Category Archives: japan

椎名林檎/Shiina Ringo – ハツコイ娼女 , Hatsukoi Shoujo

While lately I have been listening and watching a lot of Shiina Ringo performances, I haven’t yet written anything about the Japanese singer who got swept into mainstream music. I will though, because a lot of people might like her but just haven’t been properly exposed. Here’s one of my favourite videos, for ハツコイ娼女.

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Circulate!

Circulations makes my head melt inside and sway back and forth on the outside.

Looking for AFTA-1‘s Aftathoughts Volume 1 a few months ago, you might have been surprised to find it’s physical release is only available in Japan, and it’s Circulations, a label from Japan, who are responsible. I’m digging the Japanese version of the cover.

Afta-1 - Aftathoughts
Afta-1 - Aftathoughts

They are also host to the Muhsinah, Reggie B, couple others I’ve heard of, some others I haven’t yet but damn right I’m gonna initiate myself.

So apparently there is definitely a market for this surreal hip hop sound over there, and not only for the squeaky (literally, sometimes) music called J-Pop.

Afta-1 – La Samba mp3

Muhsinah – Scatterbrain mp3

Reggie B – We R Here (Super Smoky Soul Re-Edit)

Check out some mixes that reinforce general belief that Japanese are actually aliens – but in the best way –

Circulations over at samurai.fmCirculations myspace

Afta-1 myspace ( links to buy the whole album for $8 )

Muhsinah’s myspace

Reggie B myspace