Tatsuro Yamashita（山下達郎）has left a very long shadow over the decades with his music and that was even before people from overseas discovered his songs and albums and became City Pop fans. He may have influenced at least a few singers themselves with his summery tunes. One that I know off the top of my head is Junk Fujiyama（ジャンクフジヤマ）who wowed me and other folks with his "Hoshikuzu no Pipeline"（星屑のパイプライン）when it got featured in that one episode of the anime "Space Dandy" a few years back.
Well, somebody even beat Fujiyama by around a couple of decades much to my surprise. On my recent purchase of "Light Mellow ~ Highway", there was one song included by singer, songwriter and radio personality Kanke（カンケ）which is a full respect to the Tats himself, "Let's Kiss Baby".
The coupling song to Kanke's 1997 "Summer Breeze"（サマーブリーズ）, it seems to combine "Let's Dance Baby", "Let's Kiss The Sun" and "Loveland, Island". Although Kanke's vocals aren't quite the same as Yamashita's golden voice, the Niigata native acquits himself quite well behind the mike. Plus, we do get that feeling of summer filtering through the speakers, so that is a win! Not sure how Kanke met up with Yamashita to get his blessing, though, but no doubts about how much the former likes the latter's music.