Feature Artists

PIKA☆

PIKA☆ is the master of noise. A drummer from Osaka, she has spent her entire life banging out rhythms in a kind of stream of conscious self-expression. I love how unpredictable the sound is. I also love how imaginative it is. You could call it alternative rock, maybe even math rock, although it doesn’t meander … Continue reading »PIKA☆

Toe

In the great melting pot of the Japanese underground there is a band called Toe.  It consists of four members: Yamazaki Hirokazu (gt), Yamane Satoshi (bs), Mino Takaaki(gt), Kashikura Takashi (dr).  Their sound has been described as math rock and post rock.  Their music is mostly instrumental and weaves complex dreamscapes into melodic odysseys of sound.  … Continue reading »Toe

Maya Hatch

The sounds of Jazz are an integral part of Japan’s musical tapestry.  Even beneath the wide umbrella of Jazz there are many sounds.  Maya Hatch is a singer who croons in the tradition of singers like Cassandra Wilson and Esperanza Spaulding.  Her music is earthy, uncluttered and magical.  Her voice is too. Every she note … Continue reading »Maya Hatch

WONK

Experimental soul is how WONK describes their music.  It is a blend of hip-hop, soul, beats, blips and mysterious sounds.  It really is different, unique and somewhat indescribable. Experimental soul doesn’t come close to telling anyone who has never heard of WONK what to expect.  On their website they try to describe their own sound … Continue reading »WONK

THE ZUTAZUTAZ

Punk is another sound that dominates the Japanese underground music scene.  In every town in the country you can be sure to find at least one punk band.  In places like Tokyo and Osaka punk rockers proliferate like rabbit children.  With so many punk bands around it’s hard to get noticed.  However, THE ZUTAZUTAZ stick … Continue reading »THE ZUTAZUTAZ

The Bohemians

The Bohemians bring a wonderful charm to the world of guitar pop.  Their compositions are complex and full of textures.  Close your eyes and listen to the music.  You can hear the originality and playfulness of the band as they shift between soundscapes made of beautiful chords and eccentric accents. The androgynous look of the … Continue reading »The Bohemians

Young Juvenile Youth

Young Juvenile Youth sings us a sweet electro melody full of wispy dreams and futuristic imaginings.  The duo is made up of song writer, vocalist, and lyricist Yuki Matsuda and composer, engineer, and programmer JEMAPUR.  Together they construct synth soundscapes that blend soft pop sounds with Yuki’s quietly sweet voice.  Perhaps the closest comparison we … Continue reading »Young Juvenile Youth