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For James Hadfield's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

London is the place to be for Luby Sparks

Jan 23, 2018

London is the place to be for Luby Sparks

Some bands have all the luck. While many of their peers will probably be toiling on the live circuit for years before gaining any recognition beyond their immediate circle of friends, the college kids of Luby Sparks are already going places. Thanks to a combination ...

Sapphire Slows is getting more vocal, and not just in her music

Sep 20, 2017

Sapphire Slows is getting more vocal, and not just in her music

When she first emerged on Tokyo's bedroom producer scene in 2011, Sapphire Slows shot to prominence almost instantly, scoring a release on voguish Los Angeles label Not Not Fun mere months after starting out. A full-length album, "Allegoria," followed on the same label in ...

Wonk plays around with 'experimental soul' on a pair of new albums

Sep 12, 2017

Wonk plays around with 'experimental soul' on a pair of new albums

"The way music from America and other Western countries got imported into Japan, the roots are different," says Ayatake Ezaki, keyboardist for Tokyo-based quartet Wonk. "In Japan, hip-hop is hip-hop, jazz is jazz, soul is soul — that's how they've been received," he continues. "But ...