Sukima Switch

Sukima Switch (スキマスイッチ) is a Japanese rock/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.

Sukima Switch
Sukima Switch performing live, 2011
Background information
OriginJapan
GenresPop, jazz fusion, alternative rock
Years active1999present
LabelsAriola Japan
WebsiteOfficial Website
MembersTakuya Ōhashi
Shintarō Tokita

History

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.

Many of Sukima Switch's songs have appeared in anime and video games. Ōhashi also covered the song "Katamari on the Swing" in the PlayStation 3 game Katamari Forever.

Discography

Singles

  • 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

Mini albums

  • Debut mini album – 君の話 (Kimi no Hanashi) – September 17, 2003

Studio albums

  • 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
  • 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
  • 7th album – 新空間アルゴリズム (Shinkuukan Algorithm) – March 14, 2018

Concept albums

  • 1st album – re:Action – February 15, 2017
  • 2nd album – スキマノハナタバ 〜Love Song Selection〜 (Sukima no Hanataba ~Love Song Selection~) – September 19, 2019

Compilation albums

  • 1st album – グレイテスト・ヒッツ (Greatest Hits) – August 1, 2007
  • 2nd album – DOUBLES BEST – August 22. 2012
  • 3rd album – POPMAN'S WORLD〜All Time Best 2003-2013〜 – August 23, 2013
  • 4th album – POPMAN'S ANOTHER WORLD – April 13, 2016

References

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