• Mutsumi’s Picks: Jan/Feb

    Every two months, The Glow’s resident pop/indie expert Mutsumi Okazaki chooses some of her favourite new tracks. Here are her five top Japanese tunes from January and February 2022.

    By: Mutsumi Okazaki

    March 16th 2022

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  • The Best Japanese Albums of 2021

    From immaculate folk pop to engulfing cloud rap, these were the Japanese albums from the last twelve months that shined the most.

    By: The Glow

    December 19th 2021

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  • The Best Japanese Singles of 2021

    In a year when Japanese music was dominated by hip hop, TikTok, pandemic recovery and increasing international success, these were among the finest, most engrossing and boundary-pushing tunes.

    By: The Glow

    December 18th 2021

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  • Mutsumi’s Indie Picks: Sep/Oct

    Every two months, the Glow’s resident indie expert Mutsumi Okazaki chooses some of her favourite new tracks. Here are her five top Japanese indie tunes from September and October 2021.

    By: Mutsumi Okazaki

    December 1st 2021

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  • Mutsumi’s Indie Picks: July/August

    Every two months, the Glow’s resident indie expert Mutsumi Okazaki chooses some of her favourite new tracks. Here are her five top Japanese indie tunes from July and August 2021.

    By: Mutsumi Okazaki

    September 22nd 2021

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  • Ms. Machine’s SAI chooses her five Japanese rappers of summer 2021

    SAI, the vocalist of Tokyo-based post-punk band Ms. Machine, chooses five rappers that have influenced her and her ‘poetry-rap’ solo project.

    By: SAI

    August 18th 2021

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  • The Best Japanese Singles of 2020

    Taking you through the Glow’s list of the catchiest, most innovative and exciting Japanese singles that summarised 2020, as chosen by our writers.

    By: The Glow

    December 19th 2020

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  • The Best Japanese Albums of 2020

    From stadium rock titans to pop crooners, intricate experimentalists to musical and political revolutionaries – we count down the Glow’s best 20 albums to come out of Japan in 2020.

    By: The Glow

    December 16th 2020

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