Nov 01, 2021

Introducing Japanese Artist, Toshiki Kadomatsu & His Works On Vinyl Records

If you want to enjoy Japanese music on vinyl records, the first thing you should do is to learn about Japanese artists; this time, in particular, we introduce Toshiki Kadomatsu, a singer, musician and also a producer.

With the increasing popularity of city pop music across the globe, there is growing demand for Kadomatsu’s music on vinyl records, too.




Who is Toshiki Kadomatsu?

Toshiki Kadomatsu was born in 1960 in Shibuya, Tokyo, and started playing the guitar at the age of 10. When he visited elementary school, he became obsessed with the Japanese band Happy End and the fusion music which was, at the time, quite popular in the USA. In his college days, he made a demo tape of his own compositions for a contest, which led to his debut with the single “YOKOHAMA Twilight TIME” and the album “Sea Breeze”, both released from the prominent record label RVC. It was in 1981, when he was 20.

At the time of his debut, Eiichi Otaki and Tatsuro Yamashita were all the rage in Japan. Kadomatsu employed the city-pop style, too, as the label wanted him to follow suit. Also the best Japanese studio musicians were specially picked to record “Sea Breeze”.

His first self-produced album was “On The City Shore” and one song recorded on the album was used in a TV commercial which would later become his iconic work. Then he offered his song to the Japanese female singer Anri, which marked the pivotal moment in his life. Along his own singing career path, he struggled to get her into the music business by offering her several songs, as Anri did not yet gain much attention although her talent was highly evaluated. Kadomatsu produced “"Bi Ki Ni" and "Timely! '' for Anri released in 1983, which debuted her as one of the most popular singers at the time. “I Can’t Stop The Loneliness” recorded on “Timely!” became a smash hit, reaching Nr.1 on the charts, also one of the most popular songs produced by Kadomatsu.

Toshiki Kadomatsu’s music has made a great comeback with the growing popularity of city pop in recent years. His own songs and that of the singers he produced are once again drawing attention now, and many of his vinyl records are becoming expensive.


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Anri / Timely!! (For Life, 28K-63) released in 1983.




Toshiki Kadomatsu’s Works

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Toshiki Kadomatsu / Sea Breeze (RCA, RHL-8508) released in 1981.



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Toshiki Kadomatsu / Yokohama Twilight Time (RCA, RHS-520) released in 1981.



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Toshiki Kadomatsu / On The City Shore (Air, RAL-8805) released in 1983.



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Toshiki Kadomatsu / Girl In The Box (Air, RAL-4504) released in 1984.



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Toshiki Kadomatsu / After 5 Clash (Air, RAL-8812) released in 1984.



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