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" WAKITA Monari new clip "I'm with you", written by FUKUTOMI Yukihiro! https://youtu.be/Nq16jUhk9As Single out now! ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Wakita_Monari_Im_with_you_CD7/2017.06.17/011973/ " — @coolestsound on June 21, 2017 at 20:54 | Retweet

Hoshino Michiru has a new album out now! "12 signs of the zodiac" contains three new songs from singles "kagami no naka no watashi" and "nagareboshi Rendez-vous" (with also B-side "kyōkaisenjō no futari") released just last month, plus 9 brand new tracks!

Rapper Kaseki Cider appears on one song, while producers and musicians include Hase Hajimu, Satō Seiki (microstar), Okii Reiji (Tweedees, ex-Cymbals), Arai Toshiya (Count Joke), Gary Ashiya (La veuve moustachue), Blue Peppers, and more.

An in-store event with mini-live will be held at Pied Piper House in Tower Records Shibuya (5F) on Saturday June 24 from 19:00 (details). Then the next day, Sunday June 25, there will be a show at Vivid Sound Studio (details).

Hoshino Michiru "12 signs of the zodiac"
星野みちる 「黄道十二宮」

(Japanese title: "kōdō junikyū")

1. Unstable Girl
2. kagami no naka no watashi
3. ONE-TIME LOVE
4. kirai yo
5. kaze o fukasete
6. kyōkaisenjō no futari feat. Kaseki Cider
7. shūichi Romance
8. ki ga tsukeba Looking for your love
9. motto motto motto
10. itsuka Friends Again
11. anettai toshi
12. nagareboshi Rendez-vous

Vivid Sound / High Contrast HCCD-9588
Out 6/21, ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"nagareboshi Rendez-vous"

Find out more about: ARAI Toshiya, Gary ASHIYA, HASE Hajimu, HOSHINO Michiru, Kaseki Cider, OKII Reiji, SATO Seiki

Posted on | Released on June 21, 2017 | Comments (1) | Tweet |


Wakita Monari (ex-Especia) has a 3rd single being released this week, ahead of a 1st solo album to come later on July 26! The new single's title song is a house tune written and produced by Fukutomi Yukihiro! Mellow jazz track B-side "Est! Est!! Est!!!" was written by Yafune Tetsurō and arranged by Arai Toshiya (Count Joke), with chorus by Smooth Ace! Although both songs will be included on the album, the single has an exclusive extended version of "I'm with you".

The release comes as a set of 7" and CD that includes instrumentals.

An in-store event with a mini-live will be held at HMV record shop Shinjuku Alta on June 20 from 19:00. Buying the single and/or pre-ordering the album (w/ advance payment) there can get you an autograph, poster and a photo together. Details here. Other in-store events will be held on June 21 from 19:00 at Tower Records Ikebukuro (details), and on Sunday June 25 from 14:30 at Tower Records Shinjuku (details). Check out Monari's full schedule here.

Wakita Monari "I'm with you" (CD+7")
脇田もなり 「I'm with you」

CD
A. I'm with you -Extended Version-
B. EST! EST!! EST!!!
A. I'm with you -Extended Version- (instrumental)
B. EST! EST!! EST!!! (instrumental)

7"
A. I'm with you -Extended Version-
B. EST! EST!! EST!!!

Vivid Sound / High Contrast HCCD-9589
Out 6/21, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"I'm with you"

Find out more about: ARAI Toshiya, FUKUTOMI Yukihiro, Smooth Ace, WAKITA Monari, YAFUNE Tetsuro

Posted on | Released on June 21, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


Tweedees, the unit of Okii Reiji (ex-Cymbals) and singer Kiyoura Natsumi, has a new mini-album out very soon! This is the follow-up to 2nd album "The Second Time Around" (2016). Check out the new clip below.

Tweedees will be at Tower Records Shibuya's Pied Piper House (5F) on release day June 21 from 20:00 for autographs. Also on June 24 they will play a free mini-live at Tower Records Shinjuku 7F from 18:00, followed by an autograph session.

A special show for the release will be held at Shibuya O-west on September 8. There are also tour dates in Nagoya and Osaka on August 10 and 11 respectively. Tickets are on sale.

Tweedees "à la mode"

1. mirai no yukue
2. à la mode
3. Birthday Song
4. warui onota no Waltz
5. kimi wa suteki
6. Pudding sanka ~20th à la mode edition
7. TWDS_STRUT (Bonus track)
8. PHILLIP -TWEEDEES ONLY ver. (Bonus track)
9. Pudding sanka ~20th à la mode edition (TV size) (Bonus track)

Columbia COCP-39984
Out 6/21, ¥2200 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"à la mode"

Find out more about: Tweedees

Posted on | Released on June 21, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


This is a collaboration mini-album by singer-songwriter Alfred Beach Sandal and trackmaker STUTS. "Horizon" features Yu Arauchi (cero) on Rhodes, and nakayaan (mitsume) on bass, while "Quiet Blue" features Omoide yarō A team (OYAT). Check out the clip below!

A mini-live by STUTS only will be held on July 5 from 21:00 at Tower Records Shibuya 4F. Those who buy the CD there can participate to an autograph session afterwards. Other upcoming shows include one at The Wall Live House/Korner in Taipei (Taiwan) on June 29, and a one-man show at Wall & Wall in Omotesandō (Tokyo) on July 16.

Alfred Beach Sandal + STUTS "ABS+STUTS"

1. The Chase
2. Horizon
3. Daylight Avenue
4. Siesta
5. Quiet Blue
6. A Song of Last Things

Atik Sounds / Space Shower Music PECF-5002
Out 6/21, ¥1600 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Horizon"

Find out more about: Alfred Beach Sandal

Posted on | Released on June 21, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


Chie & The Wolf Baits is a rock'n'roll girl trio led by Learners' guitarist Horiguchi Chie. This first album comes in a mini-LP sleeve with a 12-page booklet. HMV gives away a signed 7" sleeve (while supplies last).

On June 18 from 14:00, Chie will play a special acoustic in-store set at Disk Union's Punk Market floor in Shinjuku. Details at Disk Union.

Chie & The Wolf Baits can be seen live on June 19 at Shinjuku Red Cloth, and a one-man show is being planned on July 8 at Kanda Shojimaru. Check out Chie's schedule here.

Chie & The Wolf Baits "Chie & The Wolf Baits"

1. Thuderbird
2. Two Timin' Man
3. 6120
4. Dress Up Doll
5. Funnel of Love
6. Mama to shōnen
7. Precious Lie
8. ippiki ōkami
9. No More For You
10. yami to Knife

Voltage Records BQG-S50
Out 6/21, ¥2300 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: Chie & The Wolf Baits

Posted on | Released on June 21, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


" RT @ThrillJockeyUK: Happy Release Day..🎉 @dustinwong AND @tm_meandcat⚡️#AreEuphoria is out TODAY! LTD LP 💕 from @normanrecords @residentmu… " — @coolestsound on June 16, 2017 at 21:22 | Retweet

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" RT @mbmelodies: For @stereogum, talked to Cornelius about "Mellow Waves." Think this is first chat w/ him about it http://www.stereogum.com/1947016/qa-cornelius-on-his-first-lp-in-11-years-mellow-waves/franchises/interview/ " — @coolestsound on June 16, 2017 at 20:00 | Retweet

Here's a greatest hits album of band Nona Reeves, covering the 3 original albums and 3 cover albums released during their 5 years so far on Billboard Records.

Nona Reeves "Billboard Best 2011-2016"

1. P-O-P-T-R-A-I-N
2. yume no koibito
3. STEP BY STEP
4. Mr. Melody Maker
5. LAST ROMANCE
6. I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER
7. Gagarin
8. LUCKY GUY
9. HARMONY
10. SMOOTH CRIMINAL
11. Never Ever Let U Down
12. BAD BOYS
13. Blackberry Jam
14. kōsō biru
15. yasumō, ONCE MORE
16. KOKOMO

Billboard Records HBRJ-1026
Out now (6/14), ¥2650 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , Nona Reeves "Billboard Best 2011-2016"を iTunes で (Japan )
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
How to buy from iTunes Japan?

Sampler clip

"P-O-P-T-R-A-I-N"

"yume no koibito"

"Harmony"

"Blackberry Jam"

"Gagarin"

Find out more about: Nona Reeves

Posted on | Released on June 14, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


Halfby has just released a 12" single of song "Slow Banana feat. Alfred Beach Sandal" from his latest album "Innn Hawaii" (2015). The B-side is a new remix by XTAL & Ahh! Folly Jet.

Halfby "Slow Banana" (12")

A. Slow Banana feat. Alfred Beach Sandal
B. Slow Banana (XTAL & Ahh! Folly Jet Remix)

Second Royal EMF-079
Out now (6/14), ¥1800 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

"Slow Banana feat. Alfred Beach Sandal"

Find out more about: Alfred Beach Sandal, Halfby, XTAL

Posted on | Released on June 14, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


" Sound & Recording Magazine's Cornelius feature to include D/L code for HOSONO Haruomi & SAKAMOTO Ryuichi remixes! ☞ http://bit.ly/2rcGjeM " — @coolestsound on June 13, 2017 at 23:20 | Retweet

Fujin Club, the mysterious pop unit formed of housewives from island Sadogashima in Niigata pref., is back with a new single of a city pop summer tune with a title that translates to "Travel & Ferry"! Once again produced by M. Lemon (aka Satō Nozomu of caméra-stylo), this is the follow-up to their fun and charming first album "Fujin Club" (2016).

Fujin Club "tabi to Ferry"
婦人倶楽部 「旅とフェリー」

1. tabi to Ferry
2. ochauke monogatari
3. natsu wa natsu yasai
4. tabi to Ferry ~Instrumental~
5. taraibune ni notte ~M. Lemon Remix~

Grand Pacific Work GPWF-0002
Out 6/14, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"tabi to Ferry"

Find out more about: Fujin Club

Posted on | Released on June 14, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


Taken from recent mini-album "Rock'n Roll No Hajimari Ha" (2016), here's a 7" of two tracks by keyboardist Emerson Kitamura! Both songs are instrumental covers, of "Spinning Wheel" (originally by Blood, Sweat & Tears) and "Remember" (written by Irving Berlin), the latter in a shorter single edit. Hear audio samples at Jet Set.

Emerson Kitamura can be seen playing at bookstore Hōrō in Sendagi on Saturday June 17. Hour-long sets will start from 16:00 and 19:00, and can be enjoyed while checking out used books. Tips are welcome. His full schedule can be found here.

Emerson Kitamura "Spinning Wheel / Remember" (7")
エマーソン北村 「Spinning Wheel / Remember」

A. Spinning Wheel
B. Remember

bubblingnotes KMVLS-009
Out now (6/3), ¥1200 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, Amazon, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: Emerson KITAMURA

Posted on | Released on June 3, 2017 | Comments (0) | Tweet |


A brand new album by Cornelius (international site) is coming at the end of June! Announced a few months ago and preceded by the release of two 7" singles, here comes "Mellow Waves", the long awaited follow-up to "Sensuous" (2006)! Check out the clips below, and this special site.

In Japan, Amazon, HMV and Tower Records each give away an original promo badge (while supplies last).

Another thing to look forward to is a special book titled "Cornelius × Idea: Mellow Waves: Cornelius no ongaku to Design" ("Cornelius' Music and Design") being published just a few days before the album. It's a 128-page visual book that focuses on designs from the new album (and some retrospective), and comes with a CD of an exclusive track! Find details below.

Update (June 13): "Sound & Recording Magazine"'s next issue, out June 24, will have a special feature on Cornelius and "Mellow Waves". The issue will contain a download code for two remixes by Hosono Haruomi and Sakamoto Ryūichi! Find details below. (Note that the download code is only valid until July 25, 2017.)

For those interested in the two 7" singles, while they seem to have sold out very quickly in Japan, they are still available for international pre-order here. Also be sure to check out the official Cornelius Facebook page that gives updates for fans everywhere in the world, including news on the upcoming worldwide digital release of the album on July 21.

Cornelius will tour Japan in October, with two shows in Tokyo on October 25 and 26 at Studio Coast. Tickets are currently on pre-sale, and officially go on sale July 22. Cornelius will also perform at Fuji Rock Festival on July 29.

Cornelius "Mellow Waves"

(Japanese titles in parentheses)
1. If You're Here (anata ga iru nara)
2. Sometime / Someplace (itsuka / dokoka)
3. Dear Future Person (mirai no hito e)
4. Surfing on Mind Wave pt 2
5. In a Dream (yume no naka de)
6. Helix / Spiral
7. Mellow Yellow Feel
8. The Spell of a Vanishing Loveliness
9. The Rain Song
10. Crépuscule

Warner WPCL-12660
Out 6/28, ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , Cornelius "Mellow Waves"を Apple Music で (Japan )
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
How to buy from iTunes Japan?

"Cornelius × Idea: Mellow Waves: Cornelius no ongaku to Design" (Book+CD)
「Cornelius × Idea: Mellow Waves: コーネリアスの音楽とデザイン」
(B5 size, 128 pages, includes CD)

Seibundō Shinkosha 978-4416617809
Out 6/23, ¥2000 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Sound & Recording Magazine August 2017" (Magazine+Download code)
(276 pages, includes download code valid until July 25, 2017)

Cornelius "Mellow Waves" feature:
- Interview with Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius) & manipulator Mishima Tomoaki
- Cornelius' 3-D Studio & favorite plug-ins
- Interview with engineer Takayama Tohru
- Sunahara Yoshinori listens to "Mellow Waves"
- Download code for "In a Dream remixed by Haruomi Hosono" and "If You're Here re-work by Ryuichi Sakamoto" valid only until July 25, 2017

Rittor Music
Out 6/24, ¥926 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower (Japan only), HMV

"If You're Here"

"Sometime / Someplace"

Find out more about: Cornelius

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