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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":

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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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Special live video with Kaoru Ono and Makoto&Daisuke from JABBERLOOP!
They performed together for the event "Comfortable Hive vol.2" in Tokyo in 2009.





Kaoru Ono New Release "Music Tranquilizer"
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JABBERLOOP New Release "OLD SCHOOL"

   * Nominated for Best Album Of The Year by Taiwanese Grammy Award!
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Kaoru Ono's US debut album "Music Tranquilizer" is now available at iTunes Store!

Kaoru Ono is highly acclaimed by various musicians, DJs and has crossover music background, such as house, club jazz, R&B, Brazilian, and UK soul, etc.
He has been actively building her career as an artist and a musician, such as holding art events, composing and arranging music for other artists, and having solo lives for more than 30 times every year in Japan.

The long-awaited Kaoru's debut album, "Music Tranquilizer" is finally released. Kaoru added innovated sound texture and more originality on this album, and you must be captured by his music world. 

"Tranquilizer" (Short Ver.)



"Ladybug Soul" (Short Ver.)



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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 are thrilled to announce that one of the top track-maker in Japan, Kaoru Ono joins Daruma Label, and will release new album "Music Tranquilizer" on iTunes on April 5!

It is available at Payloadz right now.

We will reveal more info soon!

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