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The Japanese pop phenomenon known as Shibuya-Kei exploded forth from the ultra-trendy Shibuya shopping district of west Tokyo, an area home to some of the most fashionable and best-stocked record and clothing stores in the world. Shibuya-kei -- literally, "Shibuya style" -- was the name given to the like-minded pop musicians who emerged from this consumer culture, a group of young Japanese weaned on a steady and amazingly eclectic diet of Western pop exports; the result was an unprecedented collision of sights and sounds, with trailblazing acts like Pizzicato 5 drawing on disparate influences ranging from the lush lounge-pop of Burt Bacharach to the rhythms and energy of urban hip-hop. In its purest form, shibuya-kei is classic Western pop refracted through the looking glass of modern Eastern society -- music cut up, pasted together, and spit out in new and exciting ways. Shibuya-kei is also pop music at its cutest: it's a view to a world where the sweetness and simplicity of the girl-group era never ended but simply evolved, never out of step with the times but always true to its roots as well -- the Lolita complex so pervasive throughout Japanese culture informs much of this music, and its youthful innocence is the key to much of its endearing charm.

Shibuya-Kei Artists Highlights

Pizzicato Five
Pizzicato Five
Cornelius
Cornelius
Cibo Matto
Cibo Matto
Takako Minekawa
Takako Minekawa
Momus
Momus
Buffalo Daughter
Buffalo Daughter

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Shibuya-Kei Album Highlights

Fantasma
Cornelius
Fantasma
Fun 9
Takako Minekawa
Fun 9
Made in USA
Pizzicato Five
Made in USA
Stars Forever
Momus
Stars Forever
An Illustrated History
Puffy AmiYumi
An Illustrated History
Fantastic Plastic Machine
Fantastic Plastic Machine
Fantastic Plastic Machine

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Shibuya-Kei Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Star Fruits Surf Rider Cornelius
Plash Takako Minekawa
Twiggy Twiggy/Twiggy Vs. James Bond Pizzicato Five
Reckless Records Momus
Talalan Puffy AmiYumi
Bachelor Pad Fantastic Plastic Machine
Klaxon! Takako Minekawa
Jellyfish Blues Buffalo Daughter
On the Sunny Side of the Street Pizzicato Five
Sophisticated Catchy Pizzicato Five

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