2014 Best 20 -1st Quarter Hit Tracks- – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on April 15, 2014

2014 Best 20 -1st Quarter Hit Tracks- mixed by DJ Getfunky
Release Date: 3/12/14
Price: 1200 yen

New compilation from Manhattan Records featuring hits from the first quarter of 2014. It seems that MR will be releasing these 20-song mini-mixes quarterly. Samples can be found on the Manhattan Records special page for the CD.

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15Apr

Super Anime Freak – Digital Downloads

Posted by DanceMaster on April 14, 2014

Super Anime Freak
Release Date: 4/2/14
Price: 900 yen

The CD editions came out in late February, but digital versions of these three Akiba Koubou-produced albums just popped up on April 2. Unfortunately, the digital versions are all non-stop mixes. What’s even worse is that they’re all just under an hour long. Still, at least they’re charging almost half what the physical editions cost.

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14Apr

Speed Star – Update

Posted by DanceMaster on April 13, 2014

Speed Star
Release Date: 4/27/14
Price: 1500 yen

The four foreign guest artists have been revealed for this upcoming Speed compilation, and it looks like I was correct in my guesses of JAKAZiD and Chris Bucknall. Surprisingly, Chris Bucknall is back with his old collaborator, Kristian Dee (previously known as Christian D, who provided the rap for CJ Crew’s Rhythm & Police). The other guest artists include 3R2 (from Taiwan) and Crash & D-Shark Feat. Bridson (from Ireland / Finland / United Kingdom).

Crossfade demos for both discs have also been released. I believe that both discs have full versions.


The CD will be available at the upcoming M3-2014 event in Japan, which is currently scheduled for April 27. Foreign buyers can buy it by contacting DJ Hyuji: http://rttf.eternalbreeze.net/contact.html. I previously speculated that the album would be made available digitally (and the contest page still mentions it), but I see no mention of that on the current page.

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13Apr

Red Roses – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on April 12, 2014

Red Roses
Release Date: 4/27/14
Price: 1000 yen

Wow, DJ Hyuji has certainly been busy lately. In addition to the upcoming Speed Star compilation, RTTF Records will also be releasing a Touhou compilation with covers from 東方紅魔郷 〜 the Embodiment of Scarlet Devil. Included are three full versions from Konami’s Sound Voltex II.

The CD will be available at the upcoming M3-2014 event in Japan, which is currently scheduled for April 27. Foreign buyers can buy it by contacting DJ Hyuji: http://rttf.eternalbreeze.net/contact.html.

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12Apr

What’s Up! 10th Anniversary Best – Digital Downloads

Posted by DanceMaster on April 11, 2014

What’s Up! 10th Anniversary Best ~ Dance Side / Hip Hop, R&B Side
Release Date: 3/12/14
Price: 1200 yen

Although the CD version came out in December, the digital accompaniments only came out in March. Instead of packaging all of the songs into one release, they’ve instead split it into separate dance and hip-hop/R&B releases for 1,200 yen each.

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11Apr

EDM Anthem III – Update

Posted by DanceMaster on April 10, 2014

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

Track list has finally been revealed for the third release in Universal’s EDM Anthem series. Coincidentally, it also features “Greyhound,” just like the third release in EMI’s EDM series. And just like Electronic Dance Madness, it has a random remixed Katy Perry song. Also interesting is a song from what appears to be a Japanese artist, Chronic Crank.

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10Apr

Exit Tunes – Update

Posted by DanceMaster on April 9, 2014

A lot of goings-on the in the world of Exit Tunes lately, some of which I’ve mentioned in the comments. I thought I’d summarize them in a blog post for convenience.

The biggest news is that DJ Uto has left Exit Tunes. The founder and president of Quake Records (now Exit Tunes) made the announcement on April 2 on twitter. He has since been removed from the Exit Tunes Artists page. DJ Uto was a huge proponent of trance, and I’m very much worried that he was the only one keeping Speed Anime Trance Best on life support. Without his influence the series may go away altogether. Of course, when DJ U*Hey? left FARM Records and started a new label, Star Music, he still kept ties with FARM. It’s entirely possible that DJ Uto left to go back to his trance roots, and will continue to collaborate with Exit Tunes in the future.

With the departure of DJ UTo, Exit Tunes is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Pony Canyon. The new Exit Tunes president is Shusaku Yoshida (also the current head of Pony Canyon), whom DJ Uto said was a “nice guy” on twitter. Yoshida might be nice, but he likely has no allegiance to trance. Expect the Bemani-related releases to continue, but the fates of Exit Trance and Quake Trance remain up in the air.

Exit Tunes has a launched a new sub-label, melt Lab. It appears that the new label will be focused on drama CDs, namely the Mafia’s Blood series which I’ve posted about before. Exit Tunes is no stranger to drama CDs, what with that really weird Sekihan storybook CD from a while ago, but to devote an entire sub-label to it suggests even more of a divergence from the label’s origins.

So, yeah, it’ll be interesting to see what the future holds for Exit Tunes.

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9Apr

Perfect Best -Top 50- – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on April 8, 2014

Perfect Best -Top 50- mixed by DJ Akeey
Release Date: 4/9/14
Price: 1900 yen

A 50-track non-stop mix from FARM Records. Mixed by DJ Akeey.

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8Apr

S.M.P Mix – Digital Downloads

Posted by DanceMaster on April 7, 2014

S.M.P Mix mixed by Shibuya Men’s Project
Release Date: 3/26/14
Price: 900 yen

New digital compilation from Star Music. It’s the same old repeats.

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7Apr

Chouzetsu Kamikyoku Anime On! -Vol. 2- – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on April 6, 2014

Chouzetsu Kamikyoku Anime On! -Vol. 2-
Release Date: 12/22/13
Price: 1500 yen

A new Akiba Koubou anime compilation that appears to be a tie-up with a live online show called “Anime On!“. The opening theme is composed by DJ Command. Available exclusively through Asahi Productions or from AKBK’s upcoming New Year’s tour.

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6Apr

Luxy Party Vol. 1 – Digital Downloads

Posted by DanceMaster on April 5, 2014

Luxy Party Vol. 1
Release Date: 3/26/14
Price: 600 yen

New compilation from Groovy inc., makers of the Party Hits series.

Available on iTunes Japan.

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5Apr

Party Hits Megamix ~No. 1 Style~ – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on April 4, 2014

Party Hits Megamix ~No. 1 Style~ mixed by DJ Mizuho
Release Date: 2/5/14
Price: 1800 yen

Another Party Hits compilation, this time mixed by DJ Mizuho. 50 tracks in all.

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4Apr

Ultra Tunes Monster Club – Digital Downloads

Posted by DanceMaster on April 3, 2014

Ultra Tunes Monster Club selected by DJ Ryujin (iDcafe)
Release Date: 3/26/14
Price: 600 yen

New compilation from Groovy inc., makers of the Party Hits series.

Available on iTunes Japan.

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3Apr

Party Hits -DJ Hiroki Remix Work- – Digital Downloads

Posted by DanceMaster on April 2, 2014

Party Hits -DJ Hiroki Remix Work-
Release Date: 2/12/14
Price: 900 yen

Oh, this is interesting. At first I thought this was just a collection of existing DJ Hiroki remixes, but they appear to be all new remixes.

Available on iTunes Japan.

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2Apr

YMM (YM Music) – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on April 1, 2014

YMM (YM Music)
Artist: YM
Release Date: 4/2/14
Price: 1905 yen

New album from Vocaloid producer, YM. Bonus items include a cell phone strap, poster, and clear file. The official site is already up and running: http://ymmusic.jp/

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1Apr