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psyfi
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(10-04-2017, 10:06 PM)
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GAF, I just started getting into older Japanese bands and I am in fucking love.

It all started with This is a 1980's Japanese mixtape. Every song on the playlist is good if not down right spectacular. I've started looking up some of the artists I liked best, and so far my favorite find is this Miharu Koshi song, which I think lead me to this Miki Matsubara song, which lead me to this pleasantly upbeat Haruomi Hosono song. Then my housemate suggested Sandii and the Sunsetz and they are fucking aaaamzzzzinggg I'm obsessed

I want more! I know there's at least a few people here who love this stuff. Give me some suggestions please!
Last edited by psyfi; 10-07-2017 at 04:07 PM.
asagami_
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(10-04-2017, 10:07 PM)
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Check for Yellow Magic Orchestra. Pretty cool music.
RadioJoNES64
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(10-04-2017, 10:08 PM)
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I guess Buck Tick idk
Snakeyes
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(10-04-2017, 10:10 PM)
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Tatsuro Yamashita, the thread. On my phone so can't post links right now, but you can easily find most of his stuff on YouTube.
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L Thammy
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(10-04-2017, 10:10 PM)
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X Japan is a favourite of mine. I've heard a bunch of good Japanese prog metal street musicians recently and so I need to check that out.
Agent_ShortBus
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(10-04-2017, 10:11 PM)
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I've been getting into future funk and came across a lot of 80s Japanese songs I didn't know I liked.
Maria Takeuchi - September https://youtu.be/T6Khmj1ATX0
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Jawbreaker
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(10-04-2017, 10:12 PM)
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Jun Togawa is the best. Accept no substitutes. Suki Suki Daisuki is her best work.
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(10-04-2017, 10:13 PM)
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X-Japan's Tears, and Endless Rain are among the first Japanese music I'd ever heard and I fell in love with it instantly.
Eolz
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(10-04-2017, 10:23 PM)
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If you like Jazz and funk, there's a ton of great artists from that era, and a lot of really good compilations. Akira Omori for example, Masahiko Sato, Minoru Muraoka, Ryo Fukui...
All have their unique touch.

Same thing for electronic music, with the incredible Susumu Yokota:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSY1tyuR3WQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td6yY7_zdE8
Or other unclassable things, like Geinoh Yamashirogumi that you might know from the Akira OST, or Tatsuhiko Asano, who while being more an early 2000s composer, has a similar vibe...

Otherwise, there's a lot of really good blues and other vocal type songs (folk...).
Meiko Kaji is a classic obviously, but I also love Hako Yamasaki and Yoshiko Sai. Really powerful voices and talented artists.
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(10-04-2017, 10:23 PM)
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Does Eurobeat count as Japanese?
SinCityAssassin
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(10-04-2017, 10:28 PM)
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Kaoru Akimoto - Dress Down.
J-Fr
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(10-04-2017, 10:30 PM)
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I discovered Osamu Kitajima last week, a mix between the 80's and traditional Japanese music:

Osamu Kitajima - Dragon King - 1981
Osamu Kitajima - Masterless Samurai - 1978
lazygecko
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(10-04-2017, 10:30 PM)
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Here's some 1970's Japanese psychedelic rock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c87ARHzyO4k
L Thammy
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(10-04-2017, 10:32 PM)
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I'm also big on Shiina Ringo,. She's versatile, but more importantly, I like people who are willing to just destroy your fucking ears. Although I guess she started in 1999 so I'm kinda cheating.
uncle_koploski
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(10-04-2017, 10:33 PM)
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I have a few threads on other forums for Japanese music from the 70's/80's. I also host a Japanese New Wave night at a local bar in Baltimore.

I have so many recommendations, I don't know where to start.

Some of the best music I've ever heard. The stuff I like tends to be on the more new wave, groovy, or experimental side.

Mariah | Utakata no Hibi - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UIBLA-PuUw
Yasuaki Shimizu | Kakashi - https://youtu.be/HKY38Nx8dSo
Haruomi Hosono | Hosono House - https://youtu.be/IdUDuqm3rds
Haruomi Hosono | Tropical Dandy - https://youtu.be/E59HdCg4ogE
Haruomi Hosono | Paraiso - https://youtu.be/ZhwZdaizbRU
Haruomi Hosono | Philharmony - https://youtu.be/_6wwtZXGta8
Chakra | Satekoso - https://youtu.be/x79kuGdI3WQ
After Dinner | Paradise of Replica - https://youtu.be/N5gQQbUmrK4
Yukihiro Takahashi | Neuromantic - https://youtu.be/BrmAjXrN1wk
Hiroshi Sato | Awakening - https://youtu.be/zFsbW5d6osc
Hiroshi Sato | The Orient - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqgfrhrNHDY
Chiemi Manabe | 不思議・少女 - https://youtu.be/WVYqqrw6eQU
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Osukaa
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(10-04-2017, 10:33 PM)
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Originally Posted by L Thammy

X Japan is a favourite of mine. I've heard a bunch of good Japanese prog metal street musicians recently and so I need to check that out.

Right on! X Japan is awesome. These mofo's are still going strong to. Yoshiki seems to be a vampire that doesn't age and Toshi still screaming those hot vocals. My dream concert is an X Japan one. They are the Kings of Monster Ballads.

WE ARE X
Relaxed Muscle
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(10-04-2017, 10:34 PM)
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Maria Takeuchi 竹内 まりや Plastic Love

Not sure how this reached my suggestion box on youtube, but is a pretty fucking great 80's song.
Ravelle
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(10-04-2017, 10:35 PM)
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I only know the soundtrack of Initial D.
Anung
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(10-04-2017, 10:36 PM)
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Maria Takeuchi - Plastic Love

Shit's wonderful.

Also all the X-Japan.
kiri
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(10-04-2017, 10:37 PM)
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Originally Posted by Relaxed Muscle

Maria Takeuchi 竹内 まりや Plastic Love

Not sure how this reached my suggestion box on youtube, but is a pretty fucking great 80's song.

A LOT of 70s/80s Japanese pop funk has been making the rounds on YouTube lately it seems. On most Western pop songs posted, you’re only a couple of videos away before you land on one.

I guess it’s down to an increase in vapourwave/chill/lo-fi music that uses them for sampling purposes?
HotHamBoy
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(10-04-2017, 10:37 PM)
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Originally Posted by rrs

here's the 80's Japanese funk/R&B thread alternatively known as city pop

I can vouch for this thread because I made it.
Koozek
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(10-04-2017, 10:37 PM)
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Originally Posted by psyfi

GAF, I just started getting into older Japanese bands and I am in fucking love.

It all started with This is a 1980's Japanese mixtape. Every song on the playlist is good if not down right spectacular. I've started looking up some of the artists I liked best, and so far my favorite find is this Miharu Koshi song, which I think lead me to this Miki Matsubara song, which lead me to this pleasantly upbeat Haruomi Hosono song. Then my housemate suggested Sandii and the Sunsetz and they are fucking aaaamzzzzinggg I'm obsessed

I want more! I know there's at least a few people here who love this stuff. Give me some suggestions please!

edit: ugh wrong forum lmao

Ohhh, thanks for that 80's mixtape. Smooth as hell. Always loved this sound.
Agent_ShortBus
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(10-04-2017, 10:38 PM)
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Gonna go through this thread and give all the suggestions a listen when I get home 👍
Kevtones
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(10-04-2017, 10:38 PM)
Cornelius
Yohane
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(10-04-2017, 10:44 PM)
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The only Japanese music I know is from DDR
Eolz
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(10-04-2017, 10:46 PM)
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Also, sorry for that, and in slightly different genres, but old japanese wrestling has some themes that are fantastic!

Jushin Liger
Jaguar Yokota
Mimi Higawara (Sexy Panther and In the Hard Times)
etc
nikos
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(10-04-2017, 10:49 PM)
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VA - Tokyo Bossa Nova Lounge
https://youtu.be/-JjCQhXWLes

VA - Nippon Girls Vol. 1
https://youtu.be/fZu34whk-uA
chrominance
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(10-04-2017, 10:51 PM)
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Taeko Ohnuki. Her 70s stuff starts with glorious AM radio pop, and by the time we get to 1982's Romantique she's doing italo disco synthpop stuff. You're likely to find something you like somewhere in all that.

Also, here's a classic Tatsuro Yamashita album. I have future funk and Macross 82-99 to thank for introducing me to this one.
Last edited by chrominance; 10-04-2017 at 10:53 PM.
Star Falcon
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(10-04-2017, 10:58 PM)
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If you like metal, try out Seikima-II, X-Japan, and Anthem.
Infinite
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(10-04-2017, 11:04 PM)
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Boredoms - Super Are (1998)
Number Girl - School Girl Distortion Addict (1999)
Sheena Ringo - Shoso Strip (2000 - close enough)
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Solid State Survivor (1979)
Cornelius - Fantasma (1997)
Jun Togawa - Tamahime Sama (1984)
Bloodthirsty Butchers - Korocono (1996)
The Blue Hearts - self titled (1987)
Happy End - Kazemachi Roman (1971)
JJSignal
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(10-04-2017, 11:14 PM)
Sandii and the Sunsets are great. If you can, try and find Babes in the Woods. Rachael is a great song from that album.

I'd also suggest Yumi Matsutoya, who's kind of a legend in Japan. She also goes by Yuming. Some might know her as the vocals for a lot of Ghibli songs, as well as the theme for Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. She also had a character in it.

Parappa designer Masaya Matsuura had his shot in the 80s and early 90s as PSY•S [saiz]. Personal favorites from him are albums: BRAND-NEW MENU, and Another Diary. Chasing the Rainbow is a fantastic song.

Give C-C-B a try. Some top pick songs for them are hit Romantic Ga Tomanari, Lucky Chance, and Kūsō Kiss.

TOM☆CAT is another big personal favorite. So much so, that I named one of the lead characters in 2064 after them, and then the bar you meet them in after the first song I heard of theirs. They're also responsible for Tough Boy, which is an excellent song. Two versions of it-- 80s and the 90s one for Fist of the North Star Season 2, which just replaces "We are living, living the 80s! 80s! 80s!" to, well, the 90s.

TM Network is fun, and also did the ending credits and some other music composition in the original Vampire Hunter D

Echoing YMO, as it is incredibly important material if you want to get more into Japanese music from the 70s through the 90s, and learn about not only its influence on the music of those times, but also the music for games as well. If you dig enough, you'll discover that a lot of popular 80s musicians at some point played with them.
Please also check out everyone individually-- Sakamoto especially.

Speaking of, try out Akiko Yano, as well. She's great and has a unique singing voice, almost similar to that of Yumi Matsutoya.

Also check out Joe Hisashi's work outside of Ghibli from the 80s. It's all fantastic. Alpha-BET-CITY, and Illusion, his compositions for a lot of Beat Takeshi's movies.

I wanna say more, but I should probably be getting back to work..
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Slowdive
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(10-04-2017, 11:16 PM)
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Stay with Me is so good. I knew what that Hosono song was going to be before I clicked, his best song imo. I also somehow never knew Sandii & the sunsetz were on Razzmatazz.

Hosono and the other YMO members produced Sandii, Miharu Koshi and many other 80s artists, it's well worth checking them and their solo stuff out. Here's a performance of Parallelisme with Hosono, Yukihiro Takahashi and Steve Jansen:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz6n6YIos5w

Some of my other favourites:

Jun Togawa and her band Yapoos
Susumu Hirasawa and his band P-Model
Shiina Ringo

Originally Posted by L Thammy

I'm also big on Shiina Ringo,. She's versatile, but more importantly, I like people who are willing to just destroy your fucking ears. Although I guess she started in 1999 so I'm kinda cheating.

Too bad her recent stuff destroys your ears in a bad way. :P
Last edited by Slowdive; 10-05-2017 at 12:17 AM.
yaffi
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I just listen to that nonstop City Pop radio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IiPLJfANrM

I haven't listened to anything else the past week.
yo_soy_el_topo
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(10-04-2017, 11:19 PM)
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Les Rallizes Denudes are my favorite (and best band ever) to come out of Japan. Not for everyone though.
isaacnukem
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(10-04-2017, 11:21 PM)
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Fishmans!
Migu
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(10-04-2017, 11:36 PM)
Get to know Cioccolata (1985): crazy music with phenomenal lead. I was blown away by this when I discovered this last year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcX8M71Njw0

Edit: one more link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzfxZzZ5OUs

Let me know what you think about it!
Last edited by Migu; 10-04-2017 at 11:38 PM.
yaffi
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(10-04-2017, 11:39 PM)
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Originally Posted by HotHamBoy

I can vouch for this thread because I made it.

And it's thanks to this thread that I discovered this wonderful genre.

Or rather, I learned what it's called. Since I already liked this kind of music before.
smokeyp
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(10-05-2017, 12:12 AM)
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The Kayoukyoku (old pop) Classics - Personal Favorites

70s Momoe Yamaguchi (山口百恵) - The Legend. Retired at 21(!)

80s Akina Nakamori (中森明菜) - My #1 from the 80s. I love how she moves.

80s Seiko Matsuda (松田聖子) - Queen of the 80s.

70s/80s Hiromi Iwasaki (岩崎宏美) - Madonnatachi no Lullaby owns too.
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sibarraz
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(10-05-2017, 12:14 AM)
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Malice Mizer is a very cool band, I was ignoring them for their ridiculous look, but after listening thel I actually find them to ve a very good band

T-Square is also another terrific band
Dreamgazer
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(10-05-2017, 05:27 AM)
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TM Network - 1/4 of my work play list is just TM network stuff.

TUBE - Pop rock that does nothing but "summer" songs.

BOOWY - Introduced America rock band "style" into the late 80s scene and pretty much defined the direction of 90s Japanese pop rock. Often referred to as the most important rock band in Japan's music history.

Southern All Stars

Kubota Toshinobu (久保田 利伸): Kubota introduced elements of R&B, soul, funk and reggae, etc to J-pop.

Kazumasa Oda (小田 和正)

Akina Nakamori (中森明菜)

Seiko Matsuda (松田 聖子)

Kyoko Koizumi (小泉今日子) - I wouldn't say Kyoko is a great singer, but she is an amazing celebrity that has achieved success in almost everything she does (still). It's good to check out some of her 80s performance.
texhnolyze
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(10-05-2017, 05:29 AM)
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Chage & Aska - SAY YES

Also Zard, listen to everything from Zard.
Luminaire
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(10-05-2017, 05:30 AM)
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X-Japan!

Loudness!

Sex Machineguns!
Vard
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Originally Posted by Infinite

Boredoms - Super Are (1998)
Number Girl - School Girl Distortion Addict (1999)
Sheena Ringo - Shoso Strip (2000 - close enough)
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Solid State Survivor (1979)
Cornelius - Fantasma (1997)
Jun Togawa - Tamahime Sama (1984)
Bloodthirsty Butchers - Korocono (1996)
The Blue Hearts - self titled (1987)
Happy End - Kazemachi Roman (1971)

This sort of stuff plus Fishmans, Blankey Jet City, Happy End, Les Rallizes Dénudés, and earlier output from The Pillows.
djSyndrome
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Originally Posted by L Thammy

X Japan is a favourite of mine. I've heard a bunch of good Japanese prog metal street musicians recently and so I need to check that out.

Saw them live some years ago in Oakland at a small venue. Amazing show!

What struck me was how many people from Japan had flown over to America just to catch them in a venue that wasn't a giant stadium.
cryptosporidium
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(10-05-2017, 05:57 AM)
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Im a REALLY big Japanese music fan, favorite foreign music by far so heres a short list of favourites

Jazz,
Ryu Fukui
Hiromi

Jazz Hop,
Takuya Kuroda

City Pop/Jazz Fusion,
Ryo Kawasaki
Taeko Ohnuki
Casiopea

Folk,
Hako Yamasaki

Rock/metal,
Cyntia
Band Maid
Babymetal
Mad capsule markets
Marty Friedman (former Megadeth guitarist)
Maximum The Hormone
The Seatbelts/Yoko Kanno
X Japan
Galneryus
Loudness

Electronica,
Susumu Hirosawa

Pop,
Itou Kanako (originally born in Vietnam i believe)
Maaya Sakamoto

Hip hop,
Nujabes
DJ okiwari
Uyama hirito

Traditional/Noh/other,
Osamu Kitajima
Geinoh Yamashirogumi
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Myriadis
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(10-05-2017, 06:17 AM)
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Originally Posted by yo_soy_el_topo

Les Rallizes Denudes are my favorite (and best band ever) to come out of Japan. Not for everyone though.

Yes! Seconded. They are absolutely amazing, the most psychedelic noise ever created.
Funnily enough, because it's posted on the gaming side, is that I found this band just because of a video game. Space Funeral, to be exact, which has a very unusual soundtrack.
mamoniadas
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(10-05-2017, 06:23 AM)
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IMO top 5 albums of the era.
Tomoko Aran - Fuyü-Kükan = 浮遊空間
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8K0zJ5x_GE

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