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Producer Bajune Tobeta has a new EP out today! Three vocalists are featured: Nomiya Maki (ex-Pizzicato Five), Bonjour Suzuki (a female singer who debuted earlier this year), and Vivian Sessoms (who has been featured many times on songs by Towa Tei). The CD comes with a DVD of a music video starring model Fujii Sachi.

At the same time was released a 12" titled "Space Loungin'" of another song featuring rapper Shing02. Details below.

You can hear some short versions of all songs at Tobeta's Soundcloud.

An album titled "Tokyo Galaxy" is expected to be released on September 16.

Bajune Tobeta "Teddy Bear and Password" (CD+DVD)
トベタ バジュン 「テディベアとパスワード」
(Japanese title: "Teddy Bear to Password")

1. Teddy Bear and Password (feat. Nomiya Maki)
2. Teddy Bear and Password (Instrumental)
3. Teddy Bear and Password (Nicola Conte Instrumental Mix)
4. Contours of Moon and Afternoon Rain (feat. Bonjour Suzuki)
5. Contours of Moon and Afternoon Rain (Instrumental)
6. Secret Lounge (feat. Vivian Sessoms)

Electric Sheep ELSP-0018
Out 8/26, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , トベタ・バジュン "テディベアとパスワード - EP"
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Bajune Tobeta "Space Loungin'" (12")
トベタ バジュン 「Space Loungin'」

A1. Space Loungin' (feat. Shing02)
A2. Space Loungin' (feat. Shing02) yakkle remix
B1. Space Loungin' instrumental
B2. Space Loungin' drumlessmix

Electric Sheep ELSP-0017
Order: Amazon, CDJapan, トベタ・バジュン "Space Loungin' - EP"

Trailer clip

Find out more about: Bajune Tobeta, Bonjour SUZUKI, NOMIYA Maki, Shing02

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This one is for KPP's hardcore fans, DJs and vinyl collectors. All of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's albums (and debut mini-album) to date are being released on vinyl. Full-length albums come as a set of two records, keeping the songs in the same order as the original tracklists. All are released as limited editions, so it's best to order early

UK fans, Kyary will be playing at Roundhouse in London on October 11. Not to be missed! Tickets can be bought here. A Japan hall tour will also be held from September to December (details).

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "moshimoshi Harajuku" (12")
きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ 「もしもし原宿」

A1. Kyary no March
A2. Cherry Bonbon
A3. PONPONPON
B1. chōdo ii no
B2. pinpon ga nannai
B3. jelly

unBORDE WPJL-10020
Out 8/19, ¥3500 (excl. tax)
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† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Pamyu Pamyu Revolution" (2 x 12")
きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ 「ぱみゅぱみゅレボリューション」

A1. Pamyu Pamyu Revolution
A2. tsukema tsukeru
A3. PONPONPON
B1. minna no uta
B2. Kyary ANAN
B3. CANDY CANDY
C1. Drinker
C2. onedari 44°C
C3. sukisugite kiresō
D1. girigiri Safe
D2. oyasumi
D3. chanchakachanchan

nBORDE WPJL-10021
Out 8/19, ¥4500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "nanda Collection" (2 x 12")
きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ 「なんだこれくしょん」

A1. nanda Collection
A2. Ninjya Re Bang Bang
A3. kimi ni 100 Percent
B1. Super Scooter Happy
B2. Invader Invader
B3. mi
C1. Fashion Monster
C2. saigo no Ice Cream
C3. Noriko to Norio
D1. furisodeshon
D2. kurakura
D3. otona na kodomo

unBORDE WPJL-10023
Out 8/19, ¥4500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Pika Pika Fantajin" (2 x 12")
きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ 「ピカピカふぁんたじん」

A1. Pika Pika Fantajin
A2. Kira Kira Killer
A3. Yume No Hajima Ring Ring -album mix-
B1. Mottai-Nightland
B2. Serious hitomi
B3. do do pi do
C1. Family Party -album mix-
C2. Ring a Bell
C3. Tokyo Highway
D1. koi koi koi
D2. sungoi Aura -album mix-
D3. Explorer

unBORDE WPJL-10025
Out 8/19, ¥4500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

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Young 4-piece 5-synth band the oto factory has a first mini-album out now on Rallye Label. Included is "Skyscraper" which involved tofubeats as an engineer, as well as remixes by Dorian and BlackglassG.

Hear samples of all songs at CDJapan.

the oto factory can be seen live in Tokyo at the Rallye Label festival "sokokashiko" on October 12. Details here.

the oto factory "Cocktail Party"
the oto factory 「カクテルパーティー」

1. Hi
2. 2014Disco
3. Skyscraper
4. Dream of love
5. Cocktail Party
6. 2014Disco (BlackglassG Remix)
7. Skyscraper (dorian Remix)

Rallye Label RYECD222
Out 8/5, ¥1800 (excl. tax)
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"Cocktail Party" (live)

Find out more about: Dorian, the oto factory, tofubeats

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Cornelius has a new collection of his recent works coming. At a first glance it seems to be part of the "CM" series (the previous was "CM4" in 2012), though this one is distinguished by bringing a good share of new recordings and rare tracks.

"Holiday Hymn" and "Tokyo Twilight" are brand new Cornelius songs, while "May You Always" (The McGuire Sisters cover) is a previously unreleased song that's been performed live with salyu x salyu. Also included is a brand new song by Ohno Yumiko (Buffalo Daughter), "Escalator Step".

Check out this release special site.

Amazon and HMV give away a promo badge while supplies last.

Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius) can be seen performing live part of Metafive, the headlining act of festival World Happiness 2015 to be held on Sunday August 23.

Cornelius "Constellations Of Music"

(Artist / Title)
1. Ohno Yumiko / Escalator Step
2. Sakamoto Shintaro feat. Fuko Nakamura / yūrei no kibun de (Cornelius Mix)
3. The Bird And The Bee and Cornelius / Heart Throbs And Apple Seeds
4. salyu × salyu / Hammond Song
5. Cornelius / Holiday Hymn
6. Korallreven / Try Anything Once (with Cornelius)
7. Cornelius / Night People
8. Penguin Cafe / Solaris (Cornelius Mix)
9. Gotye / Eyes Wide Open (Cornelius Remix)
10. Plastic Sex / The End
11. Sakanaction / Music (Cornelius Remix)
12. Cornelius / Tokyo Twilight
13. salyu x salyu / May You Always

Warner Music WPCL-12154
Out 8/19, ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: Cornelius, OHNO Yumiko, Plastics, SAKAMOTO Shintaro, Sakanaction, Salyu

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Yellow Magic Orchestra has released a live CD of another held at Makuhari Messe (Chiba) on July 7, 2012 part of an event headlined by Kraftwerk, and at the same time a Blu-ray edition of their San Francisco show held on June 27, 2011 (previously released on DVD in 2012).

Audio samples of "No Nukes 2012" can be heard at CDJapan.

In related news, Sakamoto Ryuichi has announced that he is in great shape, and will be working on the soundtrack for movie "haha to kuraseba". Read his message on his official site.

Yellow Magic Orchestra "NO NUKES 2012"

1. Radioactivity
2. Firecracker
3. Solid State Survivor
4. La Femme Chinoise
5. Thousand Knives
6. Cosmic Surfin' ~ Absolute Ego Dance
7. Tong Poo
8. Rydeen

commmons RZCM-59939
Out 8/5, ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , Yellow Magic Orchestra (Japan )
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
How to buy from iTunes Japan?

Yellow Magic Orchestra "Yellow Magic Orchestra Live In San Francisco 2011" (Blu-ray)

1. Improvisation
2. Firecracker
3. Behind the Mask
4. Riot in Lagos
5. The City of Light
6. Tokyo Town Pages
7. Lotus Love
8. Ongaku
9. Seoul Music
10. Gradated Gray
11. Taiso
12. Tibetan Dance
13. Supreme Secret
14. Thousand Knives
15. Cosmic Surfin'
16. Rydeen
17. Cue (Encore)
18. Tong Poo (Encore)
19. Interview

commmons RZXM-59938
Out 8/5, ¥4500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Yellow Magic Orchestra Live In San Francisco 2011" digest clip

Find out more about: YMO

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This week a brand new single from Negicco has been released! "nee Vardia" is a song written and produced by Ikeda Takafumi (aka Rekishi). B-side "oyasumi" was written by Negicco's usual producer connie, with lyrics by MEG and arrangements by Hase Yasuhiro (Yume to Cosme).

The single comes in 4 different editions. Limited edition A includes a DVD of both music videos, limited edition B includes a remix CD, and limited edition C only contains the title song for an especially small price. The regular edition is the main 4-track CD only. A 7" vinyl edition was also released at the same time.

Negicco's next one man show is coming this Sunday August 16 in Tokyo at outdoor venue Hibiya Yaon. It will be backed by a full band. Details here.

Negicco "nee Vardia"
Negicco 「ねぇバーディア」



CD (Regular edition, limited editions A & B)
1. nee Vardia
2. oyasumi
3. nee Vardia (inst)
4. oyasumi (inst)

DVD (Limited edition A only)
1. nee Vardia
2. oyasumi

Limited edition A (CD+DVD)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0134
Out 8/11, ¥1800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"ReNegi" remix CD (Limited edition B only)
1. Summer Breeze (Royal Mirrorball remix) remixed by Hiroshi Matsui
2. Festival de aimasho (bo en remix) remixed by bo en
3. negi sama! Bravo☆ (Tomggg remix) remixed by Tomggg

Limited edition B (CD+remix CD)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0135
Out 8/11, ¥1700 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Single song CD (Limited edition C)
1. nee Vardia

Limited edition C (one-song CD only)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0136
Out 8/11, ¥463 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Regular edition (CD only)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0137
Out 8/11, ¥1000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Negicco "nee Vardia" (7")

A. nee Vardia
B. oyasumi

Limited 7" edition
T-Palette Records TPRV-0016
Out 8/11, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"nee Vardia"

"oyasumi"

"Festival de aimashō (bo en remix)"

Find out more about: HASE Yasuhiro, Meg, Negicco, Rekishi

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" Summer greetings from NOMIYA Maki! "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji" ondo ver.! https://twitter.com/missmakinomiya/status/627418579089104897 " — @coolestsound on August 5, 2015 at 13:24 | Retweet

Instrumental brass rock band Yapani! has a new digital single out now, featuring rapper twins P.O.P! This is available on iTunes worldwide.

No live info for Yapani! at this time, but P.O.P have a one-man live featuring Nakatsuka Takeshi and Bikke (Tokyo No.1 Soul Set), to be held on August 7 at Daikanyama Loop! Details here.

Yapani! "Salvia feat. P.O.P"

Yapani!
Out now (8/2), ¥200
Sample/buy: Salvia (feat. P.O.P) - Single by YAPANI!

Find out more about: P.O.P, Yapani!

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" Towa Tei "Luv Pandemic" behind the scenes photos & making-of footage! https://twitter.com/fatale_honeyee/status/626302631942565888 " — @coolestsound on July 29, 2015 at 23:17 | Retweet

Chiroline ver.2 are back as a trio with new mini-album "Last Pajama Party"! While produced by Okada Tohru (Moonriders), songs written by fellow CTO LAB. members Imai Kentaro (The Aprils) and polymoog (Elektel) are also included. There are also three remixes, by Skirt, ayU tokiO and Hashida Kazuma (hakoniwa no shitsunaigaku). The album's jacket was illustrated by Eguchi Hisashi.

Check out the first video for song "suteki na Girl Meets Girl" below, directed by Nakama Hirohisa (The Aprils) and entirely filmed with an iPhone 6.

Released at the same time as CTO LAB.'s "3 Cycles", there will be a joint event held at Koenji High on September 15. Reservations can be made here. Show either CD's obi at the door for a ¥500 discount.

Chiroline Ver.2 "Last Pajama Party"
新・チロリン 「LAST PAJAMA PARTY」

1. COWGIRL AT HIGH NOON
2. Napolitan no uta
3. suteki na Girl Meets Girl
4. Hello, Good Night
5. Brand-New Morning
6. tochū ni shite ne remix by Skirt
7. MIRA to osanpo remix by ayU tokiO
8. Chocolate senso remix by Hashida Kazuma

Valb VALB-1007
Out 8/5, ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"suteki na Girl Meets Girl"

Sampler clip

Find out more about: ayU tokiO, Chiroline ver.2, CTO LAB., IMAI Kentaro, OKADA Tohru, polymoog, Skirt

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CTO LAB., the supergroup of Okada Tohru (Moonriders), polymoog (Elektel) and Imai Kentaro (The Aprils), is back with a new mini-album! Included are two songs they contributed to the game Groove Coaster, "Go! Spiral Go!" and "Space Arcadian", a cover of the Moonriders' "itoko dōshi", one of Tom Lehrer's "The Elements", and a self-remix of "C.DISCO". The jacket features SF character Maschinen Krieger by Kow Yokoyama.

A special show with Chiroline ver.2 (whose mini-album "Last Pajama Party" is being released on the same day) and Technoboys Pulcraft Green-Fund will be held at Koenji High on September 15. Reservations can be made here. Show the CD's obi at the door for a ¥500 discount.

Visit the official release page.

CTO LAB. "3 Cycles"

1. Go! Spiral Go!
2. Space Arcadian
3. THE ELEMENTS
4. itoko dōshi
5. mirai no kioku
6. C.DISCO (Back to the Floppy DISCO mix)

valb label PIO-0003
Out 8/5, ¥1800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Sampler clip

Find out more about: CTO LAB., IMAI Kentaro, OKADA Tohru, polymoog

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" Towa Tei new clip "Sound of Music" https://youtu.be/QkfT_ldN4P4 from new album "CUTE" out today! Info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Towa_Tei_Cute/2015.07.27/010993/ " — @coolestsound on July 29, 2015 at 19:47 | Retweet

Osaka 80's-inspired idol group Especia have a new single out now! This double-A-sider is actually their first one on a major label, and it has songs produced by Schtein&Longer and PellyColo respectively. Check out the sampler clip below which give a taste of these retro summer tunes.

The single comes in 4 different versions. "Cielo" is the regular edition, while the three others are limited. Look out for the "Espacio" edition that includes 52-minute worth of audio from a live show from their "Mucho Gusto Especia 2014 Tour".

Especia will have hold a Japan tour towards the end of this year, with a live band-backed finale in Tokyo on January 17, 2016 at Studio Coast in Odaiba.

Especia "Aviator / Boogie Aroma (Cielo edition)"

1. Aviator
2. Boogie Aroma
3. Aviator (instrumental)
4. Boogie Aroma (instrumental)

"Cielo" regular edition
VERSIONMUSIC VICL-37065
Out now (7/22), ¥926 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , Especia "Aviator/Boogie Aroma - Single"
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Especia "Aviator / Boogie Aroma (Tierra edition)"

1. Aviator
2. Boogie Aroma
3. Aviator (REMIX)
4. Aviator (instrumental)

"Tierra" limited edition
VERSIONMUSIC VICL-37066
Out now (7/22), ¥926 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Especia "Aviator / Boogie Aroma (Mar edition)"

1. Aviator
2. Boogie Aroma
3. fukigen Rendez-vous (REMIX)
4. Boogie Aroma (instrumental)

"Mar" limited edition
VERSIONMUSIC VICL-37067
Out now (7/22), ¥926 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Especia "Aviator / Boogie Aroma (Espacio edition)"

1. Aviator
2. Boogie Aroma
3. "Mucho GUSTO Especia 2014 Tour -Viva Final Espacio Edit-" Intro / BayBlues / FOOLISH / Aventure wa giniro ni (GUSTO Ver) / BEHIND YOU / usotsuki na anera Anela / No 1 Sweeper / kurukana / Abyss / YA-ME-TE! / Outro

VERSIONMUSIC VICL-37068
Out now (7/22), ¥1667 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Aviator / Boogie Aroma" sampler

Find out more about: Especia, PellyColo, Schtein&Longer

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