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XTAL ((((sssurrounddd))), Jintana & Emeralds) re-edits 3 songs by band Spangle call Lilli line for dancefloor use! "dreamer" was a single produced by Nagai Seiichi (sotaiseiriron) in 2010, and the two songs on side B were taken from their 4th album album "Trace" (2005) that was produced by Kanda Tomoki. It's apparently the first time that songs by Spangle call Lilli line are released on vinyl.

Hear samples of all songs at Jet Set.

Spangle call Lilli line "Spangle call Lilli line Club Re-edits by XTAL" (12")

A. dreamer
B1. R.G.B.
B2. U-Lite

East End Classix / Jet Set JS12S123
Out now (1/17), ¥1800 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: Spangle call Lilli line, XTAL

Posted on | Released on January 17, 2018 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


Milli Milli Bar (Twitter) is the new band featuring pianist/singer-songwriter Yafune Tetsurō and singer Mia Nascimento (ex-Especia), with bassist Hishikawa Kōtarō and Sugata Naoto. Already having played some shows in Tokyo (some of which can be watched on YouTube) and having built a nice repertory, here's finally a first release.

Upcoming shows include one on January 25 at Kitasandō Strobe Cafe (details) and one on February 2 at Kichijōji Rock Joint GB.

Milli Milli Bar "My Sweet Seventeen" (Download)
ミリミリバール 「My Sweet Seventeen」

crooners
Out now (1/19)
Sample/buy: ミリミリバール , Spotify

Live performance on November 15, 2017

Find out more about: Milli Milli Bar, YAFUNE Tetsuro

Posted on | Released on January 19, 2018 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


Bakubaku Dokin have a brand new 7" single out now! Included are two new original rap songs. It had been 2 years since their previous song, "swingin'". Another 7" is expected to be released next month!

Both tracks can be sampled at Jet Set.

BAKUBAKU DOKIN "Good Night Baby" (7")
バクバクドキン 「グッナイベイビー」

A. Good Night Baby
B. B.O.N.E.

Gokuraku Records GRR-7001
Out now (1/18), ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"B.O.N.E."

Find out more about: Bakubaku Dokin

Posted on | Released on January 18, 2018 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


Nosa Reina has a new cover song out now digitally! "Endless Valentine" is a cover of EPO, originally released in 1990.

A whole album of covers including this and her recent Christmas song cover is expected to be released in April. Stay tuned!

A release event for this single will be held on February 24 at Shimokitazawa O.

Nosa Reina "Endless Valentine" (Download)
野佐怜奈 「エンドレス・バレンタイン」

P-Vine
Out 1/17
Sample/buy: 野佐怜奈「エンドレス・バレンタイン - Single」をApple Musicで (Japan), OTOTOY, Spotify

Find out more about: NOSA Reina

Posted on | Released on January 17, 2018 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


The 2nd EP of Tentenko (ex-BiS) is being released on CD. This was first released on iTunes on December 6. Included is a cover of classic techno-kayō song "Robot" (originally sung by Sakakibara Ikue). "nantonaku abunai" was written by Sakamoto Shintarō (Yurayura Teikoku). A previously unreleased remix is included. A must-check for 80's techno-kayō fans.

Several in-store shows will be held, including ones at Tower Records Shibuya 4F on January 19, Village Vanguard Koenji on Jan. 21, Tower Records Shinjuku 7F on February 1st, HMV record shop Shibuya on Feb. 12, among many others. Find more details here. Also check out her full live schedule here.

Tentenko "kiken na anata"
テンテンコ 「lきけんなあなた」

Disc 1
1. kiken na Highway
2. yakan hiko
3. SUKUSUKU
4. Aloe Vera
5. ROBOT
6. nantonaku abunai

Disc 2
1. SUKUSUKU KΣITO REMIX

ThisTime Records TTBM-1001
Out 1/17, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"nantonaku abunai"

"kiken na Highway" (Lyric video)

Sampler clip

Find out more about: SAKAMOTO Shintaro, Tentenko

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Here's a 4th EP of electro artist Cherryboy Function's "suggested function" series. This follows album "Word In The Petals" (2016). Included is "sakamoto metal (type-b)", a new edit of the track he made for video & music project Industrial JP that matches industrial factories with techno/electro artists (see the original video below).

Cherryboy Function can be seen live tonight January 13 at Circus Tokyo in Shibuya, part of event "Audio Two" that starts at 23:00. The event also features resident DJs okadada and DJ Wildparty and more. Details here.

Cherryboy Function "suggested function EP#4"

1. basic pretence
2. sakamoto metal (type-b)
3. random waste
4. pieces of orgy
5. looking for you
6. hold on

ExT Recordings EXT-0024
Out now (1/10), ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , CHERRYBOY FUNCTION
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"SAKAMOTO metal" (Original mix)

Find out more about: Cherryboy Function

Posted on | Released on January 10, 2018 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


Wednesday Campanella (aka suiyōbi no Campanella) has a new single that was released just recently on iTunes Japan. The song "Edokkko doko doko" was featured on NHK E-Tele kids TV program "Nihongo de asobo". The song also features other characters and kids voices from the show.

Wednesday Campanella "Edokko doko doko" (Download)
水曜日のカンパネラ 「江戸っ子どこどこ」

NHK Educational Corporation
Out now (1/1)
Sample/buy: 水曜日のカンパネラ「江戸っ子どこどこ - Single」収録の

Find out more about: suiyoubi no Campanella

Posted on | Released on January 1, 2018 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


" WAKITA Monari's latest single "Wingscape / LED" is now available on iTunes, Spotify, etc. Check it out! Info ☞ http://bit.ly/2zSpaKA https://twitter.com/smoothaceSige/status/950720919713951744 " — @coolestsound on January 9, 2018 at 23:41 | Retweet

Indie-pop band Luby Sparks (Facebook, Soundcloud), formed in 2015, is finally releasing a debut album. It is co-produced by Max Bloom (Yuck, ex-Cajun Dance Party) and was entirely recorded in London. This follows the release of split-cassette "Yuck/Luby Sparks" (Fastcut Records), CD single "Thursday" (Jet Set, Fastcut Records) and 7" "Hateful Summer" (Fastcut Records).

Luby Sparks will open for The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on January 21 at Shibuya WWW X. Tickets are on sale!

Luby Sparks "Luby Sparks"

1. Intro
2. Sparks
3. Thursday (Album Version)
4. Still Awake
5. Tangerine
6. The Short Lived Girl
7. Hateful Summer (Album Version)
8. Life of Misery
9. Farewell, Lily
10. Teenage Squash
11. Before You Dive

AWDR/LR2 DDCB-12101
Out 1/24, ¥2200 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Thursday" (Single version different from the album)

"Hateful Summer" (Single version different from the albun)

Find out more about: Luby Sparks

Posted on | Expected to be released on January 24, 2018 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


Takkyu Ishino (Denki Groove), who just turned 50 on December 26, is releasing an box set of eight CDs! This includes a lot of his works except his solo original albums and Denki Groove original songs. This sums up to over 100 songs, all remastered, and it might take about half a day to listen to all of it. 16 of the songs are available for the first time on CD, and 12 previously unreleased tracks are also included. This is a limited edition that comes with a deluxe booklet. Amazon and HMV give away a desk calendar (while supplies last).

For the more casual fan, there's an "excerpt" edition of 2 CDs containing a selection of 24 songs.

Takkyu Ishino "Takkyu Ishino Works 1983-2017"
石野卓球 「Takkyu Ishino Works 1983~2017」

Disc 1 "Produced Works"
1. horagai HOOK / Cypress Ueno to Roberto Yoshino
2. Don't kan - Don't koi / Hirai Ken
3. gokiburi otoko / Hollywood Zakoshisyoh
4. nippon nanbaazu / Sumioka Rina
5. tomodachi no wao! / PUFFY
6. Final Valley / Fujii Fumiya
7. Jasper / Kimura Kaela
8. gijinka, hana / Ishino Takkyū
9. kurukuru Miracle / Shinohara Tomoe
10. Techno de So.Ya.Na / West End×YUKI
11. WILD CHERRY / THE SURF COASTERS
12. niko niko nyan nyan / Hosokawa Fumie
13. ikashita kanojo / Zin-Säy

Disc 2 "Remixed Works 1"
1. koi wa maketararenation (Trip II Da Mars Mix) / Shishido Rumi
2. Techno de So.Ya.Na (BITE MY JEANS MIX) / WEST END×YUKI
3. Ultra Q's Theme (Takkyu Ishino Remix) / THE SURF COASTERS
4. Pike (Takkyu Ishino Remix) / Hikashu
5. ee janai ka ~ Takkyu no gokudo denshi bonuta hen / Soul Flower Union
6. Rainbow rara ru- (nokinoki Ultra Mix) / Shinohara Tomoe
7. asunaro Sunshine (takkyu ishino re-construction) / Denki Groove
8. CHAOS WEST (dove loves dub reconstruction) / Fumiya Tanaka
9. TSUKI NO HANA #2 / Goshima Yoshiko
10. Have You Ever Seen The Blue Comet?(Takkyu Ishino Remix) / Dr.Shingo
11. ukigumo otoko (Takkyu's Japp Tekno Ppopp Mix) / Elephant kashimashi

Disc 3 "Remixed Works 2"
1. Electric sensei (Electric Body Sensei Mix) / HALCALI
2. Magic Time (Takkyu Ishino Remix) / JUN
3. ishin denshi (Takkyu Ishino Remix) / ORANGE RANGE
4. Music (Takkyu@133.333) / RAM RIDER
5. Luvotomy (Camp Three-O-Three Remix) / m-flo loves Amuro Namie
6. Firestorm (Takkyu Ishino Remix) / WRENCH
7. Shangrila (Takkyu Ishino Remix) / Chatmonchy
8. propaganda (Takkyu Ishino Remix) / FACT
9. SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE (Takkyu Ishino Remix) / Scha Dara Parr
10. STORM RIDER (Takkyu Ishino Remix) / Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
11. unmei (Takkyu Ishino Remix) / Nakamura Kazuyoshi
12. Rookie (Takkyu Ishino Remix) / Sakanaction
13. kokuhaku -Ishino Takkyū Remix- / Angela Aki

Disc 4 "Remixed Works 3"
1. A Piece of Future (Takkyu Ishino Remix) / FISHMANS+
2. nippon wasshoi (Takkyu Ishino Remix) / Dōhatsuten
3. EVERYBODY SAY YEAH! (Takkyu Ishino Remix) / SCANDAL
4. My Dear Lady, Will You Dance With Me Tonight? -Takkyu Ishino's Rave 1991 Remix- / Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas
5. NOTORIOUS -Takkyu Ishino's Acid Sucker Mix / RIZE
6. Venus (Takkyu Ishino Remix) / ziyoou vachi (Queen Bee)
7. GBI (Takkyu Ishino Remix) / TOWA TEI with Kylie Minogue
8. Raise your flag (Takkyu Ishino Twitching Acid Mix) / MAN WITH A MISSION
9. GET WILD (Takkyu Ishino Latino Acid Remix) / TM NETWORK
10. Get Ready (For The Humanity's End) (Takkyu Ishino Remix) / Cutemen
11. My Philosophy (Takkyu Ishino's My Philosophy is Techno! Call Me Acid House! Mix) / SUGIURUMN

Disc 5 "Collaborated Works"
1. Chime / Shinohara Tomoe + Ishino Takkyū
2. Liquid / Ultra-Takkyu vs. Mijk-o-zilla
3. Elektronische Tanzmusik / TAKBAM
4. Last Scene / Ishino Takkyū feat. Nanao Tavito
5. Love Train / Frank Muller vs. Takkyu Ishino
6. SUNSET BEACH feat. Takkyu Ishino / RYUKYUDISKO
7. Disguise / InK
8. Good That You Come / InK
9. Z / InK
10. Jinxxx feat. Takkyu Ishino / Sly Mongoose
11. wakusei no Portrait 5 okuman gaso / UKAWANIMATION!
12. Can't Get Enough / Takkyu and Mickey Zhang

Disc 6 "Assorted Club Trax"
1. Polynesian Byke / Ishino Takkyū
2. Rapt In Fantasy (Video Edit) / Ishino Takkyū
3. House is House Jack is Back / Ishino Takkyū
4. Uncertain Ratio / Ishino Takkyū
5. BOFF / Ishino Takkyū
6. Spinout (Video Edit) / Ishino Takkyū
7. Moxile / Ishino Takkyū
8. HirosueBaseBallBat / Ishino Takkyū
9. The Guitarist (Montag E.P.) / Ishino Takkyū
10. Pescatora / Ishino Takkyū
11. EtoB / Ishino Takkyū
12. Pulseman VS Sineman / Ninjahead
13. Three Synthesizers / Dove Loves Dub

Disc 7 "Other Works"
1. In Yer Memory / Ishino Takkyū
2. wasurechau mon / Shinohara Tomoe
3. Ultra Relax / Shinohara Tomoe
4. Ghost In The Shell / Ishino Takkyū
5. Music is the key (Love Parade 99) (Takkyu Ishino Mix) / Dr. Motte & WESTBAM
6. SIREN / Ishino Takkyū
7. Ninety Three / Ishino Takkyū
8. SPEED RACER (Takkyu's Demon On The Wheel Mix) / Mach GoGoGo
9. KuruKuru Zuntakatattatta For Shinohara Tomoe's Birthday Bush / Ishino Takkyū
10. odoru ponpokorin / Kimura Kaela
11. add(Web CM) / Ishino Takkyū
12. FUNKYTOWN -Montag Edit / Kimura Kaela
13. gyakusō BBA / Natsuki Mari
14. Color FULL Comboコンボ! / Tomita Shiori
15. sushiya (genki genki genki na kodomo no Ishino Takkyū ga hajimete mita Concert wa Tokoro-san Re-Edit by Takkyu Ishino) / Tokoro George
16. (kibun wa) hanbun Chameleon ningen / Denki Groove
17. All Night Long (oyasumi Version) / Zin-Säy

Disc 8 "Rare Trax"
1. Love Domination / Takkyu And The Sexual Harrasments
2. Takkyu Rave Factory '91 / Takkyu And The Sexual Harrasments
3. Yukashita Erika / Ishino Takkyū
4. We are Ginger / Ginger Heads
5. Butter Beans / Ishino Takkyū
6. Acid Bauhaus / Ishino Takkyū
7. Polynasia(12" Original Lenghth) / Ishino Takkyū
8. The Rising Suns(EZO mix) / Ishino Takkyū
9. Stereo Nights(Takkyu's Susukino Mix) / Ishino Takkyū
10. Starlights In Sunshine(Demo) / Ishino Takkyū feat. Nanao Tavito
11. Found CD-R / Ishino Takkyū
12. Noise In The Ear / Ishino Fumitoshi (16)

Limited edition (8 CDs + Booklet)
Ki/oon KSCL-3021
Out 1/24, ¥25000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Takkyu Ishino "Takkyu Ishino Works 1983-2017 (Excerpt)"
石野卓球 「Takkyu Ishino Works 1983~2017 (Excerpt)」

Disc 1 "Selected Produced Works"
1. horagai HOOK / Cypress Ueno to Roberto Yoshino
2. Don't kan - Don't koi / Hirai Ken
3. gokiburi otoko / Hollywood Zakoshisyoh
4. nippon nanbaazu / Sumioka Rina
5. tomodachi no wao! / PUFFY
6. Final Valley / Fujii Fumiya
7. Jasper / Kimura Kaela
8. Ultra Relax / Shinohara Tomoe
9. Techno de So.Ya.Na / West End×YUKI
10. WILD CHERRY / THE SURF COASTERS
11. niko niko nyan nyan / Hosokawa Fumie
12. ikashita kanojo / Zin-Säy
13. (kibun wa) hanbun Chameleon ningen / Denki Groove

Disc 2 "Selected Trax"
1. Love Domination / Takkyu And The Sexual Harrasments
2. Elektronische Tanzmusik / TAKBAM
3. Last Scene / Ishino Takkyū feat. Nanao Tavito
4. In Yer Memory / Ishino Takkyū
5. Good That You Come / InK
6. Jinxxx feat. Takkyu Ishino / Sly Mongoose
7. KuruKuru Zuntakatattatta For Shinohara Tomoe's Birthday Bush / Ishino Takkyū
8. Polynesian Bike / Ishino Takkyū
9. The Rising Suns(EZO mix) / Ishino Takkyū
10. sushiya (genki genki genki na kodomo no Ishino Takkyū ga hajimete mita Concert wa Tokoro-san Re-Edit by Takkyu Ishino) / Tokoro George
11. All Night Long (oyasumi Version) / Zin-Säy

Regular edition (2 CDs)
Ki/oon KSCL-3030
Out 1/24, ¥3518 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: Cutemen, Denki Groove, Fishmans, Halcali, Hikashu, HOSOKAWA Fumie, ISHINO Takkyu, KAWANABE Hiroshi, KIMURA Kaela, m-flo, NANAO Tavito, NATSUKI Mari, Puffy, Ram Rider, Sakanaction, Scha Dara Parr, SHINOHARA Tomoe, Sugiurumn, TANAKA Fumiya, The Surf Coasters, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Towa Tei

Posted on | Expected to be released on January 24, 2018 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


Idol duo WHY@DOLL from Sapporo (Hokkaido) has a new single coming, the follow-up to their self-titled album released last August. The title track was written and produced by Nakatsuka Takeshi, while B-side "Promises, Promises" has music written by Yoshida Tetsuto and is co-arranged by Hase Yasuhiro (Yume To Cosme). The two singers wrote the lyrics of the latter.

On release day January 23, a free event (1 drink order) will be held at Shibuya Glad starting at 19:00. Many in-store events will also be held from around January 11 until after the release. To name a few: January 22 at Tower Records Shinjuku 7F from 21:00, January 26 at Tower Records Shibuya B1F from 19:00, Sunday January 28 at HMV & Books Shibuya from 17:00 and at Tower Records Shinjuku 7F from 21:00. See their full schedule here.

WHY@DOLL "Show Me Your Smile"

1. Show Me Your Smile
2. Promises, Promises
3. Show Me Your Smile (Instrumental)
4. Promises, Promises (Instrumental)

T-Palette Records TPRC-0194
Out 1/23, ¥1000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Show Me Your Smile"

Find out more about: HASE Yasuhiro, NAKATSUKA Takeshi, WHY@DOLL, YOSHIDA Tetsuto

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Continue reading in the January 2018 archive.
Next entry: ""'The Legend of the Stardust Brothers' / 'The Brand New Legend of the Stardust Brothers' Original Soundtrack"" (January 2, 2018 at 19:00)

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