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Group sounds girl band Kinoco Hotel have a brand new album coming this week! This follows a move to King Records, and it's their 5th original album since going major.

The limited edition comes with a DVD of a music video plus 4 live songs from the last show of their previous Japan tour. Watch a short version of the video below. CDJapan gives away a promo autographed photo (while supplies last)!

Kinoco Hotel can be seen live at an in-store event at Tower Records Shibuya on September 4, for those who buy the album there or at Tower Records Shinjuku. Also they will be touring Japan in September and October, with a show in Tokyo on October 22 at Tokyko Kinema Club. Check out their full schedule here.

Kinoco Hotel "Marianne no kakumei"
キノコホテル 「マリアンヌの革命」

CD
1. hangyaku no kisetsu
2. onedari Strange Love
3. kaiten Restaurant no higeki
4. te no hira gaeshi
5. enrai
6. kago no naka no Alastair
7. ai wa gebageba
8. aka no rōgoku
9. rurō Gamble (Mecha shiyō)
10. tsuki yo tokoshie ni

DVD (Limited edition only)
onedari Strange Love (Music video)
enrai (Live at Tokyo Kinema Club 2015/11/3)
Marilyn Monroe No Return (Live at Tokyo Kinema Club 2015/11/3)
subete urimono (Live at Tokyo Kinema Club 2015/11/3)
Kinoco Hotel shōka (Live at Tokyo Kinema Club 2015/11/3)

Limited edition (CD + DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
King Records KICS-93394
Out 7/27, ¥3241 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Regular edition (CD only)
King Records KICS-3394
Out 7/27, ¥2685 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"onedari Strange Love" (Short ver.)

Find out more about: Kinoco Hotel

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" 4th and last song from Especia's "Mirage" for free download on OTOTOY! ☞ http://ototoy.jp/_/default/p/64465 SoundCloud ☞ https://soundcloud.com/especia/sets/mirage " — @coolestsound on July 21, 2016 at 00:47 | Retweet

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" Enjoy "Lunatique" from Takkyu ISHINO's upcoming album, only while the full moon is out tonight (until 4:44 JST) ☞ https://silly.amebahypes.com/posts/1043836 " — @coolestsound on July 21, 2016 at 00:44 | Retweet

Yasuda Toshiyuki, Jazztronik and Tamura Genichi (Kirinji, Little Tempo) cover famous Hawaiian and exotica songs in this new compilation that includes collaborations with Sandii, Lica, Takeda Kaori, cellist Mizoguchi Hajime, and Hawaiian singer Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole. Perfect for summer!

Hear samples of all songs at CDJapan.

Various Artists "Aloha Exotica"

(Title / Artist)
1. Adventures In Paradise / Jazztronik
2. Sway It Hula Girl / Jazztronik feat. Sandii
3. I'll Remember You / Gen Tamura feat. Sandii
4. Jungle Flower / Gen Tamura
5. Blue Hawaii / Toshiyuki Yasuda feat. Kaori Takeda
6. Quiet Village / Toshiyuki Yasuda feat. Hajime Mizoguchi
7. Sangoshō no kanata / Toshiyuki Yasuda feat. Lica
8. Poinciana / Gen Tamura
9. Akaka Falls / Jazztronik feat. Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole
10. Adventures In Paradise (Piano Ver.) / Jazztronik

Tokuma Japan TKCA-74261
Out now (7/20), ¥2870 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , Apple Music 内のJazztronik+田村玄一+安田寿之 "Aloha Exotica" (Japan )
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
How to buy from iTunes Japan?

Find out more about: Jazztronik, Sandii, YASUDA Toshiyuki

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This compilation of samba/bossa nova songs was selected by DJ Itō Yōichirō (aka Akakage), mainly from the vast repertory of UK label Far Out Recordings. Included is an original by Akakage taken from his "Fighissima" album (2006).

Various Artists "Bossa Brasilia 2016"

(Title / Artist)
1. Na Cancao Do Samba / Grupo Batuque
2. Deixa a Nega Gingar / Clara Moreno
3. Mas Que Nada / Friends From Rio
4. Opara / Sabrina Malheiros
5. Tudo De Bom / Arthur Xerocai
6. Ainda Mais Amor / Nicole Conte presents Stefania Dipierro
7. Rejoicing / Democustico
8. Folia No Samba / The Ipanemas
9. Keep An Eye On Love / Nina Miranda & Chris Franck present Zeep
10. Brasilian Colors / TOYONO
11. Pra Zé / Azymuth
12. Samba Da Silvia / Joyce
13. Nova Bossa Nova / Marcos Valle
14. Choro / Jose Roberto Bertrami and his Modern Sound
15. De manha feat. Flavia / AKAKAGE

Pony Canyon PCCA-04407
Out 7/20, ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Clara Moreno "Deixa a Nega Gingar"

Sabrina Malheiros "Opara"

Find out more about: Akakage

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microstar, the unit of Satō Seiki (a producer of Hoshino Michiru) and singer Iizumi Yūko, has a brand new album about to be released! It's been 8 years since the previous, "microstar album" (2008). This includes latest single "Tiny Spark" which was released on 7" last April (CDJapan).

microstar "She Got the Blues"

1. Chocolate Baby
2. Tiny Spark
3. tsuki no Palace
4. tomodachi ni narō
5. My Baby
6. yūgure Girl (Album Mix)
7. watashitachi wa koi o suru
8. She Got The Blues
9. yakan hikō
10. oyasumi

High Contrast HCCD-9575
Out 7/20, ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Sampler clip

"Tiny Spark (short ver.)"

Find out more about: Microstar

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Taikuh Jikang, the solo unit of gamelan player Kawamura Kohey, is releasing a 3rd album. This one revolves around a theme of an imaginary paradise island named Warake.

A free in-store live will be held on Saturday August 13 from 16:00 at Tower Records Shibuya (6F event space). Details here.

Taikuh Jikang "umitoyoru"
滞空時間 「ウミトヨル」

1. Bara
2. Walak Elele part.2
3. Benaya Benaya
4. Melatih
5. Mt. Wechikep
6. Umitoyoru
7. Polay

Nesia Records NESIA-9
Out 7/20, ¥2130 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Benaya Benaya"

Find out more about: Taikuh Jikang

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Tweedees, the unit of Okii Reiji (ex-Cymbals) and Kiyoura Natsumi, has a 2nd album about to be released! This is the follow-up to last year's "The Sound Sounds.". The song "Phillip" features Indonesian band ikkubaru.

The limited edition includes a bonus DVD with documentary and interview film "The Adventure of the TWEEDEES 2015-2016", and 3 music videos. HMV and Tower Records give away a set of 3 mini flags with Tweedies' emblem.

Check out the videos below, and hear samples of all songs on this special site.

An in-store mini-live and autograph session will be held on Sunday July 24 at Tower Records Shinjuku (7F) from 15:00. Also a release event will be held at Shibuya O-West on August 10. Tickets are on sale. All details here.

TWEEDEES "The Second Time Around"

1. sokudo to chikara
2. STRIKERS
3. PHILLIP (feat. ikkubaru)
4. watashi no warui kuse
5. Buttered Rum
6. melody
7. Baby, Baby
8. Winter's Day
9. tomodachi no uta
10. Moonlight Flapper

DVD (Limited edition only)
"The Adventure of the TWEEDEES 2015-2016" documentary & interview film
KLING! KLANG!!
Winter's Day
Baby, Baby

Limited edition (CD+DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
Columbia COZP-1218
Out 7/20, ¥3600 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Regular edition (CD only)
Columbia COCP-39649
Out 7/20, ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Baby, Baby"

"Winter's Day"

Find out more about: OKII Reiji, Tweedees

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Nosa Reina's band, Reina & The Blue Valentines, has a 2nd album about to be released! This follow-up to "Lady or Girl?" (2015) contains recent 7" single B-side "konya wa Night Fever", and also new remixes by Illicit Tsuboi of songs "Romantic konya" and "ai no Lost And Found" previously released as a 7" single last year.

The album is said to be the last with both former members Yokoyama Yukari (bass) and Kikuchi Tomoka (guitar).

A release party will be held on July 31 at Shibuya Loop Annex, with Hoshino Michiru appearing as the opening act. Also, on release day (July 20) a special mini-live will be held at Disk Union's dues Shinjuku venue, for those who buy the album there or at Disk Union Shinjuku Rock/Indies. Details here.

Reina & The Blue Valentines "Once in a blue moon"
野佐怜奈とブルーヴァレンタインズ 「Once in a blue moon」

1. China Blue
2. Romantic konya (illicit tuboi remix ver.)
3. ai no Lost And Found (illicit tuboi remix ver.)
4. Tokyo Midnight Hour
5. anata no kuchibiru
6. Cosmopolitan
7. konya wa Night Fever
8. Milk & Sugar
9. Othello
10. itsudemo Golden Time

Apricot Sounds ACDS-4
Out 7/20, ¥2315 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: NOSA Reina

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Fujin Club is a mysterious unit said to have been formed in Sadogashima (an island off the west coast of Niigata pref.), and produced by Satō Nozomu of caméra-stylo (Camera=mannenhitsu) aka M. Lemon. Their first album "Fujin Color" is out this week. Two songs feature Bakurocho Band and The Putins respectively.

Check out latest video for the catchy "taraibune ni notte" directed by Nakama Norihisa (The Aprils) below.

Fujin Club "Fujin Color"
婦人倶楽部 「フジンカラー」

1. odekake
2. taraibune ni notte
3. nagisa no Rhapsody
4. Gourmet kikō
5. chin-don feat. Bakurocho Band
6. FUJIN CLUB
7. watashi oyome ni iku wa
8. yappari kuroko feat. The Putins
9. Tokyo Color
10. hamabe no uta

Grand Pacific Work GPWF-0001
Out 7/13, ¥2300 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"taraibune ni notte"

"Gourmet kikō"

"Tokyo Color (short ver.)"

"FUJIN CLUB (short ver.)"

Find out more about: Fujin Club, The Putins

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Singer-songwriter YeYe has a 3rd album out this week, follow-up to the brilliant "Hue Circle" (2013, CDJapan)! This includes latest single "ate a lemon". Check out its video below and also the sampler clip of all songs from the new album.

All songs can be sampled at CDJapan.

A free in-store live will be held on Sunday August 14 at Tower Records Shinjuku (7F) from 15:00. Meanwhile she can be seen at Fuji Rock Festival on July 22 (Green Avalon Stage) and elsewhere, check out her full schedule here.

YeYe "hito"
YeYe 「ひと」

1. a girl runs
2. Broke Your Phone
3. close your eyes
4. negireru
5. noboru, nagameru (album ver.)
6. very bad nights make you strong
7. Veronika
8. ate a lemon
9. hoshi to nishi

Rallye RYECD-265
Out 7/13, ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , Ye Yeの "ひと"を iTunes で
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"ate a lemon"

Sampler clip

Find out more about: YeYe

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" 3rd track from Especia's "Mirage" now available for free download on OTOTOY! ☞ http://ototoy.jp/_/default/p/64181 SoundCloud ☞ https://soundcloud.com/especia/sets/mirage " — @coolestsound on July 11, 2016 at 23:07 | Retweet

Negicco has a new live Blu-ray disc out this week, of their recent tour titled "The Music Band of Negicco". Featured is the entire Tokyo one-man live held on April 27, 2016 at Nakano Sunplaza in Tokyo, which was backed by a full band of 8 musicians. Also documentary footage of all 9 shows of the tour is included. The disc totals approx. 3h30m.

An autograph session (no mini-live) will be held at on July 18 from 20:30 at Tower Records Shinjuku. Negicco's next one-man live will be held at NHK Hall on July 30. Tickets are on sale.

Negicco "Live & Life II Negicco 2016 Winter-Spring" (Blu-ray)

1. hikari no Spur
2. Triple! WONDERLAND
3. atarashii koi no uta
4. 1000% no kataomoi
5. jiyū ni
6. Idol bakari kikanai de
7. Life Is Candy Travel
8. kimi to iru machi
9. Cream Soda Love
10. For a Long Time
11. oyasumi
12. doyō no yoru wa
13. mujun, hajimemashita.
14. Canal no madobe
15. BLUE, GREEN, RED AND GONE
16. futari no yūki
17. GET IT ON!
18. sayonara Music
19. tokimeki no Headliner
20. attōteki na Style
21. nee, Vardia

T-Palette Records TPRB-0002
Out 7/12, ¥6000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon (27% off *), HMV (27% off *), Tower Records
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Teaser clip

Bonus "Merchandise corner" from the Tokyo show, not included on the Blu-ray disc

Find out more about: Negicco

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