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M3 Spring 2019 Must Have New Music Releases

It’s the end of April, which means two things. One, it’s almost time for the Reiwa era to begin, and two, it’s time for the Spring M3 event! Held at the Tokyo Ryutsu Center, M3 is loaded full of musicians and labels that you won’t find in stores like Tsutaya and Tower, but more likely to find out at Comic Toranoana or Melon Books in Akihabara. The following albums are just a small sample of what we’ll be picking up during the event. To see the entire list of circles that will be attending M3, peep this link. It’s got every circle in attendance along with their location and links to their social media.

Set aside some time, because there’s a lot to parse through!

SKETCH UP! Rec. – HYBRID MONSTER 5

DJ Noriken Twitter

Where you can get it: Diverse Direct
Some good hardcore from SKETCH UP! Rec. featuring some classic artists like DJ Shimamura, DJ Noriken, Syndrome, and REDALiCE.

wavforme – Archaic Vanguard

wavforme Twitter

Where you can get it: Diverse Direct
BREAKS! Featuring Remo-Con, Nhato, Black Lolita, MK, and of course, Hommarju!

CYCLIK CONTROL – New Invoke Volume 3

CYCLIK CONTROL Twitter

Where you can get it: Diverse Direct
A combo album featuring a lot of bass tracks and hardcore jams from Zekk, kors k, Dustvoxx, and Nizikawa. Genick’s ‘To Sheffield’ is definitely one to check out.

Hi-Fu_music – Kawaii Is Justice!!! 2

Hi-Fu_music Twitter

Where you can get it: Hi-Fu_music Bandcamp
Confession time, I’ve never played a Touhou game. But I’ll be damned if the fandom doesn’t put out some high quality content.

Hi-Fu_music – Twilight

Hi-Fu_music Twitter

Where you can get it: Hi-Fu_music Bandcamp
Some cute future bass tracks, and some chill EDM make for a rather relaxing vibe.

Shinkai waveS Records – Cocktail DanceFloor

Houjirou Twitter

Where you can get it: Diverse Direct
This album is all over the place with some house, glitch hop, acid jazz, and even hardstyle. Definitely check out the preview link.

Dynasty Records – DJ Shimamura Best Album – Super X

DJ Shimamura Twitter

Where you can get it: Diverse Direct
One of the oldest hardcore heads in the Japanese scene, DJ Shimamura is a legend, and this collection of tracks is the perfect entry to his style of hardcore jams.

C.H.S. (Cutie & Headshaking Sounds) – 画竜顕現エトセトラ

t+pazolite Twitter

Where you can get it: Diverse Direct
The tagline for this album is ‘(Maybe) from Far east, 大凡東之音樂を。’ It’s everything we love about t+pazolite, along with a bunch of friends.

Lite Show Magic – juiCy fruiTs

t+pazolite Twitter & C-Show Twitter

Where you can get it: Diverse Direct
The most dapper duo in underground music have a new three-track EP!

MEGAREX – FÜGENE3

MEGAREX Twitter

Where you can get it: Diverse Direct
Hardcore and Future Bass collide in the third compilation in the Fugene series. Featuring lapix, PSYQUI, Zekk, Mameyudoufu and more.

MEGAREX – TECH CORE EVANGELIX

MEGAREX Twitter

Where you can get it: Diverse Direct
Here comes a few more Megarex releases. This album is full of high energy tracks and features a mixed disc.

MEGAREX – BASS AVENGERS 3

Twitter: MEGAREX Twitter

Where you can get it: Diverse Direct
Bass Avengers albums have always been a good time. This one features tracks by Kotonohouse, Blacklolita, and Ryunosuke Kudo just to name a few.

MEGAREX – eemome ESSENTIAL TRANCESTEP CASE01

Twitter: MEGAREX Twitter

Where you can get it: Diverse Direct
This is probably the most anticipated album of the Megarex bunch, trance meets dubstep. The preview is loaded with great tracks so check it out.

mikanzil – フォースピース

mikanzil Twitter

Where you can get it: Diverse Direct
A rock EP from vocalist Mikanzil featuring track production by PSYQUI, C-Show, and TsubusareBOZZ.

Unitone – Synergy

Unitone Twitter

Where you can get it: Diverse Direct
Unitone continues their streak of solid release with this spread of tracks that starts with some mellow house that evolves into an epic trance finish.

ZPPTRAX -「Alien Trance Foundation Live at Tokyo1998」

PINK PONG Twitter


Where you can get it: Event only – at booth ク-15a
Old school psychadelic trance from PINK PONG, one of the artists from the classic Beatmania games.

K@keru Records – CUTiE?

K@keru Twitter

Where to get it: Diverse Direct
A good mix of different genres from Zekk, mameyudoufu, Kakeru, and Srav3R just to name a few.

Massive CircleZ – REVOLUTION BEATZ 2nd Tune

JAVELIN Twitter & Tachibana Twitter

Where to get it: Diverse Direct
The hardstyle duo has switched it up with this release, and has gone back to their parody album project. This features a bunch of tracks that sound like ‘Boss Music’ for music games and it’s a treat.

djgenki.net – Princess of Trance Deluxe

dj Genki Twitter

Where to get it: Diverse Direct
Just inject this cheesy energetic trance/handz up album directly into my veins.

HARDCORE TANO*C – IRREGULAR NATION 5

HARDCORE TANO*C Twitter

Where to get it: Diverse Direct
HARDCORE TANO*C has produced one of my favorite series with IRREGULAR NATION, artists taking stabs outside of their normal genres has been a delight.

HARDCORE TANO*C – Satellite Queen

HARDCORE TANO*C Twitter

Where to get it: Diverse Direct
If you’re looking for something energetic and hardcore, then you can’t go wrong with this release. Also can someone tell RoughSketch that that isn’t trance?

TEMPLIME – alpha e.p.

TEMPLIME Twitter

Where to get it: Event Only – Booth G-15a
This EP is one we had to do a little digging to discover, a good EP to pick up if you’re looking for a good mix of different genres.

Emoism Records – Unshakable

RiraN Twitter

Where to get it: Diverse Direct
Korean hardstyle artist; RiraN has put together his first album for this M3 event. Definitely an artist to watch.

K-MASERA – Q.

K MASERA Twitter

Where to get it: Event only – Booth K-07b
This is going to be a tough one to get, but K-MASERA is a master of techno and without a doubt this will be a sought after album.

Kunsei Records – 燻製コンピⅢ

Kunsei Records Twitter

Where to get it: Event only – Booth M-18a
The last compilation by Kunsei Records was one of our favorite albums last year. Do not miss out on this new compilation!

Notebook Records – STORYTELLER VOLUME 2

RoughSketch Twitter

Where to get it: Diverse Direct
It doesn’t get much more hardcore than a Notebook Records release. STORYTELLER VOLUME 2 features contest winners Project.G, Yorukou, and ikaruga_nex throwing down some hardcore bangers.

DA Recording – Destination

Dirty Androids Twitter

Where to get it: Diverse Direct
Dirty Androids continues to release solid albums and Destination features full versions of a couple of their Bemani tracks.

空中分解 x アンテナガール – Lemonade Moon

Antenna Girl Twitter

Where to get it: Event only – Booth Q-03a.b
Antenna Girl’s got a new EP featuring production by Night Tempo, Mikeneko Homeless, nagomu tamaki, Tomggg, Hercelot, and Stereoman.

DiverseSystem – works.9

DiverseSystem Twitter

Where to get it: Diverse Direct
Diverse is releasing a massive two disc album for the latest in the ‘works’ series. Featuring tracks by Gu-dara, VALLEYSTONE, BlackY, and plenty more.

DiverseSystem – Breaks Challenge

DiverseSystem Twitter


Where to get it: Diverse Direct
This is a bit of a mystery album given that there’s no preview. But a breaks album featuring Relect, Blacklolita, Musicarus, and 3R2 has our attention.

Hommarju – Colorful World

Hommarju Twitter

Where to get it: Diverse Direct
Hommarju goes hard is like saying ‘the sky is blue.’ A seven track EP featuring Yukacco on the title track, ‘Colorful World.’

AlphaVersion Records – WIRED WAVE

AlphaVersion Records Twitter

Where to get it: Diverse Direct
This release kind of flew in under the radar, but it’s some great atmospheric dubstep.

onoken – LEGACY TRACKS

onoken Twitter


Where to get it: Event only – Booth ス-04a
Good luck getting this one, it’s limited to 200 pieces. Featuring some of Onoken’s old work remastered, it’ll be a highly sought after disc.

Voltecks – 慧陽/Only U e.p.

keiyo key Twitter

Where to get it: Event only – Booth か-25a
Two powerhouse track makers, fu_mou and y0c1e team up with keiyo key for a five track EP.

ALSTROEMERIA RECORDS – RESONATE DANCEHALL

Masayoshi Minoshima Twitter

Where to get it: Diverse Direct
Masayoshi Minoshima continues the Dancehall series that’s full of dance bops.

LIPGLOSS RECORDS – Liberty

https://twitter.com/LipGlossRecords

Where to get it: Diverse Direct
A new label that’s got a few excellent track makers like Maozon, Genick, Oblangar and Colate.

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