Masanori Ikeda, Mansfield,
and the High Yummies
Masanori Ikeda is a Japanese DJ whose various projects include Mansfield, which has a sort of retro-'60s lounge sound; Montparnasse, Happy Charm Fool Dance Music-tinged funky breakbeat; and the High Yummies, quintessential Happy Charm Fool Dance Music.
From 1991 to 1997, Ikeda was
a resident DJ at the London club The
Blow Up, where he DJ'd under the name DJ Nori. After returning to
Japan, Ikeda released material on Escalator
Records under the names Montparnasse and the High Yummies, the latter
a collaboration with "Chabe," a.k.a. Gakuji Matsuda, a.k.a.
Ikeda also collaborated with Fantastic Plastic Machine's Tomoyuki Tanaka on the writing, arrangement, and/or remixing of various tracks on the FPM albums The Fantastic Plastic Machine and Luxury (in one instance, credited along with Tanaka as "Sound Possible," a nod to Tanaka's earlier DJ team "Sound Impossible").
Currently signed to Tokyo's Readymade Records (whose label producer is Yasuharu Konishi of Pizzicato Five fame), Ikeda seems to be focusing on his latest project, Mansfield. With labelmates Konishi and Comoestas (Comoesta Yaegashi), Ikeda also DJ's under the auspices of Readymade Entertainment, Tokyo. His mix CD, Spinout, was released in February 2000 by V2 Japan.
Masanori Ikeda / Mansfield / Montparnasse / High Yummies Links
Records (Japan) - This record label is home to Pizzicato
Five, Mansfield, Comoestas, and others, and was home to Fantastic
Plastic Machine prior to FPM's departure for Avex
Japan. The Readymade site includes pages with audio samples on the
following Mansfield/Ikeda-related releases:
Mansfield - The Six Complexions of Mansfield
- Mansfield - It's a Man's Man's Field
- Various Artists - La Génération Readymade 2000
- track 2: Mansfield, "Mansfield Theme"
- Various Artists - Punch the Monkey [vol. 1; mislabeled vol. 2 on site]
- track 1: Lupin III '80 (Latin Love & Peace Calcutta Mix by Masanori Ikeda)
- Pizzicato Five - The Remixes 2000
- track 4: Pizzicato Five's "One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine Ten Barbie Dolls" (Ken's Old Aiwa Mix by Masanori Ikeda)
Records (Japan) - Home to Montparnasse, the High Yummies, Cubismo Grafico,
and others. The site has information on Escalator's releases and on the
Escalator DJ team and their "Escape" DJ event. Navigation in English (and
French), text mostly in Japanese.
Masanori Ikeda-related releases on Escalator include:
- Escape 003 - Montparnasse - Mini Mini Mary 7"
- Escape 005 - The High Yummies - Mog Au Go Go 7"
- Escape 008 - Marlon Sea - Disco Del Mar 7"
(B-side is an Escalator Team remix involving Ikeda)
- Escape 010 - Montparnasse - Dolly Catcher 7"
The seven-inches are all out of print, but the CD compilations can be obtained (as imports) from indie-oriented online music stores like Other Music. For the compilation Escalator Records Tokyo, don't buy the Japanese pressing; buy the substantially cheaper (and more readily available) pressing on Germany's Bungalow Records, available from numerous online retailers.
Records (Germany) - Released the compilation Escalator Records Tokyo
(see above) at a very reasonable price, something that cannot be said of
the pressing on Escalator Records.
V2 Japan - Masanori Ikeda's Spinout - Archive.org's record of the page no longer on the site of V2 Japan. Provides a tracklisting (in English) of the Masanori Ikeda mix CD Spinout, released by V2 Japan in February 2000 (and available via such online retailers as Amazon.com), a discography (partly in English), and a bio (in Japanese) of Ikeda.
V2 Japan - Masanori Ikeda's Spinout 2 - Archive.org's record of the page no longer on the site of V2 Japan. Provides a tracklisting (in English) of the May 2001 release Spinout 2. The profile section (in Japanese) repeats some of the information from the original Spinout page.
Readymade Entertainment, Tokyo (Japan) - Includes information on selected Readymade Records releases, on recent remixes by Yasuharu Konishi of Pizzicato Five, and on Konishi's "Readymade" DJ event. Navigation in English, text mostly in Japanese.
Ursula 1000 (Variety Is the Spice of Life page) - The Montparnasse track "Hugo Star" appears on Ursula 1000's mix CD All Systems Are Go Go.
Variety Is the Spice of Life - Japan-related links - A comprehensive selection of links for Japanese artists, record labels, places to buy Japanese music, music press, general press, and more.
This page created May 2001 - Last modified July 11, 2007