American artist, who spent a great of time growing up in Japan, Exitpost recently released his newest EP Nami EP, which was recorded in Tokyo in 2015 and mastered by The Books’ Nick Zammuto (!!). Light and airy beats and warm synths are evocative of Bonobo and Ryan Hemsworth. You can also feel a bit of Zen here and there. It is amazing. Purchase here.
Previewly Focused UK’s up-and-comer, Honne is doing really well these days. Selling out shows in Europe and multiple plays on BBC Radio 1. Their new single, which is now out via Atlantic, is a collaboration with a singer Izzy Bizu. It’s smooth, pop and soulful. Good as ever. Listen below.
Köln based label, Modularfield is one of the trusted places I check out for new music for its cutting-edge selection. Following LLLL’s vinyl release, they laid their hawk eyes on a Japanese female songwriter, Wakareno Kana. Her newest release,”Seaside Florist”, which was released last month in cassette tape format, is a collection of serene, ambient piano ballads. The sound of waves, beautiful live recording of piano, and Grouper-like emotional and cool vocal & melodies make an extremely rare listening experience. This is contemporary J-pop at its best. Purchase here.
Our favourit electronic experimentalist Bunki is releasing Turn EP on April 8 from Squareglass. Stream the new single, “Turn” from the player below. Intricate soundscape, a great wash of white noise that roams about on top of hypnotic synth lines. It is not far off to describe it as a maze of sound. Bizarre but a purely blissful experience.
Yay! Our favourite panda, Gold Panda has announced a Japan tour in October. In advance of the set ticket sale from April 11, you can order the discount ticket from the link here (in Japanese) Having a new release of acknowledgedly Japanese inspired record Good Luck and Do Your Best planned in May, this tour will be something that cannot be missed.
Check the detail here.
Also, Okaerinasai Gold Panda!
Yo, it’s been a long time since I made my last apperance here. I have been annoyingly busy for different projects and that unabled me to focus on Lights and Music. During my hiatus I was still checking some new music and this is the first one I can’t go without introducing. Finnish electro duo Femme En Fourrune, whose work has been favoured by UK’s popular House producer like Julio Bashmore, has a new single called “Seer”. It’s a hook-heavy, club-ready, “The Knife meets Bjork in Post era” kinda pop tune. We all want to get our feet dancing for the coming of Spring, and this may be just a good fit for our mood. Listen below.
March 23, our favourite musician collective Squareglass and its entire live roosters will gather up for a special night at London’s The Social. Their open-minded, innovative sound crafting and scintillating live performances will be sure to make your night unforgettable. Wish I could join but alas, I’m in Tokyo!
Free Entry (open at 19:00)