Ryuichi Sakamoto – 20 Msec

When asked to remix 20 Msec, a track from Ryuichi Sakamoto’s 2006 album Bricolages (Warner), Craig Armstrong was quick to accept – he is a big fan of the acclaimed Japanese musician and composer.

Sakamoto began his career playing keyboards for the seminal electropop band Yellow Magic Orchestra, before going on to compose a wide canon of solo works as well as Hollywood film scores. His work on Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor (1987) with David Byrne and Cong Su gained him an Academy Award.

For Armstrong, a fellow award-winning composer, the chance to record a spare and engaging take on Sakamoto track 20 Msec was one not to be missed.