Susumu Yokota

By Dave Stelfox

Japanese genius Susumu Yokota delivers another beguilingly beautiful project previously released on his own Skintone imprint. When you understand the title means 'cherry blossom' in the producer's native tongue it is easy to get some sense of the tone of this effortlessy organic double-pack. From the drifting opening strains of Saku to the shimmering deep house of Genshi and the celestial ambience of Tobiume, Yokota's somnabulant sounds slip effortlessly between the realms of profound introspection and insidiuosly rhythmic exploration as exhibited on the piano-driven jazz of Naminote. Gorgeous and essential.
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