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Album review: Various Artists – Why Not Clammbon!? ~ Clammbon Tribute

Shibuya-kei and cover albums have a very peculiar relationship; while tribute albums are the bane of most musical genres, most commonly the province of artists using their versions of familiar songs in the often-vain hope of sparking interest in their original material, tribute albums often serve as a useful “who’s who” of Shibuya-kei at the time of their release. The Shibuya-kei tribute album also serves as an endorsement of the artist whose songs are being covered; Gainsbourg Made in Japan is just one of many examples of this phenomenon in action. So, for veteran Shibuya-kei outfit Clammbon, whose Why Not Clammbon!? celebrates 20 years, the accomplishment is doubly significant; it lets them throw a musical reunion of sorts, while also passing the torch to a new generation of Shibuya-kei inspired performers. How do the performers fare, though?

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P.O.P and TOKYO No.1 SOUL SET’s BIKKE in a new video

At an epic 7 minutes 12 seconds, this new video for P.O.P’s “Chuugakusei Nikki” is one of those music videos that works like an episode of a TV drama with a compressed runtime – and the hip-hop group’s Shibuya-kei credibility is aided by the presence of BIKKE from retro-minded Shibuya-kei act TOKYO No.1 SOUL SET. Definitely worth a look, as is the album the song came from (which came out back in June on Takeshi Nakatsuka’s Delicatessen label).

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Hear samples from the new Clammbon tribute album

Veteran Shibuya-kei group Clammbon is celebrating their 20th anniversary in style – December 3 sees the release of Why not Clammbon!? ~ Clammbon Tribute, a collection of luminaries from the Shibuya-kei and J-pop scenes alike (veteran pop producer Tetsuya Komuro makes an appearance alongside Shibuya-kei acts like Buffalo Daughter and TOKYO No.1 SOUL SET) covering or remixing songs from the band’s two decades together. In addition to the “album trailer” above, you can hear samples at the Columbia Records Clammbon site, which also features short comments from all of the contributing groups and artists.

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