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tofubeats "Fantasy Club"
tofubeats has a brand new album, his 3rd major album, coming this month! This is the follow-up to "Positive" (2015). There seems to be much more of tofubeats' own vocals than ever before, though the album also features guest vocalists...
Posted on May 6, 2017 at 11:51. | Released on May 24, 2017
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
Nanba Shiho "meets sparkjoy"
Nanba Shiho has released a new album recently. Included are two songs written and produced by Tore Johansson, one of which has lyrics by tofubeats, with other songs written by The Charm Park, sugar me, etc. This is the first...
Posted on May 5, 2016 at 11:29. | Released on April 6, 2016
sugar me "Around the Corner"
sugar me, the solo project of Teraoka Ayumi, has a 2nd album out now. The album features musicians including Itoken, Yoshizu Takuho (number0), Aoba Sōki, Ōwada Yōko, Babi, Olde Worlde, Ishizaki Hikaru (cafelon), and It's a musical's Robert Kretzschmar. A...
Posted on November 15, 2015 at 18:46. | Released on November 4, 2015
Takano Hiroshi to subarashiki Rallye no nakamatachi "We are Here"
Takano Hiroshi (pupa, etc.) has released this month a collaboration album featuring various artists from the Rallye label. Included are songs with Miyauchi Yuri, little moa, YeYe, Concert, sugar me and milk. Audio samples of all songs can be heard...
Posted on September 14, 2014 at 20:43. | Released on September 10, 2014
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. | Released on April 19, 2014
sugar me "Why White Y?"
sugar me, the solo project of singer-songwriter Teraoka Ayumi, has a 1st album out now! This features guests including Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius), Itoken, and members of milk and number 0. sugar me can be seen live together with Au Revoir...
Posted on December 19, 2013 at 22:23. | Released on December 18, 2013
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@17 "Sugar Sugar / Bubble Bath Girl"
@17 is an unit formed of staff from Akihabara maid cafe @home cafe. This is their 3rd single, and it's produced by Kaji Hideki! The A-side is a brand new song that he wrote, with lyrics by Kaseki Cider, while...
Posted on December 31, 2017 at 12:29. | Released on November 22, 2017
Parkgolf (Twitter), a beatmaker/producer based in Hokkaidō whose debut album was released on Seiho's Day Tripper Records, has a 2nd album out now! "hyakunen" (feat. hitomitoi) and "Dance no aizu" (feat. Okamoto Emi) were also released on 7", find details...
Posted on August 14, 2017 at 23:03. | Released on August 9, 2017
Sunny Kubota & Old Lucky Boys "One from Sunny's Heart"
This is the 2nd album of Sunny Kubota & Old Lucky Boys, band led by Kubota Shingo who once was the frontman of late 70's new wave band 8 1/2. The band has 10 members including guitarist Muramatsu Kunio (ex-Sugar...
Posted on June 7, 2017 at 21:32. | Released on June 1, 2017
Guitarist Kashif — a member of collective Pan Pacific Playa (PPP), and also known for his works and appearances with Jintana & Emeralds, hitomitoi, Scha Dara Parr, (((sssurrounddd))), G.Rina and Sugar Campaign — has a first solo album being released!...
Posted on April 30, 2017 at 23:17. | Released on May 3, 2017
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
Towa Tei "EMO"
A 9th album by Towa Tei has been announced, to be released on March 22! Featured artists include Metafive, UA, Takano Hiroshi, ATOM™, Ano (You'll Melt More!) and Inara George. The album was mastered by Sunahara Yoshinori, and the artwork...
Posted on January 16, 2017 at 22:09. | Released on March 22, 2017
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
Sugar's Campaign "mamagoto"
Sugar's Campaign, the super pop unit of producers Avec Avec and Seiho, has a brand new 2nd album out now! This follow-up to the excellent "Friends" (2015) has a general theme of "family". HMV gives away a pink promo spoon...
Posted on August 12, 2016 at 11:22. | Released on August 10, 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
Shuntaro Okino "Too Far [F-A-R Remixes]"
Okino Shuntarō (ex-Venus Peter) released last year album "F-A-R" (CDJapan), his first solo album since 2001 ("Gimmie Brighter" as Indian Rope). Now here comes a remix album including remixes by Cornelius, Salon Music, Nakamura Kōji (LAMA, ex-Supercar, aka iLL, Nyantora),...
Posted on June 16, 2016 at 20:47. | Released on June 15, 2016
FPM "Motions (Best Killer Remixes & Produce works by FPM)" (3CD)
FPM is still celebrating his 20th anniversary, and following greatest hits album "Moments" here comes a 3-CD set of tracks he has produced or remixed for other artists. Some rare and previously unreleased tracks are also included. The album's first...
Posted on March 12, 2016 at 00:56. | Released on March 16, 2016
Yano Akiko "Welcome to Jupiter"
Yano Akiko has a brand new album out now! With a concept of "adult techno music", this time she has the support of young trackmakers such as tofubeats, Seiho (Sugar's Campaign), Azuma Hitomi, Tomita Keiichi (Tomita Lab), Fukasawa Hideyuki and...
Posted on September 17, 2015 at 23:55. | Released on September 16, 2015
Yano Akiko "Tong Poo" (7")
Yano Akiko has a new album coming this month, but first here comes a 7" single of her version of YMO's "Tong Poo", this time arranged in collaboration with producer Seiho (Sugar's Campaign). The B-side is an instrumental version...
Posted on September 9, 2015 at 23:50. | Released on September 5, 2015
Various Artists "Piano Man Plays Disney" (2x12")
The latest Disney cover compilation is one full of pianists. Featured are artists such as Nakatsuka Takeshi, fox capture plan, Schroeder-Headz, →Pia-no-jaC← and more, playing various Disney hit tunes old and new. This was actually released on CD earlier this...
Posted on March 21, 2015 at 23:49. | Released on March 27, 2015
(((sssurrounddd))) "See you, Blue"
City pops band (((sssurrounddd))) has a 3rd album coming up! This one features collaborations with Sunahara Yoshinori, Dorian and Seiho (Sugar's Campaign). Sunahara also did the album's mastering. A free in-store event will be held at Tower Records Shinjuku (7F)...
Posted on March 14, 2015 at 17:00. | Released on March 18, 2015
Sugar's Campaign "Holiday" (7"), "tonari Town" (7")
Two new 7"'s from Sugar's Campaign, of songs from their excellent first album "Friends". Included on the "Holiday" single is an exclusive extended mix of "Big Wave". Both come on white vinyl! The album's release party is to be held...
Posted on February 25, 2015 at 22:42. | Released on February 21, 2015
Sugar's Campaign "Friends"
Sugar's Campaign, the unit of producers Avec Avec (aka Takuma Hosokawa) and Seiho (aka Seiho Hayakawa), finally has a full-length album coming! This includes latest single "Holiday" as well as an album version of previous hit track "Netokano". A must!...
Posted on January 5, 2015 at 23:07. | Released on January 21, 2015
Sugar's Campaign "Holiday" (Download)
Sugar's Campaign, the unit of Avec Avec and Seiho, has a great new song out now on iTunes Japan! The song has been previously heard in their live shows and is finally available. This is also their first release...
Posted on November 29, 2014 at 18:42. | Released on November 26, 2014
Nakatsuka Takeshi "Disney piano jazz 'Happiness' Deluxe Edition"
Nakatsuka Takeshi produces and performs Disney favorites on this piano-centered jazz album. Some tracks also feature a big band! This contains what's said to be the world's first jazz cover of "Let It Go" (Frozen). Hear samples in the clip...
Posted on November 11, 2014 at 22:11. | Released on November 12, 2014
Various Artists "Twilight Time"
This compilation from Grand Gallery consists of covers of Japanese city pop hit songs from the 70's and 80's. Featured are artists including Nakatsuka Takeshi, hitomitoi, Sokabe Keiichi, Kimyō Reitarō, Hicksville and more. Many of the songs are brand new...
Posted on November 4, 2014 at 22:44. | Released on October 29, 2014
80kidz have a 4th album out this week, on their own Park label. This is the follow-up to "Turbo Town" (2012), though "80:XX-01020304" (a compilation of tracks from 4 EPs) was also released since. Featured are several international vocalists such...
Posted on September 23, 2014 at 12:28. | Released on September 24, 2014
Sugar's Campaign "Netokano"
Sugar's Campaign, the unit of Avec Avec and Seiho formed in 2011, finally has a first release coming! This is a single of "Netokano" that's been up on YouTube since early 2012, and included is an instrumental version as well...
Posted on August 30, 2014 at 00:19. | Released on September 3, 2014
Negicco "Sunshine Nihonkai"
Negicco's new single is written and produced by Tajima Takao (Original Love)! Its B-side is also a Shibuya-kei-sounding track by Negicco's regular producer connie. The single comes in 3 different limited editions, two of which each include a DVD of...
Posted on July 16, 2014 at 23:52. | Released on July 22, 2014
Various Artists "Women in Music selected by Cibo Matto"
Cibo Matto are back this year with new album "Hotel Valentine", and here's a nice-priced 2-CD compilation of songs by female artists and female-fronted bands from Japan and the world, selected by the two. Featured are Buffalo Daughter, mi-gu, Charisma.com,...
Posted on May 30, 2014 at 00:20. | Released on June 4, 2014
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. | Released on October 2, 2013
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. | Released on June 12, 2013
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. | Released on July 10, 2013
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. | Released on April 10, 2013
Yellow Magic Orchestra U.S. shows, with Cibo Matto, Buffalo Daughter, Towa Tei
Text, photos and videos by Nicholas D. Kent (Japanese Electronic Music) for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Two reports of Yellow Magic Orchestra shows held in California last month (June 26 at Hollywood Bowl, L.A., with Cibo Matto, Buffalo Daughter and Towa...
Posted on July 23, 2011 at 20:13.
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
Fun indies techno-pop/electro-pop unit spoon+ (MySpace) has a first album coming next week. They have been quite active performing many shows, in which singer-songwriter aco dances and sings in front of a large screen of synchronized video. Before this album...
Posted on June 14, 2011 at 22:29. | Released on June 21, 2011
Berlin-based electronic artist Midori Hirano has a new solo project going under the name MimiCof in which she says she focuses more on electronic textures and beat-oriented music. Here's a first album coming on Japanese label Progressive Form. Check out...
Posted on June 4, 2011 at 10:55. | Released on June 15, 2011
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. | Released on April 20, 2011
Various Artists "Love Motown"
In the same line as the popular "Soul Source" series, here comes a Motown remix album that can't be ignored. Featured are remixes by Plus-Tech Squeeze Box, Dorian, Sexy-Synthesizer, Tofubeats and more! Check out a sample audio digest at the...
Posted on April 2, 2011 at 10:41. | Released on April 6, 2011
Ohno Yumiko "The Rainy Table" release party
Text and photos by Patrick Benny for Tokyo's Coolest Sound Last Friday was a public holiday, Japan's National Foundation Day, and early evening I went to Roppongi SuperDeluxe for an event organized by multi-talent Ohno Yumiko of Buffalo Daughter. Yumiko...
Posted on February 14, 2011 at 22:52.
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
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.
Serani Poji "Merry Go Round Jailhouse"
Serani Poji (MySpace), the unit of Sasaki Tomoko, is back with a new album! It had been 5 years since her 3rd album "ochamekan". While until now her works had featured various singers, here she presents us an album all...
Posted on March 13, 2010 at 22:23. | Released on March 3, 2010
Various Artists "Post Newnow - Crue-L Classic Remixes Vol.2 - Compiled by Kenji Takimi"
Here's a new remix compilation from Crue-L Records, compiled by Takimi Kenji. This includes songs by many Crue-L artists, remixed by Sunahara Yoshinori, Ken Ishii, Inoue Kaoru, Yura Yura Teikoku, and more. Many previously unreleased tracks, or ones on CD...
Posted on January 3, 2010 at 14:20. | Released on January 22, 2010
akiko "Hit Parade -London Nite Tribute-"
Jazz singer akiko has a rocking new album coming up, paying tribute to Japan's first rock DJ event "London Nite". Featured producers include Konishi Yasuharu, Sunaga Tatsuo (sunaga t experience), Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji (Cubismo Grafico) and more. Konishi Yasuharu's tracks...
Posted on June 11, 2009 at 23:51. | Released on June 24, 2009
YMCK "YMCK Songbook -songs before 8bit-", YMCK & De De Mouse "Down Town"
Their 3rd album "Family Genesis" was just released earlier this year, and next YMCK does covers in these two releases coming at the same time in September. The first is a full album of folk song covers redone in YMCK's...
Posted on July 22, 2008 at 17:18. | Released on September 24, 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
Stoned Green Apples "A red strange fruit was crushed with a little plosive sound, then it left me a green one. I bite it once in a while, when it rains."
Out recently is a first release by the latest band from Crue-L Records, named Stoned Green Apples (MySpace). The band is formed of two girls, Aya (guitar) and Cass (drums), who both sing. It's said that Cass used to be...
Posted on May 9, 2008 at 11:58. | Released on April 25, 2008
Various Artists "Wall of Sound Japan"
Like Sudō Kaoru's "Tender Love" (1989), produced by Konishi Yasuharu, quite a bit of J-pop took inspiration from Phil Spector's "wall of sound" technique. This compilation offers us a selection featuring many essential artists such as Matsuda Seiko, Watanabe Marina,...
Posted on February 21, 2008 at 14:20. | Released on March 19, 2008
Sudō Kaoru "Tender Love"
Singer Sudō Kaoru's album "Tender Love" (1989) was produced by Konishi Yasuharu under the theme "what would the Spector Sound be like in the late 80's?" (referring to producer Phil Spector's technique also known as the "wall of sound", popularized...
Posted on January 8, 2008 at 18:21. | Released on February 20, 2008
Cibo Matto "Pom Pom: The Essential Cibo Matto"
Cibo Matto has a greatest hits album coming up on Rhino in the U.S. It's all remastered and will include two previously unreleased tracks. Cibo Matto "Pom Pom: The Essential Cibo Matto" 1. Sugar Water 2. Spoon 3. Sci-Fi Wasabi...
Posted on February 17, 2007 at 01:35. | Released on March 20, 2007
Various Artists "LOHAStyle ~forest"
Happiness Records, the label of Nakatsuka Takeshi (Qypthone), will release a second compilation of its "LOHAStyle" series that began this year. I'm especially eyeing this one for the solo track by eli (girl it's U, ex-Love Tambourines). For those not...
Posted on August 21, 2006 at 15:25. | Released on September 6, 2006
Kaji Hideki "New Pretty"
Two years after his previous album, Kaji Hideki is back this year with his 7th, a club music album produced by Swedish artist Hird (aka Christoffer Berg). Jet Set offers an original bonus 60-minute CD-R of Kaji-kun interviewed by Handsomeboy...
Posted on June 5, 2006 at 15:26. | Released on June 7, 2006
"a place in the sun vol.6"
After a long time being quiet, Petset will be playing a live show part of an event organized by a place in the sun. It may be a first chance to hear new songs they are preparing for their next...
Posted on June 1, 2006 at 22:16. | Released on July 23, 2006
Flin Flon "Dixie" + "Dixie (Version)" (12") + Bossanova "Hey, Sugar"
I'm terribly excited about Flin Flon's upcoming 3rd album, titled "Dixie". It's coming out on Teenbeat in two editions, the regular CD and a "version" LP. The version LP for previous album "Boo Boo" surely kicked ass, and this will...
Posted on February 8, 2006 at 12:21. | Released on March 21, 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
Metalchicks, unit formed back in 2000 by Buffalo Daughter's Sugar Yoshinaga and DMBQ's Yoshimura Yuka, are finally coming up with a full album! Get ready for some new wave/dance/metal. Metalchicks blog in English Metalchicks "Metalchicks" 1. 10.000 Db 2. Dead...
Posted on July 11, 2005 at 10:40. | Released on July 27, 2005
Soundtrack "Summer Timemachine Blues"
The soundtrack for the upcoming sci-fi movie Summer Timemachine Blues, opening this summer, is produced by Halfby! The movie opens September 3rd. Soundtrack "Summer Timemachine Blues" 1. time travellers 2. girls & boys 3. take 5000 a go go 4....
Posted on July 7, 2005 at 10:23. | Released on August 24, 2005
Chocolat & Akito "Chocolat & Akito"
Chocolat and husband Katayose Akito (Great 3) join forces for a duet full-length album. The album will feature guests Shimizu Hirotaka (ex-Bridge), Araki Yūko (aka Migu), members of Little Creatures, Polaris, El-Malo, and also John McEntire (The Sea and Cake,...
Posted on June 30, 2005 at 15:14. | Released on September 7, 2005
Nomoto Karia "Chocola ni muchū / tsuki no mukō no sekai"
A new single from Readymade International's beautiful Nomoto Karia is coming! The single will contain the opening and ending themes of a new anime TV series, both sung by Karia and of course music written/arranged/produced by Konishi Yasuharu. This release...
Posted on May 31, 2005 at 16:19. | Released on August 3, 2005
Metalchicks, Ikebana, Zoobombs live
Metalchicks, the new unit of suGar Yoshinaga (Buffalo Daughter) and Yoshimura Yuka (ex-DMBQ), will be playing with Ikebana (moOog Yamamoto (Buffalo Daughter) and friends) and other bands this weekend. Rhythm of Fear 5/22 Shinjuku Loft 6th anniversary Live: Wrench Zoobombs...
Posted on May 16, 2005 at 13:38. | Released on May 22, 2005
Various Artists "Moodsville Presents Shōwa Dance Party @ Ikenoue Koan"
Following the regular event Shōwa Dance Party held at Ikenoue Koan, DJs Konishi Yasuharu, Hirabayashi Shinichi (Moodsville) and Uchikado Hiroshi (Ballroom Records) have selected tracks for this compilation of wamono/rare groove. Vinyl release also being planned. Various Artists "Moodsville Presents...
Posted on March 8, 2005 at 12:21. | Released on April 20, 2005
Cubismo Grafico Five "Seedy"
Cubismo Grafico Five, the punk-ish side-project of Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji (Cubismo Grafico, seems like he actually spells his nickname "Chiave" lately(?)) will be releasing its second album, which will include a cover of Vanessa Paradis' "Sunday Mondays". Furukawa Yutaka (Doping...
Posted on October 6, 2004 at 23:31. | Released on December 10, 2004
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