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


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

Nao Yoshioka

This formidable vocalist is signed to Tokyo based label, Sweet Soul Records.  Without exaggeration I can say that she is one of the greatest singers in Japan today.  Just like the record label says the music that she creates is beautiful sweet soul.  As with any other scene in the world, the Japanese underground music … Continue reading »Nao Yoshioka