About Us

JPU Records:

JPU Records’ CD of DIVISION by the GazettE in stock at a HMV UK store.

Dedicated to bringing cutting edge, kick arse music from Japan to the UK, Europe and beyond. From our offices in London, we want to smash stereotypes, burst eardrums and fill shelves with our releases. Our journey so far has led to our first release, DIVISION by the GazettE, being featured as a Q4 hot release in British industry mag Music Week (found here on page 35), as well as the band being voted Music Act of 2012 by the readers of NEO Magazine. We followed that up in 2013 by getting their next album BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY into charts across Europe, including #3 in the iTunes UK Metal Chart and #2 and #5 Finland and France’s respective iTunes Rock Charts, as well as in the top ten of Amazon UK’s rock chart.

Our other releases include the phenomenal i’mperfect from Ling tosite sigure, a band almost impossible to summarise in a single sentence. It’s been compared to the likes of At The Drive-In, Muse, Fall of Troy and 65daysofstatic. Then we have the nitro-infused punk energy of POLYSICS with a European special edition of their album Weeeeeeeeee!!! (yes, with ten e’s), electronica meets rock via EMBRACE, the brilliant album from legends BOOM BOOM SATELLITES, plus MILLION from one Japan’s hottest new rock-pop talents SPYAIR.

NEO Award 2013

the GazettE and JPU Records Win Best Musical Act in the NEO Awards 2013

We refuse to stick to a single genre. If it impresses us, it’s getting a release across our vast UK and European distribution network, taking music from Japan to places it’s never been before.

Welcome to the revolution.

JAPAN UNDERGROUND:

We are the UK’s biggest promoter of Japanese talent. Our Japanese music club nights have grown to become the biggest events of their kind and have been featured in everything from The Independent to on Kerrang! and Absolute Radio! We were also voted Best Specialist Company by the readers of NEO Magazine, in the top 101 things to do before you die by Living Social, and rated in the top 5 things to do in London and the South East by Stylist.

We’ve organised and promoted sold out shows for artists both big and small. Some of our highlights include FACT‘s completely-sold-out-cannot-fit-anymore-inside-if-we-wanted-to headline show in London – this live video pretty much sums up the madness; as well as Japanese indie-rock sensation [Champagne] with their first UK show, a UK tour with 8otto, Miila and the Geeks and NOKIES (check out this ace video capturing all three live in the UK), and regular nights every month in London with a variety of indie acts. We’ve also organised a number of charity events following the Touhoku Earthquake to raise money for the relief effort, which included support from British pop legend Adam Ant, as well as respected Japanese pop musician Suga Shikao, Rie fu and many more acts, which raised over £10,000.

Get in touch: tom.smith[at]jpurecords.com

We’ll leave you with the video of FACT at JAPAN UNDERGROUND in London:

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