So, while working on my Techno week, (oh, that dreaded week that no one liked...) I kept coming across them in my searches. I found the above yellow cover while looking for remixes by Alex Paterson, and thought it was beautiful. It really captured that "Techno" feel from the early 90s, and I loved it. I thought I'd give it a listen. Yes, yes yes!
I've been listening to this particular set almost non-stop for the past month (Once or twice a week, really.) It's tunes are addictive. It has a strong Electronic base, but there is so much more. Imagine the Art Of Noise, crossed with the Shamen, with a hint of Orb and a dash of 808 State. And, they come from Japan (one of my favorite countries and cultures.) It's instrumental music, with a smattering of English vocals thrown into the mix to give it some structure. It's all very entertaining.
The thing I like most about it, is the uplifting and positive style of the music. It's feel-good music with no angst or manic. Just light and airy.
This cover, unfortunately, is the only one of theirs that I think is cool, though, from that particular album session. I've always been a sucker for that look. It took me a while to find the best looking one I could, and even that wasn't so great. It took me about 6 or 7 hours to repair it, as the scan was far from perfect, and with a higher resolution, the imperfections were obvious. So, if you have an art program and take a look at it closely (zoom right in), you will see there are still some areas that I couldn't quite get fixed. As it is, I think it turned out well.
If you like the Orb, Shamen, Art Of Noise, or if you already know YMO, you are going to love this. It's a great GREAT set.