Blur’s Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon have just completed a remix of Cornelius’s “Star Fruits Surf Rider” for release as a single in the U.K. this month, and in the U.S. next year. A spokesperson for Matador records confirms that a double CD package featuring remixes of Cornelius songs by artists including U.N.K.L.E, Money Mark, Coldcut, High Llamas, Pastels, Buffalo Daughter and Pizzicato 5, as well as Blur, is slated for release in the artist’s native Japan in November. The Blur single and the other cuts will likely be packaged and issued in some form by Matador in January or February.
Cornelius, born Keigo Oyamada 27 years ago, is a hi-tech pop rock multi-instrumentalist phenom who has released three albums in Japan, including his most recent effort, “Fantasma.” That album sold close to half a million copies in his homeland and was the first to be released outside that country. It debuted in the U.S. on Matador earlier this year.
Cornelius is also the proprietor
of his own label, Trattoria, which hosts a eclectic string of Japanese acts and non-Japanese artists including Apples in Stereo and Papas Fritas. He has reissued such oddities as the “Planet Of The Apes” soundtracks (he takes his name from the lead ape character from those movies) and former Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman’s back catalog of solo work.
Earlier this year, Cornelius staged a concert described as a multi-media blowout at Japan’s famed Budokan featuring video, ape characters, props and other extras, and offered a multi-media concert program that rivaled the stage production. A local radio station broadcast an extra rhythm track simultaneously with the concert, attendees could tune into the station on their Walkmans while watching the show.
Cornelius was recently ranked among the 50 most influential people in pop culture by “Ray-Gun” magazine.