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Susumu Yokota has died

Japanese ambient and techno producer has died, aged 54

Japanese musician and producer Susumu Yokota died on 27 March following a long period of illness. His death was announced by his family this week. He was 54 years old.

Yokota was an economist turned artist, techno DJ and musician. He began releasing music in the early 1990s, and was well known as a DJ, developing a sound that was part techno and part jazzy house, before he moved into producing ambient electronic music. He released several ambient electronic records, some of which became house music staples, Sakura and Grinning Cat included.

Either under his own name or pseudonyms like 246, Yokota released many records during his prolific career on labels like Leaf, Lo Recordings, Reel Music, Sublime, and his own Skintone imprint. Dreamer, his last record, was released by Lo in 2012.

Read the original Sublime Records post here, and a post from LEAF here.