Home Latest News Menu
New Releases

Step into a time capsule of funky, sentimental soul from 70s Japan

‘Nippon Psychedelic Soul 1970​-​1979’ captures the groove from 50 years ago in 7 tracks

  • Henry Cooper
  • 20 March 2024
Step into a time capsule of funky, sentimental soul from 70s Japan

London-based reissue label Time Capsule has turned its attention to 70s Japan with its latest release, ‘Nippon Psychedelic Soul 1970-1979’. Seven previously hidden gems from the era are getting a new life in a kaleidoscope of psychedelic funk and soul.

During the 1970s in Japan, the country was in a fragile and fertile moment following the breakdown of the 1960s protest movements, with many looking for musical inspiration abroad.

At the core of this movement was Happy End — Haruomi Hosono of Yellow Magic Orchestra’s debut project. His iconic distortion-heavy guitar with a crisp backing ushered in a new wave for Japanese rock music, which can be heard on track two of the project.

Read this next: New compilation resounds Japan’s booming anime & manga industries of the 80s

Many key players from this movement are involved in the project, including Yoshiko Sai, Jun Fakamachi, Hiroshi ‘Monsieur’ Kamayatsu, Momotaro Pink, Vol.1 Chap.100, and the Tadashi Goino Group.

“Less a compilation of a scene, as a compilation of a sentiment, Nippon Psychedelic Soul is a wild ride from start to finish, shattering the narratives of the Japanese folk and rock tradition into a million tiny pieces,” mentions the label on the release.

Read this next: The amazing history of Yellow Magic Orchestra: Unpacking Japan's most influential electronic music band

The project as a whole is timeless, with grooves and ideas that wouldn’t be out of place if released 50 years later.

This isn’t Time Capsule's first foray into Asia-based reissues, with Japanese 70s acid folk, anime and manga soundtracks and Tokyo reggae-pop from the 80s all getting the spotlight in previous releases.

Purchase ‘Nippon Psychedelic Soul 1970-1979’ here.

Henry Cooper is a Writer at Mixmag Asia. Follow him on Instagram.

Load the next article