TOMOMI, bass player of Japan's all-girl rock band SCANDAL has selected some of her favourite songs for the JPU RECORDS PLAYLIST on Apple Music and Spotify – a series of ever changing playlists of great music from Japan and beyond, hand selected by JPU Records' band members or staff.
TOMOMI's selections include a bunch of fantastic hip hop, rock and city pop tracks, such as those from Yumi Matsutoya (who has had 21 number one albums...!), hip hop band IN-SIST from Osaka, and recent viral hero Vaundy with Tokyo Flash, played over 7.5 million times on YouTube since September 2019. The latter's video makes us miss Tokyo, as does TOMOMI's inclusion of guitar-pop-rockers GRAPEVINE. During our last trip, the vocalist tried teaching us how to sing enka at a bar on the outskirts of Tokyo at 3am. Good times!
We've kept the order of the songs in the same order that TOMOMI supplied them, and then added some of SCANDAL's latest tracks to then. The Apple Music playlist is slightly more complete than Spotify due to licensing.
Don't forget to subscribe to the playlist to automatically get the new list when it goes live later next month with songs chosen by another member of a JPU Records band.
SCANDAL are scheduled to return to the UK, Europe and North America this September as part of the band's latest world tour promoting Kiss from the darkness. The album has been released internationally in two physical formats; a regular CD edition with translated and transliterated lyric booklet; and a limited-edition package which includes the band's very own magazine entitled her, available in English for the first time. The album also includes "A.M.D.K.J.", an ending theme from popular anime GeGeGe no Kitaro.
4 September: Paris – YOYO, Palais de Tokyo 🇫🇷
6 September: London – O2 Academy Islington 🇬🇧
9 September: Berlin – Musik & Frieden 🇩🇪
17 September: Anaheim – House of Blues 🇺🇸
19 September: Dallas – Canton hall 🇺🇸
21 September: Atlanta – The Masquerade 🇺🇸
23 September: Toronto – Queen Elizabeth Theatre 🇨🇦
HARUNA – vocal & guitar
MAMI – guitar & vocal
TOMOMI – bass & vocal
RINA – drums & vocal