Staff Picks: Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music

For fans of: Exotic cosmic-music. Expansive soundscapes. Ambient Eno et al.

What they're saying: There is a great interview in Aquarium Drunkard with the compilation’s curator, and Resident Adviser examines Japanese ambient’s odd cultural moment.

What we say: More propulsive and percussive than much classic ambient, this is a blissful and mystifying long listen full of the sorts of tracks that you’d never stumble into without full-immersion in the genre. A great snapshot of a unique time and place.

Further listening: Perhaps it was the reissue of Midori Takada’s Through The Looking Glass that helped get these sounds back in circulation. Also, if you haven’t already checked them out, Light in the Attic’s other ambient/new-age sets I Am The Center and The Microcosm.