by Ryuichi Sakamoto
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If eclectic is your bag, then Heartbeat might be your thing. Like Hector Zazou, Ryuichi Sakamoto employs a realm of many styles on this upbeat collection. Songs performed in Japanese, Russian, French, and English (by friends Youssou N'Dour, David Sylvian, and Deee-Lite's DJ Towa Towa and Super DJ Dmitri) top an already brimming album that is everything its predecessor, Beauty, wasn't. Two completely different versions of the title track add arty spice. "Triste" is a wonderful, lazy-afternoon stroll in Paris jazz; "Lulu" follows suit. Is there no end to this Sakamoto's talent? He does jazz, rap, and chucks in a couple of solo piano pieces reminiscent of his soundtrack work. "Songlines" came about via his score for Pedro Almodovar's High Heels. "Boram Gal" and "High Tide" -- with guests Youssou N'Dour and Arto Lindsay, respectively -- are both delicate and swathed in summer. Ingrid Chavez adds poet's fire to frozen dust on "Returning to the Womb" and contributes eerie funk on "Cloud #9."

Product Details

Release Date: 07/28/1992
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0077778629122
catalogNumber: 86291

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ryuichi Sakamoto   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals
John Cage   Voices,Talking,Spoken Word
Ingrid Chavez   Vocals
David Nadien   Strings,Leader
Arto Lindsay   Vocals
Houria Aichi   Vocals
Deborah Barsha   Background Vocals
Dee Dee Brave   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steven Burnstein   Trumpet
Magic Dick   Harmonica
Bill Frisell   Guitar
John Lurie   Alto Saxophone
Youssou N'Dour   Vocals
David Sylvian   Vocals
Satoshi Tomiie   Percussion
Towa Tei   scratching
DJ Dmitry   Rap
DJ Towa-Towa   Percussion,scratching
Marco Prince   Rap

Technical Credits

David Nadien   String Section,String Section Leader
Arto Lindsay   Vocal Arrangements
Dee Dee Brave   Vocal Arrangements
Patrick Dillett   Engineer
Lolly Grodner   Engineer
Yoshifumi Lio   Engineer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Axel Niehaus   Sound Effects
Ryuichi Sakamoto   Programming,Producer,Engineer
David Sylvian   Producer
Satoshi Tomiie   Producer
DJ Towa-Towa   Producer
Norika Sky-sora   Artwork,Art Direction,Concept,Art Conception
Robert Bergman-Ungar   Art Direction
Yoshifumi Iio   Engineer
FFF   Vocal Arrangements
Hal Grant   String Coordinator
Marco Prince   Vocal Arrangements
Kenton Nix   Composer

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Heartbeat 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
1) ''Heartbeat'' Although house music has evolved into a much more musically complex form than this stripped down cut, this is still a thumbs way up house track primarliy because of the hypnotic vocal performance of sweet voiced Dee Dee Brave, a house music songstress on same level as La India. 2) ''Rap The World'' DJ Dmitri delivers a silky smooth rap cut in Russian over a Sakamoto's funky sampled track. What's Dmitri saying? I don't know, but it's funky. 3) ''Borom Gal'' Usually megastar collabs flop. But Youssou & Ryuichi present a catchy, jazzy, very unique sounding African track heavy on strings & other fascinating sounds from instruments unknown to yours truly. I dig it. The rest of the CD is a solid mix of slow & uptempo cuts. I highly recommend it.