Hitomi Sakuma – Sakuma Euro – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on February 14, 2010

DanceSakuma Euro
Artist: Hitomi Sakuma
Release Date: 2/17/10
Price: 2500 yen

Hitomi Sakuma’s first album debuts this upcoming February! It’s been over 9 years since Hitomi released her debut single, “Change My World,” but the current Wa Euro (J-Euro) craze in Japan means the time is finally right for her first album.

Samples can be found at Pony Canyon’s website.

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14Feb

Hitomi Sakuma – Sakuma Euro – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on January 2, 2010

Sakuma EuroSakuma Euro
Artist: Hitomi Sakuma
Release Date: 2/17/10
Price: 2500 yen

Hitomi Sakuma’s first album debuts this upcoming February! It’s been over 9 years since Hitomi released her debut single, “Change My World,” but the current Wa Euro (J-Euro) craze in Japan means the time is finally right for her first album. There’ll be 12 songs included, two of which appear to be karaoke tracks.

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2Jan

Happy Core*Speed ~Mikoshi Trance~ – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on June 20, 2009

Happy Core Speed 2
Happy Hardcore*Speed 2 ~Omikoshi Trance~
Release Date: 7/15/09
Price: 2500 yen

The Half Polish tracks are by Disko Warp, so it looks like they did end up with all of the “Western” tracks. I’m kinda disappointed “Oklahoma Mixer” didn’t make it, though. 🙁

I think the guy in the center of the cover is the singer of the final track on the CD.

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20Jun

Happy Core*Speed 1 – Update

Posted by DanceMaster on June 20, 2009

Happy Core SpeedHappy Hardcore*Speed
Release Date: 6/17/09
Price: 2500 yen

The official Pony Canyon website now has samples up: http://hp.ponycanyon.co.jp/pchp/cgi-bin/PCHPM.pl?TRGID=PCHP_SKH_1010&CMD=DSP&DSP_SKHBNG=200900000651&DSP_SKHKETSEQ=001

The album is also now up on Japanese iTunes. Unfortunately, it looks like the version on iTunes is also a non-stop mix.
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20Jun

Happy Core*Speed 2 ~Omikoshi Trance~ – Update

Posted by DanceMaster on June 6, 2009

Happy Hardcore*Speed 2 ~Omikoshi Trance~
Release Date: 7/15/09
Price: 2500 yen

Ooooooooohhh, I get it now. “Mikoshi” refers to portable Shinto shrines that are often carried during Japanese festivals, and this album’s theme will be popular festival/folk songs. Yeah, it’s a bit of an unconventional theme for a speed album (though Speed Buyuuden was arguably more random), but at least it’s not anime again! The songs won’t only be from Japan, either. Also included will be popular folk songs from Israel, America, and even Finland. I’m kinda wondering if the three “Western” tracks will be the ones from Disko Warp.

12 tracks are planned at the moment. That may not seem like a lot, but apparently they’ll all be full versions, unlike the first Happy Hardcore*Speed which was a non-stop mix.

Side note: Pony Canyon have the subtitle listed simply as “Mikoshi Trance.” Technically the “o” is only there as an honorific, but I’ll keep it anyway.

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6Jun

Happy Core*Speed 1 – Update

Posted by DanceMaster on June 6, 2009

Happy Core SpeedHappy Hardcore*Speed
Release Date: 6/17/09
Price: 2500 yen

Another quick update with track lengths. The whole thing clocks in at around 66 minutes, which isn’t too bad. Hopefully Pony Canyon will put up full versions on iTunes, though.

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6Jun

Happy Core*Speed 2 ~Omikoshi Trance~ – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on May 25, 2009

Happy Hardcore*Speed 2 ~Omikoshi Trance~
Release Date: 7/15/09
Price: 2500 yen

The second release in the Happy Core*Speed series comes out just a month after the first one. Apparently there are at least 4 releases planned, though it’s unknown when the others will come out

A “mikoshi” is a portable Shinto shrine that’s often carried during Matsuri festivals. I’m not really sure what that has to do with happy hardcore. ^^;

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25May

Happy Core*Speed 1 – Update

Posted by DanceMaster on May 24, 2009

Happy Core SpeedHappy Hardcore*Speed
Release Date: 6/17/09
Price: 2500 yen

Just a quick update with the cover art.

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24May

Happy Core*Speed 1 – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on May 11, 2009

(Hapikoa) Happy Core*Speed 1
Release Date: 6/17/09
Price: 2500 yen

The final list is out, and it’s shockingly repeat-free! Every track is either a new remix or a new song. That’s quite a feat these days. Naturally, I’m mostly looking forward to “Naraku no Hana,” but there’s lots of eye-catching stuff here. I don’t know what a “Happy Rag-Ska-Break-Trance-Core Remix” sounds like, but I’d sure like to know!

Every copy will come with a hologram sheet, whatever that is.

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11May

Happy Core*Speed 1 – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on April 28, 2009

(Hapikoa) Happy Core*Speed 1
Release Date: 6/17/09
Price: 2500 yen

“Hapikoa” is Japanese shorthand for “Happy Hardcore.” Although, with all of the anime themes on this CD they should’ve just called it Anime*Core. Hearty Inc. will be producing most of the album, with some backup from Disko Warp. Disko Warp Pete has mentioned that he’ll be contributing 6 tracks/remixes to the album, out of 21 total tracks. Judging by the tentative list, the album will be about 50% anime themes and 50% original songs.

Being an anime compilation, it has the requisite star in the title and, of course, the mandatory “Ponyo” cover. My love for “Naraku no Hana” knows no bounds, however, so color me interested.

And for those wondering, this was the other real release I was alluding to on April Fools’ Day. It was originally supposed to be called Happy Hardcore! Super Speed.

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28Apr