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Sukima Switch performing live, 2011
|Genres||Pop, jazz fusion, alternative rock|
Sukima Switch (スキマスイッチ?) is a Japanese jazz fusion duo consisting of core members Takuya Ōhashi (大橋卓弥 Ōhashi Takuya?), born May 9, 1978, and Shintarō Tokita (常田真太郎 Tokita Shintarō?), born February 25, 1978, formed in 1999. Formerly with BMG Japan (bought by SMEJ in early 2009), they signed with Sony Music Japan's Ariola Japan label in September 2009.
Ōhashi's musical duties include vocals, guitar, and harmonica, while Tokita plays piano/keyboards, numerous other instruments, and oversees overall production. Most of the other instrumentation heard on their albums is handled by guests and studio musicians. In this sense, their band structure and chemistry could be compared to that of the American group Steely Dan. Their style is very heavily-jazz influenced (another similarity with Steely Dan), yet it retains core pop elements and catchy melodies that have proved popular with Japanese audiences.
Their song "Zenryoku Shounen" is featured as the first song in the Nintendo DS game Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2, which was released in Japan on May 17, 2007. The song is also one of the many songs in the expansion pack to the Nintendo DS game Daigasso! Band Brothers. Their eighth single, Guarana, is the theme song of the film adaptation of Rough, with their second, third and fifth singles used as inserts. Their song "Shizuku" is the opening theme for the anime adaptation of the novel series Kemono no Souja Erin. Their 12th single, "Golden Time Lover" is the 3rd opening of the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Ōhashi covered the song "Katamari on the Swing" in the PlayStation 3 game Katamari Forever. "Boku Note" was also used as the theme song for Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur 2006.
Their 12th single, "Golden Time Lover", is the third opening to the anime Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
Their 17th single, "Eureka", is the second opening to the anime Space Brothers.
Their 19th single, "Hello Especially", is the ending song to the anime Silver Spoon.
Their 20th single, "Ah Yeah!!", is the second opening to the anime Haikyuu!!.
Their 22nd single, "星のうつわ", is the ending theme song for the anime film The Last: Naruto the Movie.
Their 23rd single, "LINE", is the eighteenth opening to the anime Naruto Shippuden.
- Debut single - view - July 9, 2003
- 2nd single - 奏で (Kanade) - March 10, 2004
- 3rd single - ふれて未来を (Furete Mirai o) - June 16, 2004
- 4th single - 冬の口笛 (Fuyu no Kuchibue) - November 24, 2004
- 5th single - 全力少年 (Zenryoku Shōnen) - April 20, 2005
- 6th single - 雨待ち風 (Ame Machi Kaze) - June 22, 2005
- 7th single - ボクノート (Boku Note) - March 1, 2006
- 8th single - ガラナ (Guarana) - August 16, 2006
- 9th single - アカツキの詩 (Akatsuki no Uta) - November 22, 2006
- 10th single - マリンスノウ (Marine Snow) - July 11, 2007
- 11th single - 虹のレシピ (Niji no Recipe) - May 20, 2009
- 12th single - ゴールデンタイムラバー (Golden Time Lover) - October 14, 2009
- 13th single - アイスクリームシンドローム (Ice Cream Syndrome) - July 7, 2010
- 14th single - さいごのひ (Saigo no Hi) - January 26, 2011
- 15th single - 晴ときどき曇 (Hare Tokidoki Kuromi)
- 16th single - ラストシーン (Last Scene)
- 17th single - ユリーカ (Eureka) - August 8, 2012
- 18th single - スカーレット (Scarlet) - June 19, 2013
- 19th single - Hello Especially - July 31, 2013
- 20th single - Ah Yeah!! - July 23, 2014
- 21st single - パラボラヴァ (Parabolover) - November 19, 2014
- 22nd single - 星のうつわ (Star Vessel) - December 3, 2014
- 23rd single - LINE - November 11, 2015
- Debut mini album - 君の話 (Kimi no Hanashi) - September 17, 2003
- Debut album - 夏雲ノイズ (Natsugumo Noise) - June 23, 2004
- 2nd album - 空創クリップ (Kūsō Clip) - July 20, 2005
- 3rd album - 夕風ブレンド (Yuukaze Blend) - November 29, 2006
- Best album - グレイテスト・ヒッツ (Greatest Hits) - August 1, 2007
- 4th album - ナユタとフカシギ (Nayuta to Fukashigi) - November 4, 2009
- 5th album - musium - October 5, 2011
- 6th album - Sukima Switch - December 3, 2014
- Official website by Office Augusta
- Official website by Sony Music Japan
- Sukima Switch at Anime News Network's encyclopedia