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New Half Mile Beach Group: “Chooman”

Today feels like the first summery day of 2016 in Tokyo, the sort of sunny weather outside your weather that makes you wonder why you chose a career forcing you to sit in front of a computer. Hopefully the temperatures and conditions hold up, because it would be ideal to put on Half Mile Beach Group’s just-released first EP Park C. That set features all the songs the Zushi-based outfit released — much to this blog’s joy — last year (and now this EP is the only place you can find “Twilight,” our favorite song of the year), along with some new cuts. The sea-side group have shared EP-opening cut “Chooman,” a groover built for beach twilights and sporting the same alien-ized singing of their 2015 output, every word out of the group’s mouth run through an electronic filter and turned otherworldly. Listen above, and get the album here.

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Seiho Pays Tribute To Prince With Ehiorobo On “Adore” Cover

The world is still coping with the sudden passing of Prince last week, and plenty of artists have shared their own tributes to him over the last few days. Over the weekend, Seiho honored his “eternal star” by teaming up with New Jersey artist Ehiorobo to create a woozy cover of “Adore,” complete with mid song sample of Prince himself speaking from an interview. Listen above.

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New Cool Japan: “Do My Mind”

Inspired by a loosely porn-themed mix shared as a Dress Down Monthly Mix, producer Cool Japan…who shares a lot of demos!…created the just-over-seven-minutes-long “Do My Mind.” It starts as a slightly disjointed house track until it morphs into a full formed, shimmering house number where the odd little touches — an off-pitch vocal sample, an errant squeak — slide in seamlessly and simply add character to the rumbling number. Listen above.

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New Yoshino Yoshikawa: “Dancing Cats”

All artists have the subjects they keep coming back to, the thing that pulls out some of their best work every time. For producer Yoshino Yoshikawa, that might be cats. The latest in his felineleaning collection of songs, “Dancing Cats” switches things up ever slightly by not being as outright chime-rich as other songs he’s done in recent memory, loading up on splashier electronics and something sounding a lot like Vocaloid providing the singing. It’s a bouncy number with a sweet center, and here’s to more songs about cats from Yoshikawa. Listen above.

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New Shiggy Jr.: “Koishitara Baby”

If the sounds of that thing called the “city pop revival” are here to stay for at least another year and a half, then let’s put all of our mental energy into making sure Shiggy Jr. end up the main staple of this style represented on the radio. They aren’t a group that you sit around anticipating a big artistic statement from, but rather just the right kind of single that will sound perfect when the summer hits. They have a track record, and now here comes “Koishitara Baby,” as solid a song from Shiggy Jr. as you could ask for — big disco strokes, an easy-breezy pace, a video actually referencing city pop. And it all builds up to the place where the band excel the most, the hook, here as big and radio-ready as it can be. Coupled with their dance touches — that late breakdown! — this is Shiggy Jr. doing what they do best. Listen above.

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