31 - Nona Reeves "Hippopotamus" (7")
31 - atarashii chizu "72"
31 - Sunny Day Service "Popcorn Ballads", "Sunny Day Service in Hibiya natsu no ikenie" (DVD), "Christmas -white falcon & blue christmas- remixed by Konishi Yasuharu" (7")
31 - Ryuichi Sakamoto "async - Remodels"
31 - Kashif "BlueSongs" (12")
31 - @17 "Sugar Sugar / Bubble Bath Girl"
31 - Blue Peppers "Retroactive"
31 - Hosono Haruomi "Vu Ja De"
30 - kotringo "ame no hakoniwa"
30 - Avandoned "Donut Friends" (7"+CD)
30 - Charan-Po-Rantan "Mirage Collage"
30 - DJ Misoshiru to MC Gohan "komenication"
30 - Nakano Aya "girigiri no kankei" (7"+CD)
30 - Takkyu Ishino "ACID TEKNO DISKO BEATz"
24 - Nomiya Maki "Nomiya Maki, Holiday Shibuya-kei o utau." (2x7")
21 - Maika Loubté "Candy Haus" (7")
20 - Duke Aces "atarashii uta" (7")
20 - Vanilla Beans "Necco ~watashi no mono~" (Download)
18 - Neil and Iraiza "Timeless Melodies"
12 - Nosa Reina "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (Download)
05 - Nomiya Maki with Stardust Brothers "hoshikuzu kyoudai, tsuki e yuku" (Download)
We close 2017 with a 7" release by Nona Reeves. Included are two songs first released in 2002. "Hippopotamus" is taken from their self-titled album, it's a popular track that was selected by Hashimoto Toru for the "free soul of Nona Reeves" compilation. The B-side is a cover of Yamashita Tatsuro's "dōyōbi no koibito", first-released as the B-side of CD single "Enjoyee! (Your Lifetime)".
Both songs can be sampled at Jet Set.
Nona Reeves "Hippopotamus" (7")
B. Enjoyee! (Your Lifetime)
atarashii chizu is the new group formed of 3 ex-SMAP members: Inagaki Gorō, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi and Katori Shingo. "72" is the theme song of a 72-hour online TV show they held last November, and it was written and produced by Konishi Yasuharu. It is now available for download on iTunes Japan, Amazon MP3 Japan, etc.
The song features guitar by Kubota Haruo, programming by Fukutomi Yukihiro and chorus by Nishidera Gota (Nona Reeves) and Odawara "Ody" Tomohiro. The lyrics have been published here.
atarashii chizu "72"
Out now (12/24)
Sample/buy: (Japan), Amazon MP3 Japan
Sunny Day Service has just recently released a brand new album titled "Popcorn Ballads". This 11th album actually totals 25 songs, and is available on a set of 2 CDs or 2 LPs. Both formats have the same track list. Check out the many videos below!
Released at the same time was a DVD of an outdoor show held at Hibiya Yaon last August 27.
And last but not least, despite Christmas being over already it's not too late to grab this Konishi Yasuharu remix of Sunny Day Service's "Christmas", recently released on 7". Video below (at the bottom)!
Sunny Day Service "Popcorn Ballads"
2. Tokyo City Blues
3. aoi sensha
4. kimi no heya
5. awa Hour
6. tansan xyz
7. machikado no Funk feat. C.O.S.A. & KID FRESINO
8. kimi wa kyō, kūkō de.
1. dakishimetari feat. CRZKNY
3. subete no wakaki dōbutsutachi
4. summer baby
5. hatsukoi feat. Izumi Makura
6. koibito no uta
9. niji no soto
10. Popcorn Ballad
11. tōmei demo tōmei janakutemo
12. hana kurui
13. Summer Rain
14. popcorn run-out groove
Sunny Day Service "Sunny Day Service in Hibiya natsu no ikenie" (DVD)
サニーデイ・サービス 「サニーデイ・サービス in 日比谷 夏のいけにえ」
1. kyō o ikiyō
3. 8gatsu no musuke
5. Slow Rider
7. sayonara! machi no koibitotachi
8. koi ni ochitara
9. ichigobatake de tsukamaete
10. 96 tsubu no namida
11. umi e deta natsu no tabi ~ sorekara
13. shiroi koibito
14. Silver Star
16. tokei o tomete yoru mateba
17. 24ji no Blues
19. Summer Soldier
20. kaigan yuki
21. wasurete shimaō
22. yoru no Melody
23. seishun kyōsōkyoku
24. mune ippai
25. One Day
Rose Records ROSE-215
Out now (12/25), ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, CDJapan, Amazon (26% off *), HMV (13% off *), Tower Records †
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
Sunny Day Service "Christmas -white falcon & blue christmas- remixed by Konishi Yasuharu" (7")
サニーデイ・サービス 「クリスマス -white falcon & blue christmas- remixed by 小西康陽」
A. Christmas -white falcon & blue christmas- remixed by Konishi Yasuharu
B. Rose for Sally
"subete no wakaki dōbutsutachi"
"Christmas remixed by Konishi Yasuharu"
This month Ryuichi Sakamoto suddenly released a remix album of songs from his latest album "async". Included are remixes by close collaborators Cornelius, Alva Noto and Fennesz, as well as ARCA (co-producer of Björk's "Vulnicura"), Oneohtrix Point Never (who is working with David Byrne on his upcoming album), Jóhann Jóhannsson, Electric Youth, Yves Tumor, Motion Graphics, S U R V I V E and Andy Stott. For Japan an extra remix by KukanGendai is included as a bonus track. Hear audio samples at Amazon, etc.
Ryuichi Sakamoto x"async - Remodels"
坂本龍一 「ASYNC - REMODELS」
1. andata - Oneohtrix Point Never Rework
2. andata - Electric Youth Remix
3. disintegration - Alva Noto Remodel
4. async - ARCA Remix
5. fullmoon - Motion Graphics Remix
6. solari - Fennesz Remix
7. solari - Johann Johannsson Rework
8. ZURE - Yves Tumor Obsession Edit
9. fullmoon - S U R V I V E Version
10. ZURE - Cornelius Remix
11. Life, Life - Andy Stott Remodel
12. ZURE - KUKANGENDAI REMODEL (Japan bonus track)
Guitarist Kashif's brilliant first solo album was recently released on vinyl! Great city pop songs sung by himself, with also guest hitomitoi. The album was mastered by Sunahara Yoshinori, and the cover artwork is by famous illustrator Nagai Hiroshi.
Kashif "BlueSongs" (12")
A2. On and On
A3. The Night
A4. Clean Up
A5. Desperate Coffee
B1. PPP I Love You (Part2.1)
B4. Be Colorful
B6. PPP I Love You (Part3)
@17 is an unit formed of staff from Akihabara maid cafe @home cafe. This is their 3rd single, and it's produced by Kaji Hideki! The A-side is a brand new song that he wrote, with lyrics by Kaseki Cider, while B-side "Bubble Bath Girl" is a cover of a song he wrote in 1997 for TV show Ponkickies. That one is arranged by Arai Toshiya (COUNTJOKE). Look around for the two different jackets each with half of the members.
@17 "Sugar Sugar / Bubble Bath Girl"
1. Sugar Sugar
2. Bubble Bath Girl
3. Sugar Sugar (Instrumental)
4. Bubble Bath Girl (Instrumental)
Blue Peppers is a unit formed of Fukuda Naoki and Inoue Kaoru. After an EP and two singles, here comes their first full-length album, which features guest vocals by Hoshino Michiru and Sasaki Shiori. Aside from making their own music, they have also contributed a song to Hoshino Michiru's latest album ("ki ga tsukeba Looking for your love" on "12 signs of the zodiac"), and Inoue Kaoru appeared on Rie Aono's recent album "Pastoral".
A show part of the "Vivid Sound Live" series will be held on Friday February 16 at Shimokitazawa Three with Rie Aono. Hoshino Michiru will also sing some vocals and chorus. Tickets go on sale January 6.
Blue Peppers "Retroactive"
1. 8gatsu no kagebōshi
2. akikaze no Regret
3. futari no mirai feat. Sasaki Shiori
4. 6gatsu no yume feat. Sasaki Shiori
5. samidare Diary
6. ase wa amai kuchizuke
7. zutto feat. Sasaki Shiori
8. Cobalt Blue feat. Hoshino Michiru
Hosono Haruomi has released a brand new album last month. Titled "Vu Jà Dé", it's a 2-CD album with the 1st disc sub-titled "Eight Beat Combo" and the 2nd "Essay". Check out this special site where all songs can be sampled.
Hosono Haruomi "Vu Jà Dé"
細野晴臣 「Vu Jà Dé」
1. Tutti Frutti
2. Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
4. Angel On My Shoulder
5. More Than I Can Say
6. A Cheat
7. 29 Ways
8. El Negro Zumbon (Anna)
1. Susaki Paradise
2. nete mo samete mo Boogie Woogie ~Vu Jà Dé ver.~
3. Eureka 1
4. tenki ame ni Humming o
5. 2355-shi, kaeru
6. Neko Boogie ~Vu Jà Dé ver.~
7. kanashimi no Lucky Star ~Vu Jà Dé ver.~
8. Eureka 2
9. Mohican ~Vu Jà Dé ver.~
11. Retort ~Vu Jà Dé ver.~
"Angel On My Shoulder" live
All songs can be sampled at CDJapan and other retailers.
kotringo "ame no hakoniwa"
1. ame agaru
2. maigo ni natta onna no ko
3. ame o yobu hito
4. tadayou kanjō
5. Light Up Nippon Main Theme
6. To do
Idol duo Avandoned have recently released a single that was produced by Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji (Learners, Neil and Iraiza) and features Learners as the back-band! The B-side is a cover of Learners' "Shampoo Planet".
Avandoned "Donut Friends" (7"+CD)
A. Donut Friends
B. Avandoned no Shampoo Planet
1. Donut Friends
2. Avandoned no Shampoo Planet
3. Donut Friends (Inst.)
4. Avandoned no Shampoo Planet (Inst.)
The limited editions (Blu-ray and DVD) contain 3 music videos plus a digest of 12 songs from a show held in Osaka last July.
Charan-Po-Rantan can next be seen live in Tokyo on January 14 at Zepp Divercity. Tickets are still available at this time.
Charan-Po-Rantan "Mirage Collage"
1. hoshii mono
2. ano ko no jinta
3. ocha shiyo
5. Dance Dance
6. Strawberry Moon
7. naretara naa
8. yume o hankonda ahiru no ko
9. neko no te haishaku
10. ringo wa Star
11. uso ni Kiss
12. akogare ni naritakute
Blu-ray/DVD (Limited editions only)
1. ocha shiyo (Music Video)
2. neko no te haishaku (Music Video)
3. yume bakkari (Music Video)
4. "Charan-Po-Rantan Hall Tour 2017 'uta to Accordion no shimai gekijō' gyutto gyōshuku Digest" at Osaka City Central Public Hall
DVD limited edition (CD+DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
avex trax AVCD-93749
Out now (11/1), ¥3500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records †
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
"neko no te haishaku"
Always charmingly rapping about food and cooking, DJ Misoshiru to MC Gohan has recently released a brand new album, which features collaborations with Shinco (Scha Dara Parr), Homecomings, manabua, Onigawara and more. This time all songs have a theme of rice!
The limited edition comes with a DVD of 5 music videos.
DJ Misoshiru to MC Gohan "komenication"
2. koi wa komeiro
3. onigiri wa omamori
6. City Rice
7. watashi, gohan
DVD (Limited edition only)
1. kyūri no Kyu-chan
2. Just a jisui
3. This Is Isetan Underground
4. The Gang Eat More
Singer Nakano Aya's latest single was released on 7"+CD! Both are new songs, with a danceable 16-beat soul A-side, and a track with an old soul sound for B-side. The CD includes bonus instrumentals.
Nakano Aya "girigiri no kankei" (7"+CD)
A. girigiri no kankei
B. sayonara no Waltz
1. girigiri no kankei
2. sayonara no Waltz
3. girigiri no kankei (Inst)
4. sayonara no Waltz (Inst)
An anthology box set and a new Denki Groove single are also coming soon! Stay tuned for details.
Takkyu Ishino will DJ at a New Year's Eve countdown party on December 31 night from 20:00 at Liquidroom, Ebisu, also featuring Yoshinori Sunahara, shows Seiho, Your Song Is Good, D.A.N and more. Details and timetable here.
Takkyu Ishino "ACID TEKNO DISKO BEATz"
石野卓球 「ACID TEKNO DISKO BEATz」
6. Kitten Heel
10. Toxic Love
4 songs from Nomiya Maki's recent winter song cover album are being released on vinyl in the form of a set of two 7"'s. The exclusive artwork was designed and photographed by Shindō Mitsuo in Shibuya's Nonbei Yokochō.
Valentine's Day-themed shows have been announced on February 10 and 11, 2018 at Motion Blue Yokohama. The February 10 show will feature guest Yokoyama Ken (Crazy Ken Band) and the February 11 show will feature Takano Hiroshi. Tickets go on sale on December 29. Details here.
Nomiya Maki "Nomiya Maki, Holiday Shibuya-kei o utau." (2x7")
A. omote samui yo ne (Duet with Yokoyama Ken from CKB) (Dinah Shore & Buddy Clark "Baby, It's Cold Outside" cover)
B. Winter Concert (Ishida Ayumi cover)
A. fuyu ga hajimaru yo (Duet with Suzuki Masayuki feat. Smooth Ace) (Makihara Noriyuki cover)
B. Winter's Tale ~fuyu monogatari~ (Duet with Takano Hiroshi feat. Smooth Ace) (Takano Hiroshi & Tajima Takao cover)
"fuyu ga hajimaru yo" (Video edit ver.)
"Winter's Tale ~fuyu monogatari~" (Video edit ver.)
Maika Loubté has a new 7" single out now! The A-side is "Candy Haus", a song released as a YouTube video in collaboration with Gap and also as a digital EP (iTunes, Spotify) earlier this year. The B-side is a previously unreleased cover of the Buggles' "Video Killed The Radio Star".
Maika will play a free live set this Friday December 22 at Agnès b. Ginza Rue du Jour. The event starts at 18:00 with a DJ set by Milo Oyamada, and Maika will then play from 19:00 to 20:00. Check out the Facebook event page.
Maika Loubté "Candy Haus" (7")
A2. Candy Haus
B. Video Killed The Radio Star
Duke Aces is a Japanese jazz chorus group that was formed in 1955 and had been active ever since. However, the group has announced that they will officially end their activities at the end of 2017. Konishi Yasuharu had collaborated twice with them, and he is releasing those songs on 7" to coincide with their 62-year career's curtain call.
Included are a cover of Pizzicato Five's "atarashii uta" ("A New Song") which was released on tribute album "music and words of pizzicato five" (2002), and a remixed cover of "tetsuwan Atom" (Astro Boy theme song) that was part of the "Atom is born" Astro Boy tribute album released in 2003.
Duke Aces "atarashii uta" (7")
A. atarashii uta
B. tetsuwan Atom (Readymade Sir Duke Mix)
Vanilla Beans never stop surprising! Today they suddenly released a brand new song on iTunes worldwide, and it's sung in Korean! Filed under K-Pop, the song actually has a Swedish-style soft rock sound with pizzicato strings that should perk up Shibuya-kei fans' ears. Check it out!
If you haven't yet, also check out their new greatest hits album "Vani Best II". A few songs from this one have also appeared on iTunes/Spotify, including their cover of Pizzicato Five's "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji" ("The Night Is Still Young") produced by Konishi Yasuharu, and new song "tokeijikake no Wonderland".
A Christmas special live event will be held on December 24 at Yoncha in Sangenjaya (details and tickets), and on December 25 will be a free mini-live event at Shibuya Marui starting at 19:30. Also, Vanilla Beans will tour 6 cities of Japan from February to May 2018. Find details and tickets on their schedule page.
Vanilla Beans "Necco ~watashi no mono~" (Download)
Neil and Iraiza, the band of Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji (Learners, Cubismo Grafico) and Horie Hirohisa (The Cornelius Group, etc.), is back with a brand new album! This comes 15 years after "New School" (2002)! "Timeless Melodies" is packed with warm synths and nostalgic yet fresh-sounding pop tracks sung by the two. A must check!
HMV and Tower Records each offer a bonus CD-R of 5 instrumental versions.
Neil and Iraiza "Timeless Melodies"
1. Magic Hour Melodies
2. Clock Park Orange
3. Mixture Of Love
4. Potassium Purple
5. Love Is Navy Blue
6. Timeless Melody
7. Magic Hour Colors
Nosa Reina has a new Christmas song available on iTunes Japan (and OTOTOY, Spotify, etc.)! "I WIsh It Could Be Christmas Everyday" is a cover of Suzuki Saeko, from the 1983 album of the same name. This is an early release from an album of covers by Nosa Reina, expected to be released in Spring 2018. Don't miss getting this song while the season is right!
Nosa Reina "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (Download)
野佐怜奈 「I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY 毎日がクリスマスだったら」
Nomiya Maki has a new song out now on iTunes Japan! This space disco track appears in sci-fi musical movie "The Brand New Legend of the Stardust Brothers" directed by Macoto Tezka (son of Tezuka Osamu), to open in theaters in Japan starting January 20, 2018. In this song, Maki sings about the Stardust Brothers who are leaving for a travel to the moon, where their new adventure is about to take place.
This follows the digital release of two other songs from the movie: theme song "hoshikuzu kyōdai no densetsu" sung by the Stardust Brothers (iTunes Japan), and "Dreams Never End" sung by the entire cast (iTunes Japan). A CD soundtrack is also expected to be released on January 10. Stay tuned for details!
There will be a special live event held on January 22 at Shibuya WWW, featuring many of the artists and cast seen in the movie.
Nomiya Maki with Stardust Brothers "hoshikuzu kyōdai, tsuki e yuku" (Download)
野宮真貴 with スターダスト・ブラザーズ 「星くず兄弟、月へゆく」