It’s October – Autumn leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping and new tracks from some of our favorite Japanese artists are dropping left, right and center. Our playlist this month features a roundup of October releases from across Japan, including indie mainstays Tokyo DYGL, a long-awaited single from Osaka’s 8otto, and hotly anticipated tracks from more recent artists, including Kinami from Okinawa and the hip hop duo of Kobe Neibiss. With only a few months to go until the end of the year, many of the artists on this month’s playlist have upcoming shows, so head over to our events section for more details on who you can catch live. . Full playlist here and our special mentions below.
SYRUP – “BE THE GROOVE”
The latest in a series of unique releases this year, multifaceted artist SIRUP’s “BE THE GROOVE” was released on October 12th. Zentaro who injects a good part of his future funk and disco influences. Now just over five years into its career, SIRUP has maintained the buzz it gained early on with consistently high-quality and varied production. Having already collaborated with a wide range of artists such as STUTS, BIM, TENDRE and Shin Sakiura, the latest track proves that it won’t be slowing down anytime soon. SIRUP Presents Flagship Show “Roll and Bounce” at Nippon Budokan on November 11, Tickets Available here.
8otto – FUZIN / RAZIN
Osaka-based quartet 8otto are back with their latest album in five years, the anthem “FUZIN/RAZIN.” Originally launched as Sugar for a Dime in 1999, the band went through numerous line-up changes in their first four or five years before cementing their line-up as 8otto in 2004. international artists such as Franz Ferdinand and Japanese artists such as Ogre You Asshole and Moonbright as influences, the band – fronted by vocalist and drummer Masaki Maenosono – have garnered a cult following for their turbulent live performances despite their low output over the past 18 years, releasing only five albums and a handful of singles and EPs. The new track combines funky, indie rock math grooves with an epic stadium rock outing. Catch 8otto tour in 2023.
DYGL – Wish I could feel
After their March single “Waves”, “I Wish I Could Feel” is the new track from Tokyo-based indie band DYGL. Formed in 2012, DYGL (pronounced day-glo), has been a mainstay of the Japanese rock scene for the better part of a decade. working with The Strokes producer Gus Oberg on their debut album and touring extensively domestically and internationally, including a 19-show national tour in support of their third album last year. Moody compared to March’s more upbeat version, “I Wish I Could Feel” is a rumination on the struggle to live in the moment. Combining atmospheric arpeggiated guitar lines with self-tuned melodic vocals and heavier post-rock elements, vocalist Nobuki Akiyama says “this song makes you feel DYGL’s new mode.” Watch DYGL performances with Franz Ferdinand and Say Sue Me from Korea Later this year.
Neibiss – Space Cowboy
Neibiss is the hip hop project of Kobe residents and Nerd Space Program team members ratiff and hyunis1000. Formed in 2018, they first gained attention with their debut single “Heaven” in 2018, quickly followed by albums HELLO NEIBISS and Sample preface. This year was another big year for the duo, performing with DONGURIZU in Tokyo and Osaka in January and February, appearing on tofubeats’ latest album in May, and releasing four new singles, all of which appear on the new EP. Neibiss will organize a launch party for the new EP at Shibuya’s WWW in November featuring Campanella on support duties.