 12 Nights

13. Warmth

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Track List: Skintone Collection

1. Kodomotachi

2. Amanogawa 1997

3. Card Nation

4. Illusion River

5. Live Echo

6. Purple Rose Minuet

7. Sentiero

8. Saku

9. Kawano Hotorino Kinoshitade 1998

10. King Dragonfly

11. Iconic Air

12. Holy Ground

13. A Heart-Warming And Beautiful Flower Will Eventually Wither Away And Become Dirt

14. Hagoromo

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Track List: Love Or Die

1. For The Other Self Who Is Far Away That I Can Not Reach

2. A Slowly Fainting Memory Of Love And Respect, And Hatred

3. The Loneliness Of Anarchic Beauty Achieved By My Ego

4. A Heart-Warming And Beautiful Flower Will Eventually Wither Away And Become Dirt

5. The Sin Of Almighty God, Respected And Believed By The Masses

6. That Persons Hearsay Protects My Free Spirit

7. The Things That I Need To Do For Just One's Love

8. The Scream Of A Sage Who Lost Freedom And Love Taken For Granted Before

9. A Song Produced While Floating Alone On Christmas Day

10. The Now Forgotten Gods Of Rocky Mountain Residing In The Back Of The North Wood

11. The Sacred Ceremony Concieved By Chance From An Evil Lie

12. The Destiny Of The Little Bird Trapped Inside A Small Cage For Life

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Track List: Wonder Waltz

1. 1000 Wing Beats Per Second

2. My Energy

3. Capital Of Daisy

4. Siva Dance

5. Pegasus 150

6. Don't Go Sleep

7. Merrygoround

8. Robed Heart

9. Strma A Uzka

10. Eternity Is The Beginning Of The End

11. L'Etranger

12. Rainbow Dust

13. Your Shining Darkness

14. Holy Ground

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Track List: Symbol

1. Long Long Silk Bridge

2. Purple Rose Minuet

3. Traveler In The Wonderland

4. Song Of The Sleeping Forest

5. The Plateau Which The Zephyr Of Flora Occupies

6. Fairy Dance Of Twinkle And Shadow

7. Flaming Love And Destiny

8. The Dying Black Swan

9. Blue Sky And Yellow Sunflower

10. Capriccio And The Innovative Composer

11. I Close The Door Upon Myself

12. Symbol Of Life, Love, And Aesthetics

13. Music From The Lake Surface

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Track List: Grinning Cat

1. I Imagine

2. King Dragonfly

3. Card Nation

4. Sleepy Eye

5. Lapis Lazuli

6. Balloon In The Cage

7. Cherry Blossom

8. Love Bird

9. Fearful Dream

10. Tears Of A Poet

11. So Red

12. Flying Cat

13. Lost Child

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Track List: Sakura

1. Saku

2. Tobiume

3. Uchu Tanjyo

4. Hagoromo

5. Genshi

6. Gekkoh

7. Hisen

8. Azukiiro No Kaori

9. Kodomotachi

10. Naminote

11. Shinsen

12. Kirakiraboshi

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Pure talent lives forever.
Thank you sweet man.
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Playing in heaven for sure..it's not all harps up there..somed a y I'll be grooven along with SY.
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Rest in peace my brother
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Sweet !!
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A very accomplished musician, first time listening to his music, love it, makes you want to dance
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Lovely smooth groove. Can't wait to explore more
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In the Zone. .smooth and mellow, , I'm feeling it !!!!
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dsatoris
Audio transport for the mind.....
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love the African flare to it
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tricianess
Kdddksnldoso s s o s l s s o s l s o k s s l s l s l s l
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Eoeleoeleple l e l e l e e l e p e l e e l e o e o e l o
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tricianess
Sjdkd
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Great sounds
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Loving this sound......r e l a x . . . . . e n j o y the ride......an d sound
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Faaaaaaantas t i c .
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he is great, grinning cat is my absolute fave album
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@mark. music for 18 musicians is steve reich
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gdwilson13
new to his music , but love what I'm hearing. check it out.
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Very,very nice beat!Love the combination of instruments and reverb.Anoth e r reason i love to listen to jazz and hope we all keep it alive and going and don't let anymore stations go off the air.KEEP JAZZ ALIVE!!!
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Very nice! If you like this, check Terry Reilly's "Music For 18 Musicians," the ostinato (or main repetitive riff) here sounds like a sample of Reilly's piece.
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Sssssssooooo o o o o o SICK!!!
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earlwiggs10
GREAT!!!! NICE WORKS!!!
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f*cken siiiiiick a** track

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