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New Yunomi Featuring Nicamoq: “Cocolo Float”

The Tsutaya chain of CD rental shops…yes, this concept exists in Japan, and yes, people still wonder why CD sales are down when you can rent five for a 1/3rd the price of one…puts out special albums every once in a while, and the just-out Cocolo Color Comp finds a handful of colorful artists…from electro-pop artist SAWA to Brinq, an artist I should write about sometime…providing songs for a pretty upbeat set. Electronic producer Yunomi and Nicamoq appear too, giving us yet another chance to gush about their twinkling club fare. “Cocolo Float” isn’t quite as explosive as previous Yunomi cuts, opting for a groove featuring the sound of what seems like Mario jumping on Koopa shells rather than any huge moments of release. Well, in comparison — this one still opens up at points, and is every bit floor ready, but just a bit sweeter. Listen above.

Water Gazing: Mukuchi’s “Hikidashi”

Anybody can invent a genre, but Mukuchi’s use of “seagazer” to describe “Hikidashi” stands as a rare moment when a made-up category to describe music actually works pretty well. “Hikidashi” is a mid-afternoon daydream of a song, a slightly faded set of guitars, light percussion and singing in no rush to get anywhere. It’s a song for instances where motion just seems silly, when one would rather sit on a bench and stare off into the distance…perhaps at the waves as they come into the shore. Mukuchi has many songs fitting this vibe, so consider “Hikidashi” more a gateway. Listen above.

New Nite Body: Nite Sanctuary EP


Hey, Nite Body’s digital existence is back, and it comes with a new EP! False alarm. Nite Sanctuary collects the artist’s two most recently released works — the drifting late-day sunshower of “Waters Of Rauresia” and melancholy tropical chill of “Void Hawaii” — and can be yours for the low, low price of ¥100,000. Or you can listen below.

Triple Trouble: Blacklolita, Oshirijima And Ryuki Miyamoto Team Up For #LΛNCHR EP

Hashtags in album titles? What a world, I tell ya.

Via Trekkie Trax, the trio of Blacklolita, Oshirijima and Ryuki Miyamoto have teamed up for #LΛNCHR, a high-energy set that starts off with each contributor sharing a solo number. Those veer towards the uptempo sort of track one would expect from a Trekkie Trax release, though all three manage solid drama out of the build-drop format — Miyamoto’s “Go Down” stands out, going from icy to chaotic, ushered in by a voice informing you “oh shit’s about to go down.” It’s solid, club-ready stuff, but the EP really gets going when the producers team up for songs, allowing them a chance to explore new sonic territory. Miyamoto and Blacklolita’s “Secret Weapon” takes the shard-like breakdown of a drop and plays around with it, making for a compelling (and heavy) listen. “Signal Stalker” and “Feel So Good,” meanwhile opt for lither, pitched-vocal numbers, with a few moments of release. Listen above, or get it here.

New Izumi Makura: “Makura”

Whether this “Makura” is a proper introduction of sorts to Izumi Makura ahead of next month’s Identity album, or just a first-person number focused on a woman the Fukuoka rapper thought up, isn’t immediately clear. But either way, the song offers a reminder of what makes the mysterious, only-represented-by-cartoons artist so intriguing. Over a sparse but shifty beat, she raps and eventually sings come the hook, her voice being drenched in slight electronic effects, giving “Makura” a few moments of out-of-body-ness. Listen above.