JPU Matt’s Top 5 Albums of 2013

Last week we caught up with JPU Records’ sparkly assistant Chriss for her top five albums of 2013, which includes its fair share of visual kei, glam rock and electro-pop cheese. Next up on the firing squad is JPU Matt: salesman extraordinaire. If you’ve ever visited the JPU Records shop at events, he’s probably the reason you’ve over spent and ended up going home with way more CDs than you set out to get. When not at the shop you’ll probably find him shouting at the Japan Underground DJ to play his favourite songs, or front-row of a random gig somewhere in the UK. Here are his top five albums of the year:

A Day To Remember – Common Courtesy

“A relatively late entrance into the running as the album only got a physical release on November 25th but an instant hit in my books. This album is crammed full of heavy hitting riffs and powerful acoustic tracks. Every song has a story to tell and the band tell it well.”
Outstanding tracks – Violence (Enough is Enough), End Of Me.
Buy from Amazon: Regular Edition, Digital Edition.

BOOM BOOM SATELLITES – EMBRACE
“Mixing rock and electro can some times go horribly wrong but BOOM BOOM SATELLITES have been doing it fantastically for years, and this new offering is no exception. What could be better than buying a new album and finding a cover of your favourite Beatles song? (not much in the musical world that’s for sure!) The band’s cover of ‘HELTER SKELTER‘ is one of the best versions I have ever heard. From the first beats of the opening track ‘ANOTHER PERFECT DAY‘ you know that you are in for more of what BBS do best, powerful tracks with smooth deep vocals. For me this is the best album to put on when I’m going on a long drive, pump up the volume and lets go!”
Outstanding Tracks – BROKEN MIRROR (<-official music video), FLUTTER.
Buy from Amazon: European Special Edition, Digital Edition, Japanese Limited Edition.
Buy direct from JPU Records (worldwide shipping).

Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal
“Bring Me The Horizon are one of those bands you either love or hate, upon hearing that a new album was coming out I wasn’t bothered at all. But on a suggestion from a friend I took a listen to the opening track ‘Can You Feel My Heart‘ and fell in love. Much like the band’s last album, this outing is more ‘lyrical’ with less flat out screaming and more singing. Catchy, easy to learn choruses mean that you will have each song stuck in your head for days, and will most likely be singing them at the top of your lungs every time they come on!”
Outstanding tracks – Sleepwalking (<-official music video), Hospital for Souls.
Buy from Amazon: Regular Edition, Vinyl Edition, Digital (Deluxe) Edition.

Ling tosite sigure – i’mperfect
“This album is definitely a grower at first I wasn’t too sure but after 2 or 3 listens i started to love it! If you have never had the pleasure of listening to Ling tosite sigure this album is a great place to start, it gives you a perfect example of what the band are all about and shows off there indie/ hardcore style. Straight off the bat you are thrown into the hectic world of TK and his band with opening track ‘Beautiful Circus‘, It’s unlike anything I had heard before! Raw guitar riffs and male/female fairly high pitched vocals make a great mix and invite you into a world of rock wonder!”
Outstanding Tracks – Metamorphose, Sitai miss me.
Buy from Amazon: Regular Edition, Digital Edition.
Buy direct from JPU Records (worldwide shipping).

ONE OK ROCK – Jinsei×Boku=
“This album is a perfect mix of head banging floor fillers and Lighter in the air ballads, every track leads you into the next right to the end. Seeing ONE OK ROCK live in October was one of the musical highlights of my year and has me counting down the days till they return to a UK venue.”
Outstanding Tracks – ONION!, Nothing Helps.
Buy from Amazon: Regular Edition. Buy from iTunes: Digital Edition.

Next time we’ll speak to JPU found Tom Smith on his essential albums of the year. Until then, and seeing as no tracks from A Day to Remember have been officially uploaded on YouTube, we’ll leave you with the rather excellent BROKEN MIRROR from BOOM BOOM SATELLITES instead. Enjoy. (The music starts from 39 seconds in if you’d rather not wait)

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Japanese Electronic Pioneers BOOM BOOM SATELLITES Release New Album EMBRACE With Exclusive Remix for Europe

Marking their 15th anniversary, BOOM BOOM SATELLITES return to a European label with their eighth, most ambitious studio album to date: EMBRACE. Crafted in the wake of nuclear disaster, and followed by vocalist Kawashima’s own battle with a tumour to the brain, the release sees the pioneering duo pushed to their absolute limits. Match that with a cover from the Beatles and the pressure is truly on.

Masayuki Nakano and Michiyuki Kawashima (BOOM BOOM SATELLITES) originally smashed out of Japan in 1997 when their demo caught the attention of R&S Records. Implementing elements of rock, electronica, acid jazz and breakbeat, their debut album was a breath of fresh air and the pair gained many fans, including Melody Maker who labelled them as ‘new prodigies’ and compared them to The Chemical Brothers. Soon BOOM BOOM SATELLITES were touring the world and rocking European festivals.

Skip to present day and the pair are amongst Japan’s most respected musicians. They welcomed in their 15 years in music by holding a concert at the mighty Nippon Budokan arena, and broadcasting it live on YouTube, with a cutting edge 360-degree live stream.

BOOM BOOM SATELLITES’ affair with the latest advancements in technology does not end here. The music video to EMBRACE’s single BROKEN MIRROR was filmed live on Ustream and uses a futuristic ‘Scanning Control Live Projection’ system to create a dynamic and fascinating live environment that reacts to sound and movement. The track was also used as the theme tune to arguably Japan’s most recognisable and established robot franchise; Gundam.

EMBRACE also proudly features BOOM BOOM SATELLITES’ first cover song in their career; ‘HELTER SKELTER’, dragging the classic Beatles track into the 21st century with a heavy, electronic reimagining.

Masayuki Nakano comments, “It’s not an obvious choice for a BBS cover. The Beatles are one of music’s most iconic figures, so to cover one of their songs is not only an honour but also a challenge. It was great fun to push our own boundaries and leave our own mark on a classic song. It’s the Beatles, but not like you’ve ever heard them before.”

EMBRACE by BOOM BOOM SATELLITES is out now across the UK, Europe and Russia from JPU Records. The physical version of the album includes an exclusive BBS remix from upcoming British producer SHUDAN that has never before been released. The album is also available digitally in America, Australia and other countries courtesy of Sony Music Japan.

EMBRACE Track List:
01. ANOTHER PERFECT DAY (Official Music Video)
02. HELTER SKELTER (Official Music Video)
03. BROKEN MIRROR (Official Music Video)
04. SNOW
05. FLUTTER
06. DISCONNECTED
07. DRIFTER
08. THINGS’LL NEVER BE THE SAME
09. EMBRACE
10. NINE (Official Music Video) (Live Tour Video)
11. SNOW『SHUDAN REMIX』(CD Exclusive Bonus Track)

Buy EMBRACE Physically:
JPU Records (worldwide shipping)Amazon.co.uk, play.comPlastic Head (UK), MSE (UK), Action Records (UK), BASE (UK)Amazon.de, BASE (Germany)Amazon.esAmazon.fr, BASE (France)Record Shop X (Finland), Levykauppax (Finland), Lesen (Denmark)JPC (Denmark), World of Music (Denmark)Juno Records (World Wide),

Buy EMBRACE Digitally:
Amazon MP3 (UK), iTunes UK, Amazon MP3 (DE), iTunes DE (Germany / Deutschland), Amazon MP3 (ES), iTunes ES (Spain / España)Amazon MP3 (FR), iTunes FR (France), Amazon MP3 (IT), iTunes IT (Italy / Italia)iTunes AM (Armenia / Հայաստան), iTunes AT (Austria / Österreich), iTunes AZ (Azerbaijan / Azərbaycan), iTunes BY (Belarus / Белару́сь),, iTunes CY (Cyprus / Κύπρος / Kıbrıs), iTunes CZ (Czech Republic / Česká republika), iTunes DK (Denmark / Danmark), iTunes EE (Estonia / Eesti), iTunes FI (Finland / Suomi), iTunes GR (Greece / Ελλάδα), iTunes HU (Hungary / Magyarország), iTunes IE (Ireland / Éire / Airlan), iTunes KZ (Kazakhstan / Qazaqstan / Казахстан), iTunes LV (Latvia / Latvija), iTunes LT (Lithuania / Lietuva), iTunes LU (Luxembourg), iTunes MT (Malta), iTunes MD (Moldova), iTunes NL (Netherlands / Nederland), iTunes NO (Norway / Norge / Noreg), iTunes PL (Poland / Polska), iTunes PT (Portugal), iTunes RO (Romania / România), iTunes RU (Russia / Россия), iTunes SK (Slovakia / Slovak), iTunes SI (Slovenia / Slovenija), iTunes SE (Sweden / Sverige), iTunes CH (Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse/ Svizzera / Svizra), iTunes TR (Turkey / Türkiye), iTunes UA (Ukraine / Україна).

BOOM BOOM SATELLITES lineup:
Michiyuki Kawashima – Guitar, vocals.
Masayuki Nakani – Bass, programing.

BOOM BOOM SATELLITES’ Album Discography:
Joyride – 1997 (R&S Records)
Out Loud – 1998 (R&S Records)
7 Ignitions / Auto Re-Birth – 1999 (R&S Records)
Umbra – 2001
Photon – Commin’ 2 a Phase – 2003 (Different Records)
Full of Elevating Pleasures – 2005
On – 2006
19972007 – 2010 [Best of Album]
To the Loveless – 2010
Experienced – 2011 [Live Album]
Remixed – 2012 [Remix Album]

BOOM BOOM SATELLITES online:
http://bbs-net.com
https://www.facebook.com/boomboomsatellites
https://twitter.com/BBS_kawashima
http://www.youtube.com/bbsvevo (International YouTube Channel)
http://www.youtube.com/bbslivesmej (Japanese YouTube Channel)

JPU Records online:
http://jpurecords.com
https://www.facebook.com/JPUrecords
https://twitter.com/JPUrecords

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