Following up on the success of their last studio album, popular rock band RADWIMPS have revealed that they will be releasing a new Double A-side single on May 10th. The release will be titled “Saihate Ai ni / Sennou” and is also set to include a brand new version of previously released track “Bo Ningen”, which has been selected as the theme song for upcoming drama “Frankenstein no Koi”. Its Limited Edition will come packaged with a 28-page booklet of illustrations based around the themes of “Bo Ningen” (which means “Stick Man”).
In addition, the cover art for this single has been specifically designed to reflect the contrasting nature of both lead songs. The Regular Edition’s cover, which is meant to represent “Saihate Ai ni”, depicts the model as an angel, while the Limited Edition (which represents “Sennou”) casts him as a devil, demonstrating the duality present in all humans.
Read on below to find both covers, as well as the track list for RADWIMPS’ upcoming single.
We’re back with this week’s edition of Oricon Flashback. This is where we look back on what topped Oricon this week 5, 10, 15, and 20 years ago. Think of it as a way to reminisce and learn about the past of Japanese music.
This week’s guests were Takahashi Yu, GLIM SPANKY, and Block B.
Takahashi Yu – Road Movie
GLIM SPANKY – Utsukushii Ibara
Block B – Yesterday (Japanese Version)
Legendary producer Towa Tei just released a Music Video for “REM“, yet another track taken from his newly released 9th studio album “EMO“.
“REM” is a dreamy, almost cathartic Electronic number softened by Jazz-y layers, framed by the soothing voice of Ano (from Alt Idol unit You’ll Melt More!), that perfectly matches the mood of the track. Despite being a complex, occasionally even unpredictable track, “REM” is one of those tunes that immediately get stuck in the head of the listener, gradually unfolding to show all its details with each listen. The video is a wonderful visual trip filled with CG effects, and Ano, whose personality is well known in the mainstream scene, perfectly feels at home in such a dreamy and crazy video. Read more
The thing that makes Yanakoto Sotto Mute stand out in the maze of the Idol niche, is without a doubt the great synergy between their music, voices and art direction: in fact, few units in this industry can find a compromise to make these factors sound and look totally cohesive. Yet, these four girls and their production team found the right formula to make this happen, and the new Music Video for “Lily” is yet another proof of this valid artistic direction. Read more
On April 26, Natsume Mito will release her debut album titled “Natsumelo”. Produced entirely by the irreplaceable Yasutaka Nakata, the record will include the plethora of her previously released singles, from “Maegami Kirisugita” to “Puzzle”, and their b-sides accompanied by 3 new tracks. Mito herself admits that the album is “more of a compilation that documents her career as a singer”.
Check out the tracklist and the artsy album cover below.