BRATS – AINIKOIYO
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BRATS return with the energetic rock of ‘AINIKOIYO’… One of J-Pop Go’s songs of 2015 was the percussive pop of ’14-sai boy’ brought to us via BRATS, the outfit formed by sisters Rei Kuromiya (vocals) and Aya Kuromiya (bass). If … Read More

BABYMETAL – METAL RESISTANCE
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Everyone’s favourite metal maids return with album No. 2… The rapid rise of BABYMETAL as a global phenomenon certainly took people by surprise. That it happened in a period of time in which other Japanese outfits have been trying their … Read More

SHIRITSU EBISU CHUGAKU – Anarchy
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Raw idol goodness from Ebichu… The idol scene appears to be going through a particularly active period at the moment with both new groups and old groups jostling for position. It’s a situation that’s also been accentuated by the emergent … Read More

LYRICAL SCHOOL RUN and RUN
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In the continuing arms race of clever videos it’s down to idol outfit lyrical school to push the envelope with their mobile phone-friendly pv for ‘RUN and RUN’… Originally starting out as tengal6 back in 2010, the Tokyo-based group recreated … Read More

PERFUME – COSMIC EXPLORER
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PERFUME return with an album of quality and distinction… It’s been 3 years since Perfume’s last studio album LEVEL3 – a time that’s seen J-Pop continually evolving while more and more acts enter an increasingly busy scene. Perfume have enjoyed … Read More

J-Pop Go Songs of 2015
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2015 was a particularly strong year for J-pop which saw some old favourites as well as the debuts of some fine talents. Here’s our take of the best songs of the year… Otsukare Summer – Dempagumi.inc The arrival of Dempagumi.Inc’s … Read More

WE ARE Perfume -WORLD TOUR 3rd DOCUMENT
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PERFUME offer an insight into the inner workings of J-pop’s finest in a new documentary… London was fortunate enough to have the opportunity of a screening of the new Perfume documentary WE ARE Perfume -WORLD TOUR 3rd DOCUMENT this month. … Read More

BRATS reveal pv for ’14-sai byou’
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LADYBABY’s Rei Kuromiya releases new video for her BRATS outing… With LADYBABY enjoying a surge of publicity recently, it might be surprising to learn that Rei Kuromiya has been busy with her other outfit BRATS. BRATS, which also features Rei’s … Read More

FLAVIYAKE Anime Girl
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FLAVIYAKE returns with some anime-inspired pop goodness… The electropop wonder that is FLAVIYAKE took us by surprise when she emerged on the scene several years ago. The Moldovian musical prodigy (she was writing songs at age 10 – and was … Read More

CHARISMA.COM Ai Ai Syndrome
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With an aggressive lyrical style, CHARISMA.COM challenge your J-pop expectations on this new vinyl release… Although they had been friends at school, it wasn’t until Itsuka and Gonchi left that the pair entertained the idea of doing music together. The … Read More

4TE’s Chii releases solo single WHY DO I
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4TE member Chii releases her solo single ‘Why Do I’ – a smooth electronic pop delight… 4TE are a J-pop-influenced 4-piece based in the US. Formed in 2013, the four members (Chii, Jenny, Micchi, and Mei) collaborated with producers Berry … Read More

HIMEZAWA – WAGAMAMA LOVE
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Making her singing debut, HIMEZAWA steps forth with new single release ‘Wagamama Love’… Originally hailing from Germany, HIMEZAWA spent a brief time in the UK before moving to Japan where she became a model for Asobisystem. Her cosplaying career kicked … Read More

BISKAIDAN 2
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The activities of alternative idol outfit Brand-new Idol Society managed to spark the interest of Jojo Hiroshige back in 2012. Hiroshige fronted classic noise band Hijokaidan, whose own antics seemed to suggest similar themes in line with BiS. Hiroshige had … Read More

KELSEY ELLISON Goes BOOM BOOM
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While the UK summer appears to be being washed away by torrential rain this week, we can still brighten our lives up with the aid of a few good tunes. Fortunately, KELSEY ELLISON has released a new song just in … Read More

DEMPAGUMI.INC – WWDD
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The arrival of Dempagumi.Inc’s third studio album brings with it some of the best examples of contemporary idol music. In a period where idol outfits are generally still in the ascendant, it’s always a nice surprise to still see groups … Read More

DIE MILCH – Imperial
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Die Milch surprised everyone with the release of debut album Metronom in 2013, demonstrating a remarkably effective baroque pop approach. Now comes their new album Imperial – a stylish collection of songs that manages to continue the themes of Metronom, … Read More

Kanjuku Berryz Kobo The Final Completion Box
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“People Usually Aren’t Idols for 10 Years, Are They?” Berryz Koubou’s 35th single, released 10 years after their debut seemed to have the optimistic message: Berryz were the idols who would be going against the grain and be around for … Read More

GETTING ‘BREATHLESS’ WITH FIFI RONG
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The release of Next Pursuit by FIFI RONG back in April provided us with a collection of smooth, soulful tunes. As we noted in our feature on Fifi last year, there’s a delicate dream-like vibe to her work, which also … Read More

PERFUME – CLINGING ON
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With the exception of those living under a rock recently, it’s clear that J-Pop superstars PERFUME have been quite busy recently with song releases and tour plans. ‘Cling Cling’, which offers up Perfume’s 25th single release (20th on a major … Read More

BECAUSE I’M A DOLL – FLAVIYAKE
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It’s time to catch up on our favorite musical Moldovian as FLAVIYAKE unveils her latest video ‘Because I’m A Doll’, whose cartoon world explores the ideas of the perception of women and sexual politics. As Flaviyake herself explains: “‘Because I’m … Read More

NEXT PURSUIT – FIFI RONG
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FIFI RONG has been keeping a high profile of late with the 2013 release of her debut single ‘Over You’ and debut album ‘Wrong’, a guest appearance on Tricky’s album ‘False Idols’, a special secret gig and now the release … Read More

BABYMETAL ALBUM REVIEW
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Although the outfit formed in 2010, it’s only now that the raucous trio known as BABYMETAL have released their debut album, the eponymously titled BABYMETAL. BABYMETAL as an album is essentially a collection of the various singles and B-Side tracks … Read More

BRAND-NEW IDOL SOCIETY’S ‘ODD FUTURE’
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Our chums in BRAND-NEW IDOL SOCIETY have a new single release titled ‘STUPiG’ out this month – and just to be different they’re releasing 6 different versions of the video for the track ‘ODD FUTURE’. The concept for the special … Read More

Yun*chi debut album
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One of our favourite new J-Pop artists Yun*chi has certainly had a busy year. Following on from 2 mini-album releases and her UK performance debut at Hyper Japan in July earlier this year, Yun*chi now has an album scheduled for … Read More

DIE MILCH – Metronom
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Die Milch’s debut album Metronom boasts a superb collection of baroque pop tunes with a strong sense of classical influences and contemporary musical touches. Metronom is a powerful demonstration of the talents of Coco and her collaborators as part of … Read More

LEVEL3 – PERFUME
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Having achieved domestic success, the Technopop trio of Perfume continue to carve their global path and appear to have emerged as the flag-waving vanguard for J-Pop. LEVEL3 is Perfume’s 4th studio album (and their first on the Universal Music Japan … Read More

5TH DIMENSION – Momoiro Clover Z
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5TH DIMENSION marks the long-awaited follow-up album to Momoiro Clover Z’s 2011 album release Battle And Romance. As their first album is largely considered a classic of the J-Pop genre, how does their sophomore album shape up? As expected, 5TH … Read More

BRAND-NEW IDOL SOCIETY – Idol Is Dead
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Since their inception, the ‘anti-idol’ idol outfit Brand-New Idol Society have gone through some line-up changes, fake breakup speeches, released some eyebrow-raising videos and generally gone out of their way to get attention. Their antics have clearly paid off as … Read More