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Crystal 'Monsoon'

| Aug 21, 2015

Crystal "Monsoon"

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When I was first listening to Crystal’s “Typhoon,” I was, coincidentally, also watching radar visuals of Super Typhoon Atsani’s approach to Japan — and they matched the music perfectly. This is less because of the storm Crystal whips up on the track — “Typhoon” ...

Suchmos 'The Bay'

| Aug 21, 2015

Suchmos "The Bay"

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The first full album from Suchmos, titled, “The Bay,” is just the kind of soundtrack you need for a Saturday night. The band’s name is adapted from Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, and “The Bay” gives a nod to the jazz legend with the kind of ...

Various artists 'Fogpak #13'

| Aug 21, 2015

Various artists "Fogpak #13"

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Since 2012, the “Fogpak” compilation series has promoted independent electronic acts from Japan (and, lately, abroad). In recent months, Fogpak’s support of fledgling producers has become crucial — the Internet used to be a real alternative to the musical mainstream, but major labels have ...

| Aug 21, 2015

Kis-My-Ft2 "Kis-My-World"

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“Kis-My-World,” the fourth studio album from Johnny & Associates’ boy band Kis-My-Ft2, is all about positivity. On album opener ” ‘4th’ Overture,” the guys preach hope and then shift into an upbeat vibe for the rest of the album. While the happy approach can ...