Nobuo Uematsu — Coconut Castaway

A lovely! perky melody with shuffling drums, strummed guitar and dual female vocalists (actually it sounds like the same multitracked singer). So far so predictable. But a couple of minutes in, things get odd with a fairground waltz rhythm and a pervading melancholy air. Then gradually, as a bird tweets, the original melody hesitantly reappears… Read more »

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MOL. — Highsense Nonsense

This sounds like a quirky chiptune pop song, played at approximately double speed. It makes hyperactive seem comatose. Zac, the Japanator Radio presenter, called it insane. He’s probably right, but it’s good insane, not bad insane. Source: Japanator Radio 103

Perfume — Electro World (Omodaka remix)

The usual vocals layered over a better-than-usual rhythm. Initially it’s slow, half the speed of the usual frantic Perfume beat. In parts it shuffles into a dub rhythm, sounding a lot like Dubstar (one of my favourite pop bands). Later on the beat heats up, as opera themes and jungle animal noises spice things up…. Read more »

Swinging Popsicle — Go On

Sweet, well-produced pop, with real instruments: guitar, bass, drums. And a clear female vocal. Very summery and melodic. Hey, I’m smiling! It’s from the album of the same name. Source: Japanator Radio 103

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Nancy Elizabeth — Feet of Courage

A thoroughly modern folk song that sounds as if it could have been written anytime in the last thousand years or so. Beautiful and haunting, it takes me off to another place.

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