Lately, I've noticed a lot of reviews suddenly appearing for Japanese releases so it seems that there's some interest out there. Here's a list of my top 50 from last year. First link is generally an official video and the second is either my favorite song from the album, a good live performance or just whatever's available on youtube.
Definitely has to be Sugarless Girl, but the older stuff is good too. And lol, yeah. I've seen some of your reviews. There were a few of those I wasn't familiar with either. That's cool though. At least it's some exposure.
LOL. astrel, you are absolutely right. I was making this list in notepad and I had a couple of things unranked when I couldn't find any vids for them. Totally forgot to add it back in before posting. It should be in the 25-20 range. The title track, 喜怒哀楽 plus 愛 and Deep Beep rock surprisingly hard. Thanks for mentioning it.
The kind of thing 0.8syooogeki and urbangarde do is pretty hit or miss for me, but their albums get it right more often than not. Good stuff.
Yeah, people who like Nujabes should enjoy that one for sure. The vocals on 9 are much better than the rapping on Spiritual State. Check out 32 too. Similar sound (less jazz influence though) and better rapping there also.