DJ Krush – real name 石 英明 (Hideaki Ishi) is a highly influential hip hop / trip hop DJ known for his distinctive, ground-breaking instrumental production. He creates a multi-layered atmosphere with sound elements from nature and sampling of jazz and soul. This show at Electric Brixton in London is his first for 2 years Read more

Yearning for the deep, primal reverberations of an o-daiko drum? A KODO performance cannot fail to rumble, shake and move you. These Japanese performers – based on Sado Island – sure don’t travel lightly: central to the show is the diversity of drums – from big to very, very big!  The elegance, versatility and sheer Read more

Radwimps Batsu to maru to tsumi to / Xと○と罪と With all things Japanese, from Anime to Zen, enjoying massive popularity in the UK, it’s high time for Japanese music to finally break through the language barrier. Radwimps have enjoyed 10 years of success in Japan, and now their certified platinum-selling hit 7th studio album Batsu Read more

Tom Smith is busy bringing  awesome, fresh Japanese music to the UK.  Not only does he have a super cool job, but he is also super friendly, and wants you to go right on ahead & talk Japanese music to him. 1. What do you do, and why? I run JPU Records, a label releasing Read more

Yoshiki, one of Asia’s most influential musical artists, is honored to share his new collection of compositions entitled Yoshiki Classical with fans around the world.  He’ll be bringing his Classical tour (you can buy tickets here) to the Royal Festival Hall, London on May 29, 2014! The long awaited album Yoshiki Classical was released worldwide Read more

VAMPS(JPN) @ Koko, March 28

VAMPS(JPN), the Japanese rock band formed by and featuring HYDE (L’Arc~en~Ciel) and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust), will play at Koko, North London on March 28;  their only European date! has a FREE pair of tickets for readers in our next newsletter!  Sign up to receive details. VAMPS(JPN)– one of the most successful, high-profile rock acts Read more

Mugenkyo: ‘Eternal Return’ CD Review

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers Eternal Return **** Decisive beats build to crashing crescendos with the elemental power of a tsunami wave.  Devoid of lyrics, taiko drumming is punctuated with Japanese language chants and yells, encouraging players to perform with maximum energy.  This commanding collection celebrates twenty years of the Mugenkyo troupe, and features some great recordings Read more

Mugenkyo Document (Live) DVD  (73 mins) ***** Having thoroughly enjoyed Scotland-based Mugenkyo group’s powerful taiko drumming live in concert, I wondered what the DVD could offer that the live performance didn’t.  After all, my home speakers simply can’t do justice to the massive odaiko drum’s rumbling vibration – which as an audience member you can Read more