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,2016://4 Patrick http://coolestsound.jp/ 2016-09-30T09:08:22Z [via Twitter] RT @tokyogigguide: Blog: Super Gig Weekend this weekend http://blog.tokyogigguide.com/2016/09/super-gig-weekend-sep-30-to-oct-2.html https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/781646835693658112 2016-09-30T09:08:22Z RT @tokyogigguide: Blog: Super Gig Weekend this weekend http://blog.tokyogigguide.com/2016/09/super-gig-weekend-sep-30-to-oct-2.html tokyogigguide: Blog: Super Gig Weekend this weekend http://blog.tokyogigguide.com/2016/09/super-gig-weekend-sep-30-to-oct-2.html ]]> KONISHI Yasuharu "hulu Original Drama 'Debusen' Original Soundtrack" tag:coolestsound.jp,2016://4.11749 2016-09-29T14:06:15Z 2016-09-29T14:10:36Z KONISHI Yasuharu didn't only produce the excellent ending theme (performed by Dorusen from TPD) of drama "Debusen", but also all of its BGM! Here's the original soundtrack. Most tracks can be sampled at CDJapan. KONISHI Yasuharu "hulu Original Drama 'Debusen'... Konishi Yasuharu didn't only produce the excellent ending theme (performed by Dorusen from TPD) of drama "Debusen", but also all of its BGM! Here's the original soundtrack.

Most tracks can be sampled at CDJapan.

Konishi Yasuharu "hulu Original Drama 'Debusen' Original Soundtrack"
小西康陽 「huluオリジナルドラマ『でぶせん』オリジナル・サウンドトラック」

1. Rock'n'Roll High School
2. Funky gakuen
3. shokuinshitsu
4. Spain shiki anten
5. kōtei hitorikiri
6. Spain shiki bamen tenkan
7. jōsō kyōiku
8. kachinuki eleki gakuen
9. kagai jugyō
10. gakuen Warriors
11. tsumekomi kyōiku
12. High School bojō
13. yoru no Guitar kyōshitsu
14. yutori kyōiku
15. Funky gakuen -chijōha Version-

Vap VPCD-81884
Out now (9/28), ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan

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Izumi OOKAWARA "Friendly Ghost" (Download) tag:coolestsound.jp,2016://4.11733 2016-09-27T14:00:40Z 2016-09-28T04:20:35Z Izumi OOKAWARA (Qypthone) has two new songs about to be released on iTunes! Both were written by herself, and co-arranged by guitarist ISHIGAKI Kentarō (Qypthone) and pianist Mami OONISHI. Both tracks also feature SUZUKI Kaoru on drums among others....

Izumi Ookawara (Qypthone) has two new songs about to be released on iTunes! Both were written by herself, and co-arranged by guitarist Ishigaki Kentarō (Qypthone) and pianist Mami Oonishi. Both tracks also feature Suzuki Kaoru on drums among others.

Regular event "Delica Lab" will be held this Wednesday September 28 at Batica, Ebisu, featuring Izumi as well as sets by Nakatsuka Takeshi (Qypthone), dorlis (who also just released a new album last week) and Soeda Naomu. Details here.

Izumi Ookawara "Friendly Ghost" (Download)
大河原泉 「Friendly Ghost」

1. Friendly Ghost
2. Usual Way (Japanese title: itsumo dōri no michi)

Delicatessen Recordings
Out 9/28
Sample/buy: 大河原泉の "Friendly Ghost - Single"を iTunes で (Japan), 大河原泉の "Friendly Ghost - Single"を iTunes で (World)

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[via Twitter] RT @tm_meandcat: Singles Club Issue 8 / Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa - Payapaya http://www.singlesclub.fm/journal/dustin-wong-takako-minekawa/ https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/779342200081485824 2016-09-24T00:30:34Z RT @tm_meandcat: Singles Club Issue 8 / Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa - Payapaya http://www.singlesclub.fm/journal/dustin-wong-takako-minekawa/ tm_meandcat: Singles Club Issue 8 / Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa - Payapaya http://www.singlesclub.fm/journal/dustin-wong-takako-minekawa/ ]]> [via Twitter] RT @LEOIMAI: Metafive's first album Meta is now available internationally (except Japan) on streaming services! http://smarturl.it/zqh1oj htt… https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/779332797659951104 2016-09-23T23:53:12Z RT @LEOIMAI: Metafive's first album Meta is now available internationally (except Japan) on streaming services! http://smarturl.it/zqh1oj htt… LEOIMAI: Metafive's first album Meta is now available internationally (except Japan) on streaming services! http://smarturl.it/zqh1oj htt… ]]> [via Twitter] Oct 7 #METAFIVE @ Montreux Jazz Fest 2016 in Tokyo! Adv tix: http://ptix.co/2cKLmwg https://youtu.be/_c54QV3p8U0 @mjfj_official @musicJAPANplus https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/779328614361763840 2016-09-23T23:36:35Z Oct 7 #METAFIVE @ Montreux Jazz Fest 2016 in Tokyo! Adv tix: http://ptix.co/2cKLmwg https://youtu.be/_c54QV3p8U0 @mjfj_official @musicJAPANplus http://ptix.co/2cKLmwg https://youtu.be/_c54QV3p8U0 @mjfj_official @musicJAPANplus ]]> Predawn "Absence" tag:coolestsound.jp,2016://4.11651 2016-09-22T03:25:22Z 2016-09-24T04:30:47Z Female singer-songwriter and guitarist Predawn has a 2nd full-length album out now, follow-up to "A Golden Wheel" (2013)! Check out the special page here. HMV offers a special set including a tote bag. A tour will be held through December,... Female singer-songwriter and guitarist Predawn has a 2nd full-length album out now, follow-up to "A Golden Wheel" (2013)! Check out the special page here.

HMV offers a special set including a tote bag.

A tour will be held through December, finishing at Liquidroom in Ebisu (Tokyo) on December 19. Tickets go on sale October 1st.

Predawn "Absence"

1. Skipping Ticks
2. Black & White
3. Universal Mind
4. Don't Break My Heart
5. Sigh
6. kasumisō
7. Autumn Moon
8. Kinds of Knot
9. Hope & Peace

Pokhara Records RDCA-1044
Out now (9/21), ¥2400
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, Apple Music 内のPredawn "Absence"

"Universal Mind"

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[via Twitter] This cover of Pizzicato Five was arranged by Sheena Ringo and sung by NAKAOKA Ryōsuke (Petrolz, ex-Tokyo Jihen). https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/778085183165698048 https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/778087262831648768 2016-09-20T13:23:54Z This cover of Pizzicato Five was arranged by Sheena Ringo and sung by NAKAOKA Ryōsuke (Petrolz, ex-Tokyo Jihen). https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/778085183165698048 [via Twitter] "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji (the night is still young)" (original: Pizzicato Five) @Rio2016 #Paralympics ! (from 7 min.) http://youtu.be/qEC8N4CVwrk https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/778085183165698048 2016-09-20T13:15:38Z "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji (the night is still young)" (original: Pizzicato Five) @Rio2016 #Paralympics ! (from 7 min.) http://youtu.be/qEC8N4CVwrk Rio2016 #Paralympics ! (from 7 min.) http://youtu.be/qEC8N4CVwrk ]]> Charan-Po-Rantan "karimono kyousou" tag:coolestsound.jp,2016://4.11654 2016-09-19T14:27:06Z 2016-09-24T04:37:48Z Accordion and vocals sister duo Charan-Po-Rantan have a new album out now, consisting of all covers of Japanese and foreign bands. All songs can also be sampled on this official release page. The limited edition comes with a DVD of... Accordion and vocals sister duo Charan-Po-Rantan have a new album out now, consisting of all covers of Japanese and foreign bands. All songs can also be sampled on this official release page.

The limited edition comes with a DVD of 4 videos for a selection of the Japanese covers. Check out a short version of each below.

A tour will follow later this year, to finish on January 21 at Nakano Sunplaza. All show details can be found here.

Charan-Po-Rantan "karimono kyōsō"
チャラン・ポ・ランタン 「借りもの協奏」

1. Can't Turn You Loose (Blues Brothers)
2. Asia no junshin (Puffy)
3. koi to Machinegun (Young Alive, in Love) (The Flipper's Guitar)
4. koi no Vacance (The Peanuts)
5. Saudade (Pornograffiti)
6. Shangri-La (Denki Groove)
7. nyūin Trouble (Japanese version of "Trouble") (Shampoo)
8. Video Killed The Radio Star (The Buggles)
9. Naomi no yume (Ani Holem Al Naomi) (Hedva & David)
10. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel)

DVD (Limited edition only)
1. Asia no junshin
2. koi no Vacance
3. koi to Machinegun
4. Shangri-La

Limited edition (CD+DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
avex trax AVCD-93460
Out now (9/14), ¥2800
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan

Regular edition (CD only)
avex trax AVCD-93461
Out now (9/14), ¥2300
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, Apple Music 内のチャラン・ポ・ランタン "借りもの協奏" (Japan)

"Asia no junshin" (Short ver.)

"koi no Vacance" (Short ver.)

"koi to Machinegun" (Short ver.)

"Shangri-La" (Short ver.)

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ShinoVani (SHINOHARA Tomoe + Vanilla Beans) "onna no ko ☆ otoko no ko / kokoro no usagi" tag:coolestsound.jp,2016://4.11663 2016-09-16T13:49:25Z 2016-09-16T14:32:19Z ShinoVani is the new unit of Shinohara Tomoe & Vanilla Beans! They have actually been doing a weekly net TV program together under the same name since April 2015, but now here comes a music debut single!

The new song "onna no ko ☆ otoko no ko" (translates to "Girl ☆ Boy") was written and produced by Tomoe herself, and the B-side is a self-cover of a previous solo songs of hers, "kokoro no usagi". The making of this project was documented on their own show here.

The limited edition includes a bonus DVD of the video clip plus documentary footage.

Vanilla Beans will perform a free in-store live on Sunday September 18 from 18:30 on the roof of Shibuya Marui. Those who reserve the album before the event can take part in a handshake/autograph/photo session after the show. Details here.

ShinoVani (Shinohara Tomoe + Vanilla Beans) "onna no ko ☆ otoko no ko / kokoro no usagi"
シノバニ(篠原ともえ+バニラビーンズ) 「おんなのこ☆おとこのこ / ココロノウサギ」

1. onna no ko ☆ otoko no ko
2. kokoro no usagi
3. onna no ko ☆ otoko no ko (Instrumental)
4. kokoro no usagi (Instrumental)

avex trax ACVD-83698
Out 9/28, ¥2000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan

avex trax ACVD-83699
Out 9/28, ¥1000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan

"onna no ko ☆ otoko no ko" (Short ver.)

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[via Twitter] METAFIVE will play live at Montreux Jazz Japan 2016 on Oct. 7 in Tokyo! I'm going! Adv tix: http://ptix.co/2cKLmwg https://t.co/kVW38O3luK https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/776722771028029440 2016-09-16T19:01:54Z METAFIVE will play live at Montreux Jazz Japan 2016 on Oct. 7 in Tokyo! I'm going! Adv tix: http://ptix.co/2cKLmwg https://t.co/kVW38O3luK http://ptix.co/2cKLmwg https://t.co/kVW38O3luK ]]> [via Twitter] Today @ Tokyo Art Book Fair for free: Maika Loubté, Alfred Beach Sandal, Pepe California! Maika plays from 4:30 or 5 https://twitter.com/maika_leboutet/status/776388353339994113 https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/776547216735416320 2016-09-16T07:24:18Z Today @ Tokyo Art Book Fair for free: Maika Loubté, Alfred Beach Sandal, Pepe California! Maika plays from 4:30 or 5 https://twitter.com/maika_leboutet/status/776388353339994113 Dorusen from TPD "sensei no okiniiri" tag:coolestsound.jp,2016://4.11677 2016-09-15T13:53:49Z 2016-09-24T04:37:28Z Here's a brand new catchy rocking pop track written and produced by KONISHI Yasuharu! Dorusen from TPD, a sub-unit of idol group Tokyo Performance Doll, sings the ending theme of school-themed drama series "Debusen". The title translates to "the...

Here's a brand new catchy rocking pop track written and produced by Konishi Yasuharu! Dorusen from TPD, a sub-unit of idol group Tokyo Performance Doll, sings the ending theme of school-themed drama series "Debusen". The title translates to "the teacher's favorite". Check out the video below! The B-side is a megamix of TPD songs.

The first pressing includes a random alternate jacket from a total of 10 versions.

Dorusen from TPD "sensei no okiniiri"
どるせん from TPD 「センセイのお気に入り」

1. sensei no okiniiri
2. TPD no okiniiri ♡ Megamix by DJ Kazu
3. sensei no okiniiri (Karaoke)

Epic/Sony ESCL-4708
Out 9/21, ¥1111 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, Apple Music 内のどるせん from TPD "センセイのお気に入り - Single" (Japan)

"sensei no okiniiri"

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USHIO Kensuke "'koe no katachi' Original Soundtrack - a shape of light" tag:coolestsound.jp,2016://4.11650 2016-09-12T15:08:19Z 2016-09-12T15:10:45Z USHIO Kensuke (aka agraph, also live support member for Denki Groove) has made the music for anime movie "koe no katachi", to open in theaters on September 17. This 2-CD soundtrack of 119 minutes contains all of his music from... Ushio Kensuke (aka agraph, also live support member for Denki Groove) has made the music for anime movie "koe no katachi", to open in theaters on September 17. This 2-CD soundtrack of 119 minutes contains all of his music from the film (though not the theme song) and then some! The album comes in two different editions both containing the same tracks, but apparently with different artwork.

Ushio Kensuke "'koe no katachi' Original Soundtrack"
牛尾憲輔 「映画 聲の形 オリジナル・サウンドトラック a shape of light」

Disc 1
1. tre
2. inv (I.i)
3. roh
4. lvs
5. inv (I.ii)
6. rev
7. inv (I.iii)
8. lvs (var)
9. thn
10. lit
11. bnw
12. htb
13. bll
14. acc
15. int
16. flw
17. mon
18. maw
19. inv (II.i)
20. van
21. inv (II.ii)
22. inv (II.iii)
23. sig
24. aft
25. inv (II.iv)
26. flt
27. prc
28. pst
29. inv (II.v)
30. btf
31. van (var)
32. sus
33. frc
34. inv (II.vi)
35. qut
36. svg
37. slt
38. Invention No.1 C dur (LastPart)
39. lit (var)

Disc 2
1. heart beat
2. round
3. into the sparkle
4. black and white
5. (i can) say nothing
6. night lights
7. blue blur
8. vignette
9. narrow road
10. welcome to the park
11. is your hair real?
12. laser
13. macchina eko
14. green
15. sunlight
16. sketch no.19
17. sustain
18. no one here
19. your silent portrait
20. fractal
21. flare
22. speed of youth

Edition A
Pony Canyon PCCG-01542
Out 9/14, ¥3250 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, YesAsia

Edition B
Pony Canyon PCCG-01550
Out 9/14, ¥3250 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, YesAsia

Movie "koe no katachi" long PV

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(M)otocompo x Kit Cat "POPLOT TIMES 2016" tag:coolestsound.jp,2016://4.11714 2016-09-11T15:12:29Z 2016-09-11T15:14:09Z (M)otocompo, the ska-electro unit led by Dr.Usui, unites with synth-pop idol group Kit Cat for this split album. Included is collaboration song "FLASHBACK50" for which a music video has been shot. Check it out below! "FLASHBACK50" has been available for... (M)otocompo, the ska-electro unit led by Dr.Usui, unites with synth-pop idol group Kit Cat for this split album. Included is collaboration song "FLASHBACK50" for which a music video has been shot. Check it out below!

"FLASHBACK50" has been available for free download here, but that will end today September 12 (Japan time). Go get it!

For those in Japan, buying the album at Village Vanguard will get you a bonus cassette tape (while supplies last). Pre-order directly at the shop.

A free in-store event will be held at Village Vanguard Shibuya Udagawa on September 22 from 19:00. Also, event "Switched On!" will be held on November 23, with (M)otocompo, Kit Cat, Genius, Kera & The Synthesizers, and many more! That one will be held at 3 different venues in Kichijoji at the same time.

(M)otocompo x Kit Cat "POPLOT TIMES 2016"

1. Theme Of Pop Troop by Dr.Usui with OTO2HORNS
2. FLASHBACK50 by (M)otocompo×Kit Cat
3. Breakaway by Kit Cat
4. Lily Lies by Kit Cat
5. CAT'S PAW SONG by Kit Cat
6. Detective by (M)otocompo
7. isogu hitotachi by (M)otoompo
8. On The Top by (M)otocompo

Cheering&Co. CHRN-1010
Out 9/21, ¥1800 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan

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TRI4TH "Defying" tag:coolestsound.jp,2016://4.11646 2016-09-07T12:15:08Z 2016-09-07T13:21:31Z "Dance jazz quintet" TRI4TH has a 5th album coming, their 2nd on jazz label Playwright, follow-up to last year's "Awakening" (CDJapan). All songs are originals. A Japan tour will be starting in September, with the final show on January 9,... "Dance jazz quintet" TRI4TH has a 5th album coming, their 2nd on jazz label Playwright, follow-up to last year's "Awakening" (CDJapan). All songs are originals.

A Japan tour will be starting in September, with the final show on January 9, 2017, at Daikanyama Unit. They can also be seen in Tokyo at Shibuya Quattro on December 12 for an instrumental Christmas show also featuring Pia-no-jac and Schroeder-Headz.

TRI4TH "Defying"

1. Sand Castle
2. Flash
3. FULL DRIVE
4. Walk Together
5. Green Field
6. Alicante
7. Sol Levante
8. Runner's High
9. Relight Days
10. Cloud
11. SNAKE

Playwright PWT-026
Out 9/14, ¥2315 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan

"Sand Castle"

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lyrical school "-RUN and RUN- lyrical school one man live 2016@CLUB CITTA'" (Blu-ray/DVD) tag:coolestsound.jp,2016://4.11632 2016-09-05T14:05:59Z 2016-09-05T14:07:43Z lyrical school are releasing this week on Blu-ray and DVD a recent show held last April to coincide with the release of single "Run and Run". Only the Blu-ray edition contains bonus footage. Meanwhile, member Yumi (aka SHIMIZU Yumi) has... lyrical school are releasing this week on Blu-ray and DVD a recent show held last April to coincide with the release of single "Run and Run". Only the Blu-ray edition contains bonus footage.

Meanwhile, member Yumi (aka Shimizu Yumi) has just announced that she has unfortunately left the group because of continued health problems that had prevented her from appearing at shows since July.

A new single and an album are to follow in October and November. Stay tuned!

lyrical school "-RUN and RUN- lyrical school one man live 2016@CLUB CITTA'" (Blu-ray/DVD)

1. fallin' night
2. yume de aitai ne
3. oide yo
4. RUN and RUN
5. kessen wa FRIDAY
6. I.D.O.L.R.A.P
7. S.T.A.G.E
8. brand new day
9. Ribbon o kyutto
10. Maybe Love
11. sorya natsu da!
12. FRESH!!!
13. PARADE
14. puchahenza!
15. photograph
16. Wonder Ground
17. lyrisch no uta
18. Rubic Cube
19. tengal6
20. RUN and RUN

Blu-ray edition (Region free)
King Records KIXM-248
Out 9/7, ¥5400 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, YesAsia

DVD edition (Region 2)
King Records KIBM-596
Out 9/7, ¥3800 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, YesAsia

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HOSHINO Michiru "My Favorite Songs" tag:coolestsound.jp,2016://4.11648 2016-09-04T03:30:36Z 2016-09-04T05:26:24Z HOSHINO Michiru has a cover album coming! Selected by herself and producer HASE Hajimu, this includes many new recordings and a few songs from recent singles, such as "koi suru Fortune Cookie feat. The Scooters" that is sold at live... Hoshino Michiru has a cover album coming! Selected by herself and producer Hase Hajimu, this includes many new recordings and a few songs from recent singles, such as "koi suru Fortune Cookie feat. The Scooters" that is sold at live venues only. A cover of Matsuda Seiko's "tengoku no Kiss" features Wack Wack Rhythm Band as a back band, and three songs also feature musician Arai Toshiya (Count Joke).

A release party will be held on September 23 at Daikanyama Unit, with members of Wack Wack Rhythm Band and The Scooters! Tickets are on sale, with details here.

Hoshino Michiru "My Favorite Songs"
星野みちる 「My Favorite Songs」

(Original artist in parentheses)
1. watashi ga obasan ni natte mo (Moritaka Chisato)
2. zutto issho sa (Yamashita Tatsurō)
3. SWEET 19 BLUES (Amuro Namie)
4. SUMMER CANDLES (Anri)
5. Love Me Again feat. ikkubaru (ikkubaru)
6. itoshi no Rosie (Matsuo Kiyonori)
7. doyō no yoru wa Paradise (EPO)
8. tengoku no Kiss feat. WACK WACK RHYTHM BAND (Matsuda Seiko)
9. koi suru Fortune Cookie feat. The Scooters (AKB48)
10. hitotsu dake (Yano Akiko)

Vivid Sound / High Contrast HCCD-9577
Out 9/7, ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, YesAsia

"koi suru Fortune Cookie feat. The Scooters"

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NOMIYA Maki "otoko to onna 'Un Homme et Une Femme' ~ NOMIYA Maki, French Shibuya-kei o utau." tag:coolestsound.jp,2016://4.11559 2016-08-29T14:22:00Z 2016-08-30T00:18:28Z NOMIYA Maki has a brand new album just about to be released! This album has a theme of "French Shibuya-kei", highlighting bits of the French culture that influenced the Shibuya-kei scene. This is a 2-CD release of both a studio... Nomiya Maki has a brand new album just about to be released! This album has a theme of "French Shibuya-kei", highlighting bits of the French culture that influenced the Shibuya-kei scene. This is a 2-CD release of both a studio album and a full live show. The art direction was done by Shindō Mitsuo.

The studio album includes a cover of "Un Homme et Une Femme" (by Francis Lai, from the 1966 movie of the same name) in duet with Yokoyama Ken (Crazy Ken Band), one of "Chanson des Jumelles" (by Michel Legrand, from the 1966 movie "Les demoiselles de Rochefort") with French singer Clémentine, and a self-cover of Pizzicato Five's "Weekend"! "Un Homme et Une Femme" is a Japanese version that was newly translated by Konishi Yasuharu! Also there's a cover of Suzuki Masayuki's "Shibuya de 5ji" featuring the artist himself, and a new version of Toi et Moi's "aru hi totsuzen". Look out for more appearances of Clémentine and also Kaji Hideki. "Bon odori" versions of "Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji" and "Sweet Soul Revue" are included as bonus tracks. Watch a digest clip here.

The live CD is a full recording of a show held at Billboard Live Tokyo in November 2015, which closed with a Pizzicato Five medley.

The following in-store events have been announced: August 30 at HMV & Books (Shibuya) from 20:30 with a live radio recording from 22:00 (only for those who buy the album there) (details), September 10 at HMV & Books from 14:00 (free mini-live) (details) and September 25 at Tower Records Shibuya from 14:00 (only for those who bought the album there) (details).

Shows at Billboard Live Tokyo will be held again this year, on November 11 and 12. Details here. This will be preceded by shows in Osaka and Nagoya.

Nomiya Maki "otoko to onna 'Un Homme et Une Femme' ~ Nomiya Maki, French Shibuya-kei o utau."
野宮真貴 「男と女 ~野宮真貴、フレンチ渋谷系を歌う。」

CD 1
1. Prelude
2. Un Homme et Une Femme [en duo avec Ken Yokoyama de Crazy Ken Band] (Movie "Un Homme et Une Femme" 50th anniversary official supporter song)
3. Chanson des Jumelles [en duo avec Clémentine]
4. Shibuya de 5ji [en duo avec Clémentine et avec Masayuki Suzuki]
5. aru hi totsuzen -Gainsbourg Version-
6. Weekend [en duo avec Clémentine]
7. Un Homme et Une Femme -All Scat Version- [en duo avec Clémentine, Hideki Kaji et plus]
8. Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji -bon odori Version- (Bonus track)
9. Sweet Soul Revue -bon odori Version- (Bonus track)

CD 2
(Original artist in parentheses)
1. Tokyo wa yoru no 7ji (The night is still young) (Pizzicato Five)
2. MC1
3. WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE (Jackie DeShannon)
4. MC2
5. ongaku no yō na kaze (EPO)
6. MC3
7. Friends Again (Flipper's Guitar)
8. MC4
9. Daniel Mon Amour (Henmi Mari
10. Jazzru kokoro (Le coeur qui jazze) (France Gall)
11. Contact
12. omoide no Rock'n'roller (Ex fan des sixties) (Jane Birkin)
13. MC5
14. Paris no koibito / Tokyo no koibito (Mizuki Arisa)
15. MC6
16. chūō Freeway (Arai Yumi (Yuming))
17. MC7
18. sekai wa ai o motometeru (What The World Needs Now Is Love (Japanese version))
19. Pizzicato Five Medley 2015: Tout tout pour ma chérie / London Paris / Mon Amour Tokyo / Strawberry Sleighride / 24 décembre / Sweet Soul Revue

Universal UICZ-4360/1
Out 8/31, ¥3241 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, YesAsia

"otoko to onna [en duo avec Yokoyama Ken de Crazy Ken Band]" (Short ver.)

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Jintana & Emeralds "Mirage" (Download) tag:coolestsound.jp,2016://4.11658 2016-08-25T15:40:31Z 2016-08-25T15:42:24Z

Jintana & Emeralds, the neo-doo-wop group of Jintana and Kashif (both of PPP), DJ Crystal (XTAL, (((sssurrounddd)))), and 3 female vocalists including hitomitoi, has a new single out now on iTunes Japan!

A release party will be held on August 27 at Enoshima OPPA-LA, with Jintana & Emeralds, VIDEOTAPEMUSIC, Moodman, Latin Quarter and more. Info here.

Jintana & Emeralds "Mirage" (Download)

1. Mirage
2. futari no natsu

Pan Pacific Playa / P-VINE, Inc. DGP-580
Out now (8/3)
Sample/buy: Apple Music 内のJINTANA & EMERALDS "MIRAGE - Single" (Japan)

Digest clip

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Maika Loubté "Le Zip" (Download) tag:coolestsound.jp,2016://4.11639 2016-08-24T14:46:04Z 2016-08-24T14:49:13Z Half-French half-Japanese singer-songwriter Maika Loubté has a brand new album out now on iTunes! This is the follow-up to "100 (momo)" (December 2014), and includes latest single "Universal Metro". The song "FEEL" was produced by OHNO Yumiko (Buffalo Daughter), and... Half-French half-Japanese singer-songwriter Maika Loubté has a brand new album out now on iTunes! This is the follow-up to "100 (momo)" (December 2014), and includes latest single "Universal Metro". The song "FEEL" was produced by Ohno Yumiko (Buffalo Daughter), and also Mother Tereco (ex-Open Reel Ensemble) are featured as mixing engineers. Expect brilliant synth-pop with vocals in English, French and Japanese!

A physical edition of a CD with a 42-page photo book will be sold in advance at shows, starting with a pre-release party at O-Nest in Shibuya on September 9 that will also feature jan and naomi, DYGL, Sapphire Slows and Yüksen Buyers House. Tickets are on sale at e+.

Maika Loubté "Le Zip"

1. You and I
2. FEEL
3. Coconut juice
4. Phylosophize me
5. Popcornic experience (Inst.)
6. Universal Metro
7. Devine
8. Universal Metro/feat. Mother Tereco (Game On remix)

AWDR/LR2
Out now (8/24)
Sample/buy: Le Zip by Maika Loubté on Apple Music (World), Apple Music 内のMaika Loubté "Le Zip" (Japan)

"FEEL"

"Universal Metro"

"You and I"

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[via Twitter] Free matsuri in Shibuya next Sat. Aug. 27 with bird, DJ Misoshiru & MC Gohan, Les Romanesques, KAWANABE Hiroshi, etc http://natumaturi.sib.tv/ https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/768074819791310848 2016-08-23T22:18:01Z Free matsuri in Shibuya next Sat. Aug. 27 with bird, DJ Misoshiru & MC Gohan, Les Romanesques, KAWANABE Hiroshi, etc http://natumaturi.sib.tv/ http://natumaturi.sib.tv/ ]]> Pizzicato Five "Couples", "Bellissima!" tag:coolestsound.jp,2016://4.11613 2016-08-23T12:59:55Z 2016-08-23T13:49:46Z The two first albums of Pizzicato Five, "Couples" (1987) and "Bellissima!" (1988), are being re-issued! Both were newly remastered from the original master tapes under the supervision of KONISHI Yasuharu himself, and are pressed as high-quality Blu-spec CD2 (they play... The two first albums of Pizzicato Five, "Couples" (1987) and "Bellissima!" (1988), are being re-issued! Both were newly remastered from the original master tapes under the supervision of Konishi Yasuharu himself, and are pressed as high-quality Blu-spec CD2 (they play in normal CD players). "Couples" has liner notes by Kaji Hideki and "Bellissima!" by Nona Reeves' Nishidera Gōta.

Also, Tower Records has exclusive vinyl editions of both albums (although Tower Records online only ships within Japan), mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed in the U.S. Find those here: "Couples" & "Bellissima!". Third-party shopping services such as CDJapan's Special Request Shopping Service and White Rabbit Express are available for those outside of Japan.

Pizzicato Five "Couples"
ピチカート・ファイヴ 「カップルズ」

1. Magical Connection
2. Summertime, Summertime
3. They All Laughed
4. Serial Stories
5. The Apartment
6. What Now Our Love
7. Seven O'clock News
8. Odd Couple and the Others
9. My Blue Heaven
10. Party Joke
11. Two Sleepy People
12. Everytime We Say Goodbye

(Pizzicato Five: Sasaki Mamiko, Kamomiya Ryō, Takanami Keitarō, Konishi Yasuharu.)

Sony MHCL-30392
Out 8/24, ¥2400 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, YesAsia

Pizzicato Five "Bellissima!"
ピチカート・ファイヴ 「ベリッシマ!」

1. Planets
2. Temptation Talk
3. Holy Triangle
4. World Standard
5. Couples
6. Sunday Impressions
7. The Swim
8. Seventeen
9. This Can't Be Love
10. The Work of God

(Pizzicato Five: Konishi Yasuharu. Takanami Keitarō, Tajima Takao.)

Sony MHCL-30393
Out 8/24, ¥2400 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, YesAsia

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Metafive "Metalive" (Blu-ray+CD) tag:coolestsound.jp,2016://4.11582 2016-08-19T12:17:29Z 2016-08-19T12:18:27Z Metafive have released a first live Blu-ray, of a show held at EX Theater Roppongi on January 21, 2016. The full show plus 3 video clips are included, and the release comes with a CD of a selection of songs... Metafive have released a first live Blu-ray, of a show held at EX Theater Roppongi on January 21, 2016. The full show plus 3 video clips are included, and the release comes with a CD of a selection of songs from the show.

Metafive can be seen live this weekend at Summer Sonic 2016 (on the 2nd day, August 21), and the next weekend at World Happiness 2016 (August 28).

METAFIVE "METALIVE" (Blu-ray+CD)

Disc 1: Blu-ray
METALIVE
1. Mezzanotte
2. Albore
3. Maisie's Avenue
4. Gravetrippin'
5. Luv U Tokio
6. Split Spirit
7. Anodyne
8. W.G.S.F.
9. Turn Turn
10. Radio Junk
11. Whiteout
12. Radio
13. Key
14. Don't Move
15. Threads
16. Disaster Baby
17. Luv Pandemic
18. Cue
METACLIPS
1. Don't Move (Studio Live Version)
2. Maisie's Avenue (Studio Live Version)
3. Luv U Tokio (Music Clip)

Disc 2: CD
1. Albore
2. Maisie's Avenue
3. Gravetrippin'
4. Luv U Tokio
5. Split Spirit
6. Anodyne
7. W.G.S.F.
8. Turn Turn
9. Radio Junk
10. Whiteout
11. Radio
12. Don't Move
13. Threads
14. Disaster Baby

Warner WPZL-90104
Out now (8/17), ¥6500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, YesAsia

Trailer

"Gravetrippin' (Metalive version)"

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kataomoi "Quiero V.I.P" tag:coolestsound.jp,2016://4.11583 2016-08-14T08:54:19Z 2016-08-14T08:54:45Z Here's a 2nd album by kataomoi, follow-up to "kataomoin Da House" (2013). This was engineered by Illicit Tsuboi, and is being released on Kakubarhythm. Check out the release special page. A release party will be held at Kinema Club on... Here's a 2nd album by kataomoi, follow-up to "kataomoin Da House" (2013). This was engineered by Illicit Tsuboi, and is being released on Kakubarhythm.

Check out the release special page.

A release party will be held at Kinema Club on September 24.

kataomoi "Quiero V.I.P"
片想い 「QUIERO V.I.P」

1. kataomoin Da disco
2. My Favorite Things
3. Funky Initiations
4. V.I.P.
5. VIVA! Milagro
6. kimi no mado
7. kanjikata
8. Damage Rumba
9. machi no keshiki
10. Party Kills Me (Party ni korosareru!)
11. bōkire nado furimawashite mo shikata no nai koto deshō
12. Phenomenon

Kakubarhythm DDCK-1047
Out now (8/3), ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon,HMV,Tower, YesAsia, CDJapan

"Party Kills Me"

Trailer clip

"V.I.P."

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Perfume "Cosmic Explorer" (2x12") tag:coolestsound.jp,2016://4.11499 2016-08-14T02:43:33Z 2016-08-14T02:46:50Z Perfume's 6th album "Cosmic Explorer", released last April, has just been released in a limited vinyl edition! This comes in as a set of two 12"'s, and the 1st record is blue, while the 2nd comes in a random color... Perfume's 6th album "Cosmic Explorer", released last April, has just been released in a limited vinyl edition! This comes in as a set of two 12"'s, and the 1st record is blue, while the 2nd comes in a random color (pink, yellow or orange). Grab yours while it's still time!

Perfume "Cosmic Explorer" (2x12")

A1. Navigate
A2. Cosmic Explorer
A3. Miracle Worker
A4. Next Stage with YOU
B1. STORY
B2. FLASH (Album-mix)
B3. Sweet Refrain (Album-mix)
C1. Baby Face
C2. TOKIMEKI LIGHTS (Album-mix)
C3. STAR TRAIN (Album-mix)
C4. Relax In The City
D1. Pick Me Up
D2. Cling Cling (Album-mix)
D3. Hold Your Hand

Universal UPJP-9007
Out now (8/3), ¥4620 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, YesAsia

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[via Twitter] New summer track "FLASHBACK50" free download! http://switchedon.jp/ from (M)otocompo x Kit Cat split album out Sept. 21! @DrUsui @otocompo https://twitter.com/coolestsound/status/763936600459911168 2016-08-12T12:14:13Z New summer track "FLASHBACK50" free download! http://switchedon.jp/ from (M)otocompo x Kit Cat split album out Sept. 21! @DrUsui @otocompo http://switchedon.jp/ from (M)otocompo x Kit Cat split album out Sept. 21! @DrUsui @otocompo ]]> Sugar's Campaign "mamagoto" tag:coolestsound.jp,2016://4.11652 2016-08-12T02:22:37Z 2016-08-12T02:58:37Z Sugar's Campaign, the super pop unit of producers Avec Avec and Seiho, has a brand new 2nd album out now! This follow-up to the excellent "Friends" (2015) has a general theme of "family". HMV gives away a pink promo spoon... Sugar's Campaign, the super pop unit of producers Avec Avec and Seiho, has a brand new 2nd album out now! This follow-up to the excellent "Friends" (2015) has a general theme of "family".

HMV gives away a pink promo spoon while supplies last.

A one-man live will be held at Daikanyama Unit on August 26, and in Osaka on August 25. Tickets are on sale.

Sugar's Campaign "mamagoto"
Sugar's Campaign 「ままごと」

1. potesara
2. mamagoto
3. shūmatsu no Crystal
4. itamidome
5. tadaima.
6. Mariage
7. itsuka no yume kara tsuredashite
8. HAPPY END
9. 1987
10. Restaurant -nettai saru-
11. SWEET HOME

Victor VICL-64603
Out now (8/10), 2500 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, Tower Records, HMV, CDJapan

"mamagoto"

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Especia "Mirage" tag:coolestsound.jp,2016://4.11629 2016-08-11T13:45:56Z 2016-08-11T13:46:01Z Idol group Especia is now back as a trio with a brand new EP! There has been a serious image change following their dramatic move from Osaka to Tokyo earlier this year, with a cool sound that has evolved and... Idol group Especia is now back as a trio with a brand new EP! There has been a serious image change following their dramatic move from Osaka to Tokyo earlier this year, with a cool sound that has evolved and now seems to feature only English lyrics. Like before they are backed by producer unit Hi-Fi City.

The limited edition comes with a 107-minute DVD of the last show of Especia's recent tour with their former line-up, held at Studio Coast in Tokyo on January 17, 2016.

Upcoming shows include a morning show at Chelsea Hotel in Shibuya on August 28, from 9:30am! Check their full schedule here.

Especia "Mirage"

1. Savior
2. Affair
3. Helix
4. Nothing

Limited edition (CD+DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
Bermuda Entertainment BMEJ-0023
Out 8/10, ¥4000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, YesAsia

Regular edition
Bermuda Entertainment BMEJ-0025
Out 8/10, ¥1000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, YesAsia

"Savior"

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