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" Recommended show: playtime rock (TAKANAMI K-taro), BANK, DJ satomi (Twee Grrrls Club) - Sept. 5 @ Saravah Tokyo http://www.tooyoung-records.com/?p=1830 " — @coolestsound on September 2, 2014 at 00:05 | Retweet

Crazy Ken Band has a brand new album coming, the follow-up to last year's "Flying Saucer" (Amazon). This includes latest single "Spark da!", a song used on NHK's "minna no uta".

The limited edition comes with a bonus DVD of a digest of event "Hakone Yokowake Handsome".

A Japan tour will be held from September to November, starting on September 5 at the Yokosuka Arts Theatre, and later stopping in Tokyo on October 25 and 26 at Nakano Sunplaza. Find all tour details here.

Crazy Ken Band "Spark Plug"
クレイジーケンバンド 「Spark Plug」

1. Drive! Drive! Drive!
2. Spider Di Rosso (chi no iro no Spider)
3. Heartbreak BBQ
4. Dragon & Phoenix Court (Ryūhōkaku)
5. asedaku
6. Motor Town Suite
7. toiuwakede
8. a, suimasen.
9. 2CV
10. gomen ne bōya
11. Retractable
12. Surfing With Chicken Curry
13. zoku a, suimasen.
14. Please Baby Please Baby Baby Baby Please (mō nee)
15. Midnight Honmoku (Honmoku wa gozen reiji)
16. Enoden Crossing (fumikiri Shuffle)
17. a, suimasen. <LP version>
18. The World Of Nishihara Shōkai (sekai, Nishihara Shōkai no sekai!)
19. Spark The Moment (Spark da!)

Limited edition (CD+DVD)
DoubleJoy International UMCK-9694
Out 9/3, ¥3800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV (15% off *), Tower Records
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Regular edition (CD only)
DoubleJoy International UMCK-1489
Out 9/3, ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Spark da!"

Tags: Crazy Ken Band (click for more info)

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Sugar's Campaign, the unit of Avec Avec and Seiho formed in 2011, finally has a first release coming! This is a single of "Netokano" that's been up on YouTube since early 2012, and included is an instrumental version as well as new song "Hong Kong seikatsu".

The package is said to include an original letter set, illustrated card and sticker.

Sugar's Campaign "Netokano"
Sugar's Campaign 「ネトカノ」

1. Netokano
2. Hong Kong seikatsu
3. Netokano (instrumental)

Indies SC-001
Out 9/3, ¥926 (excl. tax)
Order: HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Netokano"

Tags: Avec Avec, Seiho, Sugar's Campaign (click for more info)

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Boogie The Machmotors is a 3-piece band from Hakata (Fukuoka prefecture). This new album features Nomiya Maki (on "Eleki-Trick") who has previously toured with them and collaborated on a Halmens tribute album, after which they appeared at her 30th anniversary concert.

An event will be held on August 31 at Zher the ZOO in Yoyogi, also featuring labelmates Budo Grape.

Boogie the Machmotors "Hi! Erectus!"
Boogie the マッハモータース 「Hi! Erectus!」

1. introduction
2. ao no Yeah!Yeah!
3. Hi! Erectus!
4. Eleki-Trick
5. Good Fuzz
6. Techno the Bop
7. New Wave High School
8. Get Back Boogie
9. 3speeds
10. Mach the Boogie

Tokyo Mor MOR-6931
Out now (8/27), ¥2000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Hi! Erectus!" (Short ver.)

Tags: Boogie the Machmotors, NOMIYA Maki (click for more info)

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hitomitoi's 3rd summer single is a track produced by Dorian! Lyrics were written by hitomitoi. This is out now exclusively on iTunes Japan.

If you haven't yet, also check out the previous "Glass no Summer Holiday" and "natsu kōsen, kira.".

A show will be held at Billboard Live Tokyo on Sunday August 31 (details here).

hitomitoi "toki o tomete koi ga odoru" (Download)
一十三十一 「時を止めて恋が踊る」

Billboard Records
Out now (8/27), ¥250
Sample/buy: 一十三十一 "時を止めて恋が踊る - Single" (Japan)

"toki o tomete koi ga odoru"

Tags: Dorian, hitomitoi (click for more info)

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" ISHINO Takkyu (Denki Groove) has posted several demo tracks from 1998-2000 to SoundCloud! https://soundcloud.com/takkyu-ishino @TakkyuIshino " — @coolestsound on August 26, 2014 at 21:25 | Retweet

Towa Tei continues to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his solo career. Following remix collection "Towa Tei 94-14 Remix" released in July, here comes greatest hits album "94-14" and best covers album "94-14 Covers". The latter includes 6 brand new recordings, featuring Ino Hidefumi, Ikuko Harada (clammbon), Bebel Gilberto and more. The artwork of "94-14" is by Barry McGee (who also did the "Flash", "Big Fun" and "Sunny" trilogy), and the one for "94-14 Covers" is by Gokita Tomoo.

An exhibition titled "Towa Tei Thinks Pretty Things" will be held at (marunouchi) HOUSE from September 8 to 28, with a free "50th birth party" on September 12 from 21:00 at the same place featuring Osawa Shinichi, Ino Hidefumi, a live set by Dorian and more. Details at hug inc.

Towa Tei "94-14"
テイ・トウワ 「94-14」

1. Apple with Ringo Sheena
2. Radio with Yukihiro Takahashi & Tina Tamashiro
3. The Burning Plain with Yukihiro Takahashi & Kiko Mizuhara
4. Marvelous with Yurico
5. Mind Wall with Miho Hatori
6. A.O.R. with Lina Ohta
7. Taste of You with Taprikk Sweezee
8. Sometime Samurai with Kylie Minogue
9. Milky Way with Yukalicious, Joi Cardwell & Ryuichi Sakamoto
10. Latte & Macaron
11. Spiegel ~ Mars with Ikuko Harada (Clammbon)
12. Butterfly with Ayumi Tanabe & Vivien Sessoms
13. Let Me Know with Chara
14. Happy with Vivien Sessoms, Bahamadia & Bebel Gilberto
15. Time After Time with Amel Larrieux & Vivien Sessoms
16. Luv Connection with Joi Cardwell & Vivien Sessoms
17. Technova with Bebel Gilberto
18. Amai Seikatsu with Maki Nomiya

Warner Music WPCL-11965
Out 9/3, ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Towa Tei "94-14 Covers"
テイ・トウワ 「94-14 Covers」

1. Last Century Modern ~ Technova (94-14) with Ino hidefumi *
2. Hold Me Tighter In The Rain with Vivien Sessoms *
3. Mars (94-14) with Aoi Teshima & Ikuko Harada *
4. Siesta (94-14) *
5. Get Myself Together with Taprikk Sweezee
6. Free with Rozz, Vivian Sessoms & Juiceman
7. My Sharona with Tycoon Tosh & Buffalo Daughter
8. Last Century Modern (94-14) *
9. Funkin' For Jamaica with Joanne, Les Nubians, Wizdom Life & Tom Browne
10. Forget Me Nots with Joi Cardwell & Vivien Sessoms
11. Batucada with Bebel Gilberto
12. Private Eyes (94-14) with Bebel Gilberto *
* New recordings

Warner Music WPCL-11966
Out 9/3, ¥2600 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"94-14" Trailer

Tags: Buffalo Daughter, Chara, HARADA Ikuko, HATORI Miho, INO Hidefumi, NAKANISHI Toshio, NOMIYA Maki, SAKAMOTO Ryuichi, SHEENA Ringo, TAKAHASHI Yukihiro, Towa Tei (click for more info)

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Following last year's "Toropical Circle", here comes a 2nd album by the wonderful Takako Minekawa/Dustin Wong collaboration!

The album will be also released in the UK on label Thrill Jockey on September 23 (on CD and vinyl), though the Japanese CD edition below comes with 2 bonus tracks.

Release events will be held at Ochiai Soup on September 23, and at Shibuya O-Nest on October 14. Details on the release official page.

Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong "Savage Imagination"
嶺川貴子 & ダスティン・ウォング 「サヴェッジ・イマジネイション」

1. Pale Tone Wifi
2. Dancing Venus of Aurora Clay
3. Dimension Dive part 1: Aether Curtain
4. Dimension Dive part 2: Earth Drum
5. Dimension Dive part 3: Deep Sea Dance
6. Ancient Aluminum Forest
7. Dioramasaurus
8. Luminescent Earth Traveler
9. She He See Feel
10. Pastel Ice Date
11. Young Tree Tree (Bonus Track)
12. A Cat Walks Into A Bar (Bonus Track)

Plancha ARTPL-053
Out 8/27, ¥2300 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"She He See Feel"

Tags: Dustin Wong, MINEKAWA Takako (click for more info)

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" New Yume to Cosme "uso dayo, kakokei janakute...!" http://youtu.be/ddMmy4g1iM0 — an answer song to Negicco's "imishin☆kamo dakedo" @YUMETOCOSME " — @coolestsound on August 23, 2014 at 23:35 | Retweet

Negicco (3-girl idol group from Niigata) and Especia (6-girl idol group from Osaka) join forces for a special temporary project named Negipecia! The song "Girl's Life" was written and produced by hit-maker Gotō Tsugutoshi, who wrote songs since the 80's for the likes of Onyako Club and countless others. The B-side also has music written by him, with lyrics by Hase Yasuhiro (Yume to Cosme).

The single comes in 3 editions. Hold your breath for the explanation. The nice-priced "Negipecia" doesn't contain the B-side but instead an instrumental version of "Girl's Life". The other two, "Negicco" and "Especia" editions, instead contain a different version of the B-side produced by each group's producer (connie and Schtein&Longer respectively), and a song by each group remixed by a producer of the other group (PellyColo remixes Negicco, and connie remixes Especia)... Are you still with us?

There's also a 12" edition of both original songs and their instrumentals.

A special event with Negipecia will be held at Liquidroom in Tokyo on August 26.

Negipecia "Girl's Life (Negipecia ban)"
Negipecia 「Girl's Life (Negipecia盤)」

1. Girl's Life
2. Girl's Life (inst)

"Negipecia" edition
T-Palette Records TPRC-0102
Out 8/26, ¥800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Negipecia "Girl's Life (Negicco ban)"
Negipecia 「Girl's Life (Negicco盤)」

1. Girl's Life
2. mizugi - yukata - hanabi - senobi (Negicco ver.)
3. mizugi - yukata - hanabi - senobi (Negicco ver.) (inst)
4. Negicco / Life Is Candy Travel (PellyColo remix) (Remixed by PellyColo)

"Negicco" edition
T-Palette Records TPRC-0103
Out 8/26, ¥1000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Negipecia "Girl's Life (Especia ban)"
Negipecia 「Girl's Life (Especia盤)」

1. Girl's Life
2. mizugi - yukata - hanabi - senobi (Especia ver.)
3. mizugi - yukata - hanabi - senobi (Especia ver.) (inst)
4. Especia / Aventure wa giniro ni (521 remix) (Remixed by connie)

"Especia" edition
T-Palette Records TPRC-0104
Out 8/26, ¥1000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Negipecia "Girl's Life (Negipecia ban)" (12")
Negipecia 「Girl's Life (Negipecia盤)」

A1. Girl's Life
A2. Girl's Life (inst)
B1. mizugi - yukata - hanabi - senobi
B2. mizugi - yukata - hanabi - senobi (inst)

Limited 12" vinyl edition
T-Palette Records TPRV-0012
Out 8/26, ¥2000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Girl's Life"

Tags: connie, Especia, HASE Yasuhiro, Negicco, PellyColo (click for more info)

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Yokohama talkbox musician BTB (of the Pan Pacific Playa collective, and previously of Luvraw & BTB which Luvraw quit earlier this year) has a new solo album out now. Featured are summer-oriented mellow covers of various songs originally by artists such as Crazy Ken Band, Wada Akiko, Yamashita Tatsurō, Prince, The Carpenters, Easy-E (N.W.A), and more. The album was mastered by Nagata Kazunao (ExT Recordings).

All songs can be sampled on iTunes Japan.

BTB "Back To Basic ~ore to omae hen~"
BTB 「Back To Basic ~俺とお前篇~」

1. Outstanding / The Gap Band
2. Erotic City / Prince
3. Dancer / Yamashita Tatsurō
4. shijō saiaku no yoru / Wada Akiko
5. Brain / Jungle Brothers
6. Vibration / Kasai Kimiko
7. Relight My Fire / Dan Hartman
8. Revolution Funk / CRAZY KEN BAND
9. I'd Rather Fu . ck You / Eazy-E
10. shoka no wasuremono / Crystal King
11. (They Long To Be) Close To You / Carpenters

Pan Pacific Playa / Ultra-Vybe PPPVB-008
Out now (8/20), ¥1800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , BTB "BACK TO BASIC ~俺とお前篇~" (Japan ), OTOTOY
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
How to buy from iTunes Japan?

Tags: BTB (click for more info)

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mimmam is a duo formed of twins who are models from magazine Zipper. Their debut single is a song produced by indies group Un Amin, with drumming by Jimanica.

This is available now on iTunes Japan and Amazon MP3 Japan.

mimmam "yurayura Blue" (Download)
mimmam 「ゆらゆらぶるう」

Pony Canyon
Out now (8/20), ¥250
Buy: Amazon MP3, mimmam "ゆらゆらぶるう - Single" (Japan)

"yurayura Blue" (Short version)

Tags: Jimanica, mimmam, Un Amin (click for more info)

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Out today on iTunes Japan and OTOTOY is a summer-themed EP by identical twin tappers P.O.P. The EP includes a remix of "Watch me" by DJ Jet Baron (aka Takano Mandokoro), known for bringing Indonesian dance music sounds to Japan's club scene.

P.O.P "Summer of P.O.P" (Download)

1. Yeah - feat. CHAN-MIKA
2. ie
3. Watch me (DJ JET BARON FUNKOT REMIX)

In Da House
Out now (8/18)
Sample/buy: OTOTOY, P.O.P "SUMMER OF P.O.P 2014 - Single" (Japan)

Sampler clip

Tags: DJ Jet Baron, P.O.P ORCHeSTRA (click for more info)

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Continue reading in the August 2014 archive.
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