Tanukineiri Cooks Up New Compilation: Shiori Sampler

Tanukineiri has been one of the strongest netlabels in the game over the past couple of years, and one of their earliest highlights was Tanukineiri Drink Sampler, a beverage-themed release highlighting a wide array of fantastic artists from both the acoustic and electronic side of the fence. The label’s 60th release…dudes put out music at a manic pace…is a new compilation album, the Shiori Sampler, a double-stuffed collection that again spreads across all genres. It’s a massive one, and we suggest just diving in here and here. That and we are still sifting through it all!

Pa’s Lam System, Parkgolf, Spazzkid And More Remix Tofubeat’s First Album

It’s easy to scoff at the term “major-label debut,” but here’s where ties to a bigger imprint producer real-deal benefits for a bunch of folks. Tofubeats’ First Album wasn’t actually his first album, but it was his first official full length from Warner Brother’s Japan label UnBorde, and it was a frantic, YouTube-hole-like trip of a record. Now here comes the remix album, which puts the spotlight on some really exciting producers from all over Japan and beyond.

Pa’s Lam System have a knack for creating hyperactive floor fillers…we are still in awe of this one-two punch from last year…so giving them the already frantic Para-Para-inspired jam from First Album makes sense, though it is impressive they find a way to ratchet up the energy even more. The always wonky Parkgolf gets especially discombobulated on his rework, while Denki Groove member Yoshinori Sunahara turns torch-song “Don’t Stop The Music” slippery. Also popping up is LA-based producer Spazzkid, who puts his touch to “Come On Honey!” Listen to all of them above.

AND if you are reading this…now…you should tune in here at 11 PM to see a livestream event (tofustream, nice).

New LLLL Featuring Meghan Riley: “Transcribe”

Up until now, Tokyo’s LLLL has featured one primary singer, from Japan. With “Transcribe,” a single released via Bad Panda Records, that changes — it features the voice of Meghan Riley, a Montreal singer-songwriter. Despite that, “Transcribe” still manages to be peak LLLL — unnerving, fragile, absorbing. Listen above.

1. New Cool Japan: “I Need U” 2. Cool Japan Remixes  Tyga And Chris Brown’s “Ayo”

1. New Cool Japan: “I Need U” 2. Cool Japan Remixes Tyga And Chris Brown’s “Ayo”

One of the early American pop highlights of 2015 has been Chris Brown and Tyga’s “Ayo,” a joyous number seemingly taking cues from DJ Mustard to create a twinkling song with a few unsettling touches (those echoing vocal samples). It’s good! Kyoto’s Cool Japan has basically remixed “Ayo” for his “I Need U,” which mainly pitches the speed up and turns a languorous bit of celebration into a hyperactive zipper. The real highlight is how Cool Japan’s chipmunkd version finds a new source of unease (my favorite word!) — the distant vocal cries of the original now blaze by, and instead those those once bright chimes turn dissonant and creepy in this new, super-bouncy environment. Listen above.

New X-Files: Love Everything But The Paranoia

Dear fucking lord, those times when you just want to slide inside of music to escape the pressures of real life…really, to evaporate away from the sea of demands the days can foist upon you. The past week has been that for me, and getting jazzed about anything on the ol’ SoundCloud feed or Tumblr dash has been tough. Bless X-Files…the drone-leaning project that has already grabbed a lot of digital space around this blog in 2015…for timing his new album Love Everything But The Paranoia now. It is pure cosmic luck that this project’s latest is the sort of slow-burning, wordless music meant for one to just vanish in to.

Though that’s selling it a bit short…this isn’t ambient furniture-store music, but a constantly shifting, at time tumultuous set. The first song shifts through three distinct phases, from ominous static prelude to life-affirming synth glow to menacing outro. A beat emerges on the galloping “She’ll Come Running,” though the addition of a piano adds plenty of unease. And one great finale…another slow burner begging to be jumped into. I needed this. Get it here, or listen below.