Following a great single titled "Good Night Baby" released just last month, here's a 2nd 7" from Bakubaku Dokin. The A-side "Darara" is said to be a mellow tune that sounds best at night, while B-side "tasogare no Catherine" is a bossa nova with alto flute, flugelhorn and bassoon.
A release party will be held on Sunday February 25 at Ebisu Batica. The event starts at 17:00. Details here.
BAKUBAKU DOKIN "Darara / tasogare no Catherine" (7")
バクバクドキン 「ダララ / 黄昏のキャサリン」
B. tasogare no Catherine
"Bangkok Nites" is a Japanese movie released in 2016. EM Records, the label that released the soundtrack, has been also releasing a series of tribute 12" EPs. This last installment is by keyboardist Emerson Kitamura. "inaka wa iine" is a cover of a song by Rungphet Laemsing from the soundtrack, while "Lam Plearn Salap Kon Sawan" is a bass music cover of a song from Thai singer Angkhanang Khunchai's 1975 1st album. On the other side is "Rock Your Baby", a folky cover featuring vocals by mmm (mii mai moe) of a 70's disco hit originally by George McCrae, plus a dub version of the title song.
Part of the Bakuon Film Festival's Thai/Isan special series, a "Molam Special Live" will be held on Saturday February 24 at Shibuya WWW featuring Molam singers, and Emerson Kitamura will also perform a set. Find all details here.
Emerson Kitamura "The Countryside is Great e.p."
エマーソン北村 「田舎はいいね E.P.」
(Japanese title: "inaka wa iine E.P.")
A1. The Countryside is Great (5:07)
A2. Lam Plearn Salap Kon Sawan Bassline (4:52)
AA1. Rock Your Baby (featuring mmm) (5:18)
AA2. The Countryside is Great (DUB) (4:20)
tofubeats has a new song out now digitally. "Immortal Love" (Japanese title: "fumetsu no kokoro") is the theme song of live action TV drama "Video Girl Ai 2018" ("den·ei shōjo") shown on TV Tokyo every Saturday night from 24:20. The drama is based on the 1989-1992 manga of the same name.
tofubeats can be seen DJ at all-night event "trackmaker" on Saturday March 3 at Sound Museum Vision in Shibuya, along with Towa Tei, okadada, Kariya Seira, chelmico and many more (details). Also, he will play a DJ set on February 27 from 18:30 at the "Yobuko Holo-Experience Exhibition" at iTSCOM Studio & Hall Futako-Tamagawa Rise (free entrance!). Check out tofubeats' full schedule here.
tofubeats "Immortal Love" (Download)
(Japanese title: "fumetsu no kokoro")
The Scooters are releasing a first live album, recorded at Shimokitazawa Basement Bar on November 1st, 2017. The show also featured guest vocalist (and labelmate) Nakano Aya. This limited release comes as a cassette tape with a CD of the same content, and a T-shirt (S, M, L or XL). The art direction of the whole is of course by the band's leader, Shindō Mitsuo.
Formed in 1978 and having released a first album in 1982, the Scooters got back together in 2012 (with the release of album "Une Manche et La Belle") and have been playing many live shows since. This recording is the Scooters' latest live sound!
The Scooters are: Ronnie Barry (vocals), Lucy (tenor sax & tambourine), Beat Himiko (chorus & alto sax), Beauty (chorus), Jackie (chorus), Turban Chada Jr. (vocals), Ichikawa Eiji (electric guitar), Ohya Ryōji (drums), Sally Kubota (bass), Nakayama Tsutomu (piano & organ) and Shindō Mitsuo (electric guitar & glockenspiel).
Scooters "The Scooters Comes Alive! (The Basement Tape)" (Cassette+CD+T-shirt)
2. Dancing in the street
3. namida no BreakAway
4. Young Americans
5. Hey Girl
6. Hang On In There Baby
7. nakitai kimochi
1. Key to her ferrari
2. kanashii uwasa
3. Stubborn kind of fellow
5. Motown Medley (Reach Out I'll Be There, It's The Same Old Song, I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch), Stop! In The Name Of Love, Come See About Me, Jimmy Mack, Stubborn kind of fellow, My Guy, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Money (That's What I Want), Get Ready, Finger Tip)
6. Heat Wave
7. Tokyo Disco Night
"kanashii uwasa" (original version from album "Une Manche et La Belle")
Rapper ECD passed away on January 24, 2018 at the age of 67. This is a 7" release of song "Lucky Man" from his latest album "Three Wise Monkeys" (2015), and includes a new remix by Illicit Tsuboi who also mixed and edited the single. The jacket artwork is by Sakawaki Kei.
ECD "LUCKY MAN"
A. LUCKY MAN
B. LUCKY MAN (for Fans & Relativities REMIX)
On February 25 it will have been a year since the passing away of Plastics leader Nakanishi Toshio. This is a live album of the Plastics' 40th anniversary show held at Blue Note Tokyo on May 10, 2016. The show featured original members Nakanishi Toshio (vocals & guitar), Tachibana Hajime (guitar) and Shima Takemi (rhythm box), with Linda dada (vocals) and momo (keyboards).
A limited "Deluxe Edition" of 1000 copies includes a bonus CD "B" which contains 3 outtakes from the same show, and two previously unreleased early demos of "Copy" and "Too Much Information".
1. I Am Plastic
2. Welcome Plastics
3. Diamond Head
6. I Love You Oh No !
8. Digital Watch
9. Too Much Information
14. Introduction - Copy
15. Top Secret Man
CD "B" (Deluxe edition only)
2. Can I Help Me ?
3. Park ~ Eight Days A Week
4. Copy - Early Demo -
5. Too Much Information - Early Demo -
Ozawa Kenji has a new single being released on Valentine's Day. The title song is the theme of movie "River's Edge", and also features the voices of lead actress Nikaidō Fumi and actor Yoshizawa Ryō. The B-side is a live performance of hit song "Lovely" in duet with Mitsushima Hikari, recorded on a rainy day on a boat in Tokyo Bay. This is a limited release.
Shows as a 36-piece funk orchestra are planned on April 23 at Tokyo International Forum, on April 29 at Osaka-jō Hall, and on May 2 and 3 at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. Tickets go on sale February 13 at 19:00. Details on the official site.
Ozawa Kenji "Arpeggio (kitto mahō no Tunnel no saki)"
1. Arpeggio (kitto mahō no Tunnel no saki)
2. Lovely, Tokyo-wan jō yakatabune Live wa ame
3. Arpeggio (kitto mahō no Tunnel no saki) (Instrumental)
Movie trailer including song preview
The movie, which features Pierre Taki (Denki Groove) in a lead role, will open in theaters in Japan from February 17, 2018.
Ushio Kensuke "'Sunny/32' Original Soundtrack"
1. pray (feat. Tabuchi Hisako)
5. Birthday Cake
18. shūgō shashin
19. mottomo kawaii Murder wa Sunny (Okita Shuichi & Amore Stars)
24. 2gatsu 28nichi
27. Sunny kara Sunny e
29. kokoro kara
30. sei naru mono
A 4th album by singer and voice actress Nakajima Megumi is about to be released. Included are songs written by Maedayama Kenichi (aka Hyadain), Avec Avec (Sugar's Campaign), CMJK (Cutemen) (with lyrics by Kai Minori and Twisty aka Takashi Tsugumi), Rasmus Faber and more.
The limited edition comes with a Blu-ray disc of three music videos.
Nakajima Megumi "Curiosity"
2. Life's The Party Time!!
3. zanzō no Avalon
4. watashi no sekai
6. omoide ni kawaru made
7. usotsuki zakura
8. saikō no shunkan
10. Saturday Night Question
11. mirai no kioku
12. ai wo tomoshite
Blu-ray (Limited edition only)
2. watashi no sekai
3. Saturday Night Question
Limited edition (CD + Blu-ray (NTSC))
Flying Dog VTZL-143
Out 2/14, ¥3800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon (18% off *), HMV (12% off *), Tower Records †
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
"Saturday Night Question" (Short ver.)
"Submarine" (Short ver.)
"watashi no sekai" (Short ver.)
Yogee New Waves will release a new EP titled "Spring Cave e.p." on March 14. Stay tuned for details!
Also, they will soon go on tour in Asia starting March 21, with dates in Taipei and Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Hong Kong and Bangkok (Thailand). A Japan tour will follow through April, stopping at Shin-Kiba Studio Coast in Tokyo on April 20. Check their schedule page for all details.
Yogee New Waves "Waves" (2LP)
A1. Ride on Wave
A2. Fantasic Show (album ver.)
B1. World is Mine
B2. Dive Into the Honeytime
C1. Intro (horo)
C3. Like Sixteen Candles
D1. HOW DO YOU FEEL?
D3. Boys & Girls (Lovely Telephone Remix)
"HOW DO YOU FEEL?"
"Like Sixteen Candles"
"World is Mine"