Starting in late July, Japan’s best girl group Tokyo Girls’ Style did one of those complicated release thingies that J-pop artists often do by putting out a string of limited-edition 7-inch analog singles to coincide with a series of special live concerts they were holding called ‘Hardboiled Night.’
Besides the amazing Tarantino-esque promotional videos the group used to promote this endeavour, the hard-to-find singles came with some seriously killer TGS tunes.
The two best by far are “Pale Blue Nocturne” and “Game,” the latter of which appears as a b-side on the group’s latest official single, “Say long goodbye / Himawari to Hoshikuzu -English Ver.”
Both tracks revel in the greatest parts of the TGS sound: retro disco-funk dipped in melancholy and filtered through a Japanese arcade. Every time the post-chorus synths on “Game” start howling, I’m reminded of just why I fell in love with this group in the first place.
You can listen to both songs below, and download the complete Hardboiled Night single with all the tracks over at aichuun.