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For Tracy Hyde brings new life to Shibuya-kei on Film Bleu

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In a perfect world, For Tracy Hyde’s Film Bleu wouldn’t be such a rarity. Echoing the spirit of ’90s Shibuya-kei through its carefully curated set of music-nerd references and name-drops, rather than merely aping the boutique-pop sound as many Shibuya-kei inspired acts have saw fit to, it’s an album that could have fit right in during the height of the genre at the turn of the century. However, it’s coming out in December 2016, and the musical landscape has changed drastically in the years since Shibuya-kei ruled the scene.

I met with three members of the band – chief songwriter and guitarist Natsu-bot, bassist Mav and drummer Marcie – in the heart of Shibuya to discuss Shibuya-kei, their new album, and the contemporary Japanese music scene. Their thoughts, and the video for lovely single “Favourite Blue”, can be found below.

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In the Mix interview: polygra

This month, Memories of Shibuya is highlighting the work of another Japanese DJ who has been keeping the spirit of Shibuya-kei alive. Going by the name of “polygra”, this Tokyonite has been spinning Shibuya-kei sounds at parties around the city for over a decade – you can find him on Soundcloud here, and enjoy our exclusive interview below the jump!

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“BOY MEETS GIRL”: an interview with Toshiya Sekine

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Way back in 1996, Tokyo resident Toshiya Sekine started up a DJ night called “BOY MEETS GIRL” at a small club in Shibuya, mixing the then-popular sounds of Shibuya-kei with an extensive selection of the genre’s influences. 19 years later, BOY MEETS GIRL is Japan’s longest-running Shibuya-kei event, with Toshiya faithfully keeping the spirit of Shibuya-kei alive through bimonthly parties. I was recently privileged to have the opportunity to speak with the man himself, and here on Memories of Shibuya we’re sharing the insights of one of Shibuya-kei’s most dedicated proponents with the world – enjoy!

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