Eurobeat

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Eurobeat
Stylistic origins 1985–1989: Dance-pop, British pop music, Italo disco
1987–current: House/Hi-NRG music with elements reminiscent to Italo disco produced mostly in Italy almost exclusively for Japan.
Cultural origins 1985–1989: UK
1987–present: Italy.
Typical instruments Synthesizers, drum machines, electric guitars
Derivative forms J-pop, Eurodance, Italo dance
Regional scenes
Mid-to-late 1980s: United Kingdom
Mid–1980s to today: Japan (late 1990s to today Super Eurobeat)
Other topics
Para Para
Initial D, Dance Dance Revolution
Super Eurobeat Vol.220 cover art - © Avex Trax, Japan.

Eurobeat is either a form of the British dance-pop variant of Italo disco or Hi-NRG-driven Italo disco music that both developed in the late 1980s.

In the United States, Eurobeat was sometimes marketed as Hi-NRG and for a short while shared this term with the very early freestyle music hits. Italo disco was often referred to as Eurobeat, probably due to the negative connotations of the word "disco" in the United States in the 1980s.

"Eurobeat" is also directly related to the Japanese Para Para dance culture, but in a completely different way, explained later in this article.

History[edit]

Origin of the term "Eurobeat"[edit]

The term "Eurobeat" was first used in the UK when Ian Levine's Eastbound Expressway released their single "You're A Beat" in recognition to the slower tempo of Hi-NRG/Italo disco music emerging from Europe. The majority of Hi-NRG songs tended to be from 124–138BPM whereas the European releases tended to be from 108–120BPM. Many European acts managed to break through under this new recognition namely the likes of Modern Talking, Bad Boys Blue, Taffy and Spagna. It was used commercially to describe the Stock Aitken Waterman-produced hits by Dead or Alive, Bananarama, Jason Donovan, Sonia, and Kylie Minogue which were heavily based on the British experience with Italo-disco during holidays in Greece and elsewhere. "Eurobeat" was also applied to the first hits from the Pet Shop Boys and other UK-based dance music and electropop groups of the time. Those "Eurobeat" hits had a European beat, topped the UK charts, and, in the USA, received radio airplay and contributed to the evolution of New York's Freestyle genre.[citation needed] "Braun European Top 20" on MTV Europe also aired on MTV USA during summer 1987 to 1989, spreading the UK's Eurobeat sound. But after the summer of 1988 (UK's summer of love), the style lost popularity, with the exception of Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan.[citation needed] By the summer of '89 the term "Eurobeat" was replaced by other labels and the music changed to 90s Eurodance and mostly Euro house. The term "Eurobeat" was also used only in the UK during 1986–1988, for specific Italian 80s Euro disco imports, such as Sabrina Salerno, Spagna and Baltimora.

Renaissance: "By the Italians, for the Japanese"[edit]

Meanwhile, in Japan in 1985, the term "Eurobeat" was applied to all continental-European dance music imports. These were mainly Italian and German-produced Italo-disco releases. That sound became the soundtrack of the Para Para nightclub culture, that has existed since the early 1980s. Japan experienced Italo disco through the success of the German group Arabesque, which broke up in 1984. This did not prevent the release of two Italo disco-sounding singles in 1985 and 1986, produced and mixed by Michael Cretu (of Enigma). The later solo success of Arabesque's lead singer Sandra further introduced this sound to Japan. This attracted the attention of many Italo-disco producers (mostly Italians and Germans) and by the late 80s while the Germans faded out of the outdated Italo-disco scene and went for other newly rising popular scenes, mainly trance, the Italians created a new sound especially for Japan, but virtually unknown in the rest of the world.[citation needed] In Japan, this music is called "Eurobeat", "Super Eurobeat", and "Eurobeat Flash".

The majority of eurobeat labels have been based in Northern Italy, including Lugagnano, Brescia and Mantova.

In the early 1990s when Eurobeat's popularity was gradually decreasing in Japan, two Japanese men, the owner and a managing director of Avex, a small import record shop at the time, decided to release a compilation CD. They went to Italy and met Giancarlo Pasquini later known as Dave Rodgers, then a member of the Italo disco band Aleph, and eventually released the compilation CD, the first Super Eurobeat, which proved an instant success and re-sparked Eurobeat's popularity in Japan.

Velfarre, a disco located in Tokyo, was considered a mecca of Eurobeat during the 1990s and 2000s.

Despite its European origins, the Eurobeat style's main market has always been Japan, where its synthetic and emotionally upbeat stylings are popular.[citation needed] Even though many European people and American people have heard of Eurodance, Euro disco and Euro house, this flavor of Eurobeat is largely unknown in Europe and only recently became somewhat popular in the Western world. It appeals to open-minded Italo disco fans and some Euro-house fans.

The anime series Initial D, based on the manga by Shuichi Shigeno, uses Eurobeat music regularly in its episodes during racing scenes between the characters, and because of this it has come to the attention of some anime fans outside Japan.

Eurobeat's sound (in the Japanese market) is its main link to its Italo disco origins, where it was just one of many different experiments in pure electronic dance. There are certain synth instruments that recur across the entire genre: a sequenced octave bass, characteristic are the energetic (sometimes wild) and heavy use of synths, distinctive brass and harp sounds, and tight, predictable percussion in the background. These sounds are layered with vocals and natural instruments (guitar and piano are common) into complex, ever-shifting melodies that, at their best, burst with energy.[citation needed]

In 1998, Bemani, a branch of the video game company Konami made a hit video dance machine, Dance Dance Revolution. The game acquired Eurobeat songs from the Dancemania compilation series from Toshiba EMI. Over time, DDR has featured Eurobeat songs on-and-off in their songlists. However, their number has dwindled due to efforts to make DDR more marketable to North American markets.[citation needed] Currently, there has been a push to add more Eurobeat into DDR, most recently with the addition of Super Eurobeat tracks in the latest arcade release, Dance Dance Revolution X2. Other music games in Konami's lineup feature a large number of Eurobeat tracks, including Beatmania, Beatmania IIDX, and jubeat. The popularity of the genre also led Konami to create a Para Para game; ParaParaParadise.

The Sega AM2-developed arcade fighting game, Sonic the Fighters (Sonic Championship in the US) uses a Eurobeat influenced soundtrack.

Characteristics[edit]

Eurobeat from the Japanese point of view[edit]

Eurobeat evolved into different genres, while preserving its essence. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Hi-NRG, 70s Eurodisco, space disco, Canadian disco, and Italo disco (a.k.a. 80's Eurodisco) emerged from electronic music. Although disco music became unpopular in North America, it remained in the limelight in Europe for many more years. In the USA, in the early 80s, disco linked with George Clinton, Earth, Wind & Fire, and the Hi-NRG scene.

What follows in the article, is the description of "Eurobeat" (a.k.a. Super Eurobeat) as formed during the late 80s and 90s in Japan.

"I Wanna Dance", Domino's eurobeat song, from Super Eurobeat Vol. 90 Anniversary

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While modern music is often recognized by its lyrics, Eurobeat is recognized not primarily by its lyrics. Very much like bubblegum Eurodance, it usually has extremely silly or utterly meaningless lyrics. This broad genre can create a great number of different sub-genres within it because of this combination of harmony and rhythm. Sometimes it can still sound like disco music, and sometimes it can be very "fast and happy" like happy hardcore or speed music, and occasionally features guitars as a method of Saiba.

One peculiar thing about Eurobeat is the fact that each artist is often credited with a variety of different aliases (See "Popular Eurobeat Artists" below for details). Artists usually adopt different stage names according to the mood of each song, or depending on who wrote their lyrics.[citation needed] For instance, Ennio Zanini has stated on the SCP Music website that he goes by the name of "Fastway" on songs which are more upbeat and sprinkled with high-pitched female backing vocals, and goes by "Dusty" on his more "serious" tracks.[citation needed] Also a popular theory is that Eurobeat artists such as Clara Moroni and Giancarlo Pasquini manufacture the same acts under many different names in order to "compete with themselves".[citation needed] (Compare to legendary house producer Thomas Bangalter, who is infamous for the same practice).[citation needed]

Eurobeat also has notoriety for name recognition, lifting titles from popular songs and using them as the names of Eurobeat tracks.[citation needed] Examples are "Like a Virgin", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "What is Love", and "Station to Station." The Eurobeat songs that reuse song titles typically have nothing to do with the song it lifted its title from (i.e., not a cover).

Yet another characteristic of Eurobeat is how many songs are themed around the same, recurring themes. Common themes include:

  • Cars / car racing - examples: "The Race is the Game" by Dave Rodgers, "The Race of the Night" by Dave Rodgers, "The Race is Over" by Dave Rodgers, "Wheels of Fire" by Dave Rodgers, "Face the Race" by Powerful T., "Drivin' Crazy" by Ace, "My Car is Fantasy" by Mega NRG Man, "Pilot is the Hero" by Niko, "Car of Your Dreams" by Nuage and Dave Rodgers, "Ready Steady Go!" by Manuel, "Go Racin' Go!" by Fastway
  • Energy / feeling energetic - examples: "Adrenaline" by Ace, "Power" by Go 2, "NRG" by Go 2, "Get Me Power" by Mega NRG Man, "Stop Your Self Control" by Marco Polo, "Electric Power" by Niko, "Overload" by Matt Land
  • Love - examples: "Love is in Danger" by Priscilla, "Love is Danger" by Linda Ross, "Break My Heart" by Helena, "Need Love" by Mega NRG Man, "Switch!" by Melissa White and Ace, "Crazy for Love" by Dusty, "Take All My Heart" by Annalise, "Mystery of Love" by Virginelle, "Buring Love" by D. Essex
  • Japan - examples: "Tokyo Tokyo" by D. Essex, "Kamikaze" by DJ NRG, "Ganguro" by Franz "Mad Cow" Tornado and The Yamanba Gals, "Tokyo Fever" by Marco Polo, "No One Sleep in Tokyo" by Edo Boys, "Japanese Girl" by Mega NRG Man, "Night Flight to Tokyo" by Matt Land, "Made in Japan" by Dave Rodgers
  • Eurobeat itself - examples: "Super Eurobeat" by Franz Tornado and The Tri-Star Girls, "Super Eurobeat (Gold Mix)" by Dave Rodgers and Futura, "Eurobeat" by Dr. Love, "King of Eurobeat" by Jordan, "Super Eurobeat (Eurobeat Mix)" by Alphatown, "Super Eurobeat" by Niko (note that although several songs are called "Super Eurobeat", it is not the same song sung by different artists)
  • Chinese New Year - examples: "Velfarre 2000" by Bazooka Girl, "(Everybody Was) Kung Hei Fat Choy" by Cherry, "(Happy) Chinese New Year" by Bazooka Girl, "Velfarre 2006" by Garcon
  • Music and dancing in general - examples: "Music for the People" by Dave Rodgers and Jennifer Batten, "Don't Stop the Dance" by Ace, "Music Come On!" by Go 2, "Don't Stop the Music" by Lou Grant, "Music Forever" by D. Essex, "Play the Music" by Ace, "Disco Fire" by Dave Rodgers

The Eurobeat formula (for the Japanese market)[edit]

Like most musical genres, (modern) Eurobeat has a fairly specific formula to it:[citation needed]

intro → riff (musical synth) → a melo(verse) → a melo2(bridge) → a sabi (chorus) → riff (musical synth) → outro
Introriff in Niko's "Speedway", from Super Eurobeat Vol. 101

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The intro is the introduction into the song, the riff is the musical part without voices. The a melo, or a-melody is the first verse in the song, the a melo2 (a-melody 2) is the bridge of the song, and the sabi is the chorus of the song. The outro is the ending. There will also be a c melo (the second a melo) after the first sabi, as well as another a/b melo variant after the second sabi.

Megamix-introriff ...... mero2sabiriff in D.Essex's "Boom Boom Fire", from Super Eurobeat Vol. 140

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Eurobeat is well known for complex, energetic rhythms, which give the music a rapid, accelerating feel. Songs often have an intro section characterized by a very loud, highly technical synth riff, which is repeated after the chorus. The song usually repeats the verse, bridge, and chorus (although with different lyrics most of the time. Often these lyrics are extremely original and feature intricate vocals, such as the sole use of clever words such as fire and desire) and then goes into a "breakdown" where there can be a variety of new parts to the song including a guitar solo, the dropping and adding of percussion, or a plain instrumental version of the track. Typically though, this only encompasses the verse and bridge; the chorus is usually sung once again, and then the synth and outro play. The outro can either be the main synth played again, or something reminiscent of the intro.

Another thing to note is that the intro is somewhat like an instrumental rendition of the verse, bridge, and chorus, while the synth is a lot like an instrumental version of the chorus. They don't have to sound completely similar, but they do in fact fit on top of each other most of the time.

Labels and "sub-genres"[edit]

There's a particular style of formula when it comes to the different labels of the Eurobeat world:[citation needed]

A Beat C[edit]

A-Beat C is probably the most well known label. The label was founded in 1990 by Dave Rodgers and Alberto Contini, and introduced in 1991 on Super Eurobeat 9. Many of the label's producers and artists have worked with Eurobeat and Italo disco even before A-Beat C was created, which isn't surprising to hear familiar voices or see familiar titles on older Italo disco labels. What is pretty easily recognizable in previous A-Beat C works is the "Rodgers' touch" that you can recognize if you knew his former productions under the "Aleph" alias.[citation needed] He had given the label a unique kind of sound to their songs and it of course has both positive and negative effects, depending on how you look at it.[tone] A-Beat C productions are generally pretty mature[citation needed] and the label supports a lot of duets between their male and female vocalists. The biggest names from A-Beat C are Dave Rodgers, Powerful T, Norma Sheffield and Futura. After 2007, many singers and producers left A-Beat C to pursue other projects, including Domino, Sandro Oliva, Matt Land, Mega NRG Man, Lolita, the Go Go Girls, Neo, Nuage, Annerley Gordon, Kiko Loureiro, and Mickey B, among others. Those who remained with the label have since become part of Sun Fire Records.[citation needed]

Notable A-Beat C songs:

  • "Try Me" by Lolita
  • "Your Body Lies" by Norma Sheffield
  • "Space Boy" by Dave Rodgers
  • "Sunday" by Nuage
  • "Hurricane" by Karen
  • "Fever the Night" by Matt Land

Recent notable tracks:

  • "Dance In My Town" by Dave & Futura
  • "Super Eurobeat" by Dave & Futura
  • "I Wanna Run To You" by Mickey B
  • "Evergreen" by Karen

Boom Boom Beat[edit]

Boom Boom Beat is one of the minority labels on Eurobeat. They actually came along in the early part of Eurobeat's history around 1994 but their songs haven't been on many of the Eurobeat records.[citation needed] BBB is a label that has multiple sub-labels. It is under Saifam for starters, but the EPs that BBB releases have artists from various Saifam labels like Asia Records, Interdance and Technodisco. But successful BBB tracks have also appeared on the Euromach album for example. Some of the more known BBB artists are Mark Farina, Spencer, Sarah, Alvin, Milk & Coffea, The Flippers and Ken Martin. For those who are familiar to other Eurobeat compilations such as EuroPanic, an artist named Laurie might sound familiar.[tone] What is common for BBB is that the songs are extra hyper, and there's a huge dose of positivity in the songs.[citation needed] Saifam took off from Avex for a few years but on Super Eurobeat 161, the label was introduced to the series for the first time. Before this, the label had only appeared on the shorter series. During the past few years, small-scale VIP-compilations that have non-stop edits from the BBB songs is mostly what has been released. This label resembles house music to a degree.[citation needed] They typically use the formula of adding a new section of percussion, bass, and synth after every 4th measure. After the last synth (sometimes after the chorus it goes straight to the following) there is typically a percussion drop until there are only 4 measures of a "kick" or "hat" left. As with Vibration, BBB can be somewhat unpredictable in musical structure.[citation needed]

Boom Boom Beat songs:

  • "Little Don" by The Factory Team
  • "Simon Samurai" by Tipsy & Tipsy
  • "Boom Boom Dollar" by King Kong & D. Jungle Girls

Recent tracks from Boom Boom Beat:

  • "Thriller (Eurobeat Mix)" by DJ Moonraker This is indeed a Michael Jackson cover.
  • "Diabolik" by Diabolik
  • "Rainbow" by Danny Rock
  • "Last Of Eurobeat" by Mark Farina

Delta[edit]

Delta is one of the older generation labels that has been around for quite some time. The label was created in the year 1995 as producer A. Leonardi from A-Beat C, L. Newfield and C. Moroni from Time joined forces with new Eurobeat names and put Delta up.[citation needed] The first Super Eurobeat album with Delta on it was 64, where the old format of 13 songs changed to 18 songs per album. On the same album, Super Eurobeat 64, Delta also got their very first big hit, which was Marko Polo's "Money Go!" Little by little the label achieved more and more success and looking back to the Super Eurobeat history, a huge number of great Delta songs can be heard.[citation needed] The label has known artists such as Marko Polo, Niko, Vicky Vale, Cherry, Pizza Girl, Suzy Lazy and Dr. Love. Delta's style is pretty much like A-Beat C. Tracks usually drop percussion during the breakdown while the singer sings the first verse and bridge again. Synths are typically very "harsh"-sounding, and bass is relatively low depending on the producer of each track.

Notable Delta songs:

  • "Money Go!" by Marko Polo
  • "Doctor Love" By Dr. Love
  • "Killing My Love" by Leslie Parrish
  • "Running In the 90's" by Max Coveri
  • "Crazy For You" by Pizza Girl

Recent notable songs:

  • "Heat Me Up" by M.O.V. feat. Frankie
  • "Looking Out For A Hero" by Daniel
  • "Do With Me" by Vicky Vale
  • "Go Shinkansen!" by Cherry and Luke

Hi-NRG Attack[edit]

HI-NRG Attack, founded in 1994, has a very divided following.[citation needed] This label has a very upbeat and cheerful sound, with generally nonsensical lyrics.[citation needed] Hi-NRG Attack's style is reminiscent of European bubblegum pop, with some apparent influences from rave. HI-NRG Attack offers a wide variety of different styles. Some of the known names from this label are Jee Bee, Claudia Vip, Franz Tornado, Bazooka Girl, Nikita Jr., Baby Gold and Dolly Pop. As with Delta, percussion usually drops during the transitions in many songs. This label is notable for its relatively "quirky" lyrics and rhythm, with lyrical subjects such as cows, Russia, getting drunk, and bazookas. Synths are known to be very wild, sometimes playing a different note at every 1/4 beat.

Notable Hi-NRG Attack songs:

  • "Velfarre 2000" by Bazooka Girl
  • "Bandolero Comanchero" by Franz Tornado
  • "Caballero With Sombrero" by Franz Tornado & Bazooka Girl
  • "Ike Ike" by Tri-Star

Recent notable Hi-NRG Attack songs:

  • "Ride On My Speedy Car" by Garçon
  • "Bomba" by Frank Tornado & The Bombardier Girls
  • "SEF Deluxe" by Tri-Star
  • "It's All Up to You" by Cy-Ro

Time[edit]

Time is one of the oldest Eurobeat labels and has been around since the very early days.[citation needed] Time actually joined on the SEBs on Super Eurobeat 17. The label has a huge list of big names and famous songs. Many of the younger Eurobeat labels have been created by producers who've left Time to create new labels (for example Vibration and HI-NRG Attack). The label is probably the most mature of all the labels, with a very notable "classic" feel to their songs.[tone][citation needed] Some of the biggest names in Eurobeat history come from this label such as Vanessa, Lisa Johnson, Lou Grant, Rose, Jilly, Sophie, Chester, Maio & Co., and Mike Hammer.

A unique quality about Time is that most of the label's music includes a very long intro and typically ends with a fade-out of the synth instead of an outro.

Time was dismissed from the Super Eurobeat series in 2008 by Avex.[citation needed] Though the reason is officially unknown, some say it is because of their second publishing name "Time S.p.A" that had releases outside of Avex Trax, and some say Sergio Dall'Ora was unsatisfied by Time Records' standards.[citation needed][tone] Both reasons may also be true. However, Avex still recognizes Time Records as a Super Eurobeat compilation label and recently published another Time track in 2010, on SEB 203.

Notable Time songs:

  • "Dark In The Night" by Maio & Co.
  • "Melodies of Love" by Helena
  • "Don't Drop Me" by Ann Sinclair
  • "Always on My Mind" by Lou Grant

Recent notable Time songs:

  • "Planet Love" by Magika
  • "A Perfect Hero" by Chris Stanton
  • "No Borders (of You and I)" by Annie

Eurogrooves[edit]

Time's successor, which was founded by Sergio Dall'Ora to replace Time of the Super Eurobeat compilations. Eurogrooves is directed by Dall'Ora exclusively, instead of the company Time Records Italy. The label is in somewhat of a hiatus due to inactive label members since 2010, and also having not released a Eurobeat track since Super Eurobeat 203.[citation needed] The songs released by Eurogrooves after SEB 203 are "Healing Remixes" or ballad remixes of Eurobeat songs.

Notable songs:

  • "Super Eurobeat" by Eurogroove All Stars
  • "Playboy" by Apple
  • "Video Killed The Radio Star" by Tina Ray
  • "Ready Forever" by Chris Stanton

Dima[edit]

Dima was founded by Davide Di Marcantonio.[citation needed] The name of the label comes from his last name. Most songs appeared on non-Avex Eurobeat compilations such as Love Para2 released by the label FARM Records. Recently, they signed with Avex to have songs released on the Super Eurobeat series.

Notable songs:

  • "1 Week" by Krystal feat. David Dima
  • "Are You Ready To Fly" by Dream Fighters
  • "Fever Of Love" by Stephy Martini
  • "Eternity" by Aleky
  • "Say Goodbye" by Mr. Moog
  • "All is Magic" by Manuel

Vibration[edit]

Vibration belongs to the company LED Records Italy, led by Luigi Stanga. The company have also been using the labels LED Records and Eurobeat Masters, depending on whom they have licensed to. It has a somewhat unpredictable style; some songs have simple percussion drops during transitions, and sometimes there is a very intense guitar solo or even new lyrics. With Stanga retiring in 2008, LED Records Italy (along with its labels) closed down.[citation needed]

Notable Vibration songs:

  • "Diablo Man" by Jimmy Bravo (VIB.025)
  • "Bad Angel" by Maria Short (VIB.043)
  • "Remember That I Care" by Maria Valentino (VIB.066)
  • "Harmony" by Regina (VIB.107)
  • "Ride The Tiger" by Jackie 'O (VIB.128)
  • "Mystic Wings Of Fire" by Jimmy Bravo (VIB.145)(this master was lost as well but luckily given back to Luigi Stanga)[citation needed]
  • "Hot Limit" by John Desire (EM.005)

SCP Music[edit]

SCP is also known as Stefano Castagna Productions, known as Double for some years until the title was changed to SCP.[citation needed] Castagna has worked behind many other labels before this one.[citation needed] Some more well-known artists from this label are Fastway (a.k.a. Dusty), Kiki & Kika, Ace, Christine and from the newer names such as Lisa Lion has made an impact with her first release. SCP almost always follows A Beat C's formula. Rarely is there ever a percussion drop, but instead you can find a guitar solo or "ad-libbing" of lyrics or synthesizers. In 2008 & 2009, SCP experimented with more pop/house oriented songs such a cover of "Wait for You" by Elliott Yamin and an original production, "Bright Time" which has an infused feel of 80's pop and modern house music. The recent songs of SCP in 2011 are more a mix of the experimental style they created, mixed with the older sound they had in the Euromach era.

Notable SCP songs:

  • "Fantasista!" by Ace
  • "Not For Sale" by Go 2
  • "Big on Emotion" by Lisa Lion
  • "Easy Busy" by Kiki & Kika
  • "Looka Bomba" by Go 2
  • "Dancin' Alone" by Pamsy
  • "Formula 1" by Fastway
  • "NRG" by Go 2

Recent notable tracks:

  • "I Won't Fall Apart" by Jager
  • "CooLover" by Irene
  • "Power of My Love" by Yo Shine
  • "Legendary Heart" by Hotblade
  • "Up & Dance, Up & Go" by Lou Master
  • "Welcome To The Show" by Tanith & Dark Evil

Sinclaire Style[edit]

A former producer with Delta, Bratt Sinclaire uses more "airy" synths that had been seen in his Delta productions. Sinclaire also produces hyper-techno hits for the series We Love Techpara. Some of his older techno tracks appeared on Super Dance Freak compilations in the 1990s. All former tracks he produced with Delta transferred with him over to Sinclairestyle.[citation needed] Recently, former A-Beat-C artist Denise De Vincenzo (a.k.a. Nuage) came out of retirement of singing Super Eurobeat music to lend her voice to a Sinclairestyle track, "Before Tomorrow," which appeared on 199.

Notable Sinclaire Style songs:

  • "Night Of Fire" by Niko
  • "Yesterday" by Cherry
  • "Speedway" by Niko
  • "Eurobeat" by Dr. Love

Recent notable songs:

  • "1.2.3.4! Fire" by Dejo
  • "Wheelpower & Go" by Dejo & Bon
  • "King and Queen (Classic Mix)" by Tora
  • "Tearful Eyes" by Les
  • "Passport To Dance" by Eurodudes
  • "Toy For Love" by Bon
  • "Loving Eurobeat" by Dejo & Bon

Go Go's Music[edit]

Go Go's Music was founded by Alessandra Mirka Gatti (a.k.a. Domino) and Sandro Olivia in 2006.[citation needed] Gatti and Olivia decided that it was in their best interests to detach from A-Beat-C and create a new label to preserve the classic sound that they felt was being lost with the direction A-Beat-C was heading.[citation needed] Noted singers who left A-Beat-C to join Go Go's Music were Elena Gobbi Frattini (a.k.a. Lolita, Virginelle) and Manuel Caramori (a.k.a. Manuel - although in 2010 Manuel left Go Go's Music to join Dima Music due to artistic differences between the singers and the label).[citation needed] Go Go's Music also brought new singers to the Eurobeat genre, including Giorgia Vecchini (Giorgia V), Silvio Rondelli (Leo River), Elisabetta Coiro (Betty Beat), Marina Santelli (Mari-san), and Ester Scarpa (Ester). Notably, A-Beat-C's most recognized group alias Go Go Girls was brought over to Go Go's Music as Gatti and Olivia held the creative rights to the group. Go Go's Music unofficially debuted on SEB 175 with three songs, but was not recognized as an official Super Eurobeat compilation label until volume 177. Go Go's Music and SCP have a close relationship with each other, and have collaborated on a couple of songs in the past, including a remake of a popular SCP song, "Looka Bomba", which was covered by the Go Go Girls. Returning the favor, Go 2 of SCP covered the Go Go Girls' song "Hot Vampire" on Super Eurobeat Volume 193.

Notable Go Go's Music songs:

  • "Para Girl" by Domino
  • "My Heart Goes Boom Boom" Betty Beat
  • "Nack 5" by Domino & Kaioh
  • "Super Eurobeat" by Virginelle & Domino feat. Mega NRG Man
  • "Good Love & Mystery" by Lolita
  • "109" by Domino
  • "It's Like A Fire" by Kaioh

Akyr Music[edit]

Delta producer Laurent Newfield created a label under Hearty Inc. called Akyr Music in 2005.[citation needed] Akyr produces not only Eurobeat, but trance and hyper-techno as well. The songs were featured on the Farm Records compilation, Love Para2, and other albums such as Parapara Hyper Best. Since the label was not releasing any material with Avex Trax and it was Laurent Newfield's label (from Delta), Avex told clubs in Japan to stop playing Akyr Music productions, which lead to difficulties to keep the label alive.[citation needed] In Winter 2008, Newfield released an internet-only album, Super Euro Freak, with remixes by Diskowarp and other independent producers. Although being a defunct label,[citation needed] Akyr will still have special releases like Super Euro Freak in the future; Super Euro Freak Vol. 2 was released in October 2009.

Notable Akyr songs:

  • "Electric Love" by Lisa Versach (Eurobeat)
  • "You Got It" by Techno Venus (Hyper Techno)

Sun Fire Records[edit]

A-Beat C producer Dave Rodgers established Sun Fire Records. It is the newest Eurobeat label that signed to Avex since 2010. The label made its first appearance on Super Eurobeat Vol. 206. The label is also producing hyper-techno in the same style of their previous techno label under A-Beat-C, Sound & Vision Italy.

Notable Sun Fire songs:

  • "Louder and Faster" by Powerful T
  • "The Race of The Night" by Dave Rodgers
  • "Tell Me Why" by Rich-Hard

"J-Euro and C-Euro"[edit]

There have been three types of music called "J-Euro" (Japanese Eurobeat);

1. Eurobeat songs made in Italy, covered by Japanese artists with Japanese lyrics.
This type of "J-Euro" appeared first in the early 1990s. Notable artists of this type of "J-Euro" have included MAX, D&D, V6, Dream, and the "Queen of J-pop in the 1990s" Namie Amuro.[1]
Remixed by Bratt Sinclaire, from Ayu-ro Mix

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2. J-pop songs made in Japan, remixed in the style of eurobeat by Italian eurobeat producers.
This type of "J-Euro" appeared first on the 1999 issue of Super Eurobeat, Vol. 100, with several tracks of this type of "J-Euro" by MAX, Every Little Thing, and the "J-Pop Empress" Ayumi Hamasaki.[2] This type of "J-Euro" has been popular in the para para scene since around 2000.[3] Avex Trax launched the Super Eurobeat Presents : J-Euro series in 2000; Ayu-ro Mix 12 featuring Ayumi Hamasaki, Euro Every Little Thing featuring Every Little Thing, Hyper Euro MAX featuring MAX, Euro global featuring globe, Euro Dream Land featuring Dream, J-Euro Best, J-Euro Non-Stop Best,[4] ...
3. Eurobeat songs made in Japan, and sung by Japanese artists themselves.
This type of Eurobeat was always present since the 2000s, but only started recently to gain much attention with the para para scene promoting a lot of these songs. Most songs are anime remixes or J-Pop covers, which makes it an anime boom as some people call it.[tone]
Eurobeat labels to showcase this type of J-Euro are Akiba Koubou INC/Akiba Records, Plum Music, Fantasy Dance Tracks and more.

So, however C-Euro (Chinese Eurobeat) appeared first in the early 1990s. popular in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Japan. covered by Chinese artists from Malaysia, Hong Kong and Japan with Cantonese lyrics. Notable artists of this type of "J-Euro" have included Evon Low (劉珺兒), Kelsy Lam (林佳詩), Rainie Tan Jia Qing (陳佳晴), Love 4 U, ParaPa! Love, Young Girls (青春美少女), Kimi & Jojoe, Rainbow Girls (繽紛彩虹).

And there is Chinese New Year songs. in 1996, Velfarre launch first Chinese New Year album. so then in 2001, ParaPa! Love covered Velfarre 2000 by Bazooka Girl (火箭炮姑娘) in Cantonese, namely ParaPa! Love 賀新年. Starting 2002, So Kawara Miho (陳玉真) and Odakura Ryoko (李慧瑩) from ParaPara Allstars about para para into the global, so Japan has launched the traditional Chinese original, simplified characters are introduced in Malaysia, the introduction has been all over Malaysia. However, in 2007, Avex will be launch 24 Velfarre Chinese New Year Non-Stop Complete Best. in 2008, Velfarre All-Stars will be changed only Avex 群星 (Avex All-Stars), there a bit of English and Japanese, has only launched in Japan. then in 2014, Starlight Sisters launch an Chinese New Year album, in 2015 will be along to the Boys.

Rainie Tan launches an Chinese New Year 1999 start with Mandarin version, popular in Singapore, Malaysia and Mainland China.

but Sweet Foursome (Traditional Chinese: 甜蜜四人組, Simplified Chinese: 甜蜜四人组, Pinyin: Tiánmì sì rén zǔ) in Taiwan gone viral, it will be a smash hits, Red Pocket Wealth (Traditional Chinese: 紅包財, Simplified Chinese: 红包财, Pinyin: Hóngbāo cái).

ParaPara Allstars will covered in Mandarin, 2002 album is ParaPara Allstars Greeting New Year (Traditional Chinese: 啪啦啪啦賀新年, Simplified Chinese: 啪啦啪啦贺新年, Pinyin: Pā lā pā lā hè xīnnián). in 2007, Tomomi Kudo will be back, launch Enjoy MARIGOLD Chinese New Year Reviral Hits (欢天喜地新年精选曲). in 2009, Karawa Miho (陳玉真) and Tomomi Kudo leave, become 阳光女孩四人组 (Sunshine Girls 4 Persons Group).

Popular Eurobeat artists[edit]

Eurobeat compilations[edit]

The following is a list of many Eurobeat compilations series, the most famous (and longest running) are Super Eurobeat and the various Super Eurobeat presents... compilations by Avex Trax. Other notable compilations include:

  • Aerobeat Eurobeat
  • D-1 Grand Prix
  • Digibeat Euro
  • Eurobeat Fantasy
  • Eurobeat Masters
  • Eurobeat Stars
  • Eurobeat University
  • EuroPanic!
  • Euromach
  • Eurobeat Disney
  • Eurobeat Flash
  • Gazen ParaPara!!
  • It's Eurobeat
  • Love J Euro
  • LovePara²
  • Maharaja Night
  • Maharaja Night - Hi-NRG Revolution
  • Odyssey Eurobeat
  • Para Oke
  • ParaPara Paradise
  • Para Para Hi-BPM Eurobeat
  • Paradise! Eurobeat
  • Super Anime Remix
  • Super Euro Best
  • Super Euro Christmas
  • That's Eurobeat (Vol. 1–44, 1986–1994)
That's Eurobeat series of compilations was launched by Alfa Records in 1986, as the successor to That's Hi-NRG, the first Hi-NRG compilation in Japan released in 1985. It consisted of original Eurobeat music, not reborn Eurobeat music that first appeared in the late 1980s–early 1990s. That's Eurobeat was the most popular and best-selling Eurobeat product until the early 1990s, when it was overtaken by Super Eurobeat.[5] "Eurobeat University" is a series owned by DJ Eurobeat, world-wide famous since 1986, YouTube series #5 released in May 2012.
  • That's Eurobeat Now
  • The Early Days of SEB
  • Toho Eurobeat
  • Tokio Hot Nights
  • VIP Mega Euro Star

Eurobeat labels websites[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]