Track of the Week #13: Shintaro Sakamoto - 'Let's Dance Raw'

Track of the Week #13: Shintaro Sakamoto - 'Let's Dance Raw'

Tue Aug 21st

Every week, we’ll bring you a must-hear track from the Le Guess Who? 2018 line-up. This week it is Japanese cult star Shintaro Sakamoto, a former member of legendary psychedelic band Yura Yura Teikoku, providing his rich and remarkable post-apocalyptic exotica.

In 'Let's Dance Raw', Sakamoto's musical approach as well as his love for playful exotica, groovy disco dub and airy jazz are on full display. With lyrics entirely in Japanese, one would barely notice he is singing mostly about the downfall of the human race. Shintaro himself says about the song: “Dancing is symbolic of our physicality. I think it’s possible to both dance by your own volition and to dance after you’re dead.”

"It is no understatement to say that Shintaro Sakamoto is a man who makes fascinating music. On first listen, it could easily be mistaken for something that is a lot sweeter and innocent than it actually is. The squeaky clean melodies and twanging Hawaiian guitars give this false sense of security, which is juxtaposed by a dementedly altered electronic voice that sings out in imitation of Sakamoto." - The 405

Want to explore more? We've collected all our weekly tracks in one playlist; listen via Spotify, Deezer of Apple Music here.

Shintaro Sakamoto's performance at Le Guess Who? 2018 is curated by Devendra Banhart. This curated program also features a.o.Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Vashti Bunyan, Chihei Hatakeyama, DRINKS, Rodrigo Amarante, SASAMI and many more.

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