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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
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Cornelius "Mellow Waves"
A brand new album by Cornelius (international site) is coming at the end of June! Announced a few months ago and preceded by the release of two 7" singles, here comes "Mellow Waves", the long awaited follow-up to "Sensuous" (2006)!...
Posted on June 10, 2017 at 23:34. | Released on June 28, 2017
Nomiya Maki "Nomiya Maki, Vacances Shibuya-kei o utau. ~Wonderful Summer~"
Of her "Shibuya-kei standards" series, Nomiya Maki brings us a new album of summer & vacation-themed covers of Shibuya-kei songs, or ones that inspired the scene's artists. Included are songs originally by Watanabe Marina (written by Ozawa Kenji & Oyamada...
Posted on April 20, 2017 at 21:46. | Released on May 3, 2017
Cutemen "Born To Love You / Gasoline Car" (Download)
Check out this brand new single by Cutemen, the unit of CMJK (ex-Denki Groove) and vocalist Picorin. Cutemen was formed 25 years ago. They once quit around 1994, and just got back together. The new single is out now...
Posted on April 1, 2016 at 23:36. | Released on March 23, 2016
Towa Tei "Cute"
This week brings us Towa Tei's 8th solo album, "Cute", the follow-up to "Lucky" (2013)! The album features members of METAFIVE (Tei's all-star band with Takahashi Yukihiro, Oyamada Keigo, Sunahara Yoshinori et al.), and also Hosono Haruomi, Ino Hidefumi, Yasuda...
Posted on July 27, 2015 at 23:50. | Released on July 29, 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
Perfume "Relax In The City / Pick Me Up"
Perfume's next single will be a double A-side. "Relax In The City" is being used in a commercial for Sapporo drink "Green Aroma", while "Pick Me Up" is a tie-up with the world famous Isetan department store located in Shinjuku,...
Posted on April 1, 2015 at 23:54. | Released on April 29, 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
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Mondai Girl"
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a brand new single coming. "Mondai Girl" has been heard recently playing at the end of TV drama "mondai no aru Restaurant", while the two B-sides are used in TV commercials for Nintendo and Chintai (a...
Posted on March 1, 2015 at 18:31. | Released on March 18, 2015
SMAP "Top Of The World/Amazing Discovery"
Johnny's long-running boy idol group SMAP has a new double-A-side single of interest coming this week. "Top Of The World" is written by guitarist Miyavi with lyrics by Ishiwatari Junji (ex-Supercar), and the track was arranged by CMJK (early Denki...
Posted on July 16, 2014 at 21:18. | Released on July 16, 2014
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. | Released on November 6, 2013
Nona Reeves "Hippy Christmas / Live Thirteen"
Nona Reeves have been making a tradition of doing a Christmas show every year at Shibuya Club Quattro, and year 2012 saw its 14th edition. This live album release is of the show from the previous year (the 13th) held...
Posted on January 2, 2013 at 21:18. | Released on December 19, 2012
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Pamyu Pamyu Evolution (otonatachi no mikata Box)"
For those starting to get into Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, here's a boxed set of her 4 first releases (mini-album "moshimoshi Harajuku", singles "tsukematsukeru" and "Candy Candy" and album "Pamyu Pamyu Revolution"), all in their limited edition format with the photo...
Posted on December 23, 2012 at 13:13. | Released on December 19, 2012
Koizumi Kyoko "Koizumi Chansonnier"
Singer Koizumi Kyōko has a new original album celebrating her 30th debut anniversary. Producers include Konishi Yasuharu ("omoshiro okashiku ikitekita keredo" and "Ma plus belle histoire d'amour"), Kikuchi Naruyoshi ("Une chanson pour les grands"), Soil & "Pimp" Sessions ("Sweet &...
Posted on November 1, 2012 at 23:39. | Released on October 24, 2012
Yashiro Aki "Songs Around Midnight"
Yashiro Aki is a famous enka singer who has been around since the early 70's. This time she releases her first jazz album, and it's produced by Konishi Yasuharu (ex-Pizzicato Five)! Included are covers of well-known songs from the world...
Posted on September 30, 2012 at 01:19. | Released on October 10, 2012
Teams "Teams X White Lily Remixes"
Coming next from HNC's White Lily Records is a release of LA-based electro unit Teams (funnily borrowed from label White Iris Records). Included are 4 original tracks plus 5 remixes by White Lily's current roaster and friends. Featured are HNC,...
Posted on June 20, 2012 at 22:48. | Released on June 25, 2012
Shūnosuke Ishikawa "shumusic EP" (Download)
Here's a new series of monthly digital releases under the name "Delicatessen LAB", brought by Nakatsuka Takeshi. The first is of Ishikawa Shūnosuke, a sax and flute player who is a regular member of Nakatsuka's live band and who also...
Posted on May 10, 2012 at 21:35. | Released on May 2, 2012
Various Artists "The Girl from Ipanema ~Antonio Carlos Jobim Tribute~"
Here's a tribute album to Tom Jobim featuring various young Japanese electronica artists. The whole is produced by Tobeta Bajune who has developed close ties with YMO and friends over the recent years. Sounds like a good way to revisit...
Posted on April 19, 2012 at 22:49. | Released on April 11, 2012
Hirado Yūsuke "Speak Own Words"
Hirado Yūsuke is the pianist and leader of jazz band quasimode. Here's a first solo album that features appearances of bird, Hatakeyama Miyuki (Port of Notes) and more. Included are covers of Amy Winehouse, Burt Bacharach, Carole King among others,...
Posted on January 8, 2012 at 01:18. | Released on January 11, 2012
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
KOR=GIRL "KOR=GIRL I"
A first mini-album from KOR=GIRL (MySpace) is coming this week! KOR=GIRL is a new unit of 2 girls who sing while banging Korg Wavedrums. It's produced by Terukado (Aira Mitsuki, Saori@destiny). It seems that the release had to face some...
Posted on July 18, 2010 at 11:57. | Released on July 21, 2010
pal@pop "feat. PLUS"
pal@pop (aka Takano Kenichi) has a new album out imminently, a collection of collaborations with various female singers. Featured are Halcali, Inagaki Saki (aka Sakura), Makino Yui, comedians Morisanchū and more. Note that the previously released Halcali track comes in...
Posted on July 13, 2010 at 00:08. | Released on July 14, 2010
Various Artists "Organ b. Suite No.4 Gemini IV Space Nova! - A Tatsuo Sunaga live mix"
This classic live mix tape by Sunaga Tatsuo has been remastered to be released for the first time on CD later this month. This will be available at specialized record shops such as Jet Set, DMR and Disk Union. Pre-order...
Posted on June 5, 2010 at 13:30. | Released in June 2010
Fujisawa Shiho "After Hours E.P.03" (12")
3rd and last of this EP series, DJ/trackmaker Fujisawa Shiho is here remixed by none other than Halfby! "After hours" mixes of three other tracks from her album "Happy Hour" are also included, such as techno-pop track "Everything is alright"...
Posted on October 24, 2008 at 22:54.
DJ Hiroki "ViVidness! -Lovely Cover's R&B-"
DJ Hiroki is a considered like an emerging scene hero of Shibuya's (Tokyo, Japan) vinyl record shop area Udagawa-chō. Here he mixes nothing but covers of super hit songs everyone has heard before. All of these covers have been up...
Posted on May 29, 2008 at 01:23. | Released on May 29, 2008
Shibuya Organic vol.6
This event of the Shibuya Organic series sounds like a great opportunity to catch vibraphone-led jazz unit the fascinations, and also Round Table's leader, flexlife and one note. All of that for a rather good price! Event official page Shiubya...
Posted on April 8, 2008 at 14:45. | Released on April 13, 2008
Fujisawa Shiho "Happy Hour"
Tokyo's indies club scene's girl DJ and trackmaker, Fujisawa Shiho (MySpace), offers us a first full-length album featuring vocals by the likes of Pecombo and Qypthone's Izumi. Included is the single "Colorful na kimochi" that was released as a 12"...
Posted on March 20, 2008 at 09:58. | Released on April 23, 2008
naomi & goro "Bossa Nova Songbook 1"
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of bossa nova, guitar/vocal duo naomi & goro offers us this cover album of songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joan Gilberto. It's a first release for them on commmons, and Sakamoto Ryūichi even lends his...
Posted on March 18, 2008 at 14:41. | Released on May 28, 2008
"'Death Note × Death Note the Last name × L change the WorLd' Original Soundtrack Triple Club Re-mix"
This remix album of music from the three films inspired from the "Death Note" manga (Wikipedia) will feature Iwamura Manabu, Akakage, Fukutomi Yukihiro, Jazztronik, Ken Ishii, DJ Maar (Dexpistols) and more. Official release page with some audio samples Original Soundtrack...
Posted on February 13, 2008 at 14:06. | Released on February 27, 2008
Various Artists "Tokyo Luxury Lounge 3"
Out now on Grand Gallery is a 3rd installment of the compilation series "Tokyo Luxury Lounge". This one contains all new previously unreleased tracks by artists such as Ito Yoichirō (Akakage), Coldfeet, i-dep and more. Official release page with sound...
Posted on January 17, 2008 at 15:40. | Released on January 17, 2008
columbia*readymade jazz-rock re-issues
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Columbia, Konishi Yasuharu offers us some rare 70's Japanese jazz-rock (as the genre is called) albums from Columbia Japan re-issued on CD (actually 9 out of 10 8 out of 9 are for the first...
Posted on January 15, 2008 at 17:18. | Released on April 16, 2008
DJ Sora-Mimi "Groove Party"
DJ Sora-Mimi, a new-comer of the scene who recently released a first 7" and also participated to the "Christmas Will Be Just Another Day" 12" compilation, has a first mix CD out now! 32 tracks of soft rock, groovy pops,...
Posted on December 28, 2007 at 11:08. | Released on December 26, 2007
Argyle "Melodies Snowflake"
Osaka club record label Orange Records's groovy party band Argyle brings us a winter-themed mini-album. While a bit more quiet and soft than usual, we're told that these are party tunes nonetheless. Out just now! Argyle "Melodies Snowflake" 1. Argyle...
Posted on November 29, 2007 at 17:35. | Released on November 30, 2007
Various Artists "Blue Note Street"
Japan's top club jazz artists contribute to a Blue Note tribute cover album with all brand new recordings. Featured are Sunaga t Experience, Nakatsuka Takeshi (Qypthone), Jazztronik, ...
Posted on November 6, 2007 at 14:09. | Released on November 21, 2007
Original soundtrack "Silk (Soie)", "Tony Takitani"
Sakamoto Ryūichi has two new soundtracks coming up this December! First, he did the music for the film "Silk (Soie)" (2007), a collaboration between Canada, Japan and Italy directed by Canadian François Girard. This is his first movie since the...
Posted on October 17, 2007 at 15:24. | Released on December 12, 2007
Various Artists "Jobiniana ~ai to hohoemi to hana"
This tribute album to Antonio Carlos Jobim will feature artists from the club-jazz scene, and then some. Interpretations by Cubismo Grafico, Ino Hidefumi, Toki Asako, akiko, Minami Yoshitaka, bird, Monday Michiru, ... should make this a must for bossa nova...
Posted on August 30, 2007 at 20:03. | Released on October 10, 2007
Various Artists "Second Royal volume.3"
It's been over 3 years since Second Royal's previous label compilation, "Second Royal volume.2", and it was about time for a new one! Aside from new and previously unreleased tracks by the label's artists, there's an appearance by The Chi...
Posted on August 1, 2007 at 14:42. | Released on August 29, 2007
Lee Morgan / Hank Mobley "Essential Blue ~ Classics of ... ~ Compilation by Sunaga Tatsuo"
Preceding the release of the various artists compilation "Essential Blue ~ A New Concept Of Blue Note ~ Compilation by Sunaga Tatsuo", which has been delayed until at least September, will be these two compilations of jazz artists Lee Morgan...
Posted on June 23, 2007 at 01:19. | Released on November 21, 2007
Various Artists "Essential Blue ~ A New Concept Of Blue Note ~ Compilation by Sunaga Tatsuo"
Sunaga Tatsuo has compiled songs for an installment of label Blue Note's "Essential Blue" series. Other selectors for the series so far were Nozaki Ryōta (Jazztronik) and Ogawa Mitsuru (of shop Dance Music Records). Various Artists "Essential Blue ~ New...
Posted on May 15, 2007 at 18:01. | Released on September 12, 2007
Various Artists "Groovy Sauce -Genovese-"
Qypthone's Nakatsuka Takeshi brings us a second Groovy Sauce compilation, again a collection of tracks from the popular "Groovy Sauce Collection" vinyl-only series. Out now! Various Artists "Groovy Sauce -Genovese-" (Title / Artist) 1. Melody Fair -Shiho Fujisawa version- /...
Posted on November 29, 2006 at 13:58. | Released on November 22, 2006
Nagisa Yōko × Handa Kento "kakkoii Boogaloo"
Nagisa Yōko will sing "kakkoii Boogaloo" in duet with Handa Kento. The song was written by Crazy Ken Band and included on EP "seputenbaa" ("September") and also album "nikutai kankei" both first released in 2001. It also featured Nagisa Yōko...
Posted on November 2, 2006 at 15:23. | Released on December 20, 2006
Various Artists "Groovy Sauce -Arrabbiata-"
I didn't know of this compilation until I saw it sold at Jet Set Leger. This is a selection of songs that have been previously released (or at least for the most part) on the popular "Groovy Sauce Collection" vinyl...
Posted on August 26, 2006 at 02:01. | Released on August 23, 2006
bit Generations series 1
Nintendo is releasing a series of simple-looking games for the Gameboy Advance, under the title "bit Generations", and at the relatively nice price of ¥2000 each. Of the first batch of three out on July 13, "Dialhex" gets my attention...
Posted on July 4, 2006 at 17:53. | Released on July 13, 2006
Various Artists "Maison de Chocola"
Konishi Yasuharu, who produced the Nomoto Karia-sung opening and ending themes to anime series "Sugar Sugar Rune", has written music, arranged and produced an "image album" for the series. While not used in the series itself, the songs were inspired...
Posted on November 1, 2005 at 14:48. | Released on December 28, 2005
Elektel "Bit Stream Lounge"
Elektel has a second album on the way on Astro Note Records, and will feature a lot of guests: cokeshi, Takami Yūko (ex. suitcase rhodes), Kaori (from dahlia), Saeki Kenzō (Pearl Brothers), Tomoko (from Jellyfish), Inomata Lie, Magnaroid (from Magma),...
Posted on January 29, 2005 at 11:27. | Released on March 23, 2005
Nomiya Maki news
Nomiya Maki's new album "Dress Code" is about to be released on 7/7. Two sound samples have now been made available at her official Web site, here (accessible from the News & Topics page). Also, her photo diary has been...
Posted on June 29, 2004 at 22:18.
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