The Japanese Popstars have just released their new single 'Song For Lisa' digitally through Virgin.
The Japanese Popstars are ravenous. Since they first tasted success in 2006 with their first two releases on a small indie dance label, their career has been one smooth, upward curve. But now that line is about to take a sharp rise vertically. Three lads from Northern Ireland who have spent the last two years racking up the air miles as they’ve taken their coruscating live show to all four corners of the globe… and still found time to make the record of their lives with their second album, 'Controlling Your Allegiance' (due out June 10th).
Their new single, 'Song For Lisa', is a glacial house anthem that features Mercury Prize-nominated Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan. Remixes come courtesy of Benny Benassi, Tong & Rogers, Arvene & Misk, Mustang and Joris Voorn. The bleak, yet emotive video is directed by Jamie Thraves.
The Japanese Popstars – Gary Curran, Declan ‘Decky Hedrock’ McLaughlin and Gareth Donoghue – may have been together for just four years, but they’ve carved out a reputation to rival the biggest names in dance music as a must-see live act and purveyor of raucous, foot-stomping, energetic electronic dance music. In the two years since their debut album 'We Just Are' dropped on Gung-Ho!, they’ve gone on long tours of the States, played in Australia, across Europe and, of course Japan – a place that’s especially taken them to their hearts. No surprises there, then.
The forthcoming album includes their previous singles 'Let Go', a storming, tumultuous, twisted, electro barrage featuring Chicago house legend Green Velvet, plus 'Destroy' with Jon Spencer's idiosyncratic and eerily compelling vocal. The album also includes a number of other exiting guests including Robert Smith (The Cure), Tom Smith (The Editors) and Morgan Kibby (M83) and James Vincent McMorrow.
Check out the ‘Song For Lisa’ video here:
THE SUNDAY TIMES (UK): “DANCE MUSIC DARLINGS”
NME:“CROWD-PLEASING ORB-MEETS-KRAFTWERK ANTHEMS...PULSATING PRODIGY AGGRESSION... IT’S TIME TO GET THE PILLS IN”.
THE TIMES (UK): “THE FAST-RISING ULSTER MEN COOK UP A JAGGED ELECTRO MONSTER”
MIXMAG (UK) : “THE MOST EXCITING NEW ELECTRONIC ACT ON THE PLANET”
DJ MAG: “ONE PART KITSUNE STYLE DISTORTO-RAVE, ONE PART CLASSIC STADIUM DANCE THE LIKES OF WHICH WE HAVEN’T SEEN SINCE ORBITAL”
POPJUSTICE: “F*CKING AMAZING”
THE GUARDIAN (UK): “SINGLE OF THE WEEK: TOTALLY STUPENDOUS MECHANICAL POP MUSIC”
NEW SINGLE | SONG FOR LISA | AVAILABLE NOW NEW ALBUM | CONTROLLING YOUR ALLEGIANCE | RELEASED JUNE 10