Susumu Yokota made a name for himself in Japan as a House DJ and producer, but his ambient pieces are what has a place in my heart. ‘Sakura’ is his full length album released in 1999 on Skintone records in Japan, and again on 11th September 2000 on The Leaf Label in the United Kingdom. The album was named as the top electronic release of 2000 by The Wire magazine, and rightly so. The album on a whole is a masterpiece, subtle and warming ambience, clipped vocal samples soaked in dream-like delays. It has an certainly has an east-meets-west sound, bringing traditional Japanese elements to life in a very modern way. Gekkoh is a particular highlight on the album, featuring a sample from the opening of Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians”, but I cannot recommend buying and listening to the whole record. Sit back and relax and bask in Yokota’s work.