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" Download Akane HOSAKA's new EP "Loop Music" for free! ☞ http://wrieuwrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/loop-music " — @coolestsound on October 25, 2014 at 18:09 | Retweet

Noppal is a female rapper whose 1st mini-album was just released on LUVRAW's label Image Cluv. Producers include Dorian, VIDEOTAPEMUSIC, Mr.Melody (PPP) and more.

Hear more sound samples at Jet Set.

NOPPAL 「SUMMER EP 2015」

1. I Luv MaryJane (Pro. Mr.MELODY)
2. Stay Up (Pro. DORIAN)
3. Summer Night Party (Pro. DORIAN)
4. Lazy SunDay (Pro. VIDEOTAPEMUSIC)
5. nanimo nai hi (Pro. Osamu Ansai)
6. I Luv MaryJane DJ MAYAKU Remix
7. I Luv MaryJane (Inst)
8. Stay Up (Inst)
9. Summer Night Party (Inst)
10. Lazy SunDay (Inst)
11. nanimo nai hi (Inst)
12. I Luv MaryJane DJ MAYAKU Remix (Inst)

Image Cluv LUVB-001
Out 10/8, ¥1389 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , Summer EP 2015 by NOPPAL
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Summer Night Party" (Preview)

Tags: Dorian, Mr.Melody, Noppal, VIDEOTAPEMUSIC (click for more info)

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Tabla musician U-zhaan (formerly of Asa-chang & Junray) has a first solo album out now. Featured are guest artists Sakamoto Ryūichi (on a cover of YMO's "Technopolis"), Cornelius, Hanaregumi, De De Mouse, Hifana, Kakato (Tamaki Roy & Chinza Dopeness), Ametsub and agraph.

All songs can be sampled at Amazon or HMV. The album is also available to buy in digital format directly from U-zhaan's site (in WAV and MP3 formats).

U-zhaan "Tabla Rock Mountain"

1. Getting Ready - U-zhaan
2. Chicken Masala Bomb - U-zhaan x HIFANA
3. Tabla'n'Rap - U-zhaan x KAKATO (Tamaki ROY x Chinza DOPENESS)
4. Welcome Rain - U-zhaan x Ametsub
5. ore no shōuchū - U-zhaan x Hanaregumi
6. Flying Nimbus - U-zhaan x DE DE MOUSE
7. Technopolis - U-zhaan x Sakamoto Ryūichi
8. Homesick in Calcutta - U-zhaan x Cornelius
9. Raga Mishra Kafi - U-zhaan x Babui x agraph

Golden Harvest Recordings GDHV-003
Out 10/8, ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , Tabla Rock Mountain by U-zhaan
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Tags: agraph, Cornelius, De De Mouse, Hanaregumi, Hifana, Kakato, SAKAMOTO Ryuichi, TAMAKI Roy, U-zhaan (click for more info)

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Cherryboy Function has released a 3rd mini-album of his "suggested function" series. It had been almost 4 years since the 2nd one. This new release includes 5 original songs and a remix by Dorian!

Cherryboy Function can be seen live this Friday November 24 at Nakameguro solfa (details), and on Saturday November 25 at Shibuya Koara.

Cherryboy Function "suggested function EP#3"

1. material sweet
2. gauche experience
3. hard rose
4. bold night
5. missing dreams
6. material sweet -Dorian Remix-

ExT Recordings EXT-0020
Out 10/8, ¥1389 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , SUGGESTED FUNCTION EP#3 by CHERRYBOY FUNCTION
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"gauche experience"

"Material Sweet (Dorian Remix)"

Tags: Cherryboy Function, Dorian (click for more info)

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tofubeats has a first major album out now. Titled "First Album", it actually follows indies album "Lost Decade" (2013). Included are collaborations with 9 guest artists, including previously released songs with Fujii Takashi ("Disco no kamisama", Moritaka Chisato ("Don't Stop The Music"), lyrical school, as well as new ones with Bonnie Pink, PES (Rip Slyme), L.A. singer LIZ, and more.

Check out the video for "20140803" below, which tofubeats filmed at home by himself, as well as many other clips.

The limited edition comes with a bonus CD of most of the tracks' instrumental versions.

tofubeats "First Album"

1. 20140809 with lyrical school
2. #eyezonu
3. poolside feat.PES (RIP SLYME)
4. Come On Honey! feat. Arai Hitomi (Tokyo Girls' Style) & okadada
5. Disco no kamisama feat. Fujii Takashi
6. oshiete kensaku feat. Noko (Shinsei kamattechan)
7. CAND¥¥¥LAND feat. LIZ
8. asa ga kuru made owaru koto no nai Dance o -Album version-
9. Populuxe
10. zero to eight
11. framed moments
12. content ID
13. Her Favorite feat. okadada
14. Don't Stop The Music feat. Moritaka Chisato -Album Version-
15. way to yamate
16. koromogae feat. BONNIE PINK
17. hitori
18. 20140803

Limited edition (2 CDs)
Warner Music WPCL-11990
Out 10/2, ¥2400 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Regular edition (1 CD only)
Warner Music WPCL-11992
Out 10/2, ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , tofubeats "First Album" (Japan )
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
How to buy from iTunes Japan?

"20140803"

"poolside feat. PES (RIP SLYME)"

"Come On Honey! feat. Arai Hitomi (Tokyo Girls' Style)"

More videos after the jump.

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Tags: Bonnie Pink, lyrical school, MORITAKA Chisato, tofubeats (click for more info)

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Osaka-based city-pop idol group Especia had a new live DVD out now, of a show held on June 1st, 2014 at Umeda Club Quattro in Osaka. In this show, they were backed by a live band of 8 musicians. The package contains a 40-page photo booklet. Check out the digest clip below.

Another show with a full band will be held at Shibuya O-East on December 14. Tickets are on sale.

Especia "Viva Discoteca Especia 2014" (DVD)

1. AMARGA
2. Night Rider
3. Parlament
4. Orange Fast Lane
5. kirameki Seaside
6. FunkyRock
7. Sensual Game
8. Twilight Palm Beach
9. ame no Parlor
10. Interlude
11. Maserati Nagisa Medley
12. Intro
13. BayBlues
14. BEHIND YOU
15. Abyss
16. FOOLISH
17. No1 Sweeper
18. Theme of BayBridge
19. X-O (ENCORE)
20. YA-ME-TE! (ENCORE)
21. Midnight Confusion! (ENCORE)
22. Twinkle Emotion (DOUBLE ENCORE)
23. Midnight Confusion (Purness Waterman Edit) (DOUBLE ENCORE)

Tsubasa Records TRNW-63
Out now (10/1), ¥2778 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon (21% off *), HMV (23% off *), Tower Records
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Digest clip

Tags: Especia (click for more info)

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Food-themed unit DJ Misoshiru & MC Gohan have a new 3-song EP out now. The song "kyūri no Kyū-chan" is a collaboration with the cucumber character of the same name, who happens to be celebrating its 50th anniversary.

A special "Kyū-chan" edition at a cheaper price has a different tracklist, with just the Kyū-chan song and a bonus remix.

DJ Misoshiru to MC Gohan "OPQ EP"
DJみそしるとMCごはん 「OPQ EP」

1. omanjū
2. PIZZA
3. kyūri no Kyū-chan

Regular edition
Ki/oon Music KSCL-2481
Out 10/1, ¥1165 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , DJみそしるとMCごはん "OPQ EP" (Japan )
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
How to buy from iTunes Japan?

1. kyūri no Kyū-chan
2. kyūri no Kyū-chan (EATBEAT! remix)

"Kyū-chan edition"
Ki/oon Music KSCL-2482
Out 10/1, ¥917 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"kyūri no Kyū-chan"

Tags: DJ Misoshiru & MC Gohan (click for more info)

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" Bakubaku Dokin new free song "BETTY"! Get it here: http://bakubakudokin.com/news/bbd-93 (follow green "こちら" link) @yui_bakudoki @naoko_bakudoki " — @coolestsound on October 7, 2014 at 18:55 | Retweet

80kidz have a 4th album out this week, on their own Park label. This is the follow-up to "Turbo Town" (2012), though "80:XX-01020304" (a compilation of tracks from 4 EPs) was also released since. Featured are several international vocalists such as Benjamin Diamond, previously heard on several FPM tracks. Hear samples of all tracks below.

The iTunes release will include bonus track "Dying in My Dreams (feat. David E. Sugar)".

A release event will be held on October 1st at Daikanyama Unit.

80kidz "FACE"

1. Intro
2. Egyptian Raver
3. I Got a Feeling (feat. Benjamin Diamond)
4. Don't Wait Up (feat. Ronika)
5. Can't Sleep (feat. Jhameel)
6. Venge
7. Sting
8. Dusk
9. Gen X (feat. Ann Saunderson)
10. Into The Sun
11. Someting In The Way (feat. Kazuki Sato)
12. Face

Park DDCB-12072
Out 9/24, ¥2408 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , 80KIDZ "FACE" (Japan )
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
How to buy from iTunes Japan?

See also:
Various Artists "PARK compilation 01"

Tags: 80kidz (click for more info)

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Perfume have a new DVD/Blu-ray coming, of a show from their 2nd world tour held last year. The chosen show is the one held at London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on July 5, 2013. The show in London was first going to be held at another venue (O2 Academy Islington), but after selling out in 2 hours it was moved to another of larger capacity. The Blu-ray edition is region-free.

Released at the same time is the Blu-ray edition of "Perfume World Tour 1st" (released on DVD in 2013). Find details below.

Perfume will be touring abroad again in October and November, with 5 dates in Taiwan, Singapore, UK and the U.S. (Los Angeles & New York). Find details on this special site.

Perfume "Perfume WORLD TOUR 2nd" (Blu-ray/DVD)

Opening
Spending All My Time
Magic Of Love
Laser Beam
Polyrhythm
Spring Of Life
Seventh Heaven
Spice
Handy Man (Instrumental)
daijobanai
Electro World
"P.T.A." no Corner
Fake It
Dream Fighter
Chocolate Disco
My Color

-Encore-
Glitter

World Tour 2nd Making

Blu-ray edition (All regions NTSC)
Universal Music UPXP-1004
Out 10/1, ¥5000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV (18% off *), Tower Records
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

DVD edition (Region 2 NTSC)
Universal Music UPBP-1004
Out 10/1, ¥4000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV (18% off *), Tower Records
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Perfume "Perfume WORLD TOUR 1st" (Blu-ray)

Opening
Night Flight
Computer City
Electro World
Laser Beam (Album-mix)
Spending all my time
love the world
Butterfly
edge
Secret Secret
Dream Fighter
"P.T.A." no Corner
Fake It
nee
Chocolate Disco
Polyrhythm

-Encore-
Spring of Life
kokoro no Sport
My Color

World Tour 1st Making

Universal Music UPXP-1003
Out 10/1, ¥5000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV (18% off *), Tower Records
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Perfume WORLD TOUR 2nd" (Teaser)

Tags: Perfume (click for more info)

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Cupitron is a new techno idol group formed of three girls, and produced by Tobeta Bajune (known for Techpri). Their first video was filmed at Robot Restaurant.

The release comes in two different editions. The limited edition has one B-side and includes a DVD of the music video. The regular edition has two different B-sides (not included on the limited edition), with no DVD.

In-store events will be held on September 20 at HMV Tachikawa (from 16:00), on September 21 at Marui City Shibuya 1st floor (from 12:00 and 15:00), and on September 27 at Tower Records Kichijoji (from 15:00).

Cupitron "Unicorn Parade"
Cupitron 「ユニコーンパレード」

1. Unicorn Parade
2. First Contact
3. Unicorn Parade (Instrumental)
4. First Contact (Instrumental)

Limited edition (CD+DVD, different B-side)
Kisspoint Records RPK-1017
Out now (9/17), ¥1481 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV (10% off *), Tower Records
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

1. Unicorn Parade
2. Pikopiko Club
3. kasei Tour
4. Unicorn Parade (Instrumental)
5. Pikopiko Club (Instrumental)
6. kasei Tour (Instrumental)

Regular edition (CD only, different B-sides)
Kisspoint Records RPK-1019
Out now (9/17), ¥1112 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Unicorn Parade"

Tags: Bajune Tobeta, Cupitron (click for more info)

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Follow-up to cover album "Day & Midnight", here's a new original album by singer-songwriter Kushibiki Sayaka, backed by arrangers such as Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji (Cubismo Grafico), Koncos, The Keys, and more artists from the Niw! Records family.

A 7" cut of "I say a little prayer" has also been released in advance. Find details below.

Kushibiki Sayaka "koi suru unmei"
櫛引彩香 「恋する運命」

1. I say a little prayer (arranged by KONCOS)
2. yume de aetara nante (arranged by THE KEYS)
3. fukai Blue (arranged by ONE Hundred MONTBLANC)
4. Simple (arranged by PANORAMA FAMILY)
5. Cliché mitai na koi (arranged by ONE Hundred MONTBLANC)
6. Colorful (arranged by Taichi Furukawa (KONCOS))
7. tsuki no usagi to chijō no yume (arranged by PANORAMA FAMILY)
8. kiseki no ringo (lyrics by Katō Noriko) arranged by CHABE)
9. futari no tabi (arranged by THE KEYS)
10. koi suru unmei (arranged by CHABE)
11. suki na akuma (music by Matsuda Gakuji and Tagami Shūtarō (TGMX), arranged by CHABE)

Niw! Records NIW-101
Out 9/24, ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Kushibiki Sayaka "I say a little prayer" (7")
櫛引彩香 「I say a little prayer」

A. I say a little prayer (arranged by KONCOS)
B. futari no tabi (arranged by THE KEYS)

Niw! Records NEP-49
Out now (9/10), ¥1334 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon

"I say a little prayer"

Tags: Chabe, FURUKAWA Taichi, Koncos, KUSHIBIKI Sayaka (click for more info)

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Continue reading in the September 2014 archive.
Next entry: "RF "New Birth"" (September 15, 2014 at 12:20)

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