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Tokyo Soundscape

New pop, sounds and beats from Japan with Rory Steele and Chris Roaf

Rory and Chris presents a guided through the wide and crazy world of Japanese music, playing classic hits as well as the latest and greatest tunes to come out of Japan,

Tokyo Soundscape gets festive with a Christmas special (well, everyone else does, so why not us?), featuring yuletide tunes from show favourites Shonen Knife, Pizzcato Five, and World’s End Girlfriend. Plus new music from Ken Kobayashi, and more classic flashback tracks.

On this edition of Tokyo Soundscape, we look to the future and to the past, but both from a decidedly alternative point of view, with tracks from acts straight out of leftfield, deep underground, or high above in the cosmos. It’s one hell of a trip, and you’re all invited along for the ride.

Tokyo Soundscape Episode 19
Another pick ‘n’ mix bag of belters fit to burst with musical goodness from Japan, covering such burning issues as cats, chocolate, and holidays in outer space. Tunes old and new jostle for your attention – who will triumph? Why, YOU, the listener, of course!

Yōkai-name checking Boogie Woogie? Japanese ‘Britpop’? A Shibuya-kei tribute to Paul Scholes? It can only mean there’s a new episode of Tokyo Soundscape in town, and this time we’ve got a wide selection of tunes spanning some sixty years in some sixty minutes. It’s more fun than time travel, and you won’t accidentally wipe out the future of mankind in the process.

Tokyo Soundscape interviews Salyu and Keigo Oyamada (aka Cornelius), plus Yumiko Ohno and Asa-chang, ahead of their salyu x salyu show in London last month. There’s also a recap of Japanese acts that have just played the UK, and a preview of those soon set to do so.

The Soundscape returns with space-age rock and chiptune, brand new electronic beats, fresh underground indie, and a taste of the Eighties avant-garde. Plus a gig guide of Japanese bands playing in London in May and June.

Rory reaches into his latest grab bag of audible treats and pulls out new material from the likes of Polysics, Tenniscoats, and The Beatniks, plus info on SOAS Radio Live, 22nd March, Bedroom Bar, London.

Hifana – 出勤 / WAKE UP FEAT. 鎮座DOPENESS
Omodaka – Hietsuki Bushi
Takako Minekawa – Fantastic Cat
Polysics – 783640 featuring Satoshi Mishiba
The Telephones – Just One Victory
Halfby – North Marine Drive
Tenniscoats – Papaya
Kuricorder Quartet – White Thin Smoke
Nagisa Ni Te – Premonition
The Beatniks –最終出口行き Last Train to Exitown

Tokyo Soundscape presents a Zipangu Fest special (, featuring an interview with Neil Cantwell and Tim Grabham, directors of KanZeOn, and special guest beatboxing priest ta2mi. Plus music from Lillies and Remains, Lo-Fi, and Suneohair.


Lillies and Remains - Moralist SS
Lo-Fi - When I Wake Up
KanZeOn Reindications
Kirihito and Sakamoto Hiromichi - Ohayo Death - Goodbye The Earth
Momoiro Clover - Ikuze! Kaitou Shojo
Suneohair - Hallelujah

The latest indie rock from Japan, including Galileo Galilei, Veltpunch and Dry as Dust, with added electro-pop, dance and, yes, human beatboxing.

Dry As Dust - Recycle
Veltpunch - The Sweetest
Andymori - Follow Me
神聖かまってちゃん - ロックンロールは鳴り止まないっ
Galileo Galilei - Kanseitou (Acoustic)
Shugo Tokumaru - Lahaha
No Cars - Funny Farm
Kyo Sakurai - BIRIBIRIBA feat. ジャーゲジョージ (RUB-A-DUB MARKET)
Lama - Spell
Fredo - Pepe
Perfume - Polyrhythm

Rory Steele previews forthcoming Japanese gigs in London, with spotlights on Japan Underground and 30 years of Shonen Knife, plus tracks from Guitar Wolf, Nisennenmondai and Collette.

1. Shonen Knife - Konnichiwa
2. Shonen Knife - Perfect Freedom
3. Shonen Knife - Blitzkrieg Bop
4. Guitar Wolf - Hoochie Coochie Spaceman
5. Gekirin - Fish Story
6. Unshin - Evidence
7. Collette - Hot Banana
8. Hondalady - Regret
9. Tokyo Pinsalocks - Mannequin
10. Nisennenmondai - Destination Tokyo (Live at O-Nest, Tokyo)

Tokyo Soundscape's got it covered with this special show dedicated to tributes and renditions of pclassic hits by Japanese artists and bands. Name that tune!

Here's the tracklist for the show (although the point of the show is to try and guess the song titles, still best to include it):

Rory highlights some of the fundraising music available, and forthcoming gigs and events in support of the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts, plus tracks from Drum Eyes, Bo Ningen, and Hotel Mexico.

80kidz - Voice
World's End Girlfriend - Les Enfants du Paradis
Drum Eyes - Future Police
Bo Ningen - Maguro (Rewind)
Boris - 決別
Hotel Mexico - Its Twinkle (Nites Remix Version 1)
Akira Yamaoka - Otomodachi, before you sleep
Mono and the Wordless Music Orchestra - Where Am I
HASYMO - Tokyo Town Pages

Time to go eiga-gaga, as Tokyo Soundscape presents a silver screen special, featuring music from Love Exposure, Ping Pong, Battle Royale, House, Air Doll, Akira, and more!

Rory is joined in the studio by Japanese music journalist, Tom Smith, to talk about club night Japan Underground, plus music from Sakanaction, iLL and The Telephones.

Sakanaction - 潮
ふくろうず - できない
iLL - R.O.C.K.
The Telephones - Dance With You
Refely - MC2
Riddim Saunter - Sweet & Still
Ego Wrappin' - だるい

Rory and Chris get genki with the denki in this electronic special, featuring Plamo, HASYMO and Sputniko!

1. Polysics - Young OH! OH!
2. Dr. Usui - Bottom of the World
3. Floppy - Helter Skelter
4. Plamo - Melodramatic Popular Song
5. Cow'p - Dub of Death
6. DJ Scotch Egg - Scotch Land
7. Sputniko! - Google Song
8. Shina Ringo - SG - Superficial Gossip
9. Deavid Soul - Escape From California
10. Cornelius - Magoo Opening
11. HASYMO - The City of Light
12. Jemapur - Invisible Departure

Chris and Rory declare "Viva! La Woman" as they celebrate the best female singers, artists and bands from Japan.

Cibo Matto Beef Jerky Viva! La Woman
Super Junky Monkey Nani Parasitic People
Tokyo Pinsalocks Travelling Spoon
Natccu Kagen no Tsuki
Mika Nakashima Glamorous Sky Nana Soundtrack
Utada Hikaru First Love First Love
Misora Hibari Kanashii Sake Kawa no Nagare Youni
Advantage Lucy Spur Line Echo Park
Judy and Mary 12 Whales
Odani Misako Faint Odor
Tokyo Jihen Toumei Ningen Adult

Rory and Chris return to the OpenAir Studio to play old favourites Shonen Knife and Hoover's Ooover, plus new favourites Gyoko and 80kidz.

This week, Chris and Rory bring you jeggae by the Bonobows, as well as tracks from Polysics and Number Girl.

Music connected to, from and inspired by video games as well as tracks from Bo Peep and the Soil and Pimp Sessions.

In episode two, Rory ventures further into the Pick 'n' Mix of Japanese music, playing old favourites the Polysics along with another curiously titled band, Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her.

Think It Over - Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her
Genki Rock ABC! - Polysics
リンダリンダ - The Blue Hearts
00's naughties - Dope Headz
Head Long - Cube Juice
People Traps - Shonen Knife
Jungle Taitei - Boredoms
10分前 - Hoover's Ooover
待ち人 - ゆらゆら帝国
ハードバップ - Kojima Mayumi
We Are The Massacre - World's End Girlfriend

In this episode Rory Steele plays his pick of Japanese music, from bands such as Yellow Magic Orchestra to the curiously titled School Food Punishment.