Trans//lation ~J-pop Dance Covers~ – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on February 28, 2009

TranslationTrans//lation ~J-pop Dance Covers~
Artist: Bentley Jones
Release Date: 3/25/09
Price: 2190 yen

Lee Brotherton, a.k.a. Bentley Jones, is best known in the gaming community for writing and performing “Dreams of an Absolution” for the 2006 Sonic the Hedgehog video game. He’s also an accomplished artist in his own right, producing many of his own songs as well as remixes for popular artists.

In 2008 he signed an album deal with EMI Music Japan. A long-time fan of J-pop, his first album will be full of J-pop dance covers. Some will be sung in their native Japanese, while others will be rewritten with English lyrics. So far the only known English song will be a cover of Juju’s “Sunao ni Naretara.” Although not mentioned in the early track list sent out to retailers, there are also reports that he’ll be doing an English-language cover of Ayumi Hamasaki’s “Depend on you,” cleverly titled, “Depend on me.”

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28Feb

Dragon Quest Best Dance Mix – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on February 27, 2009

Dragon Quest Best Dance MixDragon Quest Best Dance Mix
Artist: DragonFly
Release Date: 3/4/09
Price: 2190 yen

The first Dragon Quest Remix album approved by Koichi Sugiyama comes out next week. I initially said this would be all trance, but it appears that techno and electro arrangements will also be appearing.

For more info, visit Avex’s official site for samples and more info.

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27Feb

Lady Bird feat. Wei Son – Sweet Song (Single) – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on February 26, 2009

Sweet SongSweet SongSweet Song (CD+DVD Single)
Sweet Song (CD Single)

Artist: Lady Bird feat. Wei Son
Release Date: 2/25/09
Price: 1300 yen (CD+DVD) or 1000 yen (CD Only)

DJ Ten does house! Lady Bird is a duo composed of DJ Ten and frequent collaborator Kazuhisa Hirota, better known as Spiral Dirt/Ace Closer/Floorbreaker/Cannon Cracker. They released a mini-album in late 2007, but “Sweet Song” will be their debut with a major label. Featuring Wei Son from Popteen Magazine, “Sweet Song” is a catchy dance-pop tune that’s already attracting a lot of attention in Japan. It’s different than most of the songs produced by DJ Ten and Ace Closer in the past, that’s for sure.

You can hear a sample of the song plus view a preview video on the Lady Bird Official Website.

Also included on the single will be a trance (hopefully) remix by the one and only DJ Kaya. There’ll also be a “Lady Bird Club Mix” which may or may not feature the classic DJ Ten + Spiral Dirt sound.

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26Feb

Quake Trance presents Quake News #01 – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on February 25, 2009

Quake News #01Quake Trance presents Quake News #01
Release Date: 3/4/09
Price: 951 yen

Radio edits?!

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25Feb

Exit Trance Best #09 – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on February 24, 2009

Exit Trance Best #09Exit Trance Best #09
Release Date: 3/4/09
Price: 1905 yen

Here we go again. More repeats taken from Exit Trance albums released in the past year. That means tons of anime, “Caramelldansen,” and other random songs from their Quake’s various other series. Mixed by DJ Yoshinori.

ETB 09 only has one new song: the DJ Yoshinori remix of “Wake up the world” by La Palma feat. Love Mark. He did a great job with “Summer of Love,” so this new remix is one to look out for.

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24Feb

Exit Trance presents Kids Trance Land – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on February 23, 2009

Kids Trance LandExit Trance presents Kids Trance Land
Release Date: 3/4/09
Price: 1905 yen

Mostly kid’s anime themes, I think. Not terribly interesting, at least for me. What’s up with Ryu* getting more songs on this than Cinema Trance, though?

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23Feb

Exit Trance presents Zenbei No. 1 Cinema Trance – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on February 22, 2009

Cinema TranceExit Trance presents Zenbei No. 1 Cinema Trance
Release Date: 3/4/09
Price: 1905 yen

Cinema Trance looks to be as exciting as expected. Around half of the tracks also appeared on Speed SFX, so one could consider this a sort of spiritual successor.

Ryu* only has a single song, while B.U.S. and MK have three each. I’m strangely intrigued by what MK will do with “Phantom of the Opera.”

Quake will also be using a handful of repeats from European trance artists, which means the lackluster “Neverending Story” and “X-terminate.”

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22Feb

Quake Trance presents Quake News #02 – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on February 21, 2009

Quake Trance presents Quake News #02
Release Date: 4/1/09
Price: 951 yen

The second release in the new Quake News series. As mentioned, Quake News will be a low-priced, monthly series featuring the latest in popular Euro trance.

Quake News #02 will include tracks from the following labels:

01. Aqualoop
02. Andorfine
03. Cuepoint
04. Zooland
05. Yawa Records
06. Unlimited Sounds
07. Pulsive Media

Pre-order at CDJapan.

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21Feb

Exit Trance presents Cyber Drift 2nd LX Edition – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on February 20, 2009

Exit Trance presents Cyber Drift 2nd LX Edition
Release Date: 3/18/09
Price: 1905 yen

The follow-up release to Cyber Drift, once again produced by N.O.-SYO. The first one was full of incredible rock trance, and the sequel looks to be no different.

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20Feb

Love ParaPara ~ Eurobeat Hits 30! – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on February 19, 2009

Love ParaPara ~ Eurobeat Hits 30!
Release Date: 4/8/09
Price: 2381 yen

It’s baaack! VIP Mega Euro Star ~Hybrid~ sold very well for FARM late last year and ended up charting on Oricon’s Indies chart for over a month.  It should come as no surprise, then, that FARM have finally decided to resurrect the Love Para series after a year-long hiatus.

The word “hits” brings to mind repeats, and sure enough there are plenty of repeats to be found, primarily from VIP Hybrid. Still, there are a considerable number of new tracks from the likes of Blast and Dima.

Unlike previous entries in the Love Para series, Eurobeat Hits 30! will be a CD only affair. It’s billed as a low-cost release, but at 2381 yen it’s only marginally cheaper than the CD+DVD releases. :/ Star Fire are involved in the production of the CD, however, so expect ParaPara routines for a number of the tracks. I’m willing to bet that FARM will release another Love Para later this year with repeats from Eurobeat Hits 30! and a DVD of the routines.

Tentative track list and more notes after the jump.

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19Feb

Exit Trance presents Tokusatsu Trance Nigouki – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on February 18, 2009

Exit Trance presents Gakkou Trance 4 Jigenme
Release Date: 4/1/09
Price: 1905 yen

A sequel to Tokusatsu Trance so soon?

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18Feb

Exit Trance presents Gakkou Trance 4 Jigenme – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on February 17, 2009

Exit Trance presents Gakkou Trance 4 Jigenme
Release Date: 3/18/09
Price: 1905 yen

It seems that the theme of this 4th release in the Gakkou Trance series will be graduation. I wonder if DJ Yoshinori’s “Pomp and Circumstance” will make a repeat appearance?

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17Feb

Exit Trance presents UmaUma Dekiru Trance wo Tsukutte Mita 4 – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on February 16, 2009

UmaUma Trance 4Exit Trance presents UmaUma Dekiru Trance wo Tsukutte Mita 4 – Goran no Arisama Dayo
Release Date: 4/1/09
Price: 1905 yen

There is no god. Or, if there is, he’s a very vengeful one. What else could possibly explain yet another remix of “Caramelldansen”? It’s surprising that it’s taken Quake this long to cover “Airman ga Taosenai” and “Cutie Honey,” though.

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16Feb

Exit Trance presents Speed Anime Trance Best 6 – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on February 13, 2009

SATB 6Exit Trance presents Speed Anime Trance Best 6
Release Date: 3/18/09
Price: 1905 yen

Hot on the heels of FARM, Quake will also be doing their own cover of “Hatena de Wasshoi.” Hopefully they’ll get Ryu* to do it for maximum Bemani synergy.

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13Feb

Exit Trance presents Sagyouyou BGM Electro House – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on February 12, 2009

BGM Electro HouseExit Trance presents Sagyouyou BGM Electro House
Release Date: 2/18/09
Price: 1905 yen

A spin-off of Working BGM Trance. A number of the tracks on this are also appearing on Quake Trance Best 20, with different remixes, of course.

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12Feb