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KOR=GIRL "KOR=GIRL I"
A first mini-album from KOR=GIRL (MySpace) is coming this week! KOR=GIRL is a new unit of 2 girls who sing while banging Korg Wavedrums. It's produced by Terukado (Aira Mitsuki, Saori@destiny). It seems that the release had to face some...
Posted on July 18, 2010 at 11:57
KOR=GIRL is a 2-girl unit using KORG Wavedrums, produced by Terukado. This is a first CD single but exclusive to Tower Records (ships within Japan only). Included is song "KIYOMIZU", heavily sampling Cornelius' "Star Fruits Surf Rider" as previously released...
Posted on June 1, 2010 at 23:57
KOR=GIRL "KIYOMIZU" (Download)
A brand new unit called KOR=GIRL debuted today with this download-only release. Described as a "2-girl beat hitting unit", the two sing and hit Korg Wavedrums. The producer behind this is Terukado, same as for Aira Mitsuki and Saori@destiny. This...
Posted on May 5, 2010 at 22:42
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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
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
Nomiya Maki "Nomiya Maki, Vacances Shibuya-kei o utau. ~Wonderful Summer~"
Of her "Shibuya-kei standards" series, Nomiya Maki brings us a new album of summer & vacation-themed covers of Shibuya-kei songs, or ones that inspired the scene's artists. Included are songs originally by Watanabe Marina (written by Ozawa Kenji & Oyamada...
Posted on April 20, 2017 at 21:46
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
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Easta", "KPP 5iVE YEARS MONSTER WORLD TOUR 2016 in Nippon Budokan" (Blu-ray/DVD)
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a brand new single coming in time for Easter, and it's called "Easta"! Both new songs were produced by Nakata Yasutaka, and are used respectively in commercials for Aeon's Easter campaign and Glico's "Ice no mi"....
Posted on April 2, 2017 at 19:19
Pizzicato Five "Pizzicatomania!" (Remaster)
Here comes a remastered edition of Pizzicato Five's "Pizzicatomania!" (1985), with bonus previously unreleased 1985 mixes of "Action Painting". The whole CD was also newly remastered this year, and the leaflet includes new liner notes by Konishi Yasuharu in regard...
Posted on February 16, 2017 at 23:07
Various Artists "Best of Pied Piper Days Vol.2"
Pied Piper House (official Twitter) was an influential record shop in Tokyo from 1975 to 1989. It has been revived for a limited time on the 5th floor of Tower Records Shibuya since last summer, first for an expected 6...
Posted on January 22, 2017 at 15:36
Toki Asako "Pink"
Toki Asako (ex-Cymbals) has a new album coming this week, the follow-up to "Bittersweet" (2015) (CDJapan, Amazon). This time the album is sound produced by Tomi Yo who had written a few songs on "Bittersweet" and previous album "Heartbreakin'" (2013)....
Posted on January 22, 2017 at 01:22
Perfume "Tokyo Girl"
Perfume has a new single coming in February! The title song is being used at the theme song of TV drama "Tokyo tarareba musume", while the B-side can be heard in a TV commercial for Ora2 toothpaste. Both songs are...
Posted on January 16, 2017 at 21:48
Various Artists "ExT Best File"
ExT Recordings, the underground electro label of Nagata Kazunao (Organization), is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year! This compilation contains a previously unreleased track by De De Mouse, a new mix from Cherryboy Function, as well more brand new recordings...
Posted on January 14, 2017 at 13:17
ShinoVani (Shinohara Tomoe + Vanilla Beans) "onna no ko ☆ otoko no ko / kokoro no usagi"
ShinoVani is the new unit of Shinohara Tomoe & Vanilla Beans! They have actually been doing a weekly net TV program together under the same name since April 2015, but now here comes a music debut single! The new song...
Posted on September 16, 2016 at 22:49
Kinoco Hotel "Marianne no kakumei"
Group sounds girl band Kinoco Hotel have a brand new album coming this week! This follows a move to King Records, and it's their 5th original album since going major. The limited edition comes with a DVD of a music...
Posted on July 24, 2016 at 22:06
Various Artists "Aloha Exotica"
Yasuda Toshiyuki, Jazztronik and Tamura Genichi (Kirinji, Little Tempo) cover famous Hawaiian and exotica songs in this new compilation that includes collaborations with Sandii, Lica, Takeda Kaori, cellist Mizoguchi Hajime, and Hawaiian singer Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole. Perfect for summer! Hear samples...
Posted on July 20, 2016 at 22:27
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
Reina & The Blue Valentines "Once in a blue moon"
Nosa Reina's band, Reina & The Blue Valentines, has a 2nd album about to be released! This follow-up to "Lady or Girl?" (2015) contains recent 7" single B-side "konya wa Night Fever", and also new remixes by Illicit Tsuboi of...
Posted on July 16, 2016 at 01:48
Singer-songwriter YeYe has a 3rd album out this week, follow-up to the brilliant "Hue Circle" (2013, CDJapan)! This includes latest single "ate a lemon". Check out its video below and also the sampler clip of all songs from the new...
Posted on July 12, 2016 at 20:41
Rocketman "I'm Music"
Fukawa Ryō is back with his long-time Rocketman monicker, with a new released described as a tropical pop summer anthem album. An autograph session will be held at Tower Records Shibuya on June 4 from 13:00. Other upcoming events include...
Posted on May 31, 2016 at 23:09
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "KPP Best"
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a greatest hits album coming this month! The album consists of 2 CDs full of KPP's best songs so far. Also included are previously unreleased songs "5iVE YEARS MONSTER", "kanzen keitai" and "KPP ON STAGE". You...
Posted on May 2, 2016 at 00:31
Piggy Banks "Time Thriller"
Piggy Banks is a new girl rock band formed in 2015 with singer Yoko, guitarist Keme (Kinoco Hotel, Tokyo Killer) and bassist Akko (Tokyo Killer, ex-GO!GO!7188). Their first album is out now! Piggy Banks are now touring Japan, and will...
Posted on April 19, 2016 at 23:53
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Sai & Co"
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a new single out this week! "Sai & Co" is a song that's being used in a Coca Cola commercial in which she appears. The theme song of her original ride at Universal Studio Japan, "Cosmetic...
Posted on April 19, 2016 at 23:30
Record Store Day 2016
This year again Record Store Day is being held in Japan, this time on Saturday April 16! A lot of special and limited vinyl editions are being released on that very day, and at first only available in physical shops....
Posted on April 14, 2016 at 23:15
And while Tarte Tatin release new album "re:10 tartetatin", Aoi (aka Ishikawa Aoi (Twitter)) took some distance by becoming a "honorary member", not further taking part in Tarte Tatin anymore. Instead she went solo and made a first mini-album with...
Posted on March 5, 2016 at 12:46
Various Artists "yoru no Minoru Phone Hour" (7"), "Tokuma Dance Party" (7"), "ozashiki Japan" (7") compiled by Konishi Yasuharu
Following the release of three compilations on label Tokuma Japan last year, all compiled by Konishi Yasuharu, here comes cuts from these on 7". Each 7" contains two songs from each of the compilations, one remix by Konishi plus one...
Posted on January 2, 2016 at 01:17
Baku Baku Dokin "swingin'" (Download)
Wacky girl unit Baku Baku Dokin has a brand new winter track out now on iTunes worldwide! Check out the video below. The duo can next be seen live on Friday January 8 at an all-night festival event at...
Posted on December 23, 2015 at 15:41
Halfby "Innn Hawaii"
Halfby aka Takahashi Takahiro has a brand new 5th album out now! This successes "Leaders Of The New School" (2014), and features VIDEOTAPEMUSIC, Alfred Beach Sandal, Hashimoto Tsubasa (cero) and Electric Sisters. Expect danceable exotic soundscapes of Halfby's trademark, with...
Posted on November 15, 2015 at 18:23
Reina & The Blue Valentines "First Recital in Shibuya"
Reina & The Blue Valentines, who released their first album "Lady or Girl?" last February, now offer a live album that comes with both CD and DVD. This is of their first one-man show that was held on April 25,...
Posted on October 31, 2015 at 23:26
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "KPP MV01" (Blu-ray/DVD)
Here's Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's first collection of video clips! All of her videos since her debut in 2011 are included, plus 24 minutes of previously unreleased bonus footage. The limited edition comes in a special package with a deluxe booklet...
Posted on September 27, 2015 at 18:23
Various Artists "G.I.R.L.S RAP"
As the title says, this is a compilation that will let you catch a glimpse of some of the best acts in Japan's constantly growing girl rap scene. Featured are Tokyo's Coolest Sound favorites such as Bakubaku Dokin, Noppal, idol...
Posted on September 20, 2015 at 15:53
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Crazy Party Night ~Pumpkin no gyakushū~"
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a brand new single out today! "Crazy Party Night" is a Halloween-themed dance track. Included are also 3 more new songs of which bits have been heard in TV commercials recently. As always, all are written...
Posted on September 2, 2015 at 22:21
Chiroline ver.3 "Last Pajama Party"
Chiroline ver.3 (previously Chiroline ver.2) are back as a trio with new mini-album "Last Pajama Party"! While produced by Okada Tohru (Moonriders), songs written by fellow CTO LAB. members Imai Kentaro (The Aprils) and polymoog (Elektel) are also included. There...
Posted on July 29, 2015 at 21:45
Tokyo Killer "Tokyo Killer Street"
Tokyo Killer is a girl-fronted surf rock instrumental band formed of guitarist Keme (Kinoco Hotel), bassist Akko (ex-GO!GO!7188), keyboardist Kei (Urbangarde) and drummer Kyōichi (ex-Urbangarde). This first album, released at the end of April, features some famous covers as well...
Posted on May 24, 2015 at 22:53
Record Store Day 2015
Here comes Record Store Day 2015, to be held this Saturday April 18! On that day, people go to record shops to buy vinyl records available exclusively in shops on that day. No pre-orders or even online sales, at least...
Posted on April 15, 2015 at 23:37
Kit Cat "Wordy Rappinghood" (Download)
Kit Cat, the 3-girl (er, cat!) synth-dance-pop unit produced by Dr.Usui (of (M)otocompo), finally had a first song released on iTunes worldwide! This is a cover of classic new wave track "Wordy Rappinghood", originally performed by Tom Tom Club in...
Posted on April 8, 2015 at 21:03
kotringo "Edible melodies ~Gourmet Girl Graffiti Orignal Soundtrack~"
Pianist and singer-songwriter kotringo has done the soundtrack for cooking-themed anime "kōfuku Graffiti" (English title "Gourmet Girl Graffiti"). With instruments including piano, celesta, accordion, and also scat by the artist herself, this release is said to be just as enjoyable...
Posted on March 22, 2015 at 10:11
Various Artists "Zher the Zoo Yoyogi 10th Anniversary Compilation Album 'Here Come The Girl'zoo'"
Zher the ZOO (a venue in Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku) has been around for 10 years already. Here's a nice-priced compilation of various female vocal songs by artists familiar to the venue. Most of these are rare or brand new recordings. Featured...
Posted on March 15, 2015 at 13:51
Perfume "5th Tour 2014 Gurun Gurun" (Blu-ray/DVD)
Perfume's 5th tour, titled "Gurun Gurun" (official page) and held through August and September in 2014, has now been released on Blu-ray and DVD. The recording is of the tour's finale show held at Kokuritsu Yoyogi Daiichi Taiikukan in Tokyo...
Posted on March 11, 2015 at 23:09
Various Artists "yoru no Minoru Phone Hour", "Tokuma Dance Party", "ozashiki Japan" compiled by Konishi Yasuharu
Here's a wonderful trio of compilations selected by Konishi Yasuharu! He picks up some of the best songs from the catalog of label Tokuma Japan (named Minoru Phone in its early days), now celebrating its 50th anniversary. Plus, each CD...
Posted on March 11, 2015 at 00:10
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Mondai Girl"
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a brand new single coming. "Mondai Girl" has been heard recently playing at the end of TV drama "mondai no aru Restaurant", while the two B-sides are used in TV commercials for Nintendo and Chintai (a...
Posted on March 1, 2015 at 18:31
3-girl techno-pop idol group Cupitron has a 2nd single out this week, follow-up to "Unicorn Parade" and again produced by Tobeta Bajune. The group's latest costumes were designed by Shinohara Tomoe, in a style that reminds of her early days....
Posted on February 10, 2015 at 23:42
Reina & The Blue Valentines "Lady or Girl?"
After the release of two 7" singles, here's a first album by Reina & The Blue Valentines, girl band fronted by Nosa Reina (whose latest solo album "don't kiss, but yes" was produced by Takanami K-tarō (ex-Pizzicato Five)) and formed...
Posted on February 6, 2015 at 21:56
Scha Dara Parr "1212"
It's been about 6 years since Scha Dara Parr's previous album, "11" (2009), and here comes a brand new one! This 12th album features 12 new songs including collaborations with girl rock band Chatmonchy, talent Shimizu Michiko and also longtime...
Posted on January 26, 2015 at 21:23
Sugar's Campaign "Friends"
Sugar's Campaign, the unit of producers Avec Avec (aka Takuma Hosokawa) and Seiho (aka Seiho Hayakawa), finally has a full-length album coming! This includes latest single "Holiday" as well as an album version of previous hit track "Netokano". A must!...
Posted on January 5, 2015 at 23:07
Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans IV"
Vanilla Beans have a brand new album coming, you guessed it, "Vanilla Beans IV"! Once again this comes with artwork that's both very non-idol-like and unforgettable. The album will include several brand new songs, plus the title tracks of the...
Posted on December 31, 2014 at 23:24
Miss Maki Nomiya sings "Shibuya-kei Standards" 2014
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On November 7 was a show by Nomiya Maki (ex-Pizzicato Five) at Billboard Live Tokyo. With the title "Miss Maki Nomiya Sings Shibuya-kei Standards", it was the 2nd of the...
Posted on December 31, 2014 at 15:43
Various Artists "Yokocho Rising"
"Yokochō Rising" is an event that has been held 5 times so far in the rebuilt food stall area of Kesennuma Yokochō in Sendai. This compilation of artists who took part in the event, including several songs written/arranged by BUBBLE-B,...
Posted on December 30, 2014 at 16:24
Okada Tohru presents Ukulenica "Phases of the moon ~ Ukulenica meets Moonriders"
Ukulenica is a new project of Okada Tohru (Moonriders, CTO LAB.), and consists of 4 ukulele players including himself, Natsuaki Fumihisa (Jack-tati), Yoshida Takashi (Rose-Unlimited, 5th Garden) and Kuroda Hideaki (plusico). This first album is of covers of the Moonriders....
Posted on December 10, 2014 at 23:13
Ruby* "sweet music float"
Ruby*, the solo-project of whisper-voice singer Lily, is back with a new album with songs produced by CTO LAB., Imai Kentaro (The Aprils, CTO LAB.), Okada Tohru (Moonriders, CTO LAB.), Nishiura Kensuke (daredemo Esper, ex-sōtaiseiriron), POCO (ku-tyu-bunkai) and more. Included...
Posted on November 13, 2014 at 22:52
Vanilla Beans "uchōten Girl"
Vanilla Beans are back with a new powerful single! The song "uchōten Girl" has music that was originally written in the 80's for idol group Wink (by hit songwriter Inoue Daisuke), though it ended up unused until Vanilla Beans' staff...
Posted on November 8, 2014 at 22:20
Negipecia "Girl's Life"
Negicco (3-girl idol group from Niigata) and Especia (6-girl idol group from Osaka) join forces for a special temporary project named Negipecia! The song "Girl's Life" was written and produced by hit-maker Gotō Tsugutoshi, who wrote songs since the 80's...
Posted on August 23, 2014 at 01:04
After the Horigome brothers split-up Kirinji last year after the release of "Ten", the younger brother (Yasuyuki) went to start a solo career, but the older one (Takaki) recruited new members to continue Kirinji. Here's their first album of the...
Posted on August 3, 2014 at 18:14
Kaji Hideki "Ice Cream Man"
Kaji Hideki has a brand new album coming this week! "Ice Cream Man" takes inspiration of Jonathan Richman's song of the same name. All songs are originals, and feature guest vocalists such as Nomiya Maki, Kojima Mayumi, Sakamoto Miu, Shoko,...
Posted on August 3, 2014 at 14:22
POiSON GiRL FRiEND "rondoElectro"
Do you remember POiSON GiRL FRiEND (Facebook page)? Solo unit of nOrikO, its name took inspiration from Momus who later produced two of her albums ("Shyness" and "Mr. Polyglot Remix"). 20 years have passed since "Love Me" (1994) and now...
Posted on July 10, 2014 at 23:22
Bakubaku Dokin "Bakubaku Dokin"
Bakubaku Dokin, the wacky and mysterious 2-girl unit formed of Yui and Naoko, finally has a debut mini-album out now! Previously they have released a 3-song EP on Towa Tei's digital label Machbeat, and also appeared on his albums "MACH2012"...
Posted on June 21, 2014 at 17:14
Charisma.com is a hip-hop group of two girls from Yokohama and Kawasaki (Kanagawa prefecture), one MC (Itsuka) and one DJ (Gonchi). This is their first full-length album, released on the same day as compilation "Women in Music selected by Cibo...
Posted on June 2, 2014 at 23:09
Nona Reeves "Forever Forever"
Nona Reeves have a brand new album coming June 4. A little bit over a year has passed since previous album "Pop Station". HMV gives away a promo sticker (while supplies last). Two sets will be played at Billboard Live...
Posted on May 28, 2014 at 23:53
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
petit milady "petit miladear"
This is the first album by petit milady, the unit of voice actresses Yuki Aoi and Taketatsu Ayana. Most of the tracks are produced by Satō Seiki (microstar), and the included "Retro Future Mix" is by Elektel! All tracks can...
Posted on May 11, 2014 at 12:23
Kinoco Hotel "Marianne no jubaku"
Group sounds girl band Kinoco Hotel have a new original album out this month, follow-up to "Marianne no yūwaku" (2012). This is also their first original album since new bassist Julietta Kirishima was recruited. A deluxe edition limited to 1000...
Posted on May 5, 2014 at 11:29
Koji Nakamura "Masterpeace"
Nakamura Kōji (aka Nakakō, iLL, Nyantora, member of LAMA and ex-Supercar)'s new project is under his own name. For this album he asked several artists to provide lyrics, and he sings and plays all instruments. The limited edition comes with...
Posted on April 28, 2014 at 21:03
Perfume "Perfume Clips" (Blu-ray/DVD)
This is Perfume's first collection of video clips, including all from their years on label Tokuma Japan since major debut "Linear Motor Girl". The limited edition comes with a bonus disc of rare versions, 25 TV commercials, and an audio...
Posted on February 6, 2014 at 23:41
80KIDZ "80:XX-01020304", Una "True of Lights / Danse Danse"
Indie dance unit 80KIDZ have released 4 EP of the "80" series ("80:01" to "80:04"), and this compilation album contains all tracks from these. All 4 EPs are also available on iTunes worldwide. Released at the same time is an...
Posted on January 3, 2014 at 18:31
Kinoco Hotel "Salon De Kinoco On Stage" (CD+DVD)
This is a live album by neo-GS girl band Kinoco Hotel, taking you back in time to May 2009. This comes as a CD, with a bonus DVD of 3 live tracks (of another show from March 2009). Kinoco Hotel...
Posted on December 30, 2013 at 00:51
DJ Misoshiru to MC Gohan "oriori no oryōri ~X'mas~"
Girl duo hip-hop unit DJ Misoshiru to MC Gohan ("DJ Miso soup & MC Rice", aka DMMG) have gained popularity with their DIY-style cooking-themed clips on YouTube for some time. Their first major release is this Christmas mini-album which was...
Posted on November 24, 2013 at 22:45
Chiroline ver.2 "Forever Chiroline-zaka"
Here's a new mini-album by gadget-loving girl unit Chiroline ver.2, follow-up to album "Chit Chat Chiroline" (2012). Again produced by Okada Tohru (Moonriders), this also contains a new song writted by Suzuki Keiichi (also Moonriders), as well as ones by...
Posted on November 5, 2013 at 21:07
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
Various Artists "Konishi Yasuharu Presents daitokai kōkyōgaku -Readymade Digs Brunswick-"
Konishi Yasuharu selects light and sweet tracks from the vast catalog of Chicago's Brunswick label. Songs are featured in their latest digitally remastered versions, and the CD has a 16-page booklet with lyrics. Various Artists "Konishi Yasuharu Presents daitokai kōkyōgaku...
Posted on September 23, 2013 at 00:12
Scandal "Over Drive"
Nakata Yasutaka (CAPSULE) produced the title track of this new single by girl rock band Scandal, for a result quite different from the sounds he's got us used to. Worth checking out! The limited edition comes with a video of...
Posted on September 20, 2013 at 19:58
lyrical school "date course"
6-girl rap idol unit lyrical school has a new album coming. This is actually their first full-length since they switched names from Tengal6 (see album "City"). This new album includes tracks not only produced by tofubeats, but also collaborations with...
Posted on September 13, 2013 at 23:32
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
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
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
Urbangarde "koi to kakumei to Urbangarde"
Trauma techno-pop band Urbangarde has a first greatest hits album out now. This includes previous singles and favorites, as well as brand new songs "hatsukoi jigoku hen" and "tokai no Alice", and the previously unreleased "Baby Boom" and a remix...
Posted on July 14, 2013 at 23:02
Various Artists "Getz/Gilberto + 50"
This year celebrates 50 years since the recording of Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto's "Getz/Gilberto" album (recorded in 1963 and released in 1964). Here is a tribute album produced by Itō Gorō (naomi & goro) covering all of the 10...
Posted on July 14, 2013 at 22:31
hitomitoi "Surfbank Social Club"
Following last year's wonderful "City Dive", here's a new summer city pop album by singer hitomitoi! Again she is joined by Cunimondo Takiguchi (Ryūsenkei), Dorian, Kashif aka StringsBurn, as well as new collaborators LUVRAW & BTB, grooveman Spot and Avec...
Posted on July 14, 2013 at 00:42
The Aprils "High-Flying Girl"
This is a brand new EP from The Aprils! "High-Flying Girl" is a song that first appeared on NHK show "dai! tensai TV-kun" (official soundtrack info), but here it is presented in a self-cover version. Also included is short introduction...
Posted on July 7, 2013 at 20:17
Electro artist FQTQ (SoundCloud, Facebook page) has a new album out now (his 4th I believe). It features vocalists such as aco (spoon+), kuske (KPLECRAFT), Ōtsuki Maki and komaku Shredder. Official release page FQTQ "Hyperactive" 1. Super Hero feat. komaku...
Posted on July 3, 2013 at 22:40
Various Artists "Revisit - Brunswick - selected by Tatsuo Sunaga" (Download)
Sunaga Tatsuo (Sunaga t Experience) has started a new compilation series called "Revisit". In this first offering he selects songs from the Chicago soul music label Brunswick. This release is only available digitally on iTunes Japan. Various Artists "Revisit -...
Posted on July 3, 2013 at 22:15
blue marble, mishmash* Julie Watai
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Saturday June 22 was an event presented by blue marble, a band that released first album "Valerie" (Amazon) four years ago to then sort of disappear. This was to...
Posted on June 29, 2013 at 11:26
mishmash* Julie Watai "Electromotive romances" (Download)
mishmash* Julie Watai, unit of Cornelius' programmer Mishima Toyoaki (blog) with singer/model/photographer Julie Watai, has a 4th digital single that was released recently. The song is available in English and Japanese versions. A self-titled CD album that comes with a...
Posted on June 22, 2013 at 12:56
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
Muro "Diggin' Salsoul Breaks"
Following Towa Tei's recent Salsoul mix CD, here comes another one from DJ Muro. This features a unique selection by the "King of Diggin'", and the right dose of his top mixing skills. The art direction was done by Shindō...
Posted on April 21, 2013 at 22:40
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
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
BUBBLE-B feat. Enjo-G "Yo! Sexy Girl (Remixes)" (Download)
This brand new track from BUBBLE-B feat. Enjo-G is a take on cosmetics and shampoo brands, with a wink to "Ga*gn*m St*le"! Check out the fun video below. The digital single contains 2 remixes, and also instrumental and acapella versions....
Posted on March 16, 2013 at 23:00
Nona Reeves "Pop Station"
This is a new original album by Nona Reeves, it has been 4 years since their previous, "GO" (2009, Amazon). It has a pop music theme, as you can guess from the title, and label-mate female singer hitomitoi is featured...
Posted on March 4, 2013 at 21:14
Various Artists "NHK CD dai! tensai terebi-kun MTK the 17th"
This latest soundtrack for NHK kids program "dai! tensai terebi-kun" (aka "TV-kun") has tracks produced by Takanami Keitarō ("sora to umi no hikari"), Kamomiya Ryō ("bokuntoko koi Blues") (both ex-Pizzicato Five), The Aprils ("High Flying Girl"), Omodaka, Okii Reiji (Scott...
Posted on February 25, 2013 at 23:35
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
VIDEOTAPEMUSIC "Slumber Party Girl's Diary" (7")
From VIDEOTAPEMUSIC, who released 1st album "7haku 8ka" last year, here comes a 7" cut of the song "Slumber Party Girl's Diary", both in its original version and also as a remix by keyboardist Tucker. The package includes a download...
Posted on February 17, 2013 at 23:22
Tarte Tatin "irideppō ni deonna - tofubeats EDO remix" (7")
Cute indie girl pop duo Tarte Tatin (produced by members of Sōtaiseiriron) have a new 7" coming, of a remix by Tofubeats. Audio samples can be heard at Jet Set. The original song is from their first album "Tetrad" (2012,...
Posted on February 11, 2013 at 22:41
Various Artists "Girls Sazanami Beat! vol.5"
This is a 5th of Sazanami Label's popular compilation series of indies girl rock/garage/neo-GS bands. Collect them all! All tracks can be sampled at the official release page. The jacket was specially designed by Italian illustrator Luca Tieri. A series...
Posted on January 30, 2013 at 23:49
Kaseki Cider "Mr. City Pop EP" (12")
A selection of tracks from rapper Kaseki Cider's latest album "Mr. City Pop" are being released on 12" Audio samples of all tracks at Jet Set. Kaseki Cider "Mr. City Pop EP" (12") かせきさいだぁ 「MR.CITY POP EP」 A1. Mr.CITY POP...
Posted on January 14, 2013 at 18:48
Happy X'mas with The Scooters
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Christmas day, I went to a show of The Scooters who got active again this year after some 30 years! Last summer was released new album "Une Manche et...
Posted on December 28, 2012 at 23:48
Original Soundtrack "Tokyo zenryoku shōjo"
Konishi Yasuharu produced the music for TV drama "Tokyo zenryoku shōjo", about a 19-year-old girl who suddenly arrives to Tokyo to look for her father she hadn't met for 15 years. This series is from the makers of "Dekawanko" and...
Posted on December 20, 2012 at 00:09
lyrical school "Ribbon o kyutto"
Follow up to single "sorya natsu da! / oide yo", here's another one from 6-girl rap unit lyrical school (previously known as Tengal6). As always this is produced by Tofubeats. Check out the video below, and follow links to retailers...
Posted on December 20, 2012 at 00:02
Kinoco Hotel "Marianne no yūwaku"
Organ-led girl GS band Kinoco Hotel has a new original album coming up, consisting of 10 brand new songs. Kinoco Hotel will be play 2 nights at Tokyo Kinema Club on December 8 and 9. Also on December 20 will...
Posted on December 4, 2012 at 23:06
LAMA "Parallel Sign"
Here's a new single from LAMA. B-side "Seven Swell -based on 'Niji'-" is, as the title says, inspired by Denki Groove's hit song "Niji", and a short version video clip made by the team behind "Eureka Seven OA" can be...
Posted on December 4, 2012 at 22:40
Various Artists "Dancing After 1AM"
Indies rock compilation "Dancing After 1AM" album is from label Call And Response specializing in post-punk, new wave, often a bit on the noisy rock side, nevertheless a definitely pleasant listen for even my pop-oriented ears. Here are all new...
Posted on December 3, 2012 at 23:28
9nine "Yie Ar! Kyonshi feat. Hao hao! Kyonshi Girl / Brave"
Idol group 9nine (pronounced just "nine") has a new single coming. This one contains the theme song of "Hoa hoa! Kyonshi Girl", a TV series starring one of the girls as a kyonshi fighter. Kyonshis are Chinese zombies that were...
Posted on November 8, 2012 at 22:29
Ryoma Maeda "Fantastic Suicide"
Ryoma Maeda aka milch of source (producer of EeL) is releasing a new album under his real name. With more pop melodies than before, the sound is said to be an upbeat chaos of rock, punk and techno. The odd...
Posted on November 4, 2012 at 10:09
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