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,2017://4 Patrick http://coolestsound.jp/ 2017-06-25T11:12:00Z INOUE Honoka "Sparkling Chinatown" (7") tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11963 2017-06-25T05:17:27Z 2017-06-25T05:23:47Z Two songs from voice actress INOUE Honoka's excellent first mini-album "First Flight" are being released on 7"! This was written and produced by Mukaju Dan (ex-blue marble), and comes from the Luxury kayō label. The 7"'s sleeve is reversible....

Two songs from voice actress Inoue Honoka's excellent first mini-album "First Flight" are being released on 7"! This was written and produced by Mukaju Dan (ex-blue marble), and comes from the Luxury kayō label. The 7"'s sleeve is reversible.

Inoue Honoka "Sparkling Chinatown" (7")
井上ほの花 「スパークリング・チャイナタウン」

A. Sparkling Chinatown
B. wasuremono

Luxury kayō LUX8002
Out 6/28, ¥1600 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan

"Sparkling Chinatown"

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TAMAKI Roy "nagi" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11970 2017-06-25T04:22:46Z 2017-06-25T04:28:10Z Rapper TAMAKI ROY has new album out now! This is the follow-up to "Lucky" (2013). Most songs are collaborations with various producers, including MIURA Kōshi (Kuchiroro), HASUNUMA Shūta, Ametsub, and many more. Check out the two clips below! A 7"... Rapper Tamaki ROY has new album out now! This is the follow-up to "Lucky" (2013). Most songs are collaborations with various producers, including Miura Kōshi (Kuchiroro), Hasunuma Shūta, Ametsub, and many more. Check out the two clips below!

A 7" of "Offer" and "medetai" was also released in advance. It's still available at HMV.

A tour will be held in August, starting in Tokyo at Shibuya WWW on August 4. Tickets are on sale.

Tamaki Roy "nagi"
環ROY 「なぎ」

(Producer in parentheses)
1. arasuji (Tamaki Roy)
2. Offer (K.A.N.T.A)
3. shokupan (Shingo Suzuki)
4. harari (Miura Kōshi)
5. On&On (K.A.N.T.A) (Chorus: Kobayashi Utena)
6. tokai no ichimai no hon (Tamaki Roy) (Drums: Yamamoto Akinori (LITE))
7. koto no shidai (Daisuke Tanabe)
8. exchange//everything (Ametsub)
9. yume no ato (Taquwami) (Guest Vocal: OBKR)
10. furukotobumi (Arμ-2)
11. medetai (Hasunuma Shūta) (Guitar & Bass: Ishizuka Syūta, Steelpan: Kobayashi Utena)

B.J.L. x AWDR/LR2 DDCB-13035
Out now (6/21), ¥2600 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, (World), 環ROY「なぎ」を Apple Music で (Japan)

"Offer"

"furukotobumi"

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[via Twitter] RT @corneliusjapan: "Sometime / Someplace" available world-wide on @Spotify @SpotifyUK @SpotifyUSA https://open.spotify.com/album/1N4YLSAt2YeRGJhYT16edQ #NowPlaying #mel… https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/878797894697930752 2017-06-25T11:12:00Z RT @corneliusjapan: "Sometime / Someplace" available world-wide on @Spotify @SpotifyUK @SpotifyUSA https://open.spotify.com/album/1N4YLSAt2YeRGJhYT16edQ #NowPlaying #mel… corneliusjapan: "Sometime / Someplace" available world-wide on @Spotify @SpotifyUK @SpotifyUSA https://open.spotify.com/album/1N4YLSAt2YeRGJhYT16edQ #NowPlaying #mel… ]]> [via Twitter] WAKITA Monari new clip "I'm with you", written by FUKUTOMI Yukihiro! https://youtu.be/Nq16jUhk9As Single out now! ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Wakita_Monari_Im_with_you_CD7/2017.06.17/011973/ https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/877494869438078979 2017-06-21T20:54:14Z WAKITA Monari new clip "I'm with you", written by FUKUTOMI Yukihiro! https://youtu.be/Nq16jUhk9As Single out now! ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Wakita_Monari_Im_with_you_CD7/2017.06.17/011973/ http://coolestsound.jp/Wakita_Monari_Im_with_you_CD7/2017.06.17/011973/ ]]> HOSHINO Michiru "12 signs of the zodiac" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11957 2017-06-20T13:46:56Z 2017-06-20T13:48:55Z HOSHINO Michiru has a new album out now! "12 signs of the zodiac" contains three new songs from singles "kagami no naka no watashi" and "nagareboshi Rendez-vous" (with also B-side "kyōkaisenjō no futari") released just last month, plus 9 brand... Hoshino Michiru has a new album out now! "12 signs of the zodiac" contains three new songs from singles "kagami no naka no watashi" and "nagareboshi Rendez-vous" (with also B-side "kyōkaisenjō no futari") released just last month, plus 9 brand new tracks!

Rapper Kaseki Cider appears on one song, while producers and musicians include Hase Hajimu, Satō Seiki (microstar), Okii Reiji (Tweedees, ex-Cymbals), Arai Toshiya (Count Joke), Gary Ashiya (La veuve moustachue), Blue Peppers, and more.

An in-store event with mini-live will be held at Pied Piper House in Tower Records Shibuya (5F) on Saturday June 24 from 19:00 (details). Then the next day, Sunday June 25, there will be a show at Vivid Sound Studio (details).

Hoshino Michiru "12 signs of the zodiac"
星野みちる 「黄道十二宮」

(Japanese title: "kōdō junikyū")

1. Unstable Girl
2. kagami no naka no watashi
3. ONE-TIME LOVE
4. kirai yo
5. kaze o fukasete
6. kyōkaisenjō no futari feat. Kaseki Cider
7. shūichi Romance
8. ki ga tsukeba Looking for your love
9. motto motto motto
10. itsuka Friends Again
11. anettai toshi
12. nagareboshi Rendez-vous

Vivid Sound / High Contrast HCCD-9588
Out 6/21, ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan

"nagareboshi Rendez-vous"

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WAKITA Monari "I'm with you" (CD+7") tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11973 2017-06-17T01:57:30Z 2017-06-21T11:52:12Z WAKITA Monari (ex-Especia) has a 3rd single being released this week, ahead of a 1st solo album to come later on July 26! The new single's title song is a house tune written and produced by FUKUTOMI Yukihiro! Mellow jazz... Wakita Monari (ex-Especia) has a 3rd single being released this week, ahead of a 1st solo album to come later on July 26! The new single's title song is a house tune written and produced by Fukutomi Yukihiro! Mellow jazz track B-side "Est! Est!! Est!!!" was written by Yafune Tetsurō and arranged by Arai Toshiya (Count Joke), with chorus by Smooth Ace! Although both songs will be included on the album, the single has an exclusive extended version of "I'm with you".

The release comes as a set of 7" and CD that includes instrumentals.

An in-store event with a mini-live will be held at HMV record shop Shinjuku Alta on June 20 from 19:00. Buying the single and/or pre-ordering the album (w/ advance payment) there can get you an autograph, poster and a photo together. Details here. Other in-store events will be held on June 21 from 19:00 at Tower Records Ikebukuro (details), and on Sunday June 25 from 14:30 at Tower Records Shinjuku (details). Check out Monari's full schedule here.

Wakita Monari "I'm with you" (CD+7")
脇田もなり 「I'm with you」

CD
A. I'm with you -Extended Version-
B. EST! EST!! EST!!!
A. I'm with you -Extended Version- (instrumental)
B. EST! EST!! EST!!! (instrumental)

7"
A. I'm with you -Extended Version-
B. EST! EST!! EST!!!

Vivid Sound / High Contrast HCCD-9589
Out 6/21, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan

"I'm with you"

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<![CDATA[Tweedees "à la mode"]]> tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11966 2017-06-16T14:22:48Z 2017-06-16T14:28:15Z Tweedees, the unit of OKII Reiji (ex-Cymbals) and singer KIYOURA Natsumi, has a new mini-album out very soon! This is the follow-up to 2nd album "The Second Time Around" (2016). Check out the new clip below. Tweedees will be at... Tweedees, the unit of Okii Reiji (ex-Cymbals) and singer Kiyoura Natsumi, has a new mini-album out very soon! This is the follow-up to 2nd album "The Second Time Around" (2016). Check out the new clip below.

Tweedees will be at Tower Records Shibuya's Pied Piper House (5F) on release day June 21 from 20:00 for autographs. Also on June 24 they will play a free mini-live at Tower Records Shinjuku 7F from 18:00, followed by an autograph session.

A special show for the release will be held at Shibuya O-west on September 8. There are also tour dates in Nagoya and Osaka on August 10 and 11 respectively. Tickets are on sale.

Tweedees "à la mode"

1. mirai no yukue
2. à la mode
3. Birthday Song
4. warui onota no Waltz
5. kimi wa suteki
6. Pudding sanka ~20th à la mode edition
7. TWDS_STRUT (Bonus track)
8. PHILLIP -TWEEDEES ONLY ver. (Bonus track)
9. Pudding sanka ~20th à la mode edition (TV size) (Bonus track)

Columbia COCP-39984
Out 6/21, ¥2200 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan

"à la mode"

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Alfred Beach Sandal + STUTS "ABS+STUTS" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11969 2017-06-16T14:09:57Z 2017-06-16T14:10:40Z This is a collaboration mini-album by singer-songwriter Alfred Beach Sandal and trackmaker STUTS. "Horizon" features Yu ARAUCHI (cero) on Rhodes, and nakayaan (mitsume) on bass, while "Quiet Blue" features Omoide yarō A team (OYAT). Check out the clip below! A... This is a collaboration mini-album by singer-songwriter Alfred Beach Sandal and trackmaker STUTS. "Horizon" features Yu Arauchi (cero) on Rhodes, and nakayaan (mitsume) on bass, while "Quiet Blue" features Omoide yarō A team (OYAT). Check out the clip below!

A mini-live by STUTS only will be held on July 5 from 21:00 at Tower Records Shibuya 4F. Those who buy the CD there can participate to an autograph session afterwards. Other upcoming shows include one at The Wall Live House/Korner in Taipei (Taiwan) on June 29, and a one-man show at Wall & Wall in Omotesandō (Tokyo) on July 16.

Alfred Beach Sandal + STUTS "ABS+STUTS"

1. The Chase
2. Horizon
3. Daylight Avenue
4. Siesta
5. Quiet Blue
6. A Song of Last Things

Atik Sounds / Space Shower Music PECF-5002
Out 6/21, ¥1600 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan

"Horizon"

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Chie & The Wolf Baits "Chie & The Wolf Baits" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11959 2017-06-16T13:43:49Z 2017-06-16T13:47:01Z Chie & The Wolf Baits is a rock'n'roll girl trio led by Learners' guitarist Horiguchi Chie. This first album comes in a mini-LP sleeve with a 12-page booklet. HMV gives away a signed 7" sleeve (while supplies last).

On June 18 from 14:00, Chie will play a special acoustic in-store set at Disk Union's Punk Market floor in Shinjuku. Details at Disk Union.

Chie & The Wolf Baits can be seen live on June 19 at Shinjuku Red Cloth, and a one-man show is being planned on July 8 at Kanda Shojimaru. Check out Chie's schedule here.

Chie & The Wolf Baits "Chie & The Wolf Baits"

1. Thuderbird
2. Two Timin' Man
3. 6120
4. Dress Up Doll
5. Funnel of Love
6. Mama to shōnen
7. Precious Lie
8. ippiki ōkami
9. No More For You
10. yami to Knife

Voltage Records BQG-S50
Out 6/21, ¥2300 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan

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[via Twitter] RT @ThrillJockeyUK: Happy Release Day..🎉 @dustinwong AND @tm_meandcat⚡️#AreEuphoria is out TODAY! LTD LP 💕 from @normanrecords @residentmu… https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/875689939366584320 2017-06-16T21:22:05Z RT @ThrillJockeyUK: Happy Release Day..🎉 @dustinwong AND @tm_meandcat⚡️#AreEuphoria is out TODAY! LTD LP 💕 from @normanrecords @residentmu… ThrillJockeyUK: Happy Release Day..🎉 @dustinwong AND @tm_meandcat⚡️#AreEuphoria is out TODAY! LTD LP 💕 from @normanrecords @residentmu… ]]> [via Twitter] RT @mbmelodies: For @stereogum, talked to Cornelius about "Mellow Waves." Think this is first chat w/ him about it http://www.stereogum.com/1947016/qa-cornelius-on-his-first-lp-in-11-years-mellow-waves/franchises/interview/ https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/875669290883481602 2017-06-16T20:00:02Z RT @mbmelodies: For @stereogum, talked to Cornelius about "Mellow Waves." Think this is first chat w/ him about it http://www.stereogum.com/1947016/qa-cornelius-on-his-first-lp-in-11-years-mellow-waves/franchises/interview/ mbmelodies: For @stereogum, talked to Cornelius about "Mellow Waves." Think this is first chat w/ him about it http://www.stereogum.com/1947016/qa-cornelius-on-his-first-lp-in-11-years-mellow-waves/franchises/interview/ ]]> Nona Reeves "Billboard Best 2011-2016" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11987 2017-06-15T12:11:33Z 2017-06-15T12:23:15Z Here's a greatest hits album of band Nona Reeves, covering the 3 original albums and 3 cover albums released during their 5 years so far on Billboard Records. Nona Reeves "Billboard Best 2011-2016" 1. P-O-P-T-R-A-I-N 2. yume no koibito 3.... Here's a greatest hits album of band Nona Reeves, covering the 3 original albums and 3 cover albums released during their 5 years so far on Billboard Records.

Nona Reeves "Billboard Best 2011-2016"

1. P-O-P-T-R-A-I-N
2. yume no koibito
3. STEP BY STEP
4. Mr. Melody Maker
5. LAST ROMANCE
6. I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER
7. Gagarin
8. LUCKY GUY
9. HARMONY
10. SMOOTH CRIMINAL
11. Never Ever Let U Down
12. BAD BOYS
13. Blackberry Jam
14. kōsō biru
15. yasumō, ONCE MORE
16. KOKOMO

Billboard Records HBRJ-1026
Out now (6/14), ¥2650 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, Nona Reeves "Billboard Best 2011-2016"を iTunes で (Japan)

Sampler clip

"P-O-P-T-R-A-I-N"

"yume no koibito"

"Harmony"

"Blackberry Jam"

"Gagarin"

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Halfby "Slow Banana" (12") tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11977 2017-06-13T14:38:55Z 2017-06-13T14:41:58Z

Halfby has just released a 12" single of song "Slow Banana feat. Alfred Beach Sandal" from his latest album "Innn Hawaii" (2015). The B-side is a new remix by XTAL & Ahh! Folly Jet.

Halfby "Slow Banana" (12")

A. Slow Banana feat. Alfred Beach Sandal
B. Slow Banana (XTAL & Ahh! Folly Jet Remix)

Second Royal EMF-079
Out now (6/14), ¥1800 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

"Slow Banana feat. Alfred Beach Sandal"

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[via Twitter] Sound & Recording Magazine's Cornelius feature to include D/L code for HOSONO Haruomi & SAKAMOTO Ryuichi remixes! ☞ http://bit.ly/2rcGjeM https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/874632639621210112 2017-06-13T23:20:45Z Sound & Recording Magazine's Cornelius feature to include D/L code for HOSONO Haruomi & SAKAMOTO Ryuichi remixes! ☞ http://bit.ly/2rcGjeM http://bit.ly/2rcGjeM ]]> Fujin Club "tabi to Ferry" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11979 2017-06-13T12:15:13Z 2017-06-17T16:18:01Z Fujin Club, the mysterious pop unit formed of housewives from island Sadogashima in Niigata pref., is back with a new single of a city pop summer tune with a title that translates to "Travel & Ferry"! Once again produced by M. Lemon (aka Satō Nozomu of caméra-stylo), this is the follow-up to their fun and charming first album "Fujin Club" (2016).

Fujin Club "tabi to Ferry"
婦人倶楽部 「旅とフェリー」

1. tabi to Ferry
2. ochauke monogatari
3. natsu wa natsu yasai
4. tabi to Ferry ~Instrumental~
5. taraibune ni notte ~M. Lemon Remix~

Grand Pacific Work GPWF-0002
Out 6/14, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan

"tabi to Ferry"

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Emerson KITAMURA "Spinning Wheel / Remember" (7") tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11997 2017-06-12T13:49:23Z 2017-06-12T13:51:55Z

Taken from recent mini-album "Rock'n Roll No Hajimari Ha" (2016), here's a 7" of two tracks by keyboardist Emerson Kitamura! Both songs are instrumental covers, of "Spinning Wheel" (originally by Blood, Sweat & Tears) and "Remember" (written by Irving Berlin), the latter in a shorter single edit. Hear audio samples at Jet Set.

Emerson Kitamura can be seen playing at bookstore Hōrō in Sendagi on Saturday June 17. Hour-long sets will start from 16:00 and 19:00, and can be enjoyed while checking out used books. Tips are welcome. His full schedule can be found here.

Emerson Kitamura "Spinning Wheel / Remember" (7")
エマーソン北村 「Spinning Wheel / Remember」

A. Spinning Wheel
B. Remember

bubblingnotes KMVLS-009
Out now (6/3), ¥1200 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower (Japan only), Jet Set

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Cornelius "Mellow Waves" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11935 2017-06-10T14:34:41Z 2017-06-13T14:18:05Z A brand new album by Cornelius (international site) is coming at the end of June! Announced a few months ago and preceded by the release of two 7" singles, here comes "Mellow Waves", the long awaited follow-up to "Sensuous" (2006)!... A brand new album by Cornelius (international site) is coming at the end of June! Announced a few months ago and preceded by the release of two 7" singles, here comes "Mellow Waves", the long awaited follow-up to "Sensuous" (2006)! Check out the clips below, and this special site.

In Japan, Amazon, HMV and Tower Records each give away an original promo badge (while supplies last).

Another thing to look forward to is a special book titled "Cornelius × Idea: Mellow Waves: Cornelius no ongaku to Design" ("Cornelius' Music and Design") being published just a few days before the album. It's a 128-page visual book that focuses on designs from the new album (and some retrospective), and comes with a CD of an exclusive track! Find details below.

Update (June 13): "Sound & Recording Magazine"'s next issue, out June 24, will have a special feature on Cornelius and "Mellow Waves". The issue will contain a download code for two remixes by Hosono Haruomi and Sakamoto Ryūichi! Find details below. (Note that the download code is only valid until July 25, 2017.)

For those interested in the two 7" singles, while they seem to have sold out very quickly in Japan, they are still available for international pre-order here. Also be sure to check out the official Cornelius Facebook page that gives updates for fans everywhere in the world, including news on the upcoming worldwide digital release of the album on July 21.

Cornelius will tour Japan in October, with two shows in Tokyo on October 25 and 26 at Studio Coast. Tickets are currently on pre-sale, and officially go on sale July 22. Cornelius will also perform at Fuji Rock Festival on July 29.

Cornelius "Mellow Waves"

(Japanese titles in parentheses)
1. If You're Here (anata ga iru nara)
2. Sometime / Someplace (itsuka / dokoka)
3. Dear Future Person (mirai no hito e)
4. Surfing on Mind Wave pt 2
5. In a Dream (yume no naka de)
6. Helix / Spiral
7. Mellow Yellow Feel
8. The Spell of a Vanishing Loveliness
9. The Rain Song
10. Crépuscule

Warner WPCL-12660
Out 6/28, ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, YesAsia, Cornelius "Mellow Waves"を Apple Music で (Japan)

"Cornelius × Idea: Mellow Waves: Cornelius no ongaku to Design" (Book+CD)
「Cornelius × Idea: Mellow Waves: コーネリアスの音楽とデザイン」
(B5 size, 128 pages, includes CD)

Seibundō Shinkosha 978-4416617809
Out 6/23, ¥2000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan

"Sound & Recording Magazine August 2017" (Magazine+Download code)
(276 pages, includes download code valid until July 25, 2017)

Cornelius "Mellow Waves" feature:
- Interview with Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius) & manipulator Mishima Tomoaki
- Cornelius' 3-D Studio & favorite plug-ins
- Interview with engineer Takayama Tohru
- Sunahara Yoshinori listens to "Mellow Waves"
- Download code for "In a Dream remixed by Haruomi Hosono" and "If You're Here re-work by Ryuichi Sakamoto" valid only until July 25, 2017

Rittor Music
Out 6/24, ¥926 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower (Japan only), HMV

"If You're Here"

"Sometime / Someplace"

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Mondo Grosso "Reborn Again and Always Starting New" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11988 2017-06-09T14:51:30Z 2017-06-09T14:57:06Z Mondo Grosso, the solo unit of ŌSAWA Shinichi, has just released a brand new album! It had been some 14 years since his latest works under the Mondo Grosso name, and then suddenly came the "Labyrinth" single released on Record... Mondo Grosso, the solo unit of Ōsawa Shinichi, has just released a brand new album! It had been some 14 years since his latest works under the Mondo Grosso name, and then suddenly came the "Labyrinth" single released on Record Store Day last April. A bunch of vocalists are featured on this album, including bird, UA, Ino hidefumi, Yakushimaru Etsuko and many more.

A limited edition comes with a bonus DVD of 4 video clips, while iTunes has a bonus track: "Spring Awakes Eternally (Ver. 1)" feat. UA. The official English titles below are from iTunes.

Mondo Grosso "Reborn Again and Always Starting New"
Mondo Grosso 「何度でも新しく生まれる」

(Japanese title: "nando de mo atarashiku umareru")

1. TIME (Vocal: bird)
2. Spring Awakes Eternally (Ver. 2) (Vocal: UA)
3. labyrinth (Vocal: Hikari Mitsushima)
4. Astronauta perdido (Vocal: Ino hidefumi)
5. Planet Tantra (Vocal: Aska Saitō (Nogizaka46))
6. SOLITARY (Vocal:Kei Ōwada)
7. ERASER (Vocal: Anne Futagami)
8. SEE YOU AGAIN (Vocal: Kick a Show)
9. late night blue (Vocal: YUKA (moumoon))
10. GOLD (Vocal: Kaori Shimoshige)
11. Hello, Do You Copy? (Vocal: Etsuko Yakushimaru)

DVD (Limited edition only)
1. Labyrinth
2. wakusei Tantra
3. SEE YOU AGAIN
4. TIME

Limited edition (CD+DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
cutting edge CTCR-40387
Out now (6/7), ¥3300 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon (14% off), HMV (11% off), Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, YesAsia

Regular edition (CD only)
cutting edge CTCR-40388
Out now (6/7), ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, YesAsia, MONDO GROSSO "何度でも新しく生まれる"を Apple Music で

"Labyrinth"

"TIME"

"wakusei Tantra" (Short edit)

"SEE YOU AGAIN" (Short edit)

"haru wa towa ni mezameru" (Recording session footage)

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[via Twitter] New clip Scha Dara Parr x Ego-Wrappin' "Micro Boy to Macro Girl"! https://youtu.be/b-griRtKHLU Single info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Scha_Dara_Parr_Ego-Wrappin_Micro_Boy_to_Macro_Girl/2017.05.18/011975/ https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/872821189340676097 2017-06-08T23:22:42Z New clip Scha Dara Parr x Ego-Wrappin' "Micro Boy to Macro Girl"! https://youtu.be/b-griRtKHLU Single info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/Scha_Dara_Parr_Ego-Wrappin_Micro_Boy_to_Macro_Girl/2017.05.18/011975/ http://coolestsound.jp/Scha_Dara_Parr_Ego-Wrappin_Micro_Boy_to_Macro_Girl/2017.05.18/011975/ ]]> Sunny KUBOTA & Old Lucky Boys "One from Sunny's Heart" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11950 2017-06-07T12:32:10Z 2017-06-07T12:34:59Z This is the 2nd album of Sunny Kubota & Old Lucky Boys, band led by Kubota Shingo who once was the frontman of late 70's new wave band 8 1/2. The band has 10 members including guitarist Muramatsu Kunio (ex-Sugar Babe), keyboardist Kotaki Mitsuru (ex-Cinema), bassist Yajima Chikara (ex-8 1/2), chorist Itō Eriko (who has sung chorus in Pizzicato Five) and "mascot boy" Sasha (once a roadie for bands such as Pizzicato Five, Boredoms and Godiego), just to name a few. Check out the clip below, directed by Tezka Macoto.

A special show to celebrate the release will be held on July 4 at Harajuku Crocodile. Tickets are on sale.

Sunny Kubota & Old Lucky Boys "One from Sunny's Heart"
サニー久保田とオールドラッキーボーイズ 「One from Sunny's Heart」

1. Melody
2. oinori Days
3. Akasaka atari
4. Chirorin
5. Thomas Jerome Newton wa shinazu
6. tsuki no kagayaku yoru ni
7. omoi togeta otoko
8. machi de ichiban no sakaba
9. Candy Box
10. ashita o shinjite

Old Lucky Records OLBS-0002
Out 6/1, ¥2778 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, CDJapan, Tower (Japan only)

"Candy Box (Short ver.)"

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[via Twitter] New song & clip by Maika Loubté, "Candy Haus" in collaboration with Gap! Watch it here ☞ https://www.1969records.tv/2017/artists/maika-loubte/ https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/872416490984587264 2017-06-07T20:34:34Z New song & clip by Maika Loubté, "Candy Haus" in collaboration with Gap! Watch it here ☞ https://www.1969records.tv/2017/artists/maika-loubte/ NAKANO Aya "Asami no Blues" (7"+CD) tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11972 2017-06-05T12:06:15Z 2017-06-05T12:08:03Z Singer NAKANO Aya has a new single out this week! Produced by MUTŌ Shōhei (drummer, vocalist and leader of jazz band Katteni-Shiyagare), the music is also performed by Kathmandu, a unit formed mainly of his band's members. The title song... Singer Nakano Aya has a new single out this week! Produced by Mutō Shōhei (drummer, vocalist and leader of jazz band Katteni-Shiyagare), the music is also performed by Kathmandu, a unit formed mainly of his band's members. The title song is an original written by Mutō, and the B-side is a danceable cover of Bette Midler's "Stuff like that there".

The single comes as a 7" with a CD that includes instrumentals.

Nakano Aya's next show will be held on June 16 at Yokohama Friday. She will be backed by salsa band Central. Check out her live schedule here.

Nakano Aya "Asami no Blues" (7"+CD)
なかの綾 「アサミのブルース」

7"
A. Asami no Blues
B. Stuff like that there

CD
1. Asami no Blues
2. Stuff like that there
3. Asami no Blues (Karaoke)
4. Stuff like that there (Karaoke)

Vivid Sound / High Contrast HCCD-9585
Out 6/7, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, Tower (Japan only)

Sampler clip

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Hideki KAJI et Maki NOMIYA "Rainy City / Summer Beauty 1990" (7") tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11946 2017-06-04T03:03:11Z 2017-06-04T03:52:46Z This 7" is of two live recordings from NOMIYA Maki's "Shibuya-kei Standards" show series. In the one held in November 7, 2014 she was joined on stage by KAJI Hideki, and they sang "amefuri toshi" (a duet with Maki from... This 7" is of two live recordings from Nomiya Maki's "Shibuya-kei Standards" show series. In the one held in November 7, 2014 she was joined on stage by Kaji Hideki, and they sang "amefuri toshi" (a duet with Maki from his album "Ice Cream Man" (2014)) followed by a cover of Flipper's Guitar's "Summer Beauty 1990". The 2014 show not having been released before, these two live versions are available here for the first time.

Sold in advance at Maki's "Vacances Shibuya-kei" shows in Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo last month, and later only at Tower Records Shibuya, the 7" is now also available at Jet Set and has also been spotted at HMV record shop. Both songs can be sampled at Jet Set.

On July 22 & 23 will be held "Peanuts Camp 2017", a festival curated by Kaji Hideki. His early 90's band Bridge, which was temporarily brought back together for a show this year, will play one more last show. Tickets are on sale.

Hideki Kaji et Maki Nomiya "Rainy City / Summer Beauty 1990" (7")
HIDEKI KAJI et MAKI NOMIYA 「雨降り都市/SUMMER BEAUTY 1990」

(Japanese titles in parentheses)
A. Rainy City (Live Version) (amefuri toshi)
B. Summer Beauty 1990 (Live Version) (Latin de Let's Love mata wa 1990 Summer Beauty keikaku)

AWDR/LR2 DDKB91003
Out now (5/31), ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, Tower (Japan only)

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HOSHINO Michiru "kagami no naka no watashi" (CD+7"), "nagareboshi Rendez-vous" (CD+7") tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11956 2017-05-30T12:45:29Z 2017-06-06T13:36:22Z HOSHINO Michiru has not one but two new singles out this week! The first, "kagami no naka no watashi" is a new song written by OKII Reiji (Tweedees, ex-Cymbals), with lyrics by KIYOURA Natsumi (Tweedees). Its B-side is "kare no... Hoshino Michiru has not one but two new singles out this week! The first, "kagami no naka no watashi" is a new song written by Okii Reiji (Tweedees, ex-Cymbals), with lyrics by Kiyoura Natsumi (Tweedees). Its B-side is "kare no Irish Setter", a song previously released on mini-album "A/W Collection" (2014).

The second single holds two new songs, big band jazz "nagareboshi Rendez-vous" produced by Hase Hajimu and arranged by Gary Ashiya (La veuve moustachue), and mellow hi-hop track "kyōkaisenjō no futari" featuring rapper Kaseki Cider and with beats by Tsutchie (Shakkazombie).

All three new songs are from Michiru's upcoming album "12 signs of the zodiac" to be released on June 21. Stay tuned!

A release party for the two singles will be held on June 11 at Moon Romantic, Aoyama. There will be a daytime set starting at 13:30, and a band-backed evening set from 19:30 (doors open an hour before each). Tickets are on sale. Find all details here.

Hoshino Michiru "kagami no naka no watashi" (CD+7")
星野みちる 「鏡の中の私」

CD
1. kagami no naka no watashi
2. kare no Irish Setter
3. kagami no naka no watashi (inst)
4. kare no Irish Setter (inst)

7"
A. kagami no naka no watashi
B. kare no Irish Setter

Vivid Sound / High Contrast HCCD-9586
Out 5/31, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower, CDJapan, Jet Set

Hoshino Michiru "nagareboshi Rendez-vous" (CD+7")
星野みちる 「流れ星ランデブー」

CD
1. nagareboshi Rendez-vous
2. kyōkaisenjō no futari
3. nagareboshi Rendez-vous (inst)
4. kyōkaisenjō no futari (inst)

7"
A. nagareboshi Rendez-vous
B. kyōkaisenjō no futari

Vivid Sound / High Contrast HCCD-9587
Out 5/31, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower, CDJapan, Jet Set

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Kinoco Hotel "Playgirl dai makyou" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11943 2017-05-28T05:52:30Z 2017-05-28T06:07:03Z Kinoco Hotel's new release is a 10th anniversary album, containing 10 songs from previously released album although they have all been re-arranged and re-recorded, mainly ones that had been released before current bassist Giulietta KIRISHIMA joined the group. Also included... Kinoco Hotel's new release is a 10th anniversary album, containing 10 songs from previously released album although they have all been re-arranged and re-recorded, mainly ones that had been released before current bassist Giulietta Kirishima joined the group. Also included is brand new song "wakusei Mandragora".

The limited edition comes with a DVD of new music video "watashi no Sniper", and some footage from their Taiwan tour held last April. Plus, early copies of either edition seem to include an instrumental promo CD (at least at CDJapan, Amazon and Tower Records, while supplies last).

Shows will be held in Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo this June, ending at Akasaka Blitz on June 24. Tickets are on sale. Details here.

Kinoco Hotel "Playgirl dai makyō"
キノコホテル 「プレイガール大魔境」

1. Go Go Kinoco Hotel
2. aijin kyōhan sekai
3. kyutai kansetsu
4. atashi no Sniper
5. akuma na Fuzz
6. kōya e
7. kaerazaru umi
8. ai to kyōiku
9. onedari Strange Love
10. fūkei
11. wakusei Mandragora

DVD (Limited edition only)
"atashi no Sniper" Music Video
gekisha! Kinoco no urasuji
魔葫大酒店 in Taiwan

Limited edition (CD+DVD)
King Records KICS-93494
Out 6/7, ¥3241 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan

Regular edition (CD only)
King Records KICS-3494
Out 6/7, ¥2685 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan

"atashi no Sniper (Short ver.)"

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Various Artists "Japanese Sounds -produced by Muro-" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11981 2017-05-26T11:48:49Z 2017-05-28T04:05:37Z "King of Diggin'" Muro produced this album of covers of Japanese songs, featuring various female vocalists. Also check out the mix CDs by SUNAGA Tatsuo and Muro previously released on the same Tokyo Records label. Tokyo Records will hold an... "King of Diggin'" Muro produced this album of covers of Japanese songs, featuring various female vocalists.

Also check out the mix CDs by Sunaga Tatsuo and Muro previously released on the same Tokyo Records label.

Tokyo Records will hold an event with Captain Vinyl (DJs Nori & Muro) with also a bunch of record shops bringing in some record crates for digging. It's on May 30 at Contact in Shibuya from 19:30 to 24:00. Entrance is 1500¥ incl. one drink. Details here.

Various Artists "Japanese Sounds -produced by Muro-"
オムニバス 「和音-produced by MURO-」

(Title / Artist)
1. SEXY WOMAN / PUSHIM
2. Sweet Dreamer / Lyn
3. koi no Boogie-Woogie Train / Circus
4. ISLAND WOMAN / TIGER
5. hige no omawarisan / Fujikochans (Sasaki Kumi / TIGER / Sasaki Shiori)
6. Breakdown / Leyona
7. sayonara shibai / RAMJA
8. Bye Bye Jet / Keyco
9. koi no Warming Up / Ōtaki Yūko feat. AMAZONS
10. Crazy Man / Ōtaki Yūko feat. AMAZONS

Tokyo Records TYOR-0005
Out now (5/24), ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: Tower (Japan only), Amazon, HMV, CDJapan

Sampler clip

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[via Twitter] Brand new track & clip by BUBBLE-B feat. Enjo-G! "Bakusō Minivan ~Highway Star~"! https://twitter.com/BUBBLE_B/status/867678614967394305 https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/867745916005957632 2017-05-25T23:15:22Z Brand new track & clip by BUBBLE-B feat. Enjo-G! "Bakusō Minivan ~Highway Star~"! https://twitter.com/BUBBLE_B/status/867678614967394305 [via Twitter] New song from Wednesday Campanella, "Melos", with clip shot in Mongolia! https://twitter.com/wed_camp/status/867162629193605120 https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/867723195960279040 2017-05-25T21:45:06Z New song from Wednesday Campanella, "Melos", with clip shot in Mongolia! https://twitter.com/wed_camp/status/867162629193605120 J.A.M "Silent Notes" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11971 2017-05-21T13:41:38Z 2017-05-21T13:46:03Z J.A.M, the instrumental jazz trio led by pianist Josei, with double-bassist Akita Goldman and drummer Midorin (all of Soil & "Pimp" Sessions), has a new album being released! The album features a song with Jin Oki, and one with L.D. Brown (Gray Reverend). This is their 4th album, the follow-up to "Jazz Acoustic Machine" (2012).

Some tracks can be sampled on the official site.

Digital EP "Alone EP" was released in advance, with one track from the album, a non-album track, plus two alternate versions. Check it out on iTunes.

J.A.M were to hold a tour through next month, but unfortunately pianist Jōsei has just recently injured his right hand's pinky and has to go through rehabilitation for another month, so the tour has been canceled.

J.A.M "Silent Notes"

1. Manchester
2. Dancer on the Black Keys
3. Alternative War
4. Book of Love feat. L.D. Brown
5. Bell
6. Apple's Waltz
7. Transitory
8. Serendipity
9. Foundation
10. Totally Disorder
11. Alone feat. Jin Oki

Victor VICL-64799
Out 5/24, ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, CDJapan, YesAsia, Tower (Japan only), Apple Music 内のJ.A.M "Silent Notes"

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