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Back in 2005 J-Pop Go trialed its own dedicated J-Pop magazine. Each issue was a glossy print publication with a variety of articles and features. Now we’re making available some of the back issues here via the J-Pop Go Shop.
Issue 1 included the Rough Guide To J-Pop, listing various J-Pop artists and groups. A special feature on J-Pop duo PUFFY, an interview with designer and illustrator Rodney Alan Greenblat (Puffy, Parappa The Rapper), interviews with POLYSICS, SHONEN KNIFE and MIKA BOMB.
Issue 2 included the Rough Guide To J-Pop, listing various J-Pop artists and groups. A special feature on PINE AM, An article on Anime vs J-Pop, a review of the Japanese Music Showcase including MIKA BOMB, THE RODEO CARBURETTOR and an interviews with DMBQ and CORNELIUS. Plus a review of UTADA Hikaru’s Exodus album.
Each issue also featured news, reviews, polls and more and included contributions from Daniel Robson, Emily Bastian, Teresa Tang and Mike Rumbles. Each issue has 20 pages wrapped up in a Day-Glo colour cover.
Visit the J-Pop Go Shop for ordering details.
The album, which follows on from 2010′s To Anyone, features 10 tracks and is produced by Teddy Park. CRUSH also features contributions from Choice 37, G-Dragon, DEE.P, Masta Wu, PK and Peejay.
2NE1 are of course one of the Korean outfits that are trying to expand their market globally. In 2012, their release ‘I Love You’ was reviewed on BBC Radio 1 (courtesy of Popjustice’s Pete Robinson) producing mixed responses.
J-Pop Go has always flown the Blackjack flag and tracks such as ‘Can’t Nobody’ are popular favourites when we’re on DJ duties.
CRUSH is currently available via iTunes and you can order it through this link: Crush – 2NE1
You can order copies of debut album METRONOM, which we described as “a superb collection of baroque pop tunes with a strong sense of classical influences and contemporary musical touches”. Features the powerful ‘Rosaria’ which combines founder and singer Coco’s dynamic vocal range with a driving tune bolstered by strings and harpsichord.
Also up for grabs is the ‘MAMA’ EP whose title track is another of Die Milch’s secret weapons. With its driving strings-based tune the song barrels along at a pace with a distinctly military-inspired rhythm. Coupled with a fiercely infectious melody, ‘MAMA’ is one of the most distinctive Japanese tunes you’ll hear this year.
You can access the J-Pop Go Shop here.