Tokyo's Coolest Sound Japanese music and movie release and event announcement blog.Find out what's happening now in Tokyo and Japan's club, electro-pop, and Shibuya-kei-related scenes. Movable Type tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4 Patrick http://coolestsound.jp/ 2014-12-21T17:39:09Z [via Twitter] Former Shonen Knife member Atsuko is back in the band! http://natalie.mu/music/news/134333 @ShonenKnife https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/546585655065591808 2014-12-21T17:39:09Z Former Shonen Knife member Atsuko is back in the band! http://natalie.mu/music/news/134333 @ShonenKnife http://natalie.mu/music/news/134333 @ShonenKnife ]]> [via Twitter] A wonderful Christmas music gift from Chabe (*cbsmgrfc) & friends! http://kit-gallery.com/2014xmas/ @cubitter Thanks & Happy Holidays Chabe! :) https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/545917465809534977 2014-12-19T21:24:01Z A wonderful Christmas music gift from Chabe (*cbsmgrfc) & friends! http://kit-gallery.com/2014xmas/ @cubitter Thanks & Happy Holidays Chabe! :) http://kit-gallery.com/2014xmas/ @cubitter Thanks & Happy Holidays Chabe! :) ]]> [via Twitter] 20-minute mix from Akakage's new album "Peace Maker" http://youtu.be/Ksl-7wSy1uU Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Akakage_Peace_Maker/2014.11.09/010681/ @akakage_tokyo https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/543999409487220736 2014-12-14T14:22:20Z 20-minute mix from Akakage's new album "Peace Maker" http://youtu.be/Ksl-7wSy1uU Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Akakage_Peace_Maker/2014.11.09/010681/ @akakage_tokyo http://youtu.be/Ksl-7wSy1uU Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Akakage_Peace_Maker/2014.11.09/010681/ @akakage_tokyo ]]> Hicksville "Welcome Back" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10738 2014-12-14T03:58:51Z 2014-12-14T04:04:02Z Hickville, a band with many Shibuya-kei ties and a neo-GS background, is back with a 4th album 15 years after the release of "Mileage" (1999). Full of new songs, this includes a first Christmas song by the band, as well... Hickville, a band with many Shibuya-kei ties and a neo-GS background, is back with a 4th album 15 years after the release of "Mileage" (1999). Full of new songs, this includes a first Christmas song by the band, as well as a self-cover of "kuchizuke kibonnu", song written for Dempa Gumi inc.

Their "Welcome Back" tour will stop by Zher The Zoo in Yoyogi on March 29, 2015. Reservations by email can be done by email from this special page.

Hicksville "Welcome Back"
ヒックスヴィル 「WELCOME BACK」

1. Retropicana
2. FLY AWAY
3. kotoshi no Christmas Song
4. Videotape
5. LOVESONG
6. kaerō
7. Listen
8. kuchizuke kibonnu
9. Sunset Sunrise
10. kaiki gesshoku

Village Disc VDCD-0001
Out now (12/10), ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower, HMV

"Christmas Song of the Year (kotoshi no Christmas Song)" lyric video

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[via Twitter] Ukulele-only cover of the Moonriders' "Elephant"! http://youtu.be/21Z7QXX4QtU ― Ukulenica album ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Okada_Tohru_presents_Ukulenica_Phases_of_the_moon_/2014.12.10/010685/ https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/543434953749299200 2014-12-13T00:59:24Z Ukulele-only cover of the Moonriders' "Elephant"! http://youtu.be/21Z7QXX4QtU ― Ukulenica album ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Okada_Tohru_presents_Ukulenica_Phases_of_the_moon_/2014.12.10/010685/ http://youtu.be/21Z7QXX4QtU ― Ukulenica album ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Okada_Tohru_presents_Ukulenica_Phases_of_the_moon_/2014.12.10/010685/ ]]> [via Twitter] Recommended show: Andreas Dorau(!), JINTANA & EMERALDS, BTB, Omodaka 12/20 @ Basement Monstar Oji http://otooto22.com/dorau / follow @ADJPtour https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/543200669499277312 2014-12-12T09:28:26Z Recommended show: Andreas Dorau(!), JINTANA & EMERALDS, BTB, Omodaka 12/20 @ Basement Monstar Oji http://otooto22.com/dorau / follow @ADJPtour http://otooto22.com/dorau / follow @ADJPtour ]]> [via Twitter] Maika Leboutet new clip "YAYUYO"! http://youtu.be/9zg0_7mCtRo from album "100 (momo)" ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Maika_Leboutet_100_momo/2014.12.05/010695/ https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/543010065112764417 2014-12-11T20:51:02Z Maika Leboutet new clip "YAYUYO"! http://youtu.be/9zg0_7mCtRo from album "100 (momo)" ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Maika_Leboutet_100_momo/2014.12.05/010695/ http://youtu.be/9zg0_7mCtRo from album "100 (momo)" ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Maika_Leboutet_100_momo/2014.12.05/010695/ ]]> [via Twitter] Vanilla Beans go shopping with their wallet phones in this special version of "uchoten Girl"! http://youtu.be/yYbQFY8Ehng @vanibe_fans https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/543009543597207552 2014-12-11T20:48:58Z Vanilla Beans go shopping with their wallet phones in this special version of "uchoten Girl"! http://youtu.be/yYbQFY8Ehng @vanibe_fans http://youtu.be/yYbQFY8Ehng @vanibe_fans ]]> OKADA Tohru presents Ukulenica "Phases of the moon ~ Ukulenica meets Moonriders" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10685 2014-12-10T14:13:42Z 2014-12-12T15:52:18Z Ukulenica is a new project of OKADA Tohru (Moonriders, CTO LAB.), and consists of 4 ukulele players including himself, NATSUAKI Fumihisa (Jack-tati), YOSHIDA Takashi (Rose-Unlimited, 5th Garden) and KURODA Hideaki (plusico). This first album is of covers of the Moonriders.... Ukulenica is a new project of Okada Tohru (Moonriders, CTO LAB.), and consists of 4 ukulele players including himself, Natsuaki Fumihisa (Jack-tati), Yoshida Takashi (Rose-Unlimited, 5th Garden) and Kuroda Hideaki (plusico). This first album is of covers of the Moonriders. Guest vocalists include Maika Leboutet (EA), Satō Yusuke and Sato Nozomu (both of caméra-stylo).

A free in-store event will be held at Tower Records Shibuya on Friday January 16, 2015, from 20:00 (details here).

Okada Tohru presents Ukulenica "Phases of the moon ~ Ukulenica meets Moonriders"
岡田徹 presents ウクレニカ 「フェイゼズ・オブ・ザ・ムーン ~ ウクレニカ・ミーツ・ムーンライダーズ」

1. ELEPHANT
2. K no Trunk
3. musunde hiraite te o utō
4. Lolita Yaya
5. G.o.a.P
6. A FROZEN GIRL, A BOY IN LOVE
7. ano ko no Loveletter
8. onwa na rōdōsha to benri na hatsudensho
9. kassha to furiko
10. Knit Cap Man
11. kikyū to tsūshin
12. daitokai kōkyōkyoku
13. K no Trunk (Vocal version)

Solid Records CDSOL-1611
Out now (12/10), ¥2400 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan, YesAsia, 岡田徹 presents ウクレニカ "フェイゼズ・オブ・ザ・ムーン ~ ウクレニカ・ミーツ・ムーンライダーズ" (Japan)

"ELEPHANT"

Album trailer clip

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hitomitoi "Pacific High / Aleutian Low" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10666 2014-12-09T11:32:50Z 2014-12-11T00:28:55Z 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... 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 consist of Cunimondo Takiguchi (Ryūsenkei), Dorian, Kashif, grooveman Spot, Okuda Kensuke (Nona Reeves' guitarist).

Jintana & Emeralds, band in which hitomitoi sings, can be seen live with Andreas Dorau (!) on December 20 at Basement Monstar, and with Dorian and BTB on December 29 at SuperDeluxe.

hitomitoi "Pacific High / Aleutian Low"
一十三十一 「Pacific High / Aleutian Low」

1. Glass no Summer Holiday
2. natsu kōsen, kira.
3. toki o tomete koi ga odoru
4. Holy Night Tuxedo
5. Whisper Room
6. Haneda made
7. A Happy New Year

Billboard Records HBRJ-1015
Out 12/10, ¥2000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, 一十三十一 "Pacific High / Aleutian Low" (Japan)

Digest clip

Trivia!
Some track listings prior to release had "Pillow Song" for the 5th track.

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[via Twitter] Maika Leboutet new clip "Jojo" http://youtu.be/eNuVjWddDHE from album "100 (momo)" just out! ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Maika_Leboutet_100_momo/2014.12.05/010695/ https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/541581053593268224 2014-12-07T22:12:39Z Maika Leboutet new clip "Jojo" http://youtu.be/eNuVjWddDHE from album "100 (momo)" just out! ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Maika_Leboutet_100_momo/2014.12.05/010695/ http://youtu.be/eNuVjWddDHE from album "100 (momo)" just out! ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Maika_Leboutet_100_momo/2014.12.05/010695/ ]]> NyoROBOtics "3 micron no neji" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10730 2014-12-07T12:11:03Z 2014-12-07T12:25:51Z Osaka-based "idol robot group" NyoROBOtics has a first original album out now on Orange Records. The songwriters behind this include Jean-Paul TAKAHASHI and Rinda, both of group Chupi*Chupi on the same label. Audio samples of all songs at HMV. NyoROBOtics... Osaka-based "idol robot group" NyoROBOtics has a first original album out now on Orange Records. The songwriters behind this include Jean-Paul Takahashi and Rinda, both of group Chupi*Chupi on the same label.

Audio samples of all songs at HMV.

NyoROBOtics "3 micron no neji"
にょロボてぃくす 「3ミクロンのねじ」

1. koi suru Vinyl ningyō
2. Love dame otoko
3. ginga Drive '14
4. hyaku nen Melody
5. denki hitsuji no yoru
6. Rehearsal Date
7. 3 Micron no neji

Orange Records ORGR-52
Out now (11/26), ¥2000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

"3 Micron no neji" live at release party event on November 26

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KOJIMA Mayumi "On the Road" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10550 2014-12-07T05:47:16Z 2014-12-07T05:54:14Z KOJIMA Mayumi has a 9th album out now! Her back-band features KAJI Hideki on bass, with guest appearances by Asa-chang and others. All songs are originals. Her "last show of the year" is to be held on December 18 at... Kojima Mayumi has a 9th album out now! Her back-band features Kaji Hideki on bass, with guest appearances by Asa-chang and others. All songs are originals.

Her "last show of the year" is to be held on December 18 at Ebisu Garden Hall, also celebrating her 20 years career. An in-store event will also be held at Tower Records Shibuya on January 24 for those who have bought the CD there.

Kojima Mayumi "On the Road"
小島麻由美 「路上」

1. Moby Dick
2. Texas no kiiroi hana
3. shiroi neko
4. suiyōbi no asa
5. suteki na Rock 'n' Roll
6. anata wa Me watashi wa You
7. Mary-san no hitsuji
8. awa ni natta koi
9. anata no fune
10. Modern Lovers

AWDR/LR2 DDCB-12073
Out 12/3, ¥2593 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon MP3 U.S., On the Road by Kojima Mayumi (World), 小島麻由美 "路上" (Japan), OTOTOY

"Moby Dick"

"awa ni natta koi"

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jōdan hakushaku "yūrei no Ballad / itsuka dokokade" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10669 2014-12-07T05:14:29Z 2014-12-07T05:30:55Z

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 DJ Hirabayashi Shinichi (Moodsville Records, Showa Dance Party) who passed away last April.

jōdan hakushaku "yūrei no Ballad / itsuka dokokade"
冗談伯爵 「幽霊のバラード/いつかどこかで」

1. yūrei no Ballad feat. Sazanka Chorus-dan
2. itsuka dokokade feat. Smooth Ace
3. yūrei no Ballad (instrumental)
4. itsuka dokokade (instrumental)

Love Shop LSB-1004
Out now (12/3), ¥728 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

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Negicco "hikari no Spur" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10649 2014-12-07T04:46:35Z 2014-12-07T05:27:47Z Negicco have a new single out now, featuring two new songs. While both were produced by Negicco's main producer connie, the winter-themed title track is arranged by TAJIMA Takao (Original Love) who also produced previous single "Sunshine Nihonkai". Two limited... Negicco have a new single out now, featuring two new songs. While both were produced by Negicco's main producer connie, the winter-themed title track is arranged by Tajima Takao (Original Love) who also produced previous single "Sunshine Nihonkai".

Two limited editions were also released (one with a bonus DVD and the other a bonus remix CD) though they have already sold out on most online shops. You can still try your chance at CDJapan and YesAsia though. A limited 7" is also available.

The music video is their first shot abroad, in Finland! Watch it below.

Negicco can be seen tonight (December 7) at Tower Records Shinjuku from 22:30 for a brief thank you speech, following shows held today at Daikanyama Air.

Negicco "hikari no Spur"
Negicco 「光のシュプール」

1. hikari no Spur
2. 1000% no kataomoi
3. hikari no Spur (inst)
4. 1000% no kataomoi (inst)

DVD (Limited edition A only)
1. hikari no Spur (Music Video)
2. hikari no Spur (MV making & bonus footage) (Bonus Video)

ReNegi CD (Limited edition B only)
1. koi no EXPRESS TRAIN (ayU tokiO rearrange ver)
2. sōshi sōai (arakoi remix) (Remixed by Ikenaga Shōji (arakajime kimerareta koibitotachi e))

Limited edition A (CD+DVD)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0116
Out 12/2, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

Limited edition B (2 CDs)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0117
Out 12/2, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan, Negicco "光のシュプール - EP" (Japan), OTOTOY

Regular edition (1 CD only)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0118
Out 12/2, ¥1000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower, HMV, YesAsia, CDJapan

Negicco "hikari no Spur" (7")
Negicco 「光のシュプール」

A. hikari no Spur
B. 1000% no kataomoi

T-Palette Records TPRV-0013
Out 12/2, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower, CDJapan

"hikari no Spur"

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[via Twitter] New compilation from Pan Pacific Playa (@PanPacificPlaya), $5 on Bandcamp! https://panpacificplaya.bandcamp.com/album/ppp5 Jintana & Emeralds, Kashif, BTB & more! https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/540897761063755776 2014-12-06T00:57:30Z New compilation from Pan Pacific Playa (@PanPacificPlaya), $5 on Bandcamp! https://panpacificplaya.bandcamp.com/album/ppp5 Jintana & Emeralds, Kashif, BTB & more! PanPacificPlaya), $5 on Bandcamp! https://panpacificplaya.bandcamp.com/album/ppp5 Jintana & Emeralds, Kashif, BTB & more! ]]> P.O.P "fuyuzora to utagoe wa kirei na hou ga ii" (Download) tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10686 2014-12-05T11:56:51Z 2014-12-05T12:01:23Z Spend groovy holidays with rappers P.O.P's new winter-themed EP. This contains brand new collaborations with NAKATSUKA Takeshi and others. And leave it to YMCK to take a good rap tune into retro game world with their remix of hit song... Spend groovy holidays with rappers P.O.P's new winter-themed EP. This contains brand new collaborations with Nakatsuka Takeshi and others. And leave it to YMCK to take a good rap tune into retro game world with their remix of hit song "Watch Me".

This digital release is available now on iTunes Japan, and in high quality formats at OTOTOY.

Sample all tracks below, from P.O.P's own label's SoundCloud.

P.O.P "fuyuzora to utagoe wa kirei na hou ga ii" (Download)
P.O.P 「冬空と歌声はきれいなほうがいい」

1. Endless Christmas feat. Iwasaki Taisei
2. hajimari no hi feat. Nakatsuka Takeshi
3. roji no Piano feat. Saitō Ryōji
4. The Last Train feat. Baba Tomoya
5. Watch Me (YMCK 8bit REMIX)

indahouse
Out now (12/3)
Order: OTOTOY, P.O.P "冬空と歌声はきれいなほうがいい - EP" (Japan)

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Maika Leboutet "100 (momo)" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10695 2014-12-04T15:19:04Z 2014-12-11T11:53:14Z 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,... 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, The Cornelius Group), Shimizu Hirotaka, jan (GREAT3, jan and naomi), Saitō Shinya (EA), with a remix by Ohno Yumiko (Buffalo Daughter).

A release party is being held at Nishi-Azabu Shinsekai this Friday December 5 (details here).

All songs can be sampled at CDJapan.

Maika Leboutet "100 (momo)"

1. MOMO
2. YAYUYO
3. Jojo
4. Nuigurumi Syndrome
5. Open Me
6. Dodo
7. AONISAI
8. H2O
9. Open Me (Remix by Yumiko Ohno)

P-Vine Records PCD-20351
Out now (12/3), ¥2000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan, YesAsia, Maika Leboutet "100" (Japan), Amazon MP3 Japan

"Open Me"

"Jojo"

"YAYUYO"

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Reina & The Blue Valentines "Space Camera" (7"+CD-R+DVD) tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10715 2014-12-04T12:21:41Z 2014-12-04T12:37:36Z NOSA Reina's band has a 2nd 7" out now. Both songs are brand new originals. Included is a CD-R (probably of the same content) autographed by Reina, and a DVD of herself playing unreleased song "Star Ocean" on ukulele. A... Nosa Reina's band has a 2nd 7" out now. Both songs are brand new originals. Included is a CD-R (probably of the same content) autographed by Reina, and a DVD of herself playing unreleased song "Star Ocean" on ukulele.

A first album is expected to be released in February 2015! Stay tuned!

Reina & The Blue Valentines can be seen live on December 27 at Nishi-Azabu Shinsekai, on January 9 at Daikanyama Loop, and on January 11 at Shinjuku Jam.

Reina & The Blue Valentines "Space Camera" (7"+CD-R+DVD)
野佐怜奈とブルーヴァレンタインズ 「スペースカメラ」

A. Space Camera
B. Rock 'n' Roll Drive

Apricot Sounds ACEP-1
Out now (11/19), ¥1852 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan

Sampler clip

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EmiLy "colorful ribbon" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10679 2014-12-04T11:52:29Z 2014-12-04T11:53:41Z Singer-songwriter EmiLy has a 3rd album out now, with songs arranged by IMAI Kentarō (The Aprils), OKUDA Hidetaka (sucrette), etc. All music and words are written by EmiLy, except for a cover of OZAWA Kenji's "sore wa chotto". The lead... Singer-songwriter EmiLy has a 3rd album out now, with songs arranged by Imai Kentarō (The Aprils), Okuda Hidetaka (sucrette), etc. All music and words are written by EmiLy, except for a cover of Ozawa Kenji's "sore wa chotto". The lead track's video was directed by The Aprils' Nakama Norihisa.

Album special page

EmiLy "colorful ribbon"

1. Colorful Ribbon iTunes Link Maker
2. ange iTunes Link Maker
3. sore wa chotto
4. Christmas no yoru wa
5. mahō no te
6. Sion
7. Tokyo kishi
8. kaisō
9. milk

icecreaMusic ICMC-001
Out now (11/26), ¥1852 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower, CDJapan

"Colorful Ribbon"

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P.O.P "Watch Me" (7") tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10659 2014-12-03T14:42:24Z 2014-12-03T14:43:07Z Rapper twins P.O.P's smooth rap track "Watch Me" has been released on 7"! Included is a remix by Osaka's okadada. This is out on DJ Michelle Sorry's recently started 7" label, mawarisō na Records. Also check out their album "tanoshii... Rapper twins P.O.P's smooth rap track "Watch Me" has been released on 7"! Included is a remix by Osaka's okadada. This is out on DJ Michelle Sorry's recently started 7" label, mawarisō na Records. Also check out their album "tanoshii koto bakari arimasu yō ni." released last June.

The two rappers can next be seen on stage at Tofubeats' release party on December 13 at Daikanyama Unit, part of okadada's live set.

P.O.P "Watch Me" (7")

A. Watch Me (Romantic Mix)
B. Watch Me (okadada "Mr. Sex Symbol" remix)

mawarisō na Records MWRR-9726
Out now (11/26), ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, Amazon, Tower (Japan only)

"Watch Me (okadada 'Mr. Sex Symbol' remix)"

"Watch Me" (Original version)

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[via Twitter] Budo Grape will send MP3 of an unreleased song if you email your name/nickname to address on site ☞ http://budogrape.net/ @budo_grape https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/539043002845372416 2014-11-30T22:07:21Z Budo Grape will send MP3 of an unreleased song if you email your name/nickname to address on site ☞ http://budogrape.net/ @budo_grape http://budogrape.net/ @budo_grape ]]> Sugar's Campaign "Holiday" (Download) tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10672 2014-11-29T09:42:09Z 2014-11-29T09:45:21Z 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...

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 on major label Victor.

Sugar's Campaign "Holiday" (Download)
Sugar's Campaign 「ホリデイ」

1. Holiday
2. Holiday (Instrumental)

Victor VEATP-32137
Out now (11/26)
Sample/buy: Sugar's Campaign "ホリデイ - Single" (Japan)

Digest movie from a live set at the Tokyo release party for the "Netokano" single
(November 2, 2014 at Daikanyama Unit)

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[via Twitter] A live performance by Yellow Magic Orchestra from 1980 can be heard at BBC's site! ☞ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04pvgvy (Until Dec. 28) #YMO https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/538513025532039168 2014-11-29T11:01:25Z A live performance by Yellow Magic Orchestra from 1980 can be heard at BBC's site! ☞ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04pvgvy (Until Dec. 28) #YMO http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04pvgvy (Until Dec. 28) #YMO ]]> TAKETATSU Ayana "Colore Serenata" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10700 2014-11-24T02:16:43Z 2014-11-24T02:22:50Z Voice actress TAKETATSU Ayana has a new album out now, with some tracks written and arranged by YOSHIDA Tetsuto ("Colore Solfege" and "Marshmallow") and OKI Reiji (ex-Cymbals) ("Princess no dassō keikaku" and "Surf de Go Go Go"), and also a... Voice actress Taketatsu Ayana has a new album out now, with some tracks written and arranged by Yoshida Tetsuto ("Colore Solfege" and "Marshmallow") and Oki Reiji (ex-Cymbals) ("Princess no dassō keikaku" and "Surf de Go Go Go"), and also a song written by hitmaker Tsutsumi Kyōhei ("kajirikake no ringo", theme song of anime "denkigai no honya-san"), etc. 4 songs from recent singles "shumatsu Cinderella" and "Wonderful World" are also included.

Two limited editions are available. The "first press limited edition" comes with a bonus DVD of 4 music videos, while the "special limited edition" comes with the Blu-ray edition of the same plus yet one more Blu-ray disc of Ayana's birthday show held last June 22 (a digest of about 100 minutes).

Live shows will be held on December 20 and 21 at Nakano Sunplaza, and one in Osaka on December 14.

Taketatsu Ayana "Colore Serenata"
竹達彩奈 「Colore Serenata」


1. Colore Solfege
2. chokotto Honeycomb
3. shūmatsu Cinderella
4. Cleansing Love
5. kajirikake no ringo
6. Princess no dassō keikaku
7. fai!!
8. Surf de Go Go Go
9. Marshmallow
10. Wonderful World
11. Today
12. eien ni kimi no koto o itoshitai to iwasete
13. kagami yo kagami

Special limited edition (CD + 2 Blu-ray discs)
Pony Canyon PCCG-1435
Out now (11/19), ¥7800 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon (19% off), CDJapan, YesAsia, HMV (10% off)

First press limited edition (CD + DVD)
Pony Canyon PCCG-1436
Out now (11/19), ¥4200 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon (19% off), CDJapan, YesAsia, HMV (10% off)

Regular edition (CD only)
Pony Canyon PCCG-1437
Out now (11/19), ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, CDJapan, YesAsia, HMV

"kajirikake no ringo"

"Cleansing Love"

More videos after the jump...

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"shūmatsu Cinderella"

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nananon "Nana Nana Non Non" (7") tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10603 2014-11-23T11:49:37Z 2014-11-23T12:01:53Z Model duo nananon's first single, produced by KONISHI Yasuharu, has been released on 7"! This includes a cover of Pizzicato Five's "Baby Portable Rock" with special lyrics. DJs grab it while you can! nananon "Nana Nana Non Non" (7") ななのん... Model duo nananon's first single, produced by Konishi Yasuharu, has been released on 7"! This includes a cover of Pizzicato Five's "Baby Portable Rock" with special lyrics. DJs grab it while you can!

nananon "Nana Nana Non Non" (7")
ななのん 「ななななのんのん」

A. Nana Nana Non Non
B. nananon no Baby Portable Rock

Tsubasa Records/Jet Set JS7S-087
Out now (11/21), ¥1389 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, Amazon, Tower

"Nana Nana Non Non"

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ENAMI Taisuke "f e r m e n t" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10690 2014-11-23T02:07:52Z 2014-11-23T02:15:58Z 6 years after "Hill", here's a new album from pianist and field recording artist ENAMI Taisuke. This new album features violin, drums, percussion and harmonium on some songs, with also recorded ambiance of dancers. The Osaka-based artist can be seen... 6 years after "Hill", here's a new album from pianist and field recording artist enami Taisuke. This new album features violin, drums, percussion and harmonium on some songs, with also recorded ambiance of dancers.

The Osaka-based artist can be seen live part of Shih-Yang Lee (Taiwan)'s Kansai tour on December 3 and 5 (in Kyoto and Osaka respectively). A listening party of the album will be held on January 11, 2015 at space eauuu in Kobe. Details on his blog.

enami Taisuke "f e r m e n t"
("ferment")

1. budding
2. shunrai
3. fito
4. bookmarket
5. ze n ya sa i
6. harumo
7. hanabi
8. hakkou

Meister Musik MEISTER-012
Out now (11/18), ¥1800 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower

"shunrai"

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The Lady Spade "Reverse Shaped Black Heart" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10633 2014-11-23T01:18:12Z 2014-11-23T01:22:20Z The Lady Spade (sono na wa Spade) have a 2nd album coming! This is their first with current singer ATG (aka AliceToGizelle). Also their sound is now electro and danceable with an amount of rap. Songs range from happy sweets... The Lady Spade (sono na wa Spade) have a 2nd album coming! This is their first with current singer ATG (aka AliceToGizelle). Also their sound is now electro and danceable with an amount of rap. Songs range from happy sweets addict anthems to dark tracks that feel they may leave a spell on you. A cover of Okamura Yasuyuki's "(E)na" is included.

A release party will be held on December 22 at Shibuya Under Deer Lounge, with The Aprils and Eco Kaiju. Ex-Secretary-A-Go-Go Tiffany will also DJ. Details here.

The Lady Spade "Reverse Shaped Black Heart"
その名はスペィド 「真っ黒逆さまハート」

Japanese title: sono na wa Spade "makkuro sakasama Heart"

1. Open the Curse
2. BLACK MAGIC
3. wakannai
4. Sweetholic
5. Another Stomach for Dessert in the ABYSS
6. are tabetai na
7. eyecatch -RSBH-
8. End of the World
9. (E)na
10. sakasama na Waltz
11. Hellbound
12. aisu kuriimu
13. Obey Me?
14. Hungry Army
15. Killing Me Softly
16. STAR*

Vulgar Display Records DQC-1388
Out 11/26, ¥2315 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan, YesAsia

Teaser clip

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ISHIKAWA Shunosuke "Yuuchin" (Download) tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10697 2014-11-19T14:27:50Z 2014-11-20T12:25:53Z Saxophonist ISHIKAWA Shunosuke has a new piece out now, written at the piano on a cold rainy day. Featured musicians are TAKANA Mitsuru on trumpet, Jacob Koller on piano, Pat Glynn on bass, Dennis Frehse on drums, and Shu on... Saxophonist Ishikawa Shunosuke has a new piece out now, written at the piano on a cold rainy day. Featured musicians are Takana Mitsuru on trumpet, Jacob Koller on piano, Pat Glynn on bass, Dennis Frehse on drums, and Shu on tenor sax. This comes from Nakatsuka Takeshi's Delicatessen Recordings digital label, and it's available on iTunes worldwide.

Ishikawa Shunosuke "Yuuchin"
石川周之介 「雨琴」

Delicatessen Recordings
Out now (11/19)
Sample/buy: Yuuchin - Single by Shunosuke Ishikawa (World), 石川周之介 "雨琴 - Single" (Japan)

Live performance

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[via Twitter] RT @KeroKeroBonito: New single out today! BUILD IT UP 🚧 https://soundcloud.com/kerokerobonito/build-it-up https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/534353646398353412 2014-11-17T23:33:31Z RT @KeroKeroBonito: New single out today! BUILD IT UP 🚧 https://soundcloud.com/kerokerobonito/build-it-up KeroKeroBonito: New single out today! BUILD IT UP 🚧 https://soundcloud.com/kerokerobonito/build-it-up ]]> HOSHINO Michiru "A/W Collection ~anata to watashi no Collection~" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10698 2014-11-16T04:37:35Z 2014-11-16T04:48:34Z 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... 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 "koi no Funfair"), plus 4 other brand new songs. With an autumn/winter theme, the title also gives "A/W" the meaning of "you and I".

Hoshino Michiru will hold a 2-part show on November 24 (public holiday) at Daikanyama Unit, with a solo show in the afternoon, and in the evening a special event with The Scooters, Kinoco Hotel and Wack Wack Rhythm Band and DJs Konishi Yasuharu, Hase Hajimu and more. Details on her blog.

Hoshino Michiru "A/W Collection ~anata to watashi no Collection~"
星野みちる 「A/W COLLECTION ~あなたと私のコレクション~」

1. Planetarium de mattete ne
2. kare no Irish Setter
3. HALF STEP
4. kawazoi no machi
5. mo ichido deja vu
6. Peaberry o mitsuketara with WACK WACK RHYTHM BAND
7. hoshi ni, Merry Christmas

High Contrast HCCD-9550
Out now (11/12), ¥2300 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower

"kare no Irish Setter"

Sampler clip

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Ruby* "sweet music float" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10673 2014-11-13T13:52:53Z 2014-11-13T14:14:12Z Ruby*, the solo-project of whisper-voice singer Lily, is back with a new album with songs produced by CTO LAB., IMAI Kentaro (The Aprils, CTO LAB.), OKADA Tohru (Moonriders, CTO LAB.), NISHIURA Kensuke (daredemo Esper, ex-sōtaiseiriron), POCO (ku-tyu-bunkai) and more. Included... Ruby*, the solo-project of whisper-voice singer Lily, is back with a new album with songs produced by CTO LAB., Imai Kentaro (The Aprils, CTO LAB.), Okada Tohru (Moonriders, CTO LAB.), Nishiura Kensuke (daredemo Esper, ex-sōtaiseiriron), POCO (ku-tyu-bunkai) and more. Included are covers of The Velvet Underground ("Sunday Morning") and Stereo Total ("Ushilo Sugata Ga Kilei"). Also check out first album "RUBY" (2010).

Hear samples of all songs at CDJapan.

Ruby*'s next show will be at Daikanyama Loop on December 3, with SAWA, manaminorisa, ku-tyu-bunkai feat. Antenna Girl and more.

Ruby* "sweet music float"

1. Mayday
2. sunday morning
3. my favorite soda
4. saikō no koi no mirai no saki
5. ushilo sugata ga kilei
6. SMILE&PEACE MAKER
7. Love fantasy fu.wa.ri
8. mirage
9. floating lights
10. room

corundum records DQC-1389
Out 11/5, ¥2300 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan, YesAsia, Sweet Music Float by Ruby (World), Ruby* "sweet music float" (Japan), Amazon MP3 Japan

Sampler clip

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