31 - Wednesday Campanella "Nippon Budokan kouen ~hakkaku uchuu~" (Blu-ray)
29 - Manon "Beat The Bad Luck" (Download)
26 - Denki Groove "Tropical Love Lights", "Denki Groove Decade 2008~2017"
22 - Wakita Monari "I am ONLY"
16 - Negicco "Negicco 2011~2017 -Best- 2"
16 - hitomitoi "Ecstasy"
16 - The Aprils "Horror Survivor"
10 - lyrical school "natsuyasumi no Baby"
09 - Charan-Po-Rantan "toritomenai ongakukai" (Blu-ray/DVD)
09 - Learners "Water The Flowers / Shampoo Planet" (7"), "More Learners" (Cassette)
08 - Manon "xxFANCYPOOLxx" (Download)
05 - Mira Parameter "Reborn"
02 - Natsu Summer "Hello, future day"
It's hard to believe that this is the first video release by Wednesday Campanella (aka suiyoubi no Campanella), known for their high-energy shows that have a good dose of surprise! This Blu-ray is of a live show held at famous venue Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on March 8, 2017. In addition to the full show, about 45 minutes of documentary footage about the concert is included.
Wednesday Campanella can be seen at festival Rock In Japan 2017 on August 5, as well as several other music festivals. Check out their full schedule here.
Wednesday Campanella "Nippon Budokan kōen ~hakkaku uchū~" (Blu-ray)
1. Cho Hakkai
4. Yeti (yukiotoko Yeti)
8. Light kyōdai
11. Tapir (baku)
15. Kamehameha the Great
17. Match uri no shōjo
20. Sakamoto Ryōma
"Yuta", "Nero", "Unico"
Half-Japanese half-French 15-year-old model Manon has a 2nd track out now! This time the song has an indie-pop flavor, and it's again written & produced by Yuppa (HNC)! Hear it on YouTube below, and you can also find it on iTunes, Spotify, etc.
It's also been announced that a pink color 7" will be released on August 30, containing both "xxFANCYPOOLxx" and "Beat The Bad Luck".
Manon "BEAT THE BAD LUCK"
"BEAT THE BAD LUCK"
The other, "Denki Groove Decade 2008-2017", is a greatest hits album from the last ten years which started with singles "Shōnen Young" and "Mononoke Dance" (both 2007), and album "J-POP" (2008) that had followed a long hiatus. Check out the fun sampler clip below!
Denki Groove "Tropical Love Lights"
電気グルーヴ 「TROPICAL LOVE LIGHTS」
1. Ningen President (Instrumental)
2. Tokyo Genghis Khan (Instrumental)
3. Kao Kawacchatteru. (Donkey Town Mix / Instrumental)
4. Puerto Rico no HITorIKKO (Instrumental)
5. Kakinokizaka (Instrumental)
6. Fallin' Down (Instrumental)
7. UFOholic (Acid Abduction Mix)
8. Tropical Love (Instrumental)
9. Venus Hill (Instrumental)
10. Stand by You (Instrumental)
Denki Groove "Denki Groove Decade 2008~2017"
電気グルーヴ 「DENKI GROOVE DECADE 2008～2017」
1. Fallin' Down (Single Ver. / Video Edit)
2. Upside Down (Single Mix)
3. Slow Motion
4. Mononoke Dance (Single Ver.)
5. Baby's on Fire (Video Edit)
6. Fake It! (Album Ver.)
7. Shameful (Live @ Zepp Tokyo 2017)
8. Kanpeki Ni Nakushite (Alternate Mix)
9. Missing Beatz (Album Mix)
10. Shōnen Young (Album Mix)
11. Tropical Love (Video Edit)
"Denki Groove Decade 2008-2017" sampler clip (Mixed by DJ Tasaka)
After three great singles, here comes Wakita Monari (ex-Especia)'s 1st solo album! All songs are said to be worth single cuts.
Included are songs written by Hase Hajimu, Microstar, Fukutomi Yukihiro, Yafune Tetsurō, Nishidera Gōta (Nona Reeves), Count Joke, Hase Yasuhiro (Yume to Cosme), ikkubaru (from Indonesia), and Illicit Tsuboi with YUI (Bakubaku Dokin). Also, three songs are arranged by Arai Toshiya (Count Joke), and other musicians include Smooth Ace, Kashif (PPP) and Nakajima Hajime. Art direction and design by Sally Kubota.
A release party will be held on September 8 at Shibuya clubasia that will feature a live back band! Tickets go on sale on August 7 (with pre-sales from July 26).
Several in-store events will also be held, with ones on July 25 at HMV record shop Kichijoji (details), on July 26 at Tower Records Ikebukuro (details), on July 28 at Tower Records Kinshichō (details) and on July 30 at HMV record shop Shinjuku Alta (details). Check out her full schedule here.
Wakita Monari "I am ONLY"
脇田もなり 「I am ONLY」
1. IN THE CITY
3. nakimushi Revolution
5. Cloudless Night
6. inori no kotoba
7. Boy Friend
8. I'm with you
9. EST! EST!! EST!!!
10. akai Skirt
12. yoake no VIEW
"I'm with you"
"IN THE CITY"
Negicco has a new greatest hits album coming this month! Included are songs revolving around albums "Melody Palette" (2013), "Rice&Snow" (2015) and "Tea for Three" (2016), but also a single B-side ("sayonara Music"), previously unreleased show opening song "Make Up Prelude" (written by Hase Yasuhiro (Yume to Cosme)), two previously unreleased recent songs performed in their Spring 2017 tour ("tomodachi ga inai!", arranged by Homecomings, and "kuchibiru ni Melody" by connie), plus brand new song "ai wa hikari" (a collaboration with Kirinji). Check out the new clip below!
The limited edition includes a Blu-ray disc of the entire tour finale show of the "Spring 2017 Tour ~Live House no Negi~", held at Zepp DiverCity Tokyo last April. A limited 2-LP vinyl edition will also be released on August 15.
For their earlier songs, also be sure to check out "Negicco 2003~2012 -Best-" (2012).
In-store events (autograph only, no live show) will be held on July 21 at Tower Records Shinjuku (7F) from 19:00, and another at Tower Records Kinshichō on August 14 from 19:00. Details and Negicco's full schedule can be found here.
Negicco "Negicco 2011~2017 -BEST- 2"
1. ai wa hikari (New song)
2. Make Up Prelude
3. GET IT ON!
4. koi no EXPRESS TRAIN
5. anata to Pop With You!
6. ai no Tower of Love
7. Idol bakari kikanai de
8. tokimeki no Headliner
9. Triple! WONDERLAND
10. Sunshine Nihonkai
11. hikari no Spur
12. nee Vardia
13. attōteki na Style -NEGiBAND ver.-
14. mujun, hajimemashita.
15. sayonara Music
16. tomodachi ga inai!
17. kuchibiru ni Melody
Blu-ray (Limited edition only)
"Spring 2017 Tour ~Live House no Negi~" Tour Finale
2017/4/28 Zepp DiverCity Tokyo One-man Live (Uncut except for some MC parts)
"ai wa hikari"
hitomitoi has a brand new album being released this week! "Ecstasy" is entirely produced by Dorian, who has been contributing great tracks to her albums since "City Dive" (2012). This is the follow-up to "The Memory Hotel" (2015). Check out the digest below!
HMV gives away a promo sticker of the jacket artwork, and Tower Records a postcard (while supplies last).
A show will be held at Billboard Live Tokyo on August 31, with sets from 19:00 and 21:30. Details here.
2. Serpent Coaster
3. Flash of Light
4. Discotheque Sputnik
5. Let It Out
7. Blue, Midnight Blue
9. Swept Away
10. Varadero via L.A.
"Flash of Light"
The Aprils has a new single coming this week! Title song "Horror Survivor" is a brand new collaboration with The Lady Spade, who was previously featured on "Magical Girls". The B-side is a self-cover of "KIRA×KIRA×KIRA×KIRA", a song that was written for Mizuka (see "Marshmallow Glitter").
A brand new album from The Aprils is expected for fall 2017! Stay tuned!
The Aprils can be seen part of event "Super Pop Night vol.1" on Monday July 17 (a public holiday) at Otsuka Hearts+ from 17:00. The single will be sold there in advance.
The Aprils "Horror Survivor"
1. Horror Survivor (feat. The Lady Spade)
Out 7/19, ¥600 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, (Japan)
lyrical school, who are now five after three new members joined recently, have a summer-themed single being released this month.
Aside from the regular edition listed below, there are five (!) limited editions, each of which includes a bonus drama track. Collecting all five completes the whole story.
Many in-store mini-live events will be held to promote the release, including one on Monday July 17 at Tower Records Shibuya (4F) from 18:00 (details), and one on Tuesday July 18 at Tower Records Shinjuku (7F) from 20:30 (details). Check their full schedule on the official site.
lyrical school "natsuyasumi no Baby"
lyrical school 「夏休みのBABY」
1. natsuyasumi no BABY
2. Concrete Jungle ~Boy meets Girl~
3. natsuyasumi no BABY (Inst.)
4. Concrete Jungle ~Boy meets Girl~ (Inst.)
"natsuyasumi no Baby"
This is a live DVD (and Blu-ray) of the last show of Charan-Po-Rantan's latest tour, titled "Charan-Po-Rantan to yukai na Cancan Balcan Tour 2016-17 'taishū ongaku no tebiki'", which closely followed the release of album "toritomenashi". This show was held at Nakano Sunplaza in Tokyo on January 21, 2017.
The Blu-ray edition contains a bonus disc with footage from two other shows. Included are 6 songs and 17 songs respectively.
Charan-Po-Rantan can next be seen in Tokyo on July 20 at Shibuya Club Quattro, in an event with Katahira Rina. Tickets are on sale.
Charan-Po-Rantan "toritomenai ongakukai" (Blu-ray/DVD)
1. Opening Session
2. Blues Brothers no Theme
3. Asia no junshin
4. kono saki no Scenario wa anata shidai
5. koi to Machinegun (Young, Alive, in Love)
6. Naomi no yume
7. otoko no Saga
9. nyūin Trouble
10. chanto yatteru mo-n
11. mayuge Dance
13. yume bakkari with Katahira Rina / Rei
14. utsukushisa to wakasa
19. susume, tama ni nigete mo
20. 71oku Piece no Puzzle Game
21. Hava Nagila
22. tada, sore dake
23. Peddlers with Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
24. otakebi with Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
27. Mebius no ikidomari
Disc 2 (Blu-ray edition only)
- Charan-Po-Rantan Tour 2016 "uta to Accordion no shimai gekijō" at Asakusa Kaminari 5656 kaikan Tokiwa Hall (2016.7.2) Digest footage
- Charan-Po-Rantan presents "buta ongakusai" at Ueno onshi kōen yagai Stage (suijō ongakudō) (2017.4.16)
Learners have a new 7" that's just out! Included are original songs "Water The Flowers" (from 2nd album "More Learners") and "Shampoo Planet" (from "Learners"). Color vinyl edition of 1000! Includes a download code.
Out at the same time is a pink cassette edition of "More Learners". Limited edition of 300. This also includes a download code.
Learners will tour Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya in September. The Tokyo show is on September 15 at Shibuya WWW X. Tickets are on sale.
Learners "Water The Flowers / Shampoo Planet" (7" + Download code)
A. Water The Flowers
B. Shampoo Planet
Learners "More Learners" (Cassette + Download code)
A1. Good Morning Learners!
A2. Why Do Fools Fall In Love
A3. Water The Flowers
A4. Go Away Don't Bother Me
A5. Let Me In
A6. Saint Tropez Blues
B1. I Want Candy
B2. Love Your Money
B4. Moonlight Revue 50's
B5. Walking After Midnight
B6. Sleep Walk
"Water The Flowers"
Manon is a 15-year-old model, and here comes a debut single written & produced by Yuppa (HNC)! Check it out on YouTube below, as well as on iTunes, Spotify, etc. This is released on new label Caticorn Records.
Manon "xxFANCYPOOLxx" (Download)
Singer-songwriter Etuka's new electro-pop solo unit Mira Parameter has a first album being released on Gooondo, the label of Gondō Tomohiko (Metafive). The album, with a sound reminiscent of 80's techno, was produced by Gondō and mastered by Sunahara Yoshinori.
Digital purchases of the full album from OTOTOY include a bonus remix by Gondō Tomohiko of "yoru Marathon".
Mira Parameter "Reborn"
ミラ パラメータ 「リボーン」
1. Onion Girl Onion Boy
2. Okachimachi Roman
3. usagi no tsuioku
4. Knuckle Boy wa kako no Smash kara tonda mama
6. dai kirai dai suki
7. Skirt no naka no shiro
8. yoru Marathon
9. Kaguya hime
10. Monster no komoriuta
After the release of a few EPs, tropical city pop female singer Natsu Summer has a first full-length album being released. The producer is Cunimondo Takiguchi (of Ryūsenkei, who also produced hitomitoi's "City Dive" album). Check out the clip below for "koi no Timing".
A 7" of "koi no Timing" and an "Urban Boogie Mix" was also just released. Find it at Amazon Japan.
In-store events will be held on Saturday July 8 at HMV record shop Shibuya (details) from 18:00, and on Sunday July 23 at Tower Records Shibuya from 15:00 (details). Check out her Facebook page for her whole schedule.
Natsu Summer "Hello, future day"
ナツ・サマー 「Hello, future day」
1. Hello, future day
2. koi no Timing
6. sono manazashi Poker Face
7. kaze no Riviera
8. futari ga tonari ni iru koto
"koi no Timing"