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(M)otocompo x Kit Cat "POPLOT TIMES 2016"
(M)otocompo, the ska-electro unit led by Dr.Usui, unites with synth-pop idol group Kit Cat for this split album. Included is collaboration song "FLASHBACK50" for which a music video has been shot. Check it out below! "FLASHBACK50" has been available for...
Posted on September 12, 2016 at 00:12. | Released on September 21, 2016
Kit Cat "Scratch You!" (CD+DVD)
Previously sold exclusively at shows, synth dance pop unit Kit Cat's first mini-album "Scratch You!" has been officially released, including a bonus DVD of a show held at Chelsea Hotel in Shibuya on August 19. The album includes a cover...
Posted on October 29, 2015 at 23:57. | Released on October 14, 2015
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. | Released on April 8, 2015
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Vanilla Beans "Vani Best II"
Vanilla Beans are celebrating their 10th anniversary! This is a greatest hits album that consists of all singles since their debut in 2007. Also included are one brand new song and also a new version of "Tokyo wa yoru no...
Posted on November 30, 2017 at 23:54. | Released on December 6, 2017
Wakita Monari "Wingscape / LED" (CD+7")
Wakita Monari has a new single out this week! Her new funky jazz tune "Wingscape" was written and produced by COUNTJOKE (aka jōdan hakushaku, unit of Maezono Naoki and Arai Toshiya) (Facebook page) and features Smooth Ace on chorus! The...
Posted on November 20, 2017 at 23:15. | Released on November 22, 2017
Meet The Hopes "uwasa ni naritai / Jasmine High" (7")
Self-described as a "southern Shimokita soul band", Meet The Hopes has just released a 7" of two new funky songs. It had been 3 years since their first album "Jamboree" (2014, CDJapan). Meet The Hopes holds regular party "Jinriki...
Posted on September 19, 2017 at 22:52. | Released on September 15, 2017
Manon "Wavy Pineapple Days" (Download)
Just ahead of the release of her first 7" single "xxFANCYPOOLxx", teenage model Manon has a 3rd brand new song now available for download on iTunes. Again produced by Yuppa (HNC), this time we get a cool reggae summer...
Posted on August 29, 2017 at 22:40. | Released on August 28, 2017
Manon "xxFANCYPOOLxx" (7")
Fukuoka-based teenage model Manon, of the Asobi System agency (same as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, etc.), debuted last month as a singer with the songs "xxFANCYPOOLxx" and "Beat The Bad Luck" produced by Yuppa (HNC aka Hazel Nuts Chocolate)! Those...
Posted on August 26, 2017 at 15:25. | Released on August 30, 2017
Wakita Monari "I am ONLY"
After three great singles, here comes Wakita Monari (ex-Especia)'s 1st solo album! All songs are said to be worth single cuts. Included are songs written by Hase Hajimu, Microstar, Fukutomi Yukihiro, Yafune Tetsurō, Nishidera Gōta (Nona Reeves), Count Joke, Hase...
Posted on July 22, 2017 at 23:38. | Released on July 26, 2017
Wakita Monari "I'm with you" (CD+7")
Wakita Monari (ex-Especia) has a 3rd single being released this week, ahead of a 1st solo album to come later on July 26! The new single's title song is a house tune written and produced by Fukutomi Yukihiro! Mellow jazz...
Posted on June 17, 2017 at 10:57. | Released on June 21, 2017
The Nyantokanyaru's "The Nyantokanyaru's chikyujo CD Debut"
The Nyantokanyaru's is a new idol group formed of Eve Nyan Laurent (aka Evenyan, of Kit Cat) and Sorano Aozora (aka Aonyan). The whole is produced by Dr.Usui (of (M)otocompo), who also produces Kit Cat, as well as songs for...
Posted on May 1, 2017 at 22:22. | Released on May 3, 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
Negicco "We Are VR Friends" (Download)
Negicco have just released a new digital single! "We Are VR Friends" is the opening theme song of Tokyo MX "Pakkun & Kawakita Mayuko no atsumare! VR Friends", a kids educational TV show that focuses on virtual reality. How...
Posted on February 5, 2017 at 10:36. | Released on February 3, 2017
Emerson Kitamura "Rock'n Roll No Hajimari Ha"
Synth and keyboard lovers should find it hard to resist to Emerson Kitamura! This new album of 6 songs is the follow up to "Ochi Kochi Ni (in perspective)" (2014), and consists of more delectable instrumental pieces, mostly originals but...
Posted on December 16, 2016 at 00:36. | Released on December 14, 2016
Record Day 2016
Record Day (not the same as "Record Store Day") has been set to coincide with Japan's "Culture Day" public holiday on November 3 since 1957. Since last year, Japan's only record press Tōyō Kasei takes the lead inviting Japanese artists...
Posted on November 6, 2016 at 23:02. | Released on November 3, 2016
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. | Released on February 3, 2015
Nakatsuka Takeshi "Swinger Song Writer"
Nakatsuka Takeshi (ex-Qypthone) has had an active solo career for some 10 years, and here comes a first greatest hits album that period. Alongside some all-time favorites, new song "Zero no mugen" (released digitally the week before) is included as...
Posted on April 20, 2014 at 15:58. | Released on April 23, 2014
Various Artists "Snow Monkey Beer Live!"
"Snow Monkey Beer Live!" is a music and beer festival that's been held every year since 2012. This genre-less compilation CD contains tracks by related artists including Kaji Hideki, Kushibiki Sayaka Trio (feat. Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji and Furukawa Taichi), Predawn,...
Posted on March 9, 2014 at 01:04. | Released on March 5, 2014
The Scooters, Juicy Fruits, Kotaro & The Bizarremen at Shibuya WWW
Text and photos Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On December 5 was a show featuring The Scooters, and it was held at my favorite venue, WWW in Shibuya. Since their official come-back last year, after some 30 years, The...
Posted on December 14, 2013 at 23:51.
kaku P-Model "Gipnoza"
Former P-Model member Hirasawa Susumu's solo unit, kaku P-Model, has a new album out now. This comes 9 years after previous album "Vistoron" (Amazon). The new album features guest musicians Tanaka Yasumi (keyboards, ex-P-Model) and PEVO #1 (guitar, from PEVO)....
Posted on November 17, 2013 at 12:27. | Released on November 6, 2013
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
Hanazawa Kana "claire"
This is the first album by anime voice actress Hanazawa Kana. This seems to have a good dose of Shibuya-kei, as the whole is sound produced by Kitagawa Katsutoshi (Round Table), with some songs written by Kaji Hideki ("Library de...
Posted on February 20, 2013 at 23:25. | Released on February 20, 2013
Various Artists "Shibuya-kei Respect" series
October saw the release of a series of 3 Shibuya-kei tribute cover compilations! All of these are full of famous Shibuya-kei songs covered by younger artists and bands who have been influenced by the movement. Included are songs originally by...
Posted on November 1, 2012 at 22:46. | Released on October 10, 2012
Ryoma Takemasa "Catalyst"
This is the debut album by newcomer instrumental electro artist Ryoma Takemasa (Soundcloud) who takes his roots from various dance music scenes, and has been making himself known internationally with tracks played by the likes of Laurent Garnier and James...
Posted on October 24, 2012 at 22:44. | Released on October 17, 2012
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
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.
Maezono Naoki Group in-store at Tower Records Shinjuku
Text and photo by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Monday July 11 was held an in-store event at Tower Records Shinjuku with Maezono Naoki Group in promotion of 2nd album "tooku e." (translates to "To far away") released...
Posted on July 13, 2011 at 22:37.
Maezono Naoki Group "tooku e. Maezono Naoki Group dai2shu"
Maezono Naoki Group, the band in which Konishi Yasuharu plays piano, has a 2nd album coming this month! It's already been almost 2 years since their first. This time the trio (vocals, bass and piano) are joined by drums and...
Posted on May 5, 2011 at 01:54. | Released on May 13, 2011
Various Artists "Velvet Songs"
This cover compilation from Grand Gallery consists of new recordings of songs from the repertory of Alfa label. Featured artists include Nakatsuka Takeshi, Cubismo Grafico feat. Kushibiki Sayaka, Sokabe Keiichi, Nanao Tavito, Shimazaki Hitomi with Nanase feat. Kinbara Chieko, Chocolat...
Posted on April 14, 2011 at 21:36. | Released on April 20, 2011
Harajuku Performance+: Nomiya Maki, Open Reel Ensemble
Text by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Last week on Tuesday December 22 was the first of two days of a performance-themed event at La Foret Museum, Harajuku, titled "Harajuku Performance+". On that day were two artists that I...
Posted on December 30, 2010 at 21:37.
Electronic World Cup 2010
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound It's been a month already since I went to this really fun event titled "Electronic World Cup 2010". Organized by Kishino Yūichi (hige no mibōjin aka La veuve moustachue aka...
Posted on December 18, 2010 at 14:08.
Original Soundtrack "Cheburashka and the Circus ~ Circus ga yatte kita ~"
There's a new Cheburashka movie around the corner, starting in theaters here on December 18 (movie official site)! Made mainly by Japanese staff, the movie consists of a remake of "Gena The Crocodile" (original 1969), plus two brand new episodes...
Posted on December 14, 2010 at 23:04. | Released on December 18, 2010
Chabe "6 Songs For Kit Gallery" (10")
Chabe (aka Cubismo Grafico), has a first release going by his nickname. This is his first solo release since "Nuit" (2007). This is a 10" including 3 brand new songs, and on the B-side 3 cover songs featuring various female...
Posted on December 9, 2010 at 22:28. | Released on December 15, 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
Ino Hidefumi "Kaleidoscopic"
Ino Hidefumi (MySpace) has a live album coming next week, of the final show of his tour for album "Inocology". Held at Shibuya Club Quattro on April 10, the show featured his songs in different arrangements, and also some new...
Posted on October 9, 2010 at 22:01. | Released on October 15, 2010
Vanilla Beans "VaniBest"
Vanilla Beans have a new release that comes as a greatest hits album, although over half of it is actually previously unreleased tracks. Most notably there's a cover of Pizzicato Five's "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji" ("the night is still...
Posted on September 19, 2010 at 14:47. | Released on September 22, 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.
Clémentine "Animentine ~ Bossa du animé", Meja "AniMeja ~ Ghibli songs"
Clémentine's latest is a cover album of popular anime songs, arranged in a bossa nova style. Themes from "Sazae-san", "chibi Maruko-chan", "Doraemon" are included amongst many others. Released at the same time is also a cover album by Swedish singer...
Posted on July 18, 2010 at 19:50. | Released on July 21, 2010
Rogue Wave vol.1
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Last Tuesday after a rough day at work, I headed to Shindaita Fever (Shindaita is the station next to Shimokitazawa), a venue I had yet never been to. There was...
Posted on May 30, 2010 at 23:00.
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
Kinoco Hotel "Marianne no yūutsu"
Kinoco Hotel is a band of 4 girls that take inspiration from the GS (group sounds) scene that occurred in the 60's in Japan in response to the Beatles. Actually, they're pure GS complete with the matching outfits, the attitude...
Posted on January 23, 2010 at 01:28. | Released on February 3, 2010
Hazel Nuts Chocolate is back with a 3rd album as HNC! Yuppa said somewhere that you can call her "H.N.C." or any old names you got used to. As heard on some demo tracks at MySpace, she continues doing fun...
Posted on November 9, 2009 at 22:12. | Released on December 2, 2009
Aira Mitsuki "Aira Mitsuki Special Live '090319' in LIQUIDROOM" (DVD)
A first DVD from Aira Mitsuki (MySpace), of a show recorded at Liquid Room just 2 months before release! With 19 songs, 5 different costumes, this was a really great show! Read my report of the show. You bet that...
Posted on April 28, 2009 at 23:49. | Released on May 20, 2009
Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans"
(And while on the topic...) After over a year since their 1st single, it's finally time for a debut album from post-Shibuya-kei pop duo Vanilla Beans! WIth 3 maxi-singles and several download releases until now, fans will already know most...
Posted on January 6, 2009 at 00:27. | Released on February 25, 2009
DJ Sora-Mimi "Smart & Groove!"
DJ Sora-Mimi has a 2nd mix CD out now, following "Groove Party" released at the end of 2007 and that quickly sold out. Here he offers an exciting party mix of soft rock, soul, latin, swing, disco, rock and jazz....
Posted on July 5, 2008 at 13:55. | Released on June 21, 2008
Various Artists "mōshiwake nai to From Akasaka Urban Mix" / "Idol Mix"
Regular club party Mōshiwake Night's DJ team has put together these two mix CDs, under "Urban" and "Idol" themes, totaling 100 songs! Each CD features two DJs selecting a dozen tracks in turn. Those selectors are DJ Mitsy, Uta Maru...
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 17:21. | Released on April 16, 2008
Various Artists "Wall of Sound Japan"
Like Sudō Kaoru's "Tender Love" (1989), produced by Konishi Yasuharu, quite a bit of J-pop took inspiration from Phil Spector's "wall of sound" technique. This compilation offers us a selection featuring many essential artists such as Matsuda Seiko, Watanabe Marina,...
Posted on February 21, 2008 at 14:20. | Released on March 19, 2008
Anime Soundtrack "hakaba Kitarō"
The original soundtrack for anime "hakaba Kitarō" (Graveyard Kitarō), featuring characters of "gegege no Kitarō", is coming out. It contains TV versions of the Denki Groove songs "Mononoke Dance" and "Yūrakuchō de tokemashō", both out recently on a single of...
Posted on February 18, 2008 at 14:38. | Released on March 19, 2008
Various Artists "Diva"
Ide Yasushi's label Grand Gallery brings us a new compilation focusing on Japanese female vocalists of the dance/club scene. Various Artists "Diva" 1. Monday Michiru / You Make Me 2. bird / Beats 3. AK / say that you love...
Posted on February 7, 2008 at 12:10. | Released on February 6, 2008
"Oh! Mikey Fever" (DVD)
This is a brand new collection of Oh! Mikey episodes, first shown in theaters in December. We're promised a moving, even dancing Mikey! I have yet to see this, except for about a 1-second bit in a TV commercial that...
Posted on January 21, 2008 at 11:29. | Released on February 22, 2008
columbia*readymade jazz-rock re-issues
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Columbia, Konishi Yasuharu offers us some rare 70's Japanese jazz-rock (as the genre is called) albums from Columbia Japan re-issued on CD (actually 9 out of 10 8 out of 9 are for the first...
Posted on January 15, 2008 at 17:18. | Released on April 16, 2008
Denki Groove "Mononoke Dance"
Their first single in 8 years "shōnen Young" is just out, and already there's another Denki Groove single on the way, out for Valentine's Day! This one contains two songs that will be used in the Toei anime series "hakaba...
Posted on December 7, 2007 at 16:48. | Released on February 14, 2008
Various Artists "Hosono Haruomi Strange Song Book - Tribute to Haruomi Hosono 2" (2 CDs+DVD)
Following the "Hosono Haruomi Tribute Album" out last year, comes a second one! This one is a 2-CD set featuring Buffalo Daughter, Sakamoto Ryūichi, Sakamoto Miu, Ōnuki Taeko, Suzuki Keiichi (Moonriders), Sheena & The Rokkets, Kicell, and overseas artists such...
Posted on November 16, 2007 at 10:40. | Released on January 23, 2008
"standard of 90's" re-issue series part 2
After Original Love and Spank Happy, here come re-issues of Scha Dara Parr, Great 3 (unit of Katayose Akito, husband of Chocolat) and Tokyo No.1 Soul Set (unit of Kawanabe Hiroshi now member of InK). These are also all remastered...
Posted on October 22, 2007 at 22:23. | Released on November 28, 2007
Various Artists "Rock For Baby"
Following "Lingkaran for Baby", here comes a rock cover compilation also targeted at babies, and their parents. I'm especially interested in Sakai Shūko's "Computer obaachan" (see "Yellow Magic Kayōkyoku") performed by Polysics, and also Noko Inoko's "Yasetan to Korontan" (see...
Posted on October 22, 2007 at 22:15. | Released on October 17, 2007
Original soundtrack "Silk (Soie)", "Tony Takitani"
Sakamoto Ryūichi has two new soundtracks coming up this December! First, he did the music for the film "Silk (Soie)" (2007), a collaboration between Canada, Japan and Italy directed by Canadian François Girard. This is his first movie since the...
Posted on October 17, 2007 at 15:24. | Released on December 12, 2007
Various Artists "oyasumi nasai: Reaching Series No.3"
Labels 333DISCS and commons offer us a 3rd of the youngster-oriented "Reaching Series". This time, we get brand new recordings of original bedtime lullabies by artists including Minekawa Takako, Harada Ikuko (clammbon) and Hanaregumi (Super Butter Dog). Label official release...
Posted on October 4, 2007 at 17:01. | Released on December 12, 2007
Various Artists "Jobiniana ~ai to hohoemi to hana"
This tribute album to Antonio Carlos Jobim will feature artists from the club-jazz scene, and then some. Interpretations by Cubismo Grafico, Ino Hidefumi, Toki Asako, akiko, Minami Yoshitaka, bird, Monday Michiru, ... should make this a must for bossa nova...
Posted on August 30, 2007 at 20:03. | Released on October 10, 2007
Various Artists "Lingkaran For Baby"
LOHAS magazine Lingkaran has put together a collection of nursury rhymes sung by a bunch of like-minded artists. The line-up includes Nomiya Maki, Toki Asako, Chocolat & Akito, Furukawa Miki, Yano Akiko & Sakamoto Miu, Cano Caoli, Yukawa Shione, and...
Posted on August 21, 2007 at 17:30. | Released on September 26, 2007
Nagisa Yōko "novella d'amore"
Nagisa Yōko has a new album, no wait, a first original full album, coming out on Teichiku this month! This includes songs by Ai Satteaux (Hair), Ennio Morricone (w/ original Japanese lyrics) and Yokoyama Ken (Crazy Ken Band). The whole's...
Posted on August 8, 2007 at 13:25. | Released on August 22, 2007
Various Artists "AKSB ~kore ga Akishibu-kei da!~"
There's a relatively new genre called Akishibu-kei, a mix of Shibuya-kei and Akiba-kei (the latter referring to cosplay idols singing in high-pitched voices over electro-pop), which is getting acknowledged by this compilation of anime songs from Victor's discography. Featured producers...
Posted on July 31, 2007 at 15:35. | Released on September 21, 2007
Kobayashi Emi "sukisukisu- 2007 ~kobaemi Rhythm~" (CD+DVD)
Gravure idol Kobayashi Emi has a first single coming up, the song is a cover of "sukisukisu-" which Konishi Yasuharu had written for Hosokawa Fumie (famously big chested gravure idol)'s debut! A great cute pop track that's a lot of...
Posted on July 30, 2007 at 11:43. | Released on September 21, 2007
Hayashi Miki "Idol ni naritai. / Muscat Coconut Banana Melon"
Newcomer idol Hayashi Miki (aka "Miki-pon") (blog), an 18-year-old with a waist of 53cm selected from within 16217 girls, has a debut single coming up, the A-side "Idol ni naritai." ("I want to be an idol.") is words/music/arranged/produced by Konishi...
Posted on June 25, 2007 at 10:55. | Released on August 22, 2007
Port of Notes "Joint Adventure 2"
Port of Notes has a new remix album coming soon. Included are remixes by Sunaga t̀ Experience, Lindstrom and Prins Thomas, and DJ Kawasaki, along with the Crue-L regulars, and also a new track produced by Kanda Tomoki. Important info...
Posted on June 21, 2007 at 15:55. | Released on June 30, 2007
Crazy Ken Band "Soul denpa"
Super-productive Crazy Ken Band have a 9th album coming up, not even a year after the previous, "Galaxy". ("denpa" in the title means "electro-magnetic wave".) Crazy Ken Band "Soul denpa" クレイジーケン バンド "Soul電波" 1. Intro: Soul denpa 2. Playboy kakumei...
Posted on June 13, 2007 at 15:16. | Released on August 8, 2007
Cubismo Grafico "Nuit"
Despite his numerous works on other projects (especially Cubismo Grafico Five), it's almost three years after previous album "Foga" that Cubismo Grafico is finally back with a new solo album! This one is set to contain 10 songs under the...
Posted on March 28, 2007 at 13:49. | Released on May 30, 2007
Momoi Haruko "Famison 8-bit"
Voice actress and singer Momoi Haruko has an album coming up on which she covers popular anime theme songs with 8-bit Famicon picopico arrangements. The CD also includes short instrumental/karaoke versions of all songs. Release official site Momoi Haruko "Famison...
Posted on March 2, 2007 at 14:53. | Released on March 21, 2007
Various Artists "Hosono Haruomi Tribute Album - Tribute to Haruomi Hosono"
Here comes a very interesting tribute album to Hosono Haruomi (Sketch Show, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Happy End). The 2-CD set will include appearances and many surprising collaborations, such as Sakamoto Ryūichi + Minekawa Takako (a return!), Yano Akiko + Rei...
Posted on March 1, 2007 at 11:47. | Released on April 25, 2007
Chara has a new album titled "Union" out just today, it's her first original album in 4 years! Included are her three latest singles, of which "Crazy for you" was produced by Fantastic Plastic Machine. There's a limited edition containing...
Posted on February 28, 2007 at 17:44. | Released on February 28, 2007
Caede "The Queen Of..."
Finally, after a long wait, the first album by model Caede will be out this April on Escalator Records! Like her first single "Maple Soap" and her other appearances on compilations ("Ciclismo 2", "Garage Land", "Garage Bandits"), this album is...
Posted on February 27, 2007 at 10:41. | Released on April 25, 2007
Various Artists "Prescription ~The other side of classic music~"
Here's one with a few months of delay. I hadn't heard about this compilation of "covers" of classical music by rock and pop artists, featuring Kahimi Karie, Kanda Tomoki (producer for Kahimi Karie, Clémentine), Shimizu Hirotaka (formerly guitarist of Bridge,...
Posted on January 29, 2007 at 11:25. | Released on November 15, 2006
Various Artists "Upper's Flava ~Remixes Of Watanabe Hit Tune~"
Following the release of the p&art sasanoooha and DJ Mitsy mix CDs last summer, Watanabe Productions now brings us remixes of some of its artists' greatest hits. Featured remixers include FPM, Sunaga t Experience, p&art sasanoooha, Fukutomi Yukihiro, CKB-Annex (members...
Posted on January 26, 2007 at 11:02. | Released on January 31, 2007
Suzuki Ami "Connetta"
Shortly after the release of her three collaboration singles (one with Buffalo Daughter), Suzuki Ami also has a new album planned. The three collaboration singles' title tracks should be included, as well as more collaborations with the likes of Kaji...
Posted on January 23, 2007 at 10:15. | Released on March 21, 2007
Anzai Hajime "hoyahoyara-"
Wacky illustrator/designer/actor/personality Anzai Hajime, seen weekly on late-night TV show "Tamori Club", has a first solo single coming up. No clue what to expect, but it will be worth checking. The song is being featured on NHK's "minna no uta"...
Posted on December 28, 2006 at 16:38. | Released on January 24, 2007
Chocolat & Akito "Tropical"
Following their first self-titled album released in 2005, Chocolat & Akito will be back with a new album in February. The album will feature Shimizu Hirotaka (Little Creatures, ex-Bridge), and also John McEntire who mixed the whole album. Chocolat &...
Posted on December 28, 2006 at 16:25. | Released on February 15, 2007
"otoko wa sore o gaman dekinai" (DVD)
Shindō Mitsuo's film immortalizing Shimokitazawa, "otoko wa sore o gaman dekinai", is being released on DVD in a deluxe edition. Aside from the movie, the DVD will also contain 40 minutes of bonus features. "otoko wa sore o gaman dekinai"...
Posted on December 22, 2006 at 16:11. | Released on March 9, 2007
Sindbad feat. Takatsuki "Enter The Funniest Temple"
DJ team Sindbad has a new project together with woodbassist/rapper Takatsuki, and a 10-song album is coming at us before the end of the year on highcontrast. Sindbad feat. Takatsuki "Enter The Funniest Temple" 1. Enter the Funniest Temple 2....
Posted on December 4, 2006 at 13:31. | Released on December 20, 2006
orange pekoe "Best Remixes & Clips" (CD+DVD)
This week is a bit calm on the release front, so I thought I'd liven things up with this orange pekoe remix collection that comes with a DVD of nine videoclips. Included are three remixes by Sunaga t̀ Experience, and...
Posted on November 20, 2006 at 12:25. | Released on November 22, 2006
Various Artists "Garage Bandits"
KIT, a new sub-label of Escalator Records produced by Cubismo Grafico, has a new compilation coming up that will probably feature new GarageBand works by its artists like on the previously released "Garage Land". Featured artists will be Cubismo Grafico,...
Posted on September 4, 2006 at 14:21. | Released on October 25, 2006
Various Artists "bakuretsu! New Wave 1980"
With contents similar to the recently released "Technoroid - Japanese 80's New Wave Sampler" comes a 2-CD compilation on the same theme. Once again this is a good introduction to Japanese 80's new wave/punk, and seems to contain more essentials...
Posted on August 22, 2006 at 16:07. | Released on September 21, 2006
Nakatsuka Takeshi "Girls & Boys"
Qypthone leader Nakatsuka Takeshi has a new solo album coming up. The album is to feature Toki Asako and will include some of his works for TV commercials. Nakatsuka Takeshi "Girls & Boys" 1. Girls & Boys 2. Your Voice...
Posted on August 8, 2006 at 17:15. | Released on October 25, 2006
Kawakami Tsuyoshi and His Moodmakers "Singers Limited"
Kawakami Tsuyoshi and His Moodmakers' next album will be a collection of vocal covers, original songs and remixes featuring many collaborators such as Nomiya Maki ("Luna Cruise" first released on her album "Lady Miss Warp"), Wada Akiko, Matsudaira Ken, Takahashi...
Posted on July 19, 2006 at 16:09. | Released on September 13, 2006
"minna wa kore o 'kōkai made' gaman dekinai ~The Making of 'otoko wa sore o gaman dekinai~" (DVD)
Posted on July 7, 2006 at 11:26. | Released on July 28, 2006
Various Artists "Ciclismo 3"
Number three of Escalator Records' fun Ciclismo series, packed with original songs by the Escalator artists (and their international friends) is due for mid-July. Seems like it somehow features good Swedish friend Jens Petersen! Can't wait! Various Artists "Ciclismo 3"...
Posted on June 19, 2006 at 16:30. | Released on July 26, 2006
Rocketman "Love, sea & music"
Rocketman, aka comedian Fukawa Ryō, is back in music with a 3rd album under the monicker. His first two albums were produced by Konishi Yasuharu, and this one keeps a Readymade connection by involving Konishi-san's programmer Yoshida Tetsuto! Also co-producing...
Posted on June 6, 2006 at 11:22. | Released on August 2, 2006
Cubismo Grafico Caribbean Ensemble "Cubismo Grafico Caribbean Ensemble"
Following the release of a 12" titled "What A Wonderful World", Cubismo Grafico Caribbean Ensemble will have a collection of pre-released songs (except for the new remixed), to be released at the end of July. Definite summer BGM! Cubismo Grafico...
Posted on June 2, 2006 at 16:21. | Released on July 26, 2006
Various Artists "'otoko wa sore o gaman dekinai' Original Soundtrack" (CD+DVD)
A few weeks after the "konya wa Boogie Back" maxi single will be released the full soundtrack of Shindō Matsuo film "otoko wa sore o gaman dekinai - The Playboy Don't Cry". The soundtrack will include songs by Kojima Mayumi,...
Posted on June 1, 2006 at 13:21. | Released on July 26, 2006
"otoko wa sore o gaman dekinai -Un homme ne peut endurer ça-"
There's a new film by Shindō Mitsuo (C.T.P.P.) coming out this year, titled 「男はソレを我慢できない -Un homme ne peut endurer ça-」 ("otoko wa sore o gaman dekinai"). The film is shot in Shimokitazawa and one of its goals is to archive...
Posted on May 7, 2006 at 12:06. | Released on July 29, 2006
Pizzicato Five "pizzicato five we dig you"
This Pizzicato Five mix album will feature 5 minutes anything-goes P5 cut-up mixes by Sunaga Tatsuo, Tokiwa Hibiki, cubismo grafico, Yoshida Tetsuto, Handsomeboy Technique (who made his track's length 5:24!), Halfby, Boot Beat, Kawanishi Suguru... No need to mark your...
Posted on March 16, 2006 at 11:32. | Released on May 24, 2006
Cityboys "20th Century Cityboys" (2CD)
Almost missed this one... This is a 2CD selection of songs from various City Boys soundtracks from 1992 until 2000 (covering at least "Toilet Without Key", "i messaggeri degli imbecilli vanno all'ovest", "Love's Rubber Brain", "Building on a Strong Foundation",...
Posted on March 16, 2005 at 12:01. | Released on March 9, 2005
Tei Towa "Flash"
Tei Towa's new album will be here in April! The album will feature a bunch of guest artists such as Sakamoto Ryūichi, Nomiya Maki, Tycoon To$h (Nakanishi Toshio (Plastics, [Water] Melon,...)), Buffalo Daughter, Arto Lindsay, Moritaka Chisato, Kylie Minogue, Byron...
Posted on January 14, 2005 at 13:15. | Released on April 2, 2005
Various Artists "Contemode V.A.2"
A second compilation of club/interior pop is coming from Contemode, compiled by capsule's Nakata Yasutaka and promising sounds yet more groovy and fashionable than ever. The album will feature capsule, Plus-Tech Squeeze Box, Kofta, Spaghetti Vabune!, Nagisa Cosmetic, dahlia, Hazel...
Posted on November 18, 2004 at 17:47. | Released on December 8, 2004
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