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Electro unit EA, formed of half-French half-Japanese singer Maika Leboutet and guitarist Shinya Saitō, has a first mini-album out now. The recording also features drummer Araki Yūko (mi-gu, The Cornelius Group, If By Yes). EA "Météo" 1. Red block on...
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Nosa Reina "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (Download)
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...
Posted on December 12, 2017 at 22:42. | Released on December 6, 2017
Nomiya Maki with Stardust Brothers "hoshikuzu kyoudai, tsuki e yuku" (Download)
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...
Posted on December 5, 2017 at 23:28. | Released on December 6, 2017
Vanilla Beans "Vani Best II"
Vanilla Beans are celebrating their 10th anniversary! This is a greatest hits album that consists of all singles since their debut in 2007. Also included are one brand new song and also a new version of "Tokyo wa yoru no...
Posted on November 30, 2017 at 23:54. | Released on December 6, 2017
Perfume "Perfume Clips 2" (Blu-ray/DVD)
Perfume have a 2nd collection of video clips being released on Blu-ray and DVD! This contains everything from "Spring of Life" (2012), when they moved to label Universal Music, up to the latest "If you wanna" (2017), pursuing from where...
Posted on November 27, 2017 at 23:43. | Released on November 29, 2017
Singer-songwriter YeYe has just released a 4th album earlier this month! Otherwise full of new songs, the album includes a self-cover of "TWIST", a song previously heard in a collaboration with Takano Hiroshi on "We Are Here" (2014). "yurayura" is...
Posted on November 26, 2017 at 13:34. | Released on November 8, 2017
Record Day 2017
Record Day 2017 was held on November 3, and this year again led to the release of many vinyl records. Below is a selection of the titles, but you can find the whole list on the official site here. Record...
Posted on November 26, 2017 at 00:44. | Released on November 3, 2017
The Aprils "Astro +Early Works"
The Aprils' debut album "Astro" was released on Usagi-chang Records in 2003 and had long been discontinued. Now it's back all newly remastered and reworked using the latest technology, sounding better than ever before. In addition, rare bonus tracks such...
Posted on November 22, 2017 at 23:00. | Released on November 15, 2017
Izumi Ookawara x P.O.P "How I met you"
Izumi Ookawara (Qypthone) has a new song out now digitally! P.O.P's trackmaker Saitō Ryōji and the twin rappers collaborated to make this groovy disco track, to which Izumi wrote the lyrics. Check it out on iTunes worldwide, Spotify, etc....
Posted on November 22, 2017 at 21:53. | Released on November 22, 2017
Wakita Monari "Wingscape / LED" (CD+7")
Wakita Monari has a new single out this week! Her new funky jazz tune "Wingscape" was written and produced by COUNTJOKE (aka jōdan hakushaku, unit of Maezono Naoki and Arai Toshiya) (Facebook page) and features Smooth Ace on chorus! The...
Posted on November 20, 2017 at 23:15. | Released on November 22, 2017
Francis avec Haruko "Jamon, jamon"
Francis, the solo unit of Ori Makoto (ex-The Collectors), has started a new collaboration unit with Tajima Haruko. Here comes a first mini-album limited to 300 copies. Included is a cover of France Gall's "Der Computer Nr.3". Tajima Haruko also...
Posted on November 12, 2017 at 10:55. | Released on October 25, 2017
Studio 75 "Over Your Shoulder"
Studio 75, the instrumental project of Small Circle of Friends, has a 4th album out now! This is a collection of 15 songs, with the help of Musicaänossa's Nakamura Tomoaki as selector. Release official page Small Circle of Friends can...
Posted on November 11, 2017 at 13:44. | Released on October 25, 2017
"Shibuya no Radio no Shibuya-kei Festival"
Text by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Saturday October 21, 2017 was held a very special music event for Shibuya-kei music fans. Shibuya ward organizes annually a music festival called "Shibuya ongakusai" (or "Shibu-on", official site) and for...
Posted on October 28, 2017 at 11:43.
VIDEOTAPEMUSIC "On the Air"
VIDEOTAPEMUSIC, a talentful artist who is both a prolific video director (using old video tapes for source) and also makes exotic music with pianica sounds, has a brand new album coming this month! There's an appearance by female rapper NOPPAL,...
Posted on October 17, 2017 at 22:59. | Released on October 25, 2017
les 5-4-3-2-1 "le coeur qui jazze / un garcon et une fille" (7")
Two classics from Les 5-4-3-2-1's excellent first mini-album "un" (1993) are being released on 7"! The A-side is a cover of France Gall's "Le coeur qui jazze" with lyrics in French and Japanese, and the B-side is original song...
Posted on October 16, 2017 at 23:19. | Released on October 25, 2017
Rie Aono "Pastoral"
Singer Aono Rie (who also fronts band Aono Rie & hums, and has sung in aoyama and Frog) has a first solo album being released! The whole has a cool city pop sound produced by Seki Yoshihiko with songs co-written...
Posted on October 15, 2017 at 23:28. | Released on October 18, 2017
Aira Mitsuki "Pyramidal"
After a 2-year hiatus, techno-pop singer Aira Mitsuki had been slowly coming back since 2015 and released 4 digital singles. Now it's finally time for a full-length album! "Pyramidal" has just been released also digitally. The whole is sound produced...
Posted on October 13, 2017 at 21:33. | Released on October 11, 2017
Hikashu "ANGURI In the style of unlanding"
Veteran new wave band Hikashu has a brand new album out now! We've lost count but they say it's their 23rd..! The album was recorded in New York. Guest musicians are Mori Ikue, Chris Pitsiokos, Fubuki Yukie, Afrirampo and Inoue...
Posted on October 13, 2017 at 00:13. | Released on October 10, 2017
Gallantique Kazue "kagayaite Night Flight", "yoru ni okiru Patron" (7")
Drag queen singer Gallantique Kazue, also a member of hoshikuzu Scat, has new single with music written and produced by Gary Ashiya (La veuve moustachue) being released this week. The title song is a disco tune, while the B-side has...
Posted on October 9, 2017 at 11:54. | Released on October 10, 2017
Yashiro Aki "yoru no tsuzuki"
Enka singer Yashiro Aki has a 2nd jazz album being released, this time again produced by Konishi Yasuharu! It's been five years since the first, "Songs Around Midnight" (2012). The media is a high-fidelity SHM-CD which plays in regular CD...
Posted on October 8, 2017 at 22:29. | Released on October 11, 2017
Nomiya Maki "Nomiya Maki, Holiday Shibuya-kei o utau."
Nomiya Maki's new album is coming this month, and this time she sings Shibuya-kei standards that share a winter theme. Included are duets with Yokoyama Ken (Crazy Ken Band), Watanabe Marina, Takano Hiroshi and Suzuki Masayuki, with also chorus by...
Posted on October 8, 2017 at 21:11. | Released on October 18, 2017
Manon "Popcorn Crisis" (Download)
Here's a 4th song by Fukuoka-born half-French teenage model and singer Manon! This fun bouncy track is again produced by Yuppa (HNC), and the toybox-like video below was directed by VJ unit onnacodomo! The song is out now on...
Posted on October 6, 2017 at 23:12. | Released on October 6, 2017
Stardust Brothers "hoshikuzu kyoudai no densetsu" (Download)
An exciting sci-fi rock musical movie titled "The Brand New Legend of the Stardust Brothers" directed by Macoto Tezka (son of Tezuka Osamu famous for "Astro Boy") will start showing in theaters in Japan in January 2018! It will...
Posted on October 5, 2017 at 23:28. | Released on October 4, 2017
Punpee "Modern Times"
Rapper/trackmaker Punpee (of group PSG) has a long-awaited first solo album out now! Check out audio samples at Jet Set. Official release page Punpee "Modern Times" 1. 2057 2. Lovely Man 3. Happy Meal 4. uchū ni iku 5. Renaissance...
Posted on October 5, 2017 at 00:11. | Released on October 4, 2017
tofubeats "Baby EP" (Download)
tofubeats has just released a digital EP of song "BABY" from latest album "Fantasy Club". Included are two new mixes and an instrumental version. Find it on iTunes. tofubeats "BABY EP" (Download) 1. BABY 2. BABY (tofubeats remix) 3....
Posted on October 4, 2017 at 23:59. | Released on October 2, 2017
CTO LAB. "The Theme of Ma.K." (Download)
CTO LAB. released this song last year as a limited cassette tape edition, but it's now finally available for download on iTunes, etc.! This is a theme song for Ma.K., aka Maschinen Krieger, a science fiction universe created by...
Posted on October 4, 2017 at 21:53. | Released on October 4, 2017
fox capture plan "UNTITLED"
Instrumental jazz trio fox capture plan has a 6th album being released. This is the follow-up to "Fragile" released last January, since which they also released Disney cover album "Rock In Disney ~fox capture plan" (Amazon). A tour will be...
Posted on October 1, 2017 at 14:38. | Released on October 4, 2017
marino "watashi wa kouchayasan"
marino has a new 3rd album coming this month! This follows "Bathtub de chōshoku o" released in 2012. Recorded with a real band, the musical-like new album takes its theme from her own tea store which she has been running...
Posted on October 1, 2017 at 11:37. | Released on September 29, 2017
"Godzilla Legend V"
This is a cover album of songs from the "Godzilla" movie series, arranged and performed by musicians including Hikashu and Charan-Po-Rantan, with Inoue Makoto (ex-Hikashu) plus a three-piece brass section. The title implies that it is the follow-up to the...
Posted on October 1, 2017 at 00:16. | Released on September 20, 2017
kataomoi "hinotori" (7")
Band kataomoi has a new 7" single out now! This was recorded and mixed by Illicit Tsuboi, and the jacket was illustrated by Thai artist wisut ponniit. Nice price too! It's been just over a year since their 2nd...
Posted on September 29, 2017 at 00:13. | Released on September 29, 2017
Pizzicato Five "Pizzicatomania!" (12")
Following the recent release of a remastered CD last February, Pizzicato Five's "Pizzicatomania!" is now being released on vinyl for the first time. In addition to one of the new "Action Painting" mixes that appeared on that CD, previously unreleased...
Posted on September 27, 2017 at 00:06. | Released on November 3, 2017
Various Artists "Sweets Wonderland / es koyama with friends"
This concept album is a collaboration of pastry shop es koyama (located in Hyōgo prefecture) with several artists who created new songs inspired by the shop's various cakes and sweet treats. Included are new songs by Nakatsuka Takeshi, Nanba Shiho,...
Posted on September 23, 2017 at 12:08. | Released on September 27, 2017
Cornelius "In a Dream" (7")
A new Cornelius 7" is coming out next week! Title song "In a Dream" is taken from his excellent latest album "Mellow Waves", while the B-side "yume no oku de" is a previously unreleased dreamy track that samples the...
Posted on September 22, 2017 at 23:13. | Released on September 27, 2017
Kaede "ano ko ga kurasu machi (made ato dore gurai?)" (Download, 7")
Kaede (of Negicco) has released today a first solo single, of which the title song was written by Sawabe Wataru (Skirt). The B-side is a cover of Kirinji's "sore mo kitto shiawase". Both were arranged by Skirt. This is being...
Posted on September 20, 2017 at 22:45. | Released on September 20, 2017
Meet The Hopes "uwasa ni naritai / Jasmine High" (7")
Self-described as a "southern Shimokita soul band", Meet The Hopes has just released a 7" of two new funky songs. It had been 3 years since their first album "Jamboree" (2014, CDJapan). Meet The Hopes holds regular party "Jinriki...
Posted on September 19, 2017 at 22:52. | Released on September 15, 2017
"'Zen and Bones' Original Soundtrack"
"Zen and Bones" is a documentary film directed by Nakamura Takayuki ("Yokohama Mary") about Japanese-American Buddhist priest Henry Mittwer. This soundtrack features music by many artists including Nomiya Maki, Comoesta Yaegashi, Yokoyama Ken (Crazy Ken Band), Kishino You-ichi (La veuve...
Posted on September 17, 2017 at 23:51. | Released on September 20, 2017
The Lady Spade "Phenomenon"
The Lady Spade has released just recently a brand new mini-album, the follow-up to "Reverse Shaped Black Heart" (2014). Their sound is more sophisticated and danceable than ever, cuter but also perhaps a bit scarier!? That the album is available...
Posted on September 17, 2017 at 17:35. | Released on September 6, 2017
The Lady Spade "Dial 'S' for The Lady Spade!"
The Lady Spade's first album, "Dial 'S' for The Lady Spade!", was released in 2009 and featured former vocalist Ruby aka Nosa Reina. It is now being released again in a remastered edition! The Lady Spade fans and also anyone...
Posted on September 17, 2017 at 17:13. | Released on September 20, 2017
Bank "Time / Himitsu" (7")
New wave band BANK has a new 7" out now! Check out their new songs of a dubby mellow 80's feel. BANK is a band that features singer Nakamura Dai (ex-Arch), drummer Suzuki Bō, bassist Hirami Fumio (ex-Love Tambourines),...
Posted on September 16, 2017 at 22:20. | Released on September 16, 2017
Various Artists "Ace 2", "Ace ep" (7"x2)
Konishi Yasuharu compiles another CD from Sony's J-Pop hit catalog, consisting of songs that have not been released on 7". This follows the release of "Ace" last February that was the starting point to the release of several 7" singles...
Posted on September 12, 2017 at 23:20. | Released on September 13, 2017
De De Mouse "via alpha centauri" (Download)
Dé Dé Mouse has a brand new EP being released digitally! This is the follow-up to "dream you up" (April 2017). "via alpha centauri" takes inspiration from the "Centaur festival" which appears in classic Japanese fantasy novel "Night on the...
Posted on September 12, 2017 at 00:27. | Released on September 15, 2017
neco nemuru "Sayonara Summer / hinekuretai no" (7")
Usually instrumental band neco nemuru has a new 7" single out now, of songs in collaboration with Abe Yūma (never young beach) and Scha Dara Parr + Robochu. neco nemuru "Sayonara Summer / hinekuretai no" (7") neco眠る 「SAYONARA SUMMER/ひねくれたいの」...
Posted on September 8, 2017 at 00:15. | Released on September 6, 2017
Ozawa Kenji to Sekai No Owari "I Hear an Owl"
Ozawa Kenji (ex-Flipper's Guitar) has a new single out now, his 2nd this year (following "ryūdōtai ni tsuite" released suddenly in February). The title song is a collaboration with band Sekai No Owari, while the B-side is a solo song...
Posted on September 8, 2017 at 00:02. | Released on September 6, 2017
Kaseki Cider & The Natsuyasumi Band "Quiet School" (7")
Rapper Kaseki Cider and The Natsuyasumi Band collaborate on this new 7" single out now! Hear an audio sample at Jet Set. Kaseki Cider & The Natsuyasumi Band "Quiet School" (7") かせきさいだぁ と ザ・なつやすみバンド 「Quiet School」 A. Quiet School...
Posted on September 7, 2017 at 23:42. | Released on September 6, 2017
TRI4TH "4th Rebellion"
Dance jazz quintet TRI4TH has a 6th album about to be released! Their previous was the 2016-released "Defying", since which they also did a split mini-album with band Calmera titled "Horns Riot" (CDJapan, Amazon). Aside from plenty of new songs,...
Posted on September 3, 2017 at 21:58. | Released on September 6, 2017
Cutemen "Exhibition Of Love & Desire"
Cutemen, the techno unit of CMJK (early Denki Groove) and singer Picorin, has a new album being released! This is the follow-up to "Humanity" (2016) which marked their 25th anniversary. This new album's limited edition comes with a bonus disc...
Posted on September 3, 2017 at 20:08. | Released on September 6, 2017
Soleil "Pinky Fluffy" (7"+CD)
SOLEIL is a brand new band produced by Sally Kubota (Sally Soul Stew, ex-Les 5-4-3-2-1, The Phantom Gift), and led by the 14-year-old singer of the same name: Soleil! Their first release comes as a single (7"+CD) of original song...
Posted on September 2, 2017 at 11:48. | Released on September 20, 2017
Manon "Wavy Pineapple Days" (Download)
Just ahead of the release of her first 7" single "xxFANCYPOOLxx", teenage model Manon has a 3rd brand new song now available for download on iTunes. Again produced by Yuppa (HNC), this time we get a cool reggae summer...
Posted on August 29, 2017 at 22:40. | Released on August 28, 2017
Crazy Ken Band "20/20 Video Attack! Live at Kobe Crazy Ken Band Tour Hong Kong Taxi 2016" (DVD)
Crazy Ken Band has a new live DVD on the way! This is the last show of the tour for 2016 album "Hong Kong Taxi". It was held on November 26, 2016 at the Kobe International House. The whole show...
Posted on August 27, 2017 at 21:37. | Released on August 30, 2017
Manon "xxFANCYPOOLxx" (7")
Fukuoka-based teenage model Manon, of the Asobi System agency (same as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, etc.), debuted last month as a singer with the songs "xxFANCYPOOLxx" and "Beat The Bad Luck" produced by Yuppa (HNC aka Hazel Nuts Chocolate)! Those...
Posted on August 26, 2017 at 15:25. | Released on August 30, 2017
Toshiyuki Yasuda "Landfall" (Download)
Toshiyuki Yasuda has a new single out now digitally! This comes in advance of a 6th album of which all details have yet to be announced. Check out these three different versions of "Landfall", available on iTunes, Apple Music,...
Posted on August 26, 2017 at 01:08. | Released on August 25, 2017
Chelip "hikaru kaze no naka no subete / korette koi da to omounda"
Idol duo Chelip, formed of Mayu and Mion, have a 7th single out now on Disk Union's idol label "doles U". The song "korette koi da to omounda" was written and arranged by Hase Yasuhiro (Yume to Cosme), and the...
Posted on August 23, 2017 at 22:54. | Released on August 23, 2017
Magokoro Bros "Summer Nude / Endless Summer Nude" (7")
Part of Konishi Yasuharu's on-going 7" project under the "A" (Ace) name, here comes a single of two songs by band Magokoro Bros. The two summer-themed songs were released respectively in 1995 and 1997. The single was mastered by...
Posted on August 21, 2017 at 21:36. | Released on August 23, 2017
Various Artists "Throw Away Your CDs Go Out To A Show"
Call And Response Records has a new compilation out now! Curated by Ian Martin, author of the book "Quit Your Band! Musical Notes from the Japanese Underground", this album features 17 bands from various areas of Japan, revolving around genres...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 00:37. | Released on August 16, 2017
Perfume "If you wanna"
Perfume has a new single coming at the end of August! Both songs are used in TV commercials. The title song in a one for Ora2 toothpaste (special site), and B-side "Everyday" of which a version can be heard in...
Posted on August 15, 2017 at 00:22. | Released on August 30, 2017
Parkgolf (Twitter), a beatmaker/producer based in Hokkaidō whose debut album was released on Seiho's Day Tripper Records, has a 2nd album out now! "hyakunen" (feat. hitomitoi) and "Dance no aizu" (feat. Okamoto Emi) were also released on 7", find details...
Posted on August 14, 2017 at 23:03. | Released on August 9, 2017
Monsieur Kamayatsu "So Long 20 seiki / hatachi no koro" (7")
Kamayatsu Hiroshi (aka Monsieur Kamayatsu, ex-Spiders) passed away last March at the age of 78. Many Shibuya-kei artists deeply respected him. Here's a 7" from Readymade of two songs from the Konishi Yasuharu-produced album "Je m'appelle Monsieur" (2002). The...
Posted on August 13, 2017 at 10:22. | Released on August 30, 2017
Nomiya Maki "Nomiya Maki, Vacances Shibuya-kei o utau." (7"x2)
From the album of the same name released in May, here's a set of two 7"'s containing four summer-themed Shibuya-kei related covers sung by Nomiya Maki. The two records come packaged in a gatefold jacket, designed and photographed by art...
Posted on August 13, 2017 at 09:37. | Released on August 30, 2017
Crazy Ken Band "Crazy Ken Band All Time Best Album ai no sekai"
Crazy Ken Band has an all-time greatest hits album out now! The three CDs hold 60 of their best tracks covering their whole career so far, for a total of almost 4 hours! Plus, the limited edition gets you...
Posted on August 12, 2017 at 23:44. | Released on August 2, 2017
Emerson Kitamura "Madokara / Ame No Saka No Ashimoto" (Download)
Keyboardist Emerson Kitamura has released two new songs digitally! Check them out on iTunes, Spotify, etc. Also don't miss his delightful latest mini-album "Rock'n Roll No Hajimari Ha". Emerson Kitamura will play at Rising Sun Festival 2017 in Hokkaido...
Posted on August 10, 2017 at 23:54. | Released on August 2, 2017
Various Artists "Sunaga Tatsuo no yoru Jazz gaiden 3 ~ All the young dudes ~ subete no wakakiyarōdomo"
Here's a 3rd compilation by Sunaga Tatsuo of the "yoru Jazz gaiden" series, part of his larger ongoing "Jazz Allnighters" ("yoru Jazz") series, which features many up-and-coming young Japanese jazz bands. Included is a brand new song by Sunaga t...
Posted on August 10, 2017 at 23:40. | Released on August 2, 2017
P.O.P "Kiss Me" (Download)
P.O.P, the group of twin rappers with trackmaker Saitō Ryōji, have a new single now available for download and streaming! The song "Kiss Me" comes along with a very special 360° VR video. When viewed on a PC or...
Posted on August 9, 2017 at 22:26. | Released on August 9, 2017
Idol duo WHY@DOLL has a 2nd album out now. Five different songwriters/producers have each contributed two songs, including ones written by Yoshida Tetsuto ("sumire Iolite" and "koi wa Shoo-be-doo-be-doo-ba!") (both co-arranged by Hase Yasuhiro (Yume to Cosme)), and others by...
Posted on August 8, 2017 at 23:58. | Released on August 1, 2017
Kaseki Cider "Onigiri University"
Rapper Kaseki Cider has a brand new album out now! It had been almost 5 years since his previous original album "Mr. City Pop". Guests include Wakita Monari, Negicco, Mashiro Megumi (Hicksville), DJ Misoshiru & MC Gohan, Satō Nanako, Matsuda...
Posted on August 2, 2017 at 22:00. | Released on August 2, 2017
Omisohan to Richakohan "Nihao! Zaijian! Yodaredori!!", Vanilla Beans "Tokyo Crawl (Rena ver.)" (Download)
Vanilla Beans are this year celebrating their 10th anniversary! Today, members Rena & Lisa have each released a separate song now available on iTunes Japan and other download/streaming services. DJ Misoshiru & MC Gohan (nickname: Omisohan) and Lisa (nickname...
Posted on August 2, 2017 at 20:46. | Released on August 2, 2017
Wednesday Campanella "Nippon Budokan kouen ~hakkaku uchuu~" (Blu-ray)
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...
Posted on July 31, 2017 at 23:16. | Released on July 26, 2017
Manon "Beat The Bad Luck" (Download)
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...
Posted on July 29, 2017 at 00:53. | Released on July 28, 2017
Denki Groove "Tropical Love Lights", "Denki Groove Decade 2008~2017"
Denki Groove has two new releases out at once today! "Tropical Love Lights" is an alternate edition of latest album "Tropical Love" (2017), including mainly instrumentals and two new mixes. The other, "Denki Groove Decade 2008-2017", is a greatest hits...
Posted on July 26, 2017 at 23:11. | Released on July 26, 2017
Wakita Monari "I am ONLY"
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...
Posted on July 22, 2017 at 23:38. | Released on July 26, 2017
Negicco "Negicco 2011~2017 -Best- 2"
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...
Posted on July 16, 2017 at 22:40. | Released on July 20, 2017
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...
Posted on July 16, 2017 at 00:56. | Released on July 19, 2017
The Aprils "Horror Survivor"
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...
Posted on July 16, 2017 at 00:42. | Released on July 19, 2017
lyrical school "natsuyasumi no Baby"
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...
Posted on July 10, 2017 at 00:04. | Released on July 18, 2017
Charan-Po-Rantan "toritomenai ongakukai" (Blu-ray/DVD)
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...
Posted on July 9, 2017 at 22:15. | Released on July 12, 2017
Learners "Water The Flowers / Shampoo Planet" (7"), "More Learners" (Cassette)
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...
Posted on July 9, 2017 at 10:50. | Released on July 6, 2017
Manon "xxFANCYPOOLxx" (Download)
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...
Posted on July 8, 2017 at 00:10. | Released on July 7, 2017
Mira Parameter "Reborn"
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....
Posted on July 5, 2017 at 21:08. | Released on July 6, 2017
Natsu Summer "Hello, future day"
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...
Posted on July 2, 2017 at 22:33. | Released on July 5, 2017
STE "koyoi mo, sakaba ni te." (7"+CD)
This is a single produced by Sunaga Tatsuo (Sunaga t Experience), commissioned by Tochigi Doughnuts, an association that promotes restaurants, bars and shops of Utsunomiya city in Tochigi prefecture, and also 7" records. The song is a kayō-ska hymn...
Posted on June 30, 2017 at 23:33. | Released on July 5, 2017
Inoue Honoka "Sparkling Chinatown" (7")
Two songs from voice actress Inoue Honoka's excellent first mini-album "First Flight" are being released on 7"! This was written and produced by Mukaju Dan (ex-blue marble), and comes from the Luxury kayō label. The 7"'s sleeve is reversible....
Posted on June 25, 2017 at 14:17. | Released on June 28, 2017
Tamaki Roy "nagi"
Rapper Tamaki ROY has new album out now! This is the follow-up to "Lucky" (2013). Most songs are collaborations with various producers, including Miura Kōshi (Kuchiroro), Hasunuma Shūta, Ametsub, and many more. Check out the two clips below! A 7"...
Posted on June 25, 2017 at 13:22. | Released on June 21, 2017
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
Wakita Monari "I'm with you" (CD+7")
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...
Posted on June 17, 2017 at 10:57. | 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
Alfred Beach Sandal + STUTS "ABS+STUTS"
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...
Posted on June 16, 2017 at 23:09. | Released on June 21, 2017
Chie & The Wolf Baits "Chie & The Wolf Baits"
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...
Posted on June 16, 2017 at 22:43. | Released on June 21, 2017
Nona Reeves "Billboard Best 2011-2016"
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....
Posted on June 15, 2017 at 21:11. | Released on June 14, 2017
Halfby "Slow Banana" (12")
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....
Posted on June 13, 2017 at 23:38. | Released on June 14, 2017
Emerson Kitamura "Spinning Wheel / Remember" (7")
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...
Posted on June 12, 2017 at 22:49. | Released on June 3, 2017
Cornelius "Mellow Waves"
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)!...
Posted on June 10, 2017 at 23:34. | Released on June 28, 2017
Mondo Grosso "Reborn Again and Always Starting New"
Mondo Grosso, the solo unit of Ōsawa Shinichi, has just released a brand new album! It had been some 14 years since his latest works under the Mondo Grosso name, and then suddenly came the "Labyrinth" single released on Record...
Posted on June 9, 2017 at 23:51. | Released on June 7, 2017
Sunny Kubota & Old Lucky Boys "One from Sunny's Heart"
This is the 2nd album of Sunny Kubota & Old Lucky Boys, band led by Kubota Shingo who once was the frontman of late 70's new wave band 8 1/2. The band has 10 members including guitarist Muramatsu Kunio (ex-Sugar...
Posted on June 7, 2017 at 21:32. | Released on June 1, 2017
Nakano Aya "Asami no Blues" (7"+CD)
Singer Nakano Aya has a new single out this week! Produced by Mutō Shōhei (drummer, vocalist and leader of jazz band Katteni-Shiyagare), the music is also performed by Kathmandu, a unit formed mainly of his band's members. The title song...
Posted on June 5, 2017 at 21:06. | Released on June 7, 2017
Hideki Kaji et Maki Nomiya "Rainy City / Summer Beauty 1990" (7")
This 7" is of two live recordings from Nomiya Maki's "Shibuya-kei Standards" show series. In the one held in November 7, 2014 she was joined on stage by Kaji Hideki, and they sang "amefuri toshi" (a duet with Maki from...
Posted on June 4, 2017 at 12:03. | Released on May 31, 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
Kinoco Hotel "Playgirl dai makyou"
Kinoco Hotel's new release is a 10th anniversary album, containing 10 songs from previously released album although they have all been re-arranged and re-recorded, mainly ones that had been released before current bassist Giulietta Kirishima joined the group. Also included...
Posted on May 28, 2017 at 14:52. | Released on June 7, 2017
Various Artists "Japanese Sounds -produced by Muro-"
"King of Diggin'" Muro produced this album of covers of Japanese songs, featuring various female vocalists. Also check out the mix CDs by Sunaga Tatsuo and Muro previously released on the same Tokyo Records label. Tokyo Records will hold an...
Posted on May 26, 2017 at 20:48. | Released on May 24, 2017
J.A.M "Silent Notes"
J.A.M, the instrumental jazz trio led by pianist Josei, with double-bassist Akita Goldman and drummer Midorin (all of Soil & "Pimp" Sessions), has a new album being released! The album features a song with Jin Oki, and one with L.D....
Posted on May 21, 2017 at 22:41. | Released on May 24, 2017
Scha Dara Parr & Ego-Wrappin' "Micro Boy to Macro Girl" (7")
Scha Dara Parr and Ego-Wrappin' joined forces for a new song being released on 7"! The B-side is a new take by SDP on their 1995 hit track "Summer Jam '95". Those who don't want to miss the 7"...
Posted on May 18, 2017 at 21:19. | Released on June 7, 2017
Shibata Satoko "Do You Need a Rest From Love?"
Singer-songwriter Shibata Satoko has a 4th album out today! This is the follow-up to her eponymous album released in 2015. Two songs were arranged by Kishida Shigeru (Quruli), and one by Yamamoto Seiichi (Boredoms). In June she will tour Japan,...
Posted on May 17, 2017 at 23:05. | Released on May 17, 2017
"Godzilla Legend -- Music of Akira Ifukube" in New York
Text and photos by Nicholas D. Kent (Japanese Electronic Music) for Tokyo's Coolest Sound(Except where indicated) Correspondent Nicholas D. Kent went to the "Godzilla Legend" concert held recently in New York. Here's his report! "Godzilla Legend—Music of Akira Ifukube" April...
Posted on May 14, 2017 at 10:35.
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