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Blu-Swing "Find Your Way"
New-jazz band Blu-Swing has a 2nd original album coming. Along their original songs are included covers of "Say You Love Me" and "Free". This follows their first original album "Revision" (2008). Blu-Swing can be seen live on July 28 at...
Posted on July 22, 2012 at 00:42. | Released on July 25, 2012
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"Game ongaku taizen Revolution" (Book)
This book about game music, with a title that translates to "Game music encyclopedia revolution", was supervised by YMCK and Famicomania. A follow-up to "Game ongaku taizen" (2016), it comes with a CD of 10 famous Konami game tracks,...
Posted on May 3, 2017 at 22:03. | Released on May 10, 2017
YMCK "Family Swing"
YMCK kicks off 2017 with a brand new album! "Family Swing" goes back to their jazzy roots which are blown full-size into a musical-like concept album. It's also the return of the "Swingers" characters who first appeared in album "Family...
Posted on January 2, 2017 at 19:40. | Released on January 18, 2017
Record Day 2016
Record Day (not the same as "Record Store Day") has been set to coincide with Japan's "Culture Day" public holiday on November 3 since 1957. Since last year, Japan's only record press Tōyō Kasei takes the lead inviting Japanese artists...
Posted on November 6, 2016 at 23:02. | Released on November 3, 2016
Kera "Brown, White & Black"
Kera (aka Keralino Sandorovich, of No Lie-Sense, Kera & The Synthesizers) has a new solo album coming, his first since 1988 ("genshoku"). This new album is said to be jazz, "fake jazz". Included are covers of jazz standards "Shine (That's...
Posted on January 10, 2016 at 12:13. | Released on January 20, 2016
Nomiya Maki "What The World Needs Now Is Love"
Nomiya Maki has a new album coming! Following her live album from last year, "Miss Maki Nomiya Sings Shibuya-kei Standards", this time she takes some of those standards (and then some) to the studio! Included are songs by Pizzicato Five,...
Posted on November 8, 2015 at 11:05. | Released on November 11, 2015
Hanazawa Kana "Blue Avenue"
Voice actress Hanazawa Kana's recent 3rd album "Blue Avenue" has an all-star lineup of songwriters and producers including Kitagawa Katsutoshi (Round Table), Nakatsuka Takeshi, Yakushimaru Etsuko (sōtaiseiriron), Yano Hiroyasu (ex-Cymbals), mito (clammbon), Studio Apartment, Okuda Kensuke with Nishidera Gōta (Nona...
Posted on May 31, 2015 at 16:57. | Released on April 22, 2015
Miss Maki Nomiya sings "Shibuya-kei Standards" 2014
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On November 7 was a show by Nomiya Maki (ex-Pizzicato Five) at Billboard Live Tokyo. With the title "Miss Maki Nomiya Sings Shibuya-kei Standards", it was the 2nd of the...
Posted on December 31, 2014 at 15:43.
Kitagawa Katsutoshi "47 todōfu-ken R 'Wan'derful Songs"
This is the soundtrack of animated TV program "47 todōfu-ken R" about 5 dogs, of which the music is written by Kitagawa Katsutoshi (Round Table). Two tracks are arranged by Yoshida Tetsuto ("Mont Blanc Panic" and "Yuquru"), and three others...
Posted on May 8, 2014 at 20:28. | Released on April 23, 2014
Negicco "Triple! Wonderland"
Negicco has a new single on the way! The title track was produced by Yano Hiroyasu (ex-cymbals), while B-side is a new song by Negicco's main producer connie, that one arranged and performed by Kimyō Reitarō Travel Swing Orchestra. The...
Posted on April 9, 2014 at 00:04. | Released on April 16, 2014
Various Artists "Snow Monkey Beer Live!"
"Snow Monkey Beer Live!" is a music and beer festival that's been held every year since 2012. This genre-less compilation CD contains tracks by related artists including Kaji Hideki, Kushibiki Sayaka Trio (feat. Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji and Furukawa Taichi), Predawn,...
Posted on March 9, 2014 at 01:04. | Released on March 5, 2014
FPM "Scale Remixes" (Download)
On Christmas day, FPM did a surprise release of a remix album of tracks from his latest album "Scale". Remixers from Japan and also Taiwan are featured. All tracks can be sampled on this official release page. Clicking the "buy...
Posted on January 3, 2014 at 22:31. | Released on December 25, 2013
Maki Rinka with her Sweet Hollywaiians "The Peanut Vendor"
The latest from Orange Records is this new (mini-)album by singer Maki Rinka, backed by tropical strings band Sweet Hollywaiians. This acoustic album of swing jazz/latin covers was recorded using vintage microphones from the 20's to 60's. Maki Rinka with...
Posted on November 9, 2013 at 13:24. | Released on November 6, 2013
Tarte Tatin "The Gutenberg Galaxy"
Indie-pop duo Tarte Tatin have a 2nd album out now! The unit has actually changed both singers since the previous album, as the previous two quit to focus on their studies, and two new girls were selected by audition. This...
Posted on October 27, 2013 at 22:31. | Released on October 23, 2013
Beat Communist vol.12: Nakatsuka Takeshi, Iga-Bang BB, P.O.P ORCHeSTRA, Aoki Karen, Rie Fu
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound My last show of 2012 was Beat Communist, a regular event organized by Nakatsuka Takeshi every 2 or 3 months at cool jazz lounge JZ Brat located in Cerulian Tower,...
Posted on January 5, 2013 at 12:42.
Various Artists "Tokyo Crossover Night 2012"
Here's a club-jazz/crossover compilation being released ahead of the 9th Tokyo Crossover/Jazz Festival to be held on September 29. This is compiled by Kyoto Jazz Massive's Okino Shūya, and artists featured also include DJ Kawasaki, Bembe Segue (UK) and more....
Posted on September 13, 2012 at 23:54. | Released on September 12, 2012
VIDEOTAPEMUSIC "7haku 8ka"
VIDEOTAPEMUSIC have been active in the indies scene for many years, sampling VHS tapes and creating a unique video and audio experience, and also releasing several CD-Rs of their music works. This time is their first official CD release, and...
Posted on June 16, 2012 at 23:11. | Released on June 20, 2012
Sunaga t Experience "Choice"
Sunaga t Experience (the jazz unit produced by Sunaga Tatsuo) is back with a new album, this time backed by Billboard Japan part of a series of cover albums on its recently started Billboard Records label. The album features collaborations...
Posted on November 27, 2011 at 23:33. | Released on December 7, 2011
Various Artists "Sunaga Tatsuo no yoru Jazz digs Venus Jazz Opus II"
Here's a 2nd installment of Sunaga Tatsuo's selection of jazz gems from the catalog of Japanese label Venus Records. The 3rd is coming on December 21. All tracks can be sampled on the official release page by clicking the track...
Posted on November 14, 2011 at 00:13. | Released on November 16, 2011
Boot Beat "Hodgepodge"
Here's the latest all-genre party mix CD by Boot Beat (MySpace), aka DJ Kamiya Naoaki. No tracklist is to be found, but check out the sampler clip below, and then proceed at Jet Set if you will! Boot Beat "Hodgepodge"...
Posted on July 3, 2011 at 00:08. | Released on June 24, 2011
"Swing in the JICOO" with Nakatsuka Takeshi
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Last Saturday, May 7, was another swinging cruise hosted by Nakatsuka Takeshi aboard JICOO, the water bus-turned-floating bar designed by manga artist Matsumoto Leiji. The event was a sort of...
Posted on May 12, 2011 at 22:58.
Various Artists "Velvet Songs"
This cover compilation from Grand Gallery consists of new recordings of songs from the repertory of Alfa label. Featured artists include Nakatsuka Takeshi, Cubismo Grafico feat. Kushibiki Sayaka, Sokabe Keiichi, Nanao Tavito, Shimazaki Hitomi with Nanase feat. Kinbara Chieko, Chocolat...
Posted on April 14, 2011 at 21:36. | Released on April 20, 2011
Tequila Production "Rockin' Jazz"
Here's a rocking club-jazz album that consists of tracks by Tequila Production, a trio of DJs Takehana Eiji, Nakamura Yūsuke and Kanno Katsuya who together form various units: Rockin' Jazz Society, Spiritual Unity and tg.electronics. Aside for a cover of...
Posted on March 26, 2011 at 12:05. | Released on March 2, 2011
SMAP "We are SMAP!"
Boy idol group SMAP has a new album featuring a bunch of interesting artists, such as Sōtaiseiriron, Ishino Takkyū (Denki Groove), CMJK (ex-Denki Groove), Fukutomi Yukihiro, Nishidera Gōta (Nona Reeves), Rip Slyme, Love Psychedelico, and more. Last but not least,...
Posted on July 19, 2010 at 11:46. | Released on July 21, 2010
DJ Mami "First Chic", Yū Suzuki "First Chic"
Here continues a series of mix CDs started by Horibe Yūmin (resident DJ of party "Joke"). All titled "First Chic", these are the first mix CDs by DJ Mami and Yū Suzuki (also of "Joke"). DJ Mami is introduced a...
Posted on June 12, 2010 at 09:45. | Released on March 22, 2010
Boot Beat "Manifesto 5"
This 5th of Boot Beat's popular "Manifesto" mix CD series brings us more happy and catchy, fresh-sounding jazzy tunes, both standards and obscure, and sure to make you want to dance. Available now at Jet Set! Boot Beat "Manifesto 5"...
Posted on June 2, 2010 at 21:28. | Released on March 24, 2010
Various Artists "Tokyo Luxury Lounge 4"
A 4th installment of the popular "Tokyo Luxury Lounge" series is coming from label Grand Gallery. All tracks are previously unreleased in full length on CD (to be precise, Studio Apartment's track is previously unreleased on CD in Japan). Audio...
Posted on May 8, 2010 at 19:35. | Released on May 12, 2010
Full Swing "Our Song"
Indies instrumental band Full Swing (MySpace), led by two musicians who play Hammond organ and bass, has a 3rd album just out. Their groovy songs are catchy and sound like they're party classics, although they're all original. Check out the...
Posted on January 26, 2010 at 00:14. | Released on January 14, 2010
Boot Beat "Manifesto! 4"
DJ Boot Beat (aka Kamiya Naoaki) has a 4th mix CD of his popular "Manifesto!" series. Like the previous, this mixes pop, happy jazz, easy listening, Latin, Brazillian sounds, centered on swinging tunes from the 60's and 70's, plus breakbeats...
Posted on October 22, 2009 at 23:26. | Released on October 20, 2009
BUBBLE-B "BUBBLE-B no Big Bang" (CD+DVD)
Indies techno artist and video remixer BUBBLE-B, who keeps the J-death techno scene alive with his label Speedking, has a brand new album out! Follow-up to the "BUBBLE-B no Good Evening" DVD (2004), this new release actually contains both CD...
Posted on October 20, 2009 at 20:23. | Released on October 21, 2009
Various Artists "Katamari Takeshi: 'Katamari Damacy Tribute' Original Soundtrack"
This new cover and remix album of songs from new Playstation 3 game "Katamari Damacy Tribute" features YMCK (MySpace), Buffalo Daughter (MySpace), Sexy-Synthesizer (MySpace), rei harakami, Matsumae Kimitaka (Expo), Kirinji, Afra, Señor Coconut, atom and more. Various Artists "Katamari Takeshi:...
Posted on August 25, 2009 at 21:09. | Released on August 19, 2009
Boot Beat "Full Swing"
2 years after "Switch", DJ Boot Beat is back with a swingin' and rockin' 2nd full-length album! First video clip, for song "akai Heel no onna" ("The red-heeled girl"), stars party girl Nomoto Karia in the 2nd half. Watch it...
Posted on May 18, 2009 at 23:08. | Released on May 20, 2009
Scha Dara Parr "11"
Scha Dara Parr are back this year with an 11th album (as says the title)! Featured are guests including Halcali, Kimura Kaela, bird, Tsukamoto Isao (Sly Mongoose), Robochū (Dassen 3) and more. A limited edition includes a bonus DVD with...
Posted on March 10, 2009 at 22:36. | Released on March 25, 2009
Various Artists "Joke Collection 02" (12")
Gotta keep things quiet, but this is big... Someone is back into club music mode and brings us a brand new track under the new moniker The 5243's. Produced by 5243, programming by Yoshida Tetsuto. A must! Not negligible are...
Posted on September 11, 2008 at 23:55. | Released on September 12, 2008
Ricky Amigos "Tequila" (7")
Out just now is a Japanese 7" pressing of French artist Ricky Amigos' 80's cover of "Tequila", coming with a brand new swinging remix by Boot Beat! The original can also be heard on his latest mix CD "Manifesto 3"....
Posted on August 28, 2008 at 21:58. | Released on August 24, 2008
Hazel Nuts Chocolate "Cute (Korean Edition)"
Good news for all of those who have been going nuts trying to get their hands on the now rare 2nd album "Cute" (2005) by Hazel Nuts Chocolate, it's being released in Korea! Just don't miss it this time around....
Posted on August 2, 2008 at 02:57. | Released on August 14, 2008
Koshi Miharu "nozoki mado"
Up next from Hosono Haruomi's daisyworld label is a new original album from Koshi Miharu, her first in 5 years. This is said to be a collection of cabaret songs with nostalgic melodies of waltz, polka and swing. Koshi Miharu...
Posted on July 22, 2008 at 16:22. | Released on August 6, 2008
DJ Sora-Mimi "Smart & Groove!"
DJ Sora-Mimi has a 2nd mix CD out now, following "Groove Party" released at the end of 2007 and that quickly sold out. Here he offers an exciting party mix of soft rock, soul, latin, swing, disco, rock and jazz....
Posted on July 5, 2008 at 13:55. | Released on June 21, 2008
Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys "Mambo Deco"
Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys, back in January with "Mambo Imperial" after 13 years(!), have a 2nd mini-album coming, offering a mixture of latin, jazz, soul and swing sounds. There will be a 3rd one coming this summer, which is said...
Posted on February 18, 2008 at 14:02. | Released on March 26, 2008
Yumin Horibe "First Chic"
Horibe Yūmin is a young DJ and organizer of Tokyo regular party "Joke". He recently contributed tracks to the vinyl compilations "Christmas Will Be Just Another Lovely Day" and "Joke Collection 01", and now he's offering us a first mix...
Posted on February 5, 2008 at 10:58. | Released on January 30, 2008
Various Artists "Akakage presents... rosebullet"
A new mix CD from Akakage in collaboration with ladies' fashion brand Rosebullet will be released in March. Out on his own label Noboru. Details to follow. Various Artists "Akakage presents... rosebullet" 1. G-Swing feat. Diamond Legs / Goin' Nuts...
Posted on January 24, 2008 at 16:05. | Released on March 5, 2008
Various Artists "JeNnY Special Collection - New Style of '80s Hits"
Named after the JeNnY doll by toy-maker Takara, this cover compilation of 80's girl pop hits supervised by Cubismo Grafico appears to be stock full of unexpected collaborations! I'm especially looking forward to Cubismo Grafico with Kiiiiiii! Various Artists "JeNnY...
Posted on January 18, 2008 at 16:29. | Released on March 19, 2008
Various Artists "Shanghai Swing"
Vivid Sound in collaboration with Village Vanguard bring us this special compilation of 50's swing jazz covers. the fascinations contribute 3 tracks including Ann Sally's "soshū yakyoku" that we've heard before performed by Ino Hidefumi. Various Artists "Shanghai Swing" オムニバス...
Posted on December 18, 2007 at 13:49. | Released on December 5, 2007
Petset "Flow Motion, Feather Light"
After 5 years of release hiatus (except for a Capitol K remix in 2005), the great indies band Petset is back with some new material! This mini-album of 4 new songs comes with a new mix of hit track "The...
Posted on November 20, 2007 at 17:26. | Released on December 19, 2007
YMCK "Family Genesis"
YMCK are back with a 3rd album full of wonderful new songs with their 8-bit Famicom sound! That's correct, don't go thinking that they have went 16-bit Sega Genesis because of the title. This is their first major release as...
Posted on November 10, 2007 at 23:56. | Released on January 16, 2008
Various Artists "Motivation 6 Adult Oriented Click Non-stop Mix by Moodman"
Towa Tei's label hug Columbia brings us a 6th installment of the popular "Motivation" series. This time however he passes the bâton to his friend Moodman who offers a non-stop mix under the theme "Adult-Oriented Click". The artwork is by...
Posted on October 3, 2007 at 14:42. | Released on December 5, 2007
Ella Fitzgerald "We All Love Ella: Celebrating The First Lady of Song"
Out on the same day as "Readymade digs Ella", this Japanese edition of the Ella Fitzgerald tribute album will contain a bonus track featuring singer Akiko and produced by Konishi Yasuharu. Ella Fitzgerald "We All Love Ella: Celebrating The First...
Posted on May 17, 2007 at 11:50. | Released on June 6, 2007
Boot Beat "Manifesto!"
Popular DJ Kamiya Naoaki, aka Boot Beat, is releasing a first mix CD using no less than 43 songs for a total of 65 minutes. The release has received a "5 stars" comment from Konishi Yasuharu. Boot Beat being close...
Posted on October 5, 2006 at 11:24. | Released on November 29, 2006
Hase Hajimu "4 Minutes of Gimmick in San Juan" (7")
Hase Hajimu has a new 7" out imminently, featuring two tracks from his latest album "Camp" plus a brand new one. Audio samples at highcontrast Hase Hajimu "4 Minutes of Gimmick in San Juan" (7") はせはじむ 「4 Minutes of Gimmick...
Posted on July 27, 2006 at 16:42. | Released on July 28, 2006
Various Artists "Maison de Chocola"
Konishi Yasuharu, who produced the Nomoto Karia-sung opening and ending themes to anime series "Sugar Sugar Rune", has written music, arranged and produced an "image album" for the series. While not used in the series itself, the songs were inspired...
Posted on November 1, 2005 at 14:48. | Released on December 28, 2005
YMCK "Family Racing"
Finally! A second album from YMCK is coming before the end of the year! The album features 8 new songs, one featuring Japan's Famicom hero Takahashi Meijin. There will be two editions, one of the CD only, and a limited...
Posted on October 27, 2005 at 10:09. | Released on December 21, 2005
akiko "Little Miss Jazz And Jive"
Jazz vocalist akiko's next release will be a cover album of jump'n'jive songs, produced by none other than Konishi Yasuharu. Also check out her albums "Mood Swings" and "Mood Indigo" both beautifully produced by Sunaga Tatsuo. There will be a...
Posted on September 9, 2005 at 17:30. | Released on November 23, 2005
Hazel Nuts Chocolate "Cute"
Hazel Nuts Chocolate is back this year with a new album, "Cute", title which perfectly fits Yuppa-chan and her lovely music. The album features Plus-tech Squeeze Box' Hayashibe Tomonori who did most of the programming. Hazel Nuts Chocolate "Cute" 1....
Posted on July 12, 2005 at 11:24. | Released on September 14, 2005
Game Soundtrack "minna dai suki katamari damashii Original Soundtrack 'katamari wa tamashii'"
The sequel to popular Playstation 2 game "katamari damashii" will be out on July 7. Like the first game's acclaimed soundtrack, this one's looks like it will be a winner. It features vocals by Nomiya Maki (ex-Pizzicato Five), Kahimi Karie,...
Posted on June 29, 2005 at 12:40. | Released on July 20, 2005
Hase Hajimu "Camp"
Hase Hajimu has a second album out soon, follow-up to the great "Radio" (2003). There will also be a 7" cut for the cover of Meredith Willson's "Till There Was You" (also covered by the Beatles), featuring Petty Booka! Details...
Posted on June 1, 2005 at 17:14. | Released on July 6, 2005
Sonic Coaster Pop "Super Miracle Circuit"
Usagi-Chang Records owner Suzuki Akira's unit Sonic Coaster Pop has a second album being released today! Copies bought at participating Tower Records (Shinjuku, Shibuya, Yokohama More-s, Nagoya Parco, Namba) include a bonus limited edition CD-R containing 4 remixes and a...
Posted on July 21, 2004 at 12:15. | Released on July 21, 2004
Nomiya Maki "Dress Code"
More info and the track list of the upcoming Nomiya Maki album "Dress Code" is now available! The album is produced by Sunaga Tatsuo and the concept is "a Nomiya Maki dinner show". Aside from the original songs, the album...
Posted on June 11, 2004 at 14:59. | Released on July 7, 2004
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