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Denki Groove has two new releases out at once today! "Tropical Love Lights" is an alternate edition of latest album "Tropical Love" (2017), including mainly instrumentals and two new mixes.

The other, "Denki Groove Decade 2008-2017", is a greatest hits album from the last ten years which started with singles "Shōnen Young" and "Mononoke Dance" (both 2007), and album "J-POP" (2008) that had followed a long hiatus. Check out the fun sampler clip below!

Denki Groove can be seen at several music festivals this August: Hot Field 2017, World Happiness 2017, SonicMania 2017 and Summer Sonic 2017.

Denki Groove "Tropical Love Lights"
電気グルーヴ 「TROPICAL LOVE LIGHTS」

1. Ningen President (Instrumental)
2. Tokyo Genghis Khan (Instrumental)
3. Kao Kawacchatteru. (Donkey Town Mix / Instrumental)
4. Puerto Rico no HITorIKKO (Instrumental)
5. Kakinokizaka (Instrumental)
6. Fallin' Down (Instrumental)
7. UFOholic (Acid Abduction Mix)
8. Tropical Love (Instrumental)
9. Venus Hill (Instrumental)
10. Stand by You (Instrumental)

Ki/oon KSCL-2942
Out now (7/26), ¥2300 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , 電気グルーヴ「TROPICAL LOVE LIGHTS」を Apple Music で (Japan )
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
How to buy from iTunes Japan?

Denki Groove "Denki Groove Decade 2008~2017"
電気グルーヴ 「DENKI GROOVE DECADE 2008~2017」

1. Fallin' Down (Single Ver. / Video Edit)
2. Upside Down (Single Mix)
3. Slow Motion
4. Mononoke Dance (Single Ver.)
5. Baby's on Fire (Video Edit)
6. Fake It! (Album Ver.)
7. Shameful (Live @ Zepp Tokyo 2017)
8. Kanpeki Ni Nakushite (Alternate Mix)
9. Missing Beatz (Album Mix)
10. Shōnen Young (Album Mix)
11. Tropical Love (Video Edit)
12. Foxx
13. KNGN
14. Szczecin

Ki/oon KSCL-2942
Out now (7/26), ¥2700 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , 電気グルーヴ「DENKI GROOVE DECADE 2008~2017」を iTunes で (Japan )
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
How to buy from iTunes Japan?

"Denki Groove Decade 2008-2017" sampler clip (Mixed by DJ Tasaka)

Find out more about: Denki Groove

Posted on | Released on July 26, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


After three great singles, here comes Wakita Monari (ex-Especia)'s 1st solo album! All songs are said to be worth single cuts.

Included are songs written by Hase Hajimu, Microstar, Fukutomi Yukihiro, Yafune Tetsurō, Nishidera Gōta (Nona Reeves), Count Joke, Hase Yasuhiro (Yume to Cosme), ikkubaru (from Indonesia), and Illicit Tsuboi with YUI (Bakubaku Dokin). Also, three songs are arranged by Arai Toshiya (Count Joke), and other musicians include Smooth Ace, Kashif (PPP) and Nakajima Hajime. Art direction and design by Sally Kubota.

A release party will be held on September 8 at Shibuya clubasia that will feature a live back band! Tickets go on sale on August 7 (with pre-sales from July 26).

Several in-store events will also be held, with ones on July 25 at HMV record shop Kichijoji (details), on July 26 at Tower Records Ikebukuro (details), on July 28 at Tower Records Kinshichō (details) and on July 30 at HMV record shop Shinjuku Alta (details). Check out her full schedule here.

Wakita Monari "I am ONLY"
脇田もなり 「I am ONLY」

1. IN THE CITY
2. IRONY
3. nakimushi Revolution
4. Dippin'
5. Cloudless Night
6. inori no kotoba
7. Boy Friend
8. I'm with you
9. EST! EST!! EST!!!
10. akai Skirt
11. anone,,,
12. yoake no VIEW

Vivid Sound / High Contrast HCCD-9590
Out 7/26, ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"nakimushi Revolution"

"I'm with you"

"Boy Friend"

"IN THE CITY"

Find out more about: ARAI Toshiya, Count Joke, FUKUTOMI Yukihiro, HASE Yasuhiro, ikkubaru, Illicit Tsuboi, Kashif, Microstar, NISHIDERA Gota, Sally KUBOTA, Smooth Ace, WAKITA Monari, YAFUNE Tetsuro, Yume to Cosme

Posted on | Released on July 26, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


Negicco has a new greatest hits album coming this month! Included are songs revolving around albums "Melody Palette" (2013), "Rice&Snow" (2015) and "Tea for Three" (2016), but also a single B-side ("sayonara Music"), previously unreleased show opening song "Make Up Prelude" (written by Hase Yasuhiro (Yume to Cosme)), two previously unreleased recent songs performed in their Spring 2017 tour ("tomodachi ga inai!", arranged by Homecomings, and "kuchibiru ni Melody" by connie), plus brand new song "ai wa hikari" (a collaboration with Kirinji). Check out the new clip below!

The limited edition includes a Blu-ray disc of the entire tour finale show of the "Spring 2017 Tour ~Live House no Negi~", held at Zepp DiverCity Tokyo last April. A limited 2-LP vinyl edition will also be released on August 15.

For their earlier songs, also be sure to check out "Negicco 2003~2012 -Best-" (2012).

In-store events (autograph only, no live show) will be held on July 21 at Tower Records Shinjuku (7F) from 19:00, and another at Tower Records Kinshichō on August 14 from 19:00. Details and Negicco's full schedule can be found here.

Negicco "Negicco 2011~2017 -BEST- 2"

1. ai wa hikari (New song)
2. Make Up Prelude
3. GET IT ON!
4. koi no EXPRESS TRAIN
5. anata to Pop With You!
6. ai no Tower of Love
7. Idol bakari kikanai de
8. tokimeki no Headliner
9. Triple! WONDERLAND
10. Sunshine Nihonkai
11. hikari no Spur
12. nee Vardia
13. attōteki na Style -NEGiBAND ver.-
14. mujun, hajimemashita.
15. sayonara Music
16. tomodachi ga inai!
17. kuchibiru ni Melody

Blu-ray (Limited edition only)
"Spring 2017 Tour ~Live House no Negi~" Tour Finale
2017/4/28 Zepp DiverCity Tokyo One-man Live (Uncut except for some MC parts)

Limited edition (CD+Blu-ray)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0180
Out 7/20, ¥7500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Regular edition (CD only)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0180
Out 7/20, ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Limited 2-LP vinyl edition
T-Palette Records TPRC-0180
Out 7/20, ¥4730 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"ai wa hikari"

Find out more about: connie, HASE Yasuhiro, Homecomings, Kirinji, Negicco

Posted on | Released on July 20, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


hitomitoi has a brand new album being released this week! "Ecstasy" is entirely produced by Dorian, who has been contributing great tracks to her albums since "City Dive" (2012). This is the follow-up to "The Memory Hotel" (2015). Check out the digest below!

HMV gives away a promo sticker of the jacket artwork, and Tower Records a postcard (while supplies last).

A show will be held at Billboard Live Tokyo on August 31, with sets from 19:00 and 21:30. Details here.

hitomitoi "Ecstasy"
一十三十一 「Ecstasy」

1. Ecstasy
2. Serpent Coaster
3. Flash of Light
4. Discotheque Sputnik
5. Let It Out
6. Moonlight
7. Blue, Midnight Blue
8. Galanterie
9. Swept Away
10. Varadero via L.A.

Billboard Records HBRJ-1027
Out 7/19, ¥2600 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , 一十三十一「Ecstasy」を iTunes で (Japan )
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
How to buy from iTunes Japan?

"Flash of Light"

Sampler clip

Find out more about: Dorian, hitomitoi

Posted on | Released on July 19, 2017 | Comments (1) | Tweet |


The Aprils has a new single coming this week! Title song "Horror Survivor" is a brand new collaboration with The Lady Spade, who was previously featured on "Magical Girls". The B-side is a self-cover of "KIRA×KIRA×KIRA×KIRA", a song that was written for Mizuka (see "Marshmallow Glitter").

The nice-priced 2-song CD single is available only at shows and on Amazon Japan, and also digitally at least on iTunes Japan. Hear audio samples at The Aprils' official site (click the speaker icon).

A brand new album from The Aprils is expected for fall 2017! Stay tuned!

The Aprils can be seen part of event "Super Pop Night vol.1" on Monday July 17 (a public holiday) at Otsuka Hearts+ from 17:00. The single will be sold there in advance.

The Aprils "Horror Survivor"
エイプリルズ 「ホラーサバイバー」

1. Horror Survivor (feat. The Lady Spade)
2. KIRA×KIRA×KIRA×KIRA

Aprils
Out 7/19, ¥600 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, エイプリルズ「ホラーサバイバー - Single」を iTunes で (Japan)

Teaser clip

Find out more about: The Aprils, The Lady Spade

Posted on | Released on July 19, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


lyrical school, who are now five after three new members joined recently, have a summer-themed single being released this month.

Aside from the regular edition listed below, there are five (!) limited editions, each of which includes a bonus drama track. Collecting all five completes the whole story.

Many in-store mini-live events will be held to promote the release, including one on Monday July 17 at Tower Records Shibuya (4F) from 18:00 (details), and one on Tuesday July 18 at Tower Records Shinjuku (7F) from 20:30 (details). Check their full schedule on the official site.

lyrical school "natsuyasumi no Baby"
lyrical school 「夏休みのBABY」

1. natsuyasumi no BABY
2. Concrete Jungle ~Boy meets Girl~
3. natsuyasumi no BABY (Inst.)
4. Concrete Jungle ~Boy meets Girl~ (Inst.)

BootRock BRTW-1034
Out 7/18, ¥1000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"natsuyasumi no Baby"

Find out more about: lyrical school

Posted on | Released on July 18, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


This is a live DVD (and Blu-ray) of the last show of Charan-Po-Rantan's latest tour, titled "Charan-Po-Rantan to yukai na Cancan Balcan Tour 2016-17 'taishū ongaku no tebiki'", which closely followed the release of album "toritomenashi". This show was held at Nakano Sunplaza in Tokyo on January 21, 2017.

The Blu-ray edition contains a bonus disc with footage from two other shows. Included are 6 songs and 17 songs respectively.

Charan-Po-Rantan can next be seen in Tokyo on July 20 at Shibuya Club Quattro, in an event with Katahira Rina. Tickets are on sale.

Charan-Po-Rantan "toritomenai ongakukai" (Blu-ray/DVD)
チャラン・ポ・ランタン 「トリトメナイ音楽会」

1. Opening Session
2. Blues Brothers no Theme
3. Asia no junshin
4. kono saki no Scenario wa anata shidai
5. koi to Machinegun (Young, Alive, in Love)
6. Naomi no yume
7. otoko no Saga
8. shiodoki
9. nyūin Trouble
10. chanto yatteru mo-n
11. mayuge Dance
12. Workaholic
13. yume bakkari with Katahira Rina / Rei
14. utsukushisa to wakasa
15. yoku
16. sanbaja
17. Shangri-La
18. tsuki
19. susume, tama ni nigete mo
20. 71oku Piece no Puzzle Game
21. Hava Nagila
22. tada, sore dake
23. Peddlers with Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
24. otakebi with Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
25. kanashimi
26. Mutsfa
27. Mebius no ikidomari

Disc 2 (Blu-ray edition only)
- Charan-Po-Rantan Tour 2016 "uta to Accordion no shimai gekijō" at Asakusa Kaminari 5656 kaikan Tokiwa Hall (2016.7.2) Digest footage
- Charan-Po-Rantan presents "buta ongakusai" at Ueno onshi kōen yagai Stage (suijō ongakudō) (2017.4.16)

Blu-ray edition (2 discs) (Region free NTSC)
avex trax AVXD-92563
Out 7/12, ¥5900 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

DVD edition (1 disc only) (Region 2 NTSC)
avex trax AVBD-92562
Out 7/12, ¥3900 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: Charan-Po-Rantan

Posted on | Released on July 12, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


Learners have a new 7" that's just out! Included are original songs "Water The Flowers" (from 2nd album "More Learners") and "Shampoo Planet" (from "Learners"). Color vinyl edition of 1000! Includes a download code.

Out at the same time is a pink cassette edition of "More Learners". Limited edition of 300. This also includes a download code.

Learners will tour Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya in September. The Tokyo show is on September 15 at Shibuya WWW X. Tickets are on sale.

20170706learners.jpg

Learners "Water The Flowers / Shampoo Planet" (7" + Download code)

A. Water The Flowers
B. Shampoo Planet

Kilikilivilla KKV-053VL
Out now (7/6), ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, HMV

Learners "More Learners" (Cassette + Download code)

20170706learners_tape.jpg

A1. Good Morning Learners!
A2. Why Do Fools Fall In Love
A3. Water The Flowers
A4. Go Away Don't Bother Me
A5. Let Me In
A6. Saint Tropez Blues
B1. I Want Candy
B2. Love Your Money
B3. Denise
B4. Moonlight Revue 50's
B5. Walking After Midnight
B6. Sleep Walk

Kilikilivilla KKV-037CA
Out now (7/6), ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Water The Flowers"

"Shampoo Planet"

Find out more about: Learners

Posted on | Released on July 6, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


Manon is a 15-year-old model, and here comes a debut single written & produced by Yuppa (HNC)! Check it out on YouTube below, as well as on iTunes, Spotify, etc. This is released on new label Caticorn Records.

Manon "xxFANCYPOOLxx" (Download)

Caticorn Records
Out now (7/7)
Sample/buy: Manon「xxFANCYPOOLxx - Single」を iTunes で

"xxFANCYPOOLxx"

Find out more about: HNC, Manon

Posted on | Released on July 7, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


Singer-songwriter Etuka's new electro-pop solo unit Mira Parameter has a first album being released on Gooondo, the label of Gondō Tomohiko (Metafive). The album, with a sound reminiscent of 80's techno, was produced by Gondō and mastered by Sunahara Yoshinori.

Digital purchases of the full album from OTOTOY include a bonus remix by Gondō Tomohiko of "yoru Marathon".

A release party will be held on Saturday October 28 at Shibuya Last Waltz. Also Mira Parameter will be part of an event on July 12 at Shibuya 7mentyo.

Mira Parameter "Reborn"
ミラ パラメータ 「リボーン」

1. Onion Girl Onion Boy
2. Okachimachi Roman
3. usagi no tsuioku
4. Knuckle Boy wa kako no Smash kara tonda mama
5. MANGEKYO
6. dai kirai dai suki
7. Skirt no naka no shiro
8. yoru Marathon
9. Kaguya hime
10. Monster no komoriuta

Gooondo GNDCD-17003
Out 7/6, ¥2058 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , OTOTOY
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Digest mix

Find out more about: GONDO Tomohiko, Mira Parameter, SUNAHARA Yoshinori

Posted on | Released on July 6, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


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