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Cornelius has a new collection of his remixes and mixes for other artists over the last few years. Titled "CM4", it contains tracks by Nomiya Maki, sōtaiseiriron, Yoko Ono, If By Yes (band formed of Yuka Honda, Petra Haden, Araki...
Posted on August 29, 2012 at 00:15. | Released on September 5, 2012
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Denki Groove "Man Human", "Man Human / konya dake", Ushio Kensuke "Devilman crybaby Original Soundtrack"
Denki Groove kicks off the new year with a theme song for new anime series "DEVILMAN crybaby" that's about to start airing on Netflix worldwide from January 5. Two releases are coming at the same time, one is a Denki...
Posted on January 2, 2018 at 00:27. | Released on January 10, 2018
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
"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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Kinoco Hotel "jitsuroku - gebageba daikakumei" (DVD/Blu-ray)
Kinoco Hotel has a new live Blu-ray/DVD out now! This show was held on October 22, 2016 at Tokyo Kinema Club, part of the tour that followed released of latest album "Marianne no kakumei" (2016). Available on Blu-ray and DVD,...
Posted on March 7, 2017 at 22:31. | Released on March 1, 2017
Denki Groove "Tropical Love"
Denki Groove has just released a brand new album, 4 years after "Human Beings and Animals" (2013). Titled "Tropical Love", it contains a total of 10 new songs including an album version of latest single "Fallin' Down" (2015). The song...
Posted on March 5, 2017 at 01:04. | Released on March 1, 2017
Crazy Ken Band "Hong Kong Taxi"
Crazy Ken Band's new album "Hong Kong Taxi" consists mainly of self-covers of songs first written for other artists. Included are songs first sung by Nagisa Yōko, Wada Akiko, SMAP, and many others. Also included are a few rare songs...
Posted on August 3, 2016 at 00:01. | Released on August 3, 2016
unBORDE all stars "Feel + unBORDE Greatest Hits"
unBORDE, the Warner Music Japan sub-label that hosts Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, CAPSULE, tofubeats and lots more, is releasing a greatest hits nice-priced compilation that includes new song "Feel". The song is a collaboration featuring lots of the label's artists totaling...
Posted on March 6, 2016 at 14:33. | Released on March 9, 2016
Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans V"
Following 4th album "Vanilla Beans IV" (released in February 2015), and triple-A-side major single "onna wa sore o gaman shinai / Beanius / lonesome X", here's a brand new 5th album by idol group Vanilla Beans! It's full of songs,...
Posted on January 22, 2016 at 21:35. | Released on February 3, 2016
Charan-Po-Rantan "onna no 46pun"
Sister duo Charan-Po-Rantan have a brand new album coming this week! "Taylor ni narenai yo" is an homage song to Taylor Swift, and its video was shot in New York where they went for a show at Japan Society last...
Posted on January 2, 2016 at 12:42. | Released on January 6, 2016
hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel"
hitomitoi has a brand new album out now! Producers and musicians include Cunimondo Takiguchi (Ryusenkei), Dorian, Kashif (PPP, Jintana & Emeralds), LUVRAW (ImageCluv), Crystal ((((sssurrounddd))), Jintana & Emeralds) and mabanua. This is the follow-up to album "Snowbank Social Club" (2014)...
Posted on October 22, 2015 at 22:35. | Released on October 21, 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
Especia "Aviator / Boogie Aroma"
Osaka 80's-inspired idol group Especia have a new single out now! This double-A-sider is actually their first one on a major label, and it has songs produced by Schtein&Longer and PellyColo respectively. Check out the sampler clip below which give...
Posted on July 28, 2015 at 21:10. | Released on July 22, 2015
Cornelius "'Ghost In The Shell Shin Gekijoban' O.S.T.", Sakamoto Maaya Cornelius "anata o tamotsu mono / mada ugoku"
Following "Ghost In The Shell Arise" (2013), once again Cornelius produced the soundtrack for sequel "Ghost In The Shell Shin Gekijōban" (official site, Wikipedia). A single for songs "anata o tamotsu mono" (opening theme of TV series "Ghost In The...
Posted on June 20, 2015 at 00:05. | Released on June 17, 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
CAPSULE "Wave Runner"
(Updates have been slow lately, but it's now the end of the year and it's catch-up time!) CAPSULE have a new album coming early 2015! Follow-up to "CAPS LOCK" (2013), this is their second album as the uppercase CAPSULE. The...
Posted on December 29, 2014 at 13:47. | Released on February 18, 2015
The Lady Spade "Reverse Shaped Black Heart"
The Lady Spade (sono na wa Spade) have a 2nd album coming! This is their first with current singer ATG (aka AliceToGizelle). Also their sound is now electro and danceable with an amount of rap. Songs range from happy sweets...
Posted on November 23, 2014 at 10:18. | Released on November 26, 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
BTB "Back To Basic ~ore to omae hen~"
Yokohama talkbox musician BTB (of the Pan Pacific Playa collective, and previously of Luvraw & BTB which Luvraw quit earlier this year) has a new solo album out now. Featured are summer-oriented mellow covers of various songs originally by artists...
Posted on August 20, 2014 at 21:57. | Released on August 20, 2014
ryo fukawa "life is music 2"
ryō fukawa (aka Rocketman) has a new album out this week, his second release under his real name. This album features guest singers Mizuno Mari (paris match) and Cana (Sotte Bosse) among others, with a cover of "love theme from...
Posted on July 22, 2014 at 23:10. | Released on July 23, 2014
Pianist singer-songwriter kotringo has a new album out now! This contains the title track from latest single "dare ka watashi o", and guest artists include Aoki Takamasa, Murata Shige (Kuchiroro), Tabata Yoshiaki (Beautiful Hummingbird), and toy instrument player Yoshihara Rie....
Posted on April 30, 2014 at 23:29. | Released on April 30, 2014
Vanilla Beans "watashi... fukō guse"
Vanilla Beans have a new single out today! The title track is a Shōwa-kayō style song with a Motown beat flavor. The B-side is an electro-rock track. This release has two different limited editions. Type A includes 6 bonus tracks...
Posted on April 23, 2014 at 23:37. | Released on April 23, 2014
Record Store Day 2014 in Japan
Record Store Day in Japan has been getting bigger every year. This year there are dozens of exclusive vinyl releases to be found on the shelves of these record shops on Saturday April 19. Below is a selection of releases...
Posted on April 13, 2014 at 13:46. | Released on April 19, 2014
Various Artists "Bethlehem no yoru Jazz: Compiled by Tatsuo Sunaga", "Sunaga Tatsuo presents Revisit -Bethlehem-"
Sunaga Tatsuo selects tracks from New York 50's jazz label Bethlehem Records in these two separate compilations of his "yoru jazz" (Jazz Allnighters) and "Revisit" series. All tracks can be sampled at HMV and Amazon. Follow the links below. Various...
Posted on April 2, 2014 at 23:17. | Released on March 12, 2014
This is an album of various remix works by rapper, DJ and trackmaker Yakenohara. Also included are original tracks he previously contributed to compilations "White Album" and "Pan Pacific Playa Presents 'Old Fashion Vol.1'", including previously unreleased remixes. Check out...
Posted on March 22, 2014 at 22:41. | Released on March 19, 2014
Tempura Kidz "minna no Dance uta"
Kids dance crew Tempura Kidz (which comes from the same agency as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu) has a new mini-album coming. Included are covers of popular kids songs produced by various artists, such as "Computer obaachan" by YMCK, "sakura sakura" by...
Posted on March 9, 2014 at 21:10. | Released on March 12, 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
Kinbara Chieko "Sunaga t Experience digs Chieko Kinbara ~Chieko Kinbara Jazz Remixes", "Just Like Love Remixes ~Chieko Kinbara House Remixes"
Two albums related to club scene violinist Kinbara Chieko are being released at the same time. First, Sunaga t Experience (Sunaga Tatsuo) remixes a full album worth of her best tracks into his classy danceable jazz style. It sounds like...
Posted on February 9, 2014 at 22:12. | Released on February 12, 2014
Tokyo Girls' Style "Maltine Girls Wave" (Blu-ray/DVD+CD)
This is a collaboration album of unit group Tokyo Girls' Style and tofubeats' label Maltine Records (Soundcloud). 5 new tracks are produced by Maltine artists, and each is sung solo by one of the 5 girls. Producers are dancinthruthenights (unit...
Posted on January 18, 2014 at 19:02. | Released on January 15, 2014
Various Artists "Sauna Cool 1"
New label Sauna Cool starts things off with this 51-track compilation, with a rule of "no more than 30 seconds per track". Featured are mainly artists from the Tokyo indies scene, including Chabe, HNC, Miila and the Geeks, VIDEOTAPEMUSIC, Mitsume,...
Posted on January 3, 2014 at 23:24. | Released on December 25, 2013
Moonriders "Modern Music Special Edition"
The Moonriders' album "Modern Music" (1979) has been re-issued as a special edition with a bonus CD. Each song was newly remixed by different artists including Tokumaru Shūgo, Urbangarde, Riow Arai, little moa, Sawabe Wataru (Skirt) and more. This release...
Posted on November 15, 2013 at 23:04. | 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
Tarte Tatin "keep in time"
A few months ago Tarte Tatin did a swift change of members (both of the previous singers left to focus on their studies, to be replaced by the current Nagisa and Mizuki), and now here's a new EP! These brand...
Posted on September 15, 2013 at 20:55. | Released on September 18, 2013
Perfume have a brand new album to be released this October! "LEVEL3" comes about 2 years after the previous, "JPN", and will include lead tracks from singles "Spring of Life", "Spending all my time", "mirai no Museum" and "Magic of...
Posted on August 9, 2013 at 00:25. | Released on October 2, 2013
Buffalo Daughter "ReDiscoVer. Best, Re-recordings and Remixes of Buffalo Daughter"
Buffalo Daughter have been around for 20 years! And of course they still rock! This is a special greatest hits album released for the occasion. Not only some of their best songs are included, but also new remixes (including one...
Posted on August 4, 2013 at 11:54. | Released on July 24, 2013
Original Love "Electric Sexy"
Here's a new album from Original Love, the solo unit of Tajima Takao (ex-Pizzicato Five). It has been 2 years since previous album "hakunetsu", and this new album goes yet into a different direction by taking an electric influence from...
Posted on July 14, 2013 at 23:22. | Released on June 26, 2013
Vanilla Beans "Muscat Slope Love"
Vanilla Beans have a new single coming, this time a new song produced by Kaji Hideki who Rena and Lisa like to call "Mr. Sweden". This release follows album "Vanilla Beans III" released in November 2012, while the previous single...
Posted on May 3, 2013 at 14:17. | Released on May 8, 2013
kotringo "tsubame Novelette"
Pianist and singer-songwriter kotringo has a new album to be released this week. This is a concept album starring a white swallow (tsubame). In addition to songs with the 3-piece band from previous album "La mémoire de mon bandwagon", woodwind...
Posted on January 14, 2013 at 12:40. | Released on January 16, 2013
mi-gu "Choose The Light"
mi-gu, the unit of drummer Araki Yuko and Shimizu Hirotaka (both also of part of The Cornelius Group, If By Yes, and Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band), has a 3rd album out now on Chimera Music in the U.S. The...
Posted on October 5, 2012 at 00:26. | Released on October 2, 2012
Yashiro Aki "Songs Around Midnight"
Yashiro Aki is a famous enka singer who has been around since the early 70's. This time she releases her first jazz album, and it's produced by Konishi Yasuharu (ex-Pizzicato Five)! Included are covers of well-known songs from the world...
Posted on September 30, 2012 at 01:19. | Released on October 10, 2012
Idiot Pop "EXWORLD"
Described as "dreamy colorful super pop sound", here's a 2nd full album of Idiot Pop's fun and danceable tracks. Featured are several guest appearances including Frenesi and PandaBoY. Check out the video and sampler clip below! Idiot Pop "EXWORLD" 1....
Posted on August 30, 2012 at 23:45. | Released on September 5, 2012
Various Artists "Who is the Star? WITS Compilation Vol.3 -20th anniversary edition-"
WITS was a Shibuya-kei label that in its early years mainly focused on releases by L⇔R (a band of which Minekawa Takako was a member for some time), Spiral Life, and also Minekawa Takako's early solo career ("Chit Chat", "(A...
Posted on August 12, 2012 at 12:28. | Released on August 8, 2012
Various Artists "Puffy Covers"
There's a new Puffy ("AmiYumi") tribute album, of their songs covered by Okamoto's, Guitar Wolf, LOW IQ 01, Okuda Tamio and many others. 10 of the tracks are brand new recordings. Audio samples of all songs at CDJapan. Various Artists...
Posted on July 14, 2012 at 11:04. | Released on July 4, 2012
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...
Posted on May 17, 2012 at 22:27. | Released on May 9, 2012
Kinbara Chieko "Best Mix"
Club-style violinist Kinbara Chieko has a greatest hits album out now. This is actually a non-stop mix by DJ Spinna, with each track selected by "25 of the world's greatest DJs". The selection covers her entire solo career that started...
Posted on February 12, 2012 at 01:21. | Released on February 8, 2012
Vanilla Beans "toki no kakera"
Vanilla Beans will have a new single released in January! This adds a rare (first?) minor scale song to their repertory with title track "toki no kakera", which can be seen performed in the clip below from a recent morning...
Posted on December 30, 2011 at 22:17. | Released on January 18, 2012
Various Artists "Sunaga Tatsuo no yoru Jazz digs Venus Jazz Opus III"
This is a 3rd in the series of Sunaga Tatsuo's compilations selected from Japanese jazz label Venus Records, which releases works by foreign artists. Sunaga Tatsuo's unit Sunaga t Experience has a new cover album that was released earlier this...
Posted on December 19, 2011 at 19:53. | Released on December 21, 2011
yanokami "toku wa chikai"
yanokami, the unit of Yano Akiko with rei harakami (the latter who passed out in July of a brain hemorrhage), has a last album coming. This consists of a few new original songs plus a selection of covers of Arai...
Posted on December 12, 2011 at 21:43. | Released on December 14, 2011
Sakai Masaaki & Crazy Ken Band "sonna koto iwanai de"
Crazy Ken Band's latest single is a duet with Sakai Masaaki, who used to sing in GS band The Spiders, lately better known as a TV personality. Included is a cover of "Mack the Knife", a song from The Threepenny...
Posted on October 7, 2011 at 00:03. | Released on September 14, 2011
Chloe "Norwegian Wood"
Singer dahlia sings all songs on this new cover album by Irma Records Japan-based producer unit Chloe. This is a concept album featuring only covers of songs mentioned in books by writer Murakami Haruki ("1Q84", "Norwegian Wood", "Kafka on the...
Posted on October 3, 2011 at 23:08. | Released on October 5, 2011
Magic Party "2 tai 5"
Boy-girl unit Magic Party has a new mini-album with a concept of inviting 5 different artists to produce each track, hence the title that translates to "2 vs 5". Those producers are Konishi Yasuharu, Kaji Hideki, Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji (Cubismo...
Posted on August 7, 2011 at 23:27. | Released on August 17, 2011
After various anime covers, now you can hear Clémentine singing Imokin Trio's "High School Lullaby", Epo's "Downtown", The Drifters, and even "Maru-Maru-Mori-Mori" in her usual bossa nova style. Check out her charming cover of Crazy Cats' "sūdara bushi" (in French...
Posted on August 4, 2011 at 00:11. | Released on August 3, 2011
Yellow Magic Orchestra U.S. shows, with Cibo Matto, Buffalo Daughter, Towa Tei
Text, photos and videos by Nicholas D. Kent (Japanese Electronic Music) for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Two reports of Yellow Magic Orchestra shows held in California last month (June 26 at Hollywood Bowl, L.A., with Cibo Matto, Buffalo Daughter and Towa...
Posted on July 23, 2011 at 20:13.
Various Artists "Mellow Back 2011 Mixed by DJ Souljah"
Here's what looks like a pretty good mix CD on the Shibuya-kei perspective, mixed by DJ Souljah. Various Artists "Mellow Back 2011 Mixed by DJ Souljah" 1. WISE × underslowjams / City Lights 2. Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra / utsukushiku...
Posted on June 19, 2011 at 14:32. | Released on June 22, 2011
Tokyo Girls' Style "kodō no himitsu / sayonara, arigatō."
5-girl teenage idol group Tokyo Girls' Style, in Japan better known as Tokyo joshiryū, have a new single coming this week for which YMCK contributed not only a remix but also a video clip! Even the single's jacket seems to...
Posted on May 18, 2011 at 00:22. | Released on May 18, 2011
mito, bassist of band clammbon, has a solo album coming next week. Featured are many guests including electronic artist agraph, pianist kotringo, and members of bands toe and Rovo. Plus, the album is mastered by Sunahara Yoshinori! Released at the...
Posted on May 15, 2011 at 01:26. | Released on May 18, 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
Various Artists "Nagisa ongaku-sai presents In The Mix mixed by Tomoyuki Tanaka (FPM)"
Tanaka Tomoyuki aka FPM has a new mix CD out today, put together for beach rave event Nagisa Music Festival where he will be DJing. The event is to be held in Tokyo on April 10 and in Osaka on...
Posted on March 23, 2011 at 22:42. | Released on March 23, 2011
If By Yes "Salt On Sea Glass"
If By Yes is a new all-star band led of Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto) with Petra Haden (that dog., The Rentals), Araki Yuko (mi-gu, The Cornelius Group) and Shimizu Hirotaka (also of The Cornelius Group)! This first album also features...
Posted on February 21, 2011 at 22:27. | Released on March 2, 2011
Various Artists "mahō no tenshi Creamy Mami kōshiki Tribute Album"
In the same line as last year's "Kirakira Majocco Cluv", here's another cover compilation this time focusing on amine series "Creamy Mami" (title translates to "Magical Angel Creamy Mami Official Tribute Album). This again features Shinohara Tomoe and many various...
Posted on February 11, 2011 at 13:28. | Released on February 9, 2011
"Tokyo Idol Festival 2010" (DVD)
Here is a live DVD set (2 discs) of event Tokyo Idol Festival 2010 ("TIF") held last August 7-8, which featured some 45 up-and-coming idol groups. Included are 6 or 7 songs with Vanilla Beans, making this much worth of...
Posted on February 7, 2011 at 23:22. | Released on February 9, 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 "utau Piano danshi"
Here's a first compilation on Delicatessen Recordings, the label of Nakatsuka Takeshi. The title translates to "singing piano guys", and indeed features male singer-songwriters, a few of the songs mainly just piano and vocals while over half is more band-...
Posted on December 7, 2010 at 23:10. | Released on December 8, 2010
Various Artists "FPMBoot"
Here's an interesting one, a said "unofficial" remix album of FPM tracks! Included are various previously unreleased remixes and other goodies, mixed and remixed by young DJs but also Kuchiroro, Tahiti 80, Ryohei with Verbal (m-flo)... Including the megamixes this...
Posted on November 3, 2010 at 12:55. | Released on November 17, 2010
Electro artist agraph has a 2nd album coming up. This one has been mastered by Sunahara Yoshinori, and features collaborations with Mito (Clammbon) and Carsten Nicolai (alva noto). Audio samples at official release page agraph "equal" 1. lib 2. blurred...
Posted on October 30, 2010 at 15:34. | Released on November 3, 2010
The Suzan "Golden Week For The Poco Poco Beat"
Tokyo girl band The Suzan keeps going back and forth the Pacific Ocean of late, they've been signed by US label Fool's Gold on which they've already released a 7" this summer. Now here comes their first international album! The...
Posted on October 24, 2010 at 01:39. | Released on October 25, 2010
Meg "Best Flight"
Meg has a first greatest hits album coming at the end of the month! Titled "Best Flight", it contains 17 of her best previously released tracks, most of which are written and produced by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule), but also contributions...
Posted on September 25, 2010 at 22:23. | Released on September 29, 2010
Rocketman Summer Fes 2010 - thank you for the music!!
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Sunday August 22, I went to Liquidroom in Ebisu for "Rocketman Summer Fes 2010", an event celebrating the 10 years since the debut of Rocketman, Fukawa Ryō's music unit....
Posted on September 1, 2010 at 22:47.
Rocketman "thank you for the music!"
Rocketman (aka comedian Fukawa Ryō) has a greatest hits album coming soon. Aside from 7 songs from his two solo albums ("Love, sea & music" (2006) and "The Sound of Musique" (2007)), included are 3 songs he produced by Cosmetics,...
Posted on July 29, 2010 at 23:05. | Released on August 4, 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
Various Artists "Tatsuo Sunaga & Norma Blu Capitolo 2"
Japan-based Italian jazz label Norma Blu was started last year by Paolo Scotti, mainly releasing albums from his Italian label Dejavu. This year began series "Capitolo" selected by Japanese DJs. The first one out last March was done by Jazztronik...
Posted on May 21, 2010 at 21:24.
Aira Mitsuki "6 FORCE"
Here comes a new release from techno-pop idol Aira Mitsuki, a first mini-album since her 2nd album "PLASTIC" last summer. This release is announced as marking the beginning of a "2nd season". We do notice some change in the visuals,...
Posted on May 20, 2010 at 22:16. | Released on June 2, 2010
Various Artists "Motivation H compiled by DJ Towa Tei"
Towa Tei has a new compilation, 8th of his "Motivation" series, coming in July! This one is called "Motivation H", after his regular party "Hotel H" that started last summer. Included are 4 new remixes of his own tracks, 3...
Posted on May 15, 2010 at 19:49. | Released on July 7, 2010
Meg "Secret Adventure"
Meg has a new single out just now, produced by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule). This follows her 3rd album "Beautiful" which was also entirely produced by him. A new album titled "Maverick" is expected for June 23. Stay tuned! Meg "Secret...
Posted on April 29, 2010 at 00:43. | Released on April 28, 2010
Roman Porsche. "nusunda Bike de amagigoe"
Comical new wave (?) two-guy unit Roman Porsche (MySpace) have a new album coming, after about 6 years. Member Okite Porsche, who is an active figure in the idol world, has recently been supporting Vanilla Beans who find themselves here...
Posted on April 17, 2010 at 00:52. | Released on April 21, 2010
Original Soundtrack "ryūsen no kanata"
Sally Kubota (Les 5-4-3-2-1, Sally Soul Stew) has went back to studio with two former band mates from The Phantom Gift, his 80's neo-GS band, to make music for the soundtrack of this full-length documentary about the Toyota 2000GT sports...
Posted on February 10, 2010 at 00:28. | Released on February 17, 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
Various Artists "Attractions! Konishi Yasuharu Remixes 1996~2010"
Konishi Yasuharu has started a new label called Readymade V.I.C., hosted under major label Victor. This first release is a 2-CD collection of his best remixes from 1997 until now. Included are 6 brand new remixes using Victor's catalog (marked...
Posted on January 11, 2010 at 19:14. | Released on March 3, 2010
Erieza Royal & AsamixJuice "Vacuum"
This is a new 2-girl techno-pop unit with an adult twist, featuring SM queen and punk band Ecodamned drummer Erieza Royal with performer and "doll" maker AsamixJuice. Their first album is produced by Nagata Kazunao and features remixes by Yoshida...
Posted on December 13, 2009 at 01:42. | Released on December 11, 2009
Kinbara Chieko "Night & Day Remixies"
Club-style violinist Kinbara Chieko has a new remix album out now, covering her two previous albums "Sweetest Day" and "Velvet Night" both released last year. Remixers include some of Japan's top club artists, such as Daishi Dance, Coldfeet, Jazzin' park,...
Posted on November 8, 2009 at 00:58. | Released on November 4, 2009
Various Artists "From Us To You! The covers of the Fab Four by Japanese performers"
This new Japanese release contains previously released covers of The Beatles performed by Japanese artists, including Takahashi Yukihiro (Yellow Magic Orchestra), Clammbon, Hirota Mieko and many more. Nice jacket too! Various Artists "From Us To You! The covers of the...
Posted on October 13, 2009 at 23:43. | Released on October 21, 2009
Yellow Magic Orchestra "POSTYMO ~ Yellow Magic Orchestra Live in London 2008 + ~" (DVD)
Yellow Magic Orchestra's performance at the London Royal Festival Hall from 2008, part of the Meltdown Festival, is now out on DVD! This was their first show in London in 28 years. The band features of course the three original...
Posted on August 25, 2009 at 21:55. | Released on August 26, 2009
Unicorn, the band of Okuda Tamio that just got back to life this year, has a remix album coming this week, featuring remixes by Konishi Yasuharu, Fantastic Plastic Machine, Tokumaru Shūgo, Takagi Kan, Tahiti 80 and more. Unicorn "URMX" 1....
Posted on July 19, 2009 at 23:39. | Released on July 22, 2009
Cute voiced indies singer-songwriter and pianist frenesi (once active as bluenö) has an album out just now! Several samples can be heard at her MySpace. A short video has been made for one of the songs, with a story of...
Posted on June 7, 2009 at 01:21. | Released on June 3, 2009
Songs To The Siren "Night On The Planet"
Described as modern electronic folk, this is the new unit of Crue-L fame producer Kanda Tomoki. This first album features on all songs vocals by Kobayashi Miyako, for who Kanda Tomoki had produced the beautiful album "Lullabye" (1998). The song...
Posted on April 25, 2009 at 15:38. | Released on May 29, 2009
This 3rd album of Cornelius' remix works focuses on the part of his career between and around the albums "Point" and "Sensuous". Also released at the same time is a 2-DVD set of a live show plus TV footage, "Ultimate...
Posted on March 5, 2009 at 21:43. | Released on May 13, 2009
metro trip "tsuki to Drive +5 ~metro trip 10th anniversary~"
metro trip (MySpace), a band that classifies as neo-Shibuya-kei, brings back its long sold out first album for its 10th anniversary. Added are 5 bonus tracks including a remix by YMCK! metro trip "tsuki to Drive +5 ~metro trip 10th...
Posted on February 16, 2009 at 22:12. | Released on February 25, 2009
Various Artists "House Disney"
Fantastic Plastic Machine has contributed a track to this house cover compilation of Disney tunes! Also featured are Meg, Q;indivi, Ayuse Kozue, Osawa Shinichi and more. The FPM track only has been specially released in advance on iTunes Japan. That's...
Posted on January 22, 2009 at 21:58. | Released on January 28, 2009
ravex "I Rave You feat. DJ Ozma"
The latest from Fantastic Plastic Machine is this new all-star unit called ravex in which he teams up with Ōsawa Shinichi and Taku Takahashi (m-flo). As the name makes it sound, this is not quite the FPM we've been used...
Posted on December 14, 2008 at 14:41. | Released on December 17, 2008
Fantastic Plastic Machine "Sound Concierge X Numero TOKYO - Utopia - Selected by Fantastic Plastic Machine"
This is the latest of Fantastic Plastic Machine's "Sound Concierge" mix CD series. In terms of FPM works, it includes some recent remixes, a new song, plus also one by his new unit ravex together with Ōsawa Shinichi (Mondo Grosso)...
Posted on December 2, 2008 at 23:56. | Released on December 3, 2008
Yukari Fresh "Flammable Tapes", "Instrumentally Flammable"
Just a month after a new album, here come two "greatest hits" albums from Yukari Fresh! The first, "Flammable Tapes", is a real greatest hits of tracks previously released on her albums from 1997 to 2008 going rarer everyday. The...
Posted on September 18, 2008 at 22:38. | Released on October 8, 2008
Aira Mitsuki "Copy"
Techno-pop idol Aira Mitsuki has finally a first album coming up, following 3 good-selling singles. Included are 9 brand new tracks, but also up to 7 tracks from the 3 previously released singles. Buyers beware, the album will come in...
Posted on July 16, 2008 at 00:35. | Released on September 3, 2008
Her previous album "Beam" was released only 6 months earlier, but Meg has already a new album called "Step" coming up! Of course it's again entirely produced by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule). It totals to 8 songs, 2 of which are...
Posted on May 20, 2008 at 16:16. | Released on June 18, 2008
Hosono Haruomi "Archives Vol.1", Various Artists "Daisy Holiday"
Hosono "Harry" Hauromi (YMO, Sketch Show) brings his label daisyworld back from the dead. The first releases will coincide with his 61st birthday on July 9. These are a collection of rare musical works of his, ranging from TV shows...
Posted on April 22, 2008 at 15:51. | Released on July 9, 2008
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