In October of 2005, Japanese vocalist Yu:Mi and Filipino producer Acid42 released a unique collaboration of Japanese children’s songs set to electropop music. The result was an EP called “Kodomo” (which means “Child” in Nihongo) and was release number qd-4230.
This music video is the 2 minute song “Zui Zui Zukorobashi”– a bouncy, silly kids’ song about a rat that gets into trouble by eating the rice supplies. We set the synthpop song to an interesting opensource animation entitled “Life (in a Box)” by animator Tim Cuthbertson, and did really minimal edits. We feel the fun, but sort of sad visuals match the light and slightly sinister music perfectly. Here then is our second music video. Enjoy!
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[qd-4258] Nyko Maca + Playground: Dancing in My Head
Dancing in My Head is a 4-track sampler from Nyko Maca + Playground’s self-titled debut album under Infectious Records. Nyko Maca + Playground is a Manila-based band combining electronica, acid jazz, and house music with Brazilian rhythms, jazz vocals and acoustic instrumentation. The result is a stellar combination of old-school jazz crooning with modern dancefloor beats.
FILE UNDER: house, acidjazz, chillout, electronica, nujazz
DETAILS:4 mp3s encoded at 320 kbps 44.1 kHz stereo. | Total runtime: 19:28
DOWNLOAD: Get the EP as a zip file of VBR MP3s (45 MB) from Archive.org | Individual tracks after the jump
(qd-4257) Switchboard Of Souls - Don't Bother Me
When Switchboard Of Souls sings: “Don’t bother me, just leave us alone, don’t you know that we’re all just as human,” he sounds the anthem of the alienated and the disenfranchised. It’s a simple enough tune, but the variations do bring new viewpoints to the plate.
The first two original 8-minute-plus tracks utilize a driving darkwave synth with guitars and vocals reminiscent of early New Order, but subsequent versions range from electro 808 State-like arrangements (Common Prayer Mix), to industrial stylings (BlenderMix), to sinister downtempo (Hands & Feet Mix), to 90s pop remix (InstrumentalMix), to new age piano (Sonata), to a combo of everything on the 2 reprises.
DETAILS: Total runtime: 47:10 | 10 MP3s encoded at 192 kbps, 44.1 kHz stereo.
DOWNLOAD: Entire album as a single zip file with VBR MP3s. (File size:65 MB) – from Archive.org
Individual tracks after the jump.
(qd-4244) Cocolulu - 8-Bit Love
[QD-4244] :Cocolulu : 8-Bit Love
Cocolulu (who is now known as Spazzkid) is geeky synthpop at its best. And 8-Bit Love combines a 20-something’s view on life in post-Eraserheads Manila, and is filled with bright lyrics and squeaky synths. Strangely enough, the music sounds like it was lifted from a whole lot of 80s synthpop groups, which either tells you that the synth is back, or, even the youth of today are caught in a timewarp. Included in the release is a remix by Acid42 for “Panda Extravaganza.”
FILE UNDER: synthpop, electropop, electro, electronica, new wave
DETAILS: Five MP3s at 192 kbps.One MP3 at 112 kbps. 44.1kHz stereo | Total Running Time: 26:58 | Released: June 16, 2007
DOWNLOAD: entire EP as a single ZIP FILE (31.9 MB) – from Archive.org
Individual tracks after the jump
(qd-4242) foodshelterandclothing - otherpeoplessongs
[QD-4242] : FoodShelter&Clothing : otherpeoplessongs
From the city of Bacolod, Philippines, the ever-prolific and long-lasting industrial collective known only as FoodShelter&Clothing have released otherpeoplessongs, a remastering of tracks from a self-released 1997 cassette. These are lo-fidelity 80s cover versions of songs by The Police, Prefab Sprout, Big Audio Dynamite, Sandbox, David Bowie and Sigue Sigue Sputnik. The 5-track EP is an advanced online release of their upcoming remastered re-relesed full-length of the same title, on June 12, 2007, the tenth year anniversary of the original cassette release.
FYI, FoodShelterAndClothing also run the StickySweetSounds Records netlabel (S3Records).
FILE UNDER: cover songs, lofi, electropop, new wave, synthpop, industrial
DETAILS: Five MP3s at 192 kbps. 44.1kHz stereo | Total Running Time: 22:22 | Released: May 12, 2007 – Mothers Day
DOWNLOAD: Entire EP as a single ZIP FILE (21.6 MB)– from Archive.org | Individual tracks after the jump
(qd-4238) Names are for Tombstones - Swans
[QD-4238] : Names Are For Tombstones : Swans (EP)
A five-song goth-rock/electronic EP by local artist Names Are For Tombstones, launched and released at the Swan Song Listening Party on November 17, 2006. Lovely dark and deep, combining guitars with electronics and melodic lyrics. Combining gothic angst with synth pop. Listen and share with all of your black-wearing friends.
FILE UNDER: gothic, new wave, synthpop
DETAILS: 5 MP3s, encoded at: 192 kbps. 44.1kHz stereo | Total Running Time: 27:32 | Released: March 2, 2007
DOWNLOAD: Entire EP as a ZIP FILE (33 MB) – from Archive.org | Individual tracks after the jump
(qd-4230) YuMi + Acid42 – Kodomo
[QD-4230] : YU:MI + ACID42 : Kodomo (EP)
Think of bouncing balls, building blocks, and nursery rhymes, and what you get is KODOMO (which in Japanese means “child”) — a collection of 4 traditional Japanese children’s songs, given a funky new synthpop and ethnotronica spin by Japanese-Filipino vocalist YU:MI Calderon and musician Acid42 (Lionel Valdellon). The bonus 5th song “Everybody Lies”, however, is a synthpop song tackling the darker side of relationships and is written by the collaborating duo.
FILE UNDER: world, ethnic, ethnotronica, electronica, synthpop, electropop, folktronica, Japanese folk songs, kiddiesynthpop, J-Folk, more playful than Rainbow Brite and He-Man.
DETAILS: 5 MP3s at 192 kbps, stereo
DOWNLOAD: Get the entire EP as a ZIP FILE (27.1 MB) – from Archive.org
Full lyrics and english translation + individual file downloads after the jump.