SPYAIR Release ‘BEST’ Album in the UK and Europe from 12 January

SPYAIR BESTJapanese pop-rock squad SPYAIR will release ‘BEST’ on CD and digital formats in the UK and Europe from 12 January 2015, collating all 14 of their massive hit singles so far, plus two brand new songs! It’s also the first time many of the songs have been available outside of Japan.

Since smashing on to the scene in 2010 with their debut single ‘LIAR’, which also became the theme song to Japanese TV school drama Hammer Session!, SPYAIR have experienced a mighty ten top-40 singles in Japan and had many of their tracks become theme tunes in anime and film; including The Amazing Spider-Man, Bleach and Gintama. All are included on ‘BEST’.

Due to popular demand, SPYAIR were picked up by London’s JPU Records for European distribution, leading to the group’s YouTube channel being available outside of Japan for the first time. There, the official music videos to the songs included on ‘BEST’ have already racked up viewing figures upwards of 28 million.

‘BEST’ TRACKLISTING
01. GLORYSPYAIR - BEST
02. Imagination
03. JUST ONE LIFE
04. Genjyou Destruction
05. Niji
06. Sakura Mitsutsuki
07. WENDY ~It’s You~
08. Naked
09. 0 GAME
10. My World
11. BEAUTIFUL DAYS
12. (Samurai Heart) Some Like It Hot!!
13. Japanication
14. Last Moment
15. LIAR
16. Anokoro bokurawa onajimiraiwo

Pre-order now from JPU Records’ online shop.

Album teaser:

Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2014 to go Hyper for Japanese Music

Hyper Japan Christmas Marker 2014

With Hyper Japan Christmas Market only a matter of days away, we take a look at what the event has on offer for fans of Japanese music. Taking place between 14-16 November 2014 at Olympia in London, the Christmas Market sees the UK’s biggest J-culture event take a more relaxed approached than it’s massive summer event at Earls Court, focusing instead more on the market side of the event – yet, we’d say that the music line-up is equally, if not more, exciting than the summer’s event. Here’s why:

NeM: Japanese Fusion Band

NeMWhen: Saturday – 7:30pm
NeM is the combination of five traditional Japanese musicians living in the UK and Italy. Amongst their ranks is shamisen veteran Hibiki Ichikawa – the only qualified teacher of his instrument in Great Britain. The group’s name, NeM, holds the meaning of the sound of Japanese instruments dancing through peoples’ minds throughout the world – at least that’s what the Hyper Japan website says. Personally, we’re a sucker for the koto and can’t wait to hear what they have to offer. They’ll play a special collection of folk songs from all over the world, performed with a distinct Japanese flavour.

Naruto Singer Joe Inoue and Diana Garnet

Joe Inoue and Diana GarnetWhen: Sunday – 4pm.
Joe Inoue is probably best known in the UK for two of his songs being used in anime: “Closer” was used as the fourth Naruto Shippuden opening song, and “Kaze no Gotoku” was used for a season of Gin Tama. He’s also a regular part of J-MELO, a television programme by NHK World which airs in over 150 countries. You will be able to buy Joe Inoue CDs and merchandise from JPU Records’ booth throughout the event.
He’ll be joined on stage on Sunday with Diana Garnet who recently had her a major debut – the turning point for her was winning the Nihon TV 2013 “Nodojiman THE WORLD” contest.

SIRO-A

SIRO-AWhen: Friday – 2:30pm. Saturday: 12:00 noon. Sunday: 12-noon.
Tipped as Japan’s answer to the Blue Man Group, this team of techno wizards combine humour, music and live performance into a stage show that is a must to experience. They’re also the longest running commercial stage-show from Japan to ever hit London’s west end. Check out their YouTube channel for a taste of what to expect.

Anna Yano:

Anna YanoWhen: Every day.
Yano Anna is an Aomoji-kei model affiliated with ASOBISYSTEM, the same management company as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. She’s also a singer, having combined her work with her love of anime by performing “All Over” and “Shape My Story”, the opening theme songs for Magica Wars and Stella Women’s Academy, Class C3 respectively. Don’t worry, we didn’t know what Aomoji-kei was either, so here’s what MTV81 had to say about it; “Aomoji is basically dressing the way you want as opposed to what society thinks looks good; in other words, it’s about dressing for yourself, and not for what the runway and chain shops dictate… and certainly not to please boys”.

Miyu Koike

Koike MiyuWhen: Sunday – 2pm
Having had her major debut with Victor Entertainment this summer, Idol Koike Miyu will now also be making her UK debut at Hyper Japan Christmas Market. As well as a singer with seven indie singles under her belt, Miyu is also a regular talent on Japanese TV and radio shows. She’s known for her quirky sense of humour and being a something of a “Dojikko” (extremely clumsy) personality. Let’s hope she doesn’t fall off the stage!

Tamashii Taiko Drumming

Tamashii TaikoWhen: Saturday – 8:15pm
Tamashii perform traditional and contemporary pieces using a variety of traditional Japanese rhythms while the players are allowed to explode into their own unique and colourful solos throughout the songs. The combination of uniformity and the individual freedom of expression is what give Tamashii its strength as a team and character as a performance group. The Group show that Taiko is not merely drumming, but an emotion that the whole body and mind can experience, apparently.

Nihon Buyo and Folk Music

Nihon BuWhen: Saturday – 2pm. Sunday – 10:30am
Nihon Buyo is a refined form of traditional Japanese dance and has been improved over four centuries. It has its strongest influence from Kabuki Buyo, but it was also influenced by the circular movements and props of Noh and the spinning and jumping expressions of Japanese Folk Dance. While performed independently by specialists, it is particularly known for being the style of dancing performed by geisha.
Make sure you check out the performance on Sunday, as shamisen star Hibiki Ichikawa and enka singer Akari Mochizuki will join the performance.

Of course! JPU Records will be another highlight – visit their booth throughout the event to buy and talk about music! They will also have a very special one-off clearance sale of third-party CDs. A great time to grab a bargain or just try something new.

Last Few Units of the GazettE × WALKMAN® Collaboration Left in Europe

【the GazettE × WALKMAN®】

The last few units of the very special and very limited the GazettE × WALKMAN® are left in Europe!the GazettE Collaboration Walkman features:

  • Original engraved design on the back of Walkman
  • Original music video of ‘Last Heaven‘, exclusive to Walkman
  • the GazettE’s signature songs ‘INSIDE BEAST’ and ‘FADELESS’ in high resolution audio
  • Special photos exclusive for WalkmanCheck all the details of the model from the below specially launched websites!

UK: https://shop.sony.co.uk/shop/mimes/openAccess/store/gazette/EN/index.jsp

France: https://shop.sony.fr/shop/mimes/openAccess/store/gazette/FR/index.jsp

Germany: https://shop.sony.de/shop/mimes/openAccess/store/gazette/DE/index.jsp

Customer Call Centre:
UK: 020-7365-2413
France: 01-55-69-51-27
Germany: 069-95-08-63-19

More details: http://japanunderground.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/the_gazette_x_walkman/

BABYMETAL to Make UK Return This November

BABYMETAL Brixton UK November 2014

BABYMETAL will return to the UK in November for their only remaining European show of 2014, confirmed to take place at the O2 Academy Brixton on Saturday 8 November 2014. The London stop of their World Tour 2014 – Who’s Ready For Round 2? – will be highly anticipated, after fans were treated to their first UK performance at Sonisphere Festival last month, with a select few also managing to get tickets to their sold out headline show at London’s Kentish Town Forum two days later.

A truly unique phenomenon, BABYMETAL broke out of their native Japan earlier this year as their video for single ‘Gimme Chocolate!!’ went viral worldwide, their inimitable blend of heavy metal and catchy pop demanding the attention of music fans everywhere.

The announcement comes off the back of a huge summer, which as well as seeing major festival appearances around Europe, also saw the band support pop superstar Lady Gaga on her recent US tour.

A limited number of VIP tickets will be available which will include priority entry to the venue and souvenir commemorative laminate and t-shirt. These will be available to collect at the show. VIP tickets will be £100 + fees.

Tickets will be available from 9am, Wednesday 20 August from here.

Boom Boom Satellites Reveals New Video to ‘ONLY BLOOD’

Boom Boom Satellites ONLY BLOOD

Japan’s legendary electronic pioneers Boom Boom Satellites mark their return with the worldwide release of their new music video ‘ONLY BLOOD’ on YouTube.

ONLY BLOOD, with lyrics fully in English, breaks 1.5 years of silence from duo Michiyuki Kawashima and Masayuki Nakano, and follows on from their hit album EMBRACE, which received a European and UK release on CD and digital formats courtesy of JPU Records.

The music video has been created by visionary producer Taiyo Yamamoto, whose creations have featured in projects involving the anime film Evangelion 3.0, digital music phenomenon Miku Hatsune and the video game Beatmania IIDX20 Tricoro.

ONLY BLOOD has been teasing audiences in Japan since May, when it was featured in the trailer for upcoming thriller MONSTERZ, featuring Tatsuya Fujiwara (Battle Royale, Death Note, Arrietty).

Last year Boom Boom Satellites cancelled 23-dates of their EMBRACE 2013 TOUR when guitarist and vocalist Michiyuki was diagnosed with the symptoms of a brain tumour.

This year Boom Boom Satellites have made a strong return to the live stage, performing at Japan’s major music festivals, including Summer Sonic 2014, Rising Sun Rock Festival 2014 and Rock In Japan Festival 2014 amongst others.

On originally seeing Boom Boom Satellites perform in London, Mark Roland featured the pair as his pick of the week in Melody Maker, stating; “They are the best band I’ve ever seen. Monster beats, Chemical flavour, the drums, the drums, the drums! The sooner you get Boom Boom Satellites orbiting your stratosphere, the happier you will be.”

Boom Boom Satellites homepage: http://bbs-net.com/
Boom Boom Satellites YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/bbsliveSMEJ

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