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Comedian Hollywood Zakoshisyoh makes his singing debut with "gokiburi otoko" (the cockroach man), a track produced by Ishino Takkyu (Denki Groove) and with both of Denki Groove singing chorus! A fun and addicting techno track as you can see in the clip below! :)

The full song is now available on iTunes Japan.

Hollywood Zakoshisyoh "gokiburi otoko" (Download)
ハリウッドザコシショウ 「ゴキブリ男」

Ki/oon
Out now (1/18)
Sample/buy: Apple Music 内のハリウッドザコシショウ "ゴキブリ男 - Single" (Japan)

"gokiburi otoko (Video Edit)"

Find out more about: Denki Groove, ISHINO Takkyu

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" CDJapan offers 3% extra points on orders made via the CDJapan app, until Jan. 31! Details ☞ http://bit.ly/2k1e3Yx @CDJapan " — @coolestsound on January 18, 2017 at 01:09 | Retweet

A 9th album by Towa Tei has been announced, to be released on March 22! Featured artists include Metafive, UA, Takano Hiroshi, ATOM™, Ano (You'll Melt More!) and Inara George. The album was mastered by Sunahara Yoshinori, and the artwork was done by Gokita Tomoo.

Amazon Japan gives away a promo CD-R that contains "GBI (Takkyu Ishino Remix) TOWA TEI with Kylie Minogue". It's best to pre-order early! Tower Records also gives away a promo download card that gives access to remix "REM (Twice version) TOWA TEI with Ano (You'll Melt More!)" (though Tower Records ships to Japan only). CDJapan gives away a sticker.

Check out the official release page where more details should be announced.

Towa Tei "EMO"
テイ・トウワ 「EMO」

1. Exformation
2. Brand Nu Emo
3. GBI
4. Sugar
5. Xylocopa
6. TG
7. YOLO
8. REM
9. Continua

Mach MBCD-1701
Out 3/22, ¥2700 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: Metafive, SUNAHARA Yoshinori, TAKANO Hiroshi, Towa Tei, UA

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Perfume has a new single coming in February! The title song is being used at the theme song of TV drama "Tokyo tarareba musume", while the B-side can be heard in a TV commercial for Ora2 toothpaste. Both songs are of course written and produced by Nakata Yasutaka. This is Perfume's first single since album "Cosmic Explorer" (2016).

The limited edition contains a bonus DVD of the "TOKYO GIRL" video, plus some bonus footage titled "Perfume View" said to have been shot by Perfume themselves while the video clip was being made.

Ordering either edition at CDJapan (and some other retailers) may get you a special promo item, of which the details have yet to be announced. This is only while supplies last, so it's recommended to pre-order early.

Perfume "TOKYO GIRL"

1. TOKYO GIRL
2. hōseki no ame
3. TOKYO GIRL -Original Instrumental-
4. hōseki no ame -Original Instrumental-

DVD (Limited edition only)
1. TOKYO GIRL -Video Clip-
2. Perfume View
3. Special Teaser Trailer

Limited edition (CD+DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
Universal UPCP-9015
Out 2/15, ¥1759 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Regular edition (CD only)
Universal UPCP-5009
Out 2/15, ¥1343 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Ora2 TV commercial "hōseki no ame"

Ora2 TV commercial making-of footage

Find out more about: NAKATA Yasutaka, Perfume

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Singer-songwriter/trackmaker G.Rina has a new album out now! "Live & Learn" entirely consists of songs written and produced by herself, with guest vocals by Toki Asako, Chinza Dopeness, yoshiro (underslowjams), Dengaryu and Kick A Show.

Samples of all songs can be heard at CDJapan.

A special show will be held on March 2 at Shibuya WWW. Tickets are now on sale.

G.Rina "Live & Learn"

1. sōzō mirai feat. Chinza DOPENESS
2. close2u
3. All Around The World feat. Toki Asako
4. soba ni oide
5. Friday Love feat. yoshiro (underslowjams)
6. machi no Requiem
7. memories
8. natsu no memai feat. Dengaryu
9. Vampire Hunting feat. Kick A Show
10. shiawase no junbi

Victor VICL-64700
Out now (1/11), ¥2300 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , Live & Learn by G.RINA on Apple Music
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"close2u (Special Trailer)"

"All Around The World feat. Toki Asako"

Find out more about: Chinza Dopeness, G.Rina, TOKI Asako

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ExT Recordings, the underground electro label of Nagata Kazunao (Organization), is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year! This compilation contains a previously unreleased track by De De Mouse, a new mix from Cherryboy Function, as well more brand new recordings and popular tracks.

Various Artists "ExT BEST FILE"

1. Goodbye Meteor Swarm (2006 Mix) / De De Mouse
2. Another Side (Best File Edit) / Cherryboy Function
3. East End Girl (Cherryboy Function Remix) / De De Mouse
4. kowareteshimattashi no kikai (MV Edit) / Biidoro
5. Land of the Dead feat ECD / Elektro Humangel
6. Shogun's Anal Shot / Carre+Organization
7. After Ska (You One) (Paisley Parks Remix) / King of Opus
8. Urban Structure (Screw) / Elektro Humangel
9. LongLongWay Dub / King of Opus
10. hyōgaki wa nemuru / Biidoro
11. The Endless Lovers (505) / Cherryboy Function
12. Baby's Star Jam / De De Mouse

ExT Recordings EXT-0023
Out now (1/11), ¥2000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , Apple Music 内のVarious Artists "EXT BEST FILE"
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Biidoro "kowareteshimattashi no kikai"

Find out more about: Cherryboy Function, De De Mouse, ECD, NAGATA Kazunao, Paisley Parks

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" INOUE Honoka debut album "First Flight" out now! ☞ http://bit.ly/2j4hsmk Produced by Mukaju Dan (ex-blue marble)! @shocktarou @luxury_kayo " — @coolestsound on January 12, 2017 at 23:33 | Retweet

Voice actress Inoue Honoka has a debut album that was released just recently. This was entirely written and produced by Mukaju Dan, a production unit formed of Shock Tarou and Ton-chan, both songwriting members of blue marble (unit that ended its activity after the release of the excellent "full color").

A mini-live will be held at HMV record shop Shinjuku Alta this Sunday January 15 from 15:00, and followed by an autograph session. Details here.

Inoue Honoka "First Flight"
井上ほの花 「ファースト・フライト」

1. gessekai Flight
2. Sparkling Chinatown
3. niji no Fantasia
4. makuai
5. wasuremono

Luxury kayō LUX8001
Out now (2016/12/28), ¥1800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Album digest

Commercial

Find out more about: INOUE Honoka, Mukaju Dan

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" groovisions has released iMessage stickers! Ongoing exhibition "GROOVISIONS 5×27" at Aoyama Spiral until Jan. 15. https://twitter.com/groovisions/status/819207413320425473 " — @coolestsound on January 12, 2017 at 09:32 | Retweet

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" Ebichu (Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku) meets Negicco in "Ebi Negi Alright"! ☞ https://youtu.be/T6XXILLjAMg Song by Negicco's producer connie " — @coolestsound on January 11, 2017 at 23:41 | Retweet

" U-zhaan x Tamaki ROY x Chinza DOPENESS new clip "Nanayoubi"! ☞ https://youtu.be/WM1RfwXESKk Tabla & rap from Japan! " — @coolestsound on January 11, 2017 at 20:40 | Retweet

"Fragile" is the 5th original album by instrumental jazz trio fox capture plan. This is the follow-up to "Butterfly" (2015) (Amazon, CDJapan). Included is a cover of Arctic Monkeys' "Brainstorm".

A show will be held on release day, January 25, at Daikanyama Unit. Tickets are on sale via Pia (317-966), e+, etc.

fox capture plan "Fragile"

1. FRAGILE #1
2. FRAGILE #2
3. Asian Dancer
4. the Gift
5. Bouncing walk
6. Brianstorm
7. Prospect Park
8. Terminal 2
9. Possibility
10. Aerial

Playwright PWT-31
Out 1/25, ¥2314 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Trailer clip

Find out more about: fox capture plan

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Accordion and vocals sister duo Charan-Po-Rantan have a new mini-album coming this month! Consisting of 8 new songs, including two theme songs for recent TV dramas, this follows cover album "karimono kyōsō" released last September. The song "otakebi" features Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, and "kanashimi" was arranged by Mr. Children's tour band. Also, the song "yume bakkari" features Katahira Rina and Rei.

There's a limited edition that comes with a DVD of 4 music videos plus bonus footage. The first press of both editions comes as a digipak.

Charan-Po-Rantan "toritomenashi"
チャラン・ポ・ランタン 「トリトメナシ」

CD
1. susume, tama ni nigete mo
2. Sweet as sugar
3. mayuge Dance
4. yume bakkari
5. tsuki
6. koi wa Timing
7. otakebi
8. kanashimi

DVD (Limited edition only)
susume, tama ni nigete mo Music Video
mayuge Dance Music Video
otakebi Music Video
kanashimi Music Video
Bonus Footage

Limited edition (CD+DVD)
avex trax AVCD-93591
Out 1/18, ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Regular edition (CD only)
avex trax AVCD-93592
Out 1/18, ¥2300 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"susume, tama ni nigete mo"

"mayuge Dance"

"otakebi" (Short ver.)

"kanashimi" (Short ver.)

Find out more about: Charan-Po-Rantan, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

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Vibraphone-led jazz band the fascinations are back with a new 7" single! Included are covers of Original Love's "tsuki no ura de aimashō - Let's go to the darkside of the moon -" (originally released in 1991) and Alice Clark's "Never Did I Stop Loving You". The B-side was first released on 2007 album "quiet dance" featuring vocals by Yafune Tatsurō, this one is available on vinyl for the first time. A CD-R is included.

It has been 3 years since the fascinations' excellent latest album "Green In Blue" (2014).

the fascinations "tsuki no ura de aimashō - Let's go to the darkside of the moon -" (7")
the fascinations 「月の裏で会いましょう」

A. tsuki no ura de aimashō - Let's go to the darkside of the moon -
B. Never Did I Stop Loving You (feat. Tatsurō Yafune)

Jet Set JS7S147
Out 1/18, ¥1600 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

"tsuki no ura de aimashō - Let's go to the darkside of the moon"

"Never Did I Stop Loving You"

Find out more about: Original Love, the fascinations, YAFUNE Tetsuro

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YMCK kicks off 2017 with a brand new album! "Family Swing" goes back to their jazzy roots which are blown full-size into a musical-like concept album. It's also the return of the "Swingers" characters who first appeared in album "Family Racing" (2005). Watch the trailer below.

"Family Swing" is YMCK's 7th album, the follow-up to "Family Dancing" (2015), and comes again on De De Mouse's not records label. The album comes in two editions, with a limited edition that is packaged with an original board game! Named "Family Treasure", it's an official remake of hit board game "Deep Sea Adventure" by maker Oink Games.

YMCK will hold a release party on February 5 at Daikanyama Unit, backed by a live jazz trio (drums, sax and contrabass). Tickets are on sale at Peatix, and also via e+ and Lawson (L-code: 72801).

Also check out the official release page.

YMCK "Family Swing"

1. Retro Fuego zenkoku kokka
2. kagayaki yo watashi no te ni (kaitō YMCK no Theme)
3. Emerald no Tact
4. Yé-yé daisakusen
5. Tea Time
6. Thrill Me (kaitō Swingers no Theme)
7. aishū no Swingers
8. dotabata Car Chase
9. detarame Parade
10. watashi o matsu sekai
11. akirame no warui Swingers
12. ongaku no oto

Limited edition (CD + Board game)
not records NOT-0014
Out 1/18, ¥4500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Regular edition (CD only)
not records NOT-0013
Out 1/18, ¥2200 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Trailer clip

Find out more about: YMCK

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