2019 – Songs Of The Year

2019 has been a mixed combo of winners in many genres, including some classic artists. Here’s the songs that J-Pop Go think stood out this year… BABYMETAL – PA PA YA!! With its bonkers screeching synth sounds, speedy guitars and … Read More

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2019 – The Year In Review

The year in J-pop… 2019 saw a mixed year of underground idol action, new releases from established acts and more than a few interesting UK-based events. Here’s J-Pop Go’s review of the year… The year started off with some sad … Read More

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BABYMETAL – Metal Galaxy

Fox God in Space Following the release of their 2016 album Metal Resistance (see J-Pop Go review previously), Babymetal seemed to be beset by a variety of dramas and tragedy. In 2018, the trio were reduced to two when Yuimetal … Read More

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ZOMBIE-CHANG – Petit Petit Petit

Perky pop gems The curiously-named Zombie-Chang offers up some mesmerising compositions on Petit Petit Petit. Weaving in synth-pop elements with bass and percussion, the end result is a collection of crisp tunes that could be viewed as a palate cleanser … Read More

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HYPER JAPAN 2019 Review

Hyper Summer Thrills… Celebrating 10 years of events, Hyper Japan launched once again into the summer with 3 days of food, fashion, gaming, cosplay, anime and music all connected with a Japanese theme. As ever, for this year’s event, Hyper … Read More

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DEREK VASCONI Interview

“It was like chaos and insanity…” For those attending any of the recent UK Necronomidol shows, a few familiar faces were always there to ensure a smooth process for both performances as well as the post-show cheki sessions. The Orion … Read More

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HIRASAWA TO TAINAKA Interview

Fuwa Fuwa Time K-On! was a music anime series that became something of a phenomenon when it first aired back in 2009 (see J-Pop Go review previously). Based on the manga series by Kakifly, the plot revolves around four high … Read More

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NAOMI SUZUKI Interview

Creating a cultural bridge… A popular figure on London’s busy Japanese culture and music scene, Naomui Suzuki is probably best-known for her MC work at the annual Japan Matsuri (see J-Pop Go’s previous interview). Naomi has carefully crafted a career … Read More

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SHONEN KNIFE Live in London

Sweet Candy Power During the barren years, having a Japanese band performing in the UK seemed like a remote prospect at the best of times. Luckily, sturdy rock outfit Shonen Knife were one of a the small number of acts … Read More

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NECRONOMIDOL Interview

Under an iron sky If there’s one underground idol act that’s caught the imagination of western idol fans, it’s the 5-strong team of Necronomidol. The occult-themed outfit dazzled audiences in 2018 during their Black Wings Over Albion tour with their … Read More

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SHONEN KNIFE – Sweet Candy Power

Wave rock wonder It’s perhaps tough to grasp how long Shonen Knife have been in business as a music combo. Originally formed in 1981 by sisters Naoko (see J-Pop Go interview previously) and Atsuko Yamano alongside Michie Nakatani, Shonen Knife have since cultivated their … Read More

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HYPER JAPAN Summer 2019 Preview

The UK’s biggest Japanese cultural event is back… Hyper Japan is the UK’s biggest convention of J-culture and anime held in the UK. First staged in 2010, Hyper Japan is designed to promote all aspects of Japanese culture, encompassing food, … Read More

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AI OTSUKA and Fruits Basket

Ringing in the changes… Celebrating the 15th anniversary of her debut, J-pop singer-songwriter Ai Otsuka’s new song ‘Chime’ has been chosen as the new opening theme for the 2019 TV anime Fruits Basket. Ai Otsuka is probably best known for her … Read More

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RIE FU – Live in London

I see the mirror reflecting me… With the release of her new album Places (see J-Pop Go review previously) earlier this year, UK audiences were also fortunate enough to see Rie fu perform some of those songs live at some … Read More

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BABYMETAL – PA PA YA!!

Metal mayhem returns… With the release of yet another new tune in the form of ‘PA PA YA!!’, it seems appropriate to check in on what’s happening with everyone’s favourite metal maids Babymetal. With a Glastonbury appearance booked in – … Read More

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