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YMCK

Japanese electronic pop group YMCK formed in Tokyo in 2003 and quickly became flag carriers for Japanese chiptune, the electronic music subgenre based on eight-bit video game sounds. Consisting of vocalist Kurihara Midori, programmer Yokemura Takeshi, and video producer Nakamura Tomoyuki, the group combines the sounds of Nintendo game music with a kind of jazz-inflected pop that has its roots in the 1990s Shibuya-kei scene of artists like Flipper's Guitar, Cornelius, and Fantastic Plastic Machine. YMCK's first release was a self-released CD-R, which was later expanded to a full album released in 2004 on Usagi-Chang Records. This album, Family Music, was a respectable indie hit, selling over 25,000 copies and bringing them to the attention of overseas audiences and gaining them invitations to perform at festivals in Europe and Thailand.

Frustrated by the limitations of the existing synth sounds that the band had been using, Yokemura rejigged the way he made music in time for the group's second album, 2005's Family Racing, by writing his own synthesizer software, "the Magical Eight-Bit Plug," and making it available for fans to download for free from YMCK's website. While not a live band in the traditional sense (most of their live performance uses prerecorded sounds), they made further overseas festival appearances over the next year, returning to Thailand and making their first visit to the United States, with Family Music becoming the band's first U.S. release. YMCK's next move saw them sign a deal with major label Avex Trax, which released third album Family Genesis in January 2008. The album showcased the band's continually expanding range, the complexity of its arrangements, and the increasing breadth of sonic textures that Yokemura was able to get out of the simplistic retro synth effects that still formed the basis of the music. In 2008 YMCK made their second trip to the United States and also appeared at Japan's Rock in Japan Festival, which seemed to confirm their rising status as artists. ~ Ian Martin
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Woot! As good as Monaco.facto r y , or however you spell that... YMCK is great. Thumbs-uppin g ALL OF THEIR SONGS.
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marisabel.be c k e r
GO ASIANS
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Read my bio. Enough said. Thank you! :)
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You're a retard and I'm going to come to your house and pee on your cat
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They have good songs but I wish I knew what the word were -.- ;(
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So adorable! But a little too synthetic for me ^^
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sounds so sweet and emotional
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japuddu8
にせ つね!
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This song is perfect-... @/)(\@,
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Its alright
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Too percky
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agenttompwns y o u
YMCK sound like their music belongs in a Katamari game! All of their songs do!
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Love YMCK! :)
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joleen213
I love YMCK!!! :) its my happy music. ^-^
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I feel like I've heard this from an anime outro
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Are they only 8-bit????? I love 8-bit.
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anoukvanry
YMCK sounds like "why-muck". I wonder why...
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japuddu8
... :3
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I love how cute and high-pitched it sounds! Squee!!! This band is awesome!!
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Love it!
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The song is soo 可愛い,aru
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Please follow me someone,aru
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Aishiteru! Love this song and the band, amazing style. ♥_♥
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This is super cute<33 major swing<33
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wilmotk
I dance whenever I hear the song Major Swing! Still, I dance horribly, but who cares?!
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This is my favorite song on dance dance rev!
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breanacm
^_^
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Pureadesu is the best 8 bit song i think ive ever heard.
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^-^
I love this song!
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I've always loved that 8 bit music sound, and I'm glad bands are utilizing it now in their music. ROCK on YMCK.
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i really like this band! When I go to japan I will totally go see them in concert! X3
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man i really love the melody in the song

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