Maybe it's the summer, maybe it's because I've been reading my way through a pile of Murakami books I found in my late dad's stash, or maybe it's because bubble economy Japan sounds really good right about now, but I've been listening to a lot of City Pop recently. There should be a thread for it. From Wikipedia: City pop (シティーポップ, shitī poppu) is a loosely defined subset of pop music that originated in Japan in the late 1970s. It was originally termed as an offshoot of Japan's Western-influenced "new music", but came to include a wide range of styles associated with the country's nascent economic boom, such as AOR, soft rock, R&B, funk, and boogie. It was also associated with new emerging technologies, such as the Walkman, cars with built-in cassette decks and FM stereos, and various electronic musical instruments. There is no unified consensus among scholars regarding the definition of city pop. In Japan, the tag simply referred to a broad array of artists that were considered to project an "urban" feel. In other words, "music made by city people, for city people." Most of these artists refused to embrace Japanese influences, and instead, largely drew from American soft rock, boogie, and funk. Some examples may also feature tropical flourishes or elements taken from disco, jazz fusion, Latin, Caribbean, or Polynesian music. The genre reached the peak of its popularity in the 1980s before losing mainstream appeal. Tatsuro Yamashita, who was among the genre's pioneers and most successful artists, is sometimes called the "king of city pop". Since the 2010s, city pop has gained an international online following as well as becoming a touchstone for the sample-based microgenres known as vaporwave and future funk. Sadly, a lot of City Pop classics simply aren't on Spotify, but here's something to get you started: CITY POP (1976-1989), a playlist by Arthur on Spotify And a good article/guide: The Guide to Getting Into City Pop, Tokyo’s Lush 80s Nightlife Soundtrack Don't fight it.