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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. | Released on June 24, 2015
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Francis avec Haruko "Jamon, jamon"
Francis, the solo unit of Ori Makoto (ex-The Collectors), has started a new collaboration unit with Tajima Haruko. Here comes a first mini-album limited to 300 copies. Included is a cover of France Gall's "Der Computer Nr.3". Tajima Haruko who...
Posted on November 12, 2017 at 10:55. | Released on October 25, 2017
Studio 75 "Over Your Shoulder"
Studio 75, the instrumental project of Small Circle of Friends, has a 4th album out now! This is a collection of 15 songs, with the help of Musicaänossa's Nakamura Tomoaki as selector. Release official page Small Circle of Friends can...
Posted on November 11, 2017 at 13:44. | Released on October 25, 2017
"Shibuya no Radio no Shibuya-kei Festival"
Text by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Saturday October 21, 2017 was held a very special music event for Shibuya-kei music fans. Shibuya ward organizes annually a music festival called "Shibuya ongakusai" (or "Shibu-on", official site) and for...
Posted on October 28, 2017 at 11:43.
VIDEOTAPEMUSIC "On the Air"
VIDEOTAPEMUSIC, a talentful artist who is both a prolific video director (using old video tapes for source) and also makes exotic music with pianica sounds, has a brand new album coming this month! There's an appearance by female rapper NOPPAL,...
Posted on October 17, 2017 at 22:59. | Released on October 25, 2017
les 5-4-3-2-1 "le coeur qui jazze / un garcon et une fille" (7")
Two classics from Les 5-4-3-2-1's excellent first mini-album "un" (1993) are being released on 7"! The A-side is a cover of France Gall's "Le coeur qui jazze" with lyrics in French and Japanese, and the B-side is original song...
Posted on October 16, 2017 at 23:19. | Released on October 25, 2017
Rie Aono "Pastoral"
Singer Aono Rie (who also fronts band Aono Rie & hums, and has sung in aoyama and Frog) has a first solo album being released! The whole has a cool city pop sound produced by Seki Yoshihiko with songs co-written...
Posted on October 15, 2017 at 23:28. | Released on October 18, 2017
Aira Mitsuki "Pyramidal"
After a 2-year hiatus, techno-pop singer Aira Mitsuki had been slowly coming back since 2015 and released 4 digital singles. Now it's finally time for a full-length album! "Pyramidal" has just been released also digitally. The whole is sound produced...
Posted on October 13, 2017 at 21:33. | Released on October 11, 2017
Hikashu "ANGURI In the style of unlanding"
Veteran new wave band Hikashu has a brand new album out now! We've lost count but they say it's their 23rd..! The album was recorded in New York. Guest musicians are Mori Ikue, Chris Pitsiokos, Fubuki Yukie, Afrirampo and Inoue...
Posted on October 13, 2017 at 00:13. | Released on October 10, 2017
Gallantique Kazue "kagayaite Night Flight", "yoru ni okiru Patron" (7")
Drag queen singer Gallantique Kazue, also a member of hoshikuzu Scat, has new single with music written and produced by Gary Ashiya (La veuve moustachue) being released this week. The title song is a disco tune, while the B-side has...
Posted on October 9, 2017 at 11:54. | Released on October 10, 2017
Yashiro Aki "yoru no tsuzuki"
Enka singer Yashiro Aki has a 2nd jazz album being released, this time again produced by Konishi Yasuharu! It's been five years since the first, "Songs Around Midnight" (2012). The media is a high-fidelity SHM-CD which plays in regular CD...
Posted on October 8, 2017 at 22:29. | Released on October 11, 2017
Nomiya Maki "Nomiya Maki, Holiday Shibuya-kei o utau."
Nomiya Maki's new album is coming this month, and this time she sings Shibuya-kei standards that share a winter theme. Included are duets with Yokoyama Ken (Crazy Ken Band), Watanabe Marina, Takano Hiroshi and Suzuki Masayuki, with also chorus by...
Posted on October 8, 2017 at 21:11. | Released on October 18, 2017
Manon "Popcorn Crisis" (Download)
Here's a 4th song by Fukuoka-born half-French teenage model and singer Manon! This fun bouncy track is again produced by Yuppa (HNC), and the toybox-like video below was directed by VJ unit onnacodomo! The song is out now on...
Posted on October 6, 2017 at 23:12. | Released on October 6, 2017
Stardust Brothers "hoshikuzu kyoudai no densetsu" (Download)
An exciting sci-fi rock musical movie titled "The Brand New Legend of the Stardust Brothers" directed by Macoto Tezka (son of Tezuka Osamu famous for "Astro Boy") will start showing in theaters in Japan in January 2018! It will...
Posted on October 5, 2017 at 23:28. | Released on October 4, 2017
tofubeats "Baby EP" (Download)
tofubeats has just released a digital EP of song "BABY" from latest album "Fantasy Club". Included are two new mixes and an instrumental version. Find it on iTunes. tofubeats "BABY EP" (Download) 1. BABY 2. BABY (tofubeats remix) 3....
Posted on October 4, 2017 at 23:59. | Released on October 2, 2017
fox capture plan "UNTITLED"
Instrumental jazz trio fox capture plan has a 6th album being released. This is the follow-up to "Fragile" released last January, since which they also released Disney cover album "Rock In Disney ~fox capture plan" (Amazon). A tour will be...
Posted on October 1, 2017 at 14:38. | Released on October 4, 2017
marino "watashi wa kouchayasan"
marino has a new 3rd album coming this month! This follows "Bathtub de chōshoku o" released in 2012. Recorded with a real band, the musical-like new album takes its theme from her own tea store which she has been running...
Posted on October 1, 2017 at 11:37. | Released on September 29, 2017
"Godzilla Legend V"
This is a cover album of songs from the "Godzilla" movie series, arranged and performed by musicians including Hikashu and Charan-Po-Rantan, with Inoue Makoto (ex-Hikashu) plus a three-piece brass section. The title implies that it is the follow-up to the...
Posted on October 1, 2017 at 00:16. | Released on September 20, 2017
Cornelius "In a Dream" (7")
A new Cornelius 7" is coming out next week! Title song "In a Dream" is taken from his excellent latest album "Mellow Waves", while the B-side "yume no oku de" is a previously unreleased dreamy track that samples the...
Posted on September 22, 2017 at 23:13. | Released on September 27, 2017
Kaede "ano ko ga kurasu machi (made ato dore gurai?)" (Download, 7")
Kaede (of Negicco) has released today a first solo single, of which the title song was written by Sawabe Wataru (Skirt). The B-side is a cover of Kirinji's "sore mo kitto shiawase". Both were arranged by Skirt. This is being...
Posted on September 20, 2017 at 22:45. | Released on September 20, 2017
Meet The Hopes "uwasa ni naritai / Jasmine High" (7")
Self-described as a "southern Shimokita soul band", Meet The Hopes has just released a 7" of two new funky songs. It had been 3 years since their first album "Jamboree" (2014, CDJapan). Meet The Hopes holds regular party "Jinriki...
Posted on September 19, 2017 at 22:52. | Released on September 15, 2017
"'Zen and Bones' Original Soundtrack"
"Zen and Bones" is a documentary film directed by Nakamura Takayuki ("Yokohama Mary") about Japanese-American Buddhist priest Henry Mittwer. This soundtrack features music by many artists including Nomiya Maki, Comoesta Yaegashi, Yokoyama Ken (Crazy Ken Band), Kishino You-ichi (La veuve...
Posted on September 17, 2017 at 23:51. | Released on September 20, 2017
The Lady Spade "Phenomenon"
The Lady Spade has released just recently a brand new mini-album, the follow-up to "Reverse Shaped Black Heart" (2014). Their sound is more sophisticated and danceable than ever, cuter but also perhaps a bit scarier!? That the album is available...
Posted on September 17, 2017 at 17:35. | Released on September 6, 2017
The Lady Spade "Dial 'S' for The Lady Spade!"
The Lady Spade's first album, "Dial 'S' for The Lady Spade!", was released in 2009 and featured former vocalist Ruby aka Nosa Reina. It is now being released again in a remastered edition! The Lady Spade fans and also anyone...
Posted on September 17, 2017 at 17:13. | Released on September 20, 2017
Bank "Time / Himitsu" (7")
New wave band BANK has a new 7" out now! Check out their new songs of a dubby mellow 80's feel. BANK is a band that features singer Nakamura Dai (ex-Arch), drummer Suzuki Bō, bassist Hirami Fumio (ex-Love Tambourines),...
Posted on September 16, 2017 at 22:20. | Released on September 16, 2017
De De Mouse "via alpha centauri" (Download)
Dé Dé Mouse has a brand new EP being released digitally! This is the follow-up to "dream you up" (April 2017). "via alpha centauri" takes inspiration from the "Centaur festival" which appears in classic Japanese fantasy novel "Night on the...
Posted on September 12, 2017 at 00:27. | Released on September 15, 2017
neco nemuru "Sayonara Summer / hinekuretai no" (7")
Usually instrumental band neco nemuru has a new 7" single out now, of songs in collaboration with Abe Yūma (never young beach) and Scha Dara Parr + Robochu. neco nemuru "Sayonara Summer / hinekuretai no" (7") neco眠る 「SAYONARA SUMMER/ひねくれたいの」...
Posted on September 8, 2017 at 00:15. | Released on September 6, 2017
Ozawa Kenji to Sekai No Owari "I Hear an Owl"
Ozawa Kenji (ex-Flipper's Guitar) has a new single out now, his 2nd this year (following "ryūdōtai ni tsuite" released suddenly in February). The title song is a collaboration with band Sekai No Owari, while the B-side is a solo song...
Posted on September 8, 2017 at 00:02. | Released on September 6, 2017
TRI4TH "4th Rebellion"
Dance jazz quintet TRI4TH has a 6th album about to be released! Their previous was the 2016-released "Defying", since which they also did a split mini-album with band Calmera titled "Horns Riot" (CDJapan, Amazon). Aside from plenty of new songs,...
Posted on September 3, 2017 at 21:58. | Released on September 6, 2017
Lucky Tapes "Virtual Gravity"
3-piece band Lucky Tapes has a new EP coming this week on label Rallye. This is a follow-up to 2016 album "Cigarettes & Alcohol". Check out the brand new clip below. A tour will be starting soon, going through Japan...
Posted on September 3, 2017 at 20:53. | Released on September 6, 2017
Cutemen "Exhibition Of Love & Desire"
Cutemen, the techno unit of CMJK (early Denki Groove) and singer Picorin, has a new album being released! This is the follow-up to "Humanity" (2016) which marked their 25th anniversary. This new album's limited edition comes with a bonus disc...
Posted on September 3, 2017 at 20:08. | Released on September 6, 2017
Soleil "Pinky Fluffy" (7"+CD)
SOLEIL is a brand new band produced by Sally Kubota (Sally Soul Stew, ex-Les 5-4-3-2-1, The Phantom Gift), and led by the 14-year-old singer of the same name: Soleil! Their first release comes as a single (7"+CD) of original song...
Posted on September 2, 2017 at 11:48. | Released on September 20, 2017
Manon "Wavy Pineapple Days" (Download)
Just ahead of the release of her first 7" single "xxFANCYPOOLxx", teenage model Manon has a 3rd brand new song now available for download on iTunes. Again produced by Yuppa (HNC), this time we get a cool reggae summer...
Posted on August 29, 2017 at 22:40. | Released on August 28, 2017
Crazy Ken Band "20/20 Video Attack! Live at Kobe Crazy Ken Band Tour Hong Kong Taxi 2016" (DVD)
Crazy Ken Band has a new live DVD on the way! This is the last show of the tour for 2016 album "Hong Kong Taxi". It was held on November 26, 2016 at the Kobe International House. The whole show...
Posted on August 27, 2017 at 21:37. | Released on August 30, 2017
Manon "xxFANCYPOOLxx" (7")
Fukuoka-based teenage model Manon, of the Asobi System agency (same as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, etc.), debuted last month as a singer with the songs "xxFANCYPOOLxx" and "Beat The Bad Luck" produced by Yuppa (HNC aka Hazel Nuts Chocolate)! Those...
Posted on August 26, 2017 at 15:25. | Released on August 30, 2017
Chelip "hikaru kaze no naka no subete / korette koi da to omounda"
Idol duo Chelip, formed of Mayu and Mion, have a 7th single out now on Disk Union's idol label "doles U". The song "korette koi da to omounda" was written and arranged by Hase Yasuhiro (Yume to Cosme), and the...
Posted on August 23, 2017 at 22:54. | Released on August 23, 2017
Magokoro Bros "Summer Nude / Endless Summer Nude" (7")
Part of Konishi Yasuharu's on-going 7" project under the "A" (Ace) name, here comes a single of two songs by band Magokoro Bros. The two summer-themed songs were released respectively in 1995 and 1997. The single was mastered by...
Posted on August 21, 2017 at 21:36. | Released on August 23, 2017
Various Artists "Throw Away Your CDs Go Out To A Show"
Call And Response Records has a new compilation out now! Curated by Ian Martin, author of the book "Quit Your Band! Musical Notes from the Japanese Underground", this album features 17 bands from various areas of Japan, revolving around genres...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 00:37. | Released on August 16, 2017
Perfume "If you wanna"
Perfume has a new single coming at the end of August! Both songs are used in TV commercials. The title song in a one for Ora2 toothpaste (special site), and B-side "Everyday" of which a version can be heard in...
Posted on August 15, 2017 at 00:22. | Released on August 30, 2017
Parkgolf (Twitter), a beatmaker/producer based in Hokkaidō whose debut album was released on Seiho's Day Tripper Records, has a 2nd album out now! "hyakunen" (feat. hitomitoi) and "Dance no aizu" (feat. Okamoto Emi) were also released on 7", find details...
Posted on August 14, 2017 at 23:03. | Released on August 9, 2017
Crazy Ken Band "Crazy Ken Band All Time Best Album ai no sekai"
Crazy Ken Band has an all-time greatest hits album out now! The three CDs hold 60 of their best tracks covering their whole career so far, for a total of almost 4 hours! Plus, the limited edition gets you...
Posted on August 12, 2017 at 23:44. | Released on August 2, 2017
Momoko Motion "Fake Food / Suppai Budou" (Download)
Momoko Motion (ex-Futon) has a new single out now digitally on iTunes, Spotify, etc. Contrasting with unit Re:Served and her previous works as Momokomotion which had electro sounds, her current solo project has a jazzy piano sound. Check out...
Posted on August 12, 2017 at 22:12. | Released on August 9, 2017
Various Artists "Sunaga Tatsuo no yoru Jazz gaiden 3 ~ All the young dudes ~ subete no wakakiyarōdomo"
Here's a 3rd compilation by Sunaga Tatsuo of the "yoru Jazz gaiden" series, part of his larger ongoing "Jazz Allnighters" ("yoru Jazz") series, which features many up-and-coming young Japanese jazz bands. Included is a brand new song by Sunaga t...
Posted on August 10, 2017 at 23:40. | Released on August 2, 2017
P.O.P "Kiss Me" (Download)
P.O.P, the group of twin rappers with trackmaker Saitō Ryōji, have a new single now available for download and streaming! The song "Kiss Me" comes along with a very special 360° VR video. When viewed on a PC or...
Posted on August 9, 2017 at 22:26. | Released on August 9, 2017
Idol duo WHY@DOLL has a 2nd album out now. Five different songwriters/producers have each contributed two songs, including ones written by Yoshida Tetsuto ("sumire Iolite" and "koi wa Shoo-be-doo-be-doo-ba!") (both co-arranged by Hase Yasuhiro (Yume to Cosme)), and others by...
Posted on August 8, 2017 at 23:58. | Released on August 1, 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
Wednesday Campanella "Nippon Budokan kouen ~hakkaku uchuu~" (Blu-ray)
It's hard to believe that this is the first video release by Wednesday Campanella (aka suiyoubi no Campanella), known for their high-energy shows that have a good dose of surprise! This Blu-ray is of a live show held at famous...
Posted on July 31, 2017 at 23:16. | Released on July 26, 2017
Manon "Beat The Bad Luck" (Download)
Half-Japanese half-French 15-year-old model Manon has a 2nd track out now! This time the song has an indie-pop flavor, and it's again written & produced by Yuppa (HNC)! Hear it on YouTube below, and you can also find it...
Posted on July 29, 2017 at 00:53. | Released on July 28, 2017
Denki Groove "Tropical Love Lights", "Denki Groove Decade 2008~2017"
Denki Groove has two new releases out at once today! "Tropical Love Lights" is an alternate edition of latest album "Tropical Love" (2017), including mainly instrumentals and two new mixes. The other, "Denki Groove Decade 2008-2017", is a greatest hits...
Posted on July 26, 2017 at 23:11. | Released on July 26, 2017
Wakita Monari "I am ONLY"
After three great singles, here comes Wakita Monari (ex-Especia)'s 1st solo album! All songs are said to be worth single cuts. Included are songs written by Hase Hajimu, Microstar, Fukutomi Yukihiro, Yafune Tetsurō, Nishidera Gōta (Nona Reeves), Count Joke, Hase...
Posted on July 22, 2017 at 23:38. | Released on July 26, 2017
Negicco "Negicco 2011~2017 -Best- 2"
Negicco has a new greatest hits album coming this month! Included are songs revolving around albums "Melody Palette" (2013), "Rice&Snow" (2015) and "Tea for Three" (2016), but also a single B-side ("sayonara Music"), previously unreleased show opening song "Make Up...
Posted on July 16, 2017 at 22:40. | Released on July 20, 2017
hitomitoi has a brand new album being released this week! "Ecstasy" is entirely produced by Dorian, who has been contributing great tracks to her albums since "City Dive" (2012). This is the follow-up to "The Memory Hotel" (2015). Check out...
Posted on July 16, 2017 at 00:56. | Released on July 19, 2017
The Aprils "Horror Survivor"
The Aprils has a new single coming this week! Title song "Horror Survivor" is a brand new collaboration with The Lady Spade, who was previously featured on "Magical Girls". The B-side is a self-cover of "KIRA×KIRA×KIRA×KIRA", a song that...
Posted on July 16, 2017 at 00:42. | Released on July 19, 2017
lyrical school "natsuyasumi no Baby"
lyrical school, who are now five after three new members joined recently, have a summer-themed single being released this month. Aside from the regular edition listed below, there are five (!) limited editions, each of which includes a bonus drama...
Posted on July 10, 2017 at 00:04. | Released on July 18, 2017
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
Learners "Water The Flowers / Shampoo Planet" (7"), "More Learners" (Cassette)
Learners have a new 7" that's just out! Included are original songs "Water The Flowers" (from 2nd album "More Learners") and "Shampoo Planet" (from "Learners"). Color vinyl edition of 1000! Includes a download code. Out at the same time is...
Posted on July 9, 2017 at 10:50. | Released on July 6, 2017
Manon "xxFANCYPOOLxx" (Download)
Manon is a 15-year-old model, and here comes a debut single written & produced by Yuppa (HNC)! Check it out on YouTube below, as well as on iTunes, Spotify, etc. This is released on new label Caticorn Records. Manon...
Posted on July 8, 2017 at 00:10. | Released on July 7, 2017
Natsu Summer "Hello, future day"
After the release of a few EPs, tropical city pop female singer Natsu Summer has a first full-length album being released. The producer is Cunimondo Takiguchi (of Ryūsenkei, who also produced hitomitoi's "City Dive" album). Check out the clip below...
Posted on July 2, 2017 at 22:33. | Released on July 5, 2017
Inoue Honoka "Sparkling Chinatown" (7")
Two songs from voice actress Inoue Honoka's excellent first mini-album "First Flight" are being released on 7"! This was written and produced by Mukaju Dan (ex-blue marble), and comes from the Luxury kayō label. The 7"'s sleeve is reversible....
Posted on June 25, 2017 at 14:17. | Released on June 28, 2017
Tamaki Roy "nagi"
Rapper Tamaki ROY has new album out now! This is the follow-up to "Lucky" (2013). Most songs are collaborations with various producers, including Miura Kōshi (Kuchiroro), Hasunuma Shūta, Ametsub, and many more. Check out the two clips below! A 7"...
Posted on June 25, 2017 at 13:22. | Released on June 21, 2017
Hoshino Michiru "12 signs of the zodiac"
Hoshino Michiru has a new album out now! "12 signs of the zodiac" contains three new songs from singles "kagami no naka no watashi" and "nagareboshi Rendez-vous" (with also B-side "kyōkaisenjō no futari") released just last month, plus 9 brand...
Posted on June 20, 2017 at 22:46. | Released on June 21, 2017
Wakita Monari "I'm with you" (CD+7")
Wakita Monari (ex-Especia) has a 3rd single being released this week, ahead of a 1st solo album to come later on July 26! The new single's title song is a house tune written and produced by Fukutomi Yukihiro! Mellow jazz...
Posted on June 17, 2017 at 10:57. | Released on June 21, 2017
Tweedees "à la mode"
Tweedees, the unit of Okii Reiji (ex-Cymbals) and singer Kiyoura Natsumi, has a new mini-album out very soon! This is the follow-up to 2nd album "The Second Time Around" (2016). Check out the new clip below. Tweedees will be at...
Posted on June 16, 2017 at 23:22. | Released on June 21, 2017
Alfred Beach Sandal + STUTS "ABS+STUTS"
This is a collaboration mini-album by singer-songwriter Alfred Beach Sandal and trackmaker STUTS. "Horizon" features Yu Arauchi (cero) on Rhodes, and nakayaan (mitsume) on bass, while "Quiet Blue" features Omoide yarō A team (OYAT). Check out the clip below! A...
Posted on June 16, 2017 at 23:09. | Released on June 21, 2017
Chie & The Wolf Baits "Chie & The Wolf Baits"
Chie & The Wolf Baits is a rock'n'roll girl trio led by Learners' guitarist Horiguchi Chie. This first album comes in a mini-LP sleeve with a 12-page booklet. HMV gives away a signed 7" sleeve (while supplies last). On June...
Posted on June 16, 2017 at 22:43. | Released on June 21, 2017
Nona Reeves "Billboard Best 2011-2016"
Here's a greatest hits album of band Nona Reeves, covering the 3 original albums and 3 cover albums released during their 5 years so far on Billboard Records. Nona Reeves "Billboard Best 2011-2016" 1. P-O-P-T-R-A-I-N 2. yume no koibito 3....
Posted on June 15, 2017 at 21:11. | Released on June 14, 2017
Halfby "Slow Banana" (12")
Halfby has just released a 12" single of song "Slow Banana feat. Alfred Beach Sandal" from his latest album "Innn Hawaii" (2015). The B-side is a new remix by XTAL & Ahh! Folly Jet. Halfby "Slow Banana" (12") A....
Posted on June 13, 2017 at 23:38. | Released on June 14, 2017
Fujin Club "tabi to Ferry"
Fujin Club, the mysterious pop unit formed of housewives from island Sadogashima in Niigata pref., is back with a new single of a city pop summer tune with a title that translates to "Travel & Ferry"! Once again produced by...
Posted on June 13, 2017 at 21:15. | Released on June 14, 2017
Cornelius "Mellow Waves"
A brand new album by Cornelius (international site) is coming at the end of June! Announced a few months ago and preceded by the release of two 7" singles, here comes "Mellow Waves", the long awaited follow-up to "Sensuous" (2006)!...
Posted on June 10, 2017 at 23:34. | Released on June 28, 2017
Mondo Grosso "Reborn Again and Always Starting New"
Mondo Grosso, the solo unit of Ōsawa Shinichi, has just released a brand new album! It had been some 14 years since his latest works under the Mondo Grosso name, and then suddenly came the "Labyrinth" single released on Record...
Posted on June 9, 2017 at 23:51. | Released on June 7, 2017
Sunny Kubota & Old Lucky Boys "One from Sunny's Heart"
This is the 2nd album of Sunny Kubota & Old Lucky Boys, band led by Kubota Shingo who once was the frontman of late 70's new wave band 8 1/2. The band has 10 members including guitarist Muramatsu Kunio (ex-Sugar...
Posted on June 7, 2017 at 21:32. | Released on June 1, 2017
Nakano Aya "Asami no Blues" (7"+CD)
Singer Nakano Aya has a new single out this week! Produced by Mutō Shōhei (drummer, vocalist and leader of jazz band Katteni-Shiyagare), the music is also performed by Kathmandu, a unit formed mainly of his band's members. The title song...
Posted on June 5, 2017 at 21:06. | Released on June 7, 2017
Hoshino Michiru "kagami no naka no watashi" (CD+7"), "nagareboshi Rendez-vous" (CD+7")
Hoshino Michiru has not one but two new singles out this week! The first, "kagami no naka no watashi" is a new song written by Okii Reiji (Tweedees, ex-Cymbals), with lyrics by Kiyoura Natsumi (Tweedees). Its B-side is "kare no...
Posted on May 30, 2017 at 21:45. | Released on May 31, 2017
Kinoco Hotel "Playgirl dai makyou"
Kinoco Hotel's new release is a 10th anniversary album, containing 10 songs from previously released album although they have all been re-arranged and re-recorded, mainly ones that had been released before current bassist Giulietta Kirishima joined the group. Also included...
Posted on May 28, 2017 at 14:52. | Released on June 7, 2017
Various Artists "Japanese Sounds -produced by Muro-"
"King of Diggin'" Muro produced this album of covers of Japanese songs, featuring various female vocalists. Also check out the mix CDs by Sunaga Tatsuo and Muro previously released on the same Tokyo Records label. Tokyo Records will hold an...
Posted on May 26, 2017 at 20:48. | Released on May 24, 2017
Scha Dara Parr & Ego-Wrappin' "Micro Boy to Macro Girl" (7")
Scha Dara Parr and Ego-Wrappin' joined forces for a new song being released on 7"! The B-side is a new take by SDP on their 1995 hit track "Summer Jam '95". Those who don't want to miss the 7"...
Posted on May 18, 2017 at 21:19. | Released on June 7, 2017
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. | Released on May 17, 2017
"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.
Mocche Nagai "Yeh! Yeh!"
Singer & guitarist Mocche Nagai has a 2nd album coming this month! Produced by Chabe, the back band features members of Learners and Gentle Forest Jazz Band. Mocche Nagai can next be seen on stage on May 17 in Tokyo...
Posted on May 8, 2017 at 21:50. | Released on May 17, 2017
Smooth Ace "Sing Like Talking Complete"
First released in 2014, this 6th album by chorus group Smooth Ace had become rare. This time it is reissued on a major label, remastered and with two newly recorded songs added! Including the new songs, a total of 5...
Posted on May 8, 2017 at 21:34. | Released on May 10, 2017
little moa "Trampoline"
little moa is a trio formed of singer Okada Shion, keyboardist 5MBS, and euphonium player Kanna. This 2nd album is the follow-up to "good evening" (2013, Rallye Label), and features appearances by Iceland-based French singer Olèna, singer-songwriter Matsuki Ayumu, and...
Posted on May 6, 2017 at 12:18. | Released on May 31, 2017
tofubeats "Fantasy Club"
tofubeats has a brand new album, his 3rd major album, coming this month! This is the follow-up to "Positive" (2015). There seems to be much more of tofubeats' own vocals than ever before, though the album also features guest vocalists...
Posted on May 6, 2017 at 11:51. | Released on May 24, 2017
Towa Tei "Brand New Emo / Brocante" (7")
"Brand New Emo", the lead track fromTowa Tei's latest album "EMO", is being released on 7" in a different radio edit! B-side "Brocante" was previously released as a bonus track of "EMO" only when bought digitally on Machbeat.com. Towa...
Posted on May 5, 2017 at 23:05. | Released on May 24, 2017
microstar "She Got the Blues" (12")
microstar's latest album "She Got the Blues" (2016) is being released on vinyl. microstar "She Got the Blues" A1. Chocolate Baby A2. Tiny Spark A3. tsuki no Palace A4. tomodachi ni narō A5. My Baby B1. yūgure Girl (Album Mix)...
Posted on May 5, 2017 at 22:34. | Released on May 24, 2017
Yogee New Waves "Waves"
City pop band Yogee New Waves has a new album coming this month! This is their 2nd, follow-up to "Paraiso" (2014). The limited edition comes with a DVD of mainly live footage from a show held at Liquid Room on...
Posted on May 4, 2017 at 22:22. | Released on May 17, 2017
"'Tasha Tudor - a still water story' Soundtrack"
"Tasha Tudor - a still water story" is a documentary movie by Japanese director Matsutani Mitsue that followed for ten years Tasha Tudor, a picture book writer and maker of beautiful gardens. This movie soundtrack features music by sione (aka...
Posted on May 4, 2017 at 21:34. | Released on May 15, 2017
Gallantique Kazue "Chigasaki Memory" (7")
Singer Gallantique Kazue has a new 7" out now! The two songs were selected from her ongoing cover EP series "Anthology" that began last year (a 5th one is coming on May 31), consisting of covers of kayō̄kyoku from the...
Posted on May 4, 2017 at 20:56. | Released on May 3, 2017
The Nyantokanyaru's "The Nyantokanyaru's chikyujo CD Debut"
The Nyantokanyaru's is a new idol group formed of Eve Nyan Laurent (aka Evenyan, of Kit Cat) and Sorano Aozora (aka Aonyan). The whole is produced by Dr.Usui (of (M)otocompo), who also produces Kit Cat, as well as songs for...
Posted on May 1, 2017 at 22:22. | Released on May 3, 2017
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. | Released on May 3, 2017
METAFIVE "METAHALF" (12")
METAFIVE's latest, mini-labum "METAHALF" released last November, has just been released on vinyl. It even comes with a new track, "Marine" written by Sunahara Yoshinori! The track order and jacket are also different from the CD. METAFIVE "METAHALF" (12") A1....
Posted on April 26, 2017 at 23:35. | Released on April 26, 2017
Cornelius "anata ga iru nara" (7")
Cornelius has a brand new 7" single out today! Grab it now at Jet Set while you can. Another 7" is due for May 26, after which a new album will follow on June 28! Shows will be held...
Posted on April 26, 2017 at 21:48. | Released on April 26, 2017
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. | Released on May 3, 2017
Learners "More Learners" (12"), "Learners" (12")
Learners' 2nd album "More Learners", out on CD in January, has just been released on vinyl! Also, first album "Learners" was re-issued too. Get them while it's time! Learners "More Learners" (12") A1. Good Morning Learners! A2. Why Do Fools...
Posted on April 20, 2017 at 21:22. | Released on April 19, 2017
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. | Released on April 22, 2017
Hollywood Zakoshisyoh "gokiburi otoko" (7")
Comedian Hollywood Zakoshisyoh's "gokiburi otoko", released digitally in January, is being released on 7" with an exclusive instrumental version. The track was produced by Ishino Takkyu (Denki Groove) and has both of Denki Groove singing chorus. Hollywood Zakoshisyoh "gokiburi...
Posted on April 16, 2017 at 11:37. | Released on April 19, 2017
P.O.P "Fresh & Step" (Download)
Twin rappers P.O.P, now a trio with trackmaker Saitō Ryōji, have a new single out now on iTunes! Check it out in the video below! P.O.P's upcoming shows include one on May 12 at Moon Romantic in Aoyama, where...
Posted on April 12, 2017 at 22:19. | Released on April 12, 2017
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. | Released on April 15, 2017
Urbangarde "Urbangarde 2016 Xmas Special Hall Live Tenshi des Akuma"
Trauma techno-pop band Urbangarde is releasing a new live album of a show held at the Shibuya Cultural Center on December 17, 2016. The show was divided in "devil" and "angel" segments, and the audience had to vote for the...
Posted on April 11, 2017 at 22:57. | Released on April 12, 2017
De De Mouse "dream you up"
Dé Dé Mouse (who now writes his name with accents aigus) has a new album coming soon! This is his 6th album, and the follow-up to "farewell holiday!" (2015). Included are 11 songs, one of which is a collaboration with...
Posted on April 9, 2017 at 21:39. | Released on April 12, 2017
Saoriiiii "Freepass License" (Download)
Saoriiiii has a new song out now on iTunes! The electro track was written and produced by SAWA, and it was recorded and mixed by Sasaki Kissa (Recoride). On June 24 will be held event "Honey" at Lounge Neo...
Posted on April 5, 2017 at 22:55. | Released on April 5, 2017
Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa "Are Euphoria"
Here's a 3rd album by Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa! It has already been 2½ years since "Savage Imagination" (2014). Label 7 e.p. gives away an original hologram sticker when ordering directly. Those outside of Japan should follow the link...
Posted on April 3, 2017 at 23:26. | Released on April 5, 2017
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