Archive for the ‘Hip Hop’ Category

Shinobu Kawashima 川嶋志乃舞 is a highly skilled Tsugaru shamisen player utilizing both modern and classical styles in her music. She also taught herself music composition and her music seems geared towards popularizing shamisen music. It is nice to see musicians such as Shinobu have the opportunity to perform music promoting Japanese arts and culture. She learned the Tsugaru shamisen at the age of five and graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Shinobu won the Tsugaru Shamisen national tournament four times. Discography: 花とネオン 価格 2017-10-9 1.キツネ倶楽部 2.津軽よされ節 3.秋田大黒舞 4.花千鳥(フジテレビ「大相撲ODAIBA場所」テーマ曲). Recommended.



Austines are a pop group from Kanagawa Prefecture. They were formally known as Kiki but changed their name to Austines and three original members continued. Since their name change their music are more focused and polished and have utilized two singers effectively. Austines unique music is pop oriented and includes acid jazz, funk, and neo-soul. The band members are: ハッピーナッティ西山 drums, 深澤希実 vocals key, and 鶴田航平 vocals guitar. Discography: Green Grass 1. Wonderland 2. dag 3. green grass 10-1-2017. Recommended.


Sakiko Osawa is a creative music creator, producer, and DJ from Shibuya, Tokyo. She started her early music career by playing violin at the age of 3. Sakiko studied at Nihon University College of Art in Tokyo and majored in Music Information, Acoustics, Recording, and Media-Art. She currently works with Venus Kawamura Yuki a DJ, lyrist, and producer of Shibuya Oiran. Sakiko displays great depth, maturity, and knowledge is creating new types of music and sounds. She is not a typical DJ or music creator and has created her own musical style. Discography: Favorites 1. Welcome to 2018 Mix 2. Sakiko Osawa Only Japanese Tech DJ Mix 3. 2016/12/02 MIX BLOCK Sakiko Osawa 4. starRo – カクレンボ feat. Chara (Sakiko Osawa Remix) 5. Mugen (Original Mix) 6. Sakiko Osawa WORK OUT MIX Vol.1. Recommended.


Ecke エッケ are an indie pop band that started in 2012 and are based out of the Tokyo area. Ecke’s music is a mixture of indie pop combined with hip hop and soul to make a modern sound. Their success is based on enduring and working to develop their band and sound to create a band worth listening to. The band members of Ecke are: Drums Yasuyuki Sugawara, Guitar Jun Okuyama, Vocal & Keyboard Nao Mori, and Bass Naoyuki Fukuda. Discography: 1st Album BYPATH 2017.08.23. Songs: 1. Fiction 2. ACCESS 3. Prowl 4. METAL 5. Lamp 6. skit 7. T.Y.O. 8. the Corner 9. 海を見ていた午後 10. Pause. Recommended.


Posted: December 27, 2016 in Hip Hop
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Uko is an skilful indie soul, R & B, disco, and funk singer from Shibuya, Tokyo. For a relatively new musician, she possesses the ability of experienced singer who has created her own sound. In addition, Uko is a multi-talented artist as she did some production work for musicians as well as some producing. Discography: UKO 1st E.p.”Day dream” 2016.12.7 release. She released her 1st full album called “Saturday Boogie Holiday” on 4-13-2016. Recommended.

Gesuotome or Gesunokiwamiotome ゲスの極み乙女 are a skilled four member group that effectively incorporates hip hop, pop, and progressive rock into their music. The band is composed of members of Indigo la End, Crimson, and Microcosm that was formed in 2012. The band members are: Enon Kawatani: vocGtSyn, Do go-Hona: drums, Mari-chan: keyboard, and 休日課長: bass. Discography: 2nd mini album 踊れないなら、ゲスになってしまえよ 12-4-2013. 1st mini album ドレスの脱ぎ方 2012. They are a fun group to listen to. Recommended.

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I want to popularize Japanese music — J-pop, j-rock, and jazz etc., to the world. International music of all types have little exposure in this country because the music industry only plays and promotes American and Western popular music. Japan Music Corner believes in music equality — the understanding and appreciation of all music. Our goal is also to present quality Japanese music.

My first exposure to J-pop was listening to early J-pop stars like Hiromi Iwasaki, Anne Lewis, and Seiko Matsuda from a Japan home stay guest. Japan Music Corner articles will highlight the talented but unknown indie musicians. Indie musicians generally maintain their musical originality without compromise.

J-pop music is very broad genre that incorporates American popular music such as rock, hip hop, rap, electro, electronic, and jazz, as well as, euro-dance, and Japanese music. It is usually more upbeat and also emphasizes the beat or the harmony rather than the lyrics. J-pop is much different that American popular music but with an open mind you can appreciate it.