This foursome blends 4-on-the-floor dance rock, punk, guitar pop, jazz and fusion into a futuristic fresh sound that attacks like a tsunami. In 2009, former band “REAL” changed their name to Keytalk — members are Yuu Nakatomo (vocal, guitar), Yagi Yuuki (drum), Ono Takemasa (guitar) and Sudou Yoshikatsu (bass, chorus).
Rare is it to find modern music that pinpoints the middle ground between a respect for past greats and a boldness to pave tomorrow. Citing influences from Dave Brubeck to Ben Folds to Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto to John Mayer — The Reign of Kindo are Joseph Secchiaroli (vocals, guitar), Mike Carroll (guitar), Kelly Sciandra(…)
A rock guitar riff here, a cool jazz vocal there – Couch draws elements from different genres combining them with their particular brand of mainstream pop. Couch’s musical style defines the words “Japanese Indie Pop” creating a pop sound that is refined by Couch and defies mainstream cliches. Couch was formed in November 2002, bringing(…)
With over 50 albums, Asai Kenichi is perhaps Japan’s most original and prolific artist, and leader of bands Sherbets, JUDE, Ajico, Asai Kenichi solo, and 1990s legends Blankey Jet City. Combined with his artwork on album covers, books, posters and clothing, his contribution to modern Japanese creative culture is comparable with that of film director(…)
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Sainkho Namtchylak came from the little republic of Russia called Tuva, and she brought her own ethnic roots to the world of jazz and fusion music. She has a unique voice with a range of seven octaves. Sainkho started solo career in 1987. Taking a part in international concerts in such musical directions as: folk(…)
Jaurim (자우림, 紫雨林, meaning “Purple Rainforest”) is a rock band from Seoul, South Korea. They had performed in the indie scene before 1997, and became major with their first released single “Hey Hey Hey”. They have released eight full-length albums, three unofficial albums, two original soundtrack singles, one original soundtrack EP (which was released as(…)
Portico Quartet began in 2005. The band was formed by two sets of schoolfriends. At the beginning of their career they played on the streets and gave away their recordings. But the unique sound and passion bring the band to the success. This name the band received after one of their shows was cancelled because(…)
With a mixed club and latin feel, this four piece ensemble is based in Tokyo, Japan. Formed in 2002, on the jazz club scene, Quasimode brings expert musicianship, and ’60s & ’70s based jazz rhythms to fans all over the world. From the release of their first album oneself-LIKENESS (2006), to their last, Quasimode cause(…)
Formed in 1996, Power Soul plays a cool mix of groove-oriented jazz and pop funk. This 8-piece band from Japan, consists of Kimmie (Vocals), Kuro (Bass), Iizuka Naoto (Guitar), Kikuchi “Bario” Takeshi (Baritone Saxaphone), Gotanda Yasushi (Trumpet), Kobayashi Minoru (Trombone), Shimizu Younosuke (Tenor Saxaphone) and Ohno Takashi (Drums). Power Soul’s compelling mix of funk and(…)
iambic² (or iambic) is amazing solo-project from England. Guy Andrews aka iambic is young talented musician and producer playing beautiful and atmospheric ambient music with post-rock and jazz influences. Started in 2007 he did already few releases, he took part in many European events and continue to win the audience.
Receiving her first guitar as a birthday present, in junior high 保刈あかね (Akane Hokari) dreamed of being a singer/songwriter. At the end of her second year of high school she was performing live in front of the Yokohama station. Influenced by such artists as Tracy Chapman, India Arie, Alicia Keys, Carole King, Silje Nergaard, Yamazaki(…)
The Seven is the personal musical vision of composer, producer, engineer, guitarist, bass player, keyboardist, drummer and programmer Kevin A. Smith. Its progressive, open-format and mostly instrumental musical landscape, is a project that recognizes music is inherently spiritual and is a gift from someone much greater.
Cryout is led by dread-locked guitarist Jerry (Cryout) Criner — Together with man-of-all instruments James Young (aka Buck), drummer Torance “Bear” Cushinberr, keyboardist Darold Epps and Rowland on bass. Criner’s philosophy is the “Straight and Narrow” road of reggae with a funky twist, mixing together a bit of blues and jazz and thus creating CRYOUT.(…)
Inspired by jazz and funk, Fabbit’s sound is a refreshingly honest coalescence of pop and innovation. Their music and vocals present a diverse sonic palette, yet is always anchored by assured and evocative song-craft. Formed in 2008, this Tokyo, Japan based three piece are Chikiko (vocals), Ryuuki (bass) and Yosshii (drums).
Albinobeach is post rock band from Jozi, South Africa, their music is ethereal, dreamlike and extradonary. While experimenting with samples and programming, Albinobeach draws on varying influences from many musical cultures and genres; jazz, progressive rock, metal, electronica, down tempo, trip hop, and traditional folk music. In 2006, Garrick van der Tuin (drums), Kalin Pashaliev(…)
Billy’s Band is one of the brightest bands on Russian indie club music scene. Their music is a fusion of jazz, blues, swing and rock. The members often describe their style as “romantic alcojazz” or “funeral Dixieland with infinite Happy End.” The band’s discography counts 5 studio albums, 3 live albums and countless compilations.
-NEGY- (葱) are a jazzy garage rock four-piece, who weave instrumental and vocal harmonies into a tale for the listener to get lost in. The band has released 2 singles to date – -NEGY- (葱)’s members are Ryo Kusuno (vocal, Keyboard), Syohei Ishita (drums), Semehiko Tohge (bass) and TEBASAKI (guitar).
Tokyo Jihen 「東京事変」, officially translated as Tokyo Incidents, is the vehicle of iconic singer, songwriter and guitarist Ringo Shiina. She decided to start the band after few years of solo career. She began looking for members of her backing band to support her solo tour “Sugoroku Ecstasy” in the Autumn of 2003. The tour band was(…)
Kiko Loureiro is a Brazilian Heavy metal guitarist who has worked with such bands as Angra, Silent Moon, Blezqi Zatzas, and Neural Code. Beginning his musical studies at age eleven, Kiko has never stopped evolving both as a guitarist and a composer.
MOUSE ON THE KEYS is a jazzy instrumental trio from Tokyo, Japan. They consist of former members of Nine Days Wonder (a leading band of the Japanese post-rock scene) – Akira Kawasaki (drum, keyboards) and Atsushi Kiyota (piano, keyboards) – along with Daisuke Niitome (piano, keyboards), who has played drums and composed music for jazz-funk/hiphop(…)
Johnny Antonopoulos, a.k.a. Johnny A‘s (since he was eight years age old) musicality, versatility, and taste set him apart from the run of guitar gods. Lush and full, clear and soothing, biting and intense – Johnny A’s guitar is always just right for the song and mood.
Paul Gilbert is an American guitarist. Well known for his guitar work with Racer X and Mr. Big, as well as many solo albums. He has been voted number 4 on a list in GuitarOne magazine of the “Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time,” as well as a spot in Guitar World’s 50(…)
Now a duo, this former 3 piece mix light rock with a touch of jazz. The quiet beauty of Anatakikou melodies and vocals will draw you in ever so innocently, and then demand you sit up and take notice of the band that created them. Anatakikou are Fujii Toshimitsu (Drums, Vocal) and Matsuura Masaki (Vocal,(…)
Boom Boom Satellites (ブンブンサテライツ) is a Japanese electro rock duo consisting of guitarist and vocalist Michiyuki Kawashima and bassist and programmer Masayuki Nakano. Their music can be described as breakbeat with heavy jazz influences, but using of electric guitars make it havier and stronger.