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ryō fukawa (aka Rocketman) has a new album out this week, his second release under his real name. This album features guest singers Mizuno Mari (paris match) and Cana (Sotte Bosse) among others, with a cover of "love theme from Spartacus" and an upbeat remix of Pachelbel's "Canon In D" (yes, that "Canon").

An in-store autograph session will be held at Tower Records Shibuya's 3rd floor event space on July 26 from 13:00.

ryo fukawa "life is music 2"

1. koi ga hajimaru feat. mari mizuno
2. I Don't Cry feat. Leanna
3. love theme from SPARTACUS (remix)
4. oboreru hitsuji
5. kangaenai-sekai
6. Pachelbel no Canon (remix)
7. no words
8. endless summer
9. after dance
10. panko pan no uta feat. Cana
11. umarekuru kodomotachi e
12. time goes by
13. life is beautiful feat. Kyōko
14. Good night !

tenohira Records DQC-1315
Out 7/23, ¥2315 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"panko pan no uta feat. Cana"

"Pachelbel no Canon (remix)"

"oboreru hitsuji"

Tags: Cana, MIZUNO Mari, Rocketman (click for more info)

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" Recommended show: HOSHINO Michiru w/ back-band Wack Wack Rhythm Band, DJs KONISHI Yasuharu, HASE Hajimu, etc. July 27 http://www.tokyogigguide.com/gigs/details/10543-hoshino-michiru " — @coolestsound on July 21, 2014 at 12:59 | Retweet

This new release from Towa Tei is a collection of remixes of his songs from over his 20 years active as a solo artist. Remixes by Cornelius, Hosono Haruomi (YMO), and many more are included, as well as a remix of "Radio" by Sunahara Yoshinori available on CD for the first time.

A release party with Ino Hidefumi, Dorian, Sunahara Yoshinori, Ishino Takkyū, Yakenohara and many more will be held at Shibuya Sound Museum Vision on August 2 (details here). Showing the sticker included in this CD at the door will give you an instant ¥1000 discount.

Towa Tei "TOWA TEI 94-14 REMIX"

1. Funkin' For Jamaica (Boris Dlugosch's & Michi Lange's Radio Edit)
2. Radio (YSST INTERSECT Mix)
3. Butterfly (Cornelius Remix)
4. Find A Way
5. BMT (SP-1200 Remix)
6. Let Me Know (TT Remix)
7. Risk Some Soul (Kneedeep Remix)
8. Free (Richard Earnshaw Remix)
9. Luv Connection (Masters At Work Mix)
10. Happy (Morning Happiness)
11. Marvelous (Spring)
12. CHATR (Senor Coconut Remix)
13. Sound Museum (Haruomi Hosono Remix)

Warner Music WPCL-11900
Out 7/23, ¥2600 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Release party video flyer

Tags: Cornelius, HOSONO Haruomi, SUNAHARA Yoshinori, Towa Tei (click for more info)

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In January this year, Takahashi Yukihiro (YMO) formed a super-group under the name Takahashi Yukihiro & Metafive, also featuring Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius), Towa Tei, Sunahara Yoshinori, Gondō Tomohiko (anonymass, pupa) and Leo Imai. The concert they played at Ex Theater Roppongi is now being released on CD.

Also last year, a tour was held the name Takahashi Yukihiro with In Phase, this time with a band featuring James Iha, Takakuwa Kei (Curly Giraffe), Horie Hirohisa (Neil & Iraiza) and Gondō Tomohiko. This one is being released as a deluxe limited pressing that comes with DVD and Blu-ray discs (both formats!) and a 2-CD set of the show's audio.

Both of these special bands were thought to be one-time opportunities, but they can fortunately be seen again live at the World Happiness festival on August 10. Not to be missed!

Yukihiro Takahashi & Metafive "Techno Recital"
高橋幸宏 & METAFIVE 「TECHNO RECITAL」

1. Meta~Opening
2. Cue
3. Ballet
4. Now and Then
5. Lay My Love
6. Radio
7. Radioactivist
8. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
9. I Need You
10. Everybody Had A Hard Year
11. Turn Turn
12. Still Walking To The Beat
13. La femme chinoise
14. Disposable Love
15. Drip Dry Eyes
16. Something In The Air

Universal Music TYCT-69022
Out 7/23, ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , 高橋幸宏 & METAFIVE "TECHNO RECITAL" (Japan )
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
How to buy from iTunes Japan?

Yukihiro Takahashi with In Phase "Phase" (Blu-ray+DVD+2 CDs)
高橋幸宏 with In Phase 「PHASE」

1. Another Door
2. Looking For Words
3. Time To Go
4. Last Summer
5. That's Alright (It Will Be Alright)
6. The Old Friends Cottage
7. Ghost Behind My Back
8. The Price To Pay
9. Blue Moon Blue
10. Where Are You Heading To?
11. To Who Knows Where
12. End Of An Error
13. Shadow
14. All That We Know
15. World In A Maze
16. Follow You Down
17. Something In The Air
18. The April Fools

Universal Music TYXT-19004
Out 7/23, ¥7200 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon (26% off *), HMV (15% off *), Tower Records (18% off *) , 高橋幸宏 with In Phase "PHASE"
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Takahashi Yukihiro & Metafive "Techno Recital" official bootleg trailer

Yukihiro Takahashi with In Phase "Phase" official trailer

Tags: Cornelius, GONDO Tomohiko, HORIE Hirohisa, James Iha, SUNAHARA Yoshinori, TAKAHASHI Yukihiro, Towa Tei (click for more info)

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Here comes a brand new original album by Buffalo Daughter, follow-up to "The Weapons of Math Destruction" (2010). The new album has a theme of "block party" and comes as a set of 2 CDs, one of the original new songs, and the other of remixes of those new songs. Original songs feature guests such as Kahimi Karie, Sakamoto Shintarō (ex-Yura Yura Teikoku), French rapper Fuzati (Klub des Loosers), and Pismo. Remixers include Sunahara Yoshinori, Cibo Matto, Nagai Seiichi (sōtaiseiriron), Charlotte Kemp Muhl (of Sean Lennon's band The GOASTT) and more.

The album's iTunes edition comes with an exclusive bonus track, "Oy Oy Oy". A remix of the track by electro unit Funwari-chan can be heard on SoundCloud.

Buffalo Daughter can be seen live next weekend at the Fuji Rock Festival (3rd day evening at the Red Marquee stage).

Buffalo Daughter "Konjac-tion"
バッファロー・ドーター 「コニャクション」

Disc 1 "Konjac-tion"
1. Hit-it-go-round : Party is about to begin
2. Le Cheval Blanc feat. Kahimi Karie on voice
3. Golden Leaves feat. Pismo on vocal
4. Calling Out From The World Of Echoes
5. Love & Food feat. Sakamoto Shintarō on vocal
6. Oui Oui
7. The Legend
8. Vicious Circle
9. Bring Back 80's
10. Les Sirenes feat. Fuzati on rap
11. Don't Stop The Music

Disc 2 "Konjac-tion REMIX"
1. Le Cheval Blanc Remixed by Shinnari-chan
2. Calling Out From The World Of Echoes Remixed by VARO
3. Golden Leaves Remixed by Cibo Matto featuring Nels Cline (Wilco) on guitars
4. The Legend Remixed by Charlotte Kemp Muhl of the GOASTT and Jared Samuel of Invisible Familiars
5. Vicious Circle Remixed by Ishihara Yō at Peace Music Tokyo
6. Love & Food Remixed by Nagai Seiichi
7. Bring Back 80's Remixed by Sunahara Yoshinori
8. Les Sirenes (Instrumental)
9. Don't Stop The Music Remixed by Greeen Linez
10. Oui Oui (Demo)

U/M/A/A UMA-1039
Out 7/23, ¥3200 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , Konjac-Tion by Buffalo Daughter
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Oui Oui"

"[DISC1] Konjac-tion (Preview Mix)"

"[DISC2] Konjac-tion REMIX (Preview Mix)"

Tags: Buffalo Daughter, Cibo Matto, Funwari-chan, Kahimi Karie, NAGAI Seiichi, SAKAMOTO Shintaro, SUNAHARA Yoshinori (click for more info)

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Negicco's new single is written and produced by Tajima Takao (Original Love)! Its B-side is also a Shibuya-kei-sounding track by Negicco's regular producer connie.

The single comes in 3 different limited editions, two of which each include a DVD of one of the music videos. The 3rd comes with a bonus remix CD with remixes by Dorian and Avec Avec (Sugar's Campaign). There's also a one-CD regular edition, and a limited 7" pressing. All songs are also available on iTunes Japan.

An in-store at Tower Records Shibuya on July 22 from 19:00, only for those who bought the single there (any edition or the 7"). More in-store events follow, so check their schedule page for details.

Negicco "Sunshine Nihonkai"
Negicco 「サンシャイン日本海」



CD
1. Sunshine Nihonkai
2. Festival de aimashō
3. Sunshine Nihonkai (inst)
4. Festival de aimashō (inst)

DVD version A (Limited edition A only)
1. Sunshine Nihonkai (Music video)

Limited edition A (CD+DVD)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0094
Out 7/22, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

DVD version B (Limited edition B only)
1. Festival de aimashō (Music video)

Limited edition B (CD+DVD)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0095
Out 7/22, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Remix CD Limited edition C only)
1. Route 7 no kioku (DORIAN remix)
2. anata to Pop With You! (Avec Avec remix)

Limited edition C (CD + Bonus remix CD)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0096
Out 7/22, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , Negicco "サンシャイン日本海 - EP" (Japan )
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
How to buy from iTunes Japan?

Regular edition
T-Palette Records TPRC-0097
Out 7/22, ¥1000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Negicco "Sunshine Nihonkai" (7")
Negicco 「サンシャイン日本海」

A. Sunshine Nihonkai
B. Festival de aimashō

Limited edition 7" vinyl
T-Palette Records TPRV-0011
Out 7/22, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Sunshine Nihonkai"

"Festival de aimashō"

Tags: Avec Avec, Dorian, Negicco, TAJIMA Takao (click for more info)

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Johnny's long-running boy idol group SMAP has a new double-A-side single of interest coming this week. "Top Of The World" is written by guitarist Miyavi with lyrics by Ishiwatari Junji (ex-Supercar), and the track was arranged by CMJK (early Denki Groove). The B-side is written and produced by Nakata Yasutaka (CAPSULE).

Two limited editions each contain a DVD of the music video of one of the songs. There's also a CD-only regular edition.

Short versions of each video can be seen on the artist page.

SMAP "Top Of The World/Amazing Discovery"

1. Top Of The World
2. Amazing Discovery
3. Top Of The World (back track)
4. Amazing Discovery (back track)

Note: Limited edition B has CD tracks are in the reverse order ("Amazing Discovery" comes first).

Limited edition A DVD
Top Of The World (Music Video)

Limited edition A (CD+DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
Victor Entertainment VIZL-1177
Out 7/16, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon (16% off *), HMV (10% off *), Tower Records
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Limited edition B DVD
Amazing Discovery (Music Video)

Limited edition B (CD+DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
Victor Entertainment VIZL-1188
Out 7/16, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV (10% off *), Tower Records
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Regular edition (CD only)
Victor Entertainment VICL-38077
Out 7/16, ¥1200 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Tags: CMJK, ISHIWATARI Junji, Miyavi, NAKATA Yasutaka, SMAP (click for more info)

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" Recommended show: Jintana & Emeralds release party w/ Sugar's Campaign, Dorian... July 21 at Daikanyama Unit. http://www.tokyogigguide.com/en/gigs/details/10542-jintana-a-emeralds " — @coolestsound on July 15, 2014 at 00:03 | Retweet

COR!S is a young electro singer-songwriter from Osaka who has the skills to entirely self-produce her music down to mastering (formula that reminds of Nakata Yasutaka). She has previously produced tracks for Yun*chi (among others) and remixes for mishmash*Julie Watai (see "The Second Album"), and has been featured on a song by London artist bo en (listen here).

So here comes COR!S' debut mini-album, recently released on iTunes worldwide. Included are 6 original tracks, and remixes by AZUpubshool (SoundCloud) and Miura. All tracks can be sampled below.

A special event will be held on Saturday July 19 at Strobe Café in Kitasando (Tokyo). The event is free (with a free drink included), though a reservation through Peatix is needed.

Also check out COR!S' SoundCloud for more tracks, and her Facebook page.

COR!S "Across Time & Space"

1. INTRO
2. jikū no tobira
3. Telepathy
4. Biscuit Time
5. hoshizora Waltz
6. Across Time & Space
7. jiku no tobira (AZUpubshool Remix)
8. Biscuit Time (Miura Kō Remix)

COR!S
Out now (6/15)
Sample/buy: COR!S "Across Time & Space"

Tags: COR!S (click for more info)

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Here's a wave of releases from Crazy Ken Band!

First, new single "Spark da!" which is being used as NHK's "minna no uta" for June and July. Included are 3 B-sides of new songs used in TV and radio commercials. The limited edition comes with a DVD of the video clip and making-of footage.

Second is a 2-CD compilation of the "Free Soul" series, selected by Hashimoto Tōru (Café Après-Midi) under themes such as "urban breeze", "summer drive" and "electric piano".

And third is a live DVD of a show held on November 14, 2013 at the Kanagawa Kenmin Hall, part of the "Crazy Ken Band Tour Flying Saucer". The show's encore is said to feature an orchestra for three songs.

A Japan tour will be held from September to November, stopping by Nakano SunPlaza (Tokyo) on October 25 and 26. Find all tour dates and info here.

Crazy Ken Band "Spark Da!"
クレイジーケンバンド 「スパークだ!」

CD
1. Spark da! (NHK minna no uta June/July 2014)
2. no comment (Zenon Comics CM Song)
3. uite ukiuki (Seiyū "okane ukiuki Campaign" CM Song)
4. chūko jidōsha hanbaishi no uta (JU (Japan Used Car Dealers Association) Radio CM Song)
5. CRAZY KEN BAND's Information
6. Spark da! (Karaoke)
7. no comment (Karaoke)

DVD (Limited edition only)
1. Spark da! (Music video)
2. Making of music video and artist photo

Limited edition (CD+DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
DoubleJoy International UMCK-9683
Out 7/16, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon (16% off *), HMV (10% off *), Tower Records , クレイジーケンバンド "スパークだ!" (Japan )
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
How to buy from iTunes Japan?

Regular edition (CD only)
DoubleJoy International UMCK-5481
Out 7/16, ¥1000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Crazy Ken Band "Free Soul Crazy Ken Band"
クレイジーケンバンド 「フリー・ソウル・クレイジーケンバンド」

CD 1
1. Tower
2. Hama kaze
3. yukkuri haneru ongaku
4. abuku
5. ABC kara Z made
6. Precious Precious Precious
7. 7ji 77fun
8. 37°ree;C
9. karappo no machikado
10. Girlfriend
11. DUET
12. Hong Kong Typhoon
13. Hideaway
14. aka to kuro
15. SOUL tsūshin
16. Hakone Skyline
17. tōmei kōsoku
18. ma, iiya

CD 2
1. otoko no kassōro
2. Record
3. ongakuryoku w/ Full Of Harmony x ISO from I.S.O.P
4. bokura no mirai wa tōi kako
5. giragira
6. Papa nakanai de
7. Button no kakechigai
8. Lantern
9. aki ni nacchatta
10. El Diablo
11. Sweet Seoul Tripper
12. Summer Freeze
13. hakkō! shinya-zoku Honmoku'69tune
14. ohikkoshi
15. SOULMATE
16. Brand New Honda
17. Coffee Candy
18. chikyū ga ikkaiten suru aida ni

DoubleJoy International UMCK-1484
Out 7/16, ¥2760 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Crazy Ken Band "CRAZY KEN BAND TOUR Flying Saucer 2013-2014" (DVD)
(Region 2 NTSC)

Set list:
enban -Flying Saucer-
Hey Que Pasa?
ryokakuki
Walker Hills Boogaloo
Suzy Wong no sekai
Hong Kong Typhoon
Lantern
konton ryōri
Thai ni ikitai
Hakone Skyline
SOUL FOOD
aki ni nacchatta
Sister Lee
Request Corner (kame → taiyō no Montecarlo)
UFO BOOGIE
haisha fukkatsu
Shift Change
Let's Go CKB → Tiger & Dragon
furyō Club
LADY MUSTANG
Hong Kong Grandprix

Encore 1:
a, yarutokya yaranakya dame na no yo. w/ yarutokya Dancers
kibori no ryū

Encore 2:
7ji 77fun w/ mieru Orchestra
otoko no kassōro w/ mieru Orchestra
chikyu ga ikkaiten suru aida ni w/ mieru Orchestra

DoubleJoy International POBD-22078
Out 7/16, ¥4300 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon (26% off *), HMV (15% off *), Tower Records
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Spark da!"

Tags: Crazy Ken Band, HASHIMOTO Toru (click for more info)

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Emerson Kitamura is an organ/keyboard player who can often be seen on stage playing in support of other artists. Lately he's also a regular member of The Scooters since their comeback in 2012.

Not sticking to a particular genre, this first full-length mostly instrumental solo album is entirely played, produced and mixed by the versatile musician. All songs are original except for two covers, "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" (from "My Fair Lady") and Kilburn & the High Roads' "The Call-Up".

Release official page

If you haven't yet, also check out this brilliant split 7" with Tucker released last year.

Emerson Kitamura "ochikochi ni"
エマーソン北村 「遠近(おちこち)に」

1. toki no hanashi
2. atarashii yakusoku
3. Two Friends
4. 10ji no techō
5. Shimokita 6gatsu
6. Toronto Rock
7. The Call-Up
8. ōkan
9. niwa
10. shiranai ie
11. hashi kara no nagame
12. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
13. yonaka
14. Ryōdaishi-bashi no inu

bubbling notes KMCDA-006
Out 7/16, ¥2381 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , Ochikochini by Emerson Kitamura
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Album trailer

Tags: Emerson KITAMURA (click for more info)

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Idol rap unit lyrical school has a new party summer track produced by tofubeats, who has been involved since their early tengal6 days. The single's limited edition comes with two bonus remixes, by okadada (SoundCloud) and ALI-KICK.

lyrical school have a busy schedule for the rest of the month, during which they can be caught at many in-store events promoting the release. On release day July 15 (and also two days later on July 17) they will play outside Marui City in Shibuya from 19:00.

lyrical school "FRESH!!!"

1. FRESH!!!
2. Que Sera Sera
3. wow♪ - okadada remix (Limited edition only)
4. waratte.net - ALI-KICK remix (Limited edition only)
5. FRESH!!! (inst)
6. Que Sera Sera (inst)

Limited edition (With 2 bonus remixes)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0092
Out 7/15, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Regular edition (Only 4 tracks, no remixes)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0093
Out 7/15, ¥1000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"FRESH!!!"

Tags: lyrical school, tofubeats (click for more info)

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