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mini "Are U Ready?"
New-comer mini, a model for gal fashion magazines, has a first single coming, sounding like electro-rock. A remix by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule). A limited edition contains a bonus DVD, and comes with a slightly different jacket. Watch the video at...
Posted on February 26, 2010 at 23:22. | Released on March 3, 2010
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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
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
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
Emerson Kitamura "Spinning Wheel / Remember" (7")
Taken from recent mini-album "Rock'n Roll No Hajimari Ha" (2016), here's a 7" of two tracks by keyboardist Emerson Kitamura! Both songs are instrumental covers, of "Spinning Wheel" (originally by Blood, Sweat & Tears) and "Remember" (written by Irving...
Posted on June 12, 2017 at 22:49. | Released on June 3, 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
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
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
Agata Morio & Hachimitsu Pie "Baby-lon"
Hachimitsu Pie was a band formed in the early 70's by singer Agata Morio and Suzuki Keiichi, a few years after which Morio went on with his solo career while several others moved on to become Moonriders. Some 45 years...
Posted on April 25, 2017 at 23:17. | Released on April 26, 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
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
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. | Released on March 22, 2017
Inoue Honoka "First Flight"
Voice actress Inoue Honoka has a debut album that was released just recently. This was entirely written and produced by Mukaju Dan, a production unit formed of Shock Tarou and Ton-chan, both songwriting members of blue marble (unit that ended...
Posted on January 12, 2017 at 22:58. | Released on December 28, 2016
Accordion and vocals sister duo Charan-Po-Rantan have a new mini-album coming this month! Consisting of 8 new songs, including two theme songs for recent TV dramas, this follows cover album "karimono kyōsō" released last September. The song "otakebi" features Tokyo...
Posted on January 3, 2017 at 12:13. | Released on January 18, 2017
Uchoten "Kafka's Rock/Nietzsche's Pop"
Uchoten, band formed in 1982 and led by Kera (Kera & The Synthesizers, No Lie-Sense), is back with a first full-length album in 26 years — their previous was "dekkachi" released in 1990 (though mini-album "lost and found" was released...
Posted on December 19, 2016 at 21:55. | Released on December 14, 2016
Negicco "ai, kamashitai no"
Negicco has a brand new single out this month! The brand new song "ai, kamashitai no" was written by Dōjima Kōhei, it's a catchy and fun pop track with a Shibuya-kei vibe. Check out the fun video below! The B-side...
Posted on December 10, 2016 at 20:21. | Released on December 20, 2016
Hoshino Michiru "suteki ni X'mas Night" (7"+CD)
Yes it's getting time for Christmas music! Hoshino Michiru has a new single out this week, including new song "suteki ni X'mas Night" which is arranged by Gary Ashiya (of La veuve moustachue)! The B-side, also Christmas-themed, is taken from...
Posted on November 29, 2016 at 21:54. | Released on November 30, 2016
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. | Released on November 23, 2016
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. | Released on November 16, 2016
METAFIVE has a brand new mini-album out this week! Included are 5 brand new songs. Check out the new clip for "Musical Chairs" below, and a one-take studio live clip of "Chemical". Amazon and HMV give away a promo badge...
Posted on November 8, 2016 at 23:48. | Released on November 9, 2016
Record Day 2016
Record Day (not the same as "Record Store Day") has been set to coincide with Japan's "Culture Day" public holiday on November 3 since 1957. Since last year, Japan's only record press Tōyō Kasei takes the lead inviting Japanese artists...
Posted on November 6, 2016 at 23:02. | Released on November 3, 2016
Nomiya Maki "otoko to onna 'Un Homme et Une Femme' ~ Nomiya Maki, French Shibuya-kei o utau."
Nomiya Maki has a brand new album just about to be released! This album has a theme of "French Shibuya-kei", highlighting bits of the French culture that influenced the Shibuya-kei scene. This is a 2-CD release of both a studio...
Posted on August 29, 2016 at 23:22. | Released on August 31, 2016
Ishino Takkyu "Lunatique"
Ishino Takkyū (Denki Groove)'s brand new solo album "Lunatique" is about to be released! This follows mini-album "Cruise" (2010). The album has artwork by Ukawa Naohiro (Dommune), taking source from a cover illustration of defunct magazine "Manga Erotopia". Hear samples...
Posted on August 2, 2016 at 23:06. | Released on August 3, 2016
Tweedees "The Second Time Around"
Tweedees, the unit of Okii Reiji (ex-Cymbals) and Kiyoura Natsumi, has a 2nd album about to be released! This is the follow-up to last year's "The Sound Sounds.". The song "Phillip" features Indonesian band ikkubaru. The limited edition includes a...
Posted on July 16, 2016 at 19:58. | Released on July 20, 2016
Reina & The Blue Valentines "Once in a blue moon"
Nosa Reina's band, Reina & The Blue Valentines, has a 2nd album about to be released! This follow-up to "Lady or Girl?" (2015) contains recent 7" single B-side "konya wa Night Fever", and also new remixes by Illicit Tsuboi of...
Posted on July 16, 2016 at 01:48. | Released on July 20, 2016
Negicco "Live & Life II Negicco 2016 Winter-Spring" (Blu-ray)
Negicco has a new live Blu-ray disc out this week, of their recent tour titled "The Music Band of Negicco". Featured is the entire Tokyo one-man live held on April 27, 2016 at Nakano Sunplaza in Tokyo, which was backed...
Posted on July 10, 2016 at 23:47. | Released on July 12, 2016
Un Amin "Giant Panda ni notte mitai"
Un Amin, band with an exotic pop sound fronted by Taiwan-born singer Min, has a new mini-album coming soon! Included is one of their trademark songs, "Giant Panda ni notte mitai", in a brand new version, plus a bunch of...
Posted on June 9, 2016 at 23:33. | Released on June 15, 2016
Scha Dara Parr "Ani Shinbou"
Scha Dara Parr has released a mini-album of 6 recent previously unreleased tracks. The title is made of the three members' names (Ani, Shinco and Bose). The limited edition includes a bonus DVD of live and music videos. Check out...
Posted on April 30, 2016 at 20:06. | Released on April 20, 2016
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. | Released on March 30, 2016
Re:Served "Chypre" (Download)
Re:Served, the electro unit of Momokomotion (ex-Futon) and Noemi, has released a first mini-album which is now available on iTunes. Cool, fun and catchy! You can read about each song on their official site. Re:Served "Chypre" (Download) 1. MIGOTO 2....
Posted on April 7, 2016 at 23:40. | Released on March 23, 2016
Saoriiiii (previously known as Saori@destiny until 2012) is back with a first mini-album under the new monicker she has been using for the last few years. A release party will be held this Friday April 1st at Shibuya Star lounge...
Posted on March 31, 2016 at 22:59. | Released on March 23, 2016
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. | Released on March 16, 2016
And while Tarte Tatin release new album "re:10 tartetatin", Aoi (aka Ishikawa Aoi (Twitter)) took some distance by becoming a "honorary member", not further taking part in Tarte Tatin anymore. Instead she went solo and made a first mini-album with...
Posted on March 5, 2016 at 12:46. | Released on March 2, 2016
Charisma.com "aidoro C", "Subliminal Diet / koshikake Rap" (7")
Electro rap duo Charisma.com have a new mini-album coming early March! Included are 8 brand new songs. HMV gives away a promo mix CD (while supplies last). A 7" of two new tracks is also being released at the same...
Posted on February 23, 2016 at 00:32. | Released on March 2, 2016
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. | Released on January 27, 2016
Various Artists "yoru no Minoru Phone Hour" (7"), "Tokuma Dance Party" (7"), "ozashiki Japan" (7") compiled by Konishi Yasuharu
Following the release of three compilations on label Tokuma Japan last year, all compiled by Konishi Yasuharu, here comes cuts from these on 7". Each 7" contains two songs from each of the compilations, one remix by Konishi plus one...
Posted on January 2, 2016 at 01:17. | Released on January 8, 2016
Sexy-Synthesizer is back with brand new album "Space"! It had been 8 years since previous album "Rock" (2007) which was released in several forms meanwhile. "Space" has a concept of shooting game music, and comes as a mini-LP package of...
Posted on December 30, 2015 at 22:22. | Released on December 9, 2015
De De Mouse "farewell holiday!"
De De Mouse has released this month a 5th album, follow-up to "sky was dark" (2012). This album features many acoustic instruments. Included is a download card that gives access to bonus remixes, to which one song is being added...
Posted on December 30, 2015 at 19:18. | Released on December 2, 2015
Kit Cat "Scratch You!" (CD+DVD)
Previously sold exclusively at shows, synth dance pop unit Kit Cat's first mini-album "Scratch You!" has been officially released, including a bonus DVD of a show held at Chelsea Hotel in Shibuya on August 19. The album includes a cover...
Posted on October 29, 2015 at 23:57. | Released on October 14, 2015
hitomitoi "The Memory Hotel"
hitomitoi has a brand new album out now! Producers and musicians include Cunimondo Takiguchi (Ryusenkei), Dorian, Kashif (PPP, Jintana & Emeralds), LUVRAW (ImageCluv), Crystal ((((sssurrounddd))), Jintana & Emeralds) and mabanua. This is the follow-up to album "Snowbank Social Club" (2014)...
Posted on October 22, 2015 at 22:35. | Released on October 21, 2015
tofubeats has a brand new album out now! This includes two songs from his latest mini-album "Stakeholder", as well as a bunch of brand new songs. Featured vocalists include okadada, Kishida Shigeru (Quruli), Nakano Yoshie (Ego-Wrappin'), Komuro Tetsuya & more....
Posted on September 18, 2015 at 22:34. | Released on September 16, 2015
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu album vinyl reissues
This one is for KPP's hardcore fans, DJs and vinyl collectors. All of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's albums (and debut mini-album) to date are being released on vinyl. Full-length albums come as a set of two records, keeping the songs in...
Posted on August 16, 2015 at 12:29. | Released on August 19, 2015
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. | Released on August 5, 2015
Chiroline ver.3 "Last Pajama Party"
Chiroline ver.3 (previously Chiroline ver.2) are back as a trio with new mini-album "Last Pajama Party"! While produced by Okada Tohru (Moonriders), songs written by fellow CTO LAB. members Imai Kentaro (The Aprils) and polymoog (Elektel) are also included. There...
Posted on July 29, 2015 at 21:45. | Released on August 5, 2015
CTO LAB. "3 Cycles"
CTO LAB., the supergroup of Okada Tohru (Moonriders), polymoog (Elektel) and Imai Kentaro (The Aprils), is back with a new mini-album! Included are two songs they contributed to the game Groove Coaster, "Go! Spiral Go!" and "Space Arcadian", a cover...
Posted on July 29, 2015 at 20:22. | Released on August 5, 2015
Record Store Day 2015
Here comes Record Store Day 2015, to be held this Saturday April 18! On that day, people go to record shops to buy vinyl records available exclusively in shops on that day. No pre-orders or even online sales, at least...
Posted on April 15, 2015 at 23:37. | Released on April 18, 2015
fox capture plan "Underground"
Instrumental jazz trio fox capture plan has a new mini-album coming this week. A cover of Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight Tonight" is included. The release comes with a bonus 40-minute DVD (Region 2 NTSC) of a show held on October 16,...
Posted on April 5, 2015 at 20:45. | Released on April 8, 2015
Saigenji "hikari mebuku toki" (Download)
Guitarist & singer-songwriter Saigenji has a new mini-album. With an acoustic theme, the recording also features cello, violin, viola and piano. Check out the digest clip below! Saigenji "hikari mebuku toki" (Download) Saigenji 「光芽吹くとき」 1. hikari mebuku toki 2015...
Posted on March 26, 2015 at 20:13. | Released on March 25, 2015
Fujioka Minami & The Morones "Hajiki"
Fujioka Minami, previously half of Panda 1/2, has lately been active as the singer of a 3-piece pop-oriented band (official site, and finally here comes a first release in the form of a 5-song mini-album. HMV gives away a promo...
Posted on March 14, 2015 at 18:14. | Released on March 18, 2015
Various Artists "yoru no Minoru Phone Hour", "Tokuma Dance Party", "ozashiki Japan" compiled by Konishi Yasuharu
Here's a wonderful trio of compilations selected by Konishi Yasuharu! He picks up some of the best songs from the catalog of label Tokuma Japan (named Minoru Phone in its early days), now celebrating its 50th anniversary. Plus, each CD...
Posted on March 11, 2015 at 00:10. | Released on March 25, 2015
Osaka-based 80's style idol group Especia have made a move to a major label, and their first major release comes as a mini-album (still clocking over 38 minutes). This includes songs written by Meserati Nagisa (LUVRAW (Image Cluv) & PellyColo),...
Posted on February 22, 2015 at 23:25. | Released on February 18, 2015
Noppal "I Luv MaryJane / Lazy Sun Day" (7")
Laid-back female rapper Noppal has a 7" cut coming, of two songs from excellent mini-album "Summer EP 2015" (ironically released in 2014). "I Luv MaryJane" was produced by Mr.Melody (PPP) and features LUVRAW on talkbox, while "Lazy Sun Day"...
Posted on February 11, 2015 at 13:30. | Released on February 20, 2015
Scha Dara Parr "1212"
It's been about 6 years since Scha Dara Parr's previous album, "11" (2009), and here comes a brand new one! This 12th album features 12 new songs including collaborations with girl rock band Chatmonchy, talent Shimizu Michiko and also longtime...
Posted on January 26, 2015 at 21:23. | Released on January 28, 2015
hitomitoi "Pacific High / Aleutian Low"
hitomitoi has a new mini-album out this week! With a title that refers to summer and winter, it contains three summer songs previously released digitally, then three new winter-themed songs, plus a cover of Yuming's "A Happy New Year". Producers...
Posted on December 9, 2014 at 20:32. | Released on December 10, 2014
Hoshino Michiru "A/W Collection ~anata to watashi no Collection~"
Singer-songwriter idol Hoshino Michiru has a new mini-album out now! This includes both songs from the recently released "Planetarium de mattete ne" 7", one of which features Wack Wack Rhythm Band, and also non-album track "mo ichido déjà vu" (from...
Posted on November 16, 2014 at 13:37. | Released on November 12, 2014
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. | Released on November 12, 2014
Hoshino Michiru "Planetarium de mattete ne" (CD+7")
Hoshino Michiru has a new 7" out now. The title track, which translates to "Wait for me at the planetarium", has music written by Michiru herself. B-side "Peaberry o mitsuketara" (a song previously heard in a different version as the...
Posted on November 2, 2014 at 16:15. | Released on October 22, 2014
Denki Groove "25"
Denki Groove celebrates its 25th anniversary with new mini-album "25"! Check out the new clip below (hopefully... as it seems to be restricted to maybe to Japan only?), or at least audio samples at CDJapan. This is accompanied by a...
Posted on October 28, 2014 at 22:55. | Released on October 29, 2014
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. | Released on October 22, 2014
Noppal "Summer EP 2015"
Noppal is a female rapper whose 1st mini-album was just released on LUVRAW's label Image Cluv. Producers include Dorian, VIDEOTAPEMUSIC, Mr.Melody (PPP) and more. Hear more sound samples at Jet Set. NOPPAL 「SUMMER EP 2015」 1. I Luv MaryJane (Pro....
Posted on October 23, 2014 at 23:11. | Released on October 8, 2014
Cherryboy Function "suggested function EP#3"
Cherryboy Function has released a 3rd mini-album of his "suggested function" series. It had been almost 4 years since the 2nd one. This new release includes 5 original songs and a remix by Dorian! Cherryboy Function can be seen live...
Posted on October 23, 2014 at 21:20. | Released on October 8, 2014
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. | Released on September 24, 2014
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra "Ska Me Forever"
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra have a new original album out now, marking their 25th anniversary. Included is a collaboration with FPM, and also ones with bands Asian Kung-Fu Generation, 10-Feet and Mongol800. FPM had previously collaborated with the band on...
Posted on August 17, 2014 at 13:49. | Released on August 13, 2014
Game Soundtrack "taiko no tatsujin Original Soundtrack 'Girls Pop Mania'"
This new mini-compilation soundtrack for long-running hit game "taiko no tatsujin" brings four new songs under the theme "girls pop mania". Featured artists are blue marble, Her Ghost Friend, Phenotas (band of which guitarist/composer Yamamoto Shō has produced songs for...
Posted on August 14, 2014 at 23:59. | Released on August 13, 2014
Kaji Hideki "Ice Cream Man"
Kaji Hideki has a brand new album coming this week! "Ice Cream Man" takes inspiration of Jonathan Richman's song of the same name. All songs are originals, and feature guest vocalists such as Nomiya Maki, Kojima Mayumi, Sakamoto Miu, Shoko,...
Posted on August 3, 2014 at 14:22. | Released on August 6, 2014
KANADe "TARIKi" (Download)
KANADe is the unit of Honda Michiyo (ex-Overrocket) and T-AK (Okazaki Takashi). Following the release of single "Happy & Sad" last month, here's a mini-album that includes the song as well as 5 new others, and two remixes. KANADe "TARIKi"...
Posted on July 30, 2014 at 21:49. | Released on July 30, 2014
COR!S "Across Time & Space"
COR!S is a young electro singer-songwriter from Osaka who has the skills to entirely self-produce her music down to mastering (formula that reminds of Nakata Yasutaka). She has previously produced tracks for Yun*chi (among others) and remixes for mishmash*Julie Watai...
Posted on July 13, 2014 at 23:00. | Released on June 15, 2014
Charan-Po-Rantan "wasurekaketeta monogatari"
Charan-Po-Rantan is a unit formed of two sisters, singer Momo and accordionist/songwriter Koharu. Together they create a circus-like world from another time and place. They have been around since 2009 and released several albums already, though this mini-album is their...
Posted on July 6, 2014 at 10:13. | Released on July 9, 2014
Kojima Mayumi "On The Beach"
Kojima Mayumi has a new mini-album coming! Included are 6 songs, with covers of Mina Mazzini's "Tintarella di luna", with guest Kaji Hideki on bass (among others), and The Spiders' "yūhi ga naiteiru". Check out the great video clip below,...
Posted on July 5, 2014 at 23:55. | Released on July 9, 2014
This is a new mini-album by singer Yun*chi, from the same agency as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Title track "Starlight*" is produced by Jazzin'park, while other producers include TeddyLoid, Aoki Taka (metro trip) and more. Also included is a remix by...
Posted on July 3, 2014 at 21:56. | Released on July 2, 2014
risa*risa "cream soda"
risa*risa (aka Kametani Risa, previously part of Chupi*Chupi) has a first solo mini-album out now on Orange Records. Included are two songs written by herself, and two songs produced respectively by Okuda Hidetaka (Sucrette) and Jean-Paul Takahashi. risa*risa "cream soda"...
Posted on July 2, 2014 at 00:14. | Released on July 2, 2014
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Pika Pika Fantajin"
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a 3rd full-length album coming very soon! "Pika Pika Fantajin" includes singles "Kira Kira Killer", "Family Party" (new album mix), "Yume No Hajima RIng Ring" (new album mix), "Mottai-Nightland" and its B-side "sungoi Aura" (new album...
Posted on June 28, 2014 at 23:45. | Released on July 9, 2014
Bakubaku Dokin "Bakubaku Dokin"
Bakubaku Dokin, the wacky and mysterious 2-girl unit formed of Yui and Naoko, finally has a debut mini-album out now! Previously they have released a 3-song EP on Towa Tei's digital label Machbeat, and also appeared on his albums "MACH2012"...
Posted on June 21, 2014 at 17:14. | Released on June 20, 2014
xxx of Wonder "Wonder of Wonder"
xxx of Wonder (reads just "of Wonder") is a new all-star collaboration unit formed of Nanba Shiho, Dr.Usui ((M)otocompo), Frenesi, Julie Watai, and illustrator Kishida Mel. Each of the creators seem to have a defined role, with Dr.Usui writing the...
Posted on June 11, 2014 at 23:43. | Released on June 18, 2014
Charisma.com is a hip-hop group of two girls from Yokohama and Kawasaki (Kanagawa prefecture), one MC (Itsuka) and one DJ (Gonchi). This is their first full-length album, released on the same day as compilation "Women in Music selected by Cibo...
Posted on June 2, 2014 at 23:09. | Released on June 4, 2014
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Kira Kira Killer" (CD+Goods)
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a new single with the theme of "luck", coming as a limited edition of 7777. The package contains not only a CD, but also some goodies: a signed mini-poster, a sticker, and the enclosing vinyl pouch....
Posted on May 10, 2014 at 11:48. | Released on June 11, 2014
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. | Released on March 12, 2014
Concert "Headache and Heartburn"
Kanazawa label Rallye brings this new vocal mini-album by pop duo Concert. Label-mates YeYe and milk are also featured. Concert "Headache and Heartburn" 1. aimaisa kaihi 2. Party and Cookie 3. dakishimetai 4. Modren Sandpaper 5. Eat 6. Goodbye Flatlander...
Posted on March 7, 2014 at 23:12. | Released on March 5, 2014
Yun*chi is from agency Asobisystem (the same as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu), and this is her first full-length album. Half of the songs are brand new ones, while the rest have been previously released on mini-albums "Yun*chi" and "Shake you*", as...
Posted on February 6, 2014 at 23:03. | Released on February 5, 2014
Elekibass "Home Party Garden Party", "Garden Party EP" (7"+CD)
Elekibass has a new mini-album coming, of which lead track "Garden Party" is a song written by The Apples In Stereo's Robert Schneider specially for Elekibass. Also coming at the end of January is a 7" vinyl single that contains...
Posted on January 13, 2014 at 13:59. | Released on January 22, 2014
Pecombo "Pecombo sings French Classics" (Download)
Scat vocal group Pecombo's latest release is a cover mini-album of French standards. This is a download-only release, available worldwide on iTunes. Pecombo "Pecombo sings French Classics" (Download) ペコンボ 「ペコンボ、フランスのスタンダード・ポップを歌う」 (Japanese title: "Pecombo, France no Standard Pop o utau") 1....
Posted on December 31, 2013 at 15:09. | Released on December 16, 2013
Hikashu "bankan", Hikashu feat. Charan-Po-Rantan "Chakra biraki"
Veteran new wave band Hikashu has released new album "bankan" this month. This was recorded in studio in New York last May. Also, a mini-album featuring Charan Po Rantan, a duo unit of two sisters, was also released on Christmas...
Posted on December 31, 2013 at 14:32. | Released on December 12, 2013
fox capture plan "BRIDGE"
Here's a 2nd album from fox capture plan, instrumental jazz-rock trio formed of Kishimoto Ryo (Jabberloop), Kawai Hidehiro (Immigrant's Bossa Band) and Inoue Tsukasa (direction of the chord, ex-nhhmbase). This follows "trinity" released just last May. All songs are originals...
Posted on December 11, 2013 at 22:51. | Released on December 4, 2013
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. | Released on December 4, 2013
DJ Misoshiru to MC Gohan "oriori no oryōri ~X'mas~"
Girl duo hip-hop unit DJ Misoshiru to MC Gohan ("DJ Miso soup & MC Rice", aka DMMG) have gained popularity with their DIY-style cooking-themed clips on YouTube for some time. Their first major release is this Christmas mini-album which was...
Posted on November 24, 2013 at 22:45. | Released on November 27, 2013
tofubeats "Don't Stop The Music"
This is tofubeats' first major release, coming as a mini-album of which the lead track features singer Moritaka Chisato who has been active since the late 80's (since before tofubeats was born, he'll turn 23 this month!). The limited edition...
Posted on November 18, 2013 at 23:41. | Released on November 13, 2013
Tokyo Shock Boys "Dengeki Damashii" (Download)
Dengeki Network, aka Tokyo Shock Boys, known for their freak show-like live performances, have a new mini-album out now. This is available on iTunes worldwide (or almost). Tokyo Shock Boys can be caught on stage on the last day of...
Posted on November 15, 2013 at 22:45. | Released on October 30, 2013
Maki Rinka with her Sweet Hollywaiians "The Peanut Vendor"
The latest from Orange Records is this new (mini-)album by singer Maki Rinka, backed by tropical strings band Sweet Hollywaiians. This acoustic album of swing jazz/latin covers was recorded using vintage microphones from the 20's to 60's. Maki Rinka with...
Posted on November 9, 2013 at 13:24. | Released on November 6, 2013
Chiroline ver.2 "Forever Chiroline-zaka"
Here's a new mini-album by gadget-loving girl unit Chiroline ver.2, follow-up to album "Chit Chat Chiroline" (2012). Again produced by Okada Tohru (Moonriders), this also contains a new song writted by Suzuki Keiichi (also Moonriders), as well as ones by...
Posted on November 5, 2013 at 21:07. | Released on November 6, 2013
Polysics "Mega Over Drive"
Here's a new mini-album from Polysics! This contains 3 brand new tracks, and also re-recorded versions of two favorites in Polysics' latest three-piece style. The limited edition comes with a special 3D jacket. Polysics are currently touring Europe, with dates...
Posted on September 23, 2013 at 23:04. | Released on October 9, 2013
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. | Released on September 13, 2013
Ōta Emiri "Renaissance"
20-year-old pianist singer-songwriter Ōta Emiri has a new mini-album coming, and it contains 2 songs produced by Konishi Yasuharu ("fune no hito" and "ude no ke"). In 2007 he was judge at a contest where she won the grand prix....
Posted on August 21, 2013 at 23:15. | Released on August 28, 2013
Seiji "Smooth Chanson kuchibiru ni uta o"
Seiji is a singer from Osaka who takes his roots from French chanson. He has already been active for several years on stage, but had never got around to record his music. He decided to ask Takanami K-taro (ex-Pizzicato Five)...
Posted on July 25, 2013 at 23:59. | Released on June 19, 2013
(((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. | Released on July 17, 2013
Idiot Pop "Toy Pop."
Idiot Pop is a mysterious techno-pop artist who debuted in 2009 with a self-titled album. After the release of two mini-albums ("Idiography E.P" and "Idiography, Vol.2") came 2nd album "EXWORLD" in 2012. Now here's a first remix album "TOY POP"...
Posted on June 15, 2013 at 13:33. | Released on May 16, 2013
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.
Sexy-Synthesizer feat. Chihiro "POP!"
8-bit unit Sexy-Synthesizer (official Facebook page) has a new mini-album out now, with the tag line "This is not 'ROCK' but 'POP!'" This features singer Chihiro who has appeared before on 2008 album "Sexy-Synthesizer presents Funky-Bit" (Amazon). The CD is...
Posted on May 3, 2013 at 13:50. | Released on May 1, 2013
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