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NECRONOMIDOL Live in London

In Regeneratione Tour It would be fair to say that occult-powered idol act NECRONOMIDOL have been through some ups and downs in recent times. The successive line-up changes can’t fail to be a frustrating obstacle, presenting a precarious foundation to … Read More

EKOTUMI Live in London

A journey into Japanese mythology… The Kojiki is considered to be the oldest literary work in Japan, a chronicle of the myths and legends of Japanese history. It also weaves in oral traditions and semi-historical accounts and elements of its … Read More

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GARNiDELiA – Otome no kokoroe

Anime pop go… J-pop duo GARNiDELiA continue adding to their anime theme song portfolio with new tune ‘Otome no kokoroe’, ahead of the release of a new album. Consisting of singer Mai Mizuhashi (aka MARiA) and Vocaloid producer Yoshinori Abe (aka toku), GARNiDELiA have previously lent … Read More

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EKOTUMI – A Wingless Country

Exploring Japanese mythology… Songwriter and singer, performer and novelist of Japanese mythology and folklore, Ekotumi’s approach to music is grounded in an exploration of Japanese mythology, particularly the idea of kami, a Shinto concept which embodies “gods” as elements of … Read More

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HEAVENSTAMP – From the Basement

Feeling the light New record label Setsuzoku Records sprang from music promoters Orion Live in an effort to expand on their plans to deliver Japanese music directly to UK audiences. Starting up in 2020, the label has since gathered an … Read More

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SHIRITSU EBISU CHUUGAKU – Nanairo

Evocative idol goodness This month delivered a nice surprise from idol outfit Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku, where they demonstrated a softer approach with their song ‘Nanairo’ for popular YouTube channel The First Take. The performance was also given an added appeal … Read More

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Introducing MIKUROMIKA

You can just be yourself Those people with a keen interest in J-pop in the UK will of course be aware of Orion Live’s passion in bringing underground acts to the country in previous years. Their efforts have in turn … Read More

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FAKY to guest at HYPER JAPAN

FAKY go online this July… This year’s Hyper Japan will be an online affair, a not-unsurprising result of the ongoing Covid crisis that’s impacted many events recently. Despite the fact that we won’t have the ability to enjoy the event … Read More

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BABYBEARD Interview

Smile, dance and scream! It would be tough to cast an eye over the world of idol pop without acknowledging the presence of one of its more eye-catching denizens. Ladybeard is difficult to miss with his imposing frame and stylish … Read More

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FEMM – 404 Not Found

It’s time to level up… 2020 was a busy year for the “mannequins with emotion” as FEMM announced an upgrade of sorts from FEMM 1.0 to FEMM 2.0. This switch-up offered an evolution of the duo’s approach and style, but … Read More

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FAKY – 99

Groove Pop Go FAKY are clearly keen to make 2021 their year with the release of new tune ’99’ (not to be mistaken with the other 99 that UK people might associate that name with). Culled from popular Japanese drama … Read More

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FEMM – Sugar Rush

Sealed with a kiss… While their distinctive electronic pop sound is present and correct, FEMM’s latest outing features a video that showcases a very different approach from our favourite pop mannequin outfit. Previously, FEMM (aka RiRi and LuLa) managed to … Read More

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2020 – The Year In Review

The year in J-pop… 2020 has proved to be a grim year for many reasons, but chiefly because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. It also meant that many live shows and events (including Hyper Japan) were either cancelled … Read More

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OOBERFUSE & HIBARI – Enola Gay

This kiss you give, it’s never going to fade away… Although the history of the 20th Century is littered with significant events, there’s probably few that can match the scale and impact of the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. It … Read More

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MAIKA LOUBTÉ – Closer

Stylish Synth Appeal The name of Maika Loubté will probably find familiarity among anime fans for her contributions to Carole & Tuesday. The musical sci-fi anime by Cowboy Bebop creator Shinichiro Watanabe has proved to be popular anime title of … Read More

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