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Jun 25

What’s Up! The Best Mix
Release Date: 6/24/15
Price: 3000 yen

The latest in Universal’s long-running What’s Up! compilation series. This 2-disc set features the latest dance and EDM hits on disc 1, while disc 2 focuses more on R&B/hip-hop hits from 2000-2010. Both discs will be non-stop mixes.

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Jun 24

Vocalo EDM Hits
Release Date: 6/24/15
Price: 2000 yen

New compilation from Universal featuring EDM covers of Vocaloid songs. The album will be produced by m-flo’s Taku Takahashi, while vocals will be provided by various utaite like Yuuto, Glutamine, and Kakicho.

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May 23

Best Hits 58 Megamix mixed by DJ Fumi*Yeah! & DJ Yu-ki
Release Date: 12/24/14
Price: 1905 yen

Two-disc set featuring 58 popular songs mixed by DJ Fumi*Yeah! and DJ Yu-ki, featuring Fatman Scoop. Tracks are licensed from Aqua Project, Dynamix, and Power Music. Unfortunately, it’s exclusive to Tsutaya Records.

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May 17

Love’s Party -Blazin’ Hot Megamix- mixed by DJ Fumi*Yeah! & DJ Yu-ki
Release Date: 10/22/14
Price: 1900 yen

Third release in the Tsutaya-exclusive Love’s Party series. Mixed by DJ Fumi*Yeah! and DJ Yu-ki.

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Apr 29

Anison Mix Laboratory ~Second Report~
Release Date: 4/29/15
Price: 2778 yen

The sequel to Anison Trance Laboratory is out, and despite the previous releases in the series being produced by Ace Closer, Universal have gone in a different direction and hired DJ Kenzi to produce the sequel. Instead of trance, the album now mainly features hardcore and drum ‘n’ bass. Visit the official website for more info.

The album is also available digitally on iTunes Japan for 1900 yen.

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Apr 28

Flower Garden
Release Date: 4/26/15
Price: 1000 yen

A second release from RTTF Records during this year’s Spring M3-35 event. This one features a flower theme, with tracks evoking a feeling of spring. A lot of variety here, with genres ranging from trance to house. Track 4 is easily my favorite, with its fusion of Japanese instrumentation and a fresh dance beat. No word yet on when/if the album will be available digitally.

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Apr 27

Speed Star 2
Release Date: 4/26/15
Price: 1500 yen

RTTF Records is back this Spring M3 with a sequel to last year’s Speed Star release. The first was a fantastic mix of hardcore, speed trance, and euro speed, and the sequel looks like it’ll bring more of that speedy sound that mainstream labels no longer cater to. With BPMs ranging from 170 to a staggering 238, and genres like “Dancemania Space,” “Celtic Waltzcore,” and “Astrologic StarShoot,” there’s bound to be plenty of variety. Guest artists include Daniel Seven from Italy and UK hardcore artist, Shoujo.

The album will be available as a two-disc physical release during M3-35, but presumably it will also be made available digitally at a later date.

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Apr 26
EDM Extreme – Pre-release Info
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EDM Extreme
Release Date: 7/1/15
Price: 2300 yen

New EDM compilation from Exit Tunes. When I first saw the cover art I thought it would be a spiritual successor to Quake Trance Best, but instead it’ll feature “Japanese EDM” from artists mostly associated with J-Core like Ryu*, kors k, and Redalice. Visit the official website for more info.

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Apr 22

DJ Kaori’s Best Pop Hits
Release Date: 3/4/153/25/15 ⇨ 4/22/15
Price: 2300 yen

The latest release in the hugely popular DJ Kaori’s Mix series, which has sold over 4 million copies over the years since its debut in 2005. This one will focus on pop hits. It was originally scheduled for release in early March under the title “DJ Kaori’s Best Hit Pop,” but has since been delayed to late April. You can visit the official website for more info on previous entries.

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Apr 21

Vibes Zenkai Spring Festival! (Vibes Zenkai Haru Matsuri!)
Release Date: 4/15/14
Price: 1000 yen

Digital only follow-up to last year’s Vibes Zenkai Summer Festival! There’s no accompanying mix CD this time, it seems. At first I was surprised that there were actually some more recent songs, and then I kept reading the tracklist and saw “Beauty and a Beat” and “2012 (It Ain’t the End).” -_-

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Apr 20

What’s Up! The Best Mix
Release Date: 6/24/15
Price: 3000 yen

The latest in Universal’s long-running What’s Up! compilation series. This 2-disc set features the latest dance and EDM hits on disc 1, while disc 2 focuses more on R&B/hip-hop hits from 2000-2010. Both discs will be non-stop mixes.

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Apr 19

Vocalo EDM Hits
Release Date: 6/24/15
Price: 2000 yen

New compilation from Universal featuring EDM covers of Vocaloid songs. The album will be produced by m-flo’s Taku Takahashi, while vocals will be provided by various utaite like Yuuto, Glutamine, and Kakicho.

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Apr 16

Exit Tunes presents Entrance Dream Music
Release Date: 4/15/15
Price: 2100 yen

The Speed Anime Trance Best series has taken a hiatus, but it looks like Exit Tunes haven’t abandoned the dance music scene completely. The EDM boom is in full force, so this April they’ll be releasing a Vocaloid EDM album featuring top producers, including Ryu* and Sota Fujimori! Sadly, no appearances from other Exit Trance mainstays. Bonus items include a sticker (1 of 4 designs) and a poster. Retailer-exclusive bonuses are also available, ranging from can badges to remix CDs. Visit the official website for samples and more info.

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Apr 5

Best of Denpa Song!!
Release Date: 3/25/15
Price: 1800 yen

New anison cover series, featuring the best of denpa songs. Pretty interesting track list, with a mix of classics and newer stuff. Can’t seem to find any samples, but I usually associate denpa with electronic music and high-pitched vocals.

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Mar 31
Speed Star 2 – Pre-release Info
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Speed Star 2
Release Date: 4/26/15
Price: 1500 yen

RTTF Records is back this Spring M3 with a sequel to last year’s Speed Star release. The first was a fantastic mix of hardcore, speed trance, and euro speed, and the sequel looks like it’ll bring more of that speedy sound that mainstream labels no longer cater to. With BPMs ranging from 170 to a staggering 238, and genres like “Dancemania Space,” “Celtic Waltzcore,” and “Astrologic StarShoot,” there’s bound to be plenty of variety. Guest artists include Daniel Seven from Italy and UK hardcore artist, Shoujo.

The album will be available as a two-disc physical release during M3-35, but presumably it will also be made available digitally at a later date.

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