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Oct 31

Halloween Party Tune II
Release Date: 10/9/13
Price: 900 yen

Digital only sequel to last year’s Halloween Party Tune. “Thriller” is probably the only track that qualifies as a Hallowen song. Available on iTunes Japan.

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Oct 30

Dengou Sekka! Anison Cover Mix!!
Release Date: 10/23/13 ⇨ 10/30/13
Price: 1714 yen

Another release in Akiba Koubou’s Anison Cover Mix!! series. I don’t know why, but I have a strange feeling that there’s some sort of theme to this release. Anyway, lots of repeats from AKBK’s back catalogue, but I also spot some new tracks. Most of the new tracks are by Hime Trance queen, Kei.

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Oct 29

Million Dance
Release Date: 10/30/13
Price: 1886 yen

Warner have really been on a dance kick lately. It really warms my heart to see dance back on the forefront after being treated like a bastard child during the ’00s. This compilation is particularly interesting because it mostly eschews mainstream acts in favor of more obscure European artists. It also has a few Japanese artists, like DJ Dirt Flare and Prog5 (Shohei Matsumoto/Heavens Wire).

Don’t ask me what on Earth the title means, though. I just hope there’s a sequel so they can call it Billion Dance.

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Oct 28

V.I.P. 10th Anniversary Best Mix
Release Date: 10/30/13
Price: 2171 yen

The 10th release in the V.I.P. series will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the series, which began in 2003. Although the series started off featuring only R&B and Hip-Hop, recently there’s been a shift in focus to dance to reflect changing musical tastes.

Also interesting is that Universal now have a VIP page up on their own website, suggesting that the EMI website will no longer be updated in the future.

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Oct 27

The Best of Dance Pop selected by DJ G*Men
Release Date: 10/16/13
Price: 900 yen

Digital EP from Star Music Entertainment featuring songs selected by DJ G*Men. It’s yet another repackaging of the same songs they’ve been repeating for the last year. The worst part is this was the perfect opportunity to release Delaction’s “Butterfly” and yet it’s still not available.

Available on iTunes Japan.

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Oct 26

Best Girls Megamix mixed by DJ Shinstar
Release Date: 9/18/13
Price: 1905 yen

A new house compilation featuring house covers of various girl hits over the years. It’s a two-disc set featuring almost 140 minutes of music. It’s also available digitally on iTunes Japan for 1350 yen. Most of the album is produced by Aqua Project.

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Oct 25

Best Pops Megamix mixed by DJ Yu-Ki
Release Date: 9/18/13
Price: 1905 yen

A new house compilation featuring house covers of various pop hits over the years. It’s a two-disc set featuring almost 140 minutes of music. It’s also available digitally on iTunes Japan for 1350 yen. Most of the album is produced by Aqua Project.

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Oct 24

Shingeki no Cover Anison Kamikyoku Max
Release Date: 12/11/13
Price: 1714 yen

New anime song cover compilation from Blend. The description says the album will include dance covers of popular anime themes like “Ai, Oboete Imasuka” and that old standby, “Zankoku na Tenshi no These.”

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Oct 23

Anime Nitro*Itaon Mix! Vintage Selection
Release Date: 10/23/13
Price: 1800 yen

The Anime Nitro series hasn’t seen a release since 2010. Although previous releases had J-Core artists like kors k and Redalice, this new entry looks like it’ll have repeats from Anison Joshibu and Majokko Disco. The two Evangelion tracks look like they’ll be newly recorded, so I don’t think this will just be straight repeats, but it’s unclear if the other tracks have been remixed.

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Oct 22

ZIPmania All Best Mix
Release Date: 11/13/13
Price: 2190 yen

Final list and cover art are out. It’s great to see the Dancemania mascot being so prominent. 😀

The final list is pretty much the same as the early one, so not much new info other than the addition of “Why Don’t You” by Gramophonedzie, and the Che’Nelle remix being done by ZIP staff. I’m a bit disappointed that there are really only 3 Dancemania tracks, with one of them from Crazy Frog. It’s nice to know EMI still have the rights to E-Rotic and Misa, but Captain Jack is the second-most prolific Dancemania artist, and the fact that he’s not present here makes me wonder if they let the rights go.

Still, not a bad list overall. I could probably do without the more mainstream, non-remixed songs from LMFAO and Flo Rida, but at least most of the other mainstream songs are here in remixed form. In particular, I’m glad they licensed the kz remix of “Take Over Control” from FARM since it’s an awesome remix that breathes new life into the song.

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Oct 22

Anison Mix Tape! mixed by DJ Makoto as Greece
Release Date: 11/27/13
Price: 2000 yen

New anime song compilation mixed by DJ Makoto. It’s a bit unclear what musical genres will be represented, but the description does mention “tension max,” which could point to something fast.

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Oct 21

ZIP Hot 100 1993-2013 All Time No. 1 Hits
Release Date: 11/13/13
Price: 2190 yen

Canceled again!

Okay, not really. A final list and cover art have emerged, so I’m pretty sure this will actually come out this time. This release features songs that have reached the top of the ZIP Hot 100 charts over the past 20 years. Unfortunately, the list skews highly in favor of more recent Universal artists. I think the only EMI artist on the list is Janet Jackson, so I’m not sure how much this will appeal to Dancemania fans. There are 20 full-length tracks plus some talk from ZIP-FM DJs.

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Oct 21

Gossip Party! “X.O.X.O. -Oh Lala!! Dance Party Mix-” mixed by DJ Licca
Release Date: 10/2/13
Price: 1886 yen

The Gossip Party! series continues with house covers of Top 40 Hits. Also available digitally on iTunes Japan.

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Oct 20

RTTF the Best
Release Date: 10/30/13
Price: 1000 yen

A new non-stop mix from RTTF Records featuring 20 songs requested by fans, 10 bonus songs that were previously available only on bonus CDs distributed at events, and 5 select songs by regular artists for 35 tracks in all. Included are some of my personal favorites like Chris Bucknall’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and MK’s “Jupiter.”

The CD will be available at the upcoming M3-32 event in Japan, but foreign buyers can buy it by contacting DJ Hyuji: http://rttf.eternalbreeze.net/contact.html. Also available is a Classical Candy set with both Classical Candy and its sequel for 1,800 yen. Classical Candy 2 in particular is worth it for the full version of “Rhapsody in Blue,” which is almost 6 minutes in length.

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Oct 20

Party Hits R&B House ~Best Megamix~
Release Date: 12/4/13
Price: 1800 yen

Another Party Hits compilation mixed by DJ Hiroki. No track list yet, but the last time they did a “Best Megamix” it had 50 tracks.

Pre-order at CDJapan.

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