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RF "New Birth"
Instrumental jazz band RF (Rokugen Club with Farah) has a new album coming, containing 12 hip-hop and R&B classics covered in their distinctive style, with songs by Pharrel Williams ("Happy"), Rihanna ("Diamonds"), James Blake ("Limit to your love"), Common ("Go"),...
Posted on September 15, 2014 at 12:20
RF "Fill the bill"
Jazz band RF covers hip-hop classics with their signature live band sound. This follows De De Mouse-produced cover album of De De Mouse influences (here). For audio samples, checkout Amazon MP3 (U.S.). RF "Fill the bill" (Original artists in parentheses)...
Posted on April 1, 2013 at 22:11
"The Selection of DE DE MOUSE Favorites performed by Rokugen Club with Farah a.k.a. RF vol.01"
This is an album produced by De De Mouse consisting of songs that influenced the artist, but all of these are re-arranged and performed by an "instrumental hip-hop jazz band" named RF. "Floats & Falls" from De De Mouse's latest...
Posted on March 24, 2013 at 00:07
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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
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
Guitarist Kashif — a member of collective Pan Pacific Playa (PPP), and also known for his works and appearances with Jintana & Emeralds, hitomitoi, Scha Dara Parr, (((sssurrounddd))), G.Rina and Sugar Campaign — has a first solo album being released!...
Posted on April 30, 2017 at 23:17
Nomiya Maki "Nomiya Maki, Vacances Shibuya-kei o utau. ~Wonderful Summer~"
Of her "Shibuya-kei standards" series, Nomiya Maki brings us a new album of summer & vacation-themed covers of Shibuya-kei songs, or ones that inspired the scene's artists. Included are songs originally by Watanabe Marina (written by Ozawa Kenji & Oyamada...
Posted on April 20, 2017 at 21:46
Record Store Day 2017
Record Store Day 2017 will be taking place this weekend, on Saturday April 22! As usual, many limited releases will be available at record shops only from that date. Below is a selection of some of the best stuff that...
Posted on April 18, 2017 at 22:15
Yukawa Shione releases a first full-length album under the sione name, a new project in which she sings without using words. The album was produced and arranged by world's end girlfriend who also produced EP "Golden Age" released last year....
Posted on April 11, 2017 at 23:37
Perfume "Perfume 6th Tour 2016 'COSMIC EXPLORER'" (Blu-ray/DVD)
This new live Blu-ray/DVD from Perfume is about their latest tour that followed the release of album "Cosmic Explorer", and it contains not one but two full shows! The first disc is of a show held at Osaka Kyocera Dome...
Posted on April 2, 2017 at 21:30
Various Artists "Toy Chara Pop Collection Vol.1~3 Selected by DJ Fukutake"
DJ Fukutake, who selected the great "Yava-kayō" mix CD series, is back with this trio of compilations under a "Toy Character Pop" theme! Respectively subtitled "Hero & Hit", "Fancy & Kawaii" and "Video Game", each compilation is filled with Shōwa-era...
Posted on April 1, 2017 at 22:26
Kinoco Hotel "jitsuroku - gebageba daikakumei" (DVD/Blu-ray)
Kinoco Hotel has a new live Blu-ray/DVD out now! This show was held on October 22, 2016 at Tokyo Kinema Club, part of the tour that followed released of latest album "Marianne no kakumei" (2016). Available on Blu-ray and DVD,...
Posted on March 7, 2017 at 22:31
Konishi Yasuharu "naze Konishi Yasuharu no Drama BGM wa TV no Variety bangumi de yoku tsukawareru no ka."
This compilation's title says it all: it translates to "Why is it that Konishi Yasuharu's drama BGM is often used in variety shows?". Yes, this is a collection of Konishi's best drama BGM works from shows aired on Nippon TV...
Posted on February 24, 2017 at 00:35
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
Mother Tereco "Oracle"
Mother Tereco, the unit of Sato Kimitoshi and Namba Takumi (both ex-members of Open Reel Ensemble), has a first album about to be released! Mother Tereco has also been seen on stage performing with Maika Loubté, whose latest album "Le...
Posted on February 5, 2017 at 11:37
Toki Asako "Pink"
Toki Asako (ex-Cymbals) has a new album coming this week, the follow-up to "Bittersweet" (2015) (CDJapan, Amazon). This time the album is sound produced by Tomi Yo who had written a few songs on "Bittersweet" and previous album "Heartbreakin'" (2013)....
Posted on January 22, 2017 at 01:22
Perfume "Tokyo Girl"
Perfume has a new single coming in February! The title song is being used at the theme song of TV drama "Tokyo tarareba musume", while the B-side can be heard in a TV commercial for Ora2 toothpaste. Both songs are...
Posted on January 16, 2017 at 21:48
fox capture plan "Fragile"
"Fragile" is the 5th original album by instrumental jazz trio fox capture plan. This is the follow-up to "Butterfly" (2015) (Amazon, CDJapan). Included is a cover of Arctic Monkeys' "Brainstorm". A show will be held on release day, January 25,...
Posted on January 8, 2017 at 22:00
the fascinations "tsuki no ura de aimashō - Let's go to the darkside of the moon -" (7")
Vibraphone-led jazz band the fascinations are back with a new 7" single! Included are covers of Original Love's "tsuki no ura de aimashō - Let's go to the darkside of the moon -" (originally released in 1991) and Alice Clark's...
Posted on January 2, 2017 at 22:13
Urbangarde "Akuma des Akuma"
The first release of 2017 is a brand new single by trauma techno-pop band Urbangarde! Check out the video below, and this official comment by band leader Matsunaga Temma. "This is URBANGARDE. We're releasing a single after 4 and half...
Posted on December 28, 2016 at 00:41
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
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
Learners "Learners Christmas EP" (7")
LEARNERS, the rockabilly band led by Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji and fronted by singer Sara Mary, has a new Christmas 7" out this week! The A-side is a cover of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus", previously performed by Jackson...
Posted on November 29, 2016 at 22:38
Negicco "Negicco at NHK Hall ~ TADAIMA ~ 2016 Summer" (Blu-ray)
Negicco is releasing a Blu-ray disc of their latest big show, held at NHK Hall in Tokyo on July 30, 2016. All songs from latest album "Tea for Three" were performed live, as well as many other favorites. The entire...
Posted on November 26, 2016 at 00:23
Cutemen "Humanity", "Cruel Memories -The Best & Rarities-"
Cutemen, the techno unit of CMJK (early Denki Groove) and singer Picorin, has a brand new album out today! Cutemen is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, although the unit had been inactive for a long time. "Humanity" is the...
Posted on November 23, 2016 at 00:50
sugar me "6 femmes"
Follow-up to last year's 2nd album "AROUND the CORNER", here comes a new cover mini-album by sugar me! Included are songs originally by Jane Birkin, Lou Reed and Judee Sill among others. One song is a duet with Oh Shu...
Posted on November 22, 2016 at 00:02
La Veuve Moustachue "Les Vacances de la Veuve Moustachue" (12")
La Veuve Moustachue (aka "hige no mibōjin" in Japanese) is releasing an album on vinyl! This unit of Kishino You-ichi and composer/pianist Gary Ashiya first released a 5-song mini-album of the same title in 2002. All of those 5 songs...
Posted on November 15, 2016 at 23:49
Konishi Yasuharu "hulu Original Drama 'Debusen' Original Soundtrack"
Konishi Yasuharu didn't only produce the excellent ending theme (performed by Dorusen from TPD) of drama "Debusen", but also all of its BGM! Here's the original soundtrack. Most tracks can be sampled at CDJapan. Konishi Yasuharu "hulu Original Drama 'Debusen'...
Posted on September 29, 2016 at 23:06
Charan-Po-Rantan "karimono kyousou"
Accordion and vocals sister duo Charan-Po-Rantan have a new album out now, consisting of all covers of Japanese and foreign bands. All songs can also be sampled on this official release page. The limited edition comes with a DVD of...
Posted on September 19, 2016 at 23:27
ShinoVani (Shinohara Tomoe + Vanilla Beans) "onna no ko ☆ otoko no ko / kokoro no usagi"
ShinoVani is the new unit of Shinohara Tomoe & Vanilla Beans! They have actually been doing a weekly net TV program together under the same name since April 2015, but now here comes a music debut single! The new song...
Posted on September 16, 2016 at 22:49
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
Perfume "Cosmic Explorer" (2x12")
Perfume's 6th album "Cosmic Explorer", released last April, has just been released in a limited vinyl edition! This comes in as a set of two 12"'s, and the 1st record is blue, while the 2nd comes in a random color...
Posted on August 14, 2016 at 11:43
Negicco "Tea for Three" (2LP)
Negicco's 3rd album "Tea for Three" (out last May) is being released as a limited double LP! Don't miss this! On the same day, Saturday July 30, Negicco will perform a one-man live at NHK Hall in Shibuya. Tickets are...
Posted on July 28, 2016 at 23:38
Uno Digital "Weird Piece" (Download)
Uno Digital ("unō" means "right brain") is the new genre-free unit of drummer Suzuki Kaoru (lately seen performing with Nakatsuka Takeshi and De De Mouse) and composer Hayata Yoshihiro. Their first single is out today on iTunes and Apple...
Posted on July 27, 2016 at 23:09
Various Artists "Nippon Samba"
In line with "Bossa Brasilia 2016" just out last week, here's another groovy samba/bossa nova compilation selected by Itō Yōichirō (aka Akakage), though this one consists of all Japanese artists. Many of the songs included are from the 60's, with...
Posted on July 26, 2016 at 23:39
Various Artists "Aloha Exotica"
Yasuda Toshiyuki, Jazztronik and Tamura Genichi (Kirinji, Little Tempo) cover famous Hawaiian and exotica songs in this new compilation that includes collaborations with Sandii, Lica, Takeda Kaori, cellist Mizoguchi Hajime, and Hawaiian singer Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole. Perfect for summer! Hear samples...
Posted on July 20, 2016 at 22:27
Perfume "WE ARE Perfume -WORLD TOUR 3rd DOCUMENT" (Blu-ray/DVD)
Perfume's first documentary movie is being released on Blu-ray and DVD! The movie follows them throughout their 3rd world tour (held in 2014) that led them to Taiwan, Singapore, the U.K. and the U.S. Special features include audio commentary by...
Posted on July 1, 2016 at 00:52
Nomiya Maki "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji (bon odori Version) / Sweet Soul Revue (bon odori Version)" (Download)
Nomiya Maki has just released two songs on iTunes Japan! These are newly recorded versions of Pizzicato Five hits "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji" and "Sweet Soul Revue", in refreshing "bon odori" or "ondō" versions, a traditional Japanese musical...
Posted on June 29, 2016 at 00:40
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
Original Love "Golden Time"
Original Love has a brand new single out this week! Included are two other new songs, plus a remix by Miura Kōshi (Kuchiroro). The release also comes with a DVD of the title song's music video plus live footage from...
Posted on May 31, 2016 at 23:23
Cupitron "Galaxy Express 999"
Electro/techno-pop idol trio Cupitron's new single is a cover of the theme of "Galaxy Express 999" (in Japanese "ginga tetsudō 999", with "999" read "three nine"). The original was performed by band Godaigo and released in 1979. The new cover...
Posted on May 24, 2016 at 23:00
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
Shunosuke Ishikawa "Can't wait for spring" (Download)
Saxophonist Ishikawa Shūnosuke has just released a new EP this week, on Nakatsuka Takeshi's digital label Delicatessen Recordings. All three songs are new originals. Shūnosuke Ishikawa Big Bang will perform a show on May 2 at JZ Brat in...
Posted on April 30, 2016 at 20:58
YeYe "ate a lemon" (7"+CD)
Singer-songwriter YeYe has a brand new 7" single out now on Rallye! Follow-up to album "Hue Circle" (2013), this is a cut from an upcoming 3rd album to be released early summer. Check out the catchy song's fun and brilliant...
Posted on April 23, 2016 at 14:32
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Sai & Co"
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a new single out this week! "Sai & Co" is a song that's being used in a Coca Cola commercial in which she appears. The theme song of her original ride at Universal Studio Japan, "Cosmetic...
Posted on April 19, 2016 at 23:30
Record Store Day 2016
This year again Record Store Day is being held in Japan, this time on Saturday April 16! A lot of special and limited vinyl editions are being released on that very day, and at first only available in physical shops....
Posted on April 14, 2016 at 23:15
Denki Groove "Denki Groove The Movie?" (Blu-ray/DVD), "tofunsai" (Blu-ray/DVD)
Denki Groove has released two Blu-ray/DVDs just recently! The first is "Denki Groove The Movie", a documentary of the group's 25 years so far that was shown on big screens throughout Japan at the end of 2015. This features a...
Posted on April 13, 2016 at 00:27
Negicco "mujun, hajimemashita."
Negicco has a new single out now! The title song was written by singer-songwriter Sakai Yū, with lyrics by Toki Asako, and arranged by connie (Negicco's producer) and NEGiBAND. Check out the charming clip below that features many guests! The...
Posted on April 11, 2016 at 22:34
Perfume "Cosmic Explorer"
Perfume has a brand new 6th album out now! This is the follow-up to "LEVEL3" (2013) since which 2½ years have passed. Amidst brand new unheard songs, some of the previously released songs such as "Sweet Refrain", "Cling Cling" and...
Posted on April 7, 2016 at 22:24
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
Polysics "What's This???"
Polysics have a new album out now, the follow-up to "ACTION!!!" (2014). 19 new songs are included, such as "Sun Electric" that has been performed in their shows since the end of last year. The limited edition includes a DVD...
Posted on March 5, 2016 at 21:20
Tarte Tatin "re:10 tartetatin"
Here's a brand new album by Tarte Tatin, duo currently formed of Yurie and Chiaki. This album is entirely written by Yamamoto Shō (ex-Phenotas) who had produced the previous full-length, "Tartetatin Are Allright!". By the way, the album title officially...
Posted on March 5, 2016 at 10:21
Chocolat & Akito meets The Mattson 2 "Chocolat & Akito meets The Mattson 2"
Chocolat & Akito (Facebook) have collaborated with Californian surf jazz twins The Mattson 2 for this brand new album. Guests such as Toro Y Moi, Ray Barbee and Tommy Guerrero are also featured, and the whole was mixed by John...
Posted on March 1, 2016 at 20:57
Asa-chang & Junray "mahou"
Asa-chang & Junray has a brand new original album coming, their first since "kage no nai hito" (2009) after which new members Goseki Yoshihiro (flute, sax, vocals) and Suhara Anzu (violin, guitar, vocals) joined the group. Featured guest musicians include...
Posted on February 24, 2016 at 20:33
Perfume "Perfume Complete 'LP' BOX" (12"x6)
For Perfume collectors, vinyl fans and DJs, here comes a set of five LPs! This includes albums "Perfume ~Complete Best~", "GAME", "Triangle", "JPN" and "Perfume Global Compilation 'LOVE THE WORLD'" (a 2-LP set). All are pressed on high quality 180g...
Posted on February 15, 2016 at 23:23
Soviet Chance "Soviet Chance"
Soviet Chance is a funky party band led by saxophonist Shūnosuke Ishikawa first founded 20 years ago in his school days. The ten members (former members and then some) still play music together and finally recorded this first mini-album. Included...
Posted on January 28, 2016 at 22:19
Perfume "Perfume Anniversary 10days 2015 PPPPPPPPPP 'LIVE 3:5:6:9'" (Blu-ray/DVD)
Here's a new Perfume live Blu-ray/DVD, of a show titled "LIVE 3:5:6:9" part of 10-day event "Perfume Anniversary 10days 2015 PPPPPPPPPP" held to celebrate their 15th anniversary and also 10 years since their major debut. The limited edition contains a...
Posted on January 15, 2016 at 00:35
Perfume "Star Train"
Perfume has a brand new single out now! The group celebrates this year its 15th anniversary! The limited edition includes a bonus track (a newly recorded version of "Imitation World") and instrumentals, a DVD, and comes in special packaging. Perfume...
Posted on October 30, 2015 at 20:36
Aira Mitsuki "Lightsaver" (Download)
Techno-pop idol Aira Mitsuki (official Twitter) is back after a long hiatus! She had been performing a few shows since earlier this year, and now here's a brand new digital single! This is produced by ize-mac of NUXX. Aira Mitsuki...
Posted on September 24, 2015 at 22:19
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Crazy Party Night ~Pumpkin no gyakushū~"
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a brand new single out today! "Crazy Party Night" is a Halloween-themed dance track. Included are also 3 more new songs of which bits have been heard in TV commercials recently. As always, all are written...
Posted on September 2, 2015 at 22:21
the oto factory "Cocktail Party"
Young 4-piece 5-synth band the oto factory has a first mini-album out now on Rallye Label. Included is "Skyscraper" which involved tofubeats as an engineer, as well as remixes by Dorian and BlackglassG. Hear samples of all songs at CDJapan....
Posted on August 15, 2015 at 23:35
Cornelius "Constellations of Music"
Cornelius has a new collection of his recent works coming. At a first glance it seems to be part of the "CM" series (the previous was "CM4" in 2012), though this one is distinguished by bringing a good share of...
Posted on August 15, 2015 at 22:11
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
Towa Tei, Leo Imai, Nomiya Maki, Takano Hiroshi "Intersect By Lexus Records #001"
Intersect By Lexus is a showroom and event space located in Omotesando, Tokyo. A new label has just been started under Towa Tei's direction, and here comes this first 7" single! Included is "Cul de sac", a brand new...
Posted on July 21, 2015 at 21:58
Brilliant synth-punk band Recoride has a brand new full-length album out now! Check out the clip below to give you a perfect idea. A double release party of Recoride and KOTO will be held tomorrow Friday July 17 at Disk...
Posted on July 16, 2015 at 21:38
The Scooters "The Scooters NOW !" (7"+CD)
The Scooters have a brand new single coming this week! This consists of two covers, the A-side of the Jackson Sisters' hit single "I Believe In Miracles", and the B-side of David Bowie's "Young Americans". Both are sung in Japanese,...
Posted on July 3, 2015 at 22:20
YMCK "Family Dancing"
YMCK are back this month with a 6th album, and this time the theme is "Family Dancing"! Of course this lets us hope for some of the best 8-bit dance music ever! This comes a year and a half after...
Posted on June 11, 2015 at 23:30
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "KPP 2014 Japan Arena Tour Pamyu Pamyu no Colorful Panic Toy Box" (Blu-ray/DVD)
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a new DVD/Blu-ray coming this week. The 2-disc set contains a whole show held in Tokyo from last year's Japan Arena Tour, plus another show from London (part of the "Nanda Collection World Tour 2014") with...
Posted on June 7, 2015 at 13:44
Original Love "Lover Man"
Original Love (aka Tajima Takao) has a brand new album coming this month! Tajima has said that after contributing "Sunshine Nihonkai" to Negicco he's been feeling like making more pop music again, and this can be felt throughout this album....
Posted on June 3, 2015 at 23:20
Tokyo Killer "Tokyo Killer Street"
Tokyo Killer is a girl-fronted surf rock instrumental band formed of guitarist Keme (Kinoco Hotel), bassist Akko (ex-GO!GO!7188), keyboardist Kei (Urbangarde) and drummer Kyōichi (ex-Urbangarde). This first album, released at the end of April, features some famous covers as well...
Posted on May 24, 2015 at 22:53
Pizzicato One "watakushi no nijuseiki"
2015 is looking like a good year for Pizzicato Five fans! Konishi Yasuharu has a second Pizzicato One album coming this June, follow-up to "One And Ten Very Sad Songs" (2011). With a title that translates to "My 20th century",...
Posted on May 17, 2015 at 12:34
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
Perfume "Relax In The City / Pick Me Up"
Perfume's next single will be a double A-side. "Relax In The City" is being used in a commercial for Sapporo drink "Green Aroma", while "Pick Me Up" is a tie-up with the world famous Isetan department store located in Shinjuku,...
Posted on April 1, 2015 at 23:54
Various Artists "Zher the Zoo Yoyogi 10th Anniversary Compilation Album 'Here Come The Girl'zoo'"
Zher the ZOO (a venue in Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku) has been around for 10 years already. Here's a nice-priced compilation of various female vocal songs by artists familiar to the venue. Most of these are rare or brand new recordings. Featured...
Posted on March 15, 2015 at 13:51
Perfume "5th Tour 2014 Gurun Gurun" (Blu-ray/DVD)
Perfume's 5th tour, titled "Gurun Gurun" (official page) and held through August and September in 2014, has now been released on Blu-ray and DVD. The recording is of the tour's finale show held at Kokuritsu Yoyogi Daiichi Taiikukan in Tokyo...
Posted on March 11, 2015 at 23:09
Various Artists "yoru no Minoru Phone Hour", "Tokuma Dance Party", "ozashiki Japan" compiled by Konishi Yasuharu
Here's a wonderful trio of compilations selected by Konishi Yasuharu! He picks up some of the best songs from the catalog of label Tokuma Japan (named Minoru Phone in its early days), now celebrating its 50th anniversary. Plus, each CD...
Posted on March 11, 2015 at 00:10
Original Love "Lover Man" (Download)
Original Love has a brand new single out now on iTunes worldwide! The groovy title track "Lover Man" is wonderful, and Tajima Takao said it's a song he's very proud of. The single also includes 2 B-sides, one of...
Posted on March 7, 2015 at 12:21
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Mondai Girl"
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a brand new single coming. "Mondai Girl" has been heard recently playing at the end of TV drama "mondai no aru Restaurant", while the two B-sides are used in TV commercials for Nintendo and Chintai (a...
Posted on March 1, 2015 at 18:31
Towa Tei "Heaven" (Download)
Towa Tei has a brand new single out today! "Heaven" is a song made for Valentine's Day, and it's also released as a special package with delicious rusk from Gateau Festa Harada. At digital music shop Mach Beat, the...
Posted on February 11, 2015 at 11:18
Negicco have a brand new album just out this week! This includes songs written by Tajima Takao (Original Love), Yoshida Tetsuto, Yano Hiroyasu (ex-Cymbals), Nishidera Gōta (Nona Reeves), Miura Kōshi (Kuchiroro), and of course Negicco's main producer Connie. Also there...
Posted on January 22, 2015 at 21:25
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
"Frenesi school: The legendary end-of-business ceremony"
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound The last show I saw in 2014 was Frenesi, and it was a very special one. In November Frenesi announced that she would put a stop (though maybe temporary) to...
Posted on January 4, 2015 at 00:34
Vanilla Beans "Vanilla Beans IV"
Vanilla Beans have a brand new album coming, you guessed it, "Vanilla Beans IV"! Once again this comes with artwork that's both very non-idol-like and unforgettable. The album will include several brand new songs, plus the title tracks of the...
Posted on December 31, 2014 at 23:24
Miss Maki Nomiya sings "Shibuya-kei Standards" 2014
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On November 7 was a show by Nomiya Maki (ex-Pizzicato Five) at Billboard Live Tokyo. With the title "Miss Maki Nomiya Sings Shibuya-kei Standards", it was the 2nd of the...
Posted on December 31, 2014 at 15:43
Various Artists "Yokocho Rising"
"Yokochō Rising" is an event that has been held 5 times so far in the rebuilt food stall area of Kesennuma Yokochō in Sendai. This compilation of artists who took part in the event, including several songs written/arranged by BUBBLE-B,...
Posted on December 30, 2014 at 16:24
Charan-Po-Rantan "Theatre Theatre"
Charan-Po-Rantan, the brilliant duo of sisters Momo (vocals) and Koharu (accordion), have a first major full-length album out now. A cover of Edith Piaf's "Hymne à l'amour" is included. The limited edition comes with a DVD of 9 songs, two...
Posted on December 30, 2014 at 00:28
EmiLy "colorful ribbon"
Singer-songwriter EmiLy has a 3rd album out now, with songs arranged by Imai Kentarō (The Aprils), Okuda Hidetaka (sucrette), etc. All music and words are written by EmiLy, except for a cover of Ozawa Kenji's "sore wa chotto". The lead...
Posted on December 4, 2014 at 20:52
Taketatsu Ayana "Colore Serenata"
Voice actress Taketatsu Ayana has a new album out now, with some tracks written and arranged by Yoshida Tetsuto ("Colore Solfege" and "Marshmallow") and Oki Reiji (ex-Cymbals) ("Princess no dassō keikaku" and "Surf de Go Go Go"), and also a...
Posted on November 24, 2014 at 11:16
Ishikawa Shunosuke "Yuuchin" (Download)
Saxophonist Ishikawa Shunosuke has a new piece out now, written at the piano on a cold rainy day. Featured musicians are Takana Mitsuru on trumpet, Jacob Koller on piano, Pat Glynn on bass, Dennis Frehse on drums, and Shu on...
Posted on November 19, 2014 at 23:27
Nakatsuka Takeshi "Disney piano jazz 'Happiness' Deluxe Edition"
Nakatsuka Takeshi produces and performs Disney favorites on this piano-centered jazz album. Some tracks also feature a big band! This contains what's said to be the world's first jazz cover of "Let It Go" (Frozen). Hear samples in the clip...
Posted on November 11, 2014 at 22:11
Vanilla Beans "uchōten Girl"
Vanilla Beans are back with a new powerful single! The song "uchōten Girl" has music that was originally written in the 80's for idol group Wink (by hit songwriter Inoue Daisuke), though it ended up unused until Vanilla Beans' staff...
Posted on November 8, 2014 at 22:20
Nomiya Maki "Miss Maki Nomiya Sings Shibuya-kei Standards"
A waterfall of events led Nomiya Maki (ex-Pizzicato Five) and producer Sakaguchi Osamu (a soundtrack producer who first got in touch with Maki in the Portable Rock days) to start a project that re-introduces Shibuya-kei hit songs and important influences...
Posted on November 8, 2014 at 14:26
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
lyrical school "Pride"
lyrical school's new single has a title track which was written and produced by ones who had been involved since the group's beginning. The B-side was produced by mysterious Taiwan trackmaker Ebbie East, which is said to be his first...
Posted on November 4, 2014 at 22:08
Yun*chi "Wonderful Wonder World*"
Here's a new single by Yun*chi, follow-up to mini-album "Starlight*" released earlier this year. This includes tracks produced by Missile Chewbacca ("Fairy*") and London artist bo en ("Dancing*"). The title track is being used as the ending theme of TV...
Posted on October 27, 2014 at 22:12
Perfume "Perfume WORLD TOUR 2nd" (Blu-ray/DVD), "Perfume WORLD TOUR 1st" (Blu-ray)
Perfume have a new DVD/Blu-ray coming, of a show from their 2nd world tour held last year. The chosen show is the one held at London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on July 5, 2013. The show in London was first...
Posted on September 21, 2014 at 12:12
Kushibiki Sayaka "koi suru unmei"
Follow-up to cover album "Day & Midnight", here's a new original album by singer-songwriter Kushibiki Sayaka, backed by arrangers such as Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji (Cubismo Grafico), Koncos, The Keys, and more artists from the Niw! Records family. A 7" cut...
Posted on September 15, 2014 at 22:47
Jintana & Emeralds "Destiny" (12")
Jintana & Emeralds' wonderful 50's-inspired album "Destiny" is getting a vinyl LP release! Jintana & Emeralds is a band featuring Jintana and Kashif (both of the Yokohama-based Pacific Pan Playa collective), DJ Crystal (Traks Boys, (((sssurrounddd)))), and 3 female vocalists...
Posted on September 14, 2014 at 21:45
Frontier Backyard "Gladness"
Frontier Backyard is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and they have a new remix album out now featuring remixes by Cubismo Grafico, Halfby, Dorian, Avec Avec, YOSUKEKOTANI (Harvard), TA-1 (Furuta Taichi of Koncos), Yasei Collective, and more. The band will be...
Posted on September 7, 2014 at 20:53
Crazy Ken Band "Spark Plug"
Crazy Ken Band has a brand new album coming, the follow-up to last year's "Flying Saucer" (Amazon). This includes latest single "Spark da!", a song used on NHK's "minna no uta". The limited edition comes with a bonus DVD of...
Posted on September 1, 2014 at 21:54
Towa Tei "94-14", "94-14 Covers"
Towa Tei continues to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his solo career. Following remix collection "Towa Tei 94-14 Remix" released in July, here comes greatest hits album "94-14" and best covers album "94-14 Covers". The latter includes 6 brand new...
Posted on August 24, 2014 at 13:16
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