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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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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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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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

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RIE FU – Places

Between lost and found… Rie 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 Rie’s approach to composing her own … Read More

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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

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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

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RIE FU is going Places

Reflective moods The lush melodies of Rie 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

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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

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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

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