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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
MEG dropped a new full-length album this month. This includes tracks written and/or produced by artists such as tofubeats, TeddyLoid, Kojima Mayumi, DE DE MOUSE and more. A limited edition comes with a DVD of two music videos plus a...
Posted on December 30, 2013 at 22:16. | Released on December 4, 2013
Various Artists "ASOBITUNES"
This is a compilation from Harajuku-based agency Asobisystem, home of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and also behind parties "Asobinite!!!" and "Takenoko!!!". Featured are songs by many artists who have participated in these events. capsule's new track "Rainbow" is included, as well...
Posted on July 30, 2013 at 23:54. | Released on July 31, 2013
MEG Zombies "Kiss or Bite", MEG "Save"
MEG has a new pair of singles out now, one as MEG and another as MEG Zombies. MEG Zombies' "Kiss or Bite" is produced by EDM artist TeddyLoid, while MEG's "Save" is produced by anime music composer Yokoyama Masaru. Each...
Posted on July 4, 2013 at 23:41. | Released on June 5, 2013
MEG "Wear I Am"
Meg's new album has songs produced by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule) ("REPLICA"), Konishi Yasuharu ("natsu ga owaru"), Taku Takahashi (m-flo) ("SOUTHPAW"), Miura Kōshi (Kuchiroro) ("WEAR I AM"), Furukawa Yutaka (Doping Panda) ("LOVE EMOTION"), Osawa Shinichi ("TRAP") and more. A limited edition...
Posted on September 27, 2012 at 23:48. | Released on October 3, 2012
MEG has a new single coming this week. Title track "Trap" has music written by Okamura Yasuyuki and is produced by Ōsawa Shinichi, and B-side "watashi ga obasan ni natte mo" (included only on regular edition) was produced by Konishi...
Posted on June 11, 2012 at 22:15. | Released on June 13, 2012
Meg "La japonaise"
This new album by Meg, who had escaped to France for a while, is mainly a collection of anime covers previously released on iTunes in France only. Included are tracks produced by Konishi Yasuharu, Nakata Yasutaka (capsule), 2 ANIMEny DJs...
Posted on April 22, 2012 at 11:51. | Released on April 25, 2012
Ram Rider "Audio Galaxy - Ram Rider vs Stars!!! -", "- Ram Rider Strikes Back!!! -"
Ram Rider is back with a new album out just now. It features collaborations with various "stars", including Nomiya Maki, Meg, Bose (Scha Dara Parr), Furukawa Miki (ex-Supercar), Fujioka Minami (Panda 1/2), and more. Out at the same time is...
Posted on April 11, 2012 at 23:45. | Released on April 11, 2012
"Norageki!" (DVD, Blu-ray)
"Norageki!" is an anime film directed by Andō Hiroaki (storyboard artist for "Tekkonkincreet"), with original music by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule) and a new song by Meg. So far there are no plans of the music being released on CD. Plot...
Posted on April 7, 2011 at 00:02. | Released on April 7, 2011
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
Meg "Passport / Paris"
Following the release of album "Maverick" last June, Meg has a new single coming, her 2nd this year. This double-A-sider is produced by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule). The single is available in advance starting today on iTunes Japan. Meg "Passport /...
Posted on August 18, 2010 at 22:14. | Released on August 25, 2010
Techno-pop idol Meg has a 4th album coming this month, again entirely produced by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule). Included are two tracks from latest single "Secret Adventure". This comes a year since album "Beautiful". The limited edition contains a bonus 24-page...
Posted on June 6, 2010 at 23:53. | Released on June 23, 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
Various Artists "LOUD -15th Anniversary Compilation-"
Club music magazine LOUD brings us this compilation celebrating its 15th anniversary. Subtitled "Electro Express - Japanese Electro The Best", it does as promised and brings us some good recent electro tracks. Official release page Various Artists "LOUD -15th Anniversary...
Posted on September 3, 2009 at 22:50. | Released on August 26, 2009
Out now is this 3rd album by techno-pop idol Meg, again produced by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule, producer of Perfume), coming a year after "Step". This includes lead tracks from singles "Precious" and "Freak" The limited edition contains a bonus DVD,...
Posted on June 3, 2009 at 23:40. | Released on May 27, 2009
After a bunch of releases produced by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule), Meg (MySpace) brings some change with a new single produced by UK new rave band Hadouken! Check out the must-see video clip on YouTube below, also included on DVD in...
Posted on February 6, 2009 at 23:36. | Released on February 11, 2009
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Toshiyuki Yasuda "Landfall" (Download)
Toshiyuki Yasuda has a new single out now digitally! This comes in advance of a 6th album of which all details have yet to be announced. Check out these three different versions of "Landfall", available on iTunes, Apple Music,...
Posted on August 26, 2017 at 01:08. | Released on August 25, 2017
Kaseki Cider "Onigiri University"
Rapper Kaseki Cider has a brand new album out now! It had been almost 5 years since his previous original album "Mr. City Pop". Guests include Wakita Monari, Negicco, Mashiro Megumi (Hicksville), DJ Misoshiru & MC Gohan, Satō Nanako, Matsuda...
Posted on August 2, 2017 at 22:00. | Released on August 2, 2017
Various Artists "manatsu no Innocence ~ Urino Masao Works Covers"
This is a cover album of songs by lyricist Urino Masao whose career amounts to 35 years. These are all new arrangements of some of his most known works, here sung by many vocalists such as hitomitoi, Mizuno Mari (paris...
Posted on February 24, 2017 at 00:04. | Released on February 22, 2017
Hamada Maron "Lady Monochrome"
This is singer Hamada Maron's 3rd album, her first since switching to the Vivid Sound label a year ago. Included is single "KarisomenaErosTokimeku", and an album version of "kisetsu meguredo" which was also released as a single last month. Check...
Posted on January 26, 2017 at 23:40. | Released on January 25, 2017
Hamada Maron "kisetsu meguredo jazz ver." (CD+7")
Jazz singer Hamada Maron has a new single out now, and it's produced by Sunaga Tatsuo! Featured are members of instrumental jazz band TRI4TH. The B-side is "mirei Butterfly", recently featured on Sunaga Tatsuo's "yoru Jazz gaiden 2 ~ All...
Posted on December 24, 2016 at 00:22. | Released on December 21, 2016
Hoshino Michiru "suteki ni X'mas Night" (7"+CD)
Yes it's getting time for Christmas music! Hoshino Michiru has a new single out this week, including new song "suteki ni X'mas Night" which is arranged by Gary Ashiya (of La veuve moustachue)! The B-side, also Christmas-themed, is taken from...
Posted on November 29, 2016 at 21:54. | Released on November 30, 2016
Dorusen from TPD "sensei no okiniiri"
Here's a brand new catchy rocking pop track written and produced by Konishi Yasuharu! Dorusen from TPD, a sub-unit of idol group Tokyo Performance Doll, sings the ending theme of school-themed drama series "Debusen". The title translates to "the...
Posted on September 15, 2016 at 22:53. | Released on September 21, 2016
Sally Soul Stew "Joy To The World / Black Coffee" (7"+CD)
Sally Soul Stew, the band led by Sally Kubota (ex-The Phantom Gift, ex-Les 5-4-3-2-1), has a brand new single out this week! A-side "Joy To The World" is a new song with music written by Takanami K-taro (ex-Pizzicato Five)...
Posted on June 29, 2015 at 21:58. | Released on July 1, 2015
Electro unit LLLL (Facebook page, Soundcloud) has a brand new album out imminently! "Faithful" is the follow-up to "Paradice" (2014). The new album features various female vocalists, including Shinobu of Her Ghost Friend, Metoronori, Kanako of kindan no tasūketsu and...
Posted on March 14, 2015 at 18:59. | Released on March 15, 2015
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. | Released on March 25, 2015
Toshiyuki Yasuda "Nameless God's Blue"
Yasuda Toshiyuki has a new solo album coming this week! 5 years after his previous, "Children's Songs 2050" (2009), this time he creates music using acoustic piano and clean vocals (mainly his own). Recorded in Tokyo, Okinawa and Milano, this...
Posted on February 2, 2015 at 21:59. | Released on February 4, 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
Akakage "Peace Maker"
In need for some happy club tracks? Akakage is back, 4 years after album "I'm your clown" (2010). This new album features guest vocalists such as dahlia, Sokabe Keiichi, Meg (ex-Super Butter Dog), and musicians include Horie Hirohisa on trombone,...
Posted on November 9, 2014 at 11:42. | Released on November 12, 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
Cherryboy Function "suggested function EP#3"
Cherryboy Function has released a 3rd mini-album of his "suggested function" series. It had been almost 4 years since the 2nd one. This new release includes 5 original songs and a remix by Dorian! Cherryboy Function can be seen live...
Posted on October 23, 2014 at 21:20. | Released on October 8, 2014
Harada Tomoyo "noon moon"
Singer Harada Tomoyo has a new album coming, produced by Itō Gorō (naomi & goro). Along with new songs, a self-cover of Swedish pop song "Love" (written by Tore Johansson, from 1997 album "I could be free") is included. Sakamoto...
Posted on May 3, 2014 at 10:51. | Released on May 7, 2014
tofubeats "Disco no kamisama"
More new from tofubeats! This is a brand new EP that includes 4 new tracks, with ones that feature Fujii Takashi and okadada, plus remixes of the title track by tofubeats and Carpainter. Check out the official release page for...
Posted on April 28, 2014 at 21:29. | Released on April 30, 2014
Various Artists "NHK dai! tensai terebi-kun MTK the 18th"
This new compilation from NHK's long-running kids program "dai! tensai TV-kun" features original tracks by a bunch of good artists, such as CTO LAB., Nakatsuka Takeshi ("Jump'n'Jive odore!"), Terada Sōichi (aka Omodaka) ("Dark Matter") and Okamoto's, among others. CDJapan gives...
Posted on March 8, 2014 at 00:02. | Released on March 5, 2014
Polysics have a new album coming this month! This follows EP "Mega Over Drive" (released last October) of which the title track is included here. The album is said to include sounds of new wave, EDM, hard core and some...
Posted on January 6, 2014 at 23:43. | Released on January 15, 2014
Pecombo "Pecombo sings French Classics" (Download)
Scat vocal group Pecombo's latest release is a cover mini-album of French standards. This is a download-only release, available worldwide on iTunes. Pecombo "Pecombo sings French Classics" (Download) ペコンボ 「ペコンボ、フランスのスタンダード・ポップを歌う」 (Japanese title: "Pecombo, France no Standard Pop o utau") 1....
Posted on December 31, 2013 at 15:09. | Released on December 16, 2013
Polysics "Mega Over Drive"
Here's a new mini-album from Polysics! This contains 3 brand new tracks, and also re-recorded versions of two favorites in Polysics' latest three-piece style. The limited edition comes with a special 3D jacket. Polysics are currently touring Europe, with dates...
Posted on September 23, 2013 at 23:04. | Released on October 9, 2013
Konishi Yasuharu/Pizzicato Five "'dakishimetai!' Music Collection"
P5 fans rejoice, here come some lost Pizzicato Five sounds! Hit TV drama "dakishimetai!" was originally aired in 1988, and it's back this year as a special sequel marking its 25th anniversary. The original had music by Pizzicato Five —at...
Posted on September 14, 2013 at 20:52. | Released on September 27, 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
Idiot Pop "Toy Pop."
Idiot Pop is a mysterious techno-pop artist who debuted in 2009 with a self-titled album. After the release of two mini-albums ("Idiography E.P" and "Idiography, Vol.2") came 2nd album "EXWORLD" in 2012. Now here's a first remix album "TOY POP"...
Posted on June 15, 2013 at 13:33. | Released on May 16, 2013
Nona Reeves "Hippy Christmas / Live Thirteen"
Nona Reeves have been making a tradition of doing a Christmas show every year at Shibuya Club Quattro, and year 2012 saw its 14th edition. This live album release is of the show from the previous year (the 13th) held...
Posted on January 2, 2013 at 21:18. | Released on December 19, 2012
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. | Released on October 17, 2012
Various Artists "Speedking Vol.5"
J-death-techno label Speedking Productions brings a 5th edition of its popular "Speedking" compilation series! This 2-CD release features the latest tracks by Bubble-B, Yoshida Tetsuto, m2dy (aka m1dy), Missile Chewbacca and many more. Various Artists "Speedking Vol.5" Disc 1 (Title...
Posted on November 20, 2012 at 21:56. | Released on November 21, 2012
Koizumi Kyoko "Koizumi Chansonnier"
Singer Koizumi Kyōko has a new original album celebrating her 30th debut anniversary. Producers include Konishi Yasuharu ("omoshiro okashiku ikitekita keredo" and "Ma plus belle histoire d'amour"), Kikuchi Naruyoshi ("Une chanson pour les grands"), Soil & "Pimp" Sessions ("Sweet &...
Posted on November 1, 2012 at 23:39. | Released on October 24, 2012
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
SMAP "GIFT of SMAP"
SMAP has a new album out now, and as usual they manage to have a bit of good connections and taste in terms of producers. This time again Konishi Yasuharu produces one song, a cover "karajishi botan", the theme from...
Posted on August 12, 2012 at 11:15. | Released on August 8, 2012
Sally Soul Stew "Blue Angel Deluxe"
Sally Soul Stew, the band of bassist Sally Kubota (Les 5-4-3-2-1, Phantom GIft), has released a deluxe CD edition of its latest 7", "anata ni maketa no" (2010). The band also features singers Mashiro Megumi (Hicksville), Lemon, guitarist Nakamori Yasuhiro...
Posted on July 15, 2012 at 10:22. | Released on June 27, 2012
Scooters "Une Manche et La Belle"
It's a dream come true: Tokyo's Motown sound girls' group the Scooters are back! The band directed by Shindō Mitsuo have a new album coming, 30 years since their previous only original album "musumegokoro wa Scooters" (1982). The first cut...
Posted on July 7, 2012 at 00:04. | Released on July 11, 2012
Various Artists "Spa on the Moon" (Download)
The latest from Yasuda Toshiyuki is a concept mini-album featuring robot-bossa original song "Spa on the Moon", and covers of it by artists of various different genres. Find out more about each track on the official release page. Now available...
Posted on July 3, 2012 at 20:37. | Released on June 27, 2012
Vanilla Beans one-man live vol.4
Text and photo by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Sunday June 17, I went to see Vanilla Beans who were holding their 4th one-man live. I had been to the first held in December 2009 (report), and have...
Posted on June 21, 2012 at 23:35.
Shonen Knife "Pop Tune"
Shonen Knife, who celebrated their 30th anniversary last year, have a new album out now! A special site for the album has been set up here with plenty to read (in English too!), such as this comment from Marty Friedman...
Posted on June 7, 2012 at 23:39. | Released on June 6, 2012
Various Artists "zoku Fami-Compi"
This is a follow up to last year's "Fami-Compi", again full of new pico-pico club-style covers of popular Famicom (NES) theme songs. Producers include sasakure.UK and TeddyLoid. Various Artists "zoku Fami-Compi" オムニバス 「続ファミ・コンピ」 1. Opening ~Menuet da Pico~ 2. ikki...
Posted on May 21, 2012 at 21:54. | Released on May 23, 2012
Various Artists "Happy Holidays! ~80's Pops Covers~"
This is a compilation of various covers of 80's hit Japanese pop songs, featuring Sakamoto Ryūichi with Minekawa Takako, Toki Asako, Yakushimaru Etsuko, Hitomitoi with Sokabe Keiichi, clammbon, Sebastian X, and more. Various Artists "Happy Holidays! ~80's Pops Covers~" 1....
Posted on March 26, 2012 at 21:53. | Released on March 21, 2012
Sally Soul Stew and The Fave Raves
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound The last show I went to in 2011, on December 28, was one organized by Sally Soul Stew, band of bassist Sally Kubota (Les 5-4-3-2-1, The Phantom Gift). I had...
Posted on January 6, 2012 at 23:30.
Echo Project "hoshimeguri no uta" (Download)
In a charity effort for the March 11 Tōhoku disaster, various female singers have united to sing on this track produced by Dr.Usui (Motocompo) and arranged by A-bee. Featured are Motocompo's Chiho, Nomoto Karia, Asahi Miho, Shishido Rumi and Moriwaka...
Posted on December 17, 2011 at 13:42. | Released on December 7, 2011
Various Artists "We 'hub' music! Vol. 01-04" (Download)
Just about a year ago was held the first "We 'hub' music!" event organized by Yasuda Toshiyuki. Since then the series has seen 4 events, where the artist always acts as a "hub" inviting others from different genres and scenes,...
Posted on December 1, 2011 at 20:55. | Released on November 23, 2011
Various Artists "Ghibli Jazz Remix"
This latest Ghibli remix compilation features a lot of the best artists from the pico-pico scene. Check out what The Aprils, YMCK, The Lady Spade, Dr.Usui (Motocompo), milch of source (EeL's producer), Candles, Ram Rider, Boot Beat et al. have...
Posted on November 14, 2011 at 22:36. | Released on November 16, 2011
Maezono Naoki Group "tabun modotte mairimasu / itoshi no Macks" (7")
After 2 albums of only covers, here's a first original song from Maezono Naoki Group, coming as a 7" and a few days later for download. The title track has music written by Kirinji's Horigome Takaki and lyrics by the...
Posted on September 28, 2011 at 23:50. | Released on October 2, 2011
globe "house of globe"
Late 90's mainstream dance unit globe, produced by Komuro Tetsuya, has a remix album coming that attempts to appeal to fans of the current club scene. Remixers include Konishi Yasuharu, FPM, Osawa Shinichi, Shinco (Scha Dara Parr), Kawanabe Hiroshi (Tokyo...
Posted on August 7, 2011 at 23:02. | Released on August 10, 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.
Vanilla Beans "tengoku e no kaidan (Stairway To Heaven)"
Vanilla Beans are back this summer with a 2nd original album coming in July, but first here's a "one-coin" single that contains new covers of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" (!) and Pizzicato Five's "Baby Portable Rock", along with two...
Posted on June 25, 2011 at 19:43. | Released on June 29, 2011
Furukawa Honpo "Alice in wonderword"
Furukawa Honpo, the solo unit of Vocaloid-style producer Furukawa P, has a first album coming that will feature various vocalists. While most seems to have a standard J-pop tone, there are tracks sung by Nomiya Maki and Kahimi Karie (both...
Posted on June 12, 2011 at 13:43. | Released on June 15, 2011
Supercar "RE:SUPERCAR 2 ~redesigned by nakamura koji~"
Following the release of "RE:SUPERCAR 1", here's a 2nd album of "redesigned" tracks by Nakamura Kōji (aka Nakakō aka iLL). This time the album focuses on the later Supercar releases. Some audio samples can be heard at this special site...
Posted on June 4, 2011 at 10:27. | Released on June 15, 2011
EmiLy "tear drop"
Singer-songwriter EmiLy (Hashimoto Emiri) has a 2nd album out now, with songs arranged by the likes of Imai Kentarō (The Aprils) and Hase Yasuhiro (Yume to Cosme). Also the wonderful video clip for title song was directed by Nakama Norihisa...
Posted on May 29, 2011 at 01:48. | Released on May 25, 2011
mōretsu kara Beautiful Concert 2011: Sally Soul Stew and Keme
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Sunday May 8 was a show of Sally Soul Stew, the band of bassist Sally Kubota (Les 5-4-3-2-1, The Phantom Gift), held at Shinjuku rock venue Red Cloth. Sally...
Posted on May 14, 2011 at 11:55.
We "hub" music Vol. 01: Yasuda Toshiyuki, the firefly clan, Wono Satoru
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On December 11 was held a very special event organized by Yasuda Toshiyuki. The place was a beautiful house with a large garden in Yotsuya managed by Pierre Barouh, a...
Posted on December 26, 2010 at 18:54.
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
Hoover's Ooover at the O-West
Text by Ken M (Japan Live) I have trouble with big concert venues. A phobia of sorts. Ax, Zepp, Tokyo International Forum...I'm not a fan of any of them. Visions of animals being herded through the slaughterhouse... But these places...
Posted on October 17, 2010 at 18:49.
Sally Soul Stew "anata ni maketa no" (7")
Sally Soul Stew, the solo unit of Sally Kubota (Les 5-4-3-2-1, The Phantom Gift), has a new 7" coming this month! The A-side is a cover of Koyama Rumi's "anata ni maketa no" (1970), while the B-side is an original...
Posted on September 13, 2010 at 23:50. | Released on September 20, 2010
Fujimura Tohru & Yasuda Toshiyuki "Silent Disco Live 2010.07" (Download)
Last July, Fujimura Tohru and Yasuda Toshiyuki (MySpace) played an improvised live show at Shimokitazawa's Slow Comedy Factory using various electronic instruments, the audience listening to the music via headphones. I had the chance to be there (my report here)....
Posted on September 8, 2010 at 00:08. | Released on September 8, 2010
Various Artists "Speedking Vol.3", "Speedking Vol.1 Remastered and Separated"
J-death techno label Speedking Productions brings a 3rd compilation of original tracks. The 2-CD release features Yoshida Tetsuto, Bubble-B, Cherryboy Function, Leopaldon, Hally (VORC Records) , omoshiro Sangokushi and many others. Out at the same time is a re-issue of...
Posted on August 26, 2010 at 21:21. | Released on August 24, 2010
Toshiyuki Yasuda "Renix" (Download)
Electro-lounge artist Yasuda Toshiyuki has a first remix mini-album out now, for download only on iTunes worldwide. Included are 3 original songs plus remixes by Los Recyclers, Suzywan, Digiki and Little Nobody. Read the artist's liner notes on his web...
Posted on May 31, 2010 at 20:31. | Released on May 26, 2010
Various Artists "Tokyo Auto-Reverse ~ Neo-Shibuya-kei x 80's ~" (Download)
Here's an interesting compilation of 80's Japanese hit song covers by young bands of the post-Shibuya-kei scene! Featured are The Aprils, Yume to Cosme (previously known as solange et delphine), Mr.COCKROBIN, roly poly ragbear, Sucrette, the Caraway and more. This...
Posted on May 27, 2010 at 23:58. | Released on May 26, 2010
Como-Lee "Roboghibli Talk Box by Como-Lee"
Talk box artist Como-Lee has an album out where he covers Ghibli theme songs. Various vocalists are also featured (no talk box for them though). Audio samples at Amazon Como-Lee "Roboghibli Talk Box by Como-Lee" Como-Lee 「ロボジブリ トークボックス by Como-Lee」...
Posted on May 9, 2010 at 11:14. | Released on March 17, 2010
HNC Release Party "Cult Club"
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Friday April 30 was the overdue release party for HNC's album "Cult" released last December. HNC used to be known as Hazel Nuts Chocolate, the solo project of a girl...
Posted on May 2, 2010 at 14:50.
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
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
BUBBLE-B "BUBBLE-B no Big Bang" (CD+DVD)
Indies techno artist and video remixer BUBBLE-B, who keeps the J-death techno scene alive with his label Speedking, has a brand new album out! Follow-up to the "BUBBLE-B no Good Evening" DVD (2004), this new release actually contains both CD...
Posted on October 20, 2009 at 20:23. | Released on October 21, 2009
Various Artists "Speedking presents: 8bit Rave"
From Japan's first "death techno" label SPEEDKING comes this 8-bit Famicom/Gameboy chip-tune compilation featuring Yoshida Tetsuto, BUBBLE-B, KPLECRAFT, Cherryboy Function, Bokusatsu Shoujo Koubou and many more. See the promo sampler clip at YouTube below. This comes out at the same...
Posted on October 8, 2009 at 21:40. | Released on October 21, 2009
capsule "FLASH BEST"
After Nakata Yasutaka has gained lots of fame as a producer for various artists (Perfume, Meg, Suzuki Ami,..), it's now time for a first greatest hits album from capsule! This focuses on releases since "S.F. sound furniture" (2004) and seems...
Posted on August 25, 2009 at 23:30. | Released on August 26, 2009
Various Artists "Speedking Vol.2"
Here's a 2nd installment of the "J-death techno" compilation series "Speedking". This includes the latest by Yoshida Tetsuto, Arai Toshiya, Bubble-B, Cherryboy Function, and more. This includes a bonus CD with a megamix of tracks from Vol.1, Vol.2 and then...
Posted on May 3, 2009 at 23:00. | Released on May 27, 2009
Here's a full-length album by ravex, the all-star producer unit of Fantastic Plastic Machine, Ōsawa Shinichi and Taku Takahashi (m-flo). This special unit celebrates the 20th anniversary of Avex, and the 80th anniversary of birth of Tezuka Osamu, and the...
Posted on April 4, 2009 at 22:53. | Released on April 29, 2009
Cornelius "Ultimate Sensuous Synchronized Show" (DVD)
This 2-DVD set containing The Cornelius Group's "Ultimate Sensuous Synchronized Show" held at the Tokyo International Forum a year ago (March 30, 2008) part of the tour for album "Sensuous". The 2nd disc contains some rare Cornelius documentaries and live...
Posted on March 5, 2009 at 21:43. | Released on May 13, 2009
ravex "Believe in LOVE feat. BoA"
ravex, the all-star producer unit of Fantastic Plastic Machine, Ōsawa Shinichi and Taku Takahashi (m-flo), brings us a 2nd single, this time with tracks featuring BoA and Gotō Maki. A curious "MEGA ravex" track also holds a long list of...
Posted on February 7, 2009 at 10:29. | Released on February 18, 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
Towa Tei "Big Fun"
4 years have passed since "Flash", here comes Towa Tei's 5th album! The list of guests can only help us trust a title like "Big Fun", with Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius), Hatori Miho (Cibo Matto), Hosono Haruomi (YMO), Meg, Verbal (m-flo),...
Posted on January 11, 2009 at 12:44. | Released on February 4, 2009
capsule "MORE! MORE! MORE!"
Yes! capsule is back with a new album!! It's been almost a year since "Flash Back". That's more than the usual 8 month rule, but you have to consider that Nakata Yasutaka has been very busy producing other artists such...
Posted on November 9, 2008 at 02:20. | Released on November 19, 2008
yes, mama ok? "Incomplete Questions"
yes, mama ok? have a complete boxed set just out that regroups all of their releases on LD&K and Columbia. That's a total of 55 songs from "Coffee Cup de Rendez-vous tte saikō yo", "tea party", "suna no Pudding", "modern...
Posted on October 4, 2008 at 15:41. | Released on September 26, 2008
Various Artists "Silent Dream 2 - mixed by Masanori Ikeda"
Ikeda Masanori (aka Mansfield) (MySpace) has selected tracks from house label Flower Records for this non-stop compilation mixed by himself. Several of the tracks are presented in a special edit just for this release. Audio samples at Flower Records Various...
Posted on September 18, 2008 at 22:49. | Released on September 3, 2008
Ukawanimation! "wakusei no Portrait 5okuman gaso"
Designer/VJ Ukawa Naohiro has a new music solo project. Here he is joined by Ishino Takkyū (Denki Groove) who made the music for the title track, of which the title means "A planet's portrait, 500 megapixels". De De Mouse also...
Posted on September 6, 2008 at 12:44. | Released on September 24, 2008
Here comes a new single from Meg, once again produced by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule, Perfume)! This comes in two editions, each with different artwork, and quite strange one at that! The DVD contains a video clip of the title track...
Posted on September 6, 2008 at 02:39. | Released on September 17, 2008
kayōkyoku bangaichi ~ Live & DJ event: arcorhyme live
arcorhyme, the unit of Takanami K-taro (ex-Pizzicato Five) and singer Nishimura Ikuyo, will take the lead at this kayōkyoku live event organized by Hotwax, celebrating the release of a related book sub-titled "Queen of Japanese Pops" . Also featured will...
Posted on July 22, 2008 at 14:43. | Released on July 25, 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
"Second Royal TV Vol.01 July 2008" (DVD)
Kyoto club label Second Royal offers a first ever DVD! It contains over 70 minutes of... well, this and that. Some party scenes and some talk, and of course music! They warn not to expect too much, but at that...
Posted on June 27, 2008 at 16:18. | Released on July 7, 2008
noelle "Love Electro"
noelle is a new electro/club-style project aiming to cover popular J-pop love songs. Tracks are produced by various DJs/producers and feature female vocals. This first album features producers Nakatsuka Takeshi (Qypthone), Dr.Usui (Motocompo), Ram Rider and others. Audio samples at...
Posted on June 24, 2008 at 17:49. | Released on July 9, 2008
Various Artists "Beautiful Techno"
Especially with Perfume taking over the charts lately, Japan is really in techno-pop mode right now! This compilation is a great opportunity to catch up, and will feature artists like Meg, Aira Mitsuki, immi, Q;indivi, and more. It will total...
Posted on May 28, 2008 at 15:49. | Released on July 16, 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
Electro-pop idol Meg has a new single, the 2nd since album "Beam". This is again produced by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule) who's lately most famous for the new best selling album "Game" he produced for Perfume. Meg "Heart" 1. Heart 2....
Posted on May 2, 2008 at 15:55. | Released on May 7, 2008
Various Artists "Joyful Grooves!: Exceed"
This all-genre club jazz compilation, while focusing on foreign artists, includes tracks by Japanese club artists Sindbad, Halfby, Fujisawa Shiho and Boot Beat. Various Artists "Joyful Grooves!: Exceed" オムニバス 「ジョイフル・グルーヴス! イクシード」 1. Don't Take It Too Hard 2. Eastside Connection...
Posted on March 21, 2008 at 11:41. | Released on March 21, 2008
Hiroshi Okazaki and His Star Gazers "Gazing the Cygnus", "Gazing the Orion"
Two very rare albums by easy listening band Hiroshi Okazaki and His Star Gazers are being re-issued for the first time on CD, in mini-LP sleeves. This band was the subject of a whole compilation previously released on Readymade in...
Posted on March 11, 2008 at 10:55. | Released on April 11, 2008
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