Latest musical releases in Japan November 2021 Metropolis Japan


We’ve received plenty of reasons to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season, with new music from some of our favorites like Chelmico as well as the long awaited albums of Linez Green and The fin.and a new discovery among newcomers House in Sucre. Audiovisual duo Tamanaramen also share with us their visually stunning new music video and Chip Tanaka takes us on a wild ride with his 8-bit style album. Whether you’re looking for new indie, hip-hop, electronic, or experimental new tracks from Japan, you’ll think Christmas has come early with our November closing playlist. You can listen to the new playlist here and check out some of our favorites below.

South Penguin – vitamin (with 没 aka NGS)

Largely a solo endeavor since 2017, South Penguin is the music project of Tokyo musician Akatsuka. “Vitamin” is the new single and the first release since the double single of 2020 bubbles / crazy love and stars producer and rapper Botsu aka NGS as a guest. Continuing the more experimental direction the project has taken since last year, this track has a disarming effect, combining sinister and eerie guitar lines and Latin percussion with noise-rock style saxophone breakdowns.

Chelmico –

Chelmico continues to escape classification with his new single “Three Hundred Million Yen”. Since 2016, the duo have proven time and time again that they can rap on anything from indie rock to heavy electro and 80s urban pop tunes and that heavy, sax loaded Latin groove adds yet another twist. another jam to their ever-expanding repertoire. A coat rack named after the duo Rachel and Mamiko, Chelmico is known for his tongue-in-cheek lyrics and uses this track to demand three hundred million yen each month, tax free.

tamanaramen – The light behind my eyelids

tamanaramen is the audiovisual project of sisters Hikam and Hana. After starting as a Hikam music project in 2018 and releasing a slew of EPs in 2020, Hana truly joined the project as a visual designer earlier this year, solidifying the collaboration. 2021 has been another big year for the duo with a number of singles releases as well as collaborations and performances with artists such as DAN, Aya Gloomy and NTsKi. “The Light Behind My Eyes” is the duo’s third single this year, with a Fifth elementesque video produced by Hana to accompany the electro apocalyptic vibrations of the song.

Chip Tanaka – Fennec

Hirokazu Tanaka returns with his third album under the pseudonym Chip Tanaka. Legendary in the video game music industry, Tanaka is considered a pioneer of chiptune music and is credited with composing soundtracks for games such as Metroid, Super Mario Land, and Tetris. The tracks on Domani are said to cover a wide range of topics such as permanence, impermanence, ephemeral and dreams and to go beyond the use of chiptune in the ambient, psychedelic, dub and reggae domains. The track “Fennec” is a more typical Tanaka chiptune-style track, which frantically cuts through rock, drum and bass, dance and heavy metal rhythms.

The fin. – On the hill

“Over the Hill” is the new single from indie rock duo, The fin. With songwriter and producer Yuto Uchino and bassist Kaoru Nakazawa, The fin. has garnered national and international attention since 2012 for its releases that mix elements of dream-pop, shoegaze and chill wave. “Over the Hill” comes from their third album External ego and stands out from the rest of the album as a largely guitar-oriented track with rising and fuzzy guitar lines and solid metronomic drums, like a cross between Real Estate and The War on Drugs.



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