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Various Artists "Good Lovin' - Shimokita-kei Guitar Pop Compilation -"
Here's a compilation album that focuses on 90's Shimokitazawa guitar pop. Shimokitazawa is a young area of Tokyo where many artists live, and also the home of CD shop and live space mona records. Included are tracks by Luvy Van...
Posted on October 2, 2010 at 11:04. | Released on October 6, 2010
Various Artists "Kirakira Majocco Cluv"
This looks like it might be a real gem of a compilation! The concept is of idols singing theme songs of anime series about magical girls, and tracks are produced by various club-oriented artists. Featured singers include Shinohara Tomoe and...
Posted on February 8, 2010 at 21:21. | Released on February 10, 2010
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Hoshino Michiru "12 signs of the zodiac"
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...
Posted on June 20, 2017 at 22:46. | Released on June 21, 2017
Tweedees "à la mode"
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...
Posted on June 16, 2017 at 23:22. | Released on June 21, 2017
Hoshino Michiru "kagami no naka no watashi" (CD+7"), "nagareboshi Rendez-vous" (CD+7")
Hoshino Michiru has not one but two new singles out this week! The first, "kagami no naka no watashi" is a new song written by Okii Reiji (Tweedees, ex-Cymbals), with lyrics by Kiyoura Natsumi (Tweedees). Its B-side is "kare no...
Posted on May 30, 2017 at 21:45. | Released on May 31, 2017
Toki Asako "Pink"
Toki Asako (ex-Cymbals) has a new album coming this week, the follow-up to "Bittersweet" (2015) (CDJapan, Amazon). This time the album is sound produced by Tomi Yo who had written a few songs on "Bittersweet" and previous album "Heartbreakin'" (2013)....
Posted on January 22, 2017 at 01:22. | Released on January 25, 2017
Taketatsu Ayana "Lyrical Concerto"
Voice actress/singer Taketatsu Ayana has a 3rd album about to be released. It features an outstanding list of composers/producers including Takeshi Yokemura (YMCK), Hayashibe Tomonori (Plus-tech Squeeze Box), Mito (clammbon), Okii Reiji (Tweedees, ex-Cymbals) and Nakatsuka Takeshi among others. The...
Posted on November 1, 2016 at 00:29. | Released on November 2, 2016
Tweedees "The Second Time Around"
Tweedees, the unit of Okii Reiji (ex-Cymbals) and Kiyoura Natsumi, has a 2nd album about to be released! This is the follow-up to last year's "The Sound Sounds.". The song "Phillip" features Indonesian band ikkubaru. The limited edition includes a...
Posted on July 16, 2016 at 19:58. | Released on July 20, 2016
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
Tweedees "The Sound Sounds."
Tweedees is a brand new band formed of Okii Reiji (Scott Goes For, Frog, ex-Cymbals) with 24-year-old singer/actress Kiyoura Natsumi. Check out the video below, and hear other audio samples at CDJapan. The song "KLING! KLANG!!" is available in advance...
Posted on March 15, 2015 at 13:16. | Released on March 18, 2015
Negicco have a brand new album just out this week! This includes songs written by Tajima Takao (Original Love), Yoshida Tetsuto, Yano Hiroyasu (ex-Cymbals), Nishidera Gōta (Nona Reeves), Miura Kōshi (Kuchiroro), and of course Negicco's main producer Connie. Also there...
Posted on January 22, 2015 at 21:25. | Released on January 20, 2015
Taketatsu Ayana "Colore Serenata"
Voice actress Taketatsu Ayana has a new album out now, with some tracks written and arranged by Yoshida Tetsuto ("Colore Solfege" and "Marshmallow") and Oki Reiji (ex-Cymbals) ("Princess no dassō keikaku" and "Surf de Go Go Go"), and also a...
Posted on November 24, 2014 at 11:16. | Released on November 19, 2014
Taketatsu Ayana "Wonderful World"
Voice actress Taketatsu Ayana has a new single coming. Title song "Wonderful World" is a band-driven upbeat pop track, while its B-side was written by Okii Reiji (ex-Cymbals). The limited edition includes a DVD of the music video. CDJapan and...
Posted on May 28, 2014 at 22:29. | Released on June 4, 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
Hanazawa Kana "25"
This 2nd album by voice actress Hanazawa Kana was released on her 25th birthday (February 26, 2014), and the 2-CD package contains 25 tracks, involving a bunch of Shibuya-kei related artists. The whole is produced by Kitagawa Katsutoshi (Round Table),...
Posted on March 2, 2014 at 22:13. | Released on February 26, 2014
Hanazawa Kana "Love Planet"
Voice actress/singer Hanazawa Kana's new single again features a great line-up. The title track was written and produced by Kitagawa Katsutoshi (Round Table), with strings arranged by Hase Yasuhiro (Yume to Cosme). "Spanish Apartment" was written and produced by Okii...
Posted on December 31, 2013 at 18:35. | Released on December 25, 2013
Taketatsu Ayana "shūmatsu Cinderella"
Voice actress Taketatsu Ayana has a new single out now, of which title track "shūmatsu Cinderella" (translates as "Weekend Cinderella") is a ska song written by TMGX (Frontier Backyard). Musicians include members of Frontier Backyard, Wack Wack Rhythm Band, etc....
Posted on December 8, 2013 at 22:40. | Released on December 4, 2013
Toki Asako "Heartbreakin'"
Singer Toki Asako (ex-Cymbals) has a new original album that was released in June. With an 80's city pop taste, the album has two songs of which the music was written by EPO. Check out the video for "Tokyo Drive"...
Posted on July 13, 2013 at 22:34. | Released on June 12, 2013
Taketatsu Ayana "apple symphony"
Popular voice actress Taketatsu Ayana ("K-on!", etc.) has a first album coming, and it contains songs written by composers including Okii Reiji (ex-Cymbals), Suemitsu Atsushi and hit-maker Tsutsumi Kyōhei. Lead track "haru ga kimi o kirei ni shita" was written...
Posted on April 5, 2013 at 00:19. | Released on April 10, 2013
Various Artists "NHK CD dai! tensai terebi-kun MTK the 17th"
This latest soundtrack for NHK kids program "dai! tensai terebi-kun" (aka "TV-kun") has tracks produced by Takanami Keitarō ("sora to umi no hikari"), Kamomiya Ryō ("bokuntoko koi Blues") (both ex-Pizzicato Five), The Aprils ("High Flying Girl"), Omodaka, Okii Reiji (Scott...
Posted on February 25, 2013 at 23:35. | Released on March 6, 2013
Hanazawa Kana "claire"
This is the first album by anime voice actress Hanazawa Kana. This seems to have a good dose of Shibuya-kei, as the whole is sound produced by Kitagawa Katsutoshi (Round Table), with some songs written by Kaji Hideki ("Library de...
Posted on February 20, 2013 at 23:25. | Released on February 20, 2013
Various Artists "Shibuya-kei Respect" series
October saw the release of a series of 3 Shibuya-kei tribute cover compilations! All of these are full of famous Shibuya-kei songs covered by younger artists and bands who have been influenced by the movement. Included are songs originally by...
Posted on November 1, 2012 at 22:46. | Released on October 10, 2012
quasimode "Soul Cookin'"
Jazz quartet quasimode has a 6th original album coming. Featured are guests including Yokoyama Ken (Crazy Ken Band) and Toki Asako (ex-Cymbals). The limited edition comes as a high fidelity HQCD (plays in normal CD players), and a bonus DVD...
Posted on October 1, 2012 at 23:25. | Released on October 3, 2012
Text by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Saturday June 2, I went to see Portable Rock at small venue Club Crawl in Shibuya. It was the first of two "one-man" shows (no opening band) the band played. This...
Posted on June 3, 2012 at 21:57.
Various Artists "Vanilla"
Here's a charity compilation consisting of, it seems, all new recordings. Featured are various female vocalists, including DadaD, Toki Asako (ex-Cymbals), Suzuki Momoko (ex-Cosa Nostra) and many more. Monsieur Kamayatsu (Spiders) also appears on 2 tracks. The album's jacket shows...
Posted on April 18, 2012 at 23:10. | Released on April 4, 2012
(M)otocompo vs The Aprils, with BiS, Ezypt
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On February 4 was an event organized by (M)otocompo, together with The Aprils, BiS and Ezypt. It was held at Shibuya Milkyway, and it was my first time at this...
Posted on February 12, 2012 at 00:30.
Scott Goes For "Scott Goes For"
Scott Goes For is a new band started in 2010, though you might already know its experienced members from their previous bands: Arai Hitoshi (from N.G.Three, Ron Ron Clou, The Automatics, Northern Bright) on vocals and guitar, Okii Reiji (from...
Posted on December 30, 2011 at 21:19. | Released on January 18, 2012
Toki Asako "sings the stories of 6 girls"
Toki Asako (ex-Cymbals) has a new mini-album of 6 songs. Included is a new version of "Gift ~anata wa Madonna~", previously released as a single, now also featuring singer Epo. The limited edition contains a DVD of 6 live songs...
Posted on November 21, 2011 at 23:13. | Released on November 23, 2011
Twinklestars "Please! Please! Please!"
Twinklestars, 7 young girls idol sub-unit of Sakura Gakuin, has a new single just around the corner. This contains 2 new songs again written and produced by Okii Reiji (ex-Cymbals). The single comes in 3 different editions, two limited editions...
Posted on July 2, 2011 at 02:53. | Released on July 6, 2011
Sakura gakuin "Sakura gakuin 2010nendo ~message~"
Here's the first album from idol group Sakura Gakuin. I'm bringing it up because the song "Dear Mr.Socrates", sung by sub-group Twinklestars (the "baton" section) is produced by ex-Cymbals' Okii Reiji, and despite the clear idol direction with the many...
Posted on April 28, 2011 at 00:19. | Released on April 27, 2011
Toki Asako "Toki Asako Light! ~CM & Cover Songs~", "Gift ~anata wa Madonna~"
Toki Asako (ex-Cymbals) has a new album coming, a collection of cover songs plus some recent songs for TV commercials (for Shiseidō, Uniqlo, Nissan and DoCoMo). Lead song "Gift ~anata wa Madonna~" has been released as a "one coin" ¥500...
Posted on January 22, 2011 at 01:20. | Released on February 2, 2011
Various Artists "Beautiful Girls -The Strictly Best Works Collection-"
Reggae Disco Rockers, the funky club-reggae band, has a compilation of works with other artists coming out. The theme is female vocals, and included are songs by Toki Asako (ex-Cymbals), eico, Jazztronik, bird, Mansfield, dorlis, Wada Akiko, their Pizzicato Five...
Posted on March 27, 2008 at 10:48. | Released on April 2, 2008
Various Artists "Island Moon ~Groove Love~"
unchained groove (aka Groove Unchant) produces this compilation of R&B covers. Featured artists include Toki Asako (ex-Cymbals), eli (girl it's U, ex-Love Tambourines), Suzuki Momoko (Cosa Nostra), Yoshimi (Sonicberry Favour), Maki Rinka and more. Official release page at label site...
Posted on March 26, 2008 at 15:08. | Released on May 21, 2008
Itsco (MySpace) is a newcomer, having just debuted in January with a single titled "Water Lily" written by TGMX (Scafull King, Frontier Backyard, Cubismo Grafico Five), and she has a first album coming up. Most songs are written and produced...
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 13:56. | Released on April 16, 2008
Yann Tomita "Music Meme 4 Variations" (CD+DVD)
Where "Doopee Time 2" went I don't know, but Yann Tomita is back again with a new release of his "Music Meme" series started in 2006. This time we get package a CD of a collection of Yann Tomita works...
Posted on December 12, 2007 at 14:18. | Released on April 23, 2008
Various Artists "Toki Asako Remixes Weekend Shuffle"
Ex-Cymbals Toki Asako's cover album "Weekend Shuffle" (2006) is being remixed by the likes of Nakata Yasutaka (capsule) and Nakatsuka Takeshi. Various Artists "Toki Asako Remixes Weekend Shuffle" 1. September (Kaleido Remix) 2. kimi ni mune kyun. (Nakata Yasutaka capsule...
Posted on November 7, 2007 at 16:27. | Released on November 21, 2007
Various Artists "Tokio Integral Presents Metropolitan Classics"
This club music compilation selected by Nasu Kisaku (Jazz Integral) contains mostly previously released songs by Fantastic Plastic Machine, Halfby, Nakatsuka Takeshi feat. Toki Asako (Cymbals), jenny01 (Ōnuki Taeko cover produced by Sunaga Tatsuo), FreeTEMPO, Mizumoto Akira (PAM, TMVG), a...
Posted on April 11, 2007 at 11:51. | Released on April 25, 2007
Various Artists "Tribute to Sheryl Crow"
There's a Japanese tribute to Sheryl Crow featuring at least a few interesting artists: Shinohara Tomoe (produced by Kagami), Toki Asako (Cymbals), Suzuki Momoko (ex-Cosa Nostra), ... Worth a check! Audio samples can be heard at HMV and Tower Records...
Posted on December 25, 2006 at 09:24. | Released on December 20, 2006
Isabelle Antena "French Riviera"
French singer Isabelle Antena (myspace) has a new album coming up featuring collaborations with Fukutomi Yukihiro, Kyoto Jazz Massive, Sunaga Tatsuo, Yoshizawa Hajime, Jazztronik, Fujimoto Kazuma (Orange Pekoe), Okii Reiji (ex-Cymbals) and Yasuda Yoshiyuki. Isabelle Antena "French Riviera" イザベル・アンテナ 「フレンチ・リヴィエラ...
Posted on September 11, 2006 at 17:50. | Released on September 20, 2006
Rocketman "Love, sea & music"
Rocketman, aka comedian Fukawa Ryō, is back in music with a 3rd album under the monicker. His first two albums were produced by Konishi Yasuharu, and this one keeps a Readymade connection by involving Konishi-san's programmer Yoshida Tetsuto! Also co-producing...
Posted on June 6, 2006 at 11:22. | Released on August 2, 2006
Loki, graphic designer whose works you have seen on CD jackets of artists such as Cubismo Grafico Five, Harvard, Sunaga t̀ Experience, and Cymbals, is releasing a first DVD of visual works. The DVD will also feature music by Cubismo...
Posted on April 19, 2006 at 11:23. | Released on April 20, 2006
Various Artists "Mods Mayday 25th Anniversary Compilation"
Compilation to contain new songs by Hair (aka Les Hair, The Hair), The Collectors and The High Lows, and also previously released songs by The Scooters, Wack Wack Rhythm Band, Neil and Iraiza, Cymbals, The Freedom Suite, Scoobie Do, Tokyo...
Posted on June 15, 2005 at 11:51. | Released on July 20, 2005
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