The term legend is often used lightly in music journalism. Kaoru Inoue, known as Chari Chari, is one of the few Tokyo DJs who could reasonably be called legendary.

There, at the genesis of Tokyo’s ambient techno scene, he has kept a low profile, teasing followers with perfectly nurtured, ethnic-flavored cuts on Pussyfoot compilations (U2 producer and DJ Howie B’s label) and occasional club dates. Finally after almost five years in the making, Inoue’s first album, “Spring to Summer” (File Records), more than justifies the hyperbole.

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