Introducing JESSE RUINS

There’s an intriguing electronic music scene in Japan at the moment which is the polar opposite of the more familiar primary colours of the contemporary J-Pop scene. Jesse Ruins is a good example of this with their moody electronic soundscapes … Read More

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KYARY PAMYU PAMYU announces 1st full album

KPP starts a revolution If there’s one character keeping the J-Pop world interesting it’s the Queen of Bonkers Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Her new single ‘CANDY CANDY’ is due for release tomorrow and her first full album Pamyu Pamyu Revolution is … Read More

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New PERFUME single SPRING OF LIFE

Perfume spring back into action Perfume are still keeping themselves busy following the release of their last studio album JPN. Here’s the video for new single ‘SPRING OF LIFE’ which is released on April 11th. http://www.perfume-web.jp

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Puffy announce new single

Classic J-Pop duo return They were one of the first contemporary J-Pop acts to break through to the West – and did so with an amazing catalogue of great tunes. Now Puffy are returning with a new single titled ‘Tomodachi … Read More

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AKB48 in April 1st post scandal!

A few people queried our post yesterday concerning L’Arc-en-Ciel’s forthcoming London concert – with AKB48 as support. We can now confess that the whole story was completely fabricated, aside from the fact that L’Arc-en-Ciel are indeed performing at the O2 … Read More

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L’Arc-en-Ciel and AKB48 Live in London

Famed J-Rock outfit L’Arc-en-Ciel are set for their UK debut on the 11th April in London. The long-anticipated performance has got the UK fanbase excited to finally see their favourite band playing live for the first time in London. But … Read More

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FEBRUARY & HEAVENLY Review

With the release of ‘Strawberry Cream Soda Pop Daydream’ in 2009 it looked like this Best Of album would mark the end of Tomoko Kawase’s alter ego project as Tommy February6. So it was a welcome relief that in 2011 … Read More

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SAORI YUKI Remix

Classic tune gets smooth remix Saori Yuki is a Japanese singer who began her career in the 1960’s specialising in Kayokyoku – a style of Japanese music that was a result of absorbing various Western styles. She scored a Japanese … Read More

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NO CARS go Fashion!

You may recall that J-Pop Go were tasked with finding a band for a fashion film shoot back in January. Well guitar pop outfit NO CARS responded to that call and the film, for MARK LUPFER, has been done. The … Read More

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Introducing DAZZLE VISION

Dazzling death voice Dazzle Vision are a 4-piece rock outfit that originally formed back in 2003 and have been gathering a steady fanbase ever since. Consisting of vocalist Maiko, guitarist John, bassist Takuro and Haru on drums, Dazzle Vision have … Read More

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Introducing SAPPHIRE SLOWS

One of the more interesting and intriguing acts to emerge from the Japanese electronic music scene comes courtesy of the ethereal soundscapes of Sapphire Slows. Composing tunes in her bedroom on her trusty laptop this Tokyo-based musician has also made … Read More

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An Interview with NATSUKO ASO

Natsuko Aso certainly likes to keep her J-Pop energetic. Songs such as ‘More More Lovers’ and ‘Perfect Area Complete’ (which also is the theme to the series Baka to Test to Shokanju) are frenetic slices of infectious pop. Natsuko’s early … Read More

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An Interview with BECKII CRUEL

Beckii Cruel is a name that’s probably best associated with the fame she achieved through her YouTube channel. Posting videos of herself dancing to J-Pop and anime songs, one of the videos featured the young Becky Flint dancing to ‘Danjo’. … Read More

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HYPER JAPAN 2012 Review

The Japanese Cultural Event returns… It hasn’t taken long for Hyper Japan to establish itself as a fixed point on the UK’s Japanese cultural calendar. Its seamless mesh of traditional and modern culture provides plenty of things to see and … Read More

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New NEO

The latest issue of the UK’s anime, manga and Asian pop culture magazine, NEO, is on sale this Thursday, 23rd February, 2012. Featured inside is a round up of the greatest anime movies of all time, previews of Fairy Tail … Read More

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Emi Evans Interview

We’re used to hearing Japanese artists making an impact here in the West, but what happens when Western artists try to make a career in the Japanese music scene? Emi Evans is originally from the UK and opted to study … Read More

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The return of TOMMY FEBRUARY6

February thrills In 2001, Brilliant Green singer Tomoko Kawase launched her solo career under the character of Tommy February6 – a self-manufactured alter ego whose infectious melodies, distinctive visual appearance and amazing videos made a definite impact on the J-Pop … Read More

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HYPER JAPAN 2012

Hyper Japan returns… The UK’s biggest J-Culture event returns for another action-packed weekend of all that’s cool from Japan. This time the event moves to its new home at Earl’s Court and features a fantastic line-up of events. There’s the … Read More

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JPN – Perfume

The Technopop trio return Following on from 2009’s Triangle album, Perfume return with JPN to continue their domination of the Technopop landscape. Debuting at No. 1 in the Oricon chart (the album sold 227,000 copies in its first week alone) … Read More

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