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

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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BABYMETAL Live in London 2020

Galaxy Quest… The appearance of Babymetal’s Metal Galaxy album (see J-Pop Go review previously) seemed to spark up some debate in certain quarters (‘PA PA YA!!’ in particular), largely because although the variety of new influences on that album gave … Read More

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JUN OKADA Interview

Fragile love… Those familiar with the Japanese grassroots music scene in London will no doubt be familiar with singer/songwriter Jun Okada. A regular performer at many gigs, including open mic performances and impromptu shows at Japanese venues, Jun also spent … Read More

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KANON WAKESHIMA Interview

Odd Sting & Intrigue Kanon Wakeshima originally established herself over the years with a very distinct baroque pop approach to music, typified by her use of the cello and her work alongside Malice Mizer musician and producer Mana. Her 2008 … Read More

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KANON WAKESHIMA & JUN OKADA Live in London

Lounge pop party It seems surprising that nearly ten years have passed since Kanon Wakeshima graced UK shores as a live performer. During those interleaving years her style has been undergoing something of an evolution from the classic ‘Lolita Pop’ … Read More

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KANON WAKESHIMA – Odd Sting & Intrigue

Slick and stylish moments Having combined the visual style of Gothic Lolita with a theatrical baroque pop approach to her music, Kanon Wakeshima swiftly won fans over with her 2008 debut ‘Still Doll’. Albums such as 2009’s Shinshoku Dolce and … Read More

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2019 – Songs Of The Year

2019 has been a mixed combo of winners in many genres, including some classic artists. Here’s the songs that J-Pop Go think stood out this year… BABYMETAL – PA PA YA!! With its bonkers screeching synth sounds, speedy guitars and … Read More

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2019 – The Year In Review

The year in J-pop… 2019 saw a mixed year of underground idol action, new releases from established acts and more than a few interesting UK-based events. Here’s J-Pop Go’s review of the year… The year started off with some sad … Read More

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BABYMETAL – Metal Galaxy

Fox God in Space Following the release of their 2016 album Metal Resistance (see J-Pop Go review previously), Babymetal seemed to be beset by a variety of dramas and tragedy. In 2018, the trio were reduced to two when Yuimetal … Read More

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