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Ayumi Hamasaki

Zero superlative seems too great in describing the achievement achieved by vocalist, songwriter, and pop icon Ayumi Hamasaki since her debut in 1998. The best-selling single designer in Japan, she’s sold an incredible number of CDs and stated a bevy of top-league graph records. Certainly, the range of her existence …

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Soul’d Out

Soul’d Out — made up of business lead MC Diggy Mo, beatboxer and second-string MC Bro Hello there, and manufacturer/DJ Shinnosuke — released their initial album, a self-made limited-edition work, in past due 2002. The group runs on the fairly pop-friendly method of hip-hop, sporadically acquiring elements in the group …

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Solvent

Solvent is Toronto post-techno manufacturer Jason Amm, who all produces melodic electronica under that name through his own Suction label, co-founded with friend and label partner Gregory DeRocher (aka Lowfish) in 1997. Traceable to several nonexclusive affects spanning the final 20-odd many years of elecronic music (early electro-pop innovators like …

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Envy

Since forming in the first ’90s, Envy have grown to be among Japan’s top exports towards the international post-hardcore picture. Their experimental, cinematic method of heavy melodic rock and roll has produced them a popular of post-rock and choice metal supporters, and their extreme, emotionally immediate vocals and lyrics possess …

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Friction

Perhaps one of the most enduring rings within the Tokyo underground, Friction was formed in 1978 by multi-instrumentalist/composer Reck after he returned from a stay static in NY, where he used seminal No Influx acts like Adam Chance as well as the Contortions and Lydia Lunchtime. During the period of …

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YMCK

Japanese digital pop group YMCK shaped in Tokyo in 2003 and quickly became flag providers for Japanese chiptune, the digital music subgenre predicated on eight-bit gaming sounds. Comprising vocalist Kurihara Midori, programmer Yokemura Takeshi, and video manufacturer Nakamura Tomoyuki, the group combines the noises of Nintendo video game music with …

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Luna Sea

Luna Ocean were the definitive visual kei music group from the ’90s, rivaling even X-Japan, with whom that they had a master-pupil romantic relationship — two associates of X-Japan, which itself divide in mid-’90s, discovered Luna Ocean in 1990. Luna Sea’s audio was firmly located in ’80s hard rock and …

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Himuro Kyosuke

Spending the years ahead of 1988 using the extraordinarily popular rock-band Boøwy, Kyosuke Himuro started producing single albums prior to the group acquired officially disbanded. Generally shunning the Boøwy years in his single efforts, Himuro started releasing an record each year, each one quickly touching the main slot in the …

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Cocco

Often likened to some Japanese Alanis Morissette or Fiona Apple, Cocco (true name Tomoko Makishi) mixes her inward, confessional lyrics with very difficult rock arrangements. With her earthy tone of voice, she is not even close to the most common, high-pitched Japanese pop starlets generally heard with the Western world …

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Shugo Tokumaru

Shugo Tokumaru began saving his nice and eccentric lo-fi indie pop tunes — tunes that nod to performers like Plamo, Lullatone, and PWRFL Power — in the first 2000s. He documented a ten-track demonstration CD-R, Fragment, in 2003. The recording was by no means officially released, nonetheless it did have …

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