August 2011 Archives

For lovers of Shibuya-kei music, albums by new hip-and-groovy artists are becoming harder and harder to find in modern Japan. Thankfully, Kaoru Ono is bringing this sound back into fashion. His debut album, Music Tranquilizer, reminds me so much of Capsule's "space station No. 9", that I expected Kaoru to be another cute apple-cheeked female with a bobbed haircut - not so!

Mr. Ono is not alone in his retro adventures; two members from Domo artist JABBERLOOP make cameos in tracks 4,7, and 8 wielding both the sax and the trumpet. There aren't really any lyrics on Music Tranquilizer until Suzuyo Miyamoto and Cho (from Pablo) kick up the tempo in track ten. It's a short album topping out at nine compositions (including the intro), so the three bonus remixes stretch it out to proper length.

This jazzy lounge album blends seamlessly into one unit of sound without silence between tracks, so it's absolutely ideal for setting ambiance at a little fête or event. It is ideal pool party material, so perhaps this is why the graphics of this album revolve around water. The external shots are big and blue, depicting children floating in a public pool. The album booklet has two-page spreads of young adults relaxing at Iceland's gorgeous geothermal spa Blue Lagoon. Even if you can't say it in Icelandic, Bláa lónið, you can still enjoy the cool beats of Music Tranquilizer. Now, where is my bottle of Wild Cherry Phosphate?

Until I can find it, check out this Youtube video of Kaoru Ono jamming with (Daisuke and Makoto from JABBERLOOP) on the song "Liquid Sky":

written by Jessica Aves



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Track List 
01. Geometric Gate 
02. Jazz Affect 
03. Ladybug Soul 
04. Batucada feat. DAISUKE (from JABBERLOOP) 
05. Future Lounge '71 feat. Ray Tekuramori 
06. Tranquilizer 
07. Liqud Sky feat. DAISUKE & MAKOTO (from JABBERLOOP) 
08. in the Air feat. MAKOTO (from JABBERLOOP) 
09. While Waiting For... 

Bonus Track 
10. Batucada (outerspace extended vocal mix) 
11. Tranquilizer (outerspace Remix) 
12. Jazz Affect (RUDEJACK Remix)

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We've uploaded new videos and photos of JABBERLOOP. 

JABBERLOOP x Soft Lipa - Old School! Live In Taiwan on 6/16/2011 
JABBERLOOP x Soft Lipa - I Want You from Live In Taiwan on 6/16/2011

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Track List 
01. Old School 
02. We Got Jazz 
03. I Want You 
04. Dental Driller 
05. Gekko 
06. Process (Missing My Bird) 
07. Night Cruise 
08. Waltzing To Time 
09. I Wan You (RUDEJACK Remix) 
10. Old School (Blu-Swing Remix) 
11. Old School (DJ Mitsu the Beats Remix)

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We have uploaded COMA* new live videos!
They performed in Tokyo, June 2011.

Part I

Part 2

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Track List
01. Mensa
02. Ray Crawl
03. Ibiza Fiv feat. ayaka
04. Bartender
05. Ion Layout
06. Silk
07. Canoe feat. hoshijima (from SOUR)

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JABBERLOOP performed at Tohoku (North Japan) Festival on 7/18 to cheer up Tohoku and Japan! There were full of people and endless encore!
Thank you for everybody to come see JABBERLOOP!!



Also, here is the interview with Daisuke about JABBERLOOP

What is your favorite music?

What is your favorite food?
- Japanese BBQ, curry and rice

-TV, Music

Favorite film?
- Tora San Our Lovable Tramp(Otoko ha tsurai yo)

What do you do when you are off?
-sleeping all day

Why did you choose sax as your musical instrument?
- When I joined the brass band club in junior high school, my senior recommended for me to play the sax.

How did you join JABBERLOOP?
-I was just playing with good old friends just for fun but we had made a band before we knew it.

How does JABBERLOOP usually make songs?
- Each member writes motif of songs and we make music by session.

What do you feel about the US debut?
- I am very glad! I have been performing for borderless music since we got together as a group

Where do you want to go in the US?

- Grand Canyon

Any future projects?
- I want to go travel all over the world performing at concert everyday

Do you have any artists you would like to perform with?
- too many... I want to play with artists who make unique and creative sounds

Message to fans
- I am looking forward to making great shows with you!! Please keep following us!