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Various ArtistsEscalator Records, Tokyo
By Dave Stelfox
As one of the very few truly independent Japanese labels left in existence, respect is due to Escalator Records. Ranging from the screwball floor-fillers of Montparnasse and the High Yummies' almost barnstorming quirkiness to the tender pop of Neil & Iraiza, this is an eclectic view of a highly respected maverick imprint and certainly not for those with blinkered musical vision. Concentrating on near impossible-to-find releases, this is a chance to own some extremely rare and expensive tracks. But with a Yukari Fresh track named after Liverpool's Michael Owen I was bound to like it anyway.