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Kaseki Cider "Kaseki Cider no Ani-song!! Vacation!"
Rapper Kaseki Cider's new album is a collection of anime song covers, arranged in his own style. Guests include Kaji Hideki, Kojima Mayumi, Horigome Takaki (Kirinji), EPO, Yumemi Nemu (Dempa Gumi.inc) and Mashiro Megumi (Hicksville). HMV gives away a 20-minute...
Posted on August 7, 2013 at 00:22. | Released on August 7, 2013
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
kotringo "picnic album 1"
Pianist and singer-songwriter kotringo has a cover album coming this week. Included are her takes on hit songs by Flipper's Guitar, YMO, Yuming, Clammbon, Epo and more. Audio samples on official site kotringo "picnic album 1" 1. koi to Machinegun...
Posted on September 20, 2010 at 20:47. | Released on September 22, 2010
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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
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
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
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.
tofubeats "Fantasy Club"
tofubeats has a brand new album, his 3rd major album, coming this month! This is the follow-up to "Positive" (2015). There seems to be much more of tofubeats' own vocals than ever before, though the album also features guest vocalists...
Posted on May 6, 2017 at 11:51. | Released on May 24, 2017
microstar "She Got the Blues" (12")
microstar's latest album "She Got the Blues" (2016) is being released on vinyl. microstar "She Got the Blues" A1. Chocolate Baby A2. Tiny Spark A3. tsuki no Palace A4. tomodachi ni narō A5. My Baby B1. yūgure Girl (Album Mix)...
Posted on May 5, 2017 at 22:34. | Released on May 24, 2017
Record Store Day 2017
Record Store Day 2017 will be taking place this weekend, on Saturday April 22! As usual, many limited releases will be available at record shops only from that date. Below is a selection of some of the best stuff that...
Posted on April 18, 2017 at 22:15. | Released on April 22, 2017
De De Mouse "dream you up"
Dé Dé Mouse (who now writes his name with accents aigus) has a new album coming soon! This is his 6th album, and the follow-up to "farewell holiday!" (2015). Included are 11 songs, one of which is a collaboration with...
Posted on April 9, 2017 at 21:39. | Released on April 12, 2017
Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa "Are Euphoria"
Here's a 3rd album by Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa! It has already been 2½ years since "Savage Imagination" (2014). Label 7 e.p. gives away an original hologram sticker when ordering directly. Those outside of Japan should follow the link...
Posted on April 3, 2017 at 23:26. | Released on April 5, 2017
After becoming a trio a year ago, one-of-a-kind idol group Especia are now quitting at the end of this month (March 2017)... but not without releasing a last album. "Wizard" contains 4 brand new songs, some tracks from recent EPs...
Posted on March 27, 2017 at 21:28. | Released on March 22, 2017
Wakita Monari "Boy Friend"
Wakita Monari (ex-Especia) has a 2nd solo single being released on Vivid Sound! Both synth-pop style songs were produced by the two of Microstar: Satō Seiki and Iizumi Yūko. The single is available in 3 editions, a limited edition including...
Posted on February 7, 2017 at 21:15. | Released on February 15, 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
Hamada Maron "kisetsu meguredo jazz ver." (CD+7")
Jazz singer Hamada Maron has a new single out now, and it's produced by Sunaga Tatsuo! Featured are members of instrumental jazz band TRI4TH. The B-side is "mirei Butterfly", recently featured on Sunaga Tatsuo's "yoru Jazz gaiden 2 ~ All...
Posted on December 24, 2016 at 00:22. | Released on December 21, 2016
Uchoten "Kafka's Rock/Nietzsche's Pop"
Uchoten, band formed in 1982 and led by Kera (Kera & The Synthesizers, No Lie-Sense), is back with a first full-length album in 26 years — their previous was "dekkachi" released in 1990 (though mini-album "lost and found" was released...
Posted on December 19, 2016 at 21:55. | Released on December 14, 2016
Nakano Aya "Mambo Alc.0.00% feat. Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys" (CD+7")
Nakano Aya's new single is a song featuring Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys! The song was written by Comoesta Yaegashi and Fukuhara Mari with lyrics by Paradise Yamamoto. The B-side is a cover of Etta James' "Seven Day Fool", and features...
Posted on December 10, 2016 at 16:51. | Released on December 14, 2016
Hoshino Michiru "suteki ni X'mas Night" (7"+CD)
Yes it's getting time for Christmas music! Hoshino Michiru has a new single out this week, including new song "suteki ni X'mas Night" which is arranged by Gary Ashiya (of La veuve moustachue)! The B-side, also Christmas-themed, is taken from...
Posted on November 29, 2016 at 21:54. | Released on November 30, 2016
sugar me "6 femmes"
Follow-up to last year's 2nd album "AROUND the CORNER", here comes a new cover mini-album by sugar me! Included are songs originally by Jane Birkin, Lou Reed and Judee Sill among others. One song is a duet with Oh Shu...
Posted on November 22, 2016 at 00:02. | Released on November 23, 2016
Wakita Monari "In The City / anone,,," (CD+7")
Wakita Monari (ex-Especia) is back as a solo artist! She now shows up on the great Vivid Sound label with a first solo single. Both songs are originals, with the A-side "In The City" arranged by Arai Toshiya (Count Joke),...
Posted on November 14, 2016 at 23:56. | Released on November 16, 2016
Hoshino Michiru "watashi ga obasan ni nattemo" (7"+CD)
Hoshino Michiru has released a single cut (7" with CD) of two songs from her new cover album "My Favorite Songs". Title song "watashi ga obasan ni nattemo" is a cover of Moritaka Chisato (1992), co-arranged by Arai Toshiya (Count...
Posted on October 31, 2016 at 22:39. | Released on October 19, 2016
Hoshino Michiru "My Favorite Songs"
Hoshino Michiru has a cover album coming! Selected by herself and producer Hase Hajimu, this includes many new recordings and a few songs from recent singles, such as "koi suru Fortune Cookie feat. The Scooters" that is sold at live...
Posted on September 4, 2016 at 12:30. | Released on September 7, 2016
Nomiya Maki "otoko to onna 'Un Homme et Une Femme' ~ Nomiya Maki, French Shibuya-kei o utau."
Nomiya Maki has a brand new album just about to be released! This album has a theme of "French Shibuya-kei", highlighting bits of the French culture that influenced the Shibuya-kei scene. This is a 2-CD release of both a studio...
Posted on August 29, 2016 at 23:22. | Released on August 31, 2016
Maika Loubté "Le Zip" (Download)
Half-French half-Japanese singer-songwriter Maika Loubté has a brand new album out now on iTunes! This is the follow-up to "100 (momo)" (December 2014), and includes latest single "Universal Metro". The song "FEEL" was produced by Ohno Yumiko (Buffalo Daughter), and...
Posted on August 24, 2016 at 23:46. | Released on August 24, 2016
kataomoi "Quiero V.I.P"
Here's a 2nd album by kataomoi, follow-up to "kataomoin Da House" (2013). This was engineered by Illicit Tsuboi, and is being released on Kakubarhythm. Check out the release special page. A release party will be held at Kinema Club on...
Posted on August 14, 2016 at 17:54. | Released on August 3, 2016
microstar "She Got the Blues"
microstar, the unit of Satō Seiki (a producer of Hoshino Michiru) and singer Iizumi Yūko, has a brand new album about to be released! It's been 8 years since the previous, "microstar album" (2008). This includes latest single "Tiny Spark"...
Posted on July 17, 2016 at 10:47. | Released on July 20, 2016
Perfume "WE ARE Perfume -WORLD TOUR 3rd DOCUMENT" (Blu-ray/DVD)
Perfume's first documentary movie is being released on Blu-ray and DVD! The movie follows them throughout their 3rd world tour (held in 2014) that led them to Taiwan, Singapore, the U.K. and the U.S. Special features include audio commentary by...
Posted on July 1, 2016 at 00:52. | Released on July 6, 2016
Shuntaro Okino "Too Far [F-A-R Remixes]"
Okino Shuntarō (ex-Venus Peter) released last year album "F-A-R" (CDJapan), his first solo album since 2001 ("Gimmie Brighter" as Indian Rope). Now here comes a remix album including remixes by Cornelius, Salon Music, Nakamura Kōji (LAMA, ex-Supercar, aka iLL, Nyantora),...
Posted on June 16, 2016 at 20:47. | Released on June 15, 2016
Negicco "mujun, hajimemashita."
Negicco has a new single out now! The title song was written by singer-songwriter Sakai Yū, with lyrics by Toki Asako, and arranged by connie (Negicco's producer) and NEGiBAND. Check out the charming clip below that features many guests! The...
Posted on April 11, 2016 at 22:34. | Released on March 29, 2016
Suzuki Saori "East River"
Suzuki Saori is the vocalist of New York-based band The Suzan. Here she makes a debut as a solo artist, releasing an album on Japanese label Niw! Records. The title song was produced by was produced by Suzuki Keiichi (Sunny...
Posted on March 6, 2016 at 22:50. | Released on March 9, 2016
agraph "the shader"
Also recognized for his work as the technical engineer for Denki Groove, and part of band LAMA, Ushio Kensuke aka agraph is now back with a 3rd solo album. It had been 5 years since the release of previous album...
Posted on February 3, 2016 at 00:07. | Released on February 3, 2016
XTAL, aka Crystal (of (((sssurrounddd))), Jintana & Emeralds), has a first solo album coming on Crue-L Records! Expect electronic music that visits genres such as "shoegaze piano house", "slow acid minimal" and "cutup Balearic", we're being told. Included are collaborations...
Posted on January 24, 2016 at 13:24. | Released on February 1, 2016
tofubeats "Positive Remixes"
Here come remixes of tofubeats' latest album "Positive"! Featured remixers include Nakata Yasutaka (CAPSULE), Sunahara Yoshinori, Cherryboy Function, okadada, Komuro Tetsuya, banvox, Pa's Lam System, PARKGOLF, tofubeats himself and more. tofubeats "POSITIVE Remixes" CD1 1. POSITIVE feat.Dream Ami -Nakata Yasutaka...
Posted on January 2, 2016 at 21:45. | Released on January 20, 2016
Count Joke "nikyu tenshi no Theme / ame ni hohoemi o" (7"+CD)
Count Joke (aka jōdan hakushaku) (Facebook page) have released yet another 7" single this month! "nikyū tenshi no Theme" is a brand new original, while "ame ni hohoemi o" is a Japanese lyrics disco cover of Neil Sedaka's "Laughter in...
Posted on December 30, 2015 at 21:53. | Released on December 9, 2015
comoestas "Twist and Dodonpa" (7")
comoestas, the solo unit of Comoesta Yaegashi (Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys), has a brand new 7" single out now! As hints title "Twist and Dodonpa", comoestas made two tunes of the two different styles, but of course in his...
Posted on December 6, 2015 at 15:29. | Released on November 11, 2015
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
Negicco "Hibiya Yagai Dai Ongakudo Road of Negiiiiiii ~Negicco One Man Show~ 2015 Summer"
Negicco has a brand new live DVD out now! This is of a band-backed show held at outdoor venue Hibiya Yaon held last August 16. The show included 22 songs, with special guest Tajima Takao joining for "Sunshine Nihonkai" sung...
Posted on October 28, 2015 at 23:02. | Released on October 20, 2015
Bank "True Tempo"
Bank, a funky genreless band with multiple Shibuya-kei roots, has a brand new album out now! This band features members formerly of Arch (Nakamura Dai on guitar & vocals), Bridge (Ōhashi Nobuyuki aka Pate on guitar) and Love Tambourines (Hirami...
Posted on September 26, 2015 at 01:56. | Released on September 26, 2015
Count Joke "Pink Shadow / tamago" (7"+CD)
Count Joke (aka jōdan hakushaku) (Facebook page) have a brand new 7" out now! The A-side is a cover of Bread & Butter's "Pink Shadow" (1974), while the B-side is a brand new original written by singer Maezono Naoki. Like...
Posted on September 3, 2015 at 23:05. | Released on August 26, 2015
Negicco "nee Vardia"
This week a brand new single from Negicco has been released! "nee Vardia" is a song written and produced by Ikeda Takafumi (aka Rekishi). B-side "oyasumi" was written by Negicco's usual producer connie, with lyrics by MEG and arrangements by...
Posted on August 13, 2015 at 22:24. | Released on August 11, 2015
Brilliant synth-punk band Recoride has a brand new full-length album out now! Check out the clip below to give you a perfect idea. A double release party of Recoride and KOTO will be held tomorrow Friday July 17 at Disk...
Posted on July 16, 2015 at 21:38. | Released on July 15, 2015
Count Joke "itsuka dokoka de c/w yūrei no Ballad" (7"+CD)
This release completes Count Joke's "Air-Replay Series" trilogy of 7" singles. These two songs were being released on CD last December. This packaging includes both 7" and CD (with instrumentals). "itsuka dokokade" features Smooth Ace, and was written in memory...
Posted on March 21, 2015 at 20:19. | Released on March 25, 2015
Electro unit LLLL (Facebook page, Soundcloud) has a brand new album out imminently! "Faithful" is the follow-up to "Paradice" (2014). The new album features various female vocalists, including Shinobu of Her Ghost Friend, Metoronori, Kanako of kindan no tasūketsu and...
Posted on March 14, 2015 at 18:59. | Released on March 15, 2015
Count Joke "LED c/w nagisa" (7"+CD)
A 2nd 7" from this trilogy by Count Joke (aka jōdan hakushaku) (Facebook page), unit of Maezono Naoki & Arai Toshiya, was released this week! Also check out the January-released "bird man c/w ameagari". The next will be released on...
Posted on February 27, 2015 at 22:38. | Released on February 25, 2015
Noppal "I Luv MaryJane / Lazy Sun Day" (7")
Laid-back female rapper Noppal has a 7" cut coming, of two songs from excellent mini-album "Summer EP 2015" (ironically released in 2014). "I Luv MaryJane" was produced by Mr.Melody (PPP) and features LUVRAW on talkbox, while "Lazy Sun Day"...
Posted on February 11, 2015 at 13:30. | Released on February 20, 2015
Towa Tei "Heaven" (Download)
Towa Tei has a brand new single out today! "Heaven" is a song made for Valentine's Day, and it's also released as a special package with delicious rusk from Gateau Festa Harada. At digital music shop Mach Beat, the...
Posted on February 11, 2015 at 11:18. | Released on February 11, 2015
Count Joke "bird man c/w ameagari" (7"+CD)
Count Joke (aka jōdan hakushaku) (Facebook page) is the unit of Maezono Naoki and Arai Toshiya. Starting this January they are releasing a series of 7"'s (coming with a bonus CD) of songs limitedly released on CD throughout last year....
Posted on February 6, 2015 at 23:50. | Released on January 28, 2015
dip in the pool "Highwire Walker"
dip in the pool (official Facebook page), a band that has now been around for 30 years, has a brand new album out now! This is the follow-up to "brown eyes" released in 2011. Included is a cover of "Bali...
Posted on January 25, 2015 at 12:37. | Released on January 21, 2015
"Frenesi school: The legendary end-of-business ceremony"
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound The last show I saw in 2014 was Frenesi, and it was a very special one. In November Frenesi announced that she would put a stop (though maybe temporary) to...
Posted on January 4, 2015 at 00:34.
jōdan hakushaku "yūrei no Ballad / itsuka dokokade"
jōdan hakushaku (Maezono Naoki & Arai Toshiya) (Facebook page) have a new single out now! "yūrei no Ballad" features accordionist Tanooka Saburō and a kids chorus group. B-side "itsuka dokokade" features Smooth Ace, and was written in memory of...
Posted on December 7, 2014 at 14:14. | Released on December 2, 2014
P.O.P "fuyuzora to utagoe wa kirei na hou ga ii" (Download)
Spend groovy holidays with rappers P.O.P's new winter-themed EP. This contains brand new collaborations with Nakatsuka Takeshi and others. And leave it to YMCK to take a good rap tune into retro game world with their remix of hit song...
Posted on December 5, 2014 at 20:56. | Released on December 3, 2014
P.O.P "Watch Me" (7")
Rapper twins P.O.P's smooth rap track "Watch Me" has been released on 7"! Included is a remix by Osaka's okadada. This is out on DJ Michelle Sorry's recently started 7" label, mawarisō na Records. Also check out their album "tanoshii...
Posted on December 3, 2014 at 23:42. | Released on November 26, 2014
enami Taisuke "f e r m e n t"
6 years after "Hill", here's a new album from pianist and field recording artist enami Taisuke. This new album features violin, drums, percussion and harmonium on some songs, with also recorded ambiance of dancers. The Osaka-based artist can be seen...
Posted on November 23, 2014 at 11:07. | Released on November 18, 2014
Various Artists "Twilight Time"
This compilation from Grand Gallery consists of covers of Japanese city pop hit songs from the 70's and 80's. Featured are artists including Nakatsuka Takeshi, hitomitoi, Sokabe Keiichi, Kimyō Reitarō, Hicksville and more. Many of the songs are brand new...
Posted on November 4, 2014 at 22:44. | Released on October 29, 2014
Ryoma Maeda "Rhapsody In My Life" (Download)
Following album "Fantastic Suicide", Ryoma Maeda (aka milch of source, producer for EeL) is back with a new album in a completely different direction. Consisting mainly of solo piano with lots of editing, the result is beautiful and refreshing. The...
Posted on November 2, 2014 at 21:25. | Released on October 25, 2014
Brother's Sister's Daughter "BSD"
Brother's Sister's Daughter is a band formed of Mike Watt, Nels Cline (Wilco), Araki Yūko and Shimizu "Shimmy" Hirotaka (both of The Cornelius Group). This album was actually recorded in 2008, but it was left sleeping until the mixing and...
Posted on November 2, 2014 at 20:51. | Released on October 15, 2014
jōdan hakushaku "nagisa"
jōdan hakushaku (aka Count Joke, at lease according to their Facebook and Twitter account names) is the unit of Maezono Naoki (Maezono Naoki Group) and Arai Toshiya (Missing Linc). Together they deliver catchy pop tunes. This 2nd single is available...
Posted on October 26, 2014 at 22:52. | Released on October 21, 2014
Noppal "Summer EP 2015"
Noppal is a female rapper whose 1st mini-album was just released on LUVRAW's label Image Cluv. Producers include Dorian, VIDEOTAPEMUSIC, Mr.Melody (PPP) and more. Hear more sound samples at Jet Set. NOPPAL 「SUMMER EP 2015」 1. I Luv MaryJane (Pro....
Posted on October 23, 2014 at 23:11. | Released on October 8, 2014
Cherryboy Function "suggested function EP#3"
Cherryboy Function has released a 3rd mini-album of his "suggested function" series. It had been almost 4 years since the 2nd one. This new release includes 5 original songs and a remix by Dorian! Cherryboy Function can be seen live...
Posted on October 23, 2014 at 21:20. | Released on October 8, 2014
80kidz have a 4th album out this week, on their own Park label. This is the follow-up to "Turbo Town" (2012), though "80:XX-01020304" (a compilation of tracks from 4 EPs) was also released since. Featured are several international vocalists such...
Posted on September 23, 2014 at 12:28. | Released on September 24, 2014
RF "New Birth"
Instrumental jazz band RF (Rokugen Club with Farah) has a new album coming, containing 12 hip-hop and R&B classics covered in their distinctive style, with songs by Pharrel Williams ("Happy"), Rihanna ("Diamonds"), James Blake ("Limit to your love"), Common ("Go"),...
Posted on September 15, 2014 at 12:20. | Released on September 24, 2014
Frontier Backyard "Gladness"
Frontier Backyard is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and they have a new remix album out now featuring remixes by Cubismo Grafico, Halfby, Dorian, Avec Avec, YOSUKEKOTANI (Harvard), TA-1 (Furuta Taichi of Koncos), Yasei Collective, and more. The band will be...
Posted on September 7, 2014 at 20:53. | Released on September 3, 2014
Boogie the Machmotors "Hi! Erectus!"
Boogie The Machmotors is a 3-piece band from Hakata (Fukuoka prefecture). This new album features Nomiya Maki (on "Eleki-Trick") who has previously toured with them and collaborated on a Halmens tribute album, after which they appeared at her 30th anniversary...
Posted on August 28, 2014 at 23:46. | Released on August 27, 2014
Teen Runnings "Now"
Having debuted with "Let's Get Together Again" in 2012 (on Kyoto label Second Royal), here's the 2nd album from Tokyo-based 3-piece band Teen Runnings. This one is being released on Sauna Cool, label that popped up at the end of...
Posted on July 31, 2014 at 23:40. | Released on July 23, 2014
Buffalo Daughter "Konjac-tion"
Here comes a brand new original album by Buffalo Daughter, follow-up to "The Weapons of Math Destruction" (2010). The new album has a theme of "block party" and comes as a set of 2 CDs, one of the original new...
Posted on July 20, 2014 at 17:56. | Released on July 23, 2014
COR!S "Across Time & Space"
COR!S is a young electro singer-songwriter from Osaka who has the skills to entirely self-produce her music down to mastering (formula that reminds of Nakata Yasutaka). She has previously produced tracks for Yun*chi (among others) and remixes for mishmash*Julie Watai...
Posted on July 13, 2014 at 23:00. | Released on June 15, 2014
Le Grand Escroc "Portraits"
Le Grand Escroc is the new jazz project of DJ Miura Makoto (SoundCloud). This new album features members of fox capture plan and TRI4TH (among others), with also akiko, Steve Piccolo (ex-Lounge Lizards), Momus, Necozawa Emi, Gak Sato and more....
Posted on June 12, 2014 at 00:17. | Released on June 18, 2014
Old Monk "Posing as Love" (12"+download code)
Brooklyn 3-piece indie rock band Old Monk has a 2nd album out now! Their bassist is Tsugumi Takashi (ex-PINE*am), which is more than enough of a reason to mention them here. Well of course they're truly great too, so check...
Posted on June 10, 2014 at 23:41. | Released on June 10, 2014
Various Artists "Techpri Tribute ~Techpri Happy Ever After~"
Sendai-based techno-pop idol group Techpri (English name "t.c.princess") was active from 2009 to 2013, produced by electro artist Tobeta Bajune, with their last show held part of TIF2013 (the annual Tokyo Idol Festival). This tribute album features mainly girl-fronted units...
Posted on May 24, 2014 at 12:44. | Released on May 21, 2014
Takako Minekawa solo live at Tensai Sansūjuku
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On March 19, Minekawa Takako played a solo show part of a cassette-themed exhibition. Held at Asakusabashi Tensai Sansūjuku, a multipurpose venue, the exhibition showed various artworks made using audio...
Posted on April 10, 2014 at 22:37.
NeoBallad "02 ~ōgon no sato~"
NeoBallad is the unit of singer Wakasa Sachi and drummer/producer Kamiryō Wataru (ex-P-Model, Grass Valley). Together the duo perform Japanese traditional songs (minyō) with programmed electro backtracks. On this 2nd album, each song featured comes from a specific prefecture in...
Posted on November 11, 2013 at 23:34. | Released on November 8, 2013
blue marble "full color"
blue marble is the songwriting unit of Shock Tarō (stage keyboardist for frenesi) and Ton-chan, which debuted with album "Valerie" in 2010. Now they have newly teamed up with singer Takei Mariko (previously in 8-bit unit usagi no heitai wa...
Posted on September 26, 2013 at 23:40. | Released on October 16, 2013
playtime rock "Play Time"
Playtime Rock (blog) is the unit of Takanami K-taro (ex-Pizzicato Five) and flutist/singer Ichiba Mina. After last year's split-album "Evening Primrose" (2012), here comes their real first full-length album "Play Time". Half of the tracks are covers of foreign songs...
Posted on July 23, 2013 at 22:48. | Released on July 24, 2013
Playtime Rock, BANK live at Saravah Tokyo
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Friday July 12 was a show of Playtime Rock, the Nagasaki-based band of Takanami K-taro (ex-Pizzicato Five) (blog). Nagasaki being part of the Kyūshū island in the south of...
Posted on July 17, 2013 at 00:59.
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
Vanilla Beans, Nomiya Maki & BIBA
Text and 2nd photo by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound. 1st photo by Kaz Sekiguchi, courtesy of Yoko Fujiwara. On July 5th was the 4th edition of Vanilla Beans' series of shows with a live band. Every time they...
Posted on July 11, 2013 at 23:34.
Vanilla Beans band live with Kaji Hideki
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Until recently, Vanilla Beans had always performed their shows "idol style", singing karaoke over a backtrack of the music. Last year marked their 5th anniversary, and then came 3rd album...
Posted on May 3, 2013 at 20:01.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu in New York
Text and photo by Nicholas D. Kent (Japanese Electronic Music) for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Here's a report of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's latest show, held last weekend in New York. Big thanks to correspondent Nicholas D. Kent. Read on! Kyary Pamyu...
Posted on April 20, 2013 at 14:22.
Tarte Tatin "TETRAD ENHANCE～tartetatin remix album～", "1st LIVE @ SHIBUYA WWW"
Tarte Tatin is a cute girl duo produced by Azel & Baijan (aka Nishiura Kensuke and Manabe Shūichi, both ex-Sōtaiseiriron). Following 1st album "Tetrad" (2012, Amazon), here comes a remix album fearuting tofubeats, Sexy-Synthesizer (aka (S_S)), Cherryboy Function, Tanaka Takashi...
Posted on April 10, 2013 at 22:37. | Released on April 17, 2013
Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong debut live w/ Living Astro
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Sunday, I finally got to see an artist I had been wanting to see for about 15 years, ever since I got "Cloudy Cloud Calculator"! That's right, Takako Minekawa...
Posted on March 26, 2013 at 21:04.
Monochromoon: Tabuchi Jun, Nosa Lena, Nacional, DeliciouSweets
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On March 6 was event "Monochromoon!" at yumemiru kimiomou (aka Moon Romantic). I wanted to go there for at least 3 reasons. The first was to see Nosa Lena, a...
Posted on March 22, 2013 at 23:59.
capsule "rewind BEST-1 (2012-2006)", "rewind BEST-2 (2005-2001)"
Not one but two greatest hits albums coming from capsule, rewinding through the years from their most recent works (album "World of Fantasy") to the early beginnings ("haikara Girl"). All selected by Nakata Yasutaka, "rewind BEST-1" will guide you around...
Posted on February 19, 2013 at 23:41. | Released on March 6, 2013
hitomitoi "YOUR TIME Route #1" (12")
hitomitoi's cover album "YOUR TIME Route #1" (released on CD in November 2012) is being released on vinyl. All 9 songs from the album are included. Some audio samples can be heard at Jet Set. hitomitoi "YOUR TIME Route #1"...
Posted on January 14, 2013 at 18:47. | Released in January 2013
hitomitoi "YOUR TIME Route #1"
Following its "Choice" series of foreign song covers, Billboard Records begins a series of Japanese song cover albums titled "Your Time". The first artist of the series is hitomitoi who released her latest original album "City Dive" on the label....
Posted on November 5, 2012 at 21:58. | Released on November 14, 2012
Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans One-Man Live DVD - Debut 5th Anniversary Live @ Shibuya WWW" (DVD)
Vanilla Beans have been around for 5 years already, and here's their first ever live DVD. Included is a show from last June 21 (2012) held at Shibuya WWW, currently my favorite venue. You can get a taste of the...
Posted on September 26, 2012 at 23:58. | Released on October 3, 2012
Calmera "1000nichimae High Colors"
Osaka-based instrumental jazz-rock band Calmera has a 4th album out now on Orange Records! Included are 2 remixes, one by Groove Unchant. Also, the first limited pressing comes with a bonus DVD of a show held in Osaka on February...
Posted on September 20, 2012 at 23:06. | Released on August 29, 2012
frenesi "gendai" release party
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On September 15, 2012, was the release party for frenesi's album "gendai". It was held at Shibuya WWW, one of my favorite venues lately (it used to be a movie...
Posted on September 17, 2012 at 00:34.
Kaseki Cider "Mr. City Pop"
Rapper Kaseki Cider has a new album following last year's great "Sound Burger Planet", this time again with back-band the Hugtones! Featured are guests Illicit Tsuboi, Horigome Takaki (Kirinji) and Epo. Covers of Denpa gumi inc's "kuchizuke Kibonnu" (a song...
Posted on September 15, 2012 at 00:49. | Released on September 19, 2012
hitomitoi sings "City Dive"
Text by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Last June singer hitomitoi's new album "City Dive" was released on Billboard Japan Records. The album was produced by Cunimondo Takiguchi of city pops unit Ryūsenkei, with some tracks by Dorian and...
Posted on September 3, 2012 at 00:20.
Vanilla Beans one-man live vol.4
Text and photo by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Sunday June 17, I went to see Vanilla Beans who were holding their 4th one-man live. I had been to the first held in December 2009 (report), and have...
Posted on June 21, 2012 at 23:35.
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.
Beat Communist vol.10: Nakatsuka Takeshi, Kaji Hideki, akiko, P.O.P ORCHeSTRA
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Saturday May 26 was the 10th edition of the "Beat Communist" event presented by Nakatsuka Takeshi (Qypthone), which is regularly held every 3 months at jazz club JZ Brat....
Posted on May 30, 2012 at 23:20.
Shūnosuke Ishikawa "shumusic EP" (Download)
Here's a new series of monthly digital releases under the name "Delicatessen LAB", brought by Nakatsuka Takeshi. The first is of Ishikawa Shūnosuke, a sax and flute player who is a regular member of Nakatsuka's live band and who also...
Posted on May 10, 2012 at 21:35. | Released on May 2, 2012
Tokyo eleport 006: The Aprils, Candles, Cutie Pai, ExceNtRip
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On April 12 was the 6th event of the "Tokyo eleport" series organized by indies techno-pop unit Candles. It was held at Shibuya Star lounge, a quite nice venue I...
Posted on April 14, 2012 at 17:05.
Portable Rock "Lost & Found"
Portable Rock, the 80's band fronted by Nomiya Maki, has a new CD coming! This contains 2 songs that had remained unreleased back in the day, one of which surfaced on Maki's 30th anniversary album "30". Both songs have lyrics...
Posted on March 4, 2012 at 18:39. | Released on March 14, 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.
Tokyo Outbound vol.02, with CTO LAB., Open Reel Ensemble, etc.
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Last Saturday was event "Tokyo Outbound vol.02" at Koenji High, presented by CTO LAB. and Otona no kagaku, a popular magazine that always comes with something that you can build...
Posted on January 11, 2012 at 23:36.
Sally Soul Stew and The Fave Raves
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound The last show I went to in 2011, on December 28, was one organized by Sally Soul Stew, band of bassist Sally Kubota (Les 5-4-3-2-1, The Phantom Gift). I had...
Posted on January 6, 2012 at 23:30.
The Aprils "Magical Girls"
Here's a brand new release from The Aprils coming early January! 2 years have went by since "Back To The Future Music", and this time the band adds a touch of magic to its future-pop post-Shibuya-kei sound. With 4 new...
Posted on December 26, 2011 at 22:35. | Released on January 11, 2012
Various Artists "We 'hub' music! Vol. 01-04" (Download)
Just about a year ago was held the first "We 'hub' music!" event organized by Yasuda Toshiyuki. Since then the series has seen 4 events, where the artist always acts as a "hub" inviting others from different genres and scenes,...
Posted on December 1, 2011 at 20:55. | Released on November 23, 2011
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