PONPONPON: a viral video by Kiriko Takemura

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By Michael Amter in New Music on Wednesday 29 February 2012

This is a viral overdose for those experiencing severe withdrawals from Japan. Kiriko Takemura was a fashion blogger, turned model, who began to sell Harajuku Doll Eyelashes. She sings: ‘Everyday pon, everytime is pon’. Her stage name is Caroline Charonplop Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and she wears Takashi Murakami-styled balloon shorts with matching gloves. Yasutaka Nakata […]

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Meg: awesome J Pop produced by Yasutaka Nakata

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By Jack Goldstein in New Music on Tuesday 25 October 2011

I’ve been in love with MEG for a while. Yasutaka Nakata’s pristine, euphoric J-Pop production is so succulent and rich. It’s unashamed pop music and the Japanese do it better than anyone else. To radiate such timidness and innocence within these large exuberant soundscapes, it makes me want to dance.

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Matsuki Ayumu

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By Tjinder Singh from Cornershop in New Music on Wednesday 18 May 2011

I met Matsuki Ayumu on Twitter last year and we’ve since remixed each other’s tracks. I love his very psychedelic and yellow magic view of life.

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Maia Hirasawa’s single, And I Found This Boy

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By Casper Johansson in Video on Sunday 28 December 2008

Now, this will be fun. Swedish-Japanese singer Maia Hirasawa’s album, Though, I’m Just Me, is set for release on February 17 on Thrive Records. She gets a lot of comparisons to Regina Spektor and Lykke Li, and Bust recently compared her to Feist and a ‘less-angsty Bjork’. And, watching the video for her single, And […]

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8-Bit Remix of Kokiriko Bushi

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By Gerry Mak in Video on Monday 1 September 2008

8-bit music is usually hit or miss, with much of it sounding like sugar-and-caffeine-fueled spasms from video game obsessed manchildren. However, this remix by Omodaka of Kokiriko Bushi, considered to be the oldest Japanese song ever, is sweet sweet ear candy, and the corresponding video directed by Teppei Maki is a feverish, Residents-ish blast from […]

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