Toho Speed 03 – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on March 17, 2015

Toho Speed 03
Release Date: 12/29/14
Price: 1429 yen

The third release in the Toho Speed series from Lila’c Records. Mostly speed trance and drum ‘n’ bass, but it sounds like there’s some Eurobeat in there as well, which makes sense since I see sumijun from Akiba Koubou listed in the credits. Released during Comiket 87.

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17Mar

Toho Speed 02 – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on March 16, 2015

Toho Speed 02
Release Date: 8/16/14
Price: 1500 yen

Sequel to Toho Speed 01, a speed/trance/drum’n’bass Toho compilation from the doujin label, Lila’c Records. Released during Comiket 86.

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16Mar

Let’s Go! Champagne-Man – EP – Digital Downloads

Posted by DanceMaster on November 3, 2014

Let’s Go! Champagne-Man – EP
Release Date: 8/11/14
Price: 500 yen

Another new Funkot EP from DJ Jet Baron. Includes a new 2014 remix of “Summer Rising.” Visit Universal’s official website for more info

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3Nov

Enaker’s High – EP – Digital Downloads

Posted by DanceMaster on November 2, 2014

Enaker’s High – EP
Release Date: 7/11/14
Price: 500 yen

New EP from DJ Jet Baron, known for bringing the Funkot (Indonesian happy hardcore) sound to Japan. Also features a track from KazuyaP. Visit Universal’s official website for more info

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2Nov

Toho Speed 01 – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on March 3, 2014

Toho Speed 01
Release Date: 12/30/13
Price: 1500 yen

A speed/trance/drum’n’bass Toho compilation from the doujin label, Lila’c Records. The crossfade demo sounds pretty good, though their definition of “Speed” seems to be ~155-180 BPM. The main CD is a non-stop mix, but it looks like they were offering a bonus CD-R labeled “Toho Speed Extended 01” that included full versions of some of the tracks. I think the bonus CD was only available during Comiket 85, however.

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3Mar

Saifam Speed Database – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on October 1, 2013

Update (10/4/13): Finished extracting data from Saifam’s site for the SPE catalogue. I’ve placed the raw data in some spreadsheets if anyone is interested in them. From 1-171, the only ones missing from Saifam’s catalogue were SPE 147 and 150. Next I’ll write the code to extract data from Juno.

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1Oct

Saifam Speed – September 2013

Posted by DanceMaster on September 30, 2013

Saifam Speed – September 2013
Artist: Various Artists

Quite a few new Speed tracks in September, which is nice to see after the relatively light output during July and August. One of the tracks, “Kryptonite,” is almost 200 BPM, while the others range from 156-168.

SPE230 – [4:47] Kryptonite (Speed remix) / Speedogang
SPE231 – [4:49] Mr Jones (The Factory Speed remix) / Speedmaster
SPE232 – [4:58] Who Are You (The Factory Speedo-Rock remix) / Speedmaster
SPE233 – [4:34] American Woman (The Factory speed mix) / Speedmaster
SPE234 – [4:19] Our Song (The Factory Speedo Mix) / Speedogang
SPE235 – [4:20] I Will Follow (The Factory Team speed mix) / Speedmaster

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30Sep

Saifam Speed – June/July/August 2013

Posted by DanceMaster on August 31, 2013

Saifam Speed – June/July/August 2013
Artist: Various Artists

The past 3 months have brought quite a few new Speed tracks, with June in particular being very prolific.

SPE222 – [4:10] Cruise (The Factory Speedo remix) / Speedmaster
SPE223 – [3:48] Hava Nagila 2 0 (Alternative Sound remix) / Don Pablos Animals
SPE224 – [4:17] Here’s To Never Growing Up (Speed version) / Speedmaster
SPE225 – [4:14] Happening / Speedmaster
SPE226 – [4:25] One Day (Speed remix) / Speedmaster
SPE227 – [4:16] Gangsta’s Paradise (Alternative Sound Planet remix) / Speedogang
SPE228 – [3:50] Old Time Rock & Roll / Speedmaster
SPE229 – [4:08] The Other Side (AR speed mix) / Speedmaster

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31Aug

Hyper Funkot ~ Mega Speed Dance Traxx – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on June 24, 2013

Hyper Funkot ~ Mega Speed Dance Traxx
Release Date: 6/19/13
Price: 1886 yen

EMI’s first foray into the world of Funkot. One can only wonder why Enka Speed couldn’t be this fast. -_-

Update (6/27/13): Interesting article on DJ Jet Baron and the Funkot movement: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2013/06/27/music/sincerity-is-the-new-ecstasy-in-funkots-summer-of-love/ He lost me when he said “Scatman” was objectively awful. -_-

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24Jun

Saifam Speed – April/May 2013

Posted by DanceMaster on May 31, 2013

Saifam Speed – April/May 2013
Artist: Various Artists

Whoa, Saifam have been oddly prolific over the last two months, with a whopping 7 Speed tracks produced in April and May. Still no rhyme or reason to their song selection, however, with the latest batch ranging from “Heat Is On” (previously covered by CJ Crew) to “Children” by Robert Miles.

SPE215 – [4:11] Hall of Fame / Speedmaster
SPE216 – [4:49] Heat Is On (The Factory Speedo mix) / Speedogang
SPE217 – [3:45] Your Mama Don’t Dance (Speedo version) / Speedogang
SPE218 – [4:06] Mama Do the Hump (The Factory Speedo mix) / Speedmaster
SPE219 – [5:22] Battle Scars (Speedo remix) / Speedmaster
SPE220 – [4:01] One Way or Another / Speedmaster
SPE221 – [3:56] Madness (Factory Team Speed remix) / Speedmaster

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31May

Enka Speed – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on May 29, 2013

Enka Speed
Release Date: 5/29/13
Price: 1905 yen

The album is out, and samples are now up on CDJapan. I’m starting to think that no one at Akiba Koubou knows what “Speed” means. As with the disappointingly slow Utattemita Speed albums, Enka Speed never reaches the highs of a traditional Dancemania Speed album, appearing to peak at only 160 BPM. They would’ve been better off calling this Utattemita Enka instead of linking it to the Dancemania Speed series. -_-

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29May

Summer Rising – Mini Album Funkot Panas – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on May 28, 2013

Summer Rising – Mini Album Funkot Panas
Release Date: 6/5/13
Price: 800 yen

Yet another Funkot album from EMI. This one is a physical release exclusive to HMV/Lawson.

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28May

Summer Rising EP – Digital Downloads

Posted by DanceMaster on May 27, 2013

Summer Rising EP
Release Date: 5/6/13
Price: 800 yen

Wow, EMI are really pushing this Funkot thing hard, with another digital Funkot EP released this May, following January’s Funkot Anthem EP. Both releases tie into the upcoming CD, Hyper Funkot.

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27May

Enka Speed – Update

Posted by DanceMaster on April 29, 2013

Enka Speed
Release Date: 5/29/13
Price: 1905 yen

Update (5/7/13): Cover art is out! I have no idea what a bus (RV?) has to do with Enka. The cover does look like it’s by Mega Graphics, though it’s disappointing they’re not using the old, familiar SPEED logo.

I’ve also listed the original BPMs of the presumed 3 repeats on the album. The repeats originally ranged from 144-160 BPM. Needless to say, I really hope they rearrange them. Hell, I’ll settle for just increasing the tempo, but no way in hell should the last song on a Speed album be only 160 BPM.

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29Apr

Dancemania Super Contest BEST

Posted by DanceMaster on April 26, 2013

Update! (5/31/13): Apologies for the slight delay, but winners have been chosen for the contest. Terezinha wins first prize for remembering the time when EMI tried to force “Rhythm & Police” on every Speed compilation possible. I used a random number generator to determine the second prize, and the winner is Saolo.

All other participants will receive one song download from Juno Download OR iTunes US OR Amazon MP3 US. Please keep an eye out for an e-mail from me shortly! Thanks to everyone for participating!

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26Apr