This concept album is a collaboration of pastry shop es koyama (located in Hyōgo prefecture) with several artists who created new songs inspired by the shop's various cakes and sweet treats. Included are new songs by Nakatsuka Takeshi, Nanba Shiho, Mizuno Mari (paris match) and more.
Various Artists "Sweets Wonderland / es koyama with friends"
(Title / Artist)
1. Tree / Sumire & Matsumoro Toshiaki (inspired by "omoide no okina ki ~Koyama-ryu baumkuchen~")
2. Starry / THE CHARM PARK (inspired by "Framboisier")
3. taiyō no Shower / Nakatsuka Takeshi (inspired by "kamadashi blueberry pie")
4. sanbyōshi no Palette / Matsumoro Toshiaki (inspired by "Macaron")
5. Strawberry Letter 23 / Satō Chikuzen (inspired by "Strawberry shortcake")
6. Refrain / Nakatsuka Takeshi (inspired by "es-chiffon")
7. HYPER 90'S CHOCOLATE BOYFRIEND / Nanba Shiho (inspired by "Tablette chocolat")
8. kimi to nara / Nakatsuka Takeshi (inspired by "Koyama cheese")
9. shūmatsu no Voyager / Mizuno Mari (paris match) (inspired by "Weekend citron")
10. Bon Bon au Chocolat / TOKU & SHANTI (inspired by "Bonbon chocolat")
11. La Dolce Vita / Nakatsuka Takeshi (inspired by "Koyama roll")
A new Cornelius 7" is coming out next week! Title song "In a Dream" is taken from his excellent latest album "Mellow Waves", while the B-side "yume no oku de" is a previously unreleased dreamy track that samples the theme song from 70's TV show "Love Love Show".
This is the 3rd single from "Mellow Waves", following "If You're Here" and "Sometime / Someplace (itsuka / dokoka)" which were both released before the album.
Cornelius "In a Dream" (7")
(Japanese title: "yume no naka de")
A. In a Dream (yume no naka de)
B. yume no oku de
"In a Dream"
Boomdigi (Facebook page), a Kumamoto-based electro-matsuri unit formed of 2 MCs & 1 DJ, has a first 7" out now! Boomdigi brings together sounds of hip-hop and bass music with traditional Japanese summer festival vibes.
Both tracks can be sampled at Jet Set.
Boomdigi "hinokuni Bounce / Welcome 2 My World" (7")
ブンディギ 「火ノ国BOUNCE / Welcome 2 My World」
A. hinokuni Bounce
B. Welcome 2 My World
Kaede (of Negicco) has released today a first solo single, of which the title song was written by Sawabe Wataru (Skirt). The B-side is a cover of Kirinji's "sore mo kitto shiawase". Both were arranged by Skirt. This is being released for her 26th birthday (September 15). The music video, seen below, was shot in Sendai.
The single is being released digitally on September 20. A 7" edition was released today although it's exclusive to Tower Records physical shops.
Kaede "ano ko ga kurasu machi (made ato dore gurai?)" (Download)
1. ano ko ga kurasu machi (made ato dore gurai?)
2. sore mo kitto shiawase
3. ano ko ga kurasu machi (made ato dore gurai?) (inst)
4. sore mo kitto shiawase (inst)
Kaede "ano ko ga kurasu machi (made ato dore gurai?)" (7")
A. ano ko ga kurasu machi (made ato dore gurai?)
B. sore mo kitto shiawase
T-Palette Records TPRV-0028
Out now (9/17), ¥1700 (excl. tax)
Order: Tower Records †
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
"ano ko ga kurasu machi (made ato dore gurai?)"
Meet The Hopes holds regular party "Jinriki Disco" on the 3rd Wednesday every month at Basement Bar in Shimokitazawa. The next will be held tomorrow September 20, and will feature Meet The Hopes and also Pablo, Kamata Mizuki and Yaoyoros (details). Watch their blog for upcoming news.
Meet The Hopes "uwasa ni naritai / Jasmine High" (7")
ミートザホープス 「うわさになりたい / ジャスミンハイ」
A. uwasa ni naritai
B. Jasmine High
"Zen and Bones" is a documentary film directed by Nakamura Takayuki ("Yokohama Mary") about Japanese-American Buddhist priest Henry Mittwer. This soundtrack features music by many artists including Nomiya Maki, Comoesta Yaegashi, Yokoyama Ken (Crazy Ken Band), Kishino You-ichi (La veuve moustachue), Tablet Jun and more.
The movie is currently being shown in Tokyo and Yokohama, with more to come soon. Check the official site for details.
"'Zen and Bones' Original Soundtrack"
「映画 『禅と骨』 オリジナル・サウンドトラック」
1. Redshoes Rapsody / Nakamura Yusuke × Eddie Ban
2. The woman with redshoes / Nakamura Yusuke × Ban
3. akai kutsu / Kishino You-ichi × Okamura Midori × Tablet Jun
4. Kyoto bojō / Kishino You-ichi × Shigemori Kōhei × Nomiya Maki
5. Henry no Theme ver.1 / Ōnishi Junko
6. Henry no Theme ver.2 take 1 / Ōnishi Junko
7. Henry no Theme ver.2 take2 / Ōnishi Junko
8. Sachiko no Theme / Ōnishi Junko
9. Moon Bathing / Terasawa Shingo
10. hone made ai shite / Comoesta Yaegashi × Yokoyama Ken
The Lady Spade has released just recently a brand new mini-album, the follow-up to "Reverse Shaped Black Heart" (2014). Their sound is more sophisticated and danceable than ever, cuter but also perhaps a bit scarier!?
That the album is available physically only via Tower Records (which ships only within Japan), however it's also on iTunes, Spotify, OTOTOY, Amazon MP3, etc.
A special show will be held on Friday October the 13th at Shibuya Glad, starting at 19:00. Special guest act The Aprils, whose recent single "Horror Survivor" was a collaboration with The Lady Spade, will also be part of the show. Tickets are on sale.
The Lady Spade "Phenomenon"
(Japanese artist name: sono na wa Spade)
1. tottemo kanashii ohanashi o waratta kao de shika hanasanai oningyō no monogatari
5. Stripe Stripe Stripe
6. Trick or Die
The Lady Spade's first album, "Dial 'S' for The Lady Spade!", was released in 2009 and featured former vocalist Ruby aka Nosa Reina. It is now being released again in a remastered edition! The Lady Spade fans and also anyone who enjoys cool groovy 60's-insprired music with a spy theme shouldn't miss this excellent album. Liner notes by producer SLF and Nosa Reina have also been added.
The Lady Spade "Dial 'S' for The Lady Spade!"
(Japanese title: "Dial 'S' o mawase!")
1. Opening - Dial "S" o mawase!
2. Lady Spade - Eye Catch
4. wagamama na watashi
5. Jingle - Dial "S" Part 1
6. tsugi no Mission no jōhō ga todokimashita
7. mawase! unmei no Roulette
8. Spy gokko
9. shinsetsu Spy gokko
10. Spade vs sekai de 2banme no otokotachi ~Car Chase hen~
11. Jingle - Dial "S" Part 2
12. koi no unten menkyosho
13. hitori bocchi no Spade
14. Ending - Dial "S" o mawase!
"Lady Black (preview ver.)" (from 2009)
Sampler clip (from 2009)
New wave band BANK has a new 7" out now! Check out their new songs of a dubby mellow 80's feel. BANK is a band that features singer Nakamura Dai (ex-Arch), drummer Suzuki Bō, bassist Hirami Fumio (ex-Love Tambourines), guitarist Ōhashi Nobuyuki (aka Pate, ex-Bridge) and keyboardist Kitami Tadashi (Disco2). This is the follow-up to brilliant album "True Tempo" (2015).
Aside form the links below, you can also probably buy directly from the friendly Too Young Records, home of BANK. Find instructions on their "For foreign customers" page. The same single is also available as a split cassette, which also contains two songs by NUBACK (a monicker of Nakamura Dai).
BANK "Time / Himitsu" (7")
Konishi Yasuharu compiles another CD from Sony's J-Pop hit catalog, consisting of songs that have not been released on 7". This follows the release of "Ace" last February that was the starting point to the release of several 7" singles of songs Konishi wished to have for his DJ gigs. This time in addition to hits are some rarities and also two brand new edits: Pizzicato Five's "Lovers' Rock -no dub-" and Clémentine's "Weekend -'Ace' edit-"! A must for fans! All songs can be sampled at CDJapan and other links below.
Out at the same time is a set of two 7"'s of four songs from the previous compilation. See "Ace ep" below for details.
Those who buy either of these at Tower Records Shibuya can go to a special party there on Friday September 15 from 19:30, featuring all DJs from monthly event (((((((A))))))) (details). A special appearance by Watanabe Marina as the opening act has also been announced. Being the 3rd Friday of the month, the party will continue at Organ b. afterwards.
Various Artists "Ace 2" (7"x2)
(Title / Artist)
1. ai no sainō / Kawamoto Makoto
2. zurui onna / Sharam Q
3. Timing / Black Biscuits
4. yureru taion (TYO mix) / ACO
5. ENDLESS SUMMER NUDE / Magokoro Bros
6. Ekesetene (KONISHI'S EDIT) / Modern Choki Chokies
7. atashi nande dakishimetain darō? / CHARA
8. yasashii kimochi / CHARA
9. Let's Fly The Ad-Balloon / Oh! Penelope
10. Two of us / Miyazawa Rie
11. MAN ON THE EARTH / Ōe Senri
12. Carnival / Kihara Satomi
13. taisetsu / Komorita Minoru
14. Lovers' Rock -no dub- / Pizzicato Five (New Edit)
15. kimo to boku / Suzuki Lanlan
16. Weekend -"Ace" edit- / Clémentine (New Edit)
17. seppun / Goshima Yoshiko
18. boku no okurimono / Rising Chart Singers (First time on CD)
Various Artists "Ace ep" (7"x2)
(Title / Artist)
A. Shibuya de 5ji (1996 Chocolate mix) / Suzuki Masayuki & Kikuchi Momoko
B. Shanghai Honey / Orange Range
C. V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N / Yoshimura Yumi
D. Wedding Bell / Puffy