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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Pikapika Fantasian out on 9th of July / works with SOPHIE and Yelle




Kyary is set to release a new, 3rd album, (get ready for this) – Pikapika Fantasian / ピカピカふぁんたじん on 9th of July. Kyary explained that “the album will have a fantasy theme” (no way), hence the title that combines the words fantasy (ふぁんたじー) and jin-suffix (じん), which signifies person.

In May, Dazed & Confused announced that Kyary is working with international artists SOPHIE and Yelle, a french electropop trio. We can’t wait to hear what this collaboration will come up to. Yelle is known for giving us LIFE with their catchy and eclectic pop.

Before that happens, on the 11th of June Kyary will release a single Kira Kira Killer / きらきらキラー, which you can sample below:



Stay tuned for more detailes on Kyary’s new album
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What do you guys think about the Kyary x Yelle collaboration??



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Shiina Ringo – J’ai trouvé l’amour / 熱愛発覚中


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Shiina Ringo (椎名 裕美子) is a hugely respected singer-songwriter in Japan and a leader of a rock band Tokyo Jihen. Her music is an eclectic mix, full of effortless flair and lyrical insight. She dabbled in anything from punk rock, alternative to hip hop, jazz and Japanese enka, all to a great critical acclaim. She is one of the most successful and respected Japanese female artists up to date.




For her best-of-collaboration album Ukina / 浮き名 (release – November 13), Shiina paired up with the most influential Japanese producer of electronic music – Yasutaka Nakata, known from the music of Capsule, Perfume, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu or MEG. The child of their work is J’ai trouvé l’amour (lit. I found love) / 熱愛発覚中 (romanized ‘Netsuai Hakkakuchu’). It’s a demure and hypnotising piece of electropop. Mysterious, ominous verse and a sweet but mature chorus are intercepted by Nakata‘s distorted synths. The chemistry of Nakata‘s instrumental and Shiina‘s style and vocals is like apple and cinnamon – absolutely spot on. The effect is of avant-garde quality. Check it out below:



The video is up to par with the music. Elegant and stylish Shiina kicks ass, literally. In a Kill Bill kind of way. This video should be a lesson to many Western female singers on ‘How to be sexy without showing too much / looking like a whore’. In fact, it’s so well directed that I wish it was an actual movie. This, gentlemen, is how you make a music video.

What’s left is to hope that such synergetic collaboration between Shiina and Nakata will spark even more future works together. Stay tuned and if enjoy the works of Shiina, be sure to check out the new album Ukina.


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Capsule – CAPS LOCK




Why is Perfume or Kyary more popular than Capsule?
Because Perfume is a pop girl group, dumbass! – you might say.

Of course the point is not to be popular but to make (hopefully) good music. In anticipation for the new album many hoped that CAPS LOCK will glide on the success of LEVEL 3. Sadly, it feels like a lost potential. I really wanted to praise this album but CAPS LOCK leaves a Capsule fan disappointed.

Since their best album up to date More More More, the duo has been releasing some mildly successful records, with a few gems here and there but generally lacking coherence and strong sense of direction. However their new album, CAPS LOCK, marks a new low…

Many fans of Perfume also listen to Capsule and vice versa. After hearing the Perfume‘s fantastic last record you might have listened to Enter the Sphere and imagine that Capsule‘s latest album will evoke all that and better. That it will cumulate all the badassness, trippy club beats and take all that harder electro to the next level. Thirsty of the style we know, you reach for the new album to clench your thirst but CAPS LOCK tastes like a cold tea… no milk, no sugar, two days old tea. Yes, unfortunately it is a disappointment.

We’ve got an intro that’s less exciting than elevator music. CONTROL is promising, colourful although Toshiko’s vocals are so chopped up it ends up sounding a little annoying, like a leftover Miku Miku track (ouch…). DELETE starts underwhelming although it develops into a pleasant synth with atmosphere.


CONTROL, one of very few O-K moments on the album… :


12345678 is like a first year’s University student project in Sound Design. Some honking and creaking door layered together and inaudible vocals comes in. WHYYYY

SHIFT is almost good… almost. The cut up vocal salad remains a little annoying. It would have been fine if it was just a regular vocoder treatment but it’s not, it’s over done. Sorry Nakata.

ESC, another project of the same amateur Uni student, dripping water, ticking clock, wind. No music. Nakata is losing his mind.

SPACE sounds more like a Capsule track we know, albeit lacks a climax.

RETURN is a soothing piano number that goes into synth, like a synth lullaby. Somewhat nostalgic, pleasant.

And… that’s it. That’s all. There’s no JUMPER, there’s nothing you could bounce about to in a club, there’s nothing you’ll have on repeat on your iPod. It’s a huge dissapointment. With only 8 tracks, no strong single and style all over the place, this could easily be just an EP of 4 but instead it’s pretending to be an album. Shame.

Nakata remains a genius for sculpting the direction of Perfume and Kyary into success however… losing out on his own project. I do hope that the next material from Capsule will change our mind once again.


Here’s what we hoped CAPS LOCK would be but it’s not. Enter the Sphere by Perfume, Capsule‘s producer and mastermind :


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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – INVADER INVADER / 2 minute preview


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Kyary is back with with a new single. After a successful Ninja ri bang bang, which peaked at #3 on Oricon chart, Kyary returns with インベーダーインベーダー / Invader Invader. The song has been used in a hilarious commercial for Gu leggins pants, which shows Kyary literally INVADING Paris and doing some sneaky leggins-magic.



A longer, two minute preview recently leaked on the net and that’s enough to say that Invader Invader might just be Kyary‘s best song so far. The intro is a trippy inter-galactic mash of chiptune and brassy instruments leading us to a bombastic, colourful chorus. Once again, Yasutaka Nakata‘s pop-formula gives ‘catchy’ a new meaning. Check out Invader Invader:



Invader Invader is due for release on 15th of May. The single will include a B-side, Point of View, and extended version of Fashion Monster.


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Musicshell podcast – Kyary special



In the first musicshell podcast, Lucas and Deanna talk about the Japanese pop phenomenon, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu / きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ. Tune in and listen to some bad English accent (Lucas) as we talk about Kyary‘s background, fake eyelashes and dancing foxes. Featuring Kyary‘s latest single – Ninjari Bang Bang / にんじゃりばんばん … Rasengan!!


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Full Control Tokyo – au KDDI & Kyary Pamyu Pamyu special event


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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and au KDDI teamed up to work on one of the most creative add campaigns. With Kyary‘s concert as a centre piece, on the 29th of January au KDDI transformed the area around Sojoji temple into an interactive ‘theme park’. The audience was encouraged to download the Odoroki app to their phones, which allowed them to control water fountains, taxis, street lights and other various illuminations. During the concert Kyary asked the audience to shake their mobiles in order to help ‘charge’ the Tokyo Tower and the temple, resulting with a colourful light show.

The campaign’s goal is to advertise the Odoroki app, which aims to help citizens interact with their surroundings.

The advert is currently played in Japan and features Kyary‘s new single, Ninjari ban ban / にんじゃりばんばん, which is released today.
Check out the advert below:



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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Ninja ri ban ban


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Welcome back to the colourful world of Kyary where nothing is gray and boring!!!★
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ) has been rather busy lately. She’s having a successful 100% KPP WORLD TOUR 2013 which visits the United States, England, France, Belgium, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, and Kyary’s native Japan. It’s great to see an artists like Kyary receive international attention. MTV Iggy called Kyary “the coolest girl on the planet” while Nicola Formichetti styled and photographed Kyary for Dazed & Confused and now she’s back with a single Ninja ri ban ban / にんじゃりばんばん. The single contains three key ingredients:

a) sweet icing: irresistible Kyary cuteness
b) yummy dough: electro base + feudal Japan themed samples
c) delicious core: super duper catchy chorus

It’s the kind of song that will drill your brain with it’s catchiness and won’t let go until you mouth ‘Ninja ri ban ban’ in the shower.

Her previous single, Fashion Monster was just as fun, had memorable verses but the chorus was somewhat lacking. In Ninja ri ban ban the focus is shifted to the chorus where it should be and we end up with a more balanced pop song. And what else could make a more fitting music video than Kyary‘s crazy and colourful persona bouncing around the screen and shooting laser beams in a ninja costume??? (silence) amen.

Enjoy! Ninja ri ban ban:

Ninja ri ban ban is due for release on the 20th of March.


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