In reference to my want to completely sustain with the J-pop business, I’m planning on doing a weekly round-up of any new releases which have caught my ear. A few of these could have been coated on the weblog already, however my hope is that it will change into a one-stop store for anybody inquisitive about what’s new in J-pop.
With that in thoughts, right here’s the place you are available: I’m one individual with one set of musical preferences, so please embed every other new J-pop tracks you’ve loved within the feedback so we will get a fuller spectrum every week.
*And identical to I do with my evaluations, I’ll wait till full variations of songs can be found earlier than posting them on this round-up. It will principally apply to Johnny’s teams, who nonetheless restrict the vast majority of their YouTube uploads to shorter, edited variations.
2023 Index: Feb 1 – Feb 18 // Feb 19 – 25 // Feb 26 – Mar 3 // Mar 4 – Mar 10 // Mar 11 – Mar 18 // Mar 19 – Mar 25 // Mar 26 – Apr 1 // Apr 2 – Apr 8 // Apr 9 – Apr 15 // Apr 16 – Apr 22 // Apr 23 – Apr 29 // Apr 30 – Might 6 // Might 7 – Might 13 // Might 14 – Might 20 // Might 21 – Might 27 // Might 29 – Jun 3 // Jun 4 – Jun 10 // Jun 11 – Jun 17 // Jun 18 – Jun 24 // Jun 25 – Jul 1 // Jul 2 – Jul 8 // Jul 9 – Jul 15 // Jul 16 – Jul 22 // Jul 23 – Jul 29 // Jul 30 – Aug 5 // Aug 6 – Aug 12 // Aug 13 – Aug 19
AKB48 – Idol Nankaja Nakattara
I wrote about this final week, however now it has a music video as nicely!
Eill – Wanna
That is fairly groovy.
Enjin – Dreamland
I believe that is their strongest single but. Very catchy and upbeat!
Fujii Kaze – Workin’ Onerous
That is very fashionable in Japan proper now, as is every little thing he releases. It’s a bit too mellow for me, although I’m listening to some early-00’s hip-hop influences I like.
The Gospellers – XvoiceZ (ft. Sarukani)
I needed to function this as a result of it’s such a cool, surprising dance sound for this a cappella group.
Hotei – Freeway Star
A bit tacky and old school, however in a method I actually admire. It’s like glam rock dance metallic.
The Jet Boy Bangerz – Jettin’
The primary of three debuts from new LDH/Exile artists this week. Spoiler: none are nice. This may be my favourite, but it surely nonetheless feels like reheated Ok-pop.
JO1 – RadioVision
JO1 have a number of musical guises, and this punchy disco pop is my favourite. Sadly, with a track as good as Born To Be Wild of their discography, I can’t assist however examine every little thing to that. RadioVision is about 50% as nice, which implies it’s nonetheless fairly good.
KERENMI – Grownup (ft. Queen Bee’s Avu-chan & BE:FIRST’s Ryuhei) (track of the week!)
I wrote about this right here. I favored it so much, and it’s my “track of the week.”
Child Phenomenon – Wheelie
The second of the week’s LDH/Exile debuts. I actually favored their pre-release from earlier this 12 months however Wheelie is a large comedown. It’s simply predictable. Why do all these new-gen LDH teams sound equivalent to one another?
LE SSERAFIM – Unforgiven (Japanese model ft. Ado)
Ado offers this model some vocal gravitas, however in any other case that is only a translation of a track I don’t assume is all that nice.
Mamoru Miyano – Sing A Music Collectively
There was a time (not way back!) the place I liked Miyano’s new music. That is one other overly-sentimental miss for me.
Milet – Hey Music
Boring, although I like her as a performer.
Fragrance – Moon
This can be a robust Fragrance single, particularly when that electrical guitar is available in!
Sekai No Owari – Robo
Not even near their greatest. It’s too one-note.
Seventeen – Ima (Even If The World Ends Tomorrow)
I wrote about this right here. I favored it!
Snow Man – Da Bomb
Hip-hop Snow Man doesn’t all the time strike me as their most genuine guise, however that is rising on me steadily. It’s catchy in a goofy type of method.
TM Community – No matter Comes
Traditional Komuro sounds.
Wolf Howl Concord – Candy Rain
The third LDH/Exile debut of the week. I discover this monitor fairly boring, which is a disgrace as a result of I admire this group’s concentrate on vocals.
XG – New Dance
I wrote about this right here. I believed it was respectable.
w-inds. – Tremendous Lover (I Want You Tonight) (2003)
My favourite of w-inds.’ pre-adulthood singles. It’s such a enjoyable, breezy teen pop monitor. Easier occasions!