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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.

Kan Sano 佐野 観 is an extremely skilled and talented pianist, producer, composer, arranger, and DJ from Tokyo. His music ranges from re-mixes, improvisation, hip-hop , to jazz solo piano pieces. It is rare to see both an excellent musician and producer. Kan self-taught himself piano and composition from the age of 11 and it shows in his music. In addition, he studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Amazingly his band performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival while still in school in 2003 and 2004. Circulation his début album was released in 2011. Kan’s new album is called “” in 2014. Songs from 1. Endless River 2. Go Nowhere feat. Benny Sings 3. Here and Now feat. Monday Michiru 4. Song Bird 5. Long Walk 6. Come Closer 7. Above Love feat. Maya Hatch 8. Tenderness 9. Fly Me to Your Heart 10. 地球へ feat. Marter 11. みらいのことば feat. 長谷川健一. 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.

Courtesy of Space Shower Music

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.