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/ 2015-03-01T09:31:34Z Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Mondai Girl" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10779 2015-03-01T09:31:34Z 2015-03-01T09:37:03Z Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a brand new single coming. "Mondai Girl" has been heard recently playing at the end of TV drama "mondai no aru Restaurant", while the two B-sides are used in TV commercials for Nintendo and Chintai (a... Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a brand new single coming. "Mondai Girl" has been heard recently playing at the end of TV drama "mondai no aru Restaurant", while the two B-sides are used in TV commercials for Nintendo and Chintai (a real estate company). Also included is a remix of hit "Candy Candy". As always, the whole is produced by Nakata Yasutaka (CAPSULE).

The limited edition comes as a 7-inch-sized jacket (note that it's a CD, not 7") and contains a bonus DVD of 9 live songs from shows held throughout 2014 in London, Hawaii and Tokyo. Great value!

Now listen carefully, both editions include a poster with the first pressing (while supplies last), though this also depends on the retailer so see details on the links below. Also it seems that both editions come with a sticker.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Mondai Girl"
きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ 「もんだいガール」

1. Mondai Girl
2. KISEKAE
3. My Room
4. CANDY CANDY -remix-
5. Mondai Girl (Instrumental)
6. KISEKAE (Instrumental)
7. My Room (Instrumental)

DVD (Limited edition only)
from "KPP NANDA COLLECTION WORLD TOUR 2014" at Shepherd's Bush Empire in London 2014.4.29
1. PONPONPON
2. tsukematsukeru
3. Fashion Monster
4. Invader Invader
from "KPP NANDA COLLECTION LIVE" in Hawaii at Waikiki Shell 2014.7.20
5. mi
6. Ninjya Re Bang Bang
from "Pika Pika Fantajin Tour Kyary Pamyu Pamyu no Colorful Panic TOY BOX" at Yoyogi National Stadium 2014.11.9
7. Mottai Night Land
8. Kira Kira Killer
9. Family Party

Limited edition (CD+DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
Warner Music WPZL-30990
Out 3/18, ¥2000 (excl. tax)
Order with poster (while supplies last): CDJapan, Amazon, HMV (10% off), Tower
Order without poster: Amazon (15% off), YesAsia

Regular edition (CD only)
Warner Music WPCL-12062
Out 3/18, ¥1400 (excl. tax)
Order with poster (while supplies last): CDJapan, HMV, Tower
Order without poster: Amazon, YesAsia

"Mondai Girl" (Short version)

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[via Twitter] Follow Tablaman in vol.2 & 3 of U-zhaan's "Homesick in Calcutta" series! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKGvJ0_Xahc & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0tqg6tvLDY https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/571638178215424000 2015-02-28T20:48:56Z Follow Tablaman in vol.2 & 3 of U-zhaan's "Homesick in Calcutta" series! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKGvJ0_Xahc & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0tqg6tvLDY Various Artists "sube no ana Presents 'HELLO!!! vol.8'" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10865 2015-02-27T14:46:43Z 2015-02-27T14:47:20Z This is an 8th edition of the genreless compilation series "HELLO!!!" from rapper DOTAMA's label "sube no ana". Included is a brand new song by blue marble, along with many more up-and-coming indies artists. Available on iTunes worldwide at a... This is an 8th edition of the genreless compilation series "HELLO!!!" from rapper DOTAMA's label "sube no ana". Included is a brand new song by blue marble, along with many more up-and-coming indies artists. Available on iTunes worldwide at a friendly price. Definitely worth checking out!

Various Artists "sube no ana Presents 'HELLO!!! vol.8'"

1. DOTAMA x haha no shikyū "13gatsu" (Quviokal 13pun no 1gatsu remix)
2. LLLL "yume no sama feat. Kanako from kindan no tasu===ketsu"
3. Hirone-chan "shōjo jijō"
4. LTPIMO "My house is where (ouchi, doko?)"
5. sayū "nakunaranai"
6. TPSOUND "ATTACK!!"
7. Cult "One 4 all. O'l for 1 ~original ver.~" (pro. by CHAF)
8. SPEAK LAW "For heaven's sake/COLD SNAP"
9. MCpero "otona no kuni"
10. blue marble "shine me more"
11. The Invisible Citizenships "Trap of flower bunch"
12. Ameba "toki no onshoku" (pro. by DJ MANZ)
13. Xem "BONG!"
14. Yullippe "Rain"
15. Tomobitch "SOS FROM SNS" (Pro. by KOITAMA)
16. kuchiyose "Electrical kami"
17. Moz "nagareru"
18. ecke "Nook"

sube no ana
Out now (2/25), ¥900
Sample/buy: 術ノ穴Presents "HELLO!!!vol.8" by Various Artists

Sampler clip

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Hideki KAJI x Yakenohara feat. TAKAGI Masakatsu "Sound of Felicity" (7"+Download) tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10862 2015-02-27T14:24:13Z 2015-02-27T14:26:43Z This is a collaboration single of KAJI Hideki and rapper Yakenohara with TAKAGI Masakatsu. All three are on label felicity, and the song first appeared on compilation "Clear Cut 200" (Amazon) released last November. Here it comes on a 7"... This is a collaboration single of Kaji Hideki and rapper Yakenohara with Takagi Masakatsu. All three are on label felicity, and the song first appeared on compilation "Clear Cut 200" (Amazon) released last November. Here it comes on a 7" with a previously unreleased piano dub version. Included is a download code with yet more bonus tracks. Hear audio samples at Jet Set.

Kaji Hideki will hold a "semla party" at Swedish restaurant Lilla Dalarna on Sunday March 15. Find details here.

Hideki Kaji x Yakenohara feat. Takagi Masakatsu "Sound of Felicity" (7"+MP3)
カジヒデキ X やけのはら featuring 高木正勝 「Sound of Felicity」

7"
A. Sound of Felicity
B. Sound of Felicity (Piano Dub)

MP3 Download
1. Sound of Felicity
2. Sound of Felicity (Piano Dub)
3. Sound of Felicity - 33rpm Screw Ver
4. Sound of Felicity (Piano Dub) - 33rpm Screw Ver

felicity PEKF-91002
Out now (2/25), ¥1500
Order: Jet Set, Amazon, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan

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Count Joke "LED c/w nagisa" (7"+CD) tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10828 2015-02-27T13:38:16Z 2015-02-27T13:46:14Z A 2nd 7" from this trilogy by Count Joke (aka jōdan hakushaku) (Facebook page), unit of Maezono Naoki & Arai Toshiya, was released this week!

Also check out the January-released "bird man c/w ameagari". The next will be released on March 25.

Count Joke "LED c/w nagisa" (7"+CD)
冗談伯爵 「LED c/w 渚」

7"
A. LED
B. nagisa

CD
1. nagisa
2. LED
3. nagisa (instrumental)
4. LED (instrumental)

High Contrast HCCD-9555
Out now (2/25), ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, Jet Set

"LED"

Trailer (of the CD-R release from last year)

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[via Twitter] Flying humanoids in Denki Groove new clip "Fallin' Down"! http://youtu.be/oJBDCCpVno0 Single info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Denki_Groove_Fallin_Down/2015.02.22/010784/ https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/570801009385041923 2015-02-26T13:22:20Z Flying humanoids in Denki Groove new clip "Fallin' Down"! http://youtu.be/oJBDCCpVno0 Single info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Denki_Groove_Fallin_Down/2015.02.22/010784/ http://youtu.be/oJBDCCpVno0 Single info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Denki_Groove_Fallin_Down/2015.02.22/010784/ ]]> Sugar's Campaign "Holiday" (7"), "tonari Town" (7") tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10814 2015-02-25T13:42:49Z 2015-02-25T13:46:32Z Two new 7"'s from Sugar's Campaign, of songs from their excellent first album "Friends". Included on the "Holiday" single is an exclusive extended mix of "Big Wave". Both come on white vinyl! The album's release party is to be held... Two new 7"'s from Sugar's Campaign, of songs from their excellent first album "Friends". Included on the "Holiday" single is an exclusive extended mix of "Big Wave". Both come on white vinyl!

The album's release party is to be held at Daikanyama Unit on March 19 (with an Osaka event the following day).

Sugar's Campaign "Holiday" (7")
Sugar's Campaign 「ホリディ」

A. Holiday
B. Big Wave (Extended Mix)

HMV record shop HRS-0005
Out now (2/21), ¥1300 (excl. tax)
Order: HMV, Amazon, Jet Set

Sugar's Campaign "tonari Town" (7")
Sugar's Campaign 「となりタウン」

A. tonari Town
B. Parabola shabon Line

HMV record shop HRS-0006
Out now (2/21), ¥1300 (excl. tax)
Order: HMVAmazon, HMV, Amazon, Jet Set

"Holiday"

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[via Twitter] U-zhaan feat. Cornelius "Homesick in Calcutta Vol.1" http://youtu.be/QgI_l7D51hY Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/U-zhaan_Tabla_Rock_Mountain/2014.10.23/010604/ @u_zhaan @corneliusjapan https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/569841722600984577 2015-02-23T21:50:28Z U-zhaan feat. Cornelius "Homesick in Calcutta Vol.1" http://youtu.be/QgI_l7D51hY Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/U-zhaan_Tabla_Rock_Mountain/2014.10.23/010604/ @u_zhaan @corneliusjapan http://youtu.be/QgI_l7D51hY Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/U-zhaan_Tabla_Rock_Mountain/2014.10.23/010604/ @u_zhaan @corneliusjapan ]]> Especia "Primera" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10769 2015-02-22T14:25:11Z 2015-02-22T14:26:27Z Osaka-based 80's style idol group Especia have made a move to a major label, and their first major release comes as a mini-album (still clocking over 38 minutes). This includes songs written by Meserati Nagisa (LUVRAW (Image Cluv) & PellyColo), Schtein & Longer and more.

Watch full clips of "We are Especia ~nakinagara Dancing~" and "Secret Jive" (hoping these don't have country restrictions).

A premium show will be held on March 1st at Kohoku Premia Hall in Kanagawa prefecture with collective Minato & Mirai (feat. LUVRAW, Kashif, PellyColo, Costa De Palma and many more). Details here.

Especia "Primera"
Especia 「プリメーラ」

1. We are Especia ~nakinagara Dancing~
2. Interlude
3. West Philly
4. Sweeet Tactics
5. Secret Jive
6. Skit
7. sayonara Cruisin'
8. Security Lucy
9. Outro

Limited edition bonus CD
1. Secret Jive (PellyColo M1 Fantasy Remix)
2. sayonara Cruisin' (PellyColo Rainbow Steam Remix)
3. Security Lucy (Insecure Booty Mix)
4. Security Lucy (VINYL7 DUB)
5. West Philly (Instrumental)
6. Sweeet Tactics (Instrumental)
7. Secret Jive (Instrumental)
8. sayonara Cruisin' (Instrumental)
9. Security Lucy (Instrumental)

Limited edition (2 CDs)
Victor Entertainment VIZL-790
Out 2/18, ¥2593 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan, YesAsia

Regular edition (CD only)
Victor Entertainment VICL-64302
Out 2/18, ¥1852 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan, YesAsia

"We are Especia ~nakinagara Dancing~"

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Various Artists "Yaba-kayō 2 Non-stop DJ Mix -TV Theme hen- Mixed by DJ Fukutake" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10739 2015-02-22T13:43:57Z 2015-02-22T13:49:58Z Following the success of compilation "Yaba-kayō" (sometimes better spelled "Yava-kayō"), here comes a follow-up that's full of songs once heard on TV, mainly in the 70's and 80's. Another common point is that they're all groovy as can be, and... Following the success of compilation "Yaba-kayō" (sometimes better spelled "Yava-kayō"), here comes a follow-up that's full of songs once heard on TV, mainly in the 70's and 80's. Another common point is that they're all groovy as can be, and DJ Fukutake delivers a dancefloor-ready non-stop mix made from his great 7" collection.

A release party will be held on March 6 at Daikanyama Unit, with live shows by Ishii Akemi, Juicy Fruits, and Tablet Jun, and DJs Fukutake, Konishi Yasuharu (ex-Pizzicato Five), Sally Kubota (The Scooters, Sally Soul Stew) and more! Tickets are on sale (details here).

Various Artists "Yaba-kayō 2 Non-stop DJ Mix -TV Theme hen- Mixed by DJ Fukutake"
オムニバス 「ヤバ歌謡2 NONSTOP DJ MIX -TVテーマ編- Mixed by DJフクタケ」

1. C-C-B / Romantic ga tomaranai (1985) (from drama "maido osawagase shimasu")
2. Ashibe Mariko / Glass no kamen (1984) (from anime "Glass no kamen")
3. Kobayashi Izumi / Dancing Star (1983) (from anime "urusei yatsura")
4. Ishii Akemi / CHA-CHA-CHA (1986) (from drama "danjo 7nin natsu monogatari")
5. Sawaguchi Yasuko / Follow me (1988) (from drama "tsūkai! Rock'n'Roll dōri")
6. Uno Yūko / Sazae-san (1969) (from anime "Sazae-san")
7. Matsuo Kiyonori / Sunny Shiny Morning (1987) (from anime "Maison Ikkoku")
8. H2O / 10% no amayohō (1983) (from anime "Miyuki")
9. Nakahara Meiko / Diamond miwakenasai (1990) (from "itsuka iku tabi")
10. Suzuki Hiroko / bara wa utsukushiku chiru (1979) (from anime "Versailles no bara")
11. (Instrumental) / THE FANG (1979) (from drama "Edo no kiba")
12. Shiraishi Fuyumi / kaibutsu-kun no komoriuta (1968) (from anime "kaibutsu-kun")
13. Yamada Takao / Supercar na-nchatte (1978) (from "taiketsu! Supercar Quiz")
14. Yamada Takao / boku wa Countach Man (1978) (from "taiketsu! Supercar Quiz")
15. Honey Knights / Joe 90 (1968) (from "Joe 90")
16. Young Fresh / kappa no Sanpei (1968) (from "kappa no Sanpei yōkai daisakusen")
17. Mizuki Makoto & Young101 / Orange (1972) (from "Stage 101")
18. Young 101 / kaijū no Ballad (1972) (from "Stage 101")
19. Katō Midori / Let's Go Sazae-san (1970) (from anime "Sazae-san")
20. Okazaki Yuki / kaze ni notte (1973) (from drama "Love Love Rival")
21. Takami Kyōko / ninja wa doko ja (1986) (from "minna no uta")
22. Nishio Etsuko / do-n-ma-i rairai shōnen (1989) (from anime "Ranma 1/2")
23. Toshiba jidō gasshōdan / daimaō Shazzan (1968) (from anime "daimaō Shazzan")
24. Sugiura Yoshihiro / Mach Baron (1974) (from "Super Robot Mach Baron")
25. Morikawa Miho / Blue Water (1990) (from anime "fushigi no umi no Nadia")
26. 1980 Chewing Gum Company / michi e no Roman (1979) (from "manga hajimete monogatari")
27. Simon Masato Bush Singers / UFO shōnendan (1976) (from anime "UFO senshi Dai Apolon")
28. Kamijō Tsunehiko / ai wa kizuato (1978) (from anime "chō Supercar Gattiger")
29. Tsuchiya Kaori / kotae wa iranai (1986) (from anime "seito shokun!")
30. Nakamura Yuma / Dang Dang ki ni naru (1989) (from anime "oishinbo")
31. Nakahara Meiko / Dance In The Memories (1988) (from anime "kimagure Orange Road")
32. Ishikawa Seri / tōi umi no kioku (1974) (from "minna no uta")

Universal Music UICZ-8163
Out 2/25, ¥2000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan, YesAsia

C-C-B "Romantic ga tomaranai"

Kobayashi Izumi "Dancing Star"

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Denki Groove "Fallin' Down" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10784 2015-02-22T12:57:35Z 2015-02-26T12:53:08Z Denki Groove have a brand new single out this week! "Fallin' Down" is the ending theme of monster-themed TV series "kaiki renai sakusen" (by director Keralino Sandrovich). Included are remixes by (((sssurrounddd))) and Hoshina Anniversary. The limited edition comes with... Denki Groove have a brand new single out this week! "Fallin' Down" is the ending theme of monster-themed TV series "kaiki renai sakusen" (by director Keralino Sandrovich). Included are remixes by (((sssurrounddd))) and Hoshina Anniversary.

The limited edition comes with a DVD of 3 live songs from a show held on November 8 last year, part of their 25th anniversary tour.

Denki Groove "Fallin' Down"
電気グルーヴ 「Fallin' Down」

1. Fallin' Down
2. Fallin' Down (Instrumental)
3. Fallin' Down (TV Edit)
4. Baby's On Fire (Hoshina Anniversary Remix)
5. Baby's On Fire ((((sssurrounddd))) Remix)

DVD (Limited edition only)
1. kanpeki ni nakushite
2. Baby's on Fire
3. Smileless Smile

Limited edition (CD+DVD)
Ki/oon Music Inc. KSCL-2554
Out 2/25, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

Regular edition (CD only)
Ki/oon Music Inc. KSCL-2556
Out 2/25, ¥1165 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

"Fallin' Down"

Sampler clip

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[via Twitter] NOPPAL new clip "I Luv Mary Jane"! http://youtu.be/lxdHgXXpR7o 7" info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Noppal_I_Luv_MaryJane_Lazy_Sun_Day_7/2015.02.11/010813/ @_noppal_ @IMAGECLUV https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/568750512830488576 2015-02-20T21:34:23Z NOPPAL new clip "I Luv Mary Jane"! http://youtu.be/lxdHgXXpR7o 7" info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Noppal_I_Luv_MaryJane_Lazy_Sun_Day_7/2015.02.11/010813/ @_noppal_ @IMAGECLUV http://youtu.be/lxdHgXXpR7o 7" info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Noppal_I_Luv_MaryJane_Lazy_Sun_Day_7/2015.02.11/010813/ @_noppal_ @IMAGECLUV ]]> Noppal "I Luv MaryJane / Lazy Sun Day" (7") tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10813 2015-02-11T04:30:55Z 2015-02-20T12:33:08Z Laid-back female rapper Noppal has a 7" cut coming, of two songs from excellent mini-album "Summer EP 2015" (ironically released in 2014). "I Luv MaryJane" was produced by Mr.Melody (PPP) and features LUVRAW on talkbox, while "Lazy Sun Day"...

Laid-back female rapper Noppal has a 7" cut coming, of two songs from excellent mini-album "Summer EP 2015" (ironically released in 2014). "I Luv MaryJane" was produced by Mr.Melody (PPP) and features LUVRAW on talkbox, while "Lazy Sun Day" was produced by VIDEOTAPEMUSIC. This is a first vinyl release from LUVRAW's Image Cluv label.

Noppal "I Luv MaryJane / Lazy Sun Day" (7")

A. I Luv MaryJane
B. Lazy Sun Day

Image Cluv LUVB-701
Out 2/20, ¥1200 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, Amazon

"I Luv MaryJane"

"Screwed preview"
(Not quite what you get! Hear actual samples at Jet Set.)

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Towa TEI "Heaven" (Download) tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10835 2015-02-11T02:18:54Z 2015-02-11T02:27:09Z Towa TEI has a brand new single out today! "Heaven" is a song made for Valentine's Day, and it's also released as a special package with delicious rusk from Gateau Festa Harada. At digital music shop Mach Beat, the...

Towa Tei has a brand new single out today! "Heaven" is a song made for Valentine's Day, and it's also released as a special package with delicious rusk from Gateau Festa Harada.

At digital music shop Mach Beat, the track is offered exclusively with an instrumental version. Guitar was performed by Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius), and vocals by Wada Junko (Be The Voice) and Helen Bently.

Towa Tei is currently working on his 8th solo album!

Towa Tei "Heaven" (Download)

1. Heaven
2. Heaven (inst.)

Mach Beat
Out now (2/11)
Sample/buy: Mach Beat

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[via Twitter] CAPSULE new clip "Another World" http://youtu.be/LZ6-PfPx0EM from album "WAVE RUNNER" ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/CAPSULE_Wave_Runner/2014.12.29/010716/ @CAPSULEOFFICIAL https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/565166483588665344 2015-02-11T00:12:44Z CAPSULE new clip "Another World" http://youtu.be/LZ6-PfPx0EM from album "WAVE RUNNER" ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/CAPSULE_Wave_Runner/2014.12.29/010716/ @CAPSULEOFFICIAL http://youtu.be/LZ6-PfPx0EM from album "WAVE RUNNER" ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/CAPSULE_Wave_Runner/2014.12.29/010716/ @CAPSULEOFFICIAL ]]> Cupitron "Battery" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10831 2015-02-10T14:42:16Z 2015-02-11T02:09:44Z 3-girl techno-pop idol group Cupitron has a 2nd single out this week, follow-up to "Unicorn Parade" and again produced by TOBETA Bajune. The group's latest costumes were designed by SHINOHARA Tomoe, in a style that reminds of her early days.... 3-girl techno-pop idol group Cupitron has a 2nd single out this week, follow-up to "Unicorn Parade" and again produced by Tobeta Bajune. The group's latest costumes were designed by Shinohara Tomoe, in a style that reminds of her early days.

The limited edition comes with a DVD of the "Battery" music video and different B-sides.

Several in-store events are being held to promote the single, with ones at Shibuya Marui City on February 11 (from 13:00 and 16:00), Tower Records Shibuya on February 15 (from 14:00 on the 3rd floor), and Tower Records Kichijoji on March 1st (from 13:00 on the 2nd floor). Check their site for the full schedule.

Cupitron "Battery"
Cupitron 「バッテリー」

1. Battery
2. denshi keisanki no yume
3. Battery (Instrumental)
4. denshi keisanki no yume (Instrumental)

Limited edition (CD+DVD, different B-side)
Kisspoint Records RPK-1023
Out 2/11, ¥1481 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan, Cupitron "バッテリー(初回盤) - EP"

1. Battery
2. Warp Warp
3. Pipopatoku
4. Battery (Instrumental)
5. Warp Warp (Instrumental)
6. Pipopatoku (Instrumental)

Regular edition (CD only, different B-sides)
Kisspoint Records RPK-1025
Out 2/11, ¥1112 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan, Cupitron "バッテリー(通常盤) - EP"

"Battery"

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Tarte Tatin "Pro Ducer" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10822 2015-02-08T13:38:38Z 2015-02-08T13:48:32Z Here's a 4-song EP by Tarte Tatin, this time produced by TANAKA Takashi (of indie bands shinkou-houkou and koto no yūbe). Tarte Tatin is currently formed of Aoi and Yurie, after member Yuki quit early this year for health reasons.... Here's a 4-song EP by Tarte Tatin, this time produced by Tanaka Takashi (of indie bands shinkou-houkou and koto no yūbe). Tarte Tatin is currently formed of Aoi and Yurie, after member Yuki quit early this year for health reasons.

Hear audio samples at CDJapan.

Tarte Tatin "Pro Ducer"
タルトタタン 「プロ デューサー」


1. Pro ducer
2. gyōkai jin
3. Mana Ger
4. The gaihaku

Emission Entertainment ERCD-12002
Out 2/4, ¥1112 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan, YesAsia

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akiko "Rockin' jivin' swingin'" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10817 2015-02-08T11:09:17Z 2015-02-08T11:11:50Z Jazz singer akiko has a brand new album out now, of rockin', jivin' and swingin' songs (as the title says!) from the 40's and 50's. Featured musicians include Gentle Forest Jazz Band, Blue Moon Quartet, Fats & Fats, and also female chorus groups Chai-Chii Sisters and Gentle Forest Sisters.

Check out the teaser clip below, and hear more samples on SoundCloud.

A special event with all these people will be held on April 11 at Ebisu The Garden Room (details). Tickets are on sale. Check out akiko's full current schedule here.

akiko "Rockin' Jivin' Swingin'"

1. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
2. Mister Sandman
3. Come On A My House
4. Exactly Like You
5. Fools Fall In Love
6. Goody Goody
7. I'm Walkin
8. I've Got You Under My Skin
9. Relax Max
10. Rum And Coca Cola
11. Sh Boom
12. What A Little Moonlight Can Do
13. Blues No.8

Ability Muse Records POCS-1309
Out 2/4, ¥2200 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan

Teaser clip

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Count Joke "bird man c/w ameagari" (7"+CD) tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10810 2015-02-06T14:50:55Z 2015-02-27T13:43:49Z Count Joke (aka jōdan hakushaku) (Facebook page) is the unit of MAEZONO Naoki and ARAI Toshiya. Starting this January they are releasing a series of 7"'s (coming with a bonus CD) of songs limitedly released on CD throughout last year.... Count Joke (aka jōdan hakushaku) (Facebook page) is the unit of Maezono Naoki and Arai Toshiya. Starting this January they are releasing a series of 7"'s (coming with a bonus CD) of songs limitedly released on CD throughout last year. You're likely to love their refreshing soft rock sound.

Each 7" comes with a bonus CD of the same two songs plus their instrumentals. Two more are expected for February 25 ("LED c/w Nagisa") and March 25 ("yūrei no Ballad / itsuka dokokade").

Buying all three at HMV Record Store in Shibuya would give you the opportunity of having all your records signed, and getting a bonus CD-R of demos, at a special event held on April 4 from 15:00 at the same place (details).

Count Joke "bird man c/w ameagari" (7"+CD)
冗談伯爵 「bird man c/w 雨あがり」

7"
A. bird man
B. ameagari

CD
1. bird man
2. ameagari
3. bird man (inst)
4. ameagari (inst)

High Contrast HCCD-9554
Out now (1/28), ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: HMV, Tower, Jet Set

"bird man"

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Reina & The Blue Valentines "Lady or Girl?" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10755 2015-02-06T12:56:15Z 2015-02-06T13:00:31Z After the release of two 7" singles, here's a first album by Reina & The Blue Valentines, girl band fronted by Nosa Reina (whose latest solo album "don't kiss, but yes" was produced by Takanami K-tarō (ex-Pizzicato Five)) and formed on Valentine's Day 2014. Almost exactly a year later, this new album comes with a description of "danceable kayō mod pop".

Check out the music video and sampler clip below.

Free in-store events will be held at HMV Record Shop Shibuya on February 11 from 20:00 (details), and at Tower Records Shinjuku (7th floor) on February 15 from 12:00 (details). A special event will also be held at Disk Union's dues in Shinjuku on February 14 for those who bought the CD at Disk Union (details).

Reina & The Blue Valentines "Lady or Girl?"
野佐怜奈とブルーヴァレンタインズ 「Lady or Girl?」

1. hoshi furu oka
2. koi no Scramble kōsaten
3. katte ni Destiny
4. uragiri no machikado
5. warui onna
6. Space Camera
7. moon night bossa
8. Rock 'n' Roll Drive
9. nee
10. kyō wa sayonara

Apricot Sounds ACDS-1
Out 2/11, ¥2315 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

"hoshi furu oka"

Sampler clip

See also:
"Space Camera" (7"+CD)
"hoshi furu oka c/w warui onna" (7"+CD)

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Toshiyuki YASUDA "Nameless God's Blue" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10759 2015-02-02T12:59:20Z 2015-02-02T13:04:28Z YASUDA Toshiyuki has a new solo album coming this week! 5 years after his previous, "Children's Songs 2050" (2009), this time he creates music using acoustic piano and clean vocals (mainly his own). Recorded in Tokyo, Okinawa and Milano, this... Yasuda Toshiyuki has a new solo album coming this week! 5 years after his previous, "Children's Songs 2050" (2009), this time he creates music using acoustic piano and clean vocals (mainly his own). Recorded in Tokyo, Okinawa and Milano, this also features guest vocalists Satō Takako (fantaholic) and Viola d'Acquarone.

Sample all songs here.

Toshiyuki Yasuda "Nameless God's Blue"
安田寿之 「Nameless God's Blue」

1. La pesanteur La pesanteur - Single by Toshiyuki Yasuda
2. Sei gradi di separazione
3. Don't Miss the Time
4. Ironic Dance
5. Don't Think It's to Be Down
6. Alpha Helix
7. Spa On the Moon
8. Falling Stars
9. My Fiendish Heart
10. Wings
11. By Grace of Blue La pesanteur - Single by Toshiyuki Yasuda
12. Journey's End in the Eastern Evening Sky

Megadolly MD-1506
Out 2/4, ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan

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Scha Dara Parr "1212" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10729 2015-01-26T12:23:42Z 2015-01-26T14:36:31Z It's been about 6 years since Scha Dara Parr's previous album, "11" (2009), and here comes a brand new one! This 12th album features 12 new songs including collaborations with girl rock band Chatmonchy, talent SHIMIZU Michiko and also longtime... It's been about 6 years since Scha Dara Parr's previous album, "11" (2009), and here comes a brand new one! This 12th album features 12 new songs including collaborations with girl rock band Chatmonchy, talent Shimizu Michiko and also longtime friends Robochu (Dassen 3) and Kaseki Cider.

The limited edition comes with a DVD of over 2 hours of footage from a show held in June 16, 2013 at outdoor venue Hibiya Yaon. Watch the clip below, and hear more audio samples at HMV.

On February 26 there will be a mini-live and talk event at Tower Records' Cut-Up Studio (B1F) from 19:30, for those who bought the album there (details here). Meanwhile, a free in-store talk event will also be held at Tower Records Shinjuku (7th floor) on January 28 from 21:00 (details here).

Scha Dara Parr "1212"
スチャダラパー 「1212」

1. Introduction One Two
2. Scha Dara Memo
3. Game Boys 2
4. Warp Tunnel feat. Robochu & Kaseki Cider
5. M4EVER
6. The Best
7. kanashimi turn it up
8. chuyu heibon Punch
9. A.K.A ETC
10. Off The Wall feat. Shimizu Michiko
11. koi no Penetrate
12. Boo-Wee Dance

Limited edition (CD+DVD)
SSDP Records DDCB-94003
Out 1/28, ¥3241 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon (11% off), HMV (10% off), Tower, CDJapan, YesAsia

Regular edition (CD only)
SSDP Records DDCB-14032
Out 1/28, ¥2315 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan, YesAsia, スチャダラパー "1212" (Japan)

"chūyō heibon Punch"

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[via Twitter] Recorded Ustream of Maika Leboutet's solo live yesterday at Tokyo Tower ☞ http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/57930555 Album info: http://coolestsound.jp/Maika_Leboutet_100_momo/2014.12.05/010695/ https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/559211054891155456 2015-01-25T13:47:59Z Recorded Ustream of Maika Leboutet's solo live yesterday at Tokyo Tower ☞ http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/57930555 Album info: http://coolestsound.jp/Maika_Leboutet_100_momo/2014.12.05/010695/ http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/57930555 Album info: http://coolestsound.jp/Maika_Leboutet_100_momo/2014.12.05/010695/ ]]> dip in the pool "Highwire Walker" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10798 2015-01-25T03:37:58Z 2015-01-25T04:11:24Z dip in the pool (official Facebook page), a band that has now been around for 30 years, has a brand new album out now! This is the follow-up to "brown eyes" released in 2011. Included is a cover of "Bali... dip in the pool (official Facebook page), a band that has now been around for 30 years, has a brand new album out now! This is the follow-up to "brown eyes" released in 2011. Included is a cover of "Bali Ha'i" from musical South Pacific, as well as a re-take of Portmanteau's "toast to my shadows" (a side-project of member Kimura Tatsuji), and "a king unseen" which is a collaboration with Canadian musician Michael Silver (CFCF).

Watch the clip below, and hear more audio samples at CDJapan.

A recent episode of streaming program Music Share featuring the band can be watched here.

dip in the pool "HIGHWIRE WALKER"

1. Bali Ha'i
2. a boat sublime
3. Northern Lights
4. toast to my shadows
5. the house of change
6. Air-fish
7. Woman
8. a king unseen

Bellwood Records BZCS-1116
Out now (1/21), ¥1852 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan, OTOTOY

"Bali Ha'i"

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[via Twitter] Get Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Pika Pika Fantajin" on picture vinyl! (Amazon U.S.) ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/link/amazonus/B00PCI1FY0/ Album info: http://coolestsound.jp/Kyary_Pamyu_Pamyu_Pika_Pika_Fantajin/2014.06.28/010399/ https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/559183244575272962 2015-01-25T11:57:29Z Get Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Pika Pika Fantajin" on picture vinyl! (Amazon U.S.) ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/link/amazonus/B00PCI1FY0/ Album info: http://coolestsound.jp/Kyary_Pamyu_Pamyu_Pika_Pika_Fantajin/2014.06.28/010399/ http://coolestsound.jp/link/amazonus/B00PCI1FY0/ Album info: http://coolestsound.jp/Kyary_Pamyu_Pamyu_Pika_Pika_Fantajin/2014.06.28/010399/ ]]> Negicco "Rice&Snow" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10734 2015-01-22T12:25:01Z 2015-01-25T03:14:44Z Negicco have a brand new album just out this week! This includes songs written by TAJIMA Takao (Original Love), YOSHIDA Tetsuto, YANO Hiroyasu (ex-Cymbals), NISHIDERA Gōta (Nona Reeves), MIURA Kōshi (Kuchiroro), and of course Negicco's main producer Connie. Also there... Negicco have a brand new album just out this week! This includes songs written by Tajima Takao (Original Love), Yoshida Tetsuto, Yano Hiroyasu (ex-Cymbals), Nishidera Gōta (Nona Reeves), Miura Kōshi (Kuchiroro), and of course Negicco's main producer Connie. Also there are songs arranged by Kitagawa Katsutoshi (Round Table), Skirt, Orland, Shiggy Jr. and more.

There will be a live event this Saturday January 24 at Liquidroom in Ebisu, with Negicco and also Shiggy Jr., Skirt and Orland. The next day is a one-man live at the same place, though that one is already sold out. For those who can make it, there's an in-store on Friday Jan. 23 at Tower Records Shinjuku from noon.

Negicco "Rice&Snow"

1. Triple! WONDERLAND
2. tokimeki ni Headliner
3. 1000% no kataomoi feat. Tomoko Ikeda (Shiggy Jr.)
4. Cream Soda Love
5. Sunshine Nihonkai
6. hadashi no Rainbow
7. futari no yūgi
8. Pajama Party Night
9. BLUE, GREEN, RED AND GONE
10. Space Nekojaracy
11. jiyū ni
12. hikari no Spur
13. arigatō no Present

T-Palette Records TPRC-0121
Out 1/20, ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower, HMV, CDJapan, Negicco "Rice&Snow" (Japan)

Digest clip

"hikari no Spur"

"Sunshine Nihonkai"

More clips after the jump...

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"tokimeki no Headliner"

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[via Twitter] RT @foundlandus: Takako Minekawa feat. Dustin Wong (live at FOUNDLAND) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl78y6GojmI @dustinwong @tm_meandcat http://t.co/7qyjHAO… https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/557187615024107520 2015-01-19T23:47:34Z RT @foundlandus: Takako Minekawa feat. Dustin Wong (live at FOUNDLAND) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl78y6GojmI @dustinwong @tm_meandcat http://t.co/7qyjHAO… foundlandus: Takako Minekawa feat. Dustin Wong (live at FOUNDLAND) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl78y6GojmI @dustinwong @tm_meandcat http://t.co/7qyjHAO… ]]> Various Artists "Women's Liberation" tag:coolestsound.jp,2015://4.10782 2015-01-19T12:32:53Z 2015-01-19T14:00:22Z This is an album of covers of Japanese songs from the 60's to the early 70's, here sung with translated English lyrics! Both the originals and the covers were performed by Japanese women, completing the theme of this compilation. Vocalists... This is an album of covers of Japanese songs from the 60's to the early 70's, here sung with translated English lyrics! Both the originals and the covers were performed by Japanese women, completing the theme of this compilation. Vocalists include Nomiya Maki, Toki Asako, Chara and more. All music is arranged by guitarist and producer Toriyama Yūji, and this is the first release on his new label Super Paw.

Hear audio samples of all songs at CDJapan, or on the release official site.

Various Artists "Women's Liberation"

1. Overture -Melody For A New Dawn- (Original: "yoake no Scat" by Yuki Saori (1969)) / Mika Beyond Jazz
2. Love Vacances (Original: "koi no Vacance" by The Peanuts (1963)) / Toki Asako & Mika Beyond Jazz
3. The Music Played (Original: "wakare no asa" by Pedro & Capricious (1971)) / Keiko Lee
4. The Lord's Love (Original: "anata" by Kosaka Akiko (1973)) / Chara
5. Blue Light Yokohama (Original by Ishida Ayumi (1968)) / Nomiya Maki
6. One Summer It Happened (Original: "manatsu no dekigoto" by Hirayama Miki (1971)) / Fried Pride
7. Melody For A New Dawn (Original: "yoake no Scat" by Yuki Saori (1969)) / Mika Beyond Jazz
8. Four Wishes (Original: "yottsu no onegai" by Mayuzumi Jun (1968)) / Toki Asako
9. The Night Flight (Original: "yakan hikō" by Chiaki Naomi (1973)) / Mika Beyond Jazz
10. Love And The Wind (Original: "Ken to Mary ~ai to kaze no yō ni~" by Buzz (1972)) / Keiko Lee
11. Letter (Original: "tegami" by Yuki Saori (1970)) / Mika Beyond Jazz
12. One Sided Love (Original: "kataomoi" by Nakao Mie (1971)) / Chara
13. A Doll's House (Original: "ningyō no ie" by Hirota Mieko (1969)) / Nomiya Maki

Super Paw / Hats HUCD-10174
Out now (1/7), ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan, Women's Liberation "Women's Liberation" (Japan)

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