New PERFUME Best Of album due

Technopop Cubed To commemorate Perfume’s 15th major debut anniversary year in September, the technopop trio will be releasing a new extensive ‘Best Of’ album. Perfume The Best ‘P Cubed’ will feature 52 songs spanning Perfume’s entire career. Remastered by producer/songwriter … Read More

RIÉ FU – Places

Between lost and found… Rié Fu grew up influenced by a love of iconic artists such as Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and Karen Carpenter. That singer/songwriter aesthetic has certainly found roots in Rié’s approach to composing her own … Read More

Indie, Idol and Infamous – London

Idol adventures… The news that the good people at Orion Live were assembling a special multi-idol line-up for a UK tour had caused a buzz of interest from day one. Their Black Wings Over Albion tour in 2018 had seen … Read More

PSYDOLL Live in London

A night in the Machine Kingdom… Hitting the UK in the spring months, Japanese cyberpunk outfit Psydoll took in an extensive number of venues across the country, including Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne, Edinburgh, Leeds and Birmingham. Consisting of Nekoi (vocal,keyboard,songs) … Read More

RIÉ FU is going Places

Reflective moods The lush melodies of Rié Fu have provided some of the most charming moments of the Japanese music scene in recent years. Now she’s back with a brand new composition titled ‘Mirror’, which heralds a new impending album … Read More

PSYDOLL – Machine Kingdom

Cyber Pop Go Music seems to love a neat, orderly system of genres for artists and bands to be filed in. Occasionally, however, some bands turn up that prove difficult to nail down to any one niche. Tokyo’s Psydoll are … Read More

J-Pop Go Review Of 2018

The year in J-pop… 2018 saw some turbulent events in the world of Japanese music, including some line-up changes and one significant retirement. But among the stories were some good record releases – and more than a few newer acts … Read More

The occult world of NECRONOMIDOL

Voyaging across the black seas of infinity… One of the groups that seem to have made a strong impression in recent years is occult outfit Necronomidol. Originally founded by Ricky Wilson, an ex-pat American musician who had spent time dabbling … Read More

BANZAI JAPAN Interview

The Red & White Idol Show One of the groups that helped dissipate the winter blues at the last Hyper Japan event (see J-Pop Go’s review) was BANZAI JAPAN. This idol outfit are focussed on promoting the culture of Japan … Read More

HYPER JAPAN Winter 2018 Review

Winter wonderland adventures With the winter months closing in, the appeal of a long weekend of Japanese pop culture is always difficult to dismiss. London’s Olympia paid host to Hyper Japan’s annual festivities once again (albeit in a slightly smaller … Read More

HYPER JAPAN Winter 2018 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

TENTENKO – Tentenko

Pink pop perfection Synthpop artist Tentenko has been busy in her own particular technicolor world of music for a number of years, a journey which has resulted in this new eponymous album venture which showcases a variety of pop flavours. … Read More

BRATS – Brats

Rock trio deliver heavy-duty tunes… Japan’s continuing interest in guitar bands has seen a curious renaissance in recent times, particularly from female-fronted rock acts. From the garage punk aesthetic of Mutant Monster through to the Heavy Metal leanings of BAND-MAID, … Read More

DIE MILCH – Sinfonia

Gothic Pop perfection Die Milch’s 2013 debut Metronom demonstrated a confident hand at combining classical influences with more contemporary pop elements. There was a dynamic quality to compositions such as ‘Rosaria’ that managed to deliver effective melodies that stuck in … Read More

TOKYO FLAVOR Interview

TOKYO FLAVOR are a sub-unit of sorts, each unit named after various regions of Japan (consequently there are also Osaka and Kobe Flavor outfits). Active since 2015, TOKYO FLAVOR consists of members Niina, Yurika and Mayumi. The idol outfit made … Read More

TAKETERU SUNAMORI Interview

Anison Pop Go! The multi-talented Taketeru Sunamori has chalked up a career as a novelist, a composer and, more lately, a DJ among his list of accomplishments. As a student, he contributed voice dramas to popular Japanese site Niconico Douga … Read More

LONDON BLUE Interview

Rock Idol Go! Inspired by the UK rock music scene, LONDON BLUE are a 5-piece outfit consisting of Kana, Kayano, Rina, Kyoka and Rinka. Their eponymous 2016 debut album introduced audiences to the idol outfit’s combination of bubblegum pop and … Read More

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