compiled by Nicholas D. Kent
email: ndkent "at" optonline.net
Last updated 03.3.28
(*) means I've never listened to this album
(@) means I've listened to this album but don't own a copy
Thanks to Ron Kane, Buggle
Special thanks to Mikio Kato!
Mikio Kato (keyboards) and Shigeru
Nakamura (drums) have worked on quite a number of projects. Sometimes other
artists join them.
They also do quite a bit of their own graphic design work.
Official site (in English):
**Some tracks are downloadable in mp3 above and albums are available for order**
1993 ¡Por supuesto! cd: STAP-0312
02. B-2 Dep't: Swimming Pool
14. B-2 Dep't: Trance Pacific 00
Two tracks on this compilation. (out of print)
Some other compilation and tribute albums are out there (there are some more I've not listed or heard)-
(*) WHO'S YMO (YMO Tribute) 1993 ALFA ALCA533
B-2 Dep't track 7.THE END OF ASIA
(@) SUN SUN SUN Hajime Tachibana Tribute
B-2 Dep't track 8.TAIYO-SUN
1994 ¡POR SUPUESTO! STAP-0317
B-2 DEP'T is a technopop bandwho's members are Mikio Kato and Shigeru Nakamura. They made several albums though this and a v.a. compilation (Trojan Horse) are the only ones I have yet. They are of definite interest to fans of YMO, Logic System, early Denki Groove, though they are usually working on a less grandiose scale. This is a marvelous short album produced by Yoshinori Sunahara (then a mamber of Denki Groove). It seems to be out of print.
(*) 1994 cd: OMNIDATA OMNICD01
early works on CD
(*)1995 cd: OMNIDATA OMNICD02
1996 cd: OMINIDATA OMINICD03
On this one the packaging seems to make one expect the music would be extremely cute and perhaps simple and game-like. It actually only sounds a touch like that description. Its is full length with a variety of styles ranging from old style technopop-ish works to 1996 current electronica. A few tracks are a little minimal or fragmentary but then others are very appealing.
(*) 1997 md: OMNI DATA omnimd04
I would guess its no longer available now because this was only released on minidisc (those little recordable cartridges). Some of the tracks seem to be from other releases.
Asian Polyrhythm Dance
2000 Omni Data Producte OMNICD08
A solo project of Mikio Kato.This is lite technopop with sound collages. It's like a technologocal age version of those "sounds of Japan" type albums western tourists would buy in the 50s and 60s. Shigeru Nakamura is credited with drums on the final remix track. It includes a cover version of "Prototype B-2" composed by Sakamoto (catch the previous band's name connection?) Sometimes its too repetitive for me but there are a lot of technopop era sounds and many parts that are clever, catchy and interesting listening, probably closest to Sakamoto's earlier synth tracks than say YMO if a comparison must be made.
a nick story:
I saw the Asian Polyrhythm Dance album in a shop in Shimokitazawa,
Time to Galaxy.
Didn't know what it was so I passed on it, but I thought that I ought
to get it out of curiosity, so I thought Tower in
2000-1 P-Vine cd: PCD-5808, PCD-5815
Y-Setsu-O are a parody band of YMO. I guess as "YMO" is the shortened version of "Yellow Magic Orchestra" these guys are the Ero Magic Orchestra and are doing presumably erotic cover versions versions of entire YMO albums. These albums are credited with phoney names but it's well known the guys behind the act are Hisahi Saito, Mikio Kato and Shigeru Nakamura. A big claim to fame was the real YMO "4th member" Hideki Matsutake joined them for a live concert. I'm uncertain if he appears on CD or not. I know there is a multimedia section on the live CD that I've not played yet.
I guess one can't avoid comparisons with the "other" YMO parody band, OMY. To me Oriental Magnetic Yellow doesn't have the Ero content and most striking musically, OMY does sound alike tracks that are not actual YMO compositions while Y-Setsu-O does tight cover versions.
I'm certain that understanding or not understanding Japanese is a huge factor with these albums. Since I can't really understand the changed lyrics its hard for me to say much except acknowlege the cover versions are very tight so musically its mostly a "wow" thats very close or "umm, thats not exactly the same"
They are also on the 2001 Futuretron compilation (with profanity in English)
Y-Setsu-O Home Page (in Japanese)
I understand this to be a demo/mini-album
mp3 excerppts can be downloaded here anlong with more info
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