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  1. Supercar "RE:SUPERCAR 2 ~redesigned by nakamura koji~"
    Following the release of "RE:SUPERCAR 1", here's a 2nd album of "redesigned" tracks by Nakamura Kōji (aka Nakakō aka iLL). This time the album focuses on the later Supercar releases. Some audio samples can be heard at this special site...
    Posted on June 4, 2011 at 10:27
  2. Supercar "RE:SUPERCAR 1 ~redesigned by nakamura koji~"
    Supercar (disbanded in 2005) has a new release coming, that's of previously released songs "redesigned" by former member Nakamura Kōji (aka Nakakō aka iLL). The songs are mainly taken from early albums "Three Out Change", "Jump Up", "OOYeah!" and "OOKeah!"....
    Posted on April 17, 2011 at 00:34
  3. Sunahara Yoshinori "No Boys No Cry Original Soundtrack"
    A whole 8 years since the amazing album "Lovebeat", Sunahara Yoshinori (ex-Denki Groove) brings us this new original release in the form of his first ever movie soundtrack. The movie is "No Boys, No Cry", a Japan/Korea collaboration directed by...
    Posted on July 27, 2009 at 23:21
  4. Furukawa Miki "Bondage Heart-Remixes"
    Ex-Supercar singer and bassist Furukawa Miki (MySpace) has a remix album out last month featuring Sunahara Yoshinori, iLL (also ex-Supercar), De De Mouse, Tanaka Fumiya and many more. Furukawa Miki "Bondage Heart-Remixes" フルカワミキ 「Bondage Heart-Remixes」 1. B.B.W. (remixed by The...
    Posted on June 8, 2009 at 23:41

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  1. Nakatsuka Takeshi "Zero no mugen" (Download)
    Nakatsuka Takeshi (ex-Qypthone) has a new song now available on iTunes worldwide! The song is being used as the opening theme of NHK TV program "Science Zero", and will be included on greatest hits album "Swinger Song Writer" coming next...
    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 22:00
  2. Record Store Day 2014 in Japan
    Record Store Day in Japan has been getting bigger every year. This year there are dozens of exclusive vinyl releases to be found on the shelves of these record shops on Saturday April 19. Below is a selection of releases...
    Posted on April 13, 2014 at 13:46
  3. Takako Minekawa solo live at Tensai Sansūjuku
    Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On March 19, Minekawa Takako played a solo show part of a cassette-themed exhibition. Held at Asakusabashi Tensai Sansūjuku, a multipurpose venue, the exhibition showed various artworks made using audio...
    Posted on April 10, 2014 at 22:37
  4. Various Artists "Bethlehem no yoru Jazz: Compiled by Tatsuo Sunaga", "Sunaga Tatsuo presents Revisit -Bethlehem-"
    Sunaga Tatsuo selects tracks from New York 50's jazz label Bethlehem Records in these two separate compilations of his "yoru jazz" (Jazz Allnighters) and "Revisit" series. All tracks can be sampled at HMV and Amazon. Follow the links below. Various...
    Posted on April 2, 2014 at 23:17
  5. Gota Nishidera "Temple St."
    Nishidera Gōta (Nona Reeves) has a first solo album out now, titled "Temple St.". This comes on his new label "Gotown Label" (a word play on his first name), a sub-label of Vivid Sound. Other Nona Reeves members are also...
    Posted on March 26, 2014 at 22:42
  6. Yakenohara "Self-Portrait"
    This is an album of various remix works by rapper, DJ and trackmaker Yakenohara. Also included are original tracks he previously contributed to compilations "White Album" and "Pan Pacific Playa Presents 'Old Fashion Vol.1'", including previously unreleased remixes. Check out...
    Posted on March 22, 2014 at 22:41
  7. Hoshino Michiru "hanashite,,," (7"+CD)
    Hoshino Michiru (ex-AKB48) starts a countdown, with a total of four 7"s to be released one per month until July when her next album will become available. This first single of the series is again produced by the combo of...
    Posted on March 19, 2014 at 23:30
  8. Various Artists "Free Throw Compilation vol.3"
    This is a 2-CD compilation of recent tracks played at rock-oriented DJ event "Free Throw". Considering this track list and the good price, it seems to be a good opportunity to catch up with Japanese indie rock bands that sound...
    Posted on March 19, 2014 at 22:45
  9. Tempura Kidz "minna no Dance uta"
    Kids dance crew Tempura Kidz (which comes from the same agency as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu) has a new mini-album coming. Included are covers of popular kids songs produced by various artists, such as "Computer obaachan" by YMCK, "sakura sakura" by...
    Posted on March 9, 2014 at 21:10
  10. 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
  11. Konishi Yasuharu "'senryokugai sōsakan' Original Soundtrack"
    senryokugai sōsakan (the jacket design shows the English title "The easygoing police") is a comedy TV series about a female detective who is being kept outside of the investigation team. However she still goes to investigate by herself, usually gets...
    Posted on March 2, 2014 at 00:38
  12. Kinbara Chieko "Sunaga t Experience digs Chieko Kinbara ~Chieko Kinbara Jazz Remixes", "Just Like Love Remixes ~Chieko Kinbara House Remixes"
    Two albums related to club scene violinist Kinbara Chieko are being released at the same time. First, Sunaga t Experience (Sunaga Tatsuo) remixes a full album worth of her best tracks into his classy danceable jazz style. It sounds like...
    Posted on February 9, 2014 at 22:12
  13. Perfume "Perfume Clips" (Blu-ray/DVD)
    This is Perfume's first collection of video clips, including all from their years on label Tokuma Japan since major debut "Linear Motor Girl". The limited edition comes with a bonus disc of rare versions, 25 TV commercials, and an audio...
    Posted on February 6, 2014 at 23:41
  14. Various Artists "'Sailor Moon' The 20th Anniversary Memorial Tribute"
    Here comes a tribute cover album to anime series Sailor Moon (1993), this year celebrating its 20th anniversary. Featured artists include Yakushimaru Etsuko, Kawamoto Makoto, Tommy heavenly6, Momoiro Clover Z, Nakagawa Shōko, Clémentine and more. Producers include Konishi Yasuharu (Fukuhara...
    Posted on January 21, 2014 at 23:37
  15. Various Artists "Disney Rocks!!! Girls Power!"
    This new Disney cover compilation features girls only, from idol groups (such as Dempagumi.inc, BiS, Tokyo Girls' Style, hy4_4yh) to bands (akai kōen) and solo artists (Ōta Emiri, Maika Leboutet), and even Minnie Mouse. In terms of producers, Dempagumi.inc's track...
    Posted on January 19, 2014 at 00:45
  16. hitomitoi "Snowbank Social Club"
    Following last summer's hot "Surfbank Social Club", hitomitoi now brings us a winter album, the kind that should warm you up. Again collaborators Cunimondo Takiguchi (Ryūsenkei), Kashif (aka Stringsburn) and LUVRAW & BTB are in, as well as tofubeats, Avec...
    Posted on January 14, 2014 at 22:59
  17. yashka "Hotel New Continental"
    yashka is a new 6-piece band fronted by female singer Yoshika. With accordion, violin, and clarinet, the rock band's sound is a borderless mixture of soul, ska, latin, jazz and pop. All songs can be sampled at the official release...
    Posted on January 13, 2014 at 13:19
  18. Various Artists "Tonchi Compi"
    Tonchi Records is an indies label that's been around for some 8 years and that's run by members of kataomoi and Horizon Yamashita takuhaibin. This all-genre compilation is filled of previously unreleased tracks, with kataomoi, VIDEOTAPEMUSIC, cero, and many more....
    Posted on January 13, 2014 at 10:00
  19. Terunuma Fareeza to Shūkyō "kakkoii" (Download)
    Terunuma Fareeza to Shūkyō is a new pop unit formed of producer Ōkawa Kazuto and singer Terunuma Fareeza, a half-Syrian/half-Japanese model/photographer/director from the adult scene. Their first song had been released digitally, and the sound has a Shibuya-kei feel that...
    Posted on January 12, 2014 at 13:57
  20. Polysics "ACTION!!!"
    Polysics have a new album coming this month! This follows EP "Mega Over Drive" (released last October) of which the title track is included here. The album is said to include sounds of new wave, EDM, hard core and some...
    Posted on January 6, 2014 at 23:43
  21. Various Artists "Sauna Cool 1"
    New label Sauna Cool starts things off with this 51-track compilation, with a rule of "no more than 30 seconds per track". Featured are mainly artists from the Tokyo indies scene, including Chabe, HNC, Miila and the Geeks, VIDEOTAPEMUSIC, Mitsume,...
    Posted on January 3, 2014 at 23:24
  22. FPM "Scale Remixes" (Download)
    On Christmas day, FPM did a surprise release of a remix album of tracks from his latest album "Scale". Remixers from Japan and also Taiwan are featured. All tracks can be sampled on this official release page. Clicking the "buy...
    Posted on January 3, 2014 at 22:31
  23. Nakatsuka Takeshi with Iga-Bang BB "Big Band Back Beat"
    2013 celebrated a 10th anniversary year of the solo career of Nakatsuka Takeshi (ex-Qypthone), seeing the release of latest album "Lyrics". Then came this "Big Band Back Beat" album, entirely backed by a large brass band, and full of covers...
    Posted on January 3, 2014 at 19:50
  24. Various Artists "PARK compilation 01"
    This is a compilation from 80KIDZ' own label PARK which started in 2013 and has been delivering . Included are previously unreleased tracks, including one by 80KIDZ themselves. Various Artists "PARK compilation 01" (Title / Artist) 1. Face Off /...
    Posted on January 3, 2014 at 18:47
  25. 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
  26. lyrical school "waratte.net / My kawaii nichijōtachi"
    Rap idol unit lyrical school's latest single is new song "waratte.net" coupled with "My kawaii nichijōtachi" from album "date course". Both songs were written by Illreme ((((sssurrounddd)))). The limited edition contains two live tracks from a show held on November...
    Posted on December 31, 2013 at 13:09
  27. Harada Ikuko & Wisut Ponnimit "Baan" (CD+DVD+Book)
    Harada Ikuko (clammbon) has joined forces with Thai manga & animation artist Wisut Ponnimit for this special collaboration album. The album also features special guest Pod from Thai band Moderndog. This comes as a limited edition package including the CD...
    Posted on December 30, 2013 at 15:02
  28. Kinoco Hotel "Salon De Kinoco On Stage" (CD+DVD)
    This is a live album by neo-GS girl band Kinoco Hotel, taking you back in time to May 2009. This comes as a CD, with a bonus DVD of 3 live tracks (of another show from March 2009). Kinoco Hotel...
    Posted on December 30, 2013 at 00:51
  29. The Scooters, Juicy Fruits, Kotaro & The Bizarremen at Shibuya WWW
    Text and photos Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On December 5 was a show featuring The Scooters, and it was held at my favorite venue, WWW in Shibuya. Since their official come-back last year, after some 30 years, The...
    Posted on December 14, 2013 at 23:51
  30. CANDLES "Sense of direction"
    Electro-pop unit CANDLES has a 3rd mini-album out now, filled with melodious upbeat dance tracks. New remixes by NUXX and A-bee are included. A release party will be held on December 13 at Shibuya Glad, also featuring Cutie Pai, SAWA...
    Posted on December 10, 2013 at 22:58
  31. Hanae "jikkai Quiz"
    After a number of singles, here's finally a first full-length album from Hanae, a female singer produced by Manabe Shūichi (ex-sōtaiseiriron member who was also responsible for Tarte Tatin's brilliant 1st album "Tetrad"). She succeeds getting attention from both the...
    Posted on November 24, 2013 at 21:33
  32. Hoshino Michiru "Magic Hour" (7"+CD-R)
    Following spacey album "hoshi ga Michiru", here comes two new songs from Hoshino Michiru (ex-AKB48). Again this is produced by the winning combination of Hase Hajimu and Satō Seiki (Microstar)! This is released as a limited edition 7" vinyl only,...
    Posted on November 23, 2013 at 22:11
  33. Various Artists "Couleur Cafe Presents JAZZ ME UP! with 21 jazz standard selected by akiko"
    This jazz standards compilation was selected by jazz singer akiko with a focus on lyrics. Included is a previously unreleased song by akiko. The package comes as a 72-page book with a CD. Some tracks can be sampled on this...
    Posted on November 23, 2013 at 18:58
  34. kaku P-Model "Gipnoza"
    Former P-Model member Hirasawa Susumu's solo unit, kaku P-Model, has a new album out now. This comes 9 years after previous album "Vistoron" (Amazon). The new album features guest musicians Tanaka Yasumi (keyboards, ex-P-Model) and PEVO #1 (guitar, from PEVO)....
    Posted on November 17, 2013 at 12:27
  35. No Lie-Sense "First Suicide Note"
    No Lie-Sense (official Facebook page) is a new unit formed of Suzuki Keiichi (Moonriders) and Kera (aka Keralino Sandorovich, of Kera & the Synthesizers, ex-Long Vacation, ex-Uchōten). Featured artists include Nomiya Maki (ex-Pizzicato Five), Sakamoto Miu, Ueno Yōko, Inuyama Inuko...
    Posted on November 15, 2013 at 23:36
  36. Dorian "midori"
    MC-909 maestro Dorian, aka Mr. Tropical Disco, has a brand new full-length original album out this week! On "midori" he explores more exotic and lounge themes, while expanding his world of synth and drum machine sounds. Guest musicians include Kashif...
    Posted on November 4, 2013 at 17:06
  37. Vanilla Beans "Please Me Darling"
    Here's a new single from Vanilla Beans! The title track is expected to have a Shibuya-kei taste, while the B-side is a take at electro dance-rock, a brand new sound for the duo. Both tracks were produced by long-time collaborator...
    Posted on October 14, 2013 at 19:57
  38. ya-to-i "Shadow Sculpture"
    ya-to-i is a unit started in 1996 by Yamamoto Seiichi (ex-Boredoms), Okada Tohru (Moonriders) (and at the time Ito Junji (ex-Mansfield)), which went on hiatus after a 2001 album release. The two are now back with a new album which...
    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 23:26
  39. blue marble "full color"
    blue marble is the songwriting unit of Shock Tarō (stage keyboardist for frenesi) and Ton-chan, which debuted with album "Valerie" in 2010. Now they have newly teamed up with singer Takei Mariko (previously in 8-bit unit usagi no heitai wa...
    Posted on September 26, 2013 at 23:40
  40. Various Artists "Konishi Yasuharu Presents daitokai kōkyōgaku -Readymade Digs Brunswick-"
    Konishi Yasuharu selects light and sweet tracks from the vast catalog of Chicago's Brunswick label. Songs are featured in their latest digitally remastered versions, and the CD has a 16-page booklet with lyrics. Various Artists "Konishi Yasuharu Presents daitokai kōkyōgaku...
    Posted on September 23, 2013 at 00:12
  41. YMCK "Family Days"
    Jazzy 8-bit unit YMCK have been around for 10 years and counting! Here they're back with a new album, almost 5 years after "Family Cooking" (2009). The new "Family Days" sings not about nostalgia or fantasy but rather about daily...
    Posted on September 22, 2013 at 14:04
  42. Various Artists "Monchhichi Birthday Party"
    Here's what looks like a fun compilation, put together for the 40th birthday of popular Japanese doll Monchhichi. Featured are cool girly indies tracks from the last few years, making it a good opportunity to catch up with the scene...
    Posted on September 20, 2013 at 23:20
  43. CAPSULE "CAPS LOCK"
    CAPSULE just switched labels to Warner, and also started writing its name all in capitals. To make sure we don't miss this detail, the new album is appropriately titled "CAPS LOCK" with track list also comes with a touch of...
    Posted on September 16, 2013 at 02:21
  44. Konishi Yasuharu/Pizzicato Five "'dakishimetai!' Music Collection"
    P5 fans rejoice, here come some lost Pizzicato Five sounds! Hit TV drama "dakishimetai!" was originally aired in 1988, and it's back this year as a special sequel marking its 25th anniversary. The original had music by Pizzicato Five —at...
    Posted on September 14, 2013 at 20:52
  45. lyrical school "date course"
    6-girl rap idol unit lyrical school has a new album coming. This is actually their first full-length since they switched names from Tengal6 (see album "City"). This new album includes tracks not only produced by tofubeats, but also collaborations with...
    Posted on September 13, 2013 at 23:32
  46. Nyantora "High Strangeness" (Download)
    Nyantora, the solo project of Nakamura Kōji aka Nakakō (LAMA, iLL, ex-Supercar), has a new album out now that explores ambient sounds. It is available for download through Bandcamp and DIY Stars. Audio samples at label Sound of Romance Nyantora...
    Posted on September 13, 2013 at 23:21
  47. Cornelius "Design Ah" (10"), "The Cat that lived a Million times" (10")
    Two 10" vinyl works by Cornelius are being released at the same time! The first is a cut of 6 tracks from the "NHK 'Design Ah'" soundtrack released on CD last year, including the vocal songs featuring Chocolat, Minekawa Takako,...
    Posted on September 1, 2013 at 00:52
  48. Yashiro Aki "yume no yoru Live In New York"
    This is a live recording of Yashiro Aki's first jazz show abroad, following the release of album "Songs Around Midnight" produced by Konishi Yasuharu. The show was held at Birdland in New York on March 27 this year, and featured...
    Posted on August 18, 2013 at 01:04
  49. Aira Mitsuki "I'll Be Back"
    Techno-pop idol Aira Mitsuki is preparing to go on hiatus, but not before releasing another album. "I'll Be Back" features mostly tracks produced by Terukado as usual, but also ones by Tessy (CANDLES) and Sasaki Kissa (Recoride). All lyrics were...
    Posted on August 16, 2013 at 00:29
  50. Various Artists "WIRE13 Compilation"
    Here comes the annual WIRE compilation, reminding us of the upcoming annual large rave event of the same name organized by Ishino Takkyū (Denki Groove). This year WIRE celebrates its 15th anniversary! The 2-CD compilation gives an overview of this...
    Posted on August 13, 2013 at 22:16
  51. Open Reel Ensemble "Tape and Cloth" (CD+DVD)
    This new album by performance unit Open Reel Ensemble is a collection of music made for 3 seasons of Issey Miyake's Paris Collection shows. In addition to a CD of the music, the package contains a DVD of the 2013-14...
    Posted on August 12, 2013 at 23:54
  52. Perfume "LEVEL3"
    Perfume have a brand new album to be released this October! "LEVEL3" comes about 2 years after the previous, "JPN", and will include lead tracks from singles "Spring of Life", "Spending all my time", "mirai no Museum" and "Magic of...
    Posted on August 9, 2013 at 00:25
  53. Kaseki Cider "Kaseki Cider no Ani-song!! Vacation!"
    Rapper Kaseki Cider's new album is a collection of anime song covers, arranged in his own style. Guests include Kaji Hideki, Kojima Mayumi, Horigome Takaki (Kirinji), EPO, Yumemi Nemu (Dempa Gumi.inc) and Mashiro Megumi (Hicksville). HMV gives away a 20-minute...
    Posted on August 7, 2013 at 00:22
  54. Denki Groove "'Human Beings and Animals' Tour Panda 2013" (DVD & Blu-ray)
    This video is a whole show from Denki Groove's latest tour, "Tour Panda 2013", in support of their "Human Beings and Animals" album released last February. The show was held on March 13, 2013 at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo. Always...
    Posted on August 5, 2013 at 22:04
  55. kataomoi "kataomoin Da House"
    kataomoi is an indies band that's been around for about 10 years. While they released some CD-R EPs and participated to some compilations through the years, here comes their first full-length album. It's coming from the Kakubarhythm label. Release special...
    Posted on August 5, 2013 at 00:04
  56. Buffalo Daughter "ReDiscoVer. Best, Re-recordings and Remixes of Buffalo Daughter"
    Buffalo Daughter have been around for 20 years! And of course they still rock! This is a special greatest hits album released for the occasion. Not only some of their best songs are included, but also new remixes (including one...
    Posted on August 4, 2013 at 11:54
  57. Various Artists "T-Palette Records 2nd Anniversary Mix ~Diggin' on you~"
    This is a mix CD by hip-hop unit Cypress Ueno and Roberto Yoshino made of only tracks from Tower Records' idol-only T-Palette label. Included are songs by Vanilla Beans, Negicco, lyrical school, Rhymeberry, LinQ, Shizukaze & Kizuna and Up Up...
    Posted on July 27, 2013 at 17:42
  58. nakayoshi group "The Jesus vs Cheatman"
    nakayoshi group is an up-and-coming band that comes with a fresh-sounding lo-fi new wave sound. This first CD release comes from 80KIDZ' recently started PARK label. Ordering at HMV will get you a free badge (while supplies last). Release official...
    Posted on July 23, 2013 at 23:37
  59. 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
  60. Takahashi Yukihiro "Life Anew"
    Takahashi Yukihiro (YMO) has a new solo album out today. His back band consists of James Iha (ex-Smashing Pumpkins) on guitar, Horie Hirohisa (Neil & Iraiza, The Cornelius Group) on keyboards, Gondō Tomohiko on euphonium (etc.), and Takakuwa Kiyoshi (Curly...
    Posted on July 17, 2013 at 22:23
  61. (((sssurrounddd))) "New Age"
    (((sssurrounddd))), the city pop band of Illreme aka Kamoda Jun with Traks Boys' K404 and Crystal, has a 2nd album out now! "New Age" features guest musicians including Sunahara Yoshinori (who also contributed a remix to their latest 12"), Kashif...
    Posted on July 17, 2013 at 21:45
  62. Playtime Rock, BANK live at Saravah Tokyo
    Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Friday July 12 was a show of Playtime Rock, the Nagasaki-based band of Takanami K-taro (ex-Pizzicato Five) (blog). Nagasaki being part of the Kyūshū island in the south of...
    Posted on July 17, 2013 at 00:59
  63. keme "shiranai sekai"
    Guitarist singer-songwriter keme, aka Isabelle-Keme Kamogawa of Kinoco Hotel, has a 2nd solo album out now. With her solo project, keme shows a face different from her Kinoco Hotel skillful fuzzy solos, rather playing 70's-inspired folk rock and putting focus...
    Posted on July 15, 2013 at 00:18
  64. Tommy february6 "TOMMY CANDY SHOP ♥ SUGAR ♥ ME"
    Tommy february6 has a new album that was released last month. This follows the "February & Heavenly" album from last year, and contains both songs from the "Be My Valentine" single (Amazon) released on February 6th this year. 2013 marks...
    Posted on July 14, 2013 at 21:34
  65. Towa Tei "Lucky"
    Towa Tei has a brand new album out now! "Lucky" is full of brand new songs including latest single "Radio". Many artists are featured, including all three of YMO, Dorian, Sugar Yoshinaga (Buffalo Daughter), Sheena Ringo, Predawn, Bakubaku Dokin, visual...
    Posted on July 14, 2013 at 11:49
  66. hitomitoi "Surfbank Social Club"
    Following last year's wonderful "City Dive", here's a new summer city pop album by singer hitomitoi! Again she is joined by Cunimondo Takiguchi (Ryūsenkei), Dorian, Kashif aka StringsBurn, as well as new collaborators LUVRAW & BTB, grooveman Spot and Avec...
    Posted on July 14, 2013 at 00:42
  67. Lullatone "Summer Songs" (Download)
    Nagoya bedroom pop unit Lullatone has a new digital EP (or a modest 8-song album) that was released just last month. This one is meant to be a soundtrack to some hot fun in the summer sun. Get it for...
    Posted on July 13, 2013 at 21:55
  68. Vanilla Beans, Nomiya Maki & BIBA
    Text and 2nd photo by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound. 1st photo by Kaz Sekiguchi, courtesy of Yoko Fujiwara. On July 5th was the 4th edition of Vanilla Beans' series of shows with a live band. Every time they...
    Posted on July 11, 2013 at 23:34
  69. Koshi Miharu "Madame Crooner"
    Koshi Miharu has a new album out now, said to be a collection of covers mainly of standards from the 30's and 40's, in arrangements that focus on piano and vocals. All songs can be sampled at the official release...
    Posted on June 16, 2013 at 01:44
  70. Hosono Haruomi "Heavenly Music"
    Hosono Haruomi (YMO) has a new solo vocal album out now! The album consists mainly of covers, including ones of Kraftwerk's "Radio Activity", The Carpenters' "Close to You" and Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece". The album's main recording...
    Posted on June 16, 2013 at 01:26
  71. Ino Hidefumi "New Morning"
    Electric piano player Ino Hidefumi has a new album out now! "New Morning" contains 8 new original songs, and also 3 covers of songs by Todd Rundgren ("Hello It's Me"), Julie London ("Cry Me A River" written by Arthur Hamilton)...
    Posted on May 30, 2013 at 22:49
  72. fox capture plan "trinity"
    fox capture plan is a new jazz band formed of Kishimoto Ryo on piano (Jabberloop), Kawai Hidehiro on double bass (Immigrant's Bossa Band) and Inoue Taukasa on drums (direction of the chord, nhhmbase). A first album is coming on May...
    Posted on May 11, 2013 at 22:48
  73. Perfume "Magic of Love" (Single), "Perfume WORLD TOUR 1st" (DVD)
    Perfume is back with a double release. Both coming on May 22 are new single "Magic of Love", and a DVD of Perfume's 1st world tour, more specifically a show held in Singapore. There's a limited edition of the single...
    Posted on May 7, 2013 at 22:38
  74. Ino Hidefumi "Cry Me A River" (7")
    Fender Rhodes player Ino Hidefumi will be back this month with a new album, but first comes this 7" of a Japanese lyrics cover of "Cry Me A River" (originally sung by Julie London). This song features Suzuki Shigeru (Happy...
    Posted on May 5, 2013 at 00:53
  75. (((sssurrounddd))) "kūchū bunkai suru I Love You" (12")
    (((sssurrounddd))), the band of rapper Illreme, with Track Boys' K404 and Crystal, has a new single just out on 12". The B-side is a remix by Sunahara Yoshinori! The 12" comes with a MP3 download code. Jet Set has an...
    Posted on May 5, 2013 at 00:12
  76. Cold Name "Few Of Us"
    This is a 2nd release part of White Lily Records' "Cult Club Manners" mix CD series (the first was by YO!HEY!! in 2011). Cold Name is the solo project of Nobuyuki Sakuma who is mainly active as the lead member...
    Posted on May 4, 2013 at 23:51
  77. Vanilla Beans band live with Kaji Hideki
    Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Until recently, Vanilla Beans had always performed their shows "idol style", singing karaoke over a backtrack of the music. Last year marked their 5th anniversary, and then came 3rd album...
    Posted on May 3, 2013 at 20:01
  78. Vanilla Beans "Muscat Slope Love"
    Vanilla Beans have a new single coming, this time a new song produced by Kaji Hideki who Rena and Lisa like to call "Mr. Sweden". This release follows album "Vanilla Beans III" released in November 2012, while the previous single...
    Posted on May 3, 2013 at 14:17
  79. Kinoco Hotel "Marianne no gyakushū"
    Kinoco Hotel has a new mini-album, actually a maniac selection of GS-oriented covers. Included are Tokyo Bravo's "Eleki de Swim" (1980, original on YouTube), Carmen Maki's "Noisy Baby" (1969, watch Kinoco Hotel's version below), Izumi Mishuko's "konya wa tottemo ikenai...
    Posted on April 29, 2013 at 10:33
  80. michirurondo "I Love Baby"
    Electro-pop singer-songwriter michirurondo has a 1st mini-album out now! The songs "BABY" and "hoshi ni negai o" were co-arranged and mixed by The Aprils' Imai Kentarō. In Tokyo, a free in-store live will be held on May 9 from 18:30...
    Posted on April 29, 2013 at 09:45
  81. Original Love "Fashion Appeal" (Download)
    Here's a new song from Original Love, the solo unit of Tajima Takao (ex-Pizzicato Five). "Fashion Appeal" has a surprising electro touch that makes for a danceable catchy song. The EP also contains two live tracks, and is available only...
    Posted on April 28, 2013 at 23:51
  82. Joy Ride vol.133: soyuz project, CTO LAB., NeoBallad
    Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Friday April 19 was the 133rd edition (!) of electro-themed event series "Joy Ride" that started in 2006. That's an average of 2+ events per month! I went to...
    Posted on April 25, 2013 at 23:18
  83. Yumiko Morgan Oscillators? "Instantaneous" (DVD)
    Yumiko Morgan Oscillators? ("YMO?") is a project formed of Minimoog maestro Ohno Yumiko (Buffalo Daughter) with rare vintage electronic instruments collector Morgan Fisher. This first show of theirs was held on November 3, 2012, and recorded using 10 video cameras....
    Posted on April 23, 2013 at 23:26
  84. 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
  85. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu in New York
    Text and photo by Nicholas D. Kent (Japanese Electronic Music) for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Here's a report of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's latest show, held last weekend in New York. Big thanks to correspondent Nicholas D. Kent. Read on! Kyary Pamyu...
    Posted on April 20, 2013 at 14:22
  86. 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
  87. Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong debut live w/ Living Astro
    Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Sunday, I finally got to see an artist I had been wanting to see for about 15 years, ever since I got "Cloudy Cloud Calculator"! That's right, Takako Minekawa...
    Posted on March 26, 2013 at 21:04
  88. "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
  89. Monochromoon: Tabuchi Jun, Nosa Lena, Nacional, DeliciouSweets
    Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On March 6 was event "Monochromoon!" at yumemiru kimiomou (aka Moon Romantic). I wanted to go there for at least 3 reasons. The first was to see Nosa Lena, a...
    Posted on March 22, 2013 at 23:59
  90. Kirinji "Ten"
    Here comes Kirinji's final album, as the Horigome brothers are calling it quits after 17 years making music together. This follows 9th album "Super View" released just last November. Younger brother Horigome Yasuyuki is expected to move on with a...
    Posted on March 21, 2013 at 23:27
  91. Nona Reeves "Pop Station"
    This is a new original album by Nona Reeves, it has been 4 years since their previous, "GO" (2009, Amazon). It has a pop music theme, as you can guess from the title, and label-mate female singer hitomitoi is featured...
    Posted on March 4, 2013 at 21:14
  92. naomi & goro "Cafe Bleu Solid Bond"
    Bossa nova unit naomi & goro's new album is a cover album of all songs off The Style Council's "Cafe Bleu" album (1984). The Style Council was Paul Weller's band, active through the 80's. All tracks can be sampled at...
    Posted on March 3, 2013 at 23:27
  93. capsule "rewind BEST-1 (2012-2006)", "rewind BEST-2 (2005-2001)"
    Not one but two greatest hits albums coming from capsule, rewinding through the years from their most recent works (album "World of Fantasy") to the early beginnings ("haikara Girl"). All selected by Nakata Yasutaka, "rewind BEST-1" will guide you around...
    Posted on February 19, 2013 at 23:41
  94. Emi Necozawa & Sphinx "EP" (12")
    Following last year's "Pyramidia" album, here comes a 12" cut of songs by Necozawa Emi's jazz group. Included is a remix by Miura Makoto (on whose latest album Emi contributed narration), and two 12" mixes of some of the best...
    Posted on February 17, 2013 at 13:06
  95. Kaji Hideki "Sweet Swedish Winter"
    Kaji Hideki has a new album coming this month! This one is a tribute to Sweden's sweet winter, and it's his 2nd release from his own Blue Boys Club label (follow-up to "Blue Heart" (2012)). Title song "Sweet Swedish Winter"...
    Posted on February 10, 2013 at 19:16
  96. FPM "Scale"
    FPM's 7th original album is almost here! It has been 3 years since "FPM" (not counting classical music cover album "Qlassix"). "Scale" is full of brand new tracks, including some that have been partially heard in commercials for various brands...
    Posted on February 3, 2013 at 22:55
  97. Various Artists "Girls Sazanami Beat! vol.5"
    This is a 5th of Sazanami Label's popular compilation series of indies girl rock/garage/neo-GS bands. Collect them all! All tracks can be sampled at the official release page. The jacket was specially designed by Italian illustrator Luca Tieri. A series...
    Posted on January 30, 2013 at 23:49
  98. Natsuki Mari "Impression group collection"
    This album from singer and actress Natsuki Mari consists of the whole of mini-albums "La Marie en Septembre" (1995) and "gorilla" (1996), her first collaborations with producer Konishi Yasuharu (ex-Pizzicato Five), as well as "inshōha" ("Impressionist", 1997) from her play...
    Posted on January 28, 2013 at 22:16
  99. Hanazawa Kana "Silent Snow"
    This is a 4th single by Hanazawa Kana, a voice actress who debuted as a singer last year. All songs are written by Kitagawa Katsutoshi (Round Table), and the title song has strings arranged by Hase Yasuhiro (yume to...
    Posted on January 15, 2013 at 22:20
  100. hitomitoi "YOUR TIME Route #1" (12")
    hitomitoi's cover album "YOUR TIME Route #1" (released on CD in November 2012) is being released on vinyl. All 9 songs from the album are included. Some audio samples can be heard at Jet Set. hitomitoi "YOUR TIME Route #1"...
    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 18:47

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