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CHAI Vinyl, CD & tapes by CHAI at Norman Records

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After PINK we have PUNK. The sophomore LP from the much-hyped Japanese group Chai finds them once more wringing musical gold from their ‘neo-Kawaii’ aesthetic. That means that here we have a selection of whip-smart, ebullient funk-punk jams which challenge conventions of beauty and cuteness. Think Liquid Liquid, Gang Gang Dance and Le Tigre all getting together and having a bloody great time. Really good.
  • Vinyl LP (HVNLP169C)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • CD (HVNLP169CD)


London’s Heavenly Recordings reissue a long overdue j-pop classic by four-piece kawaii-overloaders CHAI. PINK was first released as long ago as February 2018 by Burger Records, so it’s great to see it available once again, uh, on this side of the pond. The band’s brief, energetic songs explore pop culture at its most excessive and materialistic, and of course it’s strangely compelling.