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Make Believe Mix June 2012

This might be the most Kansai-centric edition of the Make Believe Mix, a nice sampler of sounds from all around Japan just in time for the summer. It starts with Tokyo’s LLLL before shifting to Osaka’s Post Modern Team. From there, we stick around in the city to listen to the recently formed Foodie and Les Glass Glace. Our stay in the region ends with Stuck In Summer’s “You,” and then it is a short train ride to Nagoya to check in on House Of Tapes. Last, we jet all the way to the western edge of the country, to check out Fukuoka’s Breezesquad and his remix of a Little Boots song.

Below is a list of artists and songs appearing in this month’s mix, in chronological order. Click the links to read more about them and find out how to buy/get their music. All artists featured gave me permission to include their music in this mix.

LLLL “Spider Web” – From the “Spider Web/Drafting Still” digital single. Get it here.

Post Modern Team “Heartbreak” – Online release. Get it here.

Foodie “Red Flash” – Online release. Listen here.

Les Glass Glace “Sumorsaete Daydream” – Online release. Listen here.

Stuck In Summer “You” – From the Stuck In Summer EP. Get it here.

House Of Tapes “Another Space” – Online release. Listen here.

Breezesquad “Shake” (Remix of a Little Boots’ track) – Online release. Get here.

Make Believe Mix For May 2012 Featuring Canopies And Drapes, LLLL And The Paellas

Lot of great stuff in the mix this month – it starts with Canopies And Drapes’ sparse “The Door Into Summer,” warm but hiding a mysterious side. More outright joyful is Post Modern Team’s “Never Let You Down,” blessed with the sort of chorus that makes good weather even better. Tokyo’s LLLL and their warped take on J-Pop follows, and then it’s nothing but good vibes on Soleil Soleil’s “To Night.” Then a bit coming down with Lera Rae, before closing out with Osaka outfit The Paellas gorgeous “Lights.”

Below is a list of artists and songs appearing in this month’s mix, in chronological order. Click the links to read more about them and find out how to buy/get their music. All artists featured gave me permission to include their music in this mix.

Canopies And Drapes “The Door Into Summer” – From the And Putting Love Away EP. Buy it here.

Post Modern Team “Never Let You Down” – Online release. Listen here.

LLLL “Because Of My Eyes” – From the LLLL EP. Get it here.

Soleil Soleil “To Night” – Online release. Listen here.

Lera Rae “After The Beach Trip” – Online release. Listen here.

The Paellas “Lights” – Online release. Listen here.

Make Believe Mix For April 2012 Featuring Cloudy Busey, BOYISH and White Scooper

Indie-pop ended up being the flavor of the April, from the C86 tape Moscow Club presented to the world to an endless parade of twee-leaning bands popping up on SoundCloud. This month’s Make Believe Mix represents this trend and, like the Moscow Club mix, attempts to expand the definition of indie-pop beyond jangly guitars. Which we’ve got plenty of, don’t worry – BOYISH, Wallflower and Lilacs give us traditional indie-pop from Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya respectively. Yet Cloudy Busey takes the spirit of indie-pop and embeds it into a dance track, one more influenced by Stardust than Sea Urchins. Shortcake Collage Tape turn twee inwards on “Polaroid Full Of Kisses” while White Scooper…OK, White Scooper isn’t indie-pop, their “Winter Hawk” closing the mix out with some angular dance-rock.

Below is a list of artists and songs appearing in this month’s mix, in chronological order. Click the links to read more about them and find out how to buy/get their music. All artists featured gave me permission to include their music in this mix.

Cloudy Busey “Who Says They Love You” – Online song. Download here.

BOYISH “Waiting In Summer” – From the Gentle Breeze EP. Download here.

Lilacs “Walk The Path I’ve Laid” – Online song. Download here.

Shortcake Collage Tape “Polaroid Full Of Kisses” – Online song. Download here.

Wallflower “Cure Your Heart” – From Fastcut Records. Listen here.

White Scooper “Winter Hawk” – From the album Dazzle. Buy here.

Make Believe Mix For March 2012 Featuring Madegg, DUB-Russel And Rapunzel8083

March ended up being a bit of a strange month, at least by the looks of the mix. There are moments of straight-forward pop, like on TalkingCity1994’s “Long Hot Summer Remembered” and The Mari On The Beach’s “AM Boy/FM Girl.” Yet even those otherwise pleasurable cuts go through filters that turn them into stranger things. Elsewhere, Madegg acts like Madegg, while Tokyo’s DUB-Russel offer up a cacophonous number that is far more than just noise. Finishing the mix is Rapunzel8083’s constantly morphing “月光,” a journey all its own.

Below is a list of artists and songs appearing in this month’s mix, in chronological order. Click the links to read more about them and find out how to buy/get their music. All artists featured gave me permission to include their music in this mix.

TalkingCity1994 “Long Hot Summer Remembered” – From the I Can Feel Your Soul EP. Free download here.

Madegg “Zudon” – From the Teach EP, on Flau Records. Buy here.

The Mari On The Beach “AM Boy/FM Girl” – From Get Out Of Making Music. Buy it here.

DUB-Russel “Choose Low” – From Prank Poles. Buy here.

Rapunzel8083 “月光” – Online upload. Listen to more here.

Make Believe Mix For January 2012 Featuring Sugar’s Campaign, Occult You And Cloudy Busey

This year started off on a great note for Japanese music, as so many artists released great material in January. Heck, there is so much stuff not on this month’s Make Believe Mix that deserves more love that it is pretty staggering. Yet what did make it on this 27-minute mix were some of our favorite tunes of the past 31 days. Sugar’s Campaign and Magical Mistakes rep for Osaka-based party INNIT, while :visited’s “Parade Dream” works as this month’s CUZ ME PAIN addition. Elen Never Sleeps provides a wistful break before we dive back into electronic-leaning jams courtesy Occult You. And closing it all out, the gorgeous, lonely “Up To You (If You Love Me)” by Cloudy Busey.

Below is a list of artists and songs appearing in this month’s mix, in chronological order. Click the links to read more about them and find out how to buy/get their music. All artists featured gave me permission to include their music in this mix.

Sugar’s Campaign “Netokano” – New single. Watch the video here.

Magical Mistakes “Running Water” – From the Special Friends EP. Buy here.

:visited “Parade Dream” – From the forthcoming cassette True Chances out in early February. Site here.

Elen Never Sleeps “My Aquamarine” – From his newest digital single. Download it here.

Occult You “Psychic Feelings” – New online release. Download here.

Cloudy Busey “Up To You (If You Love Me)” – Online release. Listen here.

Make Believe Mix For November Featuring Friends, Sapphire Slows And Neon Cloud

New Make Believe Mix for the month of November! Seemed like a very electronic month, highlighted by moody tracks courtesy of Sapphire Slows, Neon Cloud and The Beauty.Yet it wasn’t all woozy electronics, as evidenced by the noise-coated surf rock of Friends’ “Our Love Is True” off their recently released Let’s Get Together Again record on Second Royal.

Below is a list of artists and songs appearing in this month’s mix, in chronological order. Click the links to read more about them and find out how to buy/get their music. All artists featured gave me permission to include their music in this mix.

Friends “Our Love Is True” – From the Let’s Get Together Again record out soon on Second Royal. Website here.

Sapphire Slows “Spin Lights Over You” – From the True Breath album out now on Not Not Fun. Available on iTunes now. Bandcamp here.

Boyfriend Material “Taiyō No Kisetsu” – Self-released. SoundCloud page here.

The Beauty “Littlebig” – Self-released, associated with CUZ ME PAIN. Bandcamp here.

Neon Cloud “○” – On Knit, streaming now, on Flau Records. Physical release out December 23.

Taquwami “Dawnz” – Self-released. SoundCloud here.

Photo courtesy of Muffet on Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

Elite Gymnastics Make A Sweet Mix Featuring Sakanaction, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu And 2NE1 Among Others

Minneapolis’ duo Elite Gymnastics have become a very strange authority within the American indie music scene – besides releasing blog-backed music sometimes wearing a chillwave mask, they’ve become the group responsible for introducing Korean pop to the American indie-scape. In interviews they’ve pledged allegiance to all sorts of K-Pop stars and recently member James Brooks penned an article for Pitchfork about the rise of Korean Wave, which coughcough featured a link to something I wrote coughcoughsosorry. Since a lot of the songs they talk about are also tunes I have fallen for, I’m rooting for them to continue getting exposure to spread the good word of Asian pop.

Now, they have a new mix for DIS magazine titled I Want A 38-Minute Truce Which There Is No Rape which, unsurprisingly, goes heavy on the international sounds. In regards to K-Pop, Elite Gymnastics bust out two of the year’s best singles anywhere, 2NE1’s tag-team-like “I Am The Best” and Hyuna’s “Bubble Pop” amongst others. Yet guess what…dudes also like J-Pop! This mix features Sakanaction’s great “Bach No Senritsu Wo Yoru Ni Kiita Sei Desu,” which segues into Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s “Pon Pon Pon.” Now the West can know about that one. Also popping up, Capsule’s “Striker” from this year’s World Of Fantasy and that one Ghibli song Lil’ B sampled as well. Good stuff, listen below.