Aug 31, 2010

SEBASTIAN X live tour news (JP)

Sebastian X

SEBASTIAN X, NewType indie POP and the live touring band announces 2 news!!

Guest bands for "Bokura No Fantasy Release Live Tour" are fixed.
the chef cooks me, KING BROTHERS, SuiseiNoboAz, wienners, YOMOYA, STAn, Toshio Sato, ELECTRIC EEL SHOCK join there.

*Bokura No Fantasy Release Tour
October 1. Juso Fantango, Osaka

October 2. Kyoto MOJO
SEBASTIAN X /the coopeez / STAn

October 10. Mito SONIC, Ibaragi

October 11. Yokohama club Lizard, Kanagawa
SEBASTIAN X / Toshio Sato / YOMOYA / URBAN Fetch /The Emmanuelle Sunflower

October 15. Niigata CLUB RIVERST
SEBASTIAN X / FLiP / Youth of Amoeba

October 22. Shizuoka Freakyshow
SEBASTIAN X / the chef cooks me

Toshio Sato


The other is that LITE delivers Small booklet that includes Audio CD to all of Audiences that come to Tantalalan LiveShow Tour. The booklet is called "Heisei Kenzen Guide" and edited by thierselves; SEBASTIAN X.

*SEBASTIAN X presents Tantalalan LiveShow

November 14. Sendai PARK SQUARE, Miyagi
SEBASTIAN X / SuiseiNoboAz / Sonson Bentobako

November 19. Nagoya K.D Hapon, Aichi
SEBASTIAN X / the chef cooks me

November 21. Juso Fantango, Osaka
SEBASTIAN X / wienners

November27. Shinjuku MARZ, Tokyo
SEBASTIAN X / the chef cooks me / wienners

the chef cooks me

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iTunes: World wide release


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Aug 30, 2010

#musicmonday JPOP MUSIC CHART 2010/08/30


CHAKUUTA - fullsize Weekly Chart (25th August)
on Recochoku, the biggest mobile JPOP music shop


No.1 AKB48 - Heavy Rotation


No.2 Kana Nishino - if


No.4 LGMonkees - Grateful Days feat. Noa

No.5 Kusuo - Brand New Days

No.6 Perfume - VOICE

No.7 Masaharu Fukuyama - Hotaru

No.8 SMAP - This is love

No.9 Kariyushi58 - owari hajimari

No.10 Hitotoyo - hanamizuki

iTunes Japan Top Song 2010/8/27
buy at iTunes

No.1 AKB48 - Heavy Rotation




No.4 Kobukuro - I LOVE YOU

No.5 Hitotoyo - hanamizuki

No.6 Kobukuro - itsumademo kawaranu aiwo

No.7 AAA - makenai kokoro

No.8 AKB48 - Ponytail to ShuShu

No.9 KARA - mister

No.10 Kariyushi58 - owari hajimari


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Aug 28, 2010


Everything about LUNA SEA's REBOOT will finally be revealed!!

LUNA SEA’s urgent press conference scheduled for 8/31(Tue) starting from 15:00 (16:00 / +9:00 Tokyo Time) will be broadcasted live via USTREAM to the whole world.


LUNA SEA is one of the most legendary rock bands that Japan is highly proud of. Formed on 5/29/1989, they came like a storm and swept away the Japanese music scene. They have marked the history with many of their legendary lives such as the live with an audience of 100,000, outdoor lives during smothering hot summer or freezing cold winter and the first Asia live tour ever for a Japanese rock band, covering various places like Hong Kong, Taiwan and Shanghai. When they reached the peak of their career as a successful band in 2000 while they were on the Asia tour, they suddenly announced their ‘drawing of curtains.’ After they finished the 2-day lives on 12/26 & 12/27/2000 at Tokyo Dome, they put a period to their band activities.

After 7 years since the last live, on the sacred night of a total eclipse in 2007, LUNA SEA was back on stage for just one night to perform at [GOD BLESS YOU - One Night Dejavu] at Tokyo Dome, bringing back the legend to be remembered even more vividly.

Now, it has been 3 years since then… and on the night of a full moon on 5/29 (their 21st anniversary), LUNA SEA sent out a message with one word "REBOOT" to all of us. The video clip with the message has been renewed on every night of a full moon since then, unveiling the news little by little. Finally tonight on 8/25, the 4th night of a full moon since their first message, the once empty couch is filled with all of the members. Even after 10 years, their eyes are ever glowing with passion and their presence bursting with such strong auras calling for another legend to begin.



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Aug 27, 2010

Sakanaction #natsufest


Sakanaction will be playing 2 Natsu Fest (Summer music festival) this weekend;
Space Shower TV'S Sweet Love Shower in Yamanaka lakeside, Yamanashi on 28th Saturaday and Rush Ball 2010 in Izumiohtsu Osaka on 29th Sunday.

Sweet Love Shower


Rush Ball 2010


boom boom satellites


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Aug 26, 2010



ZAZEN BOYS' Mukai Shuutoku has a new band called KIMONOS,
which features LEO Imai.

Check this music video for a new song, "ALMOST HUMAN"
it's cool.



Aug 25, 2010

Kinoco Hotel - Mayonaka no Angel Baby

mayonaka no Angel Baby

Surfing around JPOP music blogs, I found that Make Believe Melodies blog picked up Japanese Girl neo-G.S. band Kinoco Hotel. Kinoco Hotel covers Hirayama Miki's mayonaka no Angel Baby. it's a retro popular song of 1970's; cult "Showa kayo" song.

Do you like this psychedelic mood?!

Kinoco Hotel - Mayonaka no Angel Baby

Original song is here.
Hirayama Miki - Mayonaka no Angel Baby

Already many artists have covered "Mayonaka no Angel Baby". now we can listen to them on YouTube.

Crazy Ken Band - Mayonaka no Angel Baby

Hatsune Miku also Covers Mayonaka no Angel Baby

Which is your favorite?....


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Aug 24, 2010

LITE live tour news (JP)


LITE, japanese instrumental postrock band announces 2 news!!

One is that LITE delivers mp3 Freedownload Card to all of Audiences that come to Illuminate Release Tour; Sep 15(wed) Tokyo - SHELTER, Sep 18(sat) Osaka - SUNSUI and Sep 19(sun) Nagoya - CLUB ROCK'N'ROLL. They can get live recorded tracks of the show soon after the the LITE live show.

It seems like Phish, The Offspring and Smash Pumpkins...

"Illuminate Release Tour"

Sep 15(wed) Tokyo - SHELTER

Sep 18(sat) Osaka - SUNSUI

Sep 19(sun) Nagoya - CLUB ROCK'N'ROLL


the other is that Guest bands for "Illuminate Release Tour" are fixed.
Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh and The Folk Implosion), Adebisi Shank (Ireland), LOSTAGE (JAPAN) join to Illuminate Release Tour.

"Illuminate Release Tour"

Oct 17(sun) Tokyo - SUPERDELUXE
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, tera melos

Oct 18(mon) Yamagata - SANDINISTA
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, tera melos

Oct 19(tue) Aomori - SUBLIME
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, tera melos

Oct 20(wed) Morioka - CLUB CHANGE
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, tera melos

Oct 21(thu) Sendai - PARK SQUARE
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, tera melos

Oct 22(fri) Toyama - CLUB MAIRO
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, tera melos

Oct 23(sat) Kanazawa - DOBULE
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen

Oct 24(sun) Nara - ZICO STUDIO
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, LOSTAGE

Oct 25(mon) Hiroshima - 4.14
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, Adebisi Shank(Ireland)

Oct 26(tue) Fukuoka - VIVRE HALL
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, Adebisi Shank(Ireland), Autumnleaf

Oct 27(wed) Kagoshima - SR HALL
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, Adebisi Shank(Ireland)

Oct 28(thu) Kumamoto - DJANGO
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, Adebisi Shank(Ireland)

Oct 29(fri) Okayama - PEPPERLAND
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, Adebisi Shank(Ireland)

Oct 30(sat) Tokushima - CROWBAR
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, Adebisi Shank(Ireland),

Oct 31(sun) Ehime - SALONKITTY
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, Adebisi Shank(Ireland),
forget me not

Nov 3(wed) Matsumoto - ALECX
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, Lou Barlow(U.S.), Adebisi Shank(Ireland)

Nov 5(thu) Asahikawa - CASINO DRIVE
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, Lou Barlow(U.S.), Adebisi
Shank(Ireland), miscorner/c+llooqtortion

Nov 6(fri) Sapporo - HALL SPIRITUAL LOUNGE
w/ Mike Watt + The Missingmen, Lou Barlow(U.S.), Adebisi
Shank(Ireland), miscorner/c+llooqtortion

LITE Buy LITE tracks at iTunes

mike watt + the missingmen
tera melos
Lou Barlow
Adebisi Shank



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Aug 23, 2010

#musicmonday JPOP MUSIC CHART 2010/08/23


CHAKUUTA - fullsize Weekly Chart (18th August)
on Recochoku, the biggest mobile JPOP music shop


No.1 Masaharu Fukuyama - Hotaru

No.2 Kana Nishino - if


No.4 SMAP - orange

No.5 Ikimonogakari - kimigairu

No.6 AKB48 - Heavy Rotation

No.7 Mika Nakashima - ichiban kireina watashiwo

No.8 KARA - mister (K-POP)

No.9 T.M.Revolution - SWORD SUMMIT

No.10 BENI - Heaven's Door


iTunes Japan Top Song 2010/8/20
buy at iTunes

No.1 AKB48 - Heavy Rotation

No.5 AKB48 - Yasai Sisters

No.8 AKB48 - Ponytail to Shushu

No.10 AKB48 - Lucky Seven


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Aug 19, 2010

SEBASTIAN X - Boku Ra No Fantasy (Our Fantasy)

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Muza-chan / Gate to Japan

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Aug 18, 2010



TOKYO BOOT UP! 2010, Brandnew music festival as like as SXSW in Shinjuku, Tokyo announces 49 Bands that appear at its showcase lives.

Owarikara counterparts, appetite, ShidoRokku, Hagemashiya, Nitoron Toranomaki, sphere, chewbacca, FANTASYS CORE, Sonic Attack Blaster, Zarigani$, Flight Of Idea, OHIO101, Morio Agata, OKAMOTO's .... and more. 49 Bands

TOKYO BOOT UP! is an aggregation of music related events. Our main event is a showcase live for independent artists and that 3 days showcase event is going to be held at some venues in Tokyo, on 03-05 Semtember 2010. We're calling all indie artists, which not only bands or solo musicians but photographers, designers or videographer etc..., over the world. Let's keep in touch, if you are the one. We also run some pre-events occasionally and try to broadcast our events by internet. You're always welcome to join us!




Semtember 03-05 2010
Shinjuku LOFT, Shinjuku MARZ, Shinjuku Motion,
Shinjuku Marble, STUDIO DEE



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Aug 17, 2010

SID - Tokyo Dome Live

SID recently announced their new single release of "cosmetic" on 9/29 and their very first Tokyo Dome live on 12/11.

This announcement was made on 7/31 at [SID Summer Festa 2010 ~Saitama Super Live~] during encore. When the new release info appeared on the screen, it filled the audience of 32,000 with pure excitement. The announcement continued on with a video clip of SID’s history since their major debut, followed by a message "At the next live, SID will welcome an audience of… 50,000!?" as the Tokyo Dome live info was put up. The arena was bursting with thrilled screams and joyful shouts.

"cosmetic" will be the newest single since Rain released back in June. Tokyo Dome live is expected to surpass the capacity and potential of Saitama Super Arena, making it the biggest-scale performance in SID's history. More info will be updated in the near future, so let's all look forward to it!

[YEAR END CLIMAX 2010 ~Subete no SID e~]
12/11/2010 (Sat) Tokyo Dome
OPEN 16:00 / START 18:00

SID [source]

this weekend, SID plays at JACK IN THE BOX 2010 SUMMER, Makuhari Chiba.



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Aug 16, 2010

#musicmonday JPOP MUSIC CHART 2010/08/16

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summer tips

CHAKUUTA - fullsize Weekly Chart (11th August)
on Recochoku, the biggest mobile JPOP music shop


No.1 Kana Nishino - if

No.2 K-on!! - Utauyo!!MIRACLE

No.3 K-on!! - NO, Thank You!

No.4 AKB48 - Heavy Rotation

No.5 Masaharu Fukuyama - Hotaru


No.7 Namie Amuro - Break It

No.8 Yusuke - Mitsubachi

No.9 Kaela Kimura - deep beep

No.10 T.M.Revolution - Naked arms

Oricon - Weekly Single Sales Chart (August 16)

No.12 Sakanaction - Identity


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Aug 15, 2010

Music Alliance Pact - August 2010

36 songs, 36 music blogs, 36 countries
To download all 36 songs in one file click here


Matryoshka - Monotonous Purgatory
Matryoshka was formed in 2006 by Sen (track maker) and Calu (vocals). Their subtle yet profound strings, unreal rhythms, melancholic female vocals, cool and alluring piano mix with a hundred noises to create their massive sound.

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
Hacia Dos Veranos with Alasdair MacLean - Draft Morning
Hacia Dos Veranos is one of Zonaindie's favorite bands, a four-piece instrumental psychedelic trip. This is an amazing Byrds cover from their latest album, with The Clientele frontman Alasdair MacLean as guest vocalist. The song was recently featured on Pitchfork's Forkcast section.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
DZ - Gebbie St
Brisbane's DZ have been making waves with their killer live show for a couple of years now, but so far "that song" - the one to take them to the indie masses - has eluded them. I think it's here, and it's called Gebbie St. It's pretty massive, streamlining their raw, beat-heavy guitar jams into a tight, dance-punk number like one of the highlights off the debut albums by DFA 1979 or Liars.

BRAZIL: Meio Desligado
Fusile - Combat Samba
Sort of a Brazilian reaction to Gogol Bordello, Fusile's debut EP Coconut Revolution is full of energy and great ska/punk songs such as Combat Samba. The EP (available here) has just four songs, but that's enough to make them one of the most impressive new Brazilian bands.

CANADA: I(Heart)Music
Gramercy Riffs - Oh Linda!
One listen to It's Heartbreak, the full-length debut from Gramercy Riffs, and you'll immediately notice that the band brings together a whole bunch of disparate elements: one moment they're crooning pre-rock'n'roll style, the next they sound like they've just stepped out of the '50s, the next they're sounding like an updated version of The Unicorns. Listen to it a few more times and you'll find they mix all those styles together extremely well. Then listen some more because you're unlikely to hear many better albums this year.

CHILE: Super 45
Marcos Meza - Danza
Marcos Meza is a pianist and composer from experimental hip hop outfit Como Asesinar A Felipes. His solo work goes in a different direction, closer to the more complex pop melodies of Ryuichi Sakamoto. His debut album, Piezas para Piano y Cuarteto de Cornos, is available for free download here and sees jazz, improvisation and contemporary chamber music share an interesting common space.

CHINA: Wooozy
Pairs - Oh Ghost
Pairs are basically a drummer, Xiao Zhong, and a guitarist, F. They are from two different places and hemispheres of the Earth. Pairs basically don't make theirs or any kind of music particularly well. Pretty much like people who have lost their talent. So it's cool if you hate them. Pairs are basically a misspelling on Paris and/or Pears. They've had nothing to do with these two objects. Pairs basically like to take their broadway smash music to various death traps, both North and South, and survived to tell the tale to deaf ears. Pairs just launched their first music video Yangpu Qu - you can check out here.

COLOMBIA: Colombia Urbana
Farina - Hasta El Final
Farina is a young talent and in her blood runs some sparks of Arabic traditions and Latin flavor. Right now she's promoting her single Hasta El Final ("To The End"), a dancehall/R&B romantic song, which is perfect for the perfect moment.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian
King's Light Infantry - Home
Back in April, King's Light Infantry released their debut EP, Crops, from which this track is taken. The quintet work in guitar-driven indie-rock where the ever-famous Scandinavian melancholy, pop hooks and the strong, emotional vocal of lead singer/guitarist Mathias Slot play leading roles. Right now they're recording their first full-length record, slated for release sometime next year.

ENGLAND: The Daily Growl
Bear Driver - A Thousand Samurais
Bear Driver are a six-piece from Leeds who have only two singles under their belts, but are already turning the heads of festival organisers, labels and music fans in the UK. Current 7-inch Wolves came out last month, but this track is from their single from last year.

Badass Yuki - Jacques Lacan On CSR!
Badass Yuki is the brainchild of two high-school students (Mart Avi and Paul Sild), who kill time by creating lo-fi-esque tunes. BY's soundworld is diverse and constantly changing, bouncing somewhere between post-punk, noise or just eclectic pop music with dancey rhythms. BY emerged from nowhere and won a local Soundwave band competition in 2009.

Pintandwefall - Doughnuts
Girl band Pintandwefall celebrated the warmest ever summer in Finland with the release of a free EP available to download on their website. Doughnuts is a delicious treat with a sugared guitar riff, punchy bass line and funny melody. Just 90 seconds of alternative rock for your coffee break.

FRANCE: ZikNation
Crocodile - Mental Home
Crocodile came about from an encounter between Jeremy, electric guitar player of Parisian rock band Louis de Lights, and Helene, singer of the mysterious electro collective Stupeflip. About 15 songs emerged from Crocodile's stomach in less than a year. Do not let yourself be deceived - behind a sweet voice and catchy melodies hides a ferocious animal whose bite will leave marks that will get under your skin.

GERMANY: Blogpartei
Hans Unstern - Paris
Catch Hans Unstern if you can. Uncommon is an able word to describe the work of this artist, who combines complex songwriting with sensitive German lyrics. He never crosses the fine line between brilliance and kitsch, maybe due to the slightly achy atmosphere he creates on the album Kratz Dich Raus from which Paris is the first single.

GREECE: Mouxlaloulouda
Musica Ficta - The Cell
Musica Ficta's music is a treasure that deserves plundering. Even if they haven't any official release, they are known for their astounding live performances. Apollo Retsos' undeniably affecting vocals soar over orchestral pop arrangements, lush strings, drums and chiming guitars. As a matter of fact, an effervescent explosion of emotion will drift out of your stereo as you are listening to this live recording of The Cell, an enchantingly theatrical, profoundly beautiful and incredibly addictive song. I'm eagerly awaiting their debut album.

ICELAND: I Love Icelandic Music
Pascal Pinon - Djoflasnaran
Teenage quartet Pascal Pinon - named after two-headed Mexican freak Pasqual Pinon - released their eponymous debut last year. An album full of simple pop-folk songs in Icelandic and English, written by Asthildur and Jofridur. At the moment, the 16-year-old girls are recording a second album to be released on Morr Music. This label will also re-release their debut album, containing this song, Djoflasnaran ("Devil's Snare"), a reference to Harry Potter.

INDIA: Indiecision
The Bicycle Days - Circles
The Bicycle Days is an alternative rock quintet from Bangalore. The band's music infuses samples and ambient guitar sounds into contemporary alternative rock. Think a slowed down, less self-involved Mute Math. Circles draws on progressive rock influences like Tool and The Mars Volta to create a submersive fluidity that's as languid as it is involving. Turn up the volume to 11, or just leave it at four and let the music create your pictures.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar
Sarasvati - Oh I Never Know
Risa Saraswati is a new, aspiring singer-songwriter who is pursuing a solo career using her Sanskrit name, Sarasvati (???????). Such divine passion towards knowledge, art and music is conveyed through songs and lyrics. In her spiritual journey and quest for perfection, Risa shares her eternal experience of pursuing happiness with you.

IRELAND: Nialler9
Adebisi Shank - International Dreambeat
Taken from their second album This Is The Second Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank, International Dreambeat is the sound of pure rainbow rock. You can just see the confetti, the parades and crazy Japanese manga characters. Look out for the band's second album released on August 20 through Richter Collective in Ireland, BSM Records in UK and in October on Parabolica Records in Japan. Guests include Conor O'Brien from Villagers, who provides vocals on Europa, while Jape plays synths on the last track, Century City.

ISRAEL: Metal Israel
Acropolis - Divine Cycle
Acropolis is an extreme melodic metal act from Israel. They blend aggressive metal grooves with brilliantly structured songs and melodies. Their debut release, The Aftermath, became a top seller on indie distribution website CD Baby and, incidentally, was very big in Japan.

ITALY: Polaroid
Colapesce - La Guerra Fredda
For the first time I've selected a MAP song sung in Italian. I like the way it mixes our folk tradition and pop influences. La Guerra Fredda ("The Cold War") is about girls on the beaches, boys dancing and grinning, the fate on some provincial road one night, long time ago. Colapesce is a young and talented songwriter from Sicily. You can download his new EP for free here. Check out Albanopower as well, Colapesce's other band.

MEXICO: Red Bull PanameriKa
Rey Pila - No. 114
Rey Pila is the new project of Diego Solorzano (Los Dynamite), who has created a homonymous album that refines his aesthetic intentions while adding some singalong choruses with mountains of synth and guitars that are so very 80s, so 'Rock en tu idioma'.

NETHERLANDS: Unfold Amsterdam
Palmbomen - Myself
Translated as "Palm Trees", Palmbomen is the Netherlands' answer to the chillwave phenomenon that's sweeping through another indie summer. Although we're still a bit antsy about a genre identifier that, at least to us, signifies a bunch of kids buying fourth-hand DX7s and deciding it's okay to like Simply Red, Palmbomen has made a hefty dent on the Amsterdam live scene in only a few months of activity. The vibe is unsurprisingly tropical from the off - throbbing bass, rumbling percussion and synth-heavy. The music isn't trapped in a languid haze, however. The melodies hook you instantly while the vocals are playful and, perhaps unexpectedly, not utterly buried in a cathedral full of reverb. Essentially, it's just great electronic pop.

NEW ZEALAND: Counting The Beat
Mild America - Coriander & Heaven
The title track from an EP (available here) of songs melding pop with alt-country, the aim of the band is to create a sound which is "nostalgic and celebratory, bitter and hopeful". Coriander & Heaven perfectly encapsulates that approach with lyrics about a blue jay hitting a glass door and flapping with one wing on the ground. The arrangement goes from a slow vocal and percussion intro, bringing in mournful slide guitar, shifting to a martial beat before quietening to a whisper and then ending in a majestic squall of guitar.

NORWAY: Eardrums
Silje Nes - The Card House
When I first heard Silje Nes four years ago, I instantly fell in love with her fragile but strong music. Now she's a critically acclaimed artist on the fine FatCat label, preparing the release of her second album Opticks. Nes is one of those artists who plays around with lots of sounds and instruments, some which she can play and some she can't. The result is often stunningly beautiful - somewhere between pop and experimental - but definitely accessible and catchy. The album will be released on September 13 but her single, Crystals, is available now. The song we have for you here is a MAP exclusive from the new album. Thank you, FatCat!

Maku - Cuantas Piedras
Maku is a project led by Michael Dawson. Talking about his debut is almost like talking about a box of surprises. Maku's music uses reggae as its base and also blends jazz and tropical sounds. Cuantas Piedras is the opening track from Maku's self-titled album, which is available to download free from here and contains 11 songs, nine of which were recorded with the help of Francois Peglau.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
Peixe : Aviao - No Jogo da Quimera
Peixe : Aviao (translated as "Fish : Airplane") are a quintet from the oldest ciy of Portugal, Braga. Their first recording was an EP, in 2008, and their Radiohead influence was already clear. In 2009, they released their first LP, which confirmed them as one of the most interesting new bands, singing in Portuguese. No Jogo da Quimera is from their 2010 record, Madrugada.

ROMANIA: Babylon Noise
Bogdan - Phase Transition
Bogdan makes the transition from experimental productions to dance music, and makes it seems like child's play. His artistic development is noticeable both in his own productions and the hallucinating club nights he manages to kick off. In June 2010, Bogdan lit the fuse for local Romanian sound with another change in style - a cosmic techno hybrid. 4/4 dancing with a disco heart, it's an album that tells a story about dancing in zero gravity. The new EP, Human Thermodynamics, can be downloaded from the Local Records website.

Dems - Jarndyce vs Jarndyce
Dems is a truly exciting newcomer to the Scottish music scene. London-raised but Edinburgh based, Dan Moss has just two songs to his name at the time of writing and no live appearances on the horizon. What we do know is that he's a man whose talent is matched by his ideas. Jarndyce vs Jarndyce is a classy, clever and thoroughly accessible piece of electro-pop, like a more edgy Postal Service.

SINGAPORE: I'm Waking Up To...
Basement In My Loft - I Think I'll Run
Basement In My Loft have an underground, garage-rock sound with lofty melodies. As a power trio, they deftly walk the line between bittersweet melodies and utter chaos, while delivering an urgency in their music, convinced that one day, all this shall pass. They've got big things planned ahead, dropping their debut album at this year's Baybeats music festival, one of Southeast Asia's most prestigious indie festivals. Even with the accolades, BIML's belief in their music and style keeps their integrity intact, with the band taking no shortcuts to making music that matters.

SOUTH AFRICA: Musical Mover & Shaker!
Popskarr - Tonight
Popskarr's sound has been described as "deep but dancey, but new wavey, but all in all it still kinda bangs out your sound system". Their song Tonight shows off their electronic, nu-disco sound with just a splash of pop thrown in for good measure.

Kinzli & The kiloWatts - Oahu
Hailing from South Korea but now residing in London, Kinzli is currently preparing for the UK release of her second full-length album, Down Up Down, on September 6. Her music offers an eclectic mix of genres, from gypspy rhythms to jazz, and in a recent review her vocals were likened to Regina Spektor. Oahu is a warm and breezy ukulele tune where her impressive lyrical skills has her declaring true love for her favourite canoe.

SWEDEN: Swedesplease
Skatan - Teritory
Skaten is not just another random Swedish band of unknown quantity and quality. This project by Simone Andersson Wingfors has been written about on various Swedish blogs for well over a year (me here) despite the fact that the songs have only been demos on MySpace. Taken as a whole, the debut record We Are All Children With Different Titles could be called piano-pop. But if you dig deeper into each song you hear elements of more serious music, be it classical, jazz, gypsy, or circus cabaret. Territory combines many of these elements in one song. The bass is as full as you'd expect from a hip hop track, the scattershot drums pulse and ricochet, and Simone's voice will give your tweeters (and your emotions) a workout.

We Loyal - Distant Heart
We Loyal from Basel play highly addictive dark-wave synth-pop with detours to indietronic. Their influences range from TV On The Radio to Joy Division and The Notwist. Even so, their Obstacles EP proves they are capable of more than reciting their role models.

UNITED STATES: I Guess I'm Floating
Wise Blood - STRT SRNS
Christopher Laufman aka Wise Blood makes the kind of music that might come out of a lo-fi Panda Bear & Jack White collab session. STRT SRNS is straight off his debut EP, +, which you can pick up for free at his Bandcamp page.

VENEZUELA: Barquisimento
Desorden Publico - Espiritual
Desorden Publico is one of the oldest ska bands in Venezuela. Formed in Caracas in the mid-80s, this nine-member team has been famous for their powerful live performances and has the reputation of being a solid, influent and respected icon for the genre. Their music is full of Latin vibes and honest lyrics inspired from social problems. Espiritual is taken from the Desorden LP.