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Noppal "I Luv MaryJane / Lazy Sun Day" (7")
Laid-back female rapper Noppal has a 7" cut coming, of two songs from excellent mini-album "Summer EP 2015" (ironically released in 2014). "I Luv MaryJane" was produced by Mr.Melody (PPP) and features LUVRAW on talkbox, while "Lazy Sun Day"...
Posted on February 11, 2015 at 13:30
Noppal "Summer EP 2015"
Noppal is a female rapper whose 1st mini-album was just released on LUVRAW's label Image Cluv. Producers include Dorian, VIDEOTAPEMUSIC, Mr.Melody (PPP) and more. Hear more sound samples at Jet Set. NOPPAL 「SUMMER EP 2015」 1. I Luv MaryJane (Pro....
Posted on October 23, 2014 at 23:11
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Shibata Satoko "Do You Need a Rest From Love?"
Singer-songwriter Shibata Satoko has a 4th album out today! This is the follow-up to her eponymous album released in 2015. Two songs were arranged by Kishida Shigeru (Quruli), and one by Yamamoto Seiichi (Boredoms). In June she will tour Japan,...
Posted on May 17, 2017 at 23:05
"Godzilla Legend -- Music of Akira Ifukube" in New York
Text and photos by Nicholas D. Kent (Japanese Electronic Music) for Tokyo's Coolest Sound(Except where indicated) Correspondent Nicholas D. Kent went to the "Godzilla Legend" concert held recently in New York. Here's his report! "Godzilla Legend—Music of Akira Ifukube" April...
Posted on May 14, 2017 at 10:35
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
Tweedees "The Second Time Around"
Tweedees, the unit of Okii Reiji (ex-Cymbals) and Kiyoura Natsumi, has a 2nd album about to be released! This is the follow-up to last year's "The Sound Sounds.". The song "Phillip" features Indonesian band ikkubaru. The limited edition includes a...
Posted on July 16, 2016 at 19:58
Kaji Hideki "The Blue Boy"
Kaji Hideki celebrates this year the 20th anniversary since his solo debut in 1996. I've lost count, but "The Blue Boy" is said to be his 15th original album! His back-band on this album is formed of Furukawa Taichi and...
Posted on May 4, 2016 at 21:44
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
Nakatsuka Takeshi "EYE"
Nakatsuka Takeshi (Qypthone) has a brand new album coming! It has already been 3 years since "Lyrics". We're told to expect aggressive and thrilling new jazzy sounds. A release party will be held on April 21 at Daikanyama Unit (details)....
Posted on March 10, 2016 at 00:03
Harada Tomoyo "Love Song Covers"
Harada Tomoyo has a new album coming this week, consisting of covers of foreign songs such as The Beatles "I've Just Seen a Face", Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender", Julie London's "Fly Me To The Moon", Burt Bacharach-written "The Look...
Posted on March 15, 2015 at 15:37
Various Artists "Women's Liberation"
This is an album of covers of Japanese songs from the 60's to the early 70's, here sung with translated English lyrics! Both the originals and the covers were performed by Japanese women, completing the theme of this compilation. Vocalists...
Posted on January 19, 2015 at 21:32
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
NyoROBOtics "3 micron no neji"
Osaka-based "idol robot group" NyoROBOtics has a first original album out now on Orange Records. The songwriters behind this include Jean-Paul Takahashi and Rinda, both of group Chupi*Chupi on the same label. Audio samples of all songs at HMV. NyoROBOtics...
Posted on December 7, 2014 at 21:11
Various Artists "Women in Music selected by Cibo Matto"
Cibo Matto are back this year with new album "Hotel Valentine", and here's a nice-priced 2-CD compilation of songs by female artists and female-fronted bands from Japan and the world, selected by the two. Featured are Buffalo Daughter, mi-gu, Charisma.com,...
Posted on May 30, 2014 at 00:20
Hanazawa Kana "25"
This 2nd album by voice actress Hanazawa Kana was released on her 25th birthday (February 26, 2014), and the 2-CD package contains 25 tracks, involving a bunch of Shibuya-kei related artists. The whole is produced by Kitagawa Katsutoshi (Round Table),...
Posted on March 2, 2014 at 22:13
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
Negicco "tokimeki no Headliner"
Idol group Negicco have a new single coming, their first since the release of album "Melody Palette" last July. The title track was produced by Nishidera Gōta (Nona Reeves), and B-side "sayonara Music" is by Negicco's main producer connie. A...
Posted on November 3, 2013 at 14:33
Negicco "Melody Palette"
Negi-loving idol group Negicco from Niigata has a new album out now! This is actually their first real album, as their previous full-length release "Negicco 2003~2012 -Best-" was made up of early tracks. The new album includes latest single "Idol...
Posted on July 20, 2013 at 03:09
Taketatsu Ayana "apple symphony"
Popular voice actress Taketatsu Ayana ("K-on!", etc.) has a first album coming, and it contains songs written by composers including Okii Reiji (ex-Cymbals), Suemitsu Atsushi and hit-maker Tsutsumi Kyōhei. Lead track "haru ga kimi o kirei ni shita" was written...
Posted on April 5, 2013 at 00:19
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
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
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
Wack Wack Rhythm Band "XX Classics"
Wack Wack Rhythm Band is now celebrating its 20th anniversary! Time flies! This first greatest hits album contains favorites from their whole career, as well as the 2 new recordings from their latest 7" single. A total of 20 tracks....
Posted on November 3, 2012 at 21:21
Sayonara Ponytail "sora mo toberu hazu / Bianca / koi suru Sports"
The limited edition of pop band Sayonara Ponytail's new EP comes with remixes by Tofubeats, Hyadain,... which is what deserves it a mention here. Lead track "sora mo toberu hazu" is a cover of Spitz. The various editions are a...
Posted on June 4, 2012 at 22:54
Love And Hates "L.A.H." release party
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Last Sunday, February 5, was the release party for Love And Hates' 1st album "L.A.H." The event was held at Shinjuku Marz, starting at 5pm and to finish around 10!...
Posted on February 14, 2012 at 21:41
Hirado Yūsuke "Speak Own Words"
Hirado Yūsuke is the pianist and leader of jazz band quasimode. Here's a first solo album that features appearances of bird, Hatakeyama Miyuki (Port of Notes) and more. Included are covers of Amy Winehouse, Burt Bacharach, Carole King among others,...
Posted on January 8, 2012 at 01:18
Dorian "studio vacation" release party, w/ Luvraw & BTB, (((sssurrounddd)))
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound We've been enjoying some cool autumn weather in Tokyo lately, but last Friday was a hot summer night at Shibuya WWW where was held the release party for Dorian's "studio...
Posted on November 6, 2011 at 23:33
Halcali "Tokyo Connection"
Here's a new mini-album from Halcali! Included are several new songs, a remix by 80KIDZ and a self-cover of early song "Strawberry Chips". Shibuya-kei fans will rejoice that new song "Girl!Girl!Girl!" is produced by Nakatsuka Takeshi with lyrics written by...
Posted on January 24, 2011 at 22:37
WOWOW "Music Ltd." 17th public live recording
Text by Patrick for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On October 12 I went to a public live recording for pay TV channel WOWOW's "Music Ltd." show. The recording isn't done in a TV studio but at a regular live house, and...
Posted on October 17, 2010 at 22:50
Star Dish "Conversation"
Star Dish, the club-jazz unit of Sano Atsushi (Sherlock Notes) and Playa, brings us a first full-length album. This features guest Raphael Sebbag (United Future Organization), as well as members of Jabberloop and Immigrant's Bossa Band. Included are all tracks...
Posted on June 16, 2009 at 22:35
Star Dish "Jazz Conversation E.P." (12")
Star Dish is the new unit of Organ Bar DJ Sano Atsushi (behind the brilliant unit Sherlock Notes) together with Katokunnlee (aka Playa). This first single contains a future latin jazz cover of "Balkan Blue" featuring members of Jabberloop, and...
Posted on January 16, 2009 at 23:36
Oikawa Mitsuhiro "Rainbow-Man"
Konishi Yasuharu wrote and produced a track for the new album of Oikawa Mitsuhiro (aka Michie). The track in question, titled "That's Entertainment.", has Konishi's distinctive club sound and sure reminds of Pizzicato Five, and also seems to borrow a...
Posted on October 30, 2008 at 22:12
Lullatone "the bedtime beat"
I just learned about it, but Lullatone (MySpace) has a new album out just last month, on Australian label Someone Good. Lullatone is the Nagoya-based unit of American Shawn James Seymour and his Japanese wife Yoshimi. They create beautiful pajama...
Posted on April 9, 2008 at 16:06
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
Riddim Saunter "Brighten Ours From The Remixes"
Party band Riddim Saunter, label-mates of Cubismo Grafico Five, have a remix album coming featuring Cubismo Grafico, Kiiiiiii & DJ Codomo, Kotani Yōsuke (Avalon, ex-Harvard), Tzboguchi Masayasu (Tokyo Zawinul Bach, DCPRG)) and more. At the same time will be released...
Posted on February 8, 2008 at 16:55
Emi Kawano Trio "Rainy Day" (12")
Jazz pianist and singer-songwriter Kawano Emi brings us this first swinging release, produced by young jazz DJ Miura Makoto (aka Monsieur Mieurax) and released on his label Comedy Tonight. This contains 4 brilliant original female-vocal jazz songs written by Emi...
Posted on February 8, 2008 at 00:13
Various Artists "Grand Gallery presents New Wave"
Grand Gallery is to bring us a compilation of Japanese club/dance scene artists performing covers of new wave hit songs. All new recordings, this features Mansfield, Akakage, Tycoon To$h & Sugimoto Kuni, Coldfeet, Tica and many more. Various Artists "Grand...
Posted on October 13, 2007 at 20:14
m-flo "electriCOLOR -COMPLETE remix-"
m-flo's upcoming remix album, of songs from the album "Cosmicolor", includes remixes by Fantastic Plastic Machine, Sunaga t̀ Experience, Nakata Yasutaka (capsule), Ishino Takkyū, Akakage, Dexpistols, Ram Rider, Alex of Clazziquai Project, and more! Included is a bonus non-stop mix...
Posted on September 5, 2007 at 14:30
Various Artists "Our Favourite Shops ~Roots of KOGA Melody~"
Label KOGA will release a compilation of indies artists performing rock covers. Included is a new recording by Macdonald Duck Eclair doing Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song"! Various Artists "Our Favourite Shops ~Roots of KOGA Melody~" 1. Berry Roll / Top...
Posted on June 15, 2007 at 14:29
Various Artists "popular music ~Tsutsumi Kyōhei Tribute~"
Active since 41 years ago, Japan's #1 pop songwriter Tsutsumi Kyōhei with a biography of over 3000 songs having together sold over 75,480,000 copies to this day! This is a first tribute album where young artists cover his hit songs....
Posted on June 13, 2007 at 15:49
Various Artists "Bossa Nova 1991 Shibuya Scene Retrospective"
Well the title says it all, or almost! This 2-CD compilation of Shibuya-kei is selected by none other than Pizzicato Five's Konishi Yasuharu! A surely difficult (let's hear the "where's this?" and "what's that?") but thoughtful selection and salute to...
Posted on April 27, 2007 at 11:21
Various Artists "Groovy Sauce -Genovese-"
Qypthone's Nakatsuka Takeshi brings us a second Groovy Sauce compilation, again a collection of tracks from the popular "Groovy Sauce Collection" vinyl-only series. Out now! Various Artists "Groovy Sauce -Genovese-" (Title / Artist) 1. Melody Fair -Shiho Fujisawa version- /...
Posted on November 29, 2006 at 13:58
jenny01 "Listen or Love"
jenny01's 3rd major mini-album is produced by Sunaga Tatsuo. It will contain a cover of Ōnuki Taeko's "tokai", a song produced by Abe Noboru (Studio Apartment), a remix of debut song "Monologue" by Ikeda Masanori (Mansfield), and appearances by Takamiya...
Posted on August 3, 2006 at 12:23
melody. "see you..."
Gotta point out this maxi single by melody. that just came out last week. The title song is arranged by m-flo's Taku, and a remix by Halfby (track 3) is included. melody. "see you..." 1. see you... 2. Close Your...
Posted on February 23, 2006 at 11:04
Tei Towa "Flasher"
Following his latest album "Flash", Tei Towa has a remix/compilation album coming out soon. The album is not expected to only contain remixes, but also apparently "Flash"-inspired original tracks by other artists. Featured artists will include Atom™, Grant Nelson, Joey...
Posted on September 20, 2005 at 14:40
Various Artists "Readymade Digs Disney 3"
Last time we got Disney's jazzy grooves, this time we get soft rock songs from the 60's and 70's, of course all selected by Konishi Yasuharu. All songs are said to be released on CD for the first time, so...
Posted on April 27, 2005 at 16:40
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
Sunaga Tatsuo "World Standard.04 -A Tatsuo Sunaga Live Mix-" (CCCD)
Record banchō Sunaga Tatsuo (Sunaga t̀ Experience) is back with a new live mix album, 4th of his "World Standard" series. Sunaga Tatsuo "World Standard.04 -A Tatsuo Sunaga Live Mix-" (CCCD) 須永辰緒 「World Standard.04」 Track list 1. TNBC nihongo hōsōkyoku...
Posted on August 24, 2004 at 17:06
Nao "melody" (CCCD)
The next Nao single is arranged and produced by Sunaga Tatsuo! Audio and video samples at Avex. Nao "melody" (CCCD) Track list 1. melody 2. yasashii kaze 3. melody (Instrumental) Rhythm Zone RZCD-45136 Out 9/23, ¥1050 Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower...
Posted on August 11, 2004 at 20:37
m-flo "Astromantic Charm School" (CCCD)
Following their recent album "Astromantic" featuring Nomiya Maki, Crazy Ken Band, Sakamoto Ryūichi, Black Bottom Brass Band, and many other J-Pop artists, m-flo will release a remix album including remixes by Halfby, Comoesta Yaegashi, FreeTEMPO, Kenji Jammer, Tomita Lab, and...
Posted on July 12, 2004 at 16:01
Coco d'Or "Coco d'Or" (CCCD)
20-year-old Shimabukuro Hiroko, aka hiro (former member of late-90's idol group Speed), will be releasing a jazz cover album under the name Coco d'Or. Most interesting is the impressive list of producers: Sunaga Tatsuo, Fukutomi Yukihiro, Nakatsuka Takeshi (Qypthone), Coldfeet,...
Posted on July 6, 2004 at 15:45
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