Eadonmm's beats prove black is back

Feb 4, 2014

Eadonmm's beats prove black is back

“Black is the new black” always seems like a safe motto when it comes to picking clothes, but in an electronic-music world that is constantly churning out micro-genre ephemera, some would argue that black has gone out of fashion. Witch house might have been ...

Tokyo prepares to get schooled in the art of beats

Dec 31, 2013

Tokyo prepares to get schooled in the art of beats

Although the major spectacle looming on Tokyo’s horizon is undoubtedly the 2020 Olympics, there is one event this year that will be eagerly anticipated by anyone who spends longer on their gym playlist than their workout: The Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) is set ...

The best Japanese albums of 2013: Sapphire Slows, 'Allegoria'

Dec 17, 2013

The best Japanese albums of 2013: Sapphire Slows, 'Allegoria'

If there’s one thing I’ve taken out of 2013, it’s that the kids are alright. Perhaps as a result of growing up Internet savvy, with easy access to decades of music and countless genres at their fingertips, Japan’s young artists have spent the year ...

A year of tough choices at Fuji

| Jul 31, 2013

A year of tough choices at Fuji

Wandering around on the opening day of this year’s Fuji Rock, I got the impression that numbers were down on previous years. Of course, anyone who has ever been stuck in the event’s seemingly never-ending lines for the portable toilets — or who’s been ...

Steruss

| Jul 31, 2013

Steruss

You’re performing on the Red Marquee this year as a result of winning the Rookie A Go-Go competition at last year’s festival, how does that feel? crime6 (MC): Last year we didn’t expect to win at all. There were so many great bands — ...

Jamie xx

| Jul 31, 2013

Jamie xx

This is your third time at Fuji Rock, you must like it? Jamie Smith: I do like it. It’s really nice out in the actual festival; backstage … not so nice! It’s a really good vibe out there, which is what really matters. You ...

Jesse Ruins take cinematic inspiration for debut full-length

Jul 10, 2013

Jesse Ruins take cinematic inspiration for debut full-length

Although many Japanese indie bands find it a struggle breaking into overseas markets, Tokyo’s Jesse Ruins have always seemed to strike a chord among both international and domestic listeners alike. The trio’s distinctive brand of dreamy pop — laden with sentimental synth melodies and ...

From Björk to Kyary, festival season has arrived

Jun 7, 2013

From Björk to Kyary, festival season has arrived

Summer means a lot of things in Japan: stifling heat and humidity, fireworks and the Bon holidays, nagashi-sōmen noodles and chilled barley tea. For music fans though, the season brings a different kind of to-do list: booking cheap train tickets in advance, stocking up ...