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RECORD TURNOVER 80s HITS #52

Hideki Matsutake was a bit of a hidden figure in the world of Japanese electropop, mostly involved with technical aspects such as programming sequencers. He also performed on modular synthesizers for the renowned Yellow Magic Orchestra and worked on the recordings of many other artists. Between 1981 and 1983 he also released three albums as Logic System on the major Japanese label Express. Despite the cold and conceptual name, Matsutake’s music overflows with playfulness and kitsch, especially on Venus. The debut LP Logic present a slightly more mechanical approach, and should really be considered one of the most interesting albums released in 1981 (a year which saw many groundbreaking releases).

It would seem each new decade has brought a return to releasing music for Logic System, each time on a new label. He appeared again in 1991 on Alfa, in 2005 on Bridge and finally in 2020, when Logic System released their first album in ten years. Technasma, which was released on his own label (I think?) pinewaves, and finally on vinyl last month. Check out this amazing interview he did for Dublab if you want to get nerdy about the gear.

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February 17, 2021

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