Japanese City Pop Cover Art. Mountains of Japan circa 1977 with a splash of 90s style.

Groove to beats of the past as modern producers remix a classic!




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The world of music is ever-evolving, but sometimes, to move forward, we need to take a step back. Enter the world of Japanese City Pop – a genre that encapsulates the cosmopolitan vibes of 1970s and 1980s Japan. With its breezy tunes, reminiscent of sun-soaked streets and neon nights, City Pop has seen a resurgence in recent years, thanks to platforms like YouTube and TikTok. And now, 5th Empire is bringing this nostalgic wave to the forefront with a beat battle like no other!

The Challenge: Remixing a Classic

The challenge? Remix the iconic Haruomi Hosono track, “Passion Flower.” For those unfamiliar, Haruomi Hosono is a pivotal figure in the City Pop genre, and his track “Passion Flower” is a testament to the genre’s rich history and vibrant energy.

But why “Passion Flower”? The track embodies the essence of City Pop – a blend of R&B, jazz, and a touch of funk, capturing the spirit of a Japan that was rapidly modernizing and looking to the future with hope and excitement. It’s a song that transports listeners to another time, another world. And now, it’s up to our talented producers to give it a fresh spin for the modern era.

The Battle for the Crown

This isn’t just any beat battle. It’s a quest for DJ dominance! Producers will be showcasing their skills, creativity, and love for City Pop, all vying for the coveted champion’s crown. And the best part? You, the listeners, get to decide who takes it home!

Every remix will be a unique interpretation of “Passion Flower,” reflecting each producer’s style and understanding of City Pop. From upbeat dance tracks to mellow lo-fi beats, expect a diverse range of remixes that pay homage to the past while pushing the boundaries of what City Pop can be.

A Brief Dive into City Pop

For those new to the scene, City Pop emerged during Japan’s economic boom. It was a time of luxury, freedom, and technological advancements. The music mirrored this zeitgeist, drawing inspiration from American styles like funk, yacht rock, and lounge music. Think of it as the soundtrack to Japan’s golden age – a time of optimism, luxury, and urban sophistication.

Recent years have seen a revival of this almost-forgotten genre, with tracks like Miki Matsubara’s “Mayonaka no Door / Stay With Me” going viral on platforms like TikTok. This resurgence is a testament to City Pop’s timeless appeal and its ability to resonate with audiences across generations and geographies.

Join the Beat Battle Revolution!

5th Empire’s Japanese City Pop Beat Battle is more than just a competition; it’s a celebration of music, history, and culture. It’s an opportunity to rediscover a genre that defined an era and to introduce it to a whole new generation of listeners.

So, whether you’re a die-hard City Pop fan, a curious newcomer, or just someone looking for some good remixes, tune in. Cast your vote to crown the ultimate DJ champion!


Mike Gradian

While not only a Boise, Idaho DJ, Mike Gradian has been a staple DJ in the "City of Trees" for decades. He continues to grace venues across the state keeping the art of turntablism alive!

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