Published Feb 08, 2013In recent years, it hasn't exactly been easy being a Cornelius fan here in North America. Not only is the Japanese electronic soundscaper no longer tied to U.S. biggie Matador, but his more recent records, such as those of his ongoing CM series, have remained as Japan-only releases, making them more than a little tricky to hunt down and keep tabs on. Now, Cornelius has snuck out another new one, his first proper release of original material since 2006's Sensuous: a soundtrack to the NHK television program デザインあ.
Appropriately titled デザインあ (or Design A in English), the album was released late last month in Japan via Warner Music Japan. The soundtrack features a hefty 25 tracks, though many of the songs fall under the two-minute mark, and it comes with a pile of guest stars, including Takako Minekawa, Chocolat, Yumiko Ohno (of Buffalo Daughter), salyu×salyu and Etsuko Yakushimaru. The album is also equipped with some pretty stellar 3-D packaging, which you can see in action over here.
デザインあ can already be purchased via some import sellers (such as this one over here) and, of course, over in Japan, but so far there is no sign of a domestic North American release. For now, you can see the tracklist below and listen to album track "デッサンあ" at the bottom of the page.
In some other Cornelius news, the latest CM release, CM4, was recently released in Japan as well. If you are literate in Nihongo, you can get some information about that remix record here.
デザインあ (aka Design A):
1. デザインあのテーマ/ ショコラ
7. まるとしかく/ 嶺川貴子
10. Sound of Composition
12. やじるしソング/ やくしまるえつこ
17. おととおんがく/ 大野由美子
23. カラーマジック/ salyu × salyu