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Dec 31

Exit Trance presents R25 Speed Anime Trance Best 5
Release Date: 2/17/10
Price: 1905 yen

The R25 series is back after a long hiatus, apparently sans the Ghibli theme. I guess they finally ran out of Ghibli songs to do. The jacket illustration will once again be done by Keiko Sootome.

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Dec 30

Exit Trance presents Denpa Trance
Release Date: 2/17/10
Price: 1905 yen

I have absolutely no idea what denpa is, but it’s the theme of Quake’s latest Exit Trance series. Moe Mania suggests that “Denpa-kei is a certain genre of music, used in anime, hentai and games. It’s often very cute, explicit and sometimes a bit off-putting, depending on who you ask. All in all, it’s very very moe!” So, uhh, yeah. I don’t see how that’s any different than their Ecstasy series. ^^; If I’m understanding it correctly, then the songs will be similar to “Motteke! Sailor Fuku.”

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Dec 29

SATB The Movie 2Exit Trance presents Speed Anime Trance Best The Movie 2
Release Date: 1/6/09
Price: 1905 yen

The follow-up release to SATB The Movie starts the new year off with more popular anime movie themes. The tracks are almost all new except for track 17, “One more time, One more chance,” which previously appeared on UmaUma Trance 4. However, this version will have new vocals from Takanori instead of Nine.

Again, B.U.S. is noticeably absent, no doubt busy working on his album.

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Dec 28

Disco Around 50Disco Around 50 Let’s Groove ~ Surfer
Release Date: 1/27/10
Price: 2400 yen

Sony’s entry in the Disco Around 50 series will focus on, umm, surfer music? The track list is very similar to Sony’s aborted Shibuya Disco Hits release.

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Dec 27

Disco Around 50Disco Around 50 Hello Mr. Monkey ~ Step
Release Date: 1/27/10
Price: 2400 yen

Victor’s entry in the Disco Around 50 series will focus on Step music. I’m not really sure what that means, but apparently Arabesque’s “Hello Mr. Monkey” exemplifies it. The track list is very similar to Victor’s aborted Shinjuku Disco Hits release.

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Dec 26

Trance Rave presents Club atom -The Best-
Release Date: 2/10/10
Price: 1900 yen

The CD was originally listed as “Club atom Vol. 5,” but the title has since been changed. This is actually a rather surprising release since Vol. 4 was released way back in 2007. I wonder what would prompt Victor to release another CD in the series after such a long hiatus? CDJapan’s description suggests that the CD will include not only trance, but house as well.

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Dec 25
Merry Christmas!
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Merry Christmas!

Dec 24

Vocal StarThe Best of Cover Vocal Star
Release Date: 1/27/10
Price: 1905 yen

Okay, at this point I’m really concerned about FARM. Their last few releases have been nothing but repeats, and this looks like it won’t buck the trend. Yes, there are a few new songs, but for the most part the track list contains repeats from their Anime*Dance series.

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Dec 23

Rock this Party!!Rock This Party!!
Release Date: 12/23/09
Price: 1900 yen

A house and electro compilation brought to you by FARM Records. Lots of current and classic hits will be covered.

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Dec 22

Disko Warp presents Speedisko Vol. 1Disko Warp presents Speedisko Vol. 1
Release Date: 10/09
Price: $7.92

The long-delayed Speedisko Vol. 1 finally makes it debut. If I remember correctly there was supposed to be a cover of “Never Gonna Give You Up,” but it looks like it didn’t make it.

Anyway, Speedisko Vol. 1 is supposed to be the first in a series of Disko Warp compilations. One of the highlights of this first volume is an excellent, new Cusimo & Co. Speedy mix of “Lolitabot.” I was lukewarm to the original speedy mix, but this remix is absolutely perfect. The incredible Ricardo Autobahn remix of “Sexy Vampire” also makes an appearance, albeit in radio edit form.

There’s supposed to be a collaboration with Magic Hammer, which I assume is track 2 since it’s the only eurobeat song on the album. I wish the vocals were a little clearer, but the synthwork is top notch. I’m also quite partial to “UFO Catcher,” a catchy new instrumental song by Initial P.

The single is available on Amazon and iTunes.

In related news, Disko Warp are currently running a karaoke contest with some great prizes, including copies of Happy*Core Speed and Happy Core*Speed ~Mikoshi Trance~.

More details on how to enter can be found at their website: http://www.diskowarp.com/contest.php The deadline to enter is January 15, 2010.

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Dec 21

Piano Dance ChristmasPiano Dance Christmas
Artist: The Standard Club
Release Date: 11/24/09
Price: 600 yen

Piano Dance Christmas came out late last month on iTunes, but I thought it’d be more appropriate to post about it closer to Christmas. It’s more of a mini-album, actually, and it includes one repeat (the inexplicably ubiquitous “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence”).

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Dec 20

Black OutBlack Out
Artist: Overhead Champion
Release Date: 10/28/09
Price: 300 yen

OHC is back with another digital only release. It actually came out in late October but I kept forgetting to post about it. ^^;


Black Out / Overhead Champion

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01. [7:11] Black Out (Extended ver.)
02. [3:44] Black Out (Radio Edit)

The single is now available for purchase on iTunes and various other Japanese download services. Keep in mind that Avex still haven’t made the switch to iTunes Plus, so if you grab the single from there you’ll get saddled with DRM and likely a low bit rate as well.

Dec 19

MasterpieceMasterpiece (Single)
Release Date: 11/24/09
Price: 952 yen

The second single from singer Mai Kotone, who has contributed numerous tracks to the Anime*Dance series. Her first single, Dreamscape* was limited to 1,000 copies and sold out immediately. It doesn’t appear that CDJapan will be stocking this CD, but you can get it from HMV or Amazon.

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Dec 18

TRB 19Trance Rave Best XIX
Release Date: 12/23/09
Price: 1900 yen

Delayed a week from its original December 16 release date. Although the CD is mostly composed of repeats from Quake Trance, there are a few new tracks by established epic trance producers. Expect new tracks from DJ Tora, DJ Ozawa, DJ Kenny, and Overhead Champion, among others.

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Dec 17

Hime Trance 4Hime Trance 4
Release Date: 1/27/10
Price: 1886 yen

Album of the year.

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