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/ 2017-05-21T13:41:38Z 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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[via Twitter] Wednesday Campanella new clip "Unico", shot in Singapore https://youtu.be/0jFtNOPhJvY from 2016 album "UMA" ☞ http://bit.ly/28JDAzZ . https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/866141588736491522 2017-05-21T13:00:21Z Wednesday Campanella new clip "Unico", shot in Singapore https://youtu.be/0jFtNOPhJvY from 2016 album "UMA" ☞ http://bit.ly/28JDAzZ . http://bit.ly/28JDAzZ . ]]> Scha Dara Parr & Ego-Wrappin' "Micro Boy to Macro Girl" (7") tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11975 2017-05-18T12:19:37Z 2017-05-18T12:23:18Z Scha Dara Parr and Ego-Wrappin' joined forces for a new song being released on 7"! The B-side is a new take by SDP on their 1995 hit track "Summer Jam '95". Those who don't want to miss the 7"...

Scha Dara Parr and Ego-Wrappin' joined forces for a new song being released on 7"! The B-side is a new take by SDP on their 1995 hit track "Summer Jam '95".

Those who don't want to miss the 7" should pre-order on CDJapan without waiting, as pre-orders already seem to be over at other online retailers. The single is also available in advance on iTunes Japan.

Scha Dara Parr & Ego-Wrappin' "Micro Boy to Macro Girl" (7")
スチャダラパー & EGO-WRAPPIN' 「ミクロボーイとマクロガール」

A. Scha Dara Parr & Ego-Wrappin' / Micro Boy to Macro Girl
B. Scha Dara Parr / Summer Jam 2020

Zenryo Records/Space Shower Music DDKB-94016
Out 6/7, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Apple Music 内のスチャダラパーとEGO-WRAPPIN' "ミクロボーイとマクロガール - Single" (Japan), Amazon MP3 Japan, OTOTOY

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SHIBATA Satoko "Do You Need a Rest From Love?" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11968 2017-05-17T14:05:04Z 2017-05-17T14:09:57Z Singer-songwriter SHIBATA Satoko has a 4th album out today! This is the follow-up to her eponymous album released in 2015. Two songs were arranged by KISHIDA Shigeru (Quruli), and one by YAMAMOTO Seiichi (Boredoms). In June she will tour Japan,... Singer-songwriter Shibata Satoko has a 4th album out today! This is the follow-up to her eponymous album released in 2015. Two songs were arranged by Kishida Shigeru (Quruli), and one by Yamamoto Seiichi (Boredoms).

In June she will tour Japan, finishing on July 6 at Club Quattro in Tokyo. Find all details here.

Shibata Satoko "Do You Need a Rest From Love?"
柴田聡子 「愛の休日」

(Japanese title: "ai no kyūjitsu")

(English titles from iTunes in parentheses)
1. Sprite For You
2. kōkai (Miss You)
3. daisakusen (Confidence)
4. anata wa anata (People and People)
5. tenshi o miteru (Cold Eyes)
6. asonde kurashite (Easy Melody)
7. yubeshi senpai
8. shiwaku (Wonderful)
9. wasuretai (Can't Forget)
10. saba-ku (Sabaque)
11. risu ga kita
12. Coop Olympia (Her Ideas)
13. ai no kyujitsu (Do You Need a Rest From Love?)

P-Vine PCD-18820
Out now (5/17), ¥2593 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, Do You Need a Rest from Love? by Satoko Shibata on Apple Music (World), Apple Music 内の柴田聡子 "愛の休日" (Japan)

"kōkai (Miss You)"

"yubeshi senpai"

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[via Twitter] RT @not_records: [5/20-21] YMCK se produira au @MagnifiqueScty les 20 et 21 mai à #Reims, en #France! Venez nombreux! #YMCK https://t.co/3r… https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/864821428301864960 2017-05-17T21:34:30Z RT @not_records: [5/20-21] YMCK se produira au @MagnifiqueScty les 20 et 21 mai à #Reims, en #France! Venez nombreux! #YMCK https://t.co/3r… not_records: [5/20-21] YMCK se produira au @MagnifiqueScty les 20 et 21 mai à #Reims, en #France! Venez nombreux! #YMCK https://t.co/3r… ]]> Gig report: "Godzilla Legend -- Music of Akira IFUKUBE" in New York tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://9.11962 2017-05-14T01:35:36Z 2017-05-14T02:29:06Z Text and photos by Nicholas D. Kent (Japanese Electronic Music) for Tokyo's Coolest Sound
(Except where indicated)
Correspondent Nicholas D. Kent went to the "Godzilla Legend" concert held recently in New York. Here's his report!

"Godzilla Legend—Music of Akira Ifukube"
April 28, 2017 at Japan Society, NYC

For the past few years I had seen Tokyo concert announcements from time to time announcing a special concert called "Godzilla Legend" with performances by Hikashu. But I was never in town when one was scheduled. I was thrilled to discover that one of these concerts was set to take place at Japan Society in NYC, for the first time outside of Japan.

The man behind the project is Inoue Makoto, who originally played keyboards for Hikashu in the late 70s though departed as a band member in the early 1990s. He greatly admires the Godzilla film scores of Ifukube Akira (1914-2006). Ifukube composed the score for the original "Godzilla" in 1954 and wrote many but not all the Godzilla scores up until 1995 as well as a number of other Toho non-Godzilla giant monster films (Like "Rodan", 1956) that take place in the same fictional universe.

The Godzilla Legend concerts feature Inoue as musical director and Hikashu as the core band and then add guests to fill out the brass section (Tatsumi Kogorō, Gotō Atsushi, Yoshida Ryūichi) and featured guests Charan-Po-Rantan with sisters Momo and Koharu singing vocals + Koharu on accordion.

The show opens with the first scene's music from the first Godzilla film. There is a melancholy song sung by Charan-Po-Rantan which was originally sung by the sailors on the ill-fated ship the Eiko-maru who soon have a fatal encounter with Godzilla. The audience is launched musically into a number of classic Godzilla themes. One of the things I consider a "trademark" of Hikashu is the ability to perform a sort of freak out improv and then snap on the beat into a very tightly arranged melody. That's something that takes place a number of times and always impresses.

Besides the brooding suspense and rousing marches, a number of the films contain some sort of imaginary ethnic, sometimes primitive music. We hear some on King Kong's Island in "King Kong vs Godzilla" (1962) with Makigami Kōichi singing. Though a group, I'm sure Makigami is often referred to as Hikashu's frontman. During the evening he plays Theremin, does what I believe is Tuvan overtone chanting and occasionally plays a big gong and at one point a pocket trumpet.

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A bit into the show Inoue Makoto provides a couple speeches (subtitled on a video monitor) with background info about the movies and music. While not in his speech, I found quite a number of details about him in the press notes that I was unaware of. While Hikashu performed Mothra & Godzilla covers at their debut concert in 1978, Inoue has worked with Toho for decades to release old and new versions of Godzilla scores. Most recently he was score manager on "Shin Godzilla" (2016). The connection I remember him for are the (at times extremely elusive to buy) Godzilla Chronology albums from 1983-4. These were originally studio albums by Inoue covering Godzilla themes on synths with some wonderful guests like Togawa Jun, Tachibana Hajime and Makigami Kōichi. The first two albums were re-issued not long after as a 3 disc box called "Godzilla Legend". Differing from the concert, the albums are far more synth heavy and have far less improv. At times they've been very high priced on the collectors market. Fortunately Bridge re-released them in 2014 as a 4 disc set ("Godzilla Densetsu", cat# BRIDGE-175). Looking at recent Instagram posts, I'm pretty sure this production recorded what seems to be a live in the studio new recording of this show while in town for a future release.

After additional monster themes there a break with some music from the Mu Empire from the film Atragon (1963). While popular in Japan and credited as starting the super submarine subgenre :-) it's hardly known beyond serious Godzilla fans overseas. Momo sings in costume alone as the queen of the Mu Empire and then Makigami sings another Mu song from the film.

After the film theme for the Maser canons, you know, those miniature vehicles the Japanese Self Defense Force trot out in Godzilla films that shoot wiggly rays from giant parabolic mirrors aimed at rampaging monsters (and they don't tend to do any good to stop them), comes a show highlight. It's a medley of all the Mothra songs with Momo and Koharu in costume as the identical Shōbijin, that's the official name of the "tiny beauties" legendarily played by the Peanuts in "Mothra" (1961). I have to say, IMHO, Charan-Po-Rantan capture the roles far more wonderfully than any of the Mothra movies other than the three with the Peanuts. The most famous Mothra theme was written by Koseki Yūji which I think is the only music not by Ifukube in the show. Ifukube did score "Godzilla vs Mothra". At the concert we also have Makigami in the role of the unscrupulous night club emcee who forces the kidnapped Shōbijin to perform onstage. In the film though, comeuppance comes when Mothra heeds their plea to make her big city debut.

We get a hydrogen bomb related improv and the final Ifukube Godzilla theme. As an encore there was one of the big 1990s themes including Charan-Po-Rantan with Momo dancing and Koharu playing accordion still dressed as the Shōbijin and everyone else in a rousing finale.



Special guests Charan-Po-Rantan and Makigami Koichi (center) performed in Godzilla Legend--Music of Akira Ifukube at Japan Society on April 28, 2017. The concert was conceived and arranged by Inoue Makoto (far left) and performed by the band Hikashu and other special guest musicians. Photo by Ayumi Sakamoto.
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[via Twitter] RT @corneliusjapan: Cornelius 1st Single 『あなたがいるなら』"If You're Here" Music Video!! https://youtu.be/Wr5f6hpYxmE https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/862885390750957568 2017-05-12T13:21:23Z RT @corneliusjapan: Cornelius 1st Single 『あなたがいるなら』"If You're Here" Music Video!! https://youtu.be/Wr5f6hpYxmE corneliusjapan: Cornelius 1st Single 『あなたがいるなら』"If You're Here" Music Video!! https://youtu.be/Wr5f6hpYxmE ]]> [via Twitter] P.O.P new clip "BEER so good!" in 360 degrees! https://youtu.be/O3nRX6BOFH0 Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/P.O.P_okaasan_ni_kiite_minai_to_wakaranai/2015.12.10/011236/ https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/861960288660103168 2017-05-10T00:05:21Z P.O.P new clip "BEER so good!" in 360 degrees! https://youtu.be/O3nRX6BOFH0 Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/P.O.P_okaasan_ni_kiite_minai_to_wakaranai/2015.12.10/011236/ http://coolestsound.jp/P.O.P_okaasan_ni_kiite_minai_to_wakaranai/2015.12.10/011236/ ]]> Mocche NAGAI "Yeh! Yeh!" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11924 2017-05-08T12:50:39Z 2017-05-08T12:51:39Z Singer & guitarist Mocche Nagai has a 2nd album coming this month! Produced by Chabe, the back band features members of Learners and Gentle Forest Jazz Band.

Mocche Nagai can next be seen on stage on May 17 in Tokyo at event "Jinriki Disco" along with Chie & the Wolf Baits, DJ Chabe and more, part of Basement Bar's 22nd anniversary series. ¥2500 incl. all-you-can-drink until 23:00. See the flyer for more info.

Mocche Nagai "Yeh! Yeh!"
モッチェ永井 「Yeh! Yeh!」

1. mabataki shiteru uchi ni (Woopin' My Baby)
2. Many Time Blues
3. Yeh! Yeh!
4. sokudo seigen (Give Me More Packet)
5. Misty
6. kaeri michi (Rhythm Of The Pain)
7. Let me stroke your black hair
8. modokashii ne (Sentimentally Frustrating)
9. namida no yukue (Tears on my knee)
10. ikanai de (You Gone Away)
11. Boston Bag
12. negoto (Saturday Night Song)

Hanx Records HXCD-9217
Out 5/17, ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan

"Many Time Blues"

"modokashii ne (Sentimentally Frustrating)"

"Boston Bag / Misty" single sampler clip

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Smooth Ace "Sing Like Talking Complete" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11958 2017-05-08T12:34:31Z 2017-05-08T12:39:23Z First released in 2014, this 6th album by chorus group Smooth Ace had become rare. This time it is reissued on a major label, remastered and with two newly recorded songs added! Including the new songs, a total of 5... First released in 2014, this 6th album by chorus group Smooth Ace had become rare. This time it is reissued on a major label, remastered and with two newly recorded songs added! Including the new songs, a total of 5 were arranged by Arai Toshiya (Count Joke aka jōdan hakushaku), and another one by Count Joke (with Maezono Naoki). Smooth Ace sang chorus on several songs of Nomiya Maki's new album.

An in-store mini-live will be held on Saturday May 20 at Aeon Mall Kita-Toda from 17:00 at the Central Court (1st floor). Those who buy the album there (or at Yamano Music on the 3rd floor) and receive a participation ticket can take part in an autograph session to be held afterwards. Find all details here.

Smooth Ace "Sing Like Children Complete"

1. suteki na Music
2. da-n-da-n
3. Music
4. niji o mitakute
5. kimi o shitteru
6. favorite song
7. Pessimist no Love Song
8. Discovery
9. Sing like children
10. suteki na Reprise
11. bansōsha no koi

Universal UPCY-7286
Out 5/10, ¥2778 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan

Trailer clip (for original 2014 release)

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little moa "Trampoline" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11919 2017-05-06T03:18:02Z 2017-05-06T03:27:07Z little moa is a trio formed of singer OKADA Shion, keyboardist 5MBS, and euphonium player Kanna. This 2nd album is the follow-up to "good evening" (2013, Rallye Label), and features appearances by Iceland-based French singer Olèna, singer-songwriter MATSUKI Ayumu, and... little moa is a trio formed of singer Okada Shion, keyboardist 5MBS, and euphonium player Kanna. This 2nd album is the follow-up to "good evening" (2013, Rallye Label), and features appearances by Iceland-based French singer Olèna, singer-songwriter Matsuki Ayumu, and label mates Concert.

little moa's next show will be held on May 18 at Yotsuya Outbreak (Tokyo), part of an event for the 4th anniversary of band Boxi Rocks. Tickets are available via little moa.

little moa "Trampoline"

1. Stereo
2. Flash In The Dark (feat. Olèna)
3. Alternative Journey (feat. Matsuki Ayumu)
4. Outerstellar
5. Hummingbird
6. 46610
7. Lemonade
8. In Between Days (feat. CONCERT)
9. Airport
10. TOYS (album ver.)

Rallye Label RYECD-262
Out 5/31, ¥2300 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan

Album trailer

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tofubeats "Fantasy Club" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11941 2017-05-06T02:51:54Z 2017-05-06T03:04:06Z tofubeats has a brand new album, his 3rd major album, coming this month! This is the follow-up to "Positive" (2015). There seems to be much more of tofubeats' own vocals than ever before, though the album also features guest vocalists... tofubeats has a brand new album, his 3rd major album, coming this month! This is the follow-up to "Positive" (2015). There seems to be much more of tofubeats' own vocals than ever before, though the album also features guest vocalists sugar me (on "Yuuki") and Young Juju (from hip-hop crew Kandytown, on "Lonely Nights"). Musicians include Kashif and Kaho Nakamura.

Songs "Baby" and "What You Got" are available in advance on iTunes Japan. A different version of "ShoppingMall" was also released on iTunes earlier this year.

Amazon Japan offers a bonus promo CD (while supplies last).

An in-store event will be held on May 28 at Tower Records Shibuya B1F, maybe only for those who bought the album there (check latest details here closer to release date). tofubeats can also be seen on June 3 at event "Choice 5" at Shindaita Fever along with Sugar's Campaign and Okazaki Taiiku (tickets are on sale). Check out his full schedule.

tofubeats "Fantasy Club"

1. CHANT #1
2. SHOPPINGMALL (FOR FANTASY CLUB)
3. LONELY NIGHTS
4 .CALLIN
5. OPEN YOUR HEART
6. FANTASY CLUB
7. STOP
8. WHAT YOU GOT
9. WYG (REPRISE)
10. THIS CITY
11. YUUKI
12. BABY
13. CHANT #2 (FOR FANTASY CLUB)

Warner WPCL-12632
Out 5/24, ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan, Apple Music 内のtofubeats

"Baby"

"What You Got"

"SHOPPINGMALL"

"CALLIN"

"Fantasy Club" (May be different version)

"Open Your Heart v1.03" (May be different version)

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Towa TEI "Brand New Emo / Brocante" (7") tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11949 2017-05-05T14:05:45Z 2017-05-05T14:03:44Z "Brand New Emo", the lead track fromTowa TEI's latest album "EMO", is being released on 7" in a different radio edit! B-side "Brocante" was previously released as a bonus track of "EMO" only when bought digitally on Machbeat.com. Towa...

"Brand New Emo", the lead track fromTowa Tei's latest album "EMO", is being released on 7" in a different radio edit! B-side "Brocante" was previously released as a bonus track of "EMO" only when bought digitally on Machbeat.com.

Towa Tei "Brand New Emo / Brocante" (7")

A. Brand New Emo (Radio edit)
B. Brocante

Mach Beat MBEP-1701
Out 5/24, ¥1600 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower

"Brand New Emo"

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The Boom "kaze ni naritai" (7") tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11916 2017-05-05T13:51:14Z 2017-05-05T13:53:00Z Next up from KONISHI Yasuharu's 7" single project is hit song "kaze ni naritai" by The Boom. Released in 1995 as a 3" CD single, it was never released as a single on vinyl until now. The B-side "Tokyo Love"... Next up from Konishi Yasuharu's 7" single project is hit song "kaze ni naritai" by The Boom. Released in 1995 as a 3" CD single, it was never released as a single on vinyl until now. The B-side "Tokyo Love" is also taken from the original CD single release. The jacket reuses the original 3" CD artwork, folding in two over the 7". This will be released on "Konishi day" (5/24)!

Again this time, this was mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed by Rainbo Records (U.S.).

The Boom "kaze ni naritai" (7")

A. kaze ni naritai
B. Tokyo Love

Great Tracks/Sony Music Direct MHKL-5
Out 5/24, ¥1800 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower

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microstar "She Got the Blues" (12") tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11939 2017-05-05T13:34:16Z 2017-05-05T14:06:56Z microstar's latest album "She Got the Blues" (2016) is being released on vinyl. microstar "She Got the Blues" A1. Chocolate Baby A2. Tiny Spark A3. tsuki no Palace A4. tomodachi ni narō A5. My Baby B1. yūgure Girl (Album Mix)... microstar's latest album "She Got the Blues" (2016) is being released on vinyl.

microstar "She Got the Blues"

A1. Chocolate Baby
A2. Tiny Spark
A3. tsuki no Palace
A4. tomodachi ni narō
A5. My Baby
B1. yūgure Girl (Album Mix)
B2. watashitachi wa koi o suru
B3. She Got The Blues
B4. yakan hikō
B5. oyasumi

High Contrast HCR-9674
Out 5/24, ¥3200 (excl. tax)
Order: HMV, Tower, CDJapan

Sampler clip

"Tiny Spark (short ver.)"

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Yogee New Waves "Waves" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11920 2017-05-04T13:22:22Z 2017-05-15T14:14:53Z City pop band Yogee New Waves has a new album coming this month! This is their 2nd, follow-up to "Paraiso" (2014). The limited edition comes with a DVD of mainly live footage from a show held at Liquid Room on... City pop band Yogee New Waves has a new album coming this month! This is their 2nd, follow-up to "Paraiso" (2014).

The limited edition comes with a DVD of mainly live footage from a show held at Liquid Room on March 25 this year.

A tour will be held from later this month, stopping at Akasaka Blitz in Tokyo on June 20. Find all live information here.

Yogee New Waves "Waves"

1. Ride on Wave
2. Fantasic Show (album ver.)
3. World is Mine
4. Dive Into the Honeytime
5. Understand
6. Intro (horo)
7. C.A.M.P.
8. Like Sixteen Candles
9. HOW DO YOU FEEL?
10. SAYONARAMATA
11. Boys & Girls (Lovely Telephone Remix)

Limited edition (CD+DVD)
Roman Label ROMAN-012
Out 5/17, ¥3300 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon (13% off), HMV (13% off), Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

Regular edition (CD only)
Roman Label ROMAN-012
Out 5/17, ¥2300 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

"Like Sixteen Candles"

"World is Mine"

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"'Tasha Tudor - a still water story' Soundtrack" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11942 2017-05-04T12:34:46Z 2017-05-04T12:37:16Z "Tasha Tudor - a still water story" is a documentary movie by Japanese director MATSUTANI Mitsue that followed for ten years Tasha Tudor, a picture book writer and maker of beautiful gardens. This movie soundtrack features music by sione (aka... "Tasha Tudor - a still water story" is a documentary movie by Japanese director Matsutani Mitsue that followed for ten years Tasha Tudor, a picture book writer and maker of beautiful gardens. This movie soundtrack features music by sione (aka Yukawa Shione), world's end girlfriend, mio-sotido, Yoshihara Rie and Hatis Noit.

Hear samples in the preview clip below and at Bandcamp.

"'Tasha Tudor - a still water story' Soundtrack"
「『ターシャ・テューダー 静かな水の物語』サウンドトラック」

(Title / Artist)
1. Winter Fire Place / world's end girlfriend
2. What a Day / sione
3. Happiness / mio-sotido
4. Sweet Cycle / world's end girlfriend
5. Nocturnal Dialogue / world's end girlfriend
6. Blooming Blooming! / sione
7. Weeding the Garden / mio-sotido
8. The Bottom of a Lake / world's end girlfriend
9. Share the Joys / Yoshihara Rie
10. Graceful Cycle / world's end girlfriend
11. Link / Hatis Noit
12. Winter Calms / world's end girlfriend
13. Nocturnal Whispers / world's end girlfriend
14. Delightful Days / Yoshihara Rie
15. The Clock Loses Time / sione
16. Pumpkin Moonshines / Yoshihara Rie
17. Little Happiness / mio-sotido
18. Family / mio-sotido
19. Wealth of Flowers (Garden ver.) / sione
20. What a Day (instrumental) / sione

Virgin Babylon Records VBR-041
Out 5/15, ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: Virgin Babylon Records, Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan

Album preview

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Gallantique Kazue "Chigasaki Memory" (7") tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11954 2017-05-04T11:56:43Z 2017-05-08T02:45:29Z Singer Gallantique Kazue has a new 7" out now! The two songs were selected from her ongoing cover EP series "Anthology" that began last year (a 5th one is coming on May 31), consisting of covers of kayō̄kyoku from the... Singer Gallantique Kazue has a new 7" out now! The two songs were selected from her ongoing cover EP series "Anthology" that began last year (a 5th one is coming on May 31), consisting of covers of kayō̄kyoku from the 70's and 80's.

The A-side is "Chigasaki Memory" (originally sung by Horie Mitsuko, released in 1983), and the B-side is "My Jewelry Love" (originally sung by Daichi Mao, released in 1980). The whole "Anthology" series so far features a back band that includes four members of Sally Soul Stew — Nakayama Tsutomu (keyboards), Sally Kubota (bass), Nakamori Yasuhiro (guitar) and Shirane Kenichi (drums) — with also Itani Takashi (percussion) and Matsumoto Kenichi (sax, flute).

A live show will be held on Friday May 26 at Minami-Aoyama Mandala with the same band members. Details here.

Gallantique Kazue "Chigasaki Memory" (7")
ギャランティーク和恵 「茅ヶ崎メモリー」

A. Chigasaki Memory
B. My Jewelry Love

More More Love / ExT Recordings EXT-707
Out now (5/3), ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, Amazon

"Chigasaki Memory" (3rd song in "Anthology #2" sampler clip)

"My Jewelry Love" (1st song in "Anthology #4" sampler clip)

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"Game ongaku taizen Revolution" (Book) tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11953 2017-05-03T13:03:49Z 2017-05-03T13:05:43Z This book about game music, with a title that translates to "Game music encyclopedia revolution", was supervised by YMCK and Famicomania. A follow-up to "Game ongaku taizen" (2016), it comes with a CD of 10 famous Konami game tracks,...

This book about game music, with a title that translates to "Game music encyclopedia revolution", was supervised by YMCK and Famicomania. A follow-up to "Game ongaku taizen" (2016), it comes with a CD of 10 famous Konami game tracks, plus three original remixes of "TwinBee", "Gradius" and "Castlevania" by YMCK!

YMCK will play live at La Magnifique Society (official Facebook page), a festival to be held in Reims, France, from May 16 to 21, 2017. Also be sure to check out their latest album "Family Swing" (2017).

"Game ongaku taizen Revolution" (Book)
「ゲーム音楽大全 Revolution」
(160 pages, Japanese, 46 min. CD)

Takarajimasha ISBN 978-4800269096
Out 5/10, ¥1600 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower, CDJapan, YesAsia

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The Nyantokanyaru's "The Nyantokanyaru's chikyujo CD Debut" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11945 2017-05-01T13:22:22Z 2017-05-03T13:22:24Z The Nyantokanyaru's is a new idol group formed of Eve Nyan Laurent (aka Evenyan, of Kit Cat) and Sorano Aozora (aka Aonyan). The whole is produced by Dr.Usui (of (M)otocompo), who also produces Kit Cat, as well as songs for... The Nyantokanyaru's is a new idol group formed of Eve Nyan Laurent (aka Evenyan, of Kit Cat) and Sorano Aozora (aka Aonyan). The whole is produced by Dr.Usui (of (M)otocompo), who also produces Kit Cat, as well as songs for idol groups such as Dempagumi.inc and Mōsō Calibration. Check out the video for the powerful lead track below, in which idol from space Evenyan comes to Earth to recruit Aonyan.

This first release comes in two editions, each starring slightly a bit more either of the cat girls.

A first in-store live will be held on May 2 from 19:30 at HMV record shop Shinjuku Alta (details). Another will be held on May 17 at dues Shinjuku (above Disk Union Shōwa-kan) (details). Also, Kit Cat fans should be sure to check out event "Switched On! ~essencials~" on May 5 at Kichijoji Ichibee (details).

The Nyantokanyaru's "The Nyantokanyaru's chikyūjo CD Debut (Evenyan shujinkō hen)"
ザ・にゃんとかにゃるず 「ザ・にゃんとかにゃるず地球上でCDデビュー(イヴにゃん主人公編)」

1. chikyū ga tonikaku kawatteru
2. Anarchy Evenyan Droid
3. nikukyū no TENDARNESS
4. chikyū ga tonikaku kawatteru (inst.)
5. Anarchy Evenyan Droid (inst.)
6. nikukyū no TENDARNESS (inst.)
7. chikyū ga tonikaku kawatteru (Evenyan Part o utatte Evenyan no ganbari o taiken shite hoshii nyan ♪ Version)
8. Evenyan ni yoru shime no sansannyanya byōshi

doles U DOLU-8
Out 5/3, ¥1852 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, Apple Music 内のザ・にゃんとかにゃるず

The Nyantokanyaru's "The Nyantokanyaru's chikyūjo CD Debut (Aonyan shujinkō hen)"
ザ・にゃんとかにゃるず 「ザ・にゃんとかにゃるず地球上でCDデビュー(あおにゃん主人公編)」

1. chikyū ga tonikaku kawatteru
2. nikukyū no TENDARNESS
3. Anarchy Evenyan Droid
4. chikyū ga tonikaku kawatteru (inst.)
5. nikukyū no TENDARNESS (inst.)
6. Anarchy Evenyan Droid (inst.)
7. chikyū ga tonikaku kawatteru (Aonyan Part o utatte Aonyan no ganbari o taiken shite hoshii nyan ♪ Version)
8. Aonyan ni yoru shime no sansannyanya byōshi

doles U DOLU-7
Out 5/3, ¥1852 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, Apple Music 内のザ・にゃんとかにゃるず

"chikyū ga tonikaku kawatteru"

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Kashif "BlueSongs" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11925 2017-04-30T14:17:42Z 2017-05-02T15:49:29Z Guitarist Kashif — a member of collective Pan Pacific Playa (PPP), and also known for his works and appearances with Jintana & Emeralds, hitomitoi, Scha Dara Parr, (((sssurrounddd))), G.Rina and Sugar Campaign — has a first solo album being released! It consists of original self-produced tracks with his own singing, with the exception of guest hitomitoi. Kamoda Jun (aka Illreme of (((sssurrounddd)))) also contributed some lyrics. The album was mastered by Sunahara Yoshinori, and the cover artwork is by famous illustrator Nagai Hiroshi.

Kashif "BlueSongs"

1. Breezing
2. On and On
3. The Night
4. Clean Up
5. Desperate Coffee
6. PPP I Love You (Part2.1)
7. You
8. Neverland
9. Be Colorful
10. BGM
11. PPP I Love You (Part3)

Billboard Records HBRJ-1025
Out 5/3, ¥2400 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, カシフの "BlueSongs"を iTunes で (Japan)

Digest clip

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[via Twitter] BUBBLE-B new mini-album "118" out now on Bandcamp! ☞ https://bubble-b.bandcamp.com/album/118 All 118-BPM instrumental house tracks,… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/858520440062353408 https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/858520440062353408 2017-04-30T12:16:38Z BUBBLE-B new mini-album "118" out now on Bandcamp! ☞ https://bubble-b.bandcamp.com/album/118 All 118-BPM instrumental house tracks,… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/858520440062353408 [via Twitter] Maika Loubté free live @ Isetan Men's Shinjuku (1F), today from 18:00 and 19:00! https://twitter.com/maika_loubte/status/857558822990209024 https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/857758565594841088 2017-04-28T09:49:13Z Maika Loubté free live @ Isetan Men's Shinjuku (1F), today from 18:00 and 19:00! https://twitter.com/maika_loubte/status/857558822990209024 METAFIVE "METAHALF" (12") tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11931 2017-04-26T14:35:53Z 2017-04-26T14:36:58Z METAFIVE's latest, mini-labum "METAHALF" released last November, has just been released on vinyl. It even comes with a new track, "Marine" written by SUNAHARA Yoshinori! The track order and jacket are also different from the CD. METAFIVE "METAHALF" (12") A1.... METAFIVE's latest, mini-labum "METAHALF" released last November, has just been released on vinyl. It even comes with a new track, "Marine" written by Sunahara Yoshinori! The track order and jacket are also different from the CD.

METAFIVE "METAHALF" (12")

A1. Marine
A2. Submarine
A3. Chemical
B1. Musical Chairs
B2. Peach Pie
B3. Egochin

Warner WPJL-10040
Out now (4/26), ¥2700 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, Jet Set

"Musical Chairs"

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Cornelius "anata ga iru nara" (7") tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11921 2017-04-26T12:48:15Z 2017-05-14T02:35:18Z Cornelius has a brand new 7" single out today! Grab it now at Jet Set while you can. Another 7" is due for May 26, after which a new album will follow on June 28! Shows will be held...

Cornelius has a brand new 7" single out today! Grab it now at Jet Set while you can.

Another 7" is due for May 26, after which a new album will follow on June 28!

Shows will be held on July 11 and 12 at Liquidroom in Ebisu, Tokyo.

Cornelius "anata ga iru nara" (7")
コーネリアス 「あなたがいるなら」

A. anata ga iru nara
B. Helix / Spiral

Warner WPJL10041
Out now (4/26), ¥1400 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set

"anata ga iru nara (If You're Here)"

Teaser clip

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[via Twitter] dahlia "Mirror" is now available on iTunes worldwide w/ bonus tracks! http://coolestsound.jp/link/itunesjp/1225802199 Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/dahlia_Mirror/2017.02.14/011758/ https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/857211944779915265 2017-04-26T21:37:08Z dahlia "Mirror" is now available on iTunes worldwide w/ bonus tracks! http://coolestsound.jp/link/itunesjp/1225802199 Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/dahlia_Mirror/2017.02.14/011758/ http://coolestsound.jp/link/itunesjp/1225802199 Album info ☞ http://coolestsound.jp/dahlia_Mirror/2017.02.14/011758/ ]]> AGATA Morio & Hachimitsu Pie "Baby-lon" tag:coolestsound.jp,2017://4.11914 2017-04-25T14:17:57Z 2017-04-25T14:26:41Z Hachimitsu Pie was a band formed in the early 70's by singer AGATA Morio and SUZUKI Keiichi, a few years after which Morio went on with his solo career while several others moved on to become Moonriders. Some 45 years... Hachimitsu Pie was a band formed in the early 70's by singer Agata Morio and Suzuki Keiichi, a few years after which Morio went on with his solo career while several others moved on to become Moonriders. Some 45 years later they are back together with a brand new album titled "Baby-lon" that's filled with newly written songs! The first pressing comes as a mini-LP sleeve.

A concert will be held on July 1st at Mielparque Hall in Tokyo. Tickets are on sale. Also, on release day April 26 a special program will be aired on Dommune from 19:00, and on April 29 there will be an in-store talk & mini-live event at Pied Piper House (Tower Records Shibuya 5F) from 17:00 followed by an autograph session.

Agata Morio & Hachimitsu Pie "Baby-lon"
あがた森魚&はちみつぱい 「べいびぃろん (BABY-LON)」

1. Apollon no seidōki
2. haruichiban ni ikanakucha
3. Motorization
4. Daiheigen
5. mushi no Waltz
6. kono natsu Liberty
7. mori kara umareta kemonotachi wa
8. 4gatsu no yuki
9. Cleaning wa Ahab
10. itsumo no yō ni tada damatte
11. minato no junjō
12. mayonaka o aruku
13. Babyland Babylon

King Records KICS-3484
Out 4/26, ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, あがた森魚 & はちみつぱいの "べいびぃろん(BABY-LON)"を iTunes で (Japan)

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