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P.O.P "fuyuzora to utagoe wa kirei na hou ga ii" (Download)
Spend groovy holidays with rappers P.O.P's new winter-themed EP. This contains brand new collaborations with Nakatsuka Takeshi and others. And leave it to YMCK to take a good rap tune into retro game world with their remix of hit song...
Posted on December 5, 2014 at 20:56. | Released on December 3, 2014
P.O.P "Watch Me" (7")
Rapper twins P.O.P's smooth rap track "Watch Me" has been released on 7"! Included is a remix by Osaka's okadada. This is out on DJ Michelle Sorry's recently started 7" label, mawarisō na Records. Also check out their album "tanoshii...
Posted on December 3, 2014 at 23:42. | Released on November 26, 2014
P.O.P "Summer of P.O.P" (Download)
Out today on iTunes Japan and OTOTOY is a summer-themed EP by identical twin tappers P.O.P. The EP includes a remix of "Watch me" by DJ Jet Baron (aka Takano Mandokoro), known for bringing Indonesian dance music sounds to Japan's...
Posted on August 18, 2014 at 23:49. | Released on August 18, 2014
P.O.P "tanoshii koto bakari arimasu yō ni."
P.O.P (previously known as P.O.P ORCHeSTRA) is a hip-hop band led by two identical twin rappers. They have long been active on stage, and have released several songs on iTunes before, but finally here comes their first album being released...
Posted on June 18, 2014 at 23:09. | Released on June 18, 2014
Hondalady "Looper Looper"
Vocal techno unit Hondalady has a 12th album out now! P.O.P ORCHeSTRA's twin rappers and idol group Yurumerumo! (You'll Melt More!)'s Kechon and Momopi are featured as guest vocalists on "Kids Are Not Alight" and "Looper Looper" respectively. Hondalady can...
Posted on May 4, 2014 at 12:39. | Released on April 23, 2014
P.O.P ORCHeSTRA "126.96.36.199" (Download)
Rap unit P.O.P ORCHeSTRA, characterized by its real band and real twin MCs (the Kamisuzuki brothers), has a new 2-track single out now on iTunes worldwide! Like the previous "P.O.P LAB", this comes from Nakatsuka Takeshi's Delicatessen LAB digital label....
Posted on January 10, 2013 at 21:18. | Released on January 9, 2013
Beat Communist vol.12: Nakatsuka Takeshi, Iga-Bang BB, P.O.P ORCHeSTRA, Aoki Karen, Rie Fu
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound My last show of 2012 was Beat Communist, a regular event organized by Nakatsuka Takeshi every 2 or 3 months at cool jazz lounge JZ Brat located in Cerulian Tower,...
Posted on January 5, 2013 at 12:42.
P.O.P ORCHeSTRA "P.O.P LAB" (Download)
Identical twins rap unit P.O.P ORCHeSTRA have a new 2-song digital EP out now! This is the 2nd monthly release from Nakatsuka Takeshi's "Delicatessen LAB" digital label. Released just today, lead track "At, we now..." is already comfortably sitting at...
Posted on June 6, 2012 at 22:09. | Released on June 6, 2012
Beat Communist vol.10: Nakatsuka Takeshi, Kaji Hideki, akiko, P.O.P ORCHeSTRA
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Saturday May 26 was the 10th edition of the "Beat Communist" event presented by Nakatsuka Takeshi (Qypthone), which is regularly held every 3 months at jazz club JZ Brat....
Posted on May 30, 2012 at 23:20.
Various Artists "The Chocolate Factory" (Download)
Nakatsuka Takeshi, eli (ex-Love Tambourines), Small Circle of Friends and P.O.P Orchestra have all collaborated together to create this 5-song mini-album, out now on iTunes worldwide. A release party will be held at Daikanyama Loop on December 11. Details at...
Posted on December 7, 2011 at 23:49. | Released on December 7, 2011
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Charan-Po-Rantan "toritomenai ongakukai" (Blu-ray/DVD)
This is a live DVD (and Blu-ray) of the last show of Charan-Po-Rantan's latest tour, titled "Charan-Po-Rantan to yukai na Cancan Balcan Tour 2016-17 'taishū ongaku no tebiki'", which closely followed the release of album "toritomenashi". This show was held...
Posted on July 9, 2017 at 22:15. | Released on July 12, 2017
Denki Groove "Tropical Love"
Denki Groove has just released a brand new album, 4 years after "Human Beings and Animals" (2013). Titled "Tropical Love", it contains a total of 10 new songs including an album version of latest single "Fallin' Down" (2015). The song...
Posted on March 5, 2017 at 01:04. | Released on March 1, 2017
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra "The Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary Concert"
"The Legend of Zelda" celebrated last year its 30th anniversary! On October 16, 2016, a special concert where the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra performed music from the famous game series was held, and it is now being released on CD. The...
Posted on February 12, 2017 at 14:05. | Released on February 15, 2017
Accordion and vocals sister duo Charan-Po-Rantan have a new mini-album coming this month! Consisting of 8 new songs, including two theme songs for recent TV dramas, this follows cover album "karimono kyōsō" released last September. The song "otakebi" features Tokyo...
Posted on January 3, 2017 at 12:13. | Released on January 18, 2017
Various Artists "Sunaga Tatsuo no yoru Jazz gaiden 2 ~ All the young dudes ~ subete no wakakiyarōdomo"
Here's a new installment of Sunaga Tatsuo's long-running "Jazz Allnighters" ("yoru Jazz") compilation series. Follow-up to the 2010 compilation of Japanese jazz tracks, this new album contains the latest of young Japanese jazz bands. Being released on jazz label Playwright,...
Posted on June 4, 2016 at 10:31. | Released on May 25, 2016
Saoriiiii (previously known as Saori@destiny until 2012) is back with a first mini-album under the new monicker she has been using for the last few years. A release party will be held this Friday April 1st at Shibuya Star lounge...
Posted on March 31, 2016 at 22:59. | Released on March 23, 2016
FPM "Motions (Best Killer Remixes & Produce works by FPM)" (3CD)
FPM is still celebrating his 20th anniversary, and following greatest hits album "Moments" here comes a 3-CD set of tracks he has produced or remixed for other artists. Some rare and previously unreleased tracks are also included. The album's first...
Posted on March 12, 2016 at 00:56. | Released on March 16, 2016
XTAL, aka Crystal (of (((sssurrounddd))), Jintana & Emeralds), has a first solo album coming on Crue-L Records! Expect electronic music that visits genres such as "shoegaze piano house", "slow acid minimal" and "cutup Balearic", we're being told. Included are collaborations...
Posted on January 24, 2016 at 13:24. | Released on February 1, 2016
Denki Groove "Denki Groove The Movie? -The Music Selection-"
Denki Groove's official documentary movie "Denki Groove The Movie" is being screened in theaters throughout Japan since December 26 for a limited time. The movie is full of rare footage covering the band's history since it was founded in 1989....
Posted on December 31, 2015 at 21:51. | Released on December 23, 2015
Various Artists "Crue-L Cafe II Compiled by Kenji Takimi"
A brand new compilation from Crue-L Records is out today! All songs are either previously unreleased, or available for the first time on CD. The whole was compiled and mastered by Takimi Kenji, with design by Emori Takeaki (tone twilight)....
Posted on October 10, 2015 at 16:46. | Released on October 10, 2015
Yellow Magic Orchestra "No Nukes 2012" (CD), "Yellow Magic Orchestra Live In San Francisco 2011" (Blu-ray)
Yellow Magic Orchestra has released a live CD of another held at Makuhari Messe (Chiba) on July 7, 2012 part of an event headlined by Kraftwerk, and at the same time a Blu-ray edition of their San Francisco show held...
Posted on August 15, 2015 at 01:17. | Released on August 5, 2015
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. | Released on April 18, 2015
Hosono Haruomi "Hosono Haruomi x Sakamoto Ryuichi at EX Theater Roppongi 2013.12.21" (Blu-ray/DVD)
A live collaboration show of Hosono Haruomi and Sakamoto Ryūichi (both of Yellow Magic Orchestra) has been released on Blu-ray and DVD. The show was held on December 21, 2013 at EX Theater Roppongi, and featured appearances of Oyamada Keigo...
Posted on March 21, 2015 at 00:27. | Released on March 18, 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
clammbon "Why not clammbon!? ~ clammbon Tribute"
This recently released clammbon tribute album features a great amount of like-minded artists, including Buffalo Daughter, salyu x salyu, Nona Reeves, Tokyo No.1 Soul Set, GREAT3, Hanaregumi, Rekishi and more. Check out the trailer clip below, and hear samples of...
Posted on December 31, 2014 at 17:53. | Released on December 3, 2014
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra "Ska Me Forever"
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra have a new original album out now, marking their 25th anniversary. Included is a collaboration with FPM, and also ones with bands Asian Kung-Fu Generation, 10-Feet and Mongol800. FPM had previously collaborated with the band on...
Posted on August 17, 2014 at 13:49. | Released on August 13, 2014
Crazy Ken Band "Spark da!", "Free Soul Crazy Ken Band", "Crazy Ken Band Tour Flying Saucer 2013" (DVD)
Here's a wave of releases from Crazy Ken Band! First, new single "Spark da!" which is being used as NHK's "minna no uta" for June and July. Included are 3 B-sides of new songs used in TV and radio commercials....
Posted on July 13, 2014 at 11:50. | Released on July 16, 2014
Negicco "Triple! Wonderland"
Negicco has a new single on the way! The title track was produced by Yano Hiroyasu (ex-cymbals), while B-side is a new song by Negicco's main producer connie, that one arranged and performed by Kimyō Reitarō Travel Swing Orchestra. The...
Posted on April 9, 2014 at 00:04. | Released on April 16, 2014
Kikuchi Naruyoshi to Pepe Tormento Azucarar "senzen to sengo" (CD+DVD)
Kikuchi Naruyoshi (DCPRG, ex-Spank Happy) has a new album out now, backed by "exotic jazz orchestra" Pepe Tormento Azucarar. This time Kikuchi sings ten of the 11 songs himself. About half of the songs are originals, while covers include songs...
Posted on March 21, 2014 at 22:56. | Released on March 19, 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
Sakamoto Ryuichi "Ryuichi Sakamoto | Playing the Orchestra 2013"
Sakamoto Ryūichi has released an album with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, as recorded during 3 concerts held in Tokyo and Osaka last May. It had been 16 years since his previous Japan tour with a full orchestra. The album includes...
Posted on January 3, 2014 at 17:56. | Released on December 11, 2013
playtime rock "Play Time"
Playtime Rock (blog) is the unit of Takanami K-taro (ex-Pizzicato Five) and flutist/singer Ichiba Mina. After last year's split-album "Evening Primrose" (2012), here comes their real first full-length album "Play Time". Half of the tracks are covers of foreign songs...
Posted on July 23, 2013 at 22:48. | Released on July 24, 2013
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. | Released on April 10, 2013
Crue-L Grand Orchestra vs TBD "Barbarella's Disco" (12")
Crue-L Grand Orchestra has a new 12" out now, in collaboration with NY underground house scene's TBD (unit of Justin Van Der Volgen & Lee Douglas). Out now on one-sider red vinyl on Crue-L Records. The previous of this "vs"...
Posted on February 24, 2013 at 22:44. | Released on February 23, 2013
Isao Tomita "Symphony Ihatov"
Composer and synthesizer artist Tomita Isao meets Hatsune Miku, put in the middle of an orchestra of over 300 (including choir) for this symphony performed on stage. This album was recorded live on November 23, 2012 at Tokyo Opera City,...
Posted on January 19, 2013 at 00:13. | Released on January 23, 2013
Various Artists "The Beat Goes On ~Salsoul Classics Mixed By Towa Tei~"
Towa Tei has a new mix CD, in fact his first ever! He has released many compilation CDs before but it seems like this is his first attempt at a non-stop mix. Here he selects tracks from legendary New York...
Posted on December 8, 2012 at 00:16. | Released on December 5, 2012
ShibusaShirazu "shibusai kayō taizen"
ShibusaShirazu, a big band that mixes various genres and uses all kinds of performances in their shows, has a cover album out earlier this month. Featured are various guest vocalists including Nagisa Yōko, Sakamoto Miu and Sandii. Songs include "Rydeen"...
Posted on November 18, 2012 at 10:26. | Released on November 7, 2012
marino with Teapot Orchestra "Bathtub de chōshoku o"
marino is back, 6 years after the release of hit album "Lollipop" (2009 reissue here), and now she's with a full brass band and going in a more jazzy direction, actually sounding very musical-like. The title translates to "breakfast in...
Posted on September 17, 2012 at 23:58. | Released on September 20, 2012
hitomitoi sings "City Dive"
Text by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Last June singer hitomitoi's new album "City Dive" was released on Billboard Japan Records. The album was produced by Cunimondo Takiguchi of city pops unit Ryūsenkei, with some tracks by Dorian and...
Posted on September 3, 2012 at 00:20.
Yellow Magic Orchestra "Fire Bird" (Download)
Yellow Magic Orchestra have a brand new song available for download! First preformed live at World Happiness 2011, annual summer festival always headlined by YMO, "Fire Bird" was inspired by Tezuka Osamu's character "hi no tori" (aka "Phoenix") which was...
Posted on August 2, 2012 at 20:59. | Released on August 1, 2012
Various Artists "Red Diamond ~Tribute to Yukihiro Takahashi~"
This is a tribute album to Yellow Magic Orchestra's Takahashi Yukihiro who celebrated his 60th anniversary last June 6. Included are new covers of Takahashi's songs from his whole career. O/S/T (Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius), Sunahara Yoshinori and Towa Tei) offers...
Posted on July 29, 2012 at 13:37. | Released on August 8, 2012
YMO "YMONHK" (Blu-ray/DVD)
Yellow Magic Orchestra have a new Blu-ray and DVD out today of a studio-recorded show aired last year on NHK in front of an audience of 1000. The three original members were backed by Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius), Gondo Tomohiko (anonymass)...
Posted on July 18, 2012 at 23:33. | Released on July 18, 2012
Various Artists "Crue-L Café"
From Crue-L Records comes this new compilation titled "Crue-L Café", full of songs that are either brand new, previously unreleased or available for the first time on CD! (All except for Tucker's track which is from his latest album.) The...
Posted on March 17, 2012 at 19:20. | Released on March 19, 2012
Polysics "15th P"
Polysics have a new album coming next week, celebrating their 15th anniversary! The album features many guests, including Kojima Mayumi, Yuu (ex-GO!GO!7188, chirinuruwowaka), and even Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo). A special tracks featuring "tomodachi" (friends) has 67 people contributing to the...
Posted on February 22, 2012 at 23:42. | Released on February 29, 2012
Yellow Magic Orchestra "Yellow Magic Orchestra Live in San Francisco 2011" (DVD)
Yellow Magic Orchestra's June 27, 2011 show, at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A., is getting a DVD release! It had been 31 years since YMO performed in the U.S. The band featured support members Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius), Gondō Tomohiko (anonymass,...
Posted on February 12, 2012 at 11:05. | Released on February 15, 2012
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra "On the remix"
Here's an interesting remix album from Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra. The all-star remixers are Nakata Yasutaka (capsule), Cubismo Grafico, Sunaga t experience, Ishino Takkyū (Denki Groove), Shinco (Scha Dara Parr), De De Mouse, and Dub Master X. 4 of the...
Posted on February 10, 2012 at 22:37. | Released on February 8, 2012
Japan United with Music "All You Need Is Love" (CD+DVD)
Led by Sakamoto Ryūichi, this charity single covers The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" in an electronic arrangement, and featuring some 30 big names participating on vocals and production. Profits are said to be donated for children victims of...
Posted on February 1, 2012 at 22:59. | Released on March 7, 2012
Various Artists "Sunaga Tatsuo no yoru Jazz digs Venus Jazz Opus IV"
For a 4th month in a row here's another compilation selected by Sunaga Tatsuo, of songs from the catalog of Japanese jazz label Venus Records which releases works by foreign artists. Tracks of the previous installments can be sampled on...
Posted on January 20, 2012 at 21:54. | Released on January 21, 2012
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. | Released on January 11, 2012
There's a new FPM album coming next week! Actually a compilation of all the classical music covers he did for Uniqlo Calendar, plus one brand new recording. The artwork was done by the same people who design Uniqlo Calendar. All...
Posted on November 13, 2011 at 13:09. | Released on November 16, 2011
Asa-Chang "Asa-Chang & shūshū"
Asa-Chang, now the only member remaining of Asa-Chang & Junray, has a compilation out now of his works as a producer, spanning over his whole career. Asa-Chang used to be the leader of Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, and has a...
Posted on November 12, 2011 at 14:27. | Released on November 9, 2011
Sakamoto Ryuichi "Original Sound Track 'ichimei' Harakiri - death of a samurai"
Sakamoto Ryuichi has made a new soundtrack for upcoming samurai movie "ichimei" (director Miike Takashi) about to start in theaters on October 15. It had been about 4 years since his previous soundtrack, "Silk" (2007). Out at the same time...
Posted on October 9, 2011 at 19:41. | Released on October 12, 2011
Yakushimaru Etsuko Metro Orchestra "noruniru / shōnen yo ware ni kaere"
Yakushimaru Etsuko (sōtaiseiriron) has a new single out now as Yakushimaru Etsuko Metro Orchestra. Both songs are featured in anime series "mawaru Penguindrum". Below are two different versions of opening title song "noruniru", both are said to be shown for...
Posted on October 5, 2011 at 21:44. | Released on October 5, 2011
Omodaka, solo unit of Terada Sōichi (aka Far East Recording) that mixes chiptune and Japanese traditional singing, has a full-length album out now. This contains remastered versions of all songs from maxi-singles released since 2001, plus 5 brand new songs....
Posted on August 21, 2011 at 11:25. | Released on August 14, 2011
Yellow Magic Orchestra U.S. shows, with Cibo Matto, Buffalo Daughter, Towa Tei
Text, photos and videos by Nicholas D. Kent (Japanese Electronic Music) for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Two reports of Yellow Magic Orchestra shows held in California last month (June 26 at Hollywood Bowl, L.A., with Cibo Matto, Buffalo Daughter and Towa...
Posted on July 23, 2011 at 20:13.
Various Artists "Mellow Back 2011 Mixed by DJ Souljah"
Here's what looks like a pretty good mix CD on the Shibuya-kei perspective, mixed by DJ Souljah. Various Artists "Mellow Back 2011 Mixed by DJ Souljah" 1. WISE × underslowjams / City Lights 2. Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra / utsukushiku...
Posted on June 19, 2011 at 14:32. | Released on June 22, 2011
Yellow Magic Orchestra "YMO"
Here's yet another greatest hits album from Yellow Magic Orchestra selected by the 3 members. Worth of mention are the inclusions of HASYMO's "Tokyo Town Pages" (2008) and some tracks from live albums (tracks 4, 5 from "Faker Holic" and...
Posted on June 4, 2011 at 01:16. | Released on June 15, 2011
Various Artists "Christmas Songs"
Here's another Christmas compilation, coming from commmons, made up of all previously unreleased Christmas tracks by a fascinating line-up of artists. Featured are all three of YMO, Minekawa Takako, Tokumaru Shūgo, Harada Tomoyo, kotringo, naomi & goro, Sean O'Hagan (The...
Posted on November 10, 2010 at 22:55. | Released on November 17, 2010
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra "Goldfingers"
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra's new mini-album is full of goodies! Collaborations with saxophonist Kikuchi Naruyoshi (DCPRG, Spank Happy) and New York-based pianist Uehara Hiromi, remixes by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule) and Sunaga Tatsuo, and covers of Frank Zappa and Charles Mingus....
Posted on October 30, 2010 at 01:23. | Released on October 27, 2010
Various Artists "Shibuya9010"
It sure is missing more than a few bits, but nevertheless here's an interesting Shibuya-kei-themed compilation featuring many artists from the genre. Maybe an occasion to find a few gems we didn't know of? Many tracks can be sampled on...
Posted on September 29, 2010 at 00:49. | Released on September 22, 2010
Crue-L Grand Orchestra "Barbarella" (12"), "(You are) More Than Paradise includes Theo Parrish Remix"
Crue-L Grand Orchestra (the signature unit of Crue-L Records) has a brand new track out on 12", a cover of the theme song from sci-fi cult film "Barbarella". The 45rpm B-side contains remixes by Eddie C of "Candy Mountain in...
Posted on September 29, 2010 at 00:12. | Released on September 29, 2010
kazunari seto "Black de ikō"
Osaka trumpeter Seto Kazunari (MySpace) presents his first mini-album which describes as instrumental techno-pop with catchy melodies. Audio samples at MySpace kazunari seto "Black de ikō" 瀬戸一成 「ブラックでいこう」 1. nusumareta jitensha wa tsugi no hi mitsukatta 2. Balkan Merengue 3....
Posted on July 6, 2010 at 08:47. | Released on July 11, 2010
DJ Mami "First Chic", Yū Suzuki "First Chic"
Here continues a series of mix CDs started by Horibe Yūmin (resident DJ of party "Joke"). All titled "First Chic", these are the first mix CDs by DJ Mami and Yū Suzuki (also of "Joke"). DJ Mami is introduced a...
Posted on June 12, 2010 at 09:45. | Released on March 22, 2010
Various Artists "commmons: schola vol.5 Yukihiro Takahashi & Haruomi Hosono Selections: Drums & Bass"
Sakamoto Ryūichi's label commmons has a series of compilations coming with a book, called "schola". The series started with 3 installments of classical music, but vol.4 brought jazz, and now vol.5 invites the two other YMO members Takahashi Yukihiro and...
Posted on May 5, 2010 at 09:12. | Released on April 21, 2010
Original Love "Volare! The Best Selections of Original Love"
A new greatest hits album is coming from Original Love, containing songs from 1995 to 2006. Included is title track "Volare", a Japanese lyrics version of popular Italian song "Nel Blu, Dipinto Di Blu". Original Love's version was used in...
Posted on May 4, 2010 at 12:25. | Released on May 19, 2010
Various Artists "SPUNKY! Mixed by matzz (quasimode)"
Here's a first mix CD by Matsuoka "matzz" Takahiro, percussionist for club-jazz unit quasimode (MySpace). The theme here is to recreate the ambiance of his popular DJ party "Spunky!" held at The Room in Shibuya. Included are recent tracks as...
Posted on March 9, 2010 at 23:52. | Released on March 3, 2010
Various Artists "Post Newnow - Crue-L Classic Remixes Vol.2 - Compiled by Kenji Takimi"
Here's a new remix compilation from Crue-L Records, compiled by Takimi Kenji. This includes songs by many Crue-L artists, remixed by Sunahara Yoshinori, Ken Ishii, Inoue Kaoru, Yura Yura Teikoku, and more. Many previously unreleased tracks, or ones on CD...
Posted on January 3, 2010 at 14:20. | Released on January 22, 2010
Various Artists "From Us To You! The covers of the Fab Four by Japanese performers"
This new Japanese release contains previously released covers of The Beatles performed by Japanese artists, including Takahashi Yukihiro (Yellow Magic Orchestra), Clammbon, Hirota Mieko and many more. Nice jacket too! Various Artists "From Us To You! The covers of the...
Posted on October 13, 2009 at 23:43. | Released on October 21, 2009
HMO toka no naka no hito (PAw Lab.) "Hatsune Miku Orchestra"
The virtual idol with a software voice, Hatsune Miku sings on these covers of YMO, born from Japan's leading video sharing social network Nico Nico Dōga. The album was mastered by an engineer who worked with YMO and Sketch Show....
Posted on September 3, 2009 at 22:29. | Released on August 26, 2009
Yellow Magic Orchestra "POSTYMO ~ Yellow Magic Orchestra Live in London 2008 + ~" (DVD)
Yellow Magic Orchestra's performance at the London Royal Festival Hall from 2008, part of the Meltdown Festival, is now out on DVD! This was their first show in London in 28 years. The band features of course the three original...
Posted on August 25, 2009 at 21:55. | Released on August 26, 2009
Various Artists "Love Supreme -Best Cover Songs from Grand Gallery- selected by Tomoyuki Tanaka (Fantastic Plastic Machine)"
Tanaka Tomoyuki (Fantastic Plastic Machine) selects his favorite cover songs from the repertory of label Grand Gallery, which celebrates its 4th anniversary. Various Artists "Love Supreme -Best Cover Songs from Grand Gallery- selected by Tomoyuki Tanaka (Fantastic Plastic Machine)" (Title...
Posted on August 17, 2009 at 22:48. | Released on September 2, 2009
Crue-L Grand Orchestra feat. Hatakeyama Miyuki & DJ Harvey "Candidate for Love (Joe Claussell Remix Short Edit)"
From Crue-L's Classics Series comes this 2-track limited CD EP containing a new remix by Joaquin Joe Claussell as well as the original. Sung by Hatakeyama Miyuki (Port of Notes), this great cover of T.S. Monk's disco track was first...
Posted on April 25, 2009 at 16:14. | Released on May 26, 2009
Hamasaki Ayumi "Rule / Sparkle (Jacket B)"
We'll have seen it all once YMCK remixes Hamasaki Ayumi... oh wait! Hamasaki Ayumi "Rule / Sparkle (Jacket B)" 浜崎あゆみ 「Rule / Sparkle （ジャケットB）」 1. Rule (Original mix) 2. Sparkle (Original mix) 3. Days (8-bits of tears YMCK remix) 4....
Posted on February 16, 2009 at 22:01. | Released on February 25, 2009
HASYMO "the city of light / tokyo town pages"
HASYMO, the recent unit of Sakamoto Ryūichi, Hosono Haruomi and Takahashi Yukihiro (all three formerly YMO = Yellow Magic Orchestra), has a new single coming up. Included are "the city of light", the theme song of News23, and "tokyo town...
Posted on July 22, 2008 at 15:38. | Released on August 6, 2008
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
Boot Beat "Manifesto! 3"
DJ Boot Beat (aka Kamiya Naoaki) has a 3rd mix CD of his popular "Manifesto!" series, mixing pop, jazz, easy listening, latin, Brazilian, breakbeats, etc. A few Japanese artists are also included: Arai Toshiya (Missing Linc, Mr.comicstore), DJ Sora-Mimi and...
Posted on May 16, 2008 at 15:11. | Released on May 16, 2008
Takahashi Yukihiro (Yellow Magic Orchestra, Sketch Show) and art director Shindō Mitsuo (Contemporary Production) present this summer festival where can be caught pupa (Takahashi's new all-star unit), HASYMO, Suzuki Keiichi (Moonriders), Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Bonnie Pink, NRT320 (Shindō Mitsuo's...
Posted on May 8, 2008 at 13:56. | Released on August 10, 2008
Various Artists "World Standard.07 -A Tatsuo Sunaga Live Mix-"
You could say this is Sunaga Tatsuo's first real "World Standard" mix in 2½ years (not counting "06" that only consisted of his own works, and the recent "Wada Akiko"). Various Artists "World Standard.07 -A Tatsuo Sunaga Live Mix-" (Title/Artist)...
Posted on May 2, 2008 at 09:51. | Released on June 18, 2008
The 30th Anniversary of NYLON100%
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of NYLON100%, a café/bar that was located in Shibuya from the late 70's throughout the 80's (now defunct) and had an important place in Japan's punk and new wave scene, a bunch of artists from the...
Posted on May 1, 2008 at 13:44. | Released on July 9, 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
HASYMO "HAS/YMO" (DVD)
The three members of Yellow Magic Orchestra, Sakamoto Ryūichi, Hosono Haruomi and Takahashi Yukihiro, got back on stage together last year as HASYMO (HAS = Human Audio Sponge) for the time of a special charity concert, held at Pacifico Yokohama...
Posted on February 27, 2008 at 15:19. | Released on March 12, 2008
everybody unknown orchestra "everybody known songs ~minna no uta~"
Better late than never, I just learned of this cover album of children's songs released last year and produced by Akakage. The songs are arranged into bossa nova, reggae and Hawaiian styles, and feature 5 different female vocalists including Hirosue...
Posted on February 13, 2008 at 14:46. | Released on May 23, 2007
Fantastic Plastic Machine "Sound Concierge Japan"
FPM brings us a 10th installment of his popular "Sound Concierge" series! This time he focuses his selection to nothing but house tracks with Japanese lyrics! As the rest of the series, we can expect limited edition artwork with desktop...
Posted on January 30, 2008 at 15:02. | Released on March 26, 2008
Shima & Shikou Duo "Road To The Deep North"
Shima & Shikou Duo, the jazz unit of Shima Yūsuke (trumpet) and Itō Shikō (piano), which has played at Fuji Rock last summer, finally has a proper album out. It includes a version of the title song produced by Sunaga...
Posted on January 17, 2008 at 16:49. | Released on January 9, 2008
Boot Beat "Manifesto! 2"
After offering us his great first album "Switch", Boot Beat is back with a new mix CD, follow-up to last year's "Manifesto!" that sold out very quickly. No details yet, except for the artwork and the news that it should...
Posted on October 29, 2007 at 13:12. | Released on November 29, 2007
Various Artists "Fania Jazz Lounge from New York"
Sunaga Tatsuo has selected songs from New York latin label Fania for this new jazz-minded compilation. Various Artists "Fania Jazz Lounge from New York" (Title / Artist) 1. Jazzy / Willie Colon 2. After Midnight / Bobby Rodriguez 3. once...
Posted on August 20, 2007 at 15:20. | Released on September 5, 2007
HASYMO / Yellow Magic Orchestra "Rescue / Rydeen 79/07"
Yellow Magic Orchestra has a new single coming up on their label commmons! Coupled with the recent new version of their classic "Rydeen", which was used in a Kirin Lager commercial earlier this year, is a new song called "Rescue"...
Posted on June 23, 2007 at 01:34. | Released on August 22, 2007
Tokyo Midtown free live shows
There are free live shows to be seen at Tokyo Midtown's "Atrium" (B1F of "Galleria") on weekends. I'll personally be looking into seeing Lullatone on the 27th, but there are plenty of other great artists to be caught for free!...
Posted on May 17, 2007 at 14:09. | Released on May 26, 2007
Kawanishi Suguru "Vinyl Fantasy"
Club/scratch DJ Kawanishi Suguru has a first mix CD coming up, it made Konishi Yasuharu tell him "You're a genius!". This totals to 52 tracks of all genres, mixed, scratched and juggled into two parts (in good old tape fashion)....
Posted on April 25, 2007 at 14:19. | Released on April 27, 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
Various Artists "Crue-L Mellow"
This new "mellow" compilation from Crue-L selected by Fujiwara Hiroshi and Takimi Kenji will include some exclusive tracks, new versions, and some available for the first time on CD. Expect even a first ever vocal track by Fujiwara Hiroshi, who...
Posted on February 23, 2007 at 13:56. | Released on April 11, 2007
Yellow Magic Orchestra "Rydeen 79/07" (Download)
YMO fans rejoice! The band is back together, at least for the time of a song, and a beer commercial. After reuniting Sadistic Mica Band last year, Kirin Lager did another tour de force by bringing back together all three...
Posted on February 1, 2007 at 15:47. | Released on February 3, 2007
Readymade × Mary: 2007 Valentine's original CD set
Posted on January 11, 2007 at 12:10. | Released on February 11, 2007
Boot Beat "Manifesto!"
Popular DJ Kamiya Naoaki, aka Boot Beat, is releasing a first mix CD using no less than 43 songs for a total of 65 minutes. The release has received a "5 stars" comment from Konishi Yasuharu. Boot Beat being close...
Posted on October 5, 2006 at 11:24. | Released on November 29, 2006
Various Artists "Sunaga Tatsuo no yoru Jazz: Jazz Allnighters No.6"
It's Sunaga time, hang tight! First of all, a 6th installment of successful jazz compilation series "Jazz Allnighters" is coming up. This one will feature material from RCA, mostly 60's European jazz. Various Artists "Sunaga Tatsuo no yoru Jazz: Jazz...
Posted on September 11, 2006 at 17:32. | Released on October 25, 2006
Update: Puffy×Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
Puffy×Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra "hazumu Rhythm" Artwork added...
Posted on September 5, 2006 at 17:36.
Various Artists "Kahimi Karie Presents Crue-L Crystallization"
Compilation of Crue-L released songs, selected by Kahimi Karie. Various Artists "Kahimi Karie Presents Crue-L Crystallization" (title / artist) 1. Mo'R (Idjut Boy Reprise Mix) / Crue-L Grand Orchestra 2. Duet With Bird / Port of Notes 3. La Dolce...
Posted on August 28, 2006 at 17:53. | Released on October 10, 2006
Puffy×Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra "hazumu Rhythm"
Puffy and Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra have formed a new unit called... Puffy×Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra! Surely intriguing. The first single is due at the end of September. Puffy×Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra "hazumu Rhythm" PUFFY×東京スカパラダイスオーケストラ 「ハズムリズム」 1. hazumu Rhythm 2....
Posted on August 9, 2006 at 18:38. | Released on September 20, 2006
Crue-l Grand Orchestra "(You are) More Than Paradise (Luger E-Go Re-Edit)" (12")
A new remix 12" from Crue-L Grand Orchestra, out now! Crue-L Grand Orchestra "(You are) More Than Paradise (Luger E-Go Re-Edit)" (12") A. (You are) More Than Paradise (Luger E-Go Re-Edit) AA. Spend The Day Without You (EYE Remix#2) Crue-L...
Posted on July 31, 2006 at 12:00. | Released on July 29, 2006
Various Artists "Technoroid - Japanese 80's New Wave Sampler"
This 80's new wave compilation features many gems and rarities, several of the songs even being available for the first time on CD. Not only for maniacs, it's definitely a good opportunity to get accustomed with many leaders of Japan's...
Posted on June 27, 2006 at 16:51. | Released on June 28, 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
Various Artists "Crue-L Future"
After about a year since the first teasers, Crue-L Records' compilation of new music "Crue-L Future" is coming out this May! Various Artists "Crue-L Future" Compiled by Kenji Takimi 1. Crue-L Grand Orchestra / (You Are) More Than Paradise (Luger...
Posted on April 4, 2006 at 22:24. | Released on May 19, 2006
Wada Akiko "Ragga Akiko"
A new album of Wada Akiko remixes, this time focusing on a reggae theme, is out just today. Interesting appearances by CKB-Annex (a few members of Crazy Ken Band), Kawakami Tsuyoshi and His Moodmakers (Kawakami Tsuyoshi is a member of...
Posted on December 16, 2005 at 16:33. | Released on December 16, 2005
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