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Apr 30

World Club Best Hits mixed by DJ Dirt Flare
Artist: DJ Dirt Flare
Release Date: 2/19/14
Price: 2381 yen

New 2-disc compilation from the new label, MKD Records. Mixed by DJ Dirt Flare and also available on iTunes Japan.

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Apr 29

Girls EDM ~Party Hits~ mixed DJ Kasumi
Release Date: 4/30/14
Price: 1800 yen

New dance compilation from PREGET Records, best known for their Anime Nitro series. Mixed by DJ Kasumi.

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Apr 28

Top 20 No.1 Pops Endless Story mixed by DJ Mizuho
Release Date: 4/16/14
Price: 1600 yen

New dance compilation from PREGET Records, best known for their Anime Nitro series. Mixed by DJ Mizuho.

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Apr 27

Top 20 No.1 EDM Party Hits mixed by DJ Akira
Release Date: 4/16/14
Price: 1600 yen

New dance compilation from PREGET Records, best known for their Anime Nitro series. Mixed by DJ Akira.

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Apr 26

EDM Anthem III
Release Date: 3/26/14 ⇨ 4/30/14
Price: 2200 yen

Third release in the EDM Anthem series.

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Apr 25

What’s Up Dance The Greatest Hits III
Release Date: 6/11/14
Price: 3000 yen

The latest release in the What’s Up! Dance series. Disc 1 features mainstream dancepop hits, while Disc 2 focuses more on EDM. There are scheduled to be 40 tracks in all.

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Apr 24

I Love Party 2 -Welcome 2 da Dance Floor-
Release Date: 4/23/14
Price: 1850 yen

This is being billed as the second release in Universal’s I Love Party series, so I guess they’re forgetting that I Love Party Pop exists. The announced artists are the usual Universal fare, meaning Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Chris Brown, and Nicki Minaj. And I think Universal has finally taken the repeat king crown; “Beauty and a Beat” has somehow appeared on all 3 albums in the series.

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Apr 23

V.I.P. presents Dancehall Lovers Covers Best II
Release Date: 4/23/14
Price: 2100 yen

The latest edition of Dancehall Lovers features covers of hit songs, including the English, reggae remix of “Zankoku na Tenshi no Theese” that you never knew you wanted. This is a non-stop mix, and is also available (in mixed form) on iTunes Japan.

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Apr 22

Nagare Hoshi Egao
Release Date: 4/27/14
Price: 1000 yen

Starving Trancer is getting in on the M3 action, releasing a new event only CD on April 27. The title track is a trance song with vocals by Daisy × Daisy. The second track, “Yellow Appear,” is more interesting in that has some Eurobeat/Techno influences. Soo…when do we finally get a Starving Trancer album?

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Apr 21

Raver’s Nest presents DJ katsu & DJ Elementas Best Mix
Release Date: 4/27/14
Price: 1000 yen

From the makers of Juliana’s Toho and Raver’s Nest ~ Toho Rave Party comes a new non-stop mix featuring tracks from Digital Wing and A-One. Tracks are sourced from various albums, including Super Euro Smash, Toho Eurobeat, Juliana’s Toho, and Raver’s Nest. There’s also a brand new bonus tracj. This is one to check out if you’re a Eurobeat/Hyper Techno fan.

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Apr 20

Super Retro World -We Luv 16Bit Games-
Release Date: 4/27/14
Price: 1000 yen

Oooh, now this one’s personally very exciting. Renowned doujin circle, salvation by faith records, will be releasing a special Super Famicom/SNES remix CD during M3. Included will be themes from some of my favorite games like Super Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country 2, and my all-time favorite, Final Fantasy VI. Artists include Takahiro Aoki, who provides an awesome remix of Shin Megami Tensei II’s battle theme and hapi⇒, who’ll be taking on one of my favorite themes from Final Fantasy VI.

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Apr 19

Vocal Rhythm
Release Date: 4/27/14
Price: 1000 yen

Spring M3 2014 is almost upon us, and I thought I’d devote a week to doujin dance releases. First up is a vocal dance album from MUZZicianz Records, which is headed by Takahiro Aoki. There are quite a few genres represented on this album. As listed on the website: Hardcore / Electro / Dubstep / ROTTERDAM / Speed Dance / Breakcore / Eurobeat. Standout tracks include Takahiro Aoki’s own “Time 4 Dance” as well as Hyuji’s Saifam-style “You Are the Reason” (which J-Trance fans may remember covers the same song as “Reason” by Lovers).

MUZZicianz Records has no less than 4 albums coming out during M3. There are samples of the other 3 albums on their official blog. Crisis Force 2014 sounds amazing if you’re familiar with shmups, while Happy Swing! inexplicably includes another cover of “Reason.”

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Apr 18

Vocarock collection Utatte Mita 2
Release Date: 4/16/14 ⇨ 4/30/14
Price: 1905 yen

Update: Whoops, looks like this has been delayed until April 30.

New release in the Vocarock series, featuring utaite singing popular Vocaloid songs. No songs have been announced yet, but participating utaite include Nodoame, clear, Kogeinu, and maro. Hmm, it looks like it’ll be all male utaite again. More info and samples at the official website.

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Apr 17

Mafia’s Blood ~Koroshiya Nick no Amayaka na Goumon~ Vol. 01
Artist: Takashi Kondo
Release Date: 4/16/14
Price: 1852 yen

First of a planned trilogy of “Mafia’s Blood” drama CDs. Scheduled to include Takashi Kondo. I guess Exit Tunes is branching out to drama CDs now. Retailer-exclusive items include bromide or, if you order all 3 CDs from Animate, a bonus CD. Visit the official website for more info.

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Apr 16

Best of 2014 -1st Half- mixed by DJ Ryu-1
Release Date: 5/28/14
Price: 1814 yen

A new compilation from FARM Records celebrating hit songs from the first half of 2014. No track list yet, but it’s being mixed by DJ Ryu-1 from Club Atom.

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