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.'
The jewels of Japan Tokyo Girls' Style are set to surpass the critical and commercial success of The Fugees' 1996 opus The Score with their upcoming fourth studio album, Killing Me Softly. It'll officially start smashing Oricon records on the June 6, but until then you can listen to some amazing previews of all the Killing Me Softly tracks through a teaser video Avex released yesterday.
I have to admit that I was a little pissed when BABYMETAL blew up online and everybody suddenly jumped on the BABYMETAL bandwagon. I've been listening to those rockin' brats for years, but refrained from posting them because I figured that whoever reads my site just wouldn't get it (you know, back when I somewhat gave a fuck about this blog). Now they're huge and I missed out on doing that whole I TOLD YOU SO thing that I totally live for. I consoled myself by thinking that at least I'll get bragging rights if Tokyo Girls' Style ever becomes a Buzzfeed meme, but after pondering it further I thought fuck that -- I want to keep them all to myself!
Perfume has long been considered Japan's coolest girl group, but Tokyo Girls' Style's been nipping at their heels for a few years now. The underage quintet's avant-garde approach to Japanese idol pop has been consistently fascinating to watch, with their arsty pedo-bait visuals and disco-funk-meets-Tokyo-video-game-arcade sound (courtesy of the talented Royal Mirrorball) making a match that's every bit as potent as Perfume's razor-sharp choreography and Yasutaka Nakata-produced techno-pop.