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New Yoshino Yoshikawa Featuring Suzushiro: “Coldsleep”

The “Ultrapop” tag Yoshino Yoshikawa has embraced in recent years usually works really well — the music he’s released tends to be quite maximalist, with every available space covered by some sort of cute sound or synth. Yet on “Coldsleep,” his collaboration with Suzushiro, he’s leaving a lot of space available, the song as a whole very open and more of a showcase for the vocals. It’s different, but the same warm, twee feeling that graces the more crowded music he works on is present here, just with more room to sprawl out. Listen above.

New Tofubeats Featuring Tina Tamashiro: “Suteki Na Maison”

The promotional blitz for producer Tofubeat’s Positive continues with a new music video for “Suteki Na Mezon,” an easier-going number featuring model-turned-singer Tina Tamashiro. It’s pleasant enough when taken by itself, a nice ode to having a nice house, but it ultimately works better within the context of Positive, wherein it serves as a sweet comedown after a pretty great upbeat run of tracks that build on the genre-blurring hinted at in “Stakeholder” (which is part of this passage). There, a song about wanting to go home and chill works wonders after all the energy. But here it is alone anyway! Listen above.

Hyper Reality: Lolica Tonica’s “Make Me Feel”

Lolica Tonica contributed one of the highlights on the latest Fogpak compilation, and they aren’t slowing down. Lolica Tonica have a new EP prepped for Trekkie Trax in September, and that netlabel has gone ahead and shared the title track to it, “Make Me Feel.” This sort of giddy, vocals-sliced-like-onions sound has become pretty common in Japan over the last few years, and a lot of times one’s SoundCloud feed can start sounding a bit like one big swirl of monosyllables played over and over again. “Make Me Feel” avoids this by adding in a lot of energy into the mix — something Trekkie Trax’s best releases tend to have in buckets — making the main rush so damn giddy, the sort of thing you want to get swept up in. It shares a lot with the best Pa’s Lam System songs, a feeling of joyful release. Listen above.

New Paisley Parks: Payzulee Packs

(Guess today’s theme is juke artists in Japan)

Oh, those moments when something sounds so familiar yet you can’t place just what it is. The last song on Japanese (well, Japan stretching to San Francisco) juke group Paisley Parks newest collection Payzulee Packs centers around a saxophone sample I know I’ve heard multiple times before. I’m pretty sure it comes from an enka song…the sort of song that pops up on those televised karaoke contests. The title, “Yokohama Bay Blues,” seemed like a clue…but it didn’t lead anywhere. Driving me nuts!

Of course, what Paisley Parks does with that sample is nothing like the original I think I’ve certainly heard — it turns into a skeletal juke number, complete with passages that sound like Pac-Man overdosing on dots. That’s Paisley Parks (and a lot of juke artists) gift, to turn the vaguely familiar into something very very different. See also — “Only 4 1 Night,” which starts off with an uptempo sample that turns into, well, something very sparse and very hypnotic. Get it here, or listen below.

New Foodman: This Is A Pen

Yokohama-based producer Foodman has long been fascinated by the sounds things make, and isn’t afraid to let this curiosity result in confrontational music. His latest EP This Is A Pen opens with one of his most disorienting songs in recent memories (so, like, before the summer maybe), “Udon Soba,” which loads up on samples and skittery electronics. It all congeals into a beat, but not without dozens of brief samples zooming by. The rest of the EP doesn’t approach the discombobulated highs of the opening track, though it does feature some solid Foodman creations (the breezy “Fire,” the wavey and loud finale “Higashikumin”). Get it here, or listen below.