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Over the past two years, Simon Whybray’s monthly club night and online mix series “Jack” (stylized in all caps) has featured high-energy songs from around the globe, including a healthy dose of J-pop. It’s surprising, then, when he reveals his gateway into Japanese music was a delicate piano number played frequently during his first job at Starbucks.

“I had to contact our head office to get the track list and figured out it was ‘Railroad Man’ by Ryuichi Sakamoto,” Whybray says via email.

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