Anim80s – Update

Posted by DanceMaster on November 30, 2010

Anim80s – Anime Hits in 80s Disco Style (Animeighties)
Release Date: 12/22/10
Price: 1886 yen

This looks absolutely amazing. Akiba Koubou mainstays Nagisa, Shihori, and Kei are joined by Utatte Mita mega stars Hana-tan, Kou-Hey, Usa, Priko, and more! Best of all, we’re guaranteed ZERO repeats! The only problem is that 30 tracks can only mean ridiculously short edits, but with any luck EMI will release a download edition with full-length tracks.

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30Nov

V.I.P. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop/Dance Trax VII – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 29, 2010

V.I.P. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop/Dance Trax VII
Release Date: 12/15/10
Price: 2171 yen

EMI’s long-running R&B compilation series returns in 2010 with a dance twist. Really, they might as well have dropped the R&B/Hip-Hop part of the title, because the track list is more reflective of Top 40 hits. The tracks are also somewhat outdated. Why pick “Poker Face” instead of something from the Fame Monster EP? There are way too many annoying “singers” on this album, too.

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29Nov

Bentley Jones – Finally Free – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 28, 2010

Finally Free
Artist: Bentley Jones
Release Date: 12/1/10
Price: ???

Bentley Jones’s second album will finally see the light of day later this year. The title seems to be a reference to his split with former label, EMI Music Japan. Methinks he might be a tad bitter about his treatment by the label. Or perhaps he’s still upset by Sega releasing his songs on compilations w/o compensation. One thing is obvious: something shady went down in Tokyo. Take a listen to the seemingly autobiographical “Down in Tokyo”:

Fantastic track, if I say so myself. It’s a fine blend of modern house sounds with a tinge of Japanese instrumentation. Here’s hoping the rest of the album is just as good.

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28Nov

J-Mi & Midi-D feat. Hanna Stockzell – Top the Charts (Single) – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 27, 2010

Top the Charts (Single)
Artist: J-Mi & Midi-D feat. Hanna Stockzell
Price: N/A

J-Mi & Midi-D, along with former Smile.dk member Hannah, have a new track out on the latest DDR game. It’s still uncertain if they’ll give it a proper single release, but I hope they do. “Life Is a Journey” was a great track, and Almighty made it all the better. I’d love to see some remixes of this track as well.

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27Nov

Around 40 Techno ~Ara*Tech~ – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 26, 2010

Around 40 Techno ~Ara*Tech~
Release Date: 12/1/10
Price: 2381 yen

No changes from the early release list, though they have changed the cover a bit.

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26Nov

House Nation Winter Gig – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 25, 2010

House Nation Winter Gig
Release Date: 12/1/10
Price: 2427 yen

Darn, the early release list had a cover of “God of Romance,” but it’s nowhere to be found on the final list 🙁 Anyway, Avex have renewed the House Nation website, and you can go there to listen to samples.

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25Nov

Anime House Best Mix – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 24, 2010

Anime House Best Mix
Release Date: 11/24/10
Price: 1905 yen

The dance unit, Danceroid, present this 43-song collection of Anime House hits. In addition to songs from various releases in the Anime House and Anime House Project series, it also includes 4 tracks from Danceroid. Visit the official website for more info and links to buy the original albums on iTunes.

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24Nov

Anime House Project ~Shinkyoku Best Selection~ – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 23, 2010

Anime House Project ~Shinkyoku Best Selection~
Release Date: 11/24/10
Price: 1886 yen

A two-disc set featuring the best of AHP tracks from IOSYS. Visit the official Anime House Project website for samples and more info.

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23Nov

Captain Jack – Back to the Dancefloor – Update

Posted by DanceMaster on November 22, 2010

Back to the Dancefloor
Artist: Captain Jack
Release Date: January 2011

Captain Jack is back!!! This collection of remixes and new tracks was originally set for release this past October, but apparently it’s been delayed until the new year. It’s surprisingly mostly new material, so if you’re only interested in the new remixes of classic CJ tracks, then you’re better off getting the Hit Remixes 2010 single. I believe this is the first time that the Cheeky Trax remix of “Dream A Dream” has been commercially available, however.

“People Like to Party” was a great track, so I’m actually really looking forward to the new songs. “How does it feel” looks like it’ll be the requisite eurodance ballad, though.

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22Nov

Captain Jack – Hit Remixes 2010 (Single) – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 21, 2010

Hit Remixes 2010 (Single)
Artist: Captain Jack
Release Date: 11/22/10

Now this is more like it! Ace da Brain starts off this collection of 2010 remixes with a trance remix of Captain Jack’s eponymous song. It’s a fantastic remix that gives the song a fresh feel yet still retains CJ’s distinct military style. “Drill Instructor” is similarly updated with a trance sound, and thankfully retains all of the lyrics. “Soldier Soldier,” is a noticeably darker take on the song, with a strong emphasis on bass. For purists, I *think* that they kept the old vocals. If not, then Bruce does one heckuva Franky Gee impersonation. All in all, it’s a great collection of remixes, and if the upcoming “Back to the Dancefloor” is anywhere near as good as this then we’re in for quite a treat.

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21Nov

Gossip Party! “The Best of Celeb Hits” R&B n’ House Mix – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 20, 2010

Gossip Party! “The Best of Celeb Hits” R&B n’ House Mix
Release Date: 11/24/10
Price: 1886 yen

A hot new collection of house-flavored R&B covers from Manhattan Records Japan. The new productions are surprisingly well done, I’m particularly impressed by how good the vocalists are. Some of them come extremely close to the original performers, while others even outshine the originals (although, really, it’s not hard to sing better than Rihanna or Ke$ha). Mixed by DJ D. Loc.

The CD is a non-stop mix, but full versions of all 30 tracks are available on iTunes Japan for only 1500 yen.

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20Nov

Disco no Tatsujin – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 19, 2010

Disco no Tatsujin
Release Date: 11/24/10
Price: 2000 yen

Disco hits from 1970-2000. If I’m not mistaken, the songs are actually arranged in chronological order.

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19Nov

Korosuke – Spiral (Single) – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 18, 2010

Spiral (Single)
Artist: Korosuke
Release Date: 11/24/10
Price: 952 yen

Prolific Utatte Mita singer, Korosuke, released her debut single this November. Included is a cover of the Hatsune Miku track, “Wan Wan O Nyan Nyan O.”

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18Nov

Sazae Trance – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 17, 2010

Sazae Trance
Release Date: 12/15/10
Price: 1524 yen

Trance remixes of Sazae-san themes. Produced by The Clouds Entertainment, the makers of the Sweets House series. At the moment it’s scheduled to include 8 full-length tracks plus a non-stop DJ mix.

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17Nov

Exit Tunes presents Ikemen Voice Paradise 2 – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 16, 2010

Exit Tunes presents Ikemen Voice Paradise 2
Release Date: 12/1/10
Price: 1905 yen

More Vocaloid songs sung by pretty guys.

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16Nov