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,2015://4 Patrick http://coolestsound.jp/ 2015-07-29T23:17:16Z [via Twitter] Towa Tei "Luv Pandemic" behind the scenes photos & making-of footage! https://twitter.com/fatale_honeyee/status/626302631942565888 https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/626396074370924544 2015-07-29T23:17:16Z Towa Tei "Luv Pandemic" behind the scenes photos & making-of footage! https://twitter.com/fatale_honeyee/status/626302631942565888 Chiroline ver.2 "Last Pajama Party" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.11062 2015-07-29T12:45:04Z 2015-07-29T13:17:45Z Chiroline ver.2 are back as a trio with new mini-album "Last Pajama Party"! While produced by OKADA Tohru (Moonriders), songs written by fellow CTO LAB. members IMAI Kentaro (The Aprils) and polymoog (Elektel) are also included. There are also three... Chiroline ver.2 are back as a trio with new mini-album "Last Pajama Party"! While produced by Okada Tohru (Moonriders), songs written by fellow CTO LAB. members Imai Kentaro (The Aprils) and polymoog (Elektel) are also included. There are also three remixes, by Skirt, ayU tokiO and Hashida Kazuma (hakoniwa no shitsunaigaku). The album's jacket was illustrated by Eguchi Hisashi.

Check out the first video for song "suteki na Girl Meets Girl" below, directed by Nakama Hirohisa (The Aprils) and entirely filmed with an iPhone 6.

Released at the same time as CTO LAB.'s "3 Cycles", there will be a joint event held at Koenji High on September 15. Reservations can be made here. Show either CD's obi at the door for a ¥500 discount.

Chiroline Ver.2 "Last Pajama Party"
新・チロリン 「LAST PAJAMA PARTY」

1. COWGIRL AT HIGH NOON
2. Napolitan no uta
3. suteki na Girl Meets Girl
4. Hello, Good Night
5. Brand-New Morning
6. tochū ni shite ne remix by Skirt
7. MIRA to osanpo remix by ayU tokiO
8. Chocolate senso remix by Hashida Kazuma

Valb VALB-1007
Out 8/5, ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan

"suteki na Girl Meets Girl"

Sampler clip

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CTO LAB. "3 Cycles" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.11063 2015-07-29T11:22:16Z 2015-07-29T13:20:57Z CTO LAB., the supergroup of OKADA Tohru (Moonriders), polymoog (Elektel) and IMAI Kentaro (The Aprils), is back with a new mini-album! Included are two songs they contributed to the game Groove Coaster, "Go! Spiral Go!" and "Space Arcadian", a cover... CTO LAB., the supergroup of Okada Tohru (Moonriders), polymoog (Elektel) and Imai Kentaro (The Aprils), is back with a new mini-album! Included are two songs they contributed to the game Groove Coaster, "Go! Spiral Go!" and "Space Arcadian", a cover of the Moonriders' "itoko dōshi", one of Tom Lehrer's "The Elements", and a self-remix of "C.DISCO". The jacket features SF character Maschinen Krieger by Kow Yokoyama.

A special show with Chiroline ver.2 (whose mini-album "Last Pajama Party" is being released on the same day) and Technoboys Pulcraft Green-Fund will be held at Koenji High on September 15. Reservations can be made here. Show the CD's obi at the door for a ¥500 discount.

Visit the official release page.

CTO LAB. "3 Cycles"

1. Go! Spiral Go!
2. Space Arcadian
3. THE ELEMENTS
4. itoko dōshi
5. mirai no kioku
6. C.DISCO (Back to the Floppy DISCO mix)

valb label PIO-0003
Out 8/5, ¥1800 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower, HMV, CDJapan

Sampler clip

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[via Twitter] Towa Tei new clip "Sound of Music" https://youtu.be/QkfT_ldN4P4 from new album "CUTE" out today! Info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Towa_Tei_Cute/2015.07.27/010993/ https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/626343159241412608 2015-07-29T19:47:00Z Towa Tei new clip "Sound of Music" https://youtu.be/QkfT_ldN4P4 from new album "CUTE" out today! Info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Towa_Tei_Cute/2015.07.27/010993/ http://coolestsound.jp/Towa_Tei_Cute/2015.07.27/010993/ ]]> Especia "Aviator / Boogie Aroma" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.11040 2015-07-28T12:10:01Z 2015-07-28T12:12:18Z Osaka 80's-inspired idol group Especia have a new single out now! This double-A-sider is actually their first one on a major label, and it has songs produced by Schtein&Longer and PellyColo respectively. Check out the sampler clip below which give a taste of these retro summer tunes.

The single comes in 4 different versions. "Cielo" is the regular edition, while the three others are limited. Look out for the "Espacio" edition that includes 52-minute worth of audio from a live show from their "Mucho Gusto Especia 2014 Tour".

Especia will have hold a Japan tour towards the end of this year, with a live band-backed finale in Tokyo on January 17, 2016 at Studio Coast in Odaiba.

Especia "Aviator / Boogie Aroma (Cielo edition)"

1. Aviator
2. Boogie Aroma
3. Aviator (instrumental)
4. Boogie Aroma (instrumental)

"Cielo" regular edition
VERSIONMUSIC VICL-37065
Out now (7/22), ¥926 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan, Especia "Aviator/Boogie Aroma - Single"

Especia "Aviator / Boogie Aroma (Tierra edition)"

1. Aviator
2. Boogie Aroma
3. Aviator (REMIX)
4. Aviator (instrumental)

"Tierra" limited edition
VERSIONMUSIC VICL-37066
Out now (7/22), ¥926 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

Especia "Aviator / Boogie Aroma (Mar edition)"

1. Aviator
2. Boogie Aroma
3. fukigen Rendez-vous (REMIX)
4. Boogie Aroma (instrumental)

"Mar" limited edition
VERSIONMUSIC VICL-37067
Out now (7/22), ¥926 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

Especia "Aviator / Boogie Aroma (Espacio edition)"

1. Aviator
2. Boogie Aroma
3. "Mucho GUSTO Especia 2014 Tour -Viva Final Espacio Edit-" Intro / BayBlues / FOOLISH / Aventure wa giniro ni (GUSTO Ver) / BEHIND YOU / usotsuki na anera Anela / No 1 Sweeper / kurukana / Abyss / YA-ME-TE! / Outro

VERSIONMUSIC VICL-37068
Out now (7/22), ¥1667 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

"Aviator / Boogie Aroma" sampler

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Towa TEI "Cute" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10993 2015-07-27T14:50:50Z 2015-07-29T10:46:35Z 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... 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 Toshiyuki, Yui from Bakubaku Dokin, Asa-chang, Atom™, Nokko, UA, model Mizuhara Yuka and more.

Check out the video for lead track "Luv Pandemic" below!

A special free party in collaboration with Perrier will be held at Montoak, Harajuku, on August 7 from 20:00 until 24:00. Check out details here.

DJs and collectors: the album is also being released on vinyl two weeks later (August 12) and can be pre-ordered on Amazon Japan.

Towa Tei "CUTE"
テイ・トウワ 「CUTE」

1. Fluke
2. Top Note
3. Luv Pandemic
4. NOTV
5. Heaven
6. Sound of Music
7. Try Again
8. Cul De Sac
9. Baru Sepeda
10. Chaise Longue

hug inc. MBCD-20111
Out 7/29, ¥2778 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

"Luv Pandemic"

"Sound of Music"

"Luv Pandemic 'Perrier' Version"

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HOSHINO Michiru "natsu nandashi" (CD+7") tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.11087 2015-07-22T14:40:51Z 2015-07-23T15:14:27Z HOSHINO Michiru has a new single out today, and the title track is written and produced by KONISHI Yasuharu! "natsu nandashi" is actually a hip-hop-ish answer song to Happy End's "natsu nan desu" (1971). The B-side is also a must,... Hoshino Michiru has a new single out today, and the title track is written and produced by Konishi Yasuharu! "natsu nandashi" is actually a hip-hop-ish answer song to Happy End's "natsu nan desu" (1971). The B-side is also a must, a Phil Spector-esque tune with music written by Takanami K-taro (also ex-Pizzicato Five)!

Check out the video below, and hear a sample of the B-side at Jet Set.

A special event celebrating the release will be held on July 31 at clubasia in Shibuya, also featuring Negicco, and DJ Konishi Yasuharu.

Hoshino Michiru "natsu nandashi" (CD+7")
星野みちる 「夏なんだし」

CD
1. natsu nandashi
2. sakamichi no tochū
3. natsu nandashi (inst)
4. sakamichi no tochū (inst)

7"
A. natsu nandashi
B. sakamichi no tochū

High Contrast HCCD-9560
Out 7/22, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower, CDJapan, HMV, Jet Set

"natsu nandashi"

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[via Twitter] Check out Kit Cat's brand new video clip "Hang Around"! ☞ https://youtu.be/KlpNevvqe5M via @KitCat_official Produced by Dr.Usui ((M)otocompo)! https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/623862412744110080 2015-07-22T23:29:24Z Check out Kit Cat's brand new video clip "Hang Around"! ☞ https://youtu.be/KlpNevvqe5M via @KitCat_official Produced by Dr.Usui ((M)otocompo)! KitCat_official Produced by Dr.Usui ((M)otocompo)! ]]> Towa TEI, Leo IMAI, NOMIYA Maki, TAKANO Hiroshi "Intersect By Lexus Records #001" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.11088 2015-07-21T12:58:27Z 2015-07-21T13:02:23Z Intersect By Lexus is a showroom and event space located in Omotesando, Tokyo. A new label has just been started under Towa TEI's direction, and here comes this first 7" single! Included is "Cul de sac", a brand new...

Intersect By Lexus is a showroom and event space located in Omotesando, Tokyo. A new label has just been started under Towa Tei's direction, and here comes this first 7" single! Included is "Cul de sac", a brand new song from Tei's upcoming "Cute" album, and for B-side a live performance of his hit song "amai seikatsu" sung by Nomiya Maki and Takano Hiroshi.

Grab it at Jet Set while you can!

Towa Tei, Leo Imai, Nomiya Maki, Takano Hiroshi "Intersect By Lexus Records #001"
TOWA TEI、LEO今井、野宮真貴、高野寛 「INTERSECT BY LEXUS RECORDS #001」

A. Cul De Sac (with Leo Imai) / Towa Tei with Leo Imai
B. amai seikatsu (La douce vie) / Nomiya Maki with Takano Hiroshi

Intersect By Lexus Records IBLR-001
Out 7/22, ¥1400 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

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[via Twitter] "Kiwi no uta" video by KiWi, unit of COR!S (@coris_story) & @AZUpubschool ! https://youtu.be/g_tg3w_lxfY Official site ☞ http://kiwi0411.tumblr.com/ https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/622756356404056064 2015-07-19T22:14:20Z "Kiwi no uta" video by KiWi, unit of COR!S (@coris_story) & @AZUpubschool ! https://youtu.be/g_tg3w_lxfY Official site ☞ http://kiwi0411.tumblr.com/ coris_story) & @AZUpubschool ! https://youtu.be/g_tg3w_lxfY Official site ☞ http://kiwi0411.tumblr.com/ ]]> Recoride "Freshless" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.11079 2015-07-16T12:38:00Z 2015-07-16T12:40:17Z Brilliant synth-punk band Recoride has a brand new full-length album out now! Check out the clip below to give you a perfect idea. A double release party of Recoride and KOTO will be held tomorrow Friday July 17 at Disk... Brilliant synth-punk band Recoride has a brand new full-length album out now! Check out the clip below to give you a perfect idea.

A double release party of Recoride and KOTO will be held tomorrow Friday July 17 at Disk Union's dues Shinjuku event space. Entrance is free (except for a first drink charge) for those who buy either artists' new album. Doors open at 19:00. Details here.

Recoride "Freshless"
レコライド 「FRESHLESS」

1. FRESHLESS
2. kowarenai Paradaisu
3. kowareta kankei (Short)
4. Sunday ga owaru mae ni
5. Best Friend
6. ZIP&Crack
7. Angel ga Endless
8. V.H.S
9. rar (Rec and Rock)
10. hoshikuzu no mp3 -SHO ASAKAWA (PLASTICZOOMS) REMIX-
11. GLAD to Glad

Spiral Music SPRL-0079
Out (7/15), ¥1852 (excl. tax)
Order: Tower, Amazon, HMV

"kowarenai Paradise"

"ZIP&Crack"

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Negicco "Negicco First Tour 'Never Give Up Girls!!! & Rice&Snow'" (DVD) tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.11008 2015-07-14T13:59:33Z 2015-07-16T14:00:06Z Niigata-based idol trio Negicco have a new DVD out now, of a show held on May 5 at the Niigata Prefectural Civic Center. This was the last show of their "Never Give Up Girls!!! & Rice&Snow" tour. Included are many songs from latest album "Rice&Snow".

A new single is set to be released on August 11. Stay tuned!

Negicco can be seen live in Tokyo sharing the stage with Hoshino Michiru on July 31 at clubasia in Shibuya.

Negicco "Negicco First Tour 'Never Give Up Girls!!! & Rice&Snow' at Niigata Kenmin Kaikan Dai Hall"
Negicco 「Negicco First Tour 『Never Give Up Girls!!!&Rice&Snow』 at 新潟県民会館 大ホール」

1. Negative Girls!
2. Triple! WONDERLAND
3. Party ni tsuite.
4. Gatta! Gatta! Gatta!
5. atarashii koi no uta
6. Sunshine Nihonkai
7. Summer Breeze
8. Route Seven no kioku
9. Platina
10. anata to Pop With You!
11. BLUE, GREEN, RED AND GONE
12. futari no yūgi
13. sōshi sōai (arakoi remix)
14. attōteki na Style
15. Festival de aimashō
16. Pajama Party Night
17. Cream Soda Love
18. 1000% no kataomoi
19. jiyū ni
20. Space Nekojaracy
21. tokimeki no Headliner
22. sayonara Music
23. koi no Spur

T-Palette Records TPRD-0011
Out now (7/14), ¥4500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower, HMV, YesAsia, CDJapan

Digest clip

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[via Twitter] YMCK new clip "Neo Identity" https://youtu.be/Izv0vWJTc74 & also "You Can Be a Star" https://youtu.be/S4es7Pr1xKI Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/YMCK_Family_Dancing/2015.06.11/010972/ https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/619107651859779584 2015-07-09T20:35:41Z YMCK new clip "Neo Identity" https://youtu.be/Izv0vWJTc74 & also "You Can Be a Star" https://youtu.be/S4es7Pr1xKI Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/YMCK_Family_Dancing/2015.06.11/010972/ http://coolestsound.jp/YMCK_Family_Dancing/2015.06.11/010972/ ]]> [via Twitter] Recommended show: YMCK "Family Dancing" release party on July 12 at Shibuya WWW! http://www.tokyogigguide.com/en?view=details&id=12011%3Aymck Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/YMCK_Family_Dancing/2015.06.11/010972/ https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/619004925377286144 2015-07-09T13:47:29Z Recommended show: YMCK "Family Dancing" release party on July 12 at Shibuya WWW! http://www.tokyogigguide.com/en?view=details&id=12011%3Aymck Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/YMCK_Family_Dancing/2015.06.11/010972/ http://www.tokyogigguide.com/en?view=details&id=12011%3Aymck Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/YMCK_Family_Dancing/2015.06.11/010972/ ]]> Various Artists "Yaba-kayo 3 Non-stop DJ Mix -The Ondo- Mixed by DJ Fukutake" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.11068 2015-07-04T14:44:43Z 2015-07-04T14:48:59Z Here's a 3rd mix of DJ Fukutake's popular "Yava-kayō" series! This time the theme is "ondō" (Wikipedia), which is the type of traditional music that people of all ages dance along to at summer festivals (matsuri) throughout Japan. Ondō is... Here's a 3rd mix of DJ Fukutake's popular "Yava-kayō" series! This time the theme is "ondō" (Wikipedia), which is the type of traditional music that people of all ages dance along to at summer festivals (matsuri) throughout Japan. Ondō is recognizable by its characteristic Japanese drum rhythms. For this mix CD, DJ Fukutake carefully selected groovy ondō from the Shōwa era (60's to 80's) from his great 7" collection.

DJ Fukutake can be seen DJing live on Dommune on July 8 from 19:00 (JST). Also check out an ondō-oriented live mix of his from summer 2012 on Soundcloud.

Various Artists "Yaba-kayō 3 Non-stop DJ Mix -The Ondo- Mixed by DJ Fukutake"
オムニバス 「ヤバ歌謡3 NONSTOP DJ MIX -音頭編- Mixed by DJフクタケ」

1. Cock Robin ondo / Slapstick Shiraishi Fuyumi
2. Wa-shoi! / Hori Chiemi
3. Reishinkai no zundoko-bushi / Reishinkai
4. ikujinashi / Satsuki Midori & Mr.IKUJINASHI
5. Gozilla ondo / Victor shōnen minyō-kai
6. ekimae ondo / Three Funkies
7. karasu no kasaodori / Takiguchi Junpei - Suginami jidō gasshōdan
8. dotanchi ondō / Katsura Kyōko
9. Monkey Bon Dance / Shiroyama Kichinosuke
10. a i u e ondo / Mister Edo
11. kodomo donpan-bushi / Tokyo hōsō jidō gasshōdan
12. sorenari ondo / Ooki Bondo
13. Yellow Submarine ondo / Kanazawa Akiko
14. keiba ondō / Fujita Makoto
15. Nippon zenkoku sakenomi ondō / Barracuda
16. HOSHIMARU ondo / TPO
17. Disco Kawachi ondō / Bamboo In ABA
18. shobai hanjō ja sasa motte Reggae ~ Reggae Kawachi - teppōbushi ~ / James Bong
19. mogyu Kawachi ondō / Mineya Asamaru
20. senkyaku banrai ondo / Hibiki Tamio
21. Rika-chan ondo / Kayama Rika
22. fuku no tane / Chakra
23. obake ga ikuzo- / Yoshi Ikuzō
24. baketsu no ohisan tsukamaete / Nakayama Chinatsu - Ōno Susumu
25. Michie ondō / Aoyama Michi
26. Enken no Michie ondō / Endō Kenji
27. namumaidaa ~ Kawachi ondō yori ~ / Mops
28. SATORI PART 2 / FLOWER TRAVELLIN' BAND
29. goiken muyō / Mops
30. Sky Kid Black maō / Ōtsuka Chikao
31. Kawachi ondo de yoru o buttobase / Kawachiya Kikusuimaru & Ethnorhythm All Stars
32. Kazetarō-bushi / Reishinkai
33. banpaku de yoisho (EXPO'70) / Casanova 7
34. Heisei 5 - 5 ondō / Murata Hideo - Sakamoto Fuyumi

Universal Music UICZ-8166
Out 7/8, ¥2000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

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The Scooters "The Scooters NOW !" (7"+CD) tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.11023 2015-07-03T13:20:01Z 2015-07-08T15:42:41Z The Scooters have a brand new single coming this week! This consists of two covers, the A-side of the Jackson Sisters' hit single "I Believe In Miracles", and the B-side of David Bowie's "Young Americans". Both are sung in Japanese,... The Scooters have a brand new single coming this week! This consists of two covers, the A-side of the Jackson Sisters' hit single "I Believe In Miracles", and the B-side of David Bowie's "Young Americans". Both are sung in Japanese, and the lead vocals on the B-side are performed by MC Turban "Chadha" Jr.

The package contains both a 7" and a CD (of the same songs plus instrumentals), and the whole comes in a special sleeve that unfolds into a tabloid-like poster. Art direction is of course by the band's leader, Shindō Mitsuo.

Both songs can be sampled at Jet Set.

The Scooters "The Scooters Now !" (7"+CD)
スクーターズ 「The Scooters Now !」

A. I Believe In Miracles
B. Young Americans

High Contrast HCCD-9558
Out 7/7, ¥2000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, Jet Set, CDJapan

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Sally Soul Stew "Joy To The World / Black Coffee" (7"+CD) tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.11038 2015-06-29T12:58:40Z 2015-06-29T13:03:36Z Sally Soul Stew, the band led by Sally Kubota (ex-The Phantom Gift, ex-Les 5-4-3-2-1), has a brand new single out this week! A-side "Joy To The World" is a new song with music written by Takanami K-taro (ex-Pizzicato Five)...

Sally Soul Stew, the band led by Sally Kubota (ex-The Phantom Gift, ex-Les 5-4-3-2-1), has a brand new single out this week! A-side "Joy To The World" is a new song with music written by Takanami K-taro (ex-Pizzicato Five) with lead vocals by Mashiro Megumi (Hicksville), while the B-side is a cover of Pete Mac Jr.'s "Black Coffee" sung by the band's other vocalist Lemon (also in Wack Wack Rhythm Band). The B-side was selected by DJ Fukutake (of the "Yava-kayō" trend). Both tracks are groovy great songs that let us enjoy Sally's signature bass lines.

Actually this single is dedicated to a great Japanese bassist who passed away in April this year, Etō Isao. Sally can be heard playing an "Orenda" bass, Etō's signature model.

The 7" single comes with a CD of the same content, with bonus "mono" mixes of the same two songs.

Sally Soul Stew "Joy To The World / Black Coffee" (7"+CD)
サリーソウルシチュー 「JOY TO THE WORLD~喜びの世界 C/W ブラック・コーヒー」

A. Joy To The World
B. Black Coffee

mawarisō na Records MWRR-9730
Out 7/1, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, CDJapan, Tower (Japan only)

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Cornelius "'Ghost In The Shell Shin Gekijoban' O.S.T.", SAKAMOTO Maaya Cornelius "anata o tamotsu mono / mada ugoku" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10926 2015-06-19T15:05:29Z 2015-06-20T03:00:16Z Following "Ghost In The Shell Arise" (2013), once again Cornelius produced the soundtrack for sequel "Ghost In The Shell Shin Gekijōban" (official site, Wikipedia). A single for songs "anata o tamotsu mono" (opening theme of TV series "Ghost In The... Following "Ghost In The Shell Arise" (2013), once again Cornelius produced the soundtrack for sequel "Ghost In The Shell Shin Gekijōban" (official site, Wikipedia). A single for songs "anata o tamotsu mono" (opening theme of TV series "Ghost In The Shell Arise Alternative Architecture") and "mada ugoku" (the film's main theme), both sung by voice actress Sakamoto Maaya, was also released at the same time, and includes non-album track "Tokyo samui".

HMV and Tower Records give away a promo sticker (while supplies last).

Cornelius "'Ghost In The Shell Shin Gekijōban' O.S.T."
Cornelius 「攻殻機動隊 新劇場版 O.S.T.」

1. A Floating Ghost
2. anata o tamotsu mono
3. Execution No.9
4. Moments In Love (Piano)
5. Body / Head
6. An Electric Storm
7. Fall All
8. Split Spirit
9. In Search Of Many
10. Scylla
11. Memories Fade
12. Involution No.9
13. Vrinda
14. Heart Grenade
15. Deep Breathing
16. Highway Friendly Type 2
17. Strange Obsession
18. Moments In Love (Harp)
19. mada ugoku
20. All Fall

Flying Dog VTCL-60400
Out now (6/17), ¥2900 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan, コーネリアス

Sakamoto Maaya Cornelius "anata o tamotsu mono / mada ugoku"
坂本真綾 コーネリアス 「あなたを保つもの / まだうごく」

1. anata o tamotsu mono
2. mada ugoku
3. Tokyo samui

Flying Dog VTCL-35211
Out now (6/17), ¥1300 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan, 坂本真綾 コーネリアス

"'Ghost In The Shell Shin Gekijoban' O.S.T." teaser clip

"anata o tamotsu mono / mada ugoku" teaser clip

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YMCK "Family Dancing" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10972 2015-06-11T14:30:08Z 2015-07-28T23:43:50Z YMCK are back this month with a 6th album, and this time the theme is "Family Dancing"! Of course this lets us hope for some of the best 8-bit dance music ever! This comes a year and a half after... YMCK are back this month with a 6th album, and this time the theme is "Family Dancing"! Of course this lets us hope for some of the best 8-bit dance music ever! This comes a year and a half after album "Family Days" (2013), once again on De De Mouse's not records label. The song "Disko Kitsch" is a YMCK remix of Thailand band Cindy Seui, with Midori's vocals.

Amazon gives away an original YMCK promo bookmark (while supplies last). Those in Japan can buy at Village Vanguard to get a promo badge.

Check out the trailer clip below, and the official release page. There are also two special edits that can be heard at WeeklyTreats.net! While at it also check out recent digital single "Tokyo Upside Down" (2014).

A release party will be held at Shibuya WWW on Sunday July 12! Meanwhile YMCK can be seen live on June 20 at Shinjuku Loft.

YMCK "Family Dancing"

1. Los Colores de la Vida
2. Neo Identity
3. Disko Kitsch
4. Time Bomb
5. Perfect Device
6. 52 Futures
7. Unity
8. You Can Be a Star

not records NOT-0009
Out 6/24, ¥1852 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan, HMV, YMCK "FAMILY DANCING"

"You Can Be a Star"

"Neo Identity"

Album trailer

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "KPP 2014 Japan Arena Tour Pamyu Pamyu no Colorful Panic Toy Box" (Blu-ray/DVD) tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10998 2015-06-07T04:44:45Z 2015-06-07T05:00:08Z Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a new DVD/Blu-ray coming this week. The 2-disc set contains a whole show held in Tokyo from last year's Japan Arena Tour, plus another show from London (part of the "Nanda Collection World Tour 2014") with... Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a new DVD/Blu-ray coming this week. The 2-disc set contains a whole show held in Tokyo from last year's Japan Arena Tour, plus another show from London (part of the "Nanda Collection World Tour 2014") with documentary bits.

Both discs are said to contain special commentary audio featuring Kyary herself.

The first pressing comes in special packaging with a photo booklet. Also HMV and Tower Records give away a set of 3 postcards (while supplies last).

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "KPP 2014 Japan Arena Tour Kyary Pamyu Pamyu no Colorful Panic Toy Box"
きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ 「KPP 2014 JAPAN ARENA TOUR きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅのからふるぱにっくTOY BOX」

Disc 1
"Kyary Pamyu Pamyu no Colorful Panic Toy Box at Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyōgijō Daiichi Taiikukan (2014/11/9)"
1. Mottai-Nightland
2. Kyary ANAN
3. Cherry Bonbon
4. suki sugite kiresō
5. jelly
6. Super Scooter Happy
7. kimi ni 100 Percent
8. PONPONPON
9. Ring a Bell
10. tsukematsukeru
11. oyasumi
12. Serious hitomi
13. Fashion Monster
14. Ninjya Re Bang Bang
15. Invader Invader
16. mi
17. kirakira Killer
18. minna no uta
19. Tokyo Highway
20. Family Party -album mix-
21. Explorer
22. CANDY CANDY
23. chanchanchanchan

Disc 2
"Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Live & Documentary in London"
1. nanda Collection
2. Invader Invader
3. mi
4. Family Party
5. Documentary I - KPP in Paris 2014.04.24
6. Pamyu Pamyu Revolution
7. Mottai-Nightland
8. Super Scooter Happy
9. Yume No Hajima Ring Ring
10. saigo no Ice Cream
11. tsukematsukeru
12. Documentary II - KPP in Cologne 2014.04.26
13. Kyary no March
14. Cherry Bonbon
15. PONPONPON
16. Fashion Monster
17. Documentary III - KPP in London 2014.04.29-30
18. CANDY CANDY
19. chanchanchanchan

DVD edition (Region 2, NTSC)
Warner Music WPBL-90342
Out 6/10, ¥5000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

Blu-ray edition (All regions, NTSC)
Warner Music WPXL-90103
Out 6/10, ¥6000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

Trailer clip

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Original Love "Lover Man" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.11003 2015-06-03T14:20:37Z 2015-06-03T14:26:19Z Original Love (aka TAJIMA Takao) has a brand new album coming this month! TAJIMA has said that after contributing "Sunshine Nihonkai" to Negicco he's been feeling like making more pop music again, and this can be felt throughout this album.... Original Love (aka Tajima Takao) has a brand new album coming this month! Tajima has said that after contributing "Sunshine Nihonkai" to Negicco he's been feeling like making more pop music again, and this can be felt throughout this album. A cover of that song is included, as well as latest single "Lover Man" which he described as his new visit card. Included as a bonus track is a cover of Ishikawa Sayuri's "Whiskey ga, osuki desho", as heard in a commercial for Suntory.

Amazon, HMV and Tower Records give away a promo sticker (while supplies last).

ORIGINAL LOVE "Lover Man"
オリジナル・ラブ 「ラヴァーマン」

1. Lover Man
2. Big Thank You
3. Sunshine Nihonkai
4. konya wa oyasumi
5. Frankenstein
6. Crazy About You
7. kirikiri mai no Jazz
8. shiki to uta
9. 99 tsubu no namida
10. kibō no bane
11. Whiskey ga, osuki desho (Bonus track)

Wonderful World XQKP-1007
Out 6/10, ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

"Lover Man"

Album digest

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HANAZAWA Kana "Blue Avenue" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10892 2015-05-31T07:57:06Z 2015-06-03T14:30:56Z Voice actress HANAZAWA Kana's recent 3rd album "Blue Avenue" has an all-star lineup of songwriters and producers including KITAGAWA Katsutoshi (Round Table), NAKATSUKA Takeshi, YAKUSHIMARU Etsuko (sōtaiseiriron), YANO Hiroyasu (ex-Cymbals), mito (clammbon), Studio Apartment, OKUDA Kensuke with NISHIDERA Gōta (Nona... Voice actress Hanazawa Kana's recent 3rd album "Blue Avenue" has an all-star lineup of songwriters and producers including Kitagawa Katsutoshi (Round Table), Nakatsuka Takeshi, Yakushimaru Etsuko (sōtaiseiriron), Yano Hiroyasu (ex-Cymbals), mito (clammbon), Studio Apartment, Okuda Kensuke with Nishidera Gōta (Nona Reeves) and more. Plus, there's also a song with music written by Swing Out Sister's Andy Connell and Corinne Drewery.

The limited edition comes with a bonus Blu-ray disc and a photo book, in a special 3-pane sleeve.

Hanazawa Kana "Blue Avenue"
花澤香菜 「Blue Avenue」


1. I ♥ New Day!
2. hohoemi Mode
3. Nobody Knows
4. Blueberry Night
5. Trace
6. kokyū tosu
7. Night And Day
8. Tapdance no oto ga kikoetekitara
9. We Are So in Love
10. Pool
11. Dream a Dream
12. Magical Fantasy Tour
13. kimi ga inakucha dame nanda
14. Blue Avenue o sagashite

Limited edition (CD + Blu-ray (Region A NTSC) + Photo book)
Aniplex SVWC-70064
Out now (4/22), ¥3800 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

Regular edition (CD only)
Aniplex SVWC-70066
Out now (4/22), ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, 花澤 香菜 "Blue Avenue", CDJapan

"kokyū tosu"

"hohoemi Mode"

"kimi ga inkucha dame nanda (Short version)"

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Tokyo Killer "Tokyo Killer Street" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10960 2015-05-24T13:53:45Z 2015-05-26T23:56:34Z Tokyo Killer is a girl-fronted surf rock instrumental band formed of guitarist Keme (Kinoco Hotel), bassist Akko (ex-GO!GO!7188), keyboardist Kei (Urbangarde) and drummer Kyōichi (ex-Urbangarde). This first album, released at the end of April, features some famous covers as well... Tokyo Killer is a girl-fronted surf rock instrumental band formed of guitarist Keme (Kinoco Hotel), bassist Akko (ex-GO!GO!7188), keyboardist Kei (Urbangarde) and drummer Kyōichi (ex-Urbangarde). This first album, released at the end of April, features some famous covers as well as original songs. A vinyl edition is also coming (though it seems to be facing some delays), and will contains one bonus track.

The jacket was designed by Sally Kubota (Sally Soul Stew, The Scooters).

A free in-store will be held at Tower Records Shinjuku (7F) on Saturday June 13 from 21:00. A show will also be held at Tsutaya O-East in Shibuya on June 17.

Tokyo Killer "Tokyo★Killer Street"
トーキョーキラー 「トーキョー★キラーストリート」

1. Tokyo Killer no Theme
2. Surf★Sniper
3. SURF PARTY
4. RAMBLE
5. mayonaka no Maria
6. Maruyamachō no satsujin
7. MISIRLOU
8. Time★Traveller
9. asahi no ataru ie
10. PENETRATION
11. Switch Blade

Solid Records CDSOL-1628
Out now (4/22), ¥2300 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

Tokyo Killer "Tokyo★Killer Street" (LP)
トーキョーキラー 「トーキョー★キラーストリート」

A1. Tokyo Killer no Theme
A2. Surf★Sniper
A3. SURF PARTY
A4. RAMBLE
A5. mayonaka no Maria
A6. Maruyamachō no satsujin
B1. MISIRLOU
B2. Time★Traveller
B3. asahi no ataru ie
B4. Ace of Spades (LP-only track)
B5. PENETRATION
B6. Switch Blade

Solid Records SD-505
Out 5/27, ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only)

"Surf★Sniper"

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petit milady "cheri*cheri? milady!!" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10946 2015-05-23T08:31:10Z 2015-05-23T08:46:37Z Follow-up to last year's "petit miladear", here's a 2nd album by unit petit milady of voice actresses YUKI Aoi and TAKETATSU Ayana. Once again most songs are produced by SATō Seiki (microstar). The album comes in 3 different editions. Limited... Follow-up to last year's "petit miladear", here's a 2nd album by unit petit milady of voice actresses Yuki Aoi and Taketatsu Ayana. Once again most songs are produced by Satō Seiki (microstar).

The album comes in 3 different editions. Limited edition A contains a bonus CD of band versions of three songs from the previous album and a bonus DVD of one video clip and bonus footage. Limited edition B contains a bonus Blu-ray of three new video clips.

petit milady "cheri*cheri? milady!!"
プチミレディ 「cheri*cheri? milady!!」


1. hi no ito rinne no GEMINI
2. kirari kirari
3. Rainbow Jump!!
4. everyday shine3
5. tsukon no ichi Nanometer
6. tokimeki☆Rocket
7. Update no sakamichi
8. yasashii kaze
9. koi wa Milk Tea
10. Fantastique▼Phantom
11. Paradear

Bonus CD (Limited edition A only)
1. azurite
2. trip trick trap
3. suki kirai kirai daisuki

Bonus DVD (Limited edition A only)
- "Fantastique▼Phantom" Music Video
- Documentary clip with audio commentary
- Bonus footage

Bonus Blu-ray (Limited edition B only)
"koi wa Milk Tea" Music Video
"hi no iro rinne no GEMINI" Music Video
"Fantastique▼Phantom" Music Video

Limited edition A (2 CDs+DVD)
Universal Music POCE-9412
Out now (5/13), ¥7500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia

Limited edition B (CD+Blu-ray)
Universal Music POCE-9413
Out now (5/13), ¥4800 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia

Regular edition (CD only)
Universal Music POCE-1424
Out now (5/13), ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, petit milady "cheri*cheri? milady!! 通常盤"

"koi wa Milk Tea" (short ver.)

"Fantastique▼Phantom" (short ver.)

Sampler clip

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HOSHINO Michiru "koshinuke danshi ni I Love You" (CD+7") tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10978 2015-05-23T07:37:40Z 2015-05-23T07:38:43Z Here's a first release this year from HOSHINO Michiru! This new single is again produced by HASE Hajimu and SATŌ Seiki (Microstar). The A-side is a danceable guitar pop tune while the B-side is a song with an oldies vibe.... Here's a first release this year from Hoshino Michiru! This new single is again produced by Hase Hajimu and Satō Seiki (Microstar). The A-side is a danceable guitar pop tune while the B-side is a song with an oldies vibe.

Like her other singles, this comes as a CD and 7" with a jacket that unfolds into a small poster.

Hear audio samples at Jet Set.

Hoshino Michiru "koshinuke danshi ni I Love You" (CD+7")
星野みちる 「腰抜け男子にアイラビュー」

CD
1. koshinuke danshi ni I Love You
2. Goodbye Boy
3. koshinuke danshi ni I Love You (inst)
4. Goodbye Boy (inst)

7"
A. koshinuke danshi ni I Love You
B. Goodbye Boy

High Contrast HCCD-9557
Out 5/27, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), Jet Set

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[via Twitter] New video for LLLL's "Heat" feat. Meghan Riley ♪ https://vimeo.com/126186492 from album "Faithful" ☞ http://bit.ly/1DjhWeI https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/599956109999230977 2015-05-18T00:14:17Z New video for LLLL's "Heat" feat. Meghan Riley ♪ https://vimeo.com/126186492 from album "Faithful" ☞ http://bit.ly/1DjhWeI http://bit.ly/1DjhWeI ]]> ICHIKAWA Saya "yo ga aketara" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10956 2015-05-17T06:59:50Z 2015-05-17T07:11:09Z Model ICHIKAWA Saya has debuted as a singer with this jazz single produced by KONISHI Yasuharu. The singer being a hardcore train fan, she is often featured on late night TV program Tamori Club for train-related topics. The train-themed...

Model Ichikawa Saya has debuted as a singer with this jazz single produced by Konishi Yasuharu.

The singer being a hardcore train fan, she is often featured on late night TV program Tamori Club for train-related topics. The train-themed song is a cover of Asakawa Maki, and the CD single includes 10 bonus tracks of train sounds recorded by the artist herself. A photo book of the same title was also released at the same time (Amazon).

Ichikawa Saya "yo ga aketara"
市川紗椰 「夜が明けたら」

1. yo ga aketara 市川紗椰 "夜が明けたら - Single" (Japan)
+ 10 train sound bonus tracks

Tower Records TRJC-1041
Out now (5/13), ¥1389 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan

Trailer clip

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