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Noah – メルティング・ブル ー (Melting Blue)

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Japanese artist Noah shares a track from her forthcoming LP Thirty, which her label flau calls a "synth-streaked, lo-fi love letter" to her current home city of Tokyo. The record is "a diary of associated images told with all the glitz, energy, messy chaos and nostalgia that the Japanese capital conjures", and lead single "メルティング・ブル (Melting Blue)" feels like a softly glowing, neon-hued synthesis of vaporwave and Japanese city pop that makes for a haunting rendering of the mystique and intrigue of the city at night...

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Powder – New Tribe

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An exhilaratingly vivid new techno excursion from the cubicle to the club courtesy of Tokyo producer/DJ Powder, taken from her new 12" / compilation Powder in Space, coming next month. Animated video by AC-bu:

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premiere: Hater – Coming Down

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Malmö, Sweden indie-pop group Hater's stellar You Tried LP is a raw and emotionally charged collection of nostalgic, lovesick jams that remains one of our favorite albums of 2017. "Coming Down", a mostly unheard stunner from the You Tried sessions released as a Japan-only bonus track, is more evidence that Caroline Landahl slays, and that every song she sings feels like an empowering, poignant anthem for the brokenhearted, further warranting those inevitable Molly Rankin comparisons...

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Aya Gloomy – Drive / I Sink

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Hear two new tracks from Tokyo's Aya Gloomy, taken from her debut 12", out February 2017 via the great Big Love:

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Kero Kero Bonito x Gorilla vs. Bear takeover: メトロノリ Metoronori

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Metoronori owns her universe. -- KKB

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Kiki Hitomi – Galaxy

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Taken from Kiki Hitomi's wonderful new solo debut LP Karma No Kusari, a vivid and haunting collection of "Japanese enka, 8-bit psychedelica and mutated digi dub" out now on Jahtari:

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NV – Binasu

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Thanks to Adam for the heads up on Russian experimental pop luminary Kate Shilonosova, aka NV, and her entrancing and addictive new album Binasu. The adventurous, genre-defying record is teeming with otherworldly, '80s Japanese new wave-indebted pop vibes, and with songs like the very kawaii "Kata" and the twinkling title track recalling the bright playfulness of some of Miharu Koshi's more out-there stuff, it's quickly become one of our favorite underground gems of 2016 so far...

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Skylar Spence x GvsB takeover: Aoyama Killer Story

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Skylar Spence's awesome new record Prom King is officially out today, and to celebrate, we've asked him to take over the site all day. He's got some really amazing stuff lined up for you guys, so hang out for a while, and stay up on all of his posts throughout the day here...

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Noah – Flaw

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Haunting, floating new single from Japanese artist/composer/producer Noah, taken from her forthcoming full-length Sivutie, out June 22 on Flau. Purchase "Flaw" here.

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video premiere: TOPS – Destination

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goodbyes often come in waves. . .

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Montreal's TOPS unveil a soothing "ambient nature video" / love letter to Japan, created for the beautiful, low-key Picture You Staring highlight "Destination"...

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