To mark the fifth anniversary of Susumu Yokota’s departure from this world, independent imprint Lo Recordings are set to release a new album of the late electronic pioneer’s work on the 18th of October 2019.

‘Cloud Hidden’, released on CD and limited edition vinyl, features ten unreleased compositions and early sketch versions of tracks that eventually formed his ‘The Boy and the Tree’ album from 2002.

Featuring the lead single ‘Direct Transmission’, the new collection was conceived following the discovery of a DAT tape by Mark Beazley of celebrated London post – rock / ambient outfit Rothko. Mark had worked with Yokota on the Rothko / Yokota collaboration EP ‘Waters Edge’ from 2002, but had no recollection of why or when he was sent the tape.

‘Waters Edge’:

Beazley sent the tracks to Lo Recordings’ founder Jon Tye who decided to honour the spirit and legacy of Yokota’s work by completing the music in a way in which he thought the late artist would approve.

Jon Tye explains:

“I only met Susumu once but communicated with him many times and always felt a strong connection with him and his music, it all came together swiftly and flowed from start to finish without thought or question. I hope what I have created is a fitting tribute. It was a privilege to enter the world of Susumu Yokota and spend time with his spirit.

“Many of the titles and the quotation below are taken from the book ‘Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown’ by Alan Watts, which I was reading at the time the tracks were mixed”.

Searching For The Hermit In Vain
I asked the boy beneath the pines,
He said ‘The masters gone alone
Herb-picking somewhere on the mount
Cloud-hidden, whereabouts unknown’
Chia Tao (777-841)
Trans. Lin Yutang

Album Track Listing:

01.      ‘Spectrum of Love’

02.      ‘Implications of Karma’

03.      ‘The Reality of Reincarnation’

04.      ‘Ama and the Mountain’

05.      ‘The Future of Ecstasy’

06.      ‘The Seven Secret Sayings of God’

07.      ‘Flowing with the Tao’

08.      ‘Incantation of the Stars’

09.      ‘The Art Of Contemplation’

10.      ‘Direct Transmission’

Yokota Susumu is sadly not around now, but the Japanese musician, producer and DJ always had a timeless quality and this new release is a perfect example and truly fitting tribute.

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