Awich’s “Queendom” EP Gets Postponed

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Announced on Awich’s Twitter is the postponement of her upcoming EP “Queendom” due to production reasons (no doubt due to the pandemic). The EP was set to be released on the 24th of this month but at least she was able to get out her new single “Kuchi ni Dashite” (album art is featured above) which was released on 8/27. She’ll keep us updated as soon as a date is confirmed.

Latest Rough Guide Album Includes Uchinānchu Artists

Album Art for The Rough Guide

Recently released Rough Guide series includes songs from Uchinānchu artists as well as performers of Uchinā music. There was also a Rough Guide for the music of Okinawa released in 2006 but it’s only available in CD format at this time.

A wonderfully diverse collection exploring some of Japan’s lesser-known contemporary styles by artists rooted in tradition. From the female divas of the southern Ryukyu islands to the minyo revivalists Boomdigi, Aragehonzi and Tsukudanaka Sanpachi, this is an album full of intrigue and surprises.

https://worldmusic.net/products/rough-guide-to-the-best-japanese-music-youve-never-heard

Currently available on all music streaming services “The Rough Guide to the Best Japanese Music You’ve Never Heard“.

Lucy’s Okinawan Upbeat Music Singles

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The Qwotchee Records digital releases continue with a couple of singles from the amazing artist Lucy. The singles are “Hounen Ondo” and “Hiyamikachi Bushi” (not available globally) — note that they’re using the same cover art for both songs but one has a blue overlay (“Hounen Ondo”) and the other a red overlay (“Hiyamikachi Bushi”). Lucy has an amazing voice so be sure to check it out!

New Music Releases

New singles and albums released in August 2021

What at lazz’s “Sumaho wa Shimatte Dance Night”

2021.08.02 [Single] Nema Ui – Aoao (Link)

2021.08.04 [Single] MATSURI – HOTARU (Link)

2021.08.04 [Compilation Album] Hajime Chitose – Tokotowa (Link)

2021.08.04 [Single] Off The Care – Li-Li-Go (Link)

2021.08.04 [Single] Anly – Cancel Machi no Koi (Link)

2021.08.05 [Single] hiro (SPEED) – Something Great (Link)

2021.08.11 [Single] all at once (music composed by Nakasone Izumi of HY) – Toshi wo Kasanete (Link)

2021.08.11 [Album] Kamiya Chihiro – Utayui (Link)

2021.08.13 [Single] AI – In The Middle (feat. Daichi Miura) (Link)

2021.08.25 [Remix Album] HY & DJ HASEBE – HONEY meets ISLAND CAFE presents HY Ocean Blue Sound -The Surf Remixes- (Link)

New Music Releases

Hamagawa Yuuri’s “Umi no Kanata” MV

New singles and albums released in July 2021

2021.07.07 [Single] Tamashiro Chiharu (Kiroro) – Inochi no Ki (Link)

2021.07.07 [Single] 7ORDER (music composed by NAOTO & HIROKI of ORANGE RANGE) – SUMMER Samasama (Link)

2021.07.15 [Single] Kamiya Chihiro – Eisa-Medley (Link)

2021.07.29 [Single] Hamagawa Yuuri – Umi no Kanata (Link)

2021.07.29 [Album] Nakamura Shugo – NATURAL (Link)

2021.07.30 [Single] MAX – Do Shot (Link)

Yano Kenji’s Back Catalog Coming Soon?

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With the recent re-releases of Takara Records Store’s in-house labels (Qwotchee Records, Chikuten) it looks like musician Yano Kenji’s back catalog is up next! I tried the link to Apple Music but sadly it’s still not available overseas but hopefully it’s only a matter of time? We can look forward to the album above (“Sanshin Plays Okinawan Songs”) as well as “Sanshin Island Cafe” and “Sakura Songs on Ukulele”.