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nAo "Strawberry Heart"
This first album by singer-songwriter and model nAo is produced by Moonriders' Okada Tōru, who is recently also active as CTO LAB. Included are two songs involving The Aprils' Imai Kentarō (also of CTO LAB.), "My Sunshine" in which he...
Posted on January 17, 2011 at 20:52. | Released on January 26, 2011
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Wakita Monari "Wingscape / LED" (CD+7")
Wakita Monari has a new single out this week! Her new funky jazz tune "Wingscape" was written and produced by COUNTJOKE (aka jōdan hakushaku, unit of Maezono Naoki and Arai Toshiya) (Facebook page) and features Smooth Ace on chorus! The...
Posted on November 20, 2017 at 23:15. | Expected to be released on November 22, 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
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
DJ Hasebe "DJ HASEBE Butter Smooth - Tokyo 90's Groove -"
DJ Hasebe (official Facebook page) has a new mix album out now of 90's songs revolving around Shibuya-kei. This includes a brand new original song that features Nomiya Maki! DJ Hasebe "DJ HASEBE Butter Smooth - Tokyo 90's Groove -"...
Posted on February 24, 2017 at 00:10. | Released on February 22, 2017
Various Artists "ExT Best File"
ExT Recordings, the underground electro label of Nagata Kazunao (Organization), is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year! This compilation contains a previously unreleased track by De De Mouse, a new mix from Cherryboy Function, as well more brand new recordings...
Posted on January 14, 2017 at 13:17. | Released on January 11, 2017
Ishino Takkyu "EUQITANUL"
Takkyu Ishino (Denki Groove) has a new remix album out this week! All tracks from latest album "LUNATIQUE" were remixed by many of his close DJ friends, including Towa Tei, Sunahara Yoshinori, agraph, Hiroshi Watanabe (Tokyo No.1 Soul Set, InK),...
Posted on December 20, 2016 at 00:40. | Released on December 21, 2016
Singer-songwriter dorlis has just recently released a new original album on Nakatsuka Takeshi's Delicatessen Recordings label. This is her first self-produced album, and the follow-up to "swingin' street 4" released 6 years ago (2010). "furidashi no kataomoi" was arranged by...
Posted on October 10, 2016 at 13:19. | Released on September 21, 2016
Halmens X "35 seiki"
Halmens X is a limited time project led by two original members of new wave band Halmens (formed in 1979), Saeki Kenzo and Sensui Toshiro. 2016 marks the 35th anniversary of the release of album "Halmens no 20 seiki" (1981),...
Posted on October 10, 2016 at 11:49. | Released on September 21, 2016
Izumi Ookawara "Friendly Ghost" (Download)
Izumi Ookawara (Qypthone) has two new songs about to be released on iTunes! Both were written by herself, and co-arranged by guitarist Ishigaki Kentarō (Qypthone) and pianist Mami Oonishi. Both tracks also feature Suzuki Kaoru on drums among others....
Posted on September 27, 2016 at 23:00. | Released on September 28, 2016
Charan-Po-Rantan "karimono kyousou"
Accordion and vocals sister duo Charan-Po-Rantan have a new album out now, consisting of all covers of Japanese and foreign bands. All songs can also be sampled on this official release page. The limited edition comes with a DVD of...
Posted on September 19, 2016 at 23:27. | Released on September 14, 2016
Maika Loubté "Le Zip" (Download)
Half-French half-Japanese singer-songwriter Maika Loubté has a brand new album out now on iTunes! This is the follow-up to "100 (momo)" (December 2014), and includes latest single "Universal Metro". The song "FEEL" was produced by Ohno Yumiko (Buffalo Daughter), and...
Posted on August 24, 2016 at 23:46. | Released on August 24, 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
Various Artists "Nippon Samba"
In line with "Bossa Brasilia 2016" just out last week, here's another groovy samba/bossa nova compilation selected by Itō Yōichirō (aka Akakage), though this one consists of all Japanese artists. Many of the songs included are from the 60's, with...
Posted on July 26, 2016 at 23:39. | Released on July 27, 2016
jan and naomi "Leeloo and Alexandra"
jan and naomi have a 2nd EP out now, containing 6 new songs! This is the follow-up to "jan, naomi are" released in 2014 (CDJapan). jan and naomi will play a show at the Gloria Chapel in Shinagawa on July...
Posted on June 25, 2016 at 01:48. | Released on June 24, 2016
Harada Tomoyo "Love Song Covers 2 ~ wakaba no koro"
Follow-up to last year's "Love Song Covers", here's a 2nd cover album from Harada Tomoyo. Whlie the previous was of foreign songs, this time the focus is on Japanese love songs. This time again the whole is produced by Itō...
Posted on May 4, 2016 at 12:25. | Released on May 11, 2016
Osaka 80's style idol group Especia has a brand new album coming this month! Included are songs written by Fujii Naoyuki (ex-Checkers), Rillsoul, Schtein & Longer, PellyColo, with the rest mainly written by Hi-Fi City. The album is being released...
Posted on February 16, 2016 at 00:11. | Released on February 24, 2016
XTAL, aka Crystal (of (((sssurrounddd))), Jintana & Emeralds), has a first solo album coming on Crue-L Records! Expect electronic music that visits genres such as "shoegaze piano house", "slow acid minimal" and "cutup Balearic", we're being told. Included are collaborations...
Posted on January 24, 2016 at 13:24. | Released on February 1, 2016
Count Joke "Pink Shadow / tamago" (7"+CD)
Count Joke (aka jōdan hakushaku) (Facebook page) have a brand new 7" out now! The A-side is a cover of Bread & Butter's "Pink Shadow" (1974), while the B-side is a brand new original written by singer Maezono Naoki. Like...
Posted on September 3, 2015 at 23:05. | Released on August 26, 2015
Cypress Ueno & Roberto Yoshino "Condor"
Rapper duo Cypress Ueno & Roberto Yoshino have a new album out now! The album features guests such as Bose (Scha Dara Parr) and Zen-La-Rock among others. Various producers participated, with one track produced by Halfby. HMV gives away a...
Posted on April 4, 2015 at 00:00. | Released on April 1, 2015
Hosono Haruomi "Hosono Haruomi x Sakamoto Ryuichi at EX Theater Roppongi 2013.12.21" (Blu-ray/DVD)
A live collaboration show of Hosono Haruomi and Sakamoto Ryūichi (both of Yellow Magic Orchestra) has been released on Blu-ray and DVD. The show was held on December 21, 2013 at EX Theater Roppongi, and featured appearances of Oyamada Keigo...
Posted on March 21, 2015 at 00:27. | Released on March 18, 2015
Harada Tomoyo "Love Song Covers"
Harada Tomoyo has a new album coming this week, consisting of covers of foreign songs such as The Beatles "I've Just Seen a Face", Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender", Julie London's "Fly Me To The Moon", Burt Bacharach-written "The Look...
Posted on March 15, 2015 at 15:37. | Released on March 18, 2015
Tomita Isao "Space Fantasy", "Tomita on NHK"
Two albums by synthesizer maestro Tomita Isao were released this month. The first, "Space Fantasy", is a 2-CD release of which the 1st CD is a collection of tracks from his "Planets" trilogy ("Cosmos", "Bermuda Triangle" and "Firebird") remastered in...
Posted on March 14, 2015 at 16:07. | Released on March 4, 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
Count Joke "LED c/w nagisa" (7"+CD)
A 2nd 7" from this trilogy by Count Joke (aka jōdan hakushaku) (Facebook page), unit of Maezono Naoki & Arai Toshiya, was released this week! Also check out the January-released "bird man c/w ameagari". The next will be released on...
Posted on February 27, 2015 at 22:38. | Released on February 25, 2015
Count Joke "bird man c/w ameagari" (7"+CD)
Count Joke (aka jōdan hakushaku) (Facebook page) is the unit of Maezono Naoki and Arai Toshiya. Starting this January they are releasing a series of 7"'s (coming with a bonus CD) of songs limitedly released on CD throughout last year....
Posted on February 6, 2015 at 23:50. | Released on January 28, 2015
Various Artists "Women's Liberation"
This is an album of covers of Japanese songs from the 60's to the early 70's, here sung with translated English lyrics! Both the originals and the covers were performed by Japanese women, completing the theme of this compilation. Vocalists...
Posted on January 19, 2015 at 21:32. | Released on January 7, 2015
jōdan hakushaku "yūrei no Ballad / itsuka dokokade"
jōdan hakushaku (Maezono Naoki & Arai Toshiya) (Facebook page) have a new single out now! "yūrei no Ballad" features accordionist Tanooka Saburō and a kids chorus group. B-side "itsuka dokokade" features Smooth Ace, and was written in memory of...
Posted on December 7, 2014 at 14:14. | Released on December 2, 2014
Maika Leboutet "100 (momo)"
Half-French half-Japanese singer-songwriter Maika Leboutet (of band EA) has a first solo album out now, the result of a crowd-funding project started last June. The album features several guest musicians such as Matsue Jun (daredemo Esper, Spoozys), Araki Yūko (mi-gu,...
Posted on December 5, 2014 at 00:19. | Released on December 3, 2014
Smooth Ace "Sing Like Children"
Chorus group Smooth Ace have a new album out now, with 4 tracks arranged by Arai Toshiya, with some guest vocals by Maezono Naoki (both of jōdan hakushaku). All songs can be sampled at CDJapan. Smooth Ace "Sing Like Children"...
Posted on November 2, 2014 at 20:30. | Released on October 8, 2014
jōdan hakushaku "nagisa"
jōdan hakushaku (aka Count Joke, at lease according to their Facebook and Twitter account names) is the unit of Maezono Naoki (Maezono Naoki Group) and Arai Toshiya (Missing Linc). Together they deliver catchy pop tunes. This 2nd single is available...
Posted on October 26, 2014 at 22:52. | Released on October 21, 2014
Tarte Tatin "Tartetatin Are Allright!"
Tarte Tatin are back with a new album, follow-up to single "Political na ikimonotachi" released last April. It has also been announced this month that the unit now has 3 members: Aoi, Yūki, and new member Yurie. This new album...
Posted on September 15, 2014 at 00:26. | Released on September 24, 2014
BTB "Back To Basic ~ore to omae hen~"
Yokohama talkbox musician BTB (of the Pan Pacific Playa collective, and previously of Luvraw & BTB which Luvraw quit earlier this year) has a new solo album out now. Featured are summer-oriented mellow covers of various songs originally by artists...
Posted on August 20, 2014 at 21:57. | Released on August 20, 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
P.O.P "tanoshii koto bakari arimasu yō ni."
P.O.P (previously known as P.O.P ORCHeSTRA) is a hip-hop band led by two identical twin rappers. They have long been active on stage, and have released several songs on iTunes before, but finally here comes their first album being released...
Posted on June 18, 2014 at 23:09. | Released on June 18, 2014
Harada Tomoyo "noon moon"
Singer Harada Tomoyo has a new album coming, produced by Itō Gorō (naomi & goro). Along with new songs, a self-cover of Swedish pop song "Love" (written by Tore Johansson, from 1997 album "I could be free") is included. Sakamoto...
Posted on May 3, 2014 at 10:51. | Released on May 7, 2014
Various Artists "Snow Monkey Beer Live!"
"Snow Monkey Beer Live!" is a music and beer festival that's been held every year since 2012. This genre-less compilation CD contains tracks by related artists including Kaji Hideki, Kushibiki Sayaka Trio (feat. Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji and Furukawa Taichi), Predawn,...
Posted on March 9, 2014 at 01:04. | Released on March 5, 2014
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.
Various Artists "Getz/Gilberto + 50"
This year celebrates 50 years since the recording of Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto's "Getz/Gilberto" album (recorded in 1963 and released in 1964). Here is a tribute album produced by Itō Gorō (naomi & goro) covering all of the 10...
Posted on July 14, 2013 at 22:31. | Released on June 19, 2013
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. | Released on March 6, 2013
Black Bottom Brass Band "Kids Brass ~Big Easy!~"
Black Bottom Brass Band released a kids-oriented cover album, with popular kids songs from "Anpanman", "My Neighbor Totoro" and "One Piece" as well as nursery rhymes, all interpreted in the band's happy and funky original arrangements. Featured vocalists include Hatakeyama...
Posted on January 2, 2013 at 23:29. | Released on December 19, 2012
JOKEMIC "All & About"
Party hip-hop duo JOKEMIC (Shabell & Daijun) has a first album out now, and it's entirely produced by Boot Beat aka Kamiya Naoaki. Check out the video below. Most tracks can also be sampled at the label's official release page....
Posted on September 29, 2012 at 01:12. | Released on September 14, 2012
milk "greeting for the sleeping seeds"
This is the first album by milk (official Facebook page), the solo unit of composer/pianist Umebayashi Tarō known for having worked with naomi & goro and Harada Tomoyo. Featured are several guests such as Au Revoir Simone and Sally Seltman...
Posted on August 14, 2012 at 21:16. | Released on August 15, 2012
novaFASE "Opportunities" (Download)
The song "Opportunities" from novaFASE's "Girls Lab Haus" album released from Orange Records has being reworked into a 2012 new mix edition. Also, "Milk Crown Music", used on the same album as a short interlude, is being made available in...
Posted on August 2, 2012 at 00:15. | Released on August 1, 2012
Various Artists "Girly Graffiti ~a letter from Paris~", "~from Liverpool with love~"
Two releases of this new series of cover compilations (all new recordings) titled "Girly Graffiti", both of which are have ties with the Orange Records family. The first one, an album of French-pop covers (though somehow "Da Da Da" made...
Posted on April 22, 2012 at 09:56. | Released on April 18, 2012
Ram Rider "Audio Galaxy - Ram Rider vs Stars!!! -", "- Ram Rider Strikes Back!!! -"
Ram Rider is back with a new album out just now. It features collaborations with various "stars", including Nomiya Maki, Meg, Bose (Scha Dara Parr), Furukawa Miki (ex-Supercar), Fujioka Minami (Panda 1/2), and more. Out at the same time is...
Posted on April 11, 2012 at 23:45. | Released on April 11, 2012
Various Artists "JPJZ Beautiful - selected by Shachō"
Here's a compilation of Japanese jazz, selected under the theme keyword "beautiful" by Soil & "Pimp" Sessions' agitator, Shachō. Featured artists include Ino Hidefumi, Calmera, Jazztronik, quasimode, PE'Z, of course Soil & "Pimp" Sessions, and more. Various Artists "JPJZ Beautiful...
Posted on March 29, 2012 at 23:35. | Released on March 28, 2012
Various Artists "01:11"
Japanese electro label PROGRESSIVE FOrM has a first label greatest hits compilation coming that covers from the label start in 2001, hence the title of "01:11" (reads "one eleven"). Included are tracks by MimiCof, Aoki Takamasa (one song featuring Tujiko...
Posted on January 7, 2012 at 13:22. | Released on January 11, 2012
Sunaga t Experience "Choice"
Sunaga t Experience (the jazz unit produced by Sunaga Tatsuo) is back with a new album, this time backed by Billboard Japan part of a series of cover albums on its recently started Billboard Records label. The album features collaborations...
Posted on November 27, 2011 at 23:33. | Released on December 7, 2011
Dorian "studio vacation" release party, w/ Luvraw & BTB, (((sssurrounddd)))
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound We've been enjoying some cool autumn weather in Tokyo lately, but last Friday was a hot summer night at Shibuya WWW where was held the release party for Dorian's "studio...
Posted on November 6, 2011 at 23:33.
Chūjyō Takanori "Plastic Jewelries"
Brand new from Orange Records is a first solo album by Chūjyō Takanori (MySpace). The Nara-born singer-songwriter used to be in a GS band around year 2000, and now brings an album mixing sounds of GS, new wave, 90's J-pop...
Posted on October 9, 2011 at 21:35. | Released on October 12, 2011
Maezono Naoki Group "tabun modotte mairimasu / itoshi no Macks" (7")
After 2 albums of only covers, here's a first original song from Maezono Naoki Group, coming as a 7" and a few days later for download. The title track has music written by Kirinji's Horigome Takaki and lyrics by the...
Posted on September 28, 2011 at 23:50. | Released on October 2, 2011
Maezono Naoki Group in-store at Tower Records Shinjuku
Text and photo by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Monday July 11 was held an in-store event at Tower Records Shinjuku with Maezono Naoki Group in promotion of 2nd album "tooku e." (translates to "To far away") released...
Posted on July 13, 2011 at 22:37.
naomi & goro & Kikuchi Naruyoshi "calendula"
Bossa nova duo naomi & goro have a new collaboration going with Kikuchi Naruyoshi (saxophone - Spank Happy, DCPRG, etc.). This brings us a new album of mainly covers but also with a new song from each party. Watch the...
Posted on July 10, 2011 at 12:24. | Released on July 13, 2011
Boot Beat "Hodgepodge"
Here's the latest all-genre party mix CD by Boot Beat (MySpace), aka DJ Kamiya Naoaki. No tracklist is to be found, but check out the sampler clip below, and then proceed at Jet Set if you will! Boot Beat "Hodgepodge"...
Posted on July 3, 2011 at 00:08. | Released on June 24, 2011
Various Artists "Mellow Back 2011 Mixed by DJ Souljah"
Here's what looks like a pretty good mix CD on the Shibuya-kei perspective, mixed by DJ Souljah. Various Artists "Mellow Back 2011 Mixed by DJ Souljah" 1. WISE × underslowjams / City Lights 2. Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra / utsukushiku...
Posted on June 19, 2011 at 14:32. | Released on June 22, 2011
Pizzicato One "One And Ten Very Sad Songs"
Here it is! Konishi Yasuharu's debut solo album comes under the name Pizzicato One, and is a collection of English-sung covers of foreign songs all selected and rearranged by himself. This album features an impressive list of foreign guests, even...
Posted on May 18, 2011 at 22:32. | Released on May 25, 2011
Maezono Naoki Group "tooku e. Maezono Naoki Group dai2shu"
Maezono Naoki Group, the band in which Konishi Yasuharu plays piano, has a 2nd album coming this month! It's already been almost 2 years since their first. This time the trio (vocals, bass and piano) are joined by drums and...
Posted on May 5, 2011 at 01:54. | Released on May 13, 2011
Various Artists "Velvet Songs"
This cover compilation from Grand Gallery consists of new recordings of songs from the repertory of Alfa label. Featured artists include Nakatsuka Takeshi, Cubismo Grafico feat. Kushibiki Sayaka, Sokabe Keiichi, Nanao Tavito, Shimazaki Hitomi with Nanase feat. Kinbara Chieko, Chocolat...
Posted on April 14, 2011 at 21:36. | Released on April 20, 2011
Bakubaku Dokin "guppy" (Download)
First released last December on Towa Tei's Mach Beat digital label (which unfortunately only sells within Japan so far), here comes a first song by Bakubaku Dokin on iTunes! The wacky 2-girl unit formed of Naoko and Yui is produced...
Posted on February 17, 2011 at 22:47. | Released on February 16, 2011
"Tokyo Idol Festival 2010" (DVD)
Here is a live DVD set (2 discs) of event Tokyo Idol Festival 2010 ("TIF") held last August 7-8, which featured some 45 up-and-coming idol groups. Included are 6 or 7 songs with Vanilla Beans, making this much worth of...
Posted on February 7, 2011 at 23:22. | Released on February 9, 2011
Misswonda "In Flawless"
Misswonda has a 2nd album coming on new label flawless world (post-Usagi-chang Records)! It's already been 5 years since "Wonderful Tangent" (2005). The album takes inspiration from UK new wave and various rock/pop/dance influences from the 80's and 90's, and...
Posted on January 29, 2011 at 01:11. | Released on February 9, 2011
Cherryboy Function "suggested function EP#2"
2011's first release is from indies electronic artist Cherryboy Function, a new 5-song EP coming 3½ years after 1st album "Something Electronic". Since the album release Cherryboy Function has been acclaimed for his DJ and live performances as well as...
Posted on January 2, 2011 at 15:26. | Released on January 5, 2011
Dorian "Melodies Memories EP.1" (12")
Cuts from Dorian's excellent first album "Melodies Memories" are being released on 12". This first EP contains "Shooting Star", the collaboration with Nanao Tavito and rapper Yakenohara, song from 1st video clip "Morning Calling", the cover of Denice Williams' "Free",...
Posted on January 2, 2011 at 14:04. | Released on January 7, 2011
Groove Unchant "Notre Musique" release party
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On December 18, Groove Unchant was of passage in Tokyo part of a tour for the release of his first album "Notre Musique" (out last month on Orange Records). Even...
Posted on December 30, 2010 at 01:46.
Various Artists "MemorieS ~Songs for the Season of White~"
Here's a winter-themed tribute album to 80's super-idol Matsuda Seiko, coordinated by talent and singer Chiaki. Featured are various young artists including Frenesi. All songs can be sampled over at MySpace. Also watch the trailer clip below. Various Artists "MemorieS...
Posted on December 9, 2010 at 21:46. | Released on December 15, 2010
Groove Unchant "Notre Musique"
DJ and producer Groove Unchant has a first full album out just now on Orange Records! Featured are vocalists Nomoto Karia, Hamasaki Yōko (Urbangarde), Pecombo, Suzuki Momoko and more, as well as remixes by Tanaka Tomonao (S-Klapp, Tremorela, One Four...
Posted on November 30, 2010 at 18:38. | Released on December 1, 2010
Various Artists "Christmas Songs"
Here's another Christmas compilation, coming from commmons, made up of all previously unreleased Christmas tracks by a fascinating line-up of artists. Featured are all three of YMO, Minekawa Takako, Tokumaru Shūgo, Harada Tomoyo, kotringo, naomi & goro, Sean O'Hagan (The...
Posted on November 10, 2010 at 22:55. | Released on November 17, 2010
Fantastic Explosion "Return of Fantastic Explosion"
Fantastic Explosion's long sold out amazing mash-up album from 2003 is back! Full of groovy club tracks packed with shōwa samples. A classic! Produced by Nagata Kazunao (ExT Recordings) and Yoshida Tetsuto. Audio samples at Jet Set Fantastic Explosion "Return...
Posted on October 20, 2010 at 22:31. | Released on October 20, 2010
WOWOW "Music Ltd." 17th public live recording
Text by Patrick for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On October 12 I went to a public live recording for pay TV channel WOWOW's "Music Ltd." show. The recording isn't done in a TV studio but at a regular live house, and...
Posted on October 17, 2010 at 22:50.
Dorian "Melodies Memories"
New-comer artist Dorian (aka Mr. Tropical Disco) from the club scene, brings us this first album out now on felicity. The album is mostly instrumental, though it features guest vocals on a few songs by G.Rina, and Tavito Nanao &...
Posted on September 30, 2010 at 22:53. | Released on September 15, 2010
It's a Sunny Day
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Last weekend, on Sunday September 12, I had the chance to go to this very special event. Wack Wack Rhythm Band recently lost one of their important members 6 months...
Posted on September 18, 2010 at 13:29.
Various Artists "VerSus 'Japanese Rock VS FPM' selected and non-stop mixed by FPM"
FPM starts a new series of mix CDs, titled "VerSus". In the first he has his take on J-rock, mixing rocking tracks while keeping a club attitude. The first pressing comes in a specially printed jewel case, like it was...
Posted on August 3, 2010 at 21:41. | Released on August 4, 2010
Various Artists "Tokyo Auto-Reverse ~ Neo-Shibuya-kei x 80's ~" (Download)
Here's an interesting compilation of 80's Japanese hit song covers by young bands of the post-Shibuya-kei scene! Featured are The Aprils, Yume to Cosme (previously known as solange et delphine), Mr.COCKROBIN, roly poly ragbear, Sucrette, the Caraway and more. This...
Posted on May 27, 2010 at 23:58. | Released on May 26, 2010
Various Artists "Attractions! a vinyl sampler" (7")
Here comes a 7" cut of two new remixes by Konishi Yasuharu, recently released part of his "Attractions!" remix compilation on new label Readymade V.I.C. So far this is only listed at DMR, which only ships within Japan. Various Artists...
Posted on May 7, 2010 at 22:13. | Released on May 14, 2010
Nagisa Yoko Recital 2010
Text by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound On Monday April 26 was Nagisa Yōko's recital at Shibuya Quattro, an event to celebrate the issue of her new 400-page photo book titled "NAGISA" . The show featured a full band,...
Posted on May 4, 2010 at 18:55.
Various Artists "CC:01 -commmons compilation-"
Here's a first label sampler compilation from Sakamoto Ryūichi's commmons, also hoping to give a good starting point to new fans of the label. Featured artists include HASYMO, Sakamoto Ryūichi, mi-gu (aka Araki Yūko, drummer of The Cornelius Group), naomi...
Posted on February 19, 2010 at 23:37. | Released on February 24, 2010
Various Artists "Attractions! Konishi Yasuharu Remixes 1996~2010"
Konishi Yasuharu has started a new label called Readymade V.I.C., hosted under major label Victor. This first release is a 2-CD collection of his best remixes from 1997 until now. Included are 6 brand new remixes using Victor's catalog (marked...
Posted on January 11, 2010 at 19:14. | Released on March 3, 2010
Erieza Royal & AsamixJuice "Vacuum"
This is a new 2-girl techno-pop unit with an adult twist, featuring SM queen and punk band Ecodamned drummer Erieza Royal with performer and "doll" maker AsamixJuice. Their first album is produced by Nagata Kazunao and features remixes by Yoshida...
Posted on December 13, 2009 at 01:42. | Released on December 11, 2009
Maezono Naoki Group "hi o tsukeru. Maezono Naoki Group dai1shū."
Maezono Naoki Group, band featuring Konishi Yasuharu (Pizzicato Five) on piano, released its first album on vinyl only last June and sold out quickly. Finally this is also coming on CD, and that in a mini-LP sleeve! The CD will...
Posted on December 6, 2009 at 01:43. | Released on December 9, 2009
XXX Residents "Attack of Killer Black Eye Ball!!!!" (CD+DVD)
Spin-off from visual artist Ukawa Naohiro's Ukawanimation! project, XXX Residents is a mysterious multimedia cosplay unit paying tribute to of The Residents. Inside of the eyeballs, it is rumored that Ukawa himself is joined by musicians from iLL, Cicada... Also...
Posted on November 14, 2009 at 19:31. | Released on November 18, 2009
Boot Beat "Manifesto! 4"
DJ Boot Beat (aka Kamiya Naoaki) has a 4th mix CD of his popular "Manifesto!" series. Like the previous, this mixes pop, happy jazz, easy listening, Latin, Brazillian sounds, centered on swinging tunes from the 60's and 70's, plus breakbeats...
Posted on October 22, 2009 at 23:26. | Released on October 20, 2009
Tokyo No.1 Soul Set + Halcali "konya wa Boogie Back"
The latest from Halcali is this cover of Scha Dara Parr with Ozawa Kenji's hit song "konya wa Boogie Back", here produced by Tokyo No.1 Soul Set. The song was heard a lot on TV in a commercial for Nissan...
Posted on September 27, 2009 at 13:22. | Released on September 23, 2009
Denki Groove "20"
Denki Groove has again a new album on the way, this time celebrating their 20th anniversary, wow! This follows the release of two albums last year, "J-POP" and "Yellow". This comes in 2 editions, the limited edition containing a bonus...
Posted on August 4, 2009 at 22:58. | Released on August 19, 2009
Fantastic Explosion "Sound Track (from Time Evaluation Tactics Hyperion)"
Fantastic Explosion is back after 5 years with this techno soundtrack for hero movie "Hyperion" coming to the big screen all over Japan. The band is now a duo formed of Nagata Kazunao and Yoshida Tetsuto. Yoshida Tetsuto is very...
Posted on July 21, 2009 at 00:33. | Released on July 22, 2009
naomi & goro "Bossa Nova Songbook 2"
Bossa nova duo naomi & goro bring us a 2nd cover album, again on Sakamoto Ryūichi's label commmons. Included are famous songs by the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Marcos Valle and Caetano Veloso. Cellist Jaques Morelenbaum, famous for his...
Posted on July 5, 2009 at 18:59. | Released on July 8, 2009
Maezono Naoki Group "hi o tsukeru. Maezono Naoki Group dai1shū." (12")
Konishi Yasuharu (Pizzicato Five) is a pianist! Maezono Naoki Group started performing late 2008 and has been releasing small-sized magazines irregularly. Finally here's a first album, but be aware that it's vinyl only (no CD anyway). If you're interested at...
Posted on June 12, 2009 at 00:42. | Released on June 24, 2009
S-KLAPP "I Love You Always Forever / Pop Muzik" (12")
Here's a new 12" by S-KLAPP (MySpace), the recent electro-pop unit of Tanaka Tomonao (novaFASE, Temorela). This contains two covers, of M's "Pop Musik" and Donna Lewis' "I Love You Always Forever" plus remixes, for a total of 5 tracks....
Posted on April 13, 2009 at 23:27. | Released on April 4, 2009
Hasegawa Kiyoshi "40nen. mada kore ga Best dewa nai. Hasegawa Kiyoshi Live Recording."
Hasegawa Kiyoshi is a guitarist and singer-songwriter who debuted in 1969. This new live greatest hits album was recorded over two days in studio last June, a recording I had the great pleasure to attend. Included are original songs, covers...
Posted on October 1, 2008 at 22:38. | Released on October 1, 2008
Various Artists "incense"
Finally, Osaka label Orange Records brings us a new compilation! This is the label's 2nd CD compilation, following the excellent "Variété" (2002). Featured are 19 artists, including new recordings by Misswonda (Saint Classics is a new moniker of Suzuki Akira...
Posted on September 27, 2008 at 23:15. | Released on September 24, 2008
Ukawanimation! "wakusei no Portrait 5okuman gaso"
Designer/VJ Ukawa Naohiro has a new music solo project. Here he is joined by Ishino Takkyū (Denki Groove) who made the music for the title track, of which the title means "A planet's portrait, 500 megapixels". De De Mouse also...
Posted on September 6, 2008 at 12:44. | Released on September 24, 2008
Various Artists "Sounds of March ~Nissan March Historical Compilation~"
Nissan's commercial for its popular March car have used several Shibuya-kei-related songs over the years, including Kahimi Karie, a cover of Flipper's Guitar by Nakatsuka Takeshi, an original mid-90's song by Konishi Yasuharu, a cover sung by Harada Ikuko (Clammbon)...
Posted on July 9, 2008 at 13:43. | Released on August 6, 2008
Various Artists "JANT."
Featured are mostly previously released songs by Nomoto Karia, Qypthone, Nakatsuka Takeshi, Groove Unchant (new track), April Set, Le3, Bond Expo '60 feat. Pecombo, and more. Various Artists "JANT." 1. Bougain Ville-A / kimi to Drive 2. Bond Expo '60...
Posted on June 23, 2008 at 13:26. | Released on June 21, 2008
Kawashima Circulation Bus Line live at Enban
Kawashima Circulation Bus Line is the new unit of electronic artist Hosaka Akane (MySpace), whose album "Niko Niko Denki Muzic" is just out, together with DJ Peaky who accompanied her at a recent live performance. This is KCBL's very first...
Posted on June 22, 2008 at 16:29. | Released on June 28, 2008
Zonies (ゾニーズ) is a new band led by Maezono Naoki, singer-songwriter who runs the Love Shop Record shop and also appeared on the latest columbia*readymade sampler compilation "uta to Guitar. Piano. kotoba." The other band members are Konishi Yasuharu on...
Posted on May 30, 2008 at 14:58. | Released on June 8, 2008
Hosaka Akane "Niko Niko Denki Muzic"
Japanese electronic artist Hosaka Akane, who makes wonderful melodies using her Moog, Casios and an endless toy box, has a first album being released on French label Sonore. "Niko Niko Denki Muzic" is actually her 3rd album, and was originally...
Posted on May 19, 2008 at 15:47. | Released on June 10, 2008
Boot Beat "Manifesto! 3"
DJ Boot Beat (aka Kamiya Naoaki) has a 3rd mix CD of his popular "Manifesto!" series, mixing pop, jazz, easy listening, latin, Brazilian, breakbeats, etc. A few Japanese artists are also included: Arai Toshiya (Missing Linc, Mr.comicstore), DJ Sora-Mimi and...
Posted on May 16, 2008 at 15:11. | Released on May 16, 2008
Hiroshi & Eve "Tin Tin / Give me ah-ray!!" (7")
Ban Hiroshi (aka Ban-chan, Bambino) is back with a new 7" single together with a female vocalist named Eve. Included are two covers, of James Brown's "I got you" and The Specials' "Little bitch", with original Japanese lyrics. The whole...
Posted on April 28, 2008 at 11:07. | Released on April 12, 2008
Fujisawa Shiho "Happy Hour" Release Party
Girl DJ/trackmaker Fujisawa Shiho (MySpace) offers us this release party to celebrate her first album "Happy Hour"! Featured will be a live show with 5 female vocalists from the album, with support from Yoshida Tetsuto, Iwaya Shigeru (Groovy Sauce), Ishigaki...
Posted on April 14, 2008 at 16:36. | Released on May 4, 2008
Wada Akiko "Wada-ya"
One more Wada Akiko release, this one is a collaboration album, with help from the likes of Konishi Yasuharu, Crazy Ken Band and Reggae Disco Rockers. Also included is the song "jōōbachi no Fugue", a song from the movie "3biki...
Posted on April 4, 2008 at 14:49. | Released on April 23, 2008
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