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/ 2014-07-22T14:10:39Z ryo fukawa "life is music 2" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10493 2014-07-22T14:10:39Z 2014-07-22T14:11:15Z ryō FUKAWA (aka Rocketman) has a new album out this week, his second release under his real name. This album features guest singers MIZUNO Mari (paris match) and Cana (Sotte Bosse) among others, with a cover of "love theme from... ryō fukawa (aka Rocketman) has a new album out this week, his second release under his real name. This album features guest singers Mizuno Mari (paris match) and Cana (Sotte Bosse) among others, with a cover of "love theme from Spartacus" and an upbeat remix of Pachelbel's "Canon In D" (yes, that "Canon").

An in-store autograph session will be held at Tower Records Shibuya's 3rd floor event space on July 26 from 13:00.

ryo fukawa "life is music 2"

1. koi ga hajimaru feat. mari mizuno
2. I Don't Cry feat. Leanna
3. love theme from SPARTACUS (remix)
4. oboreru hitsuji
5. kangaenai-sekai
6. Pachelbel no Canon (remix)
7. no words
8. endless summer
9. after dance
10. panko pan no uta feat. Cana
11. umarekuru kodomotachi e
12. time goes by
13. life is beautiful feat. Kyōko
14. Good night !

tenohira Records DQC-1315
Out 7/23, ¥2315 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan, YesAsia

"panko pan no uta feat. Cana"

"Pachelbel no Canon (remix)"

"oboreru hitsuji"

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[via Twitter] Recommended show: HOSHINO Michiru w/ back-band Wack Wack Rhythm Band, DJs KONISHI Yasuharu, HASE Hajimu, etc. July 27 http://www.tokyogigguide.com/gigs/details/10543-hoshino-michiru https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/491069881660342272 2014-07-21T12:59:18Z Recommended show: HOSHINO Michiru w/ back-band Wack Wack Rhythm Band, DJs KONISHI Yasuharu, HASE Hajimu, etc. July 27 http://www.tokyogigguide.com/gigs/details/10543-hoshino-michiru http://www.tokyogigguide.com/gigs/details/10543-hoshino-michiru ]]> Towa TEI "Towa Tei 94-14 Remix" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10413 2014-07-20T14:37:23Z 2014-07-20T14:45:51Z This new release from Towa TEI is a collection of remixes of his songs from over his 20 years active as a solo artist. Remixes by Cornelius, HOSONO Haruomi (YMO), and many more are included, as well as a remix... This new release from Towa Tei is a collection of remixes of his songs from over his 20 years active as a solo artist. Remixes by Cornelius, Hosono Haruomi (YMO), and many more are included, as well as a remix of "Radio" by Sunahara Yoshinori available on CD for the first time.

A release party with Ino Hidefumi, Dorian, Sunahara Yoshinori, Ishino Takkyū, Yakenohara and many more will be held at Shibuya Sound Museum Vision on August 2 (details here). Showing the sticker included in this CD at the door will give you an instant ¥1000 discount.

Towa Tei "TOWA TEI 94-14 REMIX"

1. Funkin' For Jamaica (Boris Dlugosch's & Michi Lange's Radio Edit)
2. Radio (YSST INTERSECT Mix)
3. Butterfly (Cornelius Remix)
4. Find A Way
5. BMT (SP-1200 Remix)
6. Let Me Know (TT Remix)
7. Risk Some Soul (Kneedeep Remix)
8. Free (Richard Earnshaw Remix)
9. Luv Connection (Masters At Work Mix)
10. Happy (Morning Happiness)
11. Marvelous (Spring)
12. CHATR (Senor Coconut Remix)
13. Sound Museum (Haruomi Hosono Remix)

Warner Music WPCL-11900
Out 7/23, ¥2600 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan

Release party video flyer

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TAKAHASHI Yukihiro & Metafive "Techno Recital", TAKAHASHI Yukihiro with In Phase "Phase" (DVD+Blu-ray+2 CDs) tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10395 2014-07-20T11:01:39Z 2014-07-20T11:07:52Z In January this year, Takahashi Yukihiro (YMO) formed a super-group under the name Takahashi Yukihiro & Metafive, also featuring Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius), Towa Tei, Sunahara Yoshinori, Gondō Tomohiko (anonymass, pupa) and Leo Imai. The concert they played at Ex Theater Roppongi is now being released on CD.

Also last year, a tour was held the name Takahashi Yukihiro with In Phase, this time with a band featuring James Iha, Takakuwa Kei (Curly Giraffe), Horie Hirohisa (Neil & Iraiza) and Gondō Tomohiko. This one is being released as a deluxe limited pressing that comes with DVD and Blu-ray discs (both formats!) and a 2-CD set of the show's audio.

Both of these special bands were thought to be one-time opportunities, but they can fortunately be seen again live at the World Happiness festival on August 10. Not to be missed!

Yukihiro Takahashi & Metafive "Techno Recital"
高橋幸宏 & METAFIVE 「TECHNO RECITAL」

1. Meta~Opening
2. Cue
3. Ballet
4. Now and Then
5. Lay My Love
6. Radio
7. Radioactivist
8. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
9. I Need You
10. Everybody Had A Hard Year
11. Turn Turn
12. Still Walking To The Beat
13. La femme chinoise
14. Disposable Love
15. Drip Dry Eyes
16. Something In The Air

Universal Music TYCT-69022
Out 7/23, ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), YesAsia, CDJapan

Yukihiro Takahashi with In Phase "Phase" (Blu-ray+DVD+2 CDs)
高橋幸宏 with In Phase 「PHASE」

1. Another Door
2. Looking For Words
3. Time To Go
4. Last Summer
5. That's Alright (It Will Be Alright)
6. The Old Friends Cottage
7. Ghost Behind My Back
8. The Price To Pay
9. Blue Moon Blue
10. Where Are You Heading To?
11. To Who Knows Where
12. End Of An Error
13. Shadow
14. All That We Know
15. World In A Maze
16. Follow You Down
17. Something In The Air
18. The April Fools

Universal Music TYXT-19004
Out 7/23, ¥7200 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon (26% off), HMV (15% off), Tower (18% off), YesAsia, CDJapan

Takahashi Yukihiro & Metafive "Techno Recital" official bootleg trailer

Yukihiro Takahashi with In Phase "Phase" official trailer

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Buffalo Daughter "Konjac-tion" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10380 2014-07-20T08:56:19Z 2014-07-20T09:17:36Z Here comes a brand new original album by Buffalo Daughter, follow-up to "The Weapons of Math Destruction" (2010). The new album has a theme of "block party" and comes as a set of 2 CDs, one of the original new... Here comes a brand new original album by Buffalo Daughter, follow-up to "The Weapons of Math Destruction" (2010). The new album has a theme of "block party" and comes as a set of 2 CDs, one of the original new songs, and the other of remixes of those new songs. Original songs feature guests such as Kahimi Karie, Sakamoto Shintarō (ex-Yura Yura Teikoku), French rapper Fuzati (Klub des Loosers), and Pismo. Remixers include Sunahara Yoshinori, Cibo Matto, Nagai Seiichi (sōtaiseiriron), Charlotte Kemp Muhl (of Sean Lennon's band The GOASTT) and more.

The album's iTunes edition comes with an exclusive bonus track, "Oy Oy Oy". A remix of the track by electro unit Funwari-chan can be heard on SoundCloud.

Buffalo Daughter can be seen live next weekend at the Fuji Rock Festival (3rd day evening at the Red Marquee stage).

Buffalo Daughter "Konjac-tion"
バッファロー・ドーター 「コニャクション」

Disc 1 "Konjac-tion"
1. Hit-it-go-round : Party is about to begin
2. Le Cheval Blanc feat. Kahimi Karie on voice
3. Golden Leaves feat. Pismo on vocal
4. Calling Out From The World Of Echoes
5. Love & Food feat. Sakamoto Shintarō on vocal
6. Oui Oui
7. The Legend
8. Vicious Circle
9. Bring Back 80's
10. Les Sirenes feat. Fuzati on rap
11. Don't Stop The Music

Disc 2 "Konjac-tion REMIX"
1. Le Cheval Blanc Remixed by Shinnari-chan
2. Calling Out From The World Of Echoes Remixed by VARO
3. Golden Leaves Remixed by Cibo Matto featuring Nels Cline (Wilco) on guitars
4. The Legend Remixed by Charlotte Kemp Muhl of the GOASTT and Jared Samuel of Invisible Familiars
5. Vicious Circle Remixed by Ishihara Yō at Peace Music Tokyo
6. Love & Food Remixed by Nagai Seiichi
7. Bring Back 80's Remixed by Sunahara Yoshinori
8. Les Sirenes (Instrumental)
9. Don't Stop The Music Remixed by Greeen Linez
10. Oui Oui (Demo)

U/M/A/A UMA-1039
Out 7/23, ¥3200 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan, YesAsia, Konjac-Tion by Buffalo Daughter

"Oui Oui"

"[DISC1] Konjac-tion (Preview Mix)"

"[DISC2] Konjac-tion REMIX (Preview Mix)"

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Negicco "Sunshine Nihonkai" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10437 2014-07-16T14:52:24Z 2014-07-16T14:55:08Z 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... 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 one of the music videos. The 3rd comes with a bonus remix CD with remixes by Dorian and Avec Avec (Sugar's Campaign). There's also a one-CD regular edition, and a limited 7" pressing.

An in-store at Tower Records Shibuya on July 22 from 19:00, only for those who bought the single there (any edition or the 7"). More in-store events follow, so check their schedule page for details.

Negicco "Sunshine Nihonkai"
Negicco 「サンシャイン日本海」



CD
1. Sunshine Nihonkai
2. Festival de aimashō
3. Sunshine Nihonkai (inst)
4. Festival de aimashō (inst)

DVD version A (Limited edition A only)
1. Sunshine Nihonkai (Music video)

Limited edition A (CD+DVD)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0094
Out 7/22, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Tower, CDJapan, Amazon, HMV

DVD version B (Limited edition B only)
1. Festival de aimashō (Music video)

Limited edition B (CD+DVD)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0095
Out 7/22, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Tower, CDJapan, Amazon, HMV

Remix CD Limited edition C only)
1. Route 7 no kioku (DORIAN remix)
2. anata to Pop With You! (Avec Avec remix)

Limited edition C (CD + Bonus remix CD)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0096
Out 7/22, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Tower, CDJapan, Amazon, HMV

Regular edition
T-Palette Records TPRC-0097
Out 7/22, ¥1000 (excl. tax)
Order: Tower, CDJapan, Amazon, HMV

Negicco "Sunshine Nihonkai" (7")
Negicco 「サンシャイン日本海」

A. Sunshine Nihonkai
B. Festival de aimashō

Limited edition 7" vinyl
T-Palette Records TPRV-0011
Out 7/22, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Tower, CDJapan, Amazon, HMV

"Sunshine Nihonkai"

"Festival de aimashō"

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SMAP "Top Of The World/Amazing Discovery" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10511 2014-07-16T12:18:12Z 2014-07-16T12:20:24Z 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... 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 Groove). The B-side is written and produced by Nakata Yasutaka (CAPSULE).

Two limited editions each contain a DVD of the music video of one of the songs. There's also a CD-only regular edition.

Short versions of each video can be seen on the artist page.

SMAP "Top Of The World/Amazing Discovery"

1. Top Of The World
2. Amazing Discovery
3. Top Of The World (back track)
4. Amazing Discovery (back track)

Note: Limited edition B has CD tracks are in the reverse order ("Amazing Discovery" comes first).

Limited edition A DVD
Top Of The World (Music Video)

Limited edition A (CD+DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
Victor Entertainment VIZL-1177
Out 7/16, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon (16% off), HMV (10% off), Tower, CDJapan, YesAsia

Limited edition B DVD
Amazing Discovery (Music Video)

Limited edition B (CD+DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
Victor Entertainment VIZL-1188
Out 7/16, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV (10% off), Tower, CDJapan, YesAsia

Regular edition (CD only)
Victor Entertainment VICL-38077
Out 7/16, ¥1200 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan

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[via Twitter] 4th anniversary mix from Virgin Babylon Records, free Download until July 31! http://virginbabylonrecords.bandcamp.com/album/virgin-babylon-night-mix-vol-2-free-dl-limited-time-15jul-31jul https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/489379562426347520 2014-07-16T21:02:34Z 4th anniversary mix from Virgin Babylon Records, free Download until July 31! http://virginbabylonrecords.bandcamp.com/album/virgin-babylon-night-mix-vol-2-free-dl-limited-time-15jul-31jul http://virginbabylonrecords.bandcamp.com/album/virgin-babylon-night-mix-vol-2-free-dl-limited-time-15jul-31jul ]]> [via Twitter] Recommended show: Jintana & Emeralds release party w/ Sugar's Campaign, Dorian... July 21 at Daikanyama Unit. http://www.tokyogigguide.com/en/gigs/details/10542-jintana-a-emeralds https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/488700361692045313 2014-07-15T00:03:40Z Recommended show: Jintana & Emeralds release party w/ Sugar's Campaign, Dorian... July 21 at Daikanyama Unit. http://www.tokyogigguide.com/en/gigs/details/10542-jintana-a-emeralds http://www.tokyogigguide.com/en/gigs/details/10542-jintana-a-emeralds ]]> COR!S "Across Time & Space" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10457 2014-07-13T14:00:13Z 2014-07-13T14:04:45Z COR!S is a young electro singer-songwriter from Osaka who has the skills to entirely self-produce her music down to mastering (formula that reminds of NAKATA Yasutaka). She has previously produced tracks for Yun*chi (among others) and remixes for mishmash*Julie Watai... COR!S is a young electro singer-songwriter from Osaka who has the skills to entirely self-produce her music down to mastering (formula that reminds of Nakata Yasutaka). She has previously produced tracks for Yun*chi (among others) and remixes for mishmash*Julie Watai (see "The Second Album"), and has been featured on a song by London artist bo en (listen here).

So here comes COR!S' debut mini-album, recently released on iTunes worldwide. Included are 6 original tracks, and remixes by AZUpubshool (SoundCloud) and Miura. All tracks can be sampled below.

A special event will be held on Saturday July 19 at Strobe Café in Kitasando (Tokyo). The event is free (with a free drink included), though a reservation through Peatix is needed.

Also check out COR!S' SoundCloud for more tracks, and her Facebook page.

COR!S "Across Time & Space"

1. INTRO
2. jikū no tobira
3. Telepathy
4. Biscuit Time
5. hoshizora Waltz
6. Across Time & Space
7. jiku no tobira (AZUpubshool Remix)
8. Biscuit Time (Miura Kō Remix)

COR!S
Out now (6/15)
Sample/buy: COR!S "Across Time & Space"

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Crazy Ken Band "Spark da!", "Free Soul Crazy Ken Band", "Crazy Ken Band Tour Flying Saucer 2013" (DVD) tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10485 2014-07-13T02:50:08Z 2014-07-16T12:28:14Z Here's a wave of releases from Crazy Ken Band! First, new single "Spark da!" which is being used as NHK's "minna no uta" for June and July. Included are 3 B-sides of new songs used in TV and radio commercials.... Here's a wave of releases from Crazy Ken Band!

First, new single "Spark da!" which is being used as NHK's "minna no uta" for June and July. Included are 3 B-sides of new songs used in TV and radio commercials. The limited edition comes with a DVD of the video clip and making-of footage.

Second is a 2-CD compilation of the "Free Soul" series, selected by Hashimoto Tōru (Café Après-Midi) under themes such as "urban breeze", "summer drive" and "electric piano".

And third is a live DVD of a show held on November 14, 2013 at the Kanagawa Kenmin Hall, part of the "Crazy Ken Band Tour Flying Saucer". The show's encore is said to feature an orchestra for three songs.

A Japan tour will be held from September to November, stopping by Nakano SunPlaza (Tokyo) on October 25 and 26. Find all tour dates and info here.

Crazy Ken Band "Spark Da!"
クレイジーケンバンド 「スパークだ!」

CD
1. Spark da! (NHK minna no uta June/July 2014)
2. no comment (Zenon Comics CM Song)
3. uite ukiuki (Seiyū "okane ukiuki Campaign" CM Song)
4. chūko jidōsha hanbaishi no uta (JU (Japan Used Car Dealers Association) Radio CM Song)
5. CRAZY KEN BAND's Information
6. Spark da! (Karaoke)
7. no comment (Karaoke)

DVD (Limited edition only)
1. Spark da! (Music video)
2. Making of music video and artist photo

Limited edition (CD+DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
DoubleJoy International UMCK-9683
Out 7/16, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon (16% off), HMV (10% off), Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan, クレイジーケンバンド "スパークだ!" (Japan)

Regular edition (CD only)
DoubleJoy International UMCK-5481
Out 7/16, ¥1000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

Crazy Ken Band "Free Soul Crazy Ken Band"
クレイジーケンバンド 「フリー・ソウル・クレイジーケンバンド」

CD 1
1. Tower
2. Hama kaze
3. yukkuri haneru ongaku
4. abuku
5. ABC kara Z made
6. Precious Precious Precious
7. 7ji 77fun
8. 37°ree;C
9. karappo no machikado
10. Girlfriend
11. DUET
12. Hong Kong Typhoon
13. Hideaway
14. aka to kuro
15. SOUL tsūshin
16. Hakone Skyline
17. tōmei kōsoku
18. ma, iiya

CD 2
1. otoko no kassōro
2. Record
3. ongakuryoku w/ Full Of Harmony x ISO from I.S.O.P
4. bokura no mirai wa tōi kako
5. giragira
6. Papa nakanai de
7. Button no kakechigai
8. Lantern
9. aki ni nacchatta
10. El Diablo
11. Sweet Seoul Tripper
12. Summer Freeze
13. hakkō! shinya-zoku Honmoku'69tune
14. ohikkoshi
15. SOULMATE
16. Brand New Honda
17. Coffee Candy
18. chikyū ga ikkaiten suru aida ni

DoubleJoy International UMCK-1484
Out 7/16, ¥2760 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

Crazy Ken Band "CRAZY KEN BAND TOUR Flying Saucer 2013-2014" (DVD)
(Region 2 NTSC)

Set list:
enban -Flying Saucer-
Hey Que Pasa?
ryokakuki
Walker Hills Boogaloo
Suzy Wong no sekai
Hong Kong Typhoon
Lantern
konton ryōri
Thai ni ikitai
Hakone Skyline
SOUL FOOD
aki ni nacchatta
Sister Lee
Request Corner (kame → taiyō no Montecarlo)
UFO BOOGIE
haisha fukkatsu
Shift Change
Let's Go CKB → Tiger & Dragon
furyō Club
LADY MUSTANG
Hong Kong Grandprix

Encore 1:
a, yarutokya yaranakya dame na no yo. w/ yarutokya Dancers
kibori no ryū

Encore 2:
7ji 77fun w/ mieru Orchestra
otoko no kassōro w/ mieru Orchestra
chikyu ga ikkaiten suru aida ni w/ mieru Orchestra

DoubleJoy International POBD-22078
Out 7/16, ¥4300 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon (26% off), HMV (15% off), Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

"Spark da!"

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Emerson KITAMURA "ochikochi ni" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10472 2014-07-12T07:33:57Z 2014-07-16T12:26:40Z Emerson KITAMURA is an organ/keyboard player who can often be seen on stage playing in support of other artists. Lately he's also a regular member of The Scooters since their comeback in 2012. Not sticking to a particular genre, this... Emerson Kitamura is an organ/keyboard player who can often be seen on stage playing in support of other artists. Lately he's also a regular member of The Scooters since their comeback in 2012.

Not sticking to a particular genre, this first full-length mostly instrumental solo album is entirely played, produced and mixed by the versatile musician. All songs are original except for two covers, "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" (from "My Fair Lady") and Kilburn & the High Roads' "The Call-Up".

Release official page

If you haven't yet, also check out this brilliant split 7" with Tucker released last year.

Emerson Kitamura "ochikochi ni"
エマーソン北村 「遠近(おちこち)に」

1. toki no hanashi
2. atarashii yakusoku
3. Two Friends
4. 10ji no techō
5. Shimokita 6gatsu
6. Toronto Rock
7. The Call-Up
8. ōkan
9. niwa
10. shiranai ie
11. hashi kara no nagame
12. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
13. yonaka
14. Ryōdaishi-bashi no inu

bubbling notes KMCDA-006
Out 7/16, ¥2500
Order: Amazon, Tower (Japan only), HMV, YesAsia, CDJapan, Ochikochini by Emerson Kitamura

Album trailer

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lyrical school "Fresh!!!" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10450 2014-07-11T15:10:00Z 2014-07-11T15:11:15Z Idol rap unit lyrical school has a new party summer track produced by tofubeats, who has been involved since their early tengal6 days. The single's limited edition comes with two bonus remixes, by okadada (SoundCloud) and ALI-KICK. lyrical school have... Idol rap unit lyrical school has a new party summer track produced by tofubeats, who has been involved since their early tengal6 days. The single's limited edition comes with two bonus remixes, by okadada (SoundCloud) and ALI-KICK.

lyrical school have a busy schedule for the rest of the month, during which they can be caught at many in-store events promoting the release. On release day July 15 (and also two days later on July 17) they will play outside Marui City in Shibuya from 19:00.

lyrical school "FRESH!!!"

1. FRESH!!!
2. Que Sera Sera
3. wow♪ - okadada remix (Limited edition only)
4. waratte.net - ALI-KICK remix (Limited edition only)
5. FRESH!!! (inst)
6. Que Sera Sera (inst)

Limited edition (With 2 bonus remixes)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0092
Out 7/15, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower, HMV, CDJapan

Regular edition (Only 4 tracks, no remixes)
T-Palette Records TPRC-0093
Out 7/15, ¥1000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower, HMV, CDJapan

"FRESH!!!"

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POiSON GiRL FRiEND "rondoElectro" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10496 2014-07-10T14:22:35Z 2014-07-17T14:27:24Z Do you remember POiSON GiRL FRiEND (Facebook page)? Solo unit of nOrikO, its name took inspiration from Momus who later produced two of her albums ("Shyness" and "Mr. Polyglot Remix"). 20 years have passed since "Love Me" (1994) and now... Do you remember POiSON GiRL FRiEND (Facebook page)? Solo unit of nOrikO, its name took inspiration from Momus who later produced two of her albums ("Shyness" and "Mr. Polyglot Remix"). 20 years have passed since "Love Me" (1994) and now she's back with a brand new album featuring many collaborations with various producers. She still embraces dance and electro sounds with roots from the 90's, which feel nostalgic but also very fresh. Half of the tracks are original, while the rest are covers of Erasure, The Doors, Serge Gainsbourg and New Order.

You can hear original song "rien à faire" in full on this SoundCloud clip of a radio show by DJ Osshy. This song is produced by Wono Satoru. Also check out the sampler clip below.

Upcoming events include "club hyper-réarythme" on July 17, and "Gainsbourg Night" on July 21.

POiSON GiRL FRiEND "rondoElectro"
ポイズン・ガール・フレンド 「rondoElectro」

1. comme rêve sans trêve
2. always (Erasure cover)
3. rien à faire
4. 2002 au japon
5. light my fire (The Doors cover)
6. ces petis riens (Serge Gainsbourg cover)
7. subculture (New Order cover)
8. testype

Psycho Planet PP-003CD
Out 7/14, ¥2315 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only)

Sampler clip

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[via Twitter] New clip by Charan-Po-Rantan, cover of Crazy Cats' "su-dara bushi"! http://youtu.be/QjHqMC4RXxg Info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Charan-Po-Rantan_wasurekaketeta_monogatari/2014.07.06/010393/ @charanporantan https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/487216124468031490 2014-07-10T21:45:50Z New clip by Charan-Po-Rantan, cover of Crazy Cats' "su-dara bushi"! http://youtu.be/QjHqMC4RXxg Info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Charan-Po-Rantan_wasurekaketeta_monogatari/2014.07.06/010393/ @charanporantan http://youtu.be/QjHqMC4RXxg Info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Charan-Po-Rantan_wasurekaketeta_monogatari/2014.07.06/010393/ @charanporantan ]]> HOSHINO Michiru "E-I-E-N Voyage" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10404 2014-07-10T12:29:05Z 2014-07-10T12:41:02Z After 7" singles being released every month, here finally comes a full-length album from HOSHINO Michiru. The whole is again produced by HASE Hajimu and SATō Seiki (Microstar), which promises a groovy pop journey with touches of spacey synths. Four... After 7" singles being released every month, here finally comes a full-length album from Hoshino Michiru. The whole is again produced by Hase Hajimu and Satō Seiki (Microstar), which promises a groovy pop journey with touches of spacey synths. Four of the songs here are previously unreleased, while the rest were released earlier on 7" only.

A limited 12" vinyl edition of the album has also been released, a week ahead of the CD.

On July 27, a premium show will be held at Club Asia in Shibuya with Wack Wack Rhythm Band as a backband, and DJs Konishi Yasuharu, Nishidera Gōta (Nona Reeves), Kubota Takeshi, Hase Hajimu and more, as well as VJ Sally Kubota.

Hoshino Michiru "E-I-E-N Voyage"
星野みちる 「E・I・E・N VOYAGE」

1. Moonlight ni sasowarete
2. koi no Funfair
3. ame no naka no Dreamer
4. rakuen to kisetsufū
5. kono michi de
6. Satellite
7. hanashite,,,
8. kanata e
9. E-I-E-N VOYAGE
10. seikan renrakusen
11. Wish on a Starry Night
12. Magic Hour

Regular edition (CD)
High Contrast HCCD-9548
Out 7/16, ¥2700 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, Amazon, HMV, Tower

Limited analog edition (12" vinyl)
High Contrast HCR-9664
Out now (7/9), ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, Amazon, Tower

"seikan renrakusen ~Night Voyage~"

"hanashite,,,"

Album trailer

See also:
7" single Hoshino Michiru "koi no Funfair"
7" single Hoshino Michiru "ame no naka no Dreamer"
7" single Hoshino Michiru "rakuen to kisetsufū"
7" single Hoshino Michiru "hanashite,,,"
7" single Hoshino Michiru "Magic Hour"
Live DVD Hoshino Michiru "Back To The Earth ~Live On A Starry Night~"
Previous album "hoshi ga Michiru"

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[via Twitter] New track from Maika Leboutet https://soundcloud.com/maikaleboutet/open-me-demo whose crowd-funding project just succeeded today! Congrats! http://camp-fire.jp/projects/view/1041 https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/486874269238849536 2014-07-09T23:07:26Z New track from Maika Leboutet https://soundcloud.com/maikaleboutet/open-me-demo whose crowd-funding project just succeeded today! Congrats! http://camp-fire.jp/projects/view/1041 http://camp-fire.jp/projects/view/1041 ]]> hitomitoi "Glass no Summer Holiday" (Download) tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10495 2014-07-09T10:51:59Z 2014-07-09T10:51:39Z

hitomitoi has a new song out now on iTunes worldwide! This summer track is produced by grooveman Spot (SoundCloud), with guitar by Kashif (Jintana & Emeralds, PPP) and saxophone by Yamakami Hitomi.

hitomitoi "Glass no Summer Holiday" (Download)
一十三十一 「硝子のサマーホリデー」

Billboard Records
Out now (7/9)
Sample/buy: Garasu No Summer Holiday - Single by HITOMITOI

"Glass no Summer Holiday"

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fox capture plan "Wall" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10397 2014-07-06T05:05:58Z 2014-07-09T13:57:49Z fox capture plan, the instrumental jazz-rock trio of KISHIMOTO Ryo (Jabberloop), KAWAI Hidehiro (Immigrant's Bossa Band) and INOUE Tsukasa (direction of the chord, nhhmbase), have a 3rd album coming this month. While mostly consisting of originals, covers of Radiohead's "Paranoid... fox capture plan, the instrumental jazz-rock trio of Kishimoto Ryo (Jabberloop), Kawai Hidehiro (Immigrant's Bossa Band) and Inoue Tsukasa (direction of the chord, nhhmbase), have a 3rd album coming this month. While mostly consisting of originals, covers of Radiohead's "Paranoid Android" and YMO's "Tong Poo" are included.

A free in-store live will be held at Tower Records Shinjuku on July 18 from 21:00. They can also be seen live at label Playwright's event "Party the Playwright vol.2" on July 21 at Shinjuku Loft (details).

fox capture plan "Wall"

1. into the wall
2. shisso suru senkō
3. Elementary Stream
4. Paranoid Android (Radiohead cover)
5. Helios
6. unsolved
7. tong poo (YMO cover)
8. a,s,a
9. this wall
10. the beginning of the myth ep.II

Playwright PWT-10
Out 7/9, ¥2000 (excl. tax)
Order: HMV, Tower, CDJapan, Amazon, Wall by fox capture plan

"shisso suru senkō"

Trailer clip

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Charan-Po-Rantan "wasurekaketeta monogatari" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10393 2014-07-06T01:13:38Z 2014-07-10T12:44:41Z Charan-Po-Rantan is a unit formed of two sisters, singer Momo and accordionist/songwriter Koharu. Together they create a circus-like world from another time and place. They have been around since 2009 and released several albums already, though this mini-album is their... Charan-Po-Rantan is a unit formed of two sisters, singer Momo and accordionist/songwriter Koharu. Together they create a circus-like world from another time and place. They have been around since 2009 and released several albums already, though this mini-album is their major debut. Included are 3 original songs, and a cover of "su-dara bushi" (1961, Hajime Hana & The Crazy Cats).

The limited edition includes a DVD of the title song's music video and a "profile movie". HMV gives away a promo sticker with either edition.

Charan-Po-Rantan "wasurekaketeta monogatari"
チャラン・ポ・ランタン 「忘れかけてた物語」

1. wasurekaketeta monogatari
2. France kabure
3. su-dara bushi
4. watashi no uchū

Limited edition (CD+DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
avex trax AVCD-83037
Out 7/9, ¥1600 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon (16% off), HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

Regular edition (CD only)
avex trax AVCD-83038
Out 7/9, ¥1000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan, チャラン・ポ・ランタン "忘れかけてた物語 - EP" (Japan)

"wasurekaketeta monogatari" (Slightly short version)

"France kabure" (Slightly short version)

"su-dara bushi" (Slightly short version)

"watashi no uchū" (Slightly short version)

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KOJIMA Mayumi "On The Beach" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10396 2014-07-05T14:55:39Z 2014-07-09T13:56:22Z KOJIMA Mayumi has a new mini-album coming! Included are 6 songs, with covers of Mina Mazzini's "Tintarella di luna", with guest KAJI Hideki on bass (among others), and The Spiders' "yūhi ga naiteiru". Check out the great video clip below,... Kojima Mayumi has a new mini-album coming! Included are 6 songs, with covers of Mina Mazzini's "Tintarella di luna", with guest Kaji Hideki on bass (among others), and The Spiders' "yūhi ga naiteiru". Check out the great video clip below, directed by VIDEOTAPEMUSIC! All songs can be sampled at HMV.

A free in-store live will be held at Tower Records Shinjuku's 7th floor on Saturday July 26 from 12:00.

Kojima Mayumi "On The Beach"
小島麻由美 「渚にて」

Japanese title: "nagisa ni te"

1. awa ni natta koi
2. getsuei no Napoli (Tintarella di luna)
3. zukyun!
4. sakin ga ochiteyuku
5. yūhi ga naiteiru
6. nagisa ni te

AWDR/LR2 DDCB-12068
Out 7/9, ¥1700 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan, YesAsia, Nagisanite - EP by Kojima Mayumi (World), 小島麻由美 "渚にて - EP" (Japan)

"awa ni natta koi"

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[via Twitter] Double extra points at CDJapan until July 4th noon (Japan time)! Info ☞ http://bit.ly/1xm2Sad @CDJapan https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/484701303705063424 2014-07-03T23:12:50Z Double extra points at CDJapan until July 4th noon (Japan time)! Info ☞ http://bit.ly/1xm2Sad @CDJapan http://bit.ly/1xm2Sad @CDJapan ]]> Yun*chi "Starlight*" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10421 2014-07-03T12:56:20Z 2014-07-03T13:03:47Z This is a new mini-album by singer Yun*chi, from the same agency as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Title track "Starlight*" is produced by Jazzin'park, while other producers include TeddyLoid, AOKI Taka (metro trip) and more. Also included is a remix by... This is a new mini-album by singer Yun*chi, from the same agency as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Title track "Starlight*" is produced by Jazzin'park, while other producers include TeddyLoid, Aoki Taka (metro trip) and more. Also included is a remix by Osaka trackmaker Avec Avec, who produced 2 songs on Yun*chi's 1st album "Asterisk*".

Yun*chi "Starlight*"

1. Starlight*
2. Continue...*
3. Bittersweet*
4. Ex-Boyfriend*
5. nan-nano*
6. Your song* (Avec Avec Remix*)

Nippon Crown CRCP-40379
Out now (7/2), ¥1667 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan, Yun*chi "Starlight* - EP" (Japan)

"Starlight*"

"Your song* (Avec Avec Remix)" teaser

Sampler clip

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[via Twitter] Issey Miyake's Autumn Winter 2014 collection site has music by Cornelius! http://2014aw.isseymiyake.com/ @corneliusjapan https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/484343825041608704 2014-07-02T23:32:21Z Issey Miyake's Autumn Winter 2014 collection site has music by Cornelius! http://2014aw.isseymiyake.com/ @corneliusjapan http://2014aw.isseymiyake.com/ @corneliusjapan ]]> [via Twitter] Perfume new clip "Cling Cling (short ver.)"! http://youtu.be/vEtoK0VO-AY Single info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Perfume_Cling_Cling/2014.06.29/010407/ https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/484328625143947264 2014-07-02T22:31:57Z Perfume new clip "Cling Cling (short ver.)"! http://youtu.be/vEtoK0VO-AY Single info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Perfume_Cling_Cling/2014.06.29/010407/ http://youtu.be/vEtoK0VO-AY Single info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Perfume_Cling_Cling/2014.06.29/010407/ ]]> Izumi OOKAWARA "Polka dot on the paper" (Download) tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10460 2014-07-02T13:23:55Z 2014-07-02T13:24:10Z Izumi OOKAWARA (Qypthone) has a debut song as a solo singer-songwriter out now on iTunes worldwide! Her band features guitarist ISHIGAKI Kentarō (also of Qypthone), saxophonist ISHIKAWA Shūnosuke, pianist ŌNISHI Mami (Yapani!), drummer SUZUKI Kaoru (RF), trumpeter TANAKA Mitsuru, percussionist... Izumi Ookawara (Qypthone) has a debut song as a solo singer-songwriter out now on iTunes worldwide! Her band features guitarist Ishigaki Kentarō (also of Qypthone), saxophonist Ishikawa Shūnosuke, pianist Ōnishi Mami (Yapani!), drummer Suzuki Kaoru (RF), trumpeter Tanaka Mitsuru, percussionist Doremi and bassist Yasuda Kōji.

(* Ishigaki Kentarō, Ishikawa Shūnosuke and Suzuki Kaoru are also members of Nakatsuka Takeshi's live band.)

Izumi Ookawara "Polka dot on the paper" (Download)
大河原泉 「Polka dot on the paper」

Delicatessen Recordings
Out now (7/2), ¥150
Sample/buy: Polka Dot on the Paper - Single by Izumi Ookawara (World), 大河原泉 "Polka dot on the paper - Single" (Japan)

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risa*risa "cream soda" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10478 2014-07-01T15:14:56Z 2014-07-01T15:16:43Z risa*risa (aka KAMETANI Risa, previously part of Chupi*Chupi) has a first solo mini-album out now on Orange Records. Included are two songs written by herself, and two songs produced respectively by OKUDA Hidetaka (Sucrette) and Jean-Paul TAKAHASHI. risa*risa "cream soda"... risa*risa (aka Kametani Risa, previously part of Chupi*Chupi) has a first solo mini-album out now on Orange Records. Included are two songs written by herself, and two songs produced respectively by Okuda Hidetaka (Sucrette) and Jean-Paul Takahashi.

risa*risa "cream soda"

1. unicorn magic ~introduction~
2. cream soda
3. hanauta
4. Mint Mint Mint
5. Unicorn Magic ~ijiwaru tenshi no bōken~

Orange Records ORGR-51
Out now (7/2), ¥1200 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

Sampler clip

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[via Twitter] Twin rappers P.O.P, brand new clip "Watch me"! http://youtu.be/xJu4jAQ0AmY Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/P.O.P_tanoshii_koto_bakari_arimasu_y_ni./2014.06.18/010369/ @hakushu @kamisuzuki https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/483968602094043138 2014-07-01T22:41:21Z Twin rappers P.O.P, brand new clip "Watch me"! http://youtu.be/xJu4jAQ0AmY Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/P.O.P_tanoshii_koto_bakari_arimasu_y_ni./2014.06.18/010369/ @hakushu @kamisuzuki http://youtu.be/xJu4jAQ0AmY Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/P.O.P_tanoshii_koto_bakari_arimasu_y_ni./2014.06.18/010369/ @hakushu @kamisuzuki ]]> [via Twitter] HOSHINO Michiru new video "senkan renrakusen ~Night Voyage~"! http://youtu.be/qRTCUxjPmg8 Single info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Hoshino_Michiru_ame_no_naka_no_Dreamer_7CD/2014.05.19/010365/ @michiru1119 https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/483241318399741953 2014-06-29T22:31:23Z HOSHINO Michiru new video "senkan renrakusen ~Night Voyage~"! http://youtu.be/qRTCUxjPmg8 Single info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Hoshino_Michiru_ame_no_naka_no_Dreamer_7CD/2014.05.19/010365/ @michiru1119 http://youtu.be/qRTCUxjPmg8 Single info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Hoshino_Michiru_ame_no_naka_no_Dreamer_7CD/2014.05.19/010365/ @michiru1119 ]]> [via Twitter] Dorian's latest album "midori" is now available on vinyl! Jet Set: http://www.jetsetrecords.net/DORIAN-MIDORI/p/814004829722 Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Dorian_midori/2013.11.04/009987/ https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/483230308204965888 2014-06-29T21:47:38Z Dorian's latest album "midori" is now available on vinyl! Jet Set: http://www.jetsetrecords.net/DORIAN-MIDORI/p/814004829722 Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Dorian_midori/2013.11.04/009987/ http://www.jetsetrecords.net/DORIAN-MIDORI/p/814004829722 Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Dorian_midori/2013.11.04/009987/ ]]> Perfume "Cling Cling" tag:coolestsound.jp,2014://4.10407 2014-06-29T12:01:56Z 2014-07-02T13:30:56Z Perfume has a new single containing 4 new songs coming in July. "Cling Cling" was used in a TV commercial for a health drink, and "Hold Your Hand" was the theme song for TV drama "Silent Poor". "DISPLAY" and "ijiwaru... Perfume has a new single containing 4 new songs coming in July. "Cling Cling" was used in a TV commercial for a health drink, and "Hold Your Hand" was the theme song for TV drama "Silent Poor". "DISPLAY" and "ijiwaru na Hello" are brand new songs.

The single comes in two formats, though both are limited and include a DVD with video clips and a digest of the "Perfume FES!! 2014" Japan tour held earlier this year. The "limited pressing", which includes a photo book and is said to come in a "big box", is already mostly sold out but seems to still be available at YesAsia. The limited pressing also has one bonus on the DVD.

Some retailers include a bonus poster (with either edition) while supplies last.

Perfume "Cling Cling"

1. Cling Cling
2. Hold Your Hand
3. DISPLAY
4. ijiwaru na Hello
5. Cling Cling -Original Instrumental-
6. Hold Your Hand -Original Instrumental-
7. DISPLAY -Original Instrumental-
8. ijiwaru na Hello -Original Instrumental-

1. Cling Cling -Video Clip-
2. Cling Cling -Teaser-
3. DISPLAY (Short Ver.) -Video Clip-
4. "Perfume FES!! 2014" 3/15~4/11 Digest
5. Nishiwaki Family Memorial "Spice" "SHINING☆STAR" (Limited pressing only)

Limited edition (CD+DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
Universal Music UPCP-9008
Out 7/16, ¥1806 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV (10% off), Tower, YesAsia (with poster), YesAsia (no poster), CDJapan

Limited pressing (CD+DVD (Region 2 NTSC)+Photo book, comes in a "big box")
Universal Music UPCP-9007
Out 7/16, ¥2250 (excl. tax)
Order: YesAsia (with poster), YesAsia (no poster)

"Cling Cling" (Short version)

"DISPLAY" (Short version)
(Also on Panasonic's 4K channel)

"Hold Your Hand" (Short version)

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