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Various Artists 'Shiori Sampler'

| Feb 17, 2015

Various Artists "Shiori Sampler"

by Devon Fisher

Although no longer the economical solution they were back when we still had to buy records, label samplers in the age of copious amounts of free music have become indispensable once again for a slightly different reason — to combat paralysis of choice. “Shiori ...

Shigge 'SunLimeJuice'

| Jan 20, 2015

Shigge "SunLimeJuice"

by Patrick ST. Michel

Since emerging in the summer of 2013, Fukuoka label Yesterday Once More has made some of the country’s most intriguing electronic music in recent memory. The artists hovering around this Internet imprint embraced styles that have been in vogue with the Japanese do-it-yourself dance ...

E-Girls 'E.G. Time'

| Jan 20, 2015

E-Girls "E.G. Time"

by Patrick ST. Michel

Idol group E-Girls have a knack for covers. On last year’s “Colorful Pop,” they opened with a song borrowing the main synthesizer line from Yellow Magic Orchestra’s “Rydeen” before later transforming Japanese disco tunes and Bananarama singles into tightly crafted blasts of electro-pop. It ...

| Nov 18, 2014

Sumi surprises with impressive debut

by Patrick ST. Michel

Sumi “Resurrect My Independence” (Self-released) Sumiko Yamazaki, who records as Sumi, grew up in Japan, but moved to the United States in 2004 and now resides in New York. On her recently released debut album, “Resurrect My Independence,” she reflects on her experience existing ...