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CALAMITY! Sput tragedies :] :]

Made this on impulse - list is all UNREVIEWED albums, some of which are huge personal faves, many of which are pretty damn cool, a few of which desperately need reviews, and all of which are worth your consumption. Have put exclamation marks to indicate my highlights, but pick and choose as suits. Enjoy !
1Advantage Lucy
Fanfare


!!!!!
JANGLE POP

This band is a huge personal fave, one of the absolute bests for bittersweet whimsy. All their work deserves a review, but this album (and Station) in particular is magic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFSG9UAV4jg
2Alhambra
Fadista


POWER METAL

Cas rec'd me this a while ago, not usually my scene but this a solid power metal album with relatively unindulgent instrumentation and killer female vox.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ9IHQwtEcA
3Antennasia
Phased


TRIP-HOP

Enjoyable Japanese trip-hop, lotta Massive Attack (Protection) vibes here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2REfm3kH08
4Aoki Takamasa
Indigo Rose


!!
GLITCH/AMBIENT

Only heard this recently, but it's growing on me a lot. This guy is the man when it comes to glitch, a lot of these tracks are slowburners but the attention to detail and continuity of atmosphere is excellent. Track I linked gave me Turquoise Hexagon Sun vibes, so take note.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=581yw6DkiyE
5Aoki Takamasa + Tujiko Noriko
28


!!!
GLITCH POP

I mid-key ADORE this record. Really smart collaboration between two well-suited artists, this is the best Björk album you never heard (am seriously considering whether I prefer it to Homogenic at this point).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzDI3BDT7cI
6Bleach03
Kibakuzai


!!!!
HARDCORE

I've rec'd this EP to a lot of people, but the deal is that this three piece is the flat-out nastiest girl group you will ever hear. The opener is one of my fave hardcore tracks of all time and the rest is an unrelenting blast. Good shit.

https://youtu.be/N6496sEfjJE
7Blonde Redhead
La Mia Vita Violenta


NOISE ROCK

Feels a little weird including this one, as I feel it's somewhat overrated. However, this band have done no wrong (their snoozefest of a last album excepted) and all their work deserves a review imo. This one has a couple of great highlights, and anyone unfamiliar should at least check Fake Can Be Just As Good and 23.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnYdJazCpwU
8bloodthirsty butchers
Kocorono


!!!!
INDIE/NOISE ROCK/EMO

A cast-iron classic of '90s guitar rock. This is a huge album and extremely essential. Japan's Dinosaur Jr., but considerably more emotionally compelling in my view.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROW1QeuKmxk
9The Book of Knots
Traineater


AVANT GARDE_bunglecore

Very worthwhile for anyone into that niche of experimental weird-out, esp since it has membership crossover with Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. This stands out from other albums of its ilk by virtue of its rather eclectically explored concept of how much of a shitheap the US rust belt can be.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5MWcDe2apU
10Brainiac
Smack Bunny Baby


NOISE ROCK

Personally minorly dislike this one, but am somewhat surprised it doesn't have a review. Snarly '90s kids, get onto this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3SajYEQIfs
11The Brilliant Green
Los Angeles


!
ROCK

Not much to say for this, it's a classic early '00s J-rock album that's extremely of its time and extremely feel-good. Lotta lovely nostalgia to be had here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp10Co9i9Dg
12Chatmonchy
Kokuhaku


POP ROCK

Chatmonchy are probably the most stereotypical Japanese girl band ever to have existed. They're a little hit or miss, but a decent chunk of this one is outrageously catchy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJlfLjmOJtg
13Coaltar of the Deepers
Newave


SHOEGAZE

Weird band, weird album. Not their best, but well worth checking for any shoegaze fans (and if you haven't heard it, for the love of God check Yukari Telepath!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUK8Qyb9btM
14Cuushe
Butterfly Case


DREAM POP/SYNTH POP

Floaty candyfloss music that Abe and other users also will probably enjoy. Included it mainly for the opener, which is gorgeous and well worth hearing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhZQ9naUvHI
15Etsuko Yakushimaru
Radio Onsen Eutopia


ART POP

Etsuko Yakushimaru is a zany pop recluse queen, and her most notable solo work has a few important theme tracks on it + more than a few zany pop meanderings...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnehGxflpj0
16f(x)
Pink Tape


!
K-POP

Excellently produced k-pop that holds up from end to end and slaps hard. RIP Sulli :[

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPzN__A7yeg
17Fishmans
Uchuu Nippon Setagaya


!!!!
VERY ESSENTIAL DREAM POP

A lot of these albums are here because favouritism or curio value, but this is the first "WTF is wrong with you Sputnik" moment on the list. This album needs a review. You need to hear it. Very important and utterly dreamy album. Do your homework.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFQegXzPdAU
18Four Tet
Everything Ecstatic


INDIETRONICA

The nearest thing to an aggressive Four Tet album I've heard. Some cool ideas, worth a listen and a few words.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ6ykQgIz_8
19Hair and Skin Trading Company
Over Valence


!!
NOISE ROCK

Thanks to Sandbitch for this one. Apparently this is quite obscure, but it works wonders for delirious atmospheric noisetimes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0nJbfM5eOU
20Hyakka
Sashitai


!!
NOISE ROCK / EXPERIMENTAL

I like this album a lot. It kinda covers all bases, quite succinctly and quite thoroughly. The noise tracks slam and the slower jams play with tension very well. Check it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e97vn__HQSg
21Haniwa-Chan
Sleep Paralysis


VINTAGE J-ART-POP

Weird album. Fun album. Probably an '80s cult classic. Jun Togawa vibes with the ero-guru swapped out for zany cuteness. Cool.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nx5hiLXkWMo
22Judy and Mary
THE POWER SOURCE


!!!
ROCK / POWER POP

This is kinda the basic bitch pick for a favourite Judy and Mary album, but I don't care. This thing is wall-to-wall ultra-nostalgic '90s rock classics. It's so bittersweet I wanna hug my cheapo 100yen copy just thinking about it. So many wonderful moments and GREAT performances all round.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQpjdmCC40c
23Kayoko Yoshizawa
Yaneura Ju


!!
ART POP

J-pop's version of Never For Ever but not overrated (sorry Kate Bush clan). Eclectic pop wholesomeness, very well sequenced and consistently enjoyable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWgRFLI2UHk
24Keiichi Okabe
Nier Automata Original Soundtrack


!!!!
SOUNDTRACK

Everyone who's played Nier/Nier Automata knows what I'm talking about. Astounding score, so many memorable motifs and incredible arrangements I can't even

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uIo3bYlpwE
25Kishi Bashi
151a


INDIE FOLK

Kishi Bashi is a good boi and his first album is sweet and very much deserving of your attention and a review. Some lovely stuff here, surprised it hasn't already been covered.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0C6g7JfYztE
26La Femme
Psycho Tropical Berlin


INDIE POP (I guess?)

Groovy and exciting hip tracks from a hip band.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwTrsDcX1gA
27Laika
Sounds of the Satellites


!
TRIP-HOP

Very cool atmospheric trip-hop album, slow-ish grower but smartly arranged. Lots of weird time signatures and a fairly varied tracklist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_dKHQpSkNk
28LAMA
Modanica


!
ALT ROCK / SYNTH POP

This album as a whole is a little hit or miss, but the band's lineup is phenomenal and the highlights melt my heart. Some lovely synthy alt rock material here, a worthy epilogue project for the great Supercar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhbla8FXUH8
29Limited Express (has gone?)
Feeds You!


NOISE ROCK

Really fun peppy noisetimes, a pretty engaging mix of firecrackers and tension/release jams to be found here.

https://youtu.be/8sFB7oJKPTg?t=2462
30Ling Tosite Sigure
Feeling Your UFO


!!
POST HARDCORE

Yes, this band has received its fair share of attention and is deservingly acknowledged as Good Shit, but, uh, this EP though? Some of their absolute best work here! That opening combo...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvP41HqHorA
31Live Skull
Bringing Home the Bait


NOISE ROCK

Mid-'80s early days noise, good for your history books and your battery acid fixes alike.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA-RmfCOApQ
32Loona
[X X]


K-POP

More fun k-pop, not so much my jam but worth a mention all the same.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFJPFfnzZ7w
33Maison Book Girl
Yume


!
EXPERIMENTAL POP / MATH / AMBIENT

I reviewed these girls' latest, but this one is bolder and more experimental. Steve Reich-esque pop arrangements meet idol meets nutty time signatures meet field recordings and ambience. It's a sprawl, but it kinda works.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwcKed26KQ8
34Matryoshka
Zatracenie


!!
ELECTRONIC

A great cinematic mood piece with a dark edge. Mostly on the haunting/slightly minimal edge of things, but with a few fleeting glimpses of brighter moments. Solid female vox too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0RiJFhndAY
35Mazzy Star
She Hangs Brightly


!!
DREAM POP / PSYCHEDELIC / FOLK

Okay, so while I've always been in the "like not love" camp re. Mazzy Star, this is another that desperately needs a review. It's a better album than She Hangs Brightly (fight me) and contains some of their best work. Smdh Sputnik...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzWYUomBpwg
36Monolake
Gravity


TECHNO / AMBIENT

Heard this one for the first time last night, but definitely solid enough to deserve a place here. I'm not much of a techno guy, but a some of these beats and soundscapes are v engaging.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxjTMNpoKxs
37Moonshake
Eva Luna


WEIRDASS EARLY POST ROCK

A really fun, scuzzy album with plenty of creative scope, infectious grooves, freaky tones, and a distinctly British touch. A strong rhythm section too - get this on your post-rock checklist!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3TlbkFRKnM
38Myles Oliver
New Sounds


IDM / AMBIENT/ DRUM N BASS

Yo give my boi AnimalsAsSummit some love, he did good on this one. Lots of fun ideas and expansive atmospheres here (and all free!!!)

https://kinggreenied.bandcamp.com/album/new-sounds
39Noodles
Cover Me Shakespeare


!!
ALT ROCK / POWER POP

So this is shameless Nirvana/Pixies/whatever worship from ~another~ Japanese girl trio, but this one is particularly infectious. Just the right level of energy, with perfect pop hooks and huge rock chorus to back it up. Very simple stuff, but they play it damn well here.

https://youtu.be/YZucOPL0ol8?t=689
40Number Girl
School Girl Distortional Addict


!!!
POST HARDCORE

A post-hardcore + J-rock classic from an iconic and hugely influential band, 3rd smh moment and counting. This is probably my most jammed Number Girl album, purely for how well it blends their catchy rock hooks with their abrasive side; a good starting point for their work

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GVMjBl1YTA
41o'summer vacation
Wicked Heart


MATH ROCK / NOISE ROCK

Love for Dewi's band please, this shit bangs. Excellent ADHD melt-bananacore.

https://osummervacation.bandcamp.com/
42Piana
Snow Bird


GLITCH POP

Nice glitch/ambient pop, fairly self-explanatory and unsurprising playthrough but q satisfying all the same.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSTWgsh-3Ro
43Polvo
Exploded Drawing


!!
NOISE ROCK

Reasonably iconic and reasonably awesome, this another confusing omission. For all this album is sort-of all over the places (as per usual for Polvo), these guys tightened up their songwriting considerably within individual tracks. There are a few slammers but a surprising number of noise pop bops. Also that closer...holy hell.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN0bTBt8oKs
44Say Sue Me
Where We Were Together


DREAM POP

Lovely Korean dream pop with a dash of surf rock. I technically discovered these guys when they opened for Otoboke Beaver, but their set was so mismatched that I barely remembered it. This album is fairly easy to glaze over, but well worth a few repeat listens.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsthQOqfAFs
45Seiko Oomori
PINK


!!!!
INDIE FOLK / FOLK PUNK

Inevitable mention. Every Seiko Oomori release needs a review, and this is next on the list. This has one of the all-time best openers of any EP/album/minialbum/whatever, and the rest follows on perfectly. One of her best.

https://youtu.be/EgQ19sqzLug
46Seefeel
Quique


!
AMBIENT / TECHNO / POST ROCK

While not so much my cup of tea, this is a fairly historically significant and cohesively realised album that could use a little more recognition as such.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L7-cSH7P40
47Soutaisei Riron
Tensei Jingle


!!!
INDIE POP

I adore this album, certain tracks in particular. It's maybe a little saccharine for some, but this is upbeat indie pop done absolutely right. A lot of the arrangements are deceptively ambitious, Etsuko Yakushimaru + co. true to form, keeping up the innovation without losing any of their hooks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z1xr7LO1lo
48Space Streakings
7-Toku


NOISE ROCK

Fun skronky noisetimes, lots of off-kilter kicks and general madness to drop into here. Bonus points for second hand Ghandhi rec.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cN3zFqFC4hE
49Spangle Call Lilli Line
nanae


!!!!
INDIE ROCK / POST ROCK / INDIE POP

Gloriously uplifting record with a few sad patches. I half-drafted a review for this multiple times (will finish sometime!!) but basically this epitomises the sweet spot at the centre of the early '00s venn diagram of indie, post-rock and *some* indietronica for me. Gorgeous vocals and very unextravagent arrangements, this hits the spot every time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qL8h-yhhRJE
50Supercar
Jump Up


!
ALT ROCK

Fairly essential album by a very essential band. Supercar are one of my favourite bands at the moment, lazily (but not entirely inaccurately) described as the Japanese Radiohead. Thing is, they had none of Radiohead's stuck up aspects and were a far better rock band. This album has a few duds, but shows their rock qualities off nicely, with a few nods towards the shoegaze they'd explore more on later albums.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O0M-WBENxI
51Susumu Yokota
Grinning Cat


!!
ELECTRONIC / AMBIENT

Another recent find (cheers Observer), this record is mesmerising, evocative and often beautiful. I *highly* recommend the linked track at the very least. Need to reflect a little more on my opinion of it as a whole, but it's a good find.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr8OIyLEvSw
52Sweet Trip
Halica


IDM / POST ROCK

C'mon guys, no love for the first Sweet Trip album? Those bookends are to die for....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2TYEyU-3O8
53Taeko Onuki
Mignonne


CITY POP

A strong follow-up to the much celebrated Sunshower and with some all-time classic album art, this is another solid end-to-end exhibition of pop smoothness and sophistication from Taeko Onuki.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg5vbUZUuqI
54Tarwater
Animals, Suns and Atoms


INDIETRONICA

If you ever need to out-hipster a hipster, this should be your go-to. Laconic glory all round.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTnmhWxlE0k
55Tujiko Noriko
Hard Ni Sasete (Make Me Hard)


!!!
GLITCH POP

See my description for 5, add a ~little bit of starch, and focus in on the singular talents of Tujiko Noriko. Her work in general is consistently satisfying, but this one has her highest concentration of big highlights. Experimental pop with glitches galore done just right.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJAdJVB8MxA
56uSSSy
Oko


NOISE ROCK

Intense as hell Russian noise rock, this one's a great once in a while blast.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83QIQvfNGwA
57Utada Hikaru
ULTRA BLUE


J-POP

So this one formerly had a review, but in an anime betrayal that would have been utterly shocking had it come from a stronger protagonist, Sputnik's own Xenophanes decided he was too cool for Utada and deleted that shit. Shame on him. This one is maybe a little overrated but has its share of giant highlights, as finely balanced between sweet and savoury as any of her best work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjio2Yrim4w
58Walrus
Hikari no Kakera


BIG SHOEGAZE

This album is huge and loud and exciting and very gazey and I stole it from AAS but recommend you check it asap, very good stuff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByotUZLKXuE
59Xinlisupreme
Tomorrow Never Comes


SHOEGAZE / NOISE

This one's a little bleak and quite an acquired taste, but that's no reason to slack off. Get a good fix of misanthropy here; this is great music for staring at walls without being able to imagine what's on the other side :]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbnYPrXx8H8
60Yellow Magic Orchestra
Solid State Survivor


!
ELECTRONIC

Another CLASSIC ALBUM that is not a personal fave but deserves more attention than this miserable site has given it! A mandatory listen!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koLF1BNcfIU
6188kasyo Junrei
○△□ (Circle Triangle Square)


!
POST HARDCORE / FUNK (no, not the shitty Swancore kind)

Weirdass exciting rock times with great chops and fun riffs. Solid hidden gem album.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlpzCBEI-4I
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