Denki Groove

Denki Groove
Denki Groove
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Shibuya-kei
Years active 1989–present
Labels Ki/oon Records
Website Denki Groove Official Homepage
Takkyū Ishino
Pierre Taki
Past members
Yoshinori Sunahara
Jun Kitagawa
Wakaōji Mimio
Kouji Takahashi

Denki Groove (電気グルーヴ Denki Gurūvu?, "Electric Groove") is a Japanese technopop group influenced by YMO and Kraftwerk, founded in 1989. It is a part of Sony Music Japan's Ki/oon Records sublabel. Current members are Fumitoshi Ishino (Takkyū Ishino) and Masanori Taki (Pierre Taki). Former members are Yoshinori Sunahara and Jun Kitagawa.

Its works are particularly popular in Germany, where a handful of singles as well as solo releases from Ishino have been published, and Denki Groove is regularly booked for live performances and DJ sets for the Mayday festival. The duo performed in front of 15,000 people dancing in the rain on the Green Stage (mainstage) at the 2006 Fuji Rock Festival in Naeba, Niigata.

Early works have a focus more on pop sensibilities. With later releases the style evolved through several types of electronic dance music, though often with many asides in unrelated genres. Recent work has largely been composed of German-style techno. The group's lyrics are often tongue-in-cheek and sometimes quite bizarre. They did the opening theme "Mononoke Dance" (モノノケダンス Mononoke Dansu?) for Hakaba Kitarou, the 2008 adaptation of the same named manga. Their popularity and recognition of their work increased significantly after 2006, when one of their songs was selected as an insert song in the final episode of the award-winning anime, Eureka Seven, probably because one of their former members, Jun Kitagawa, already collaborated with "Eureka 7" scriptwriter Dai Sato on the soundtrack of Macross Plus, writing the music to the cult classic "Information High", to which Sato wrote the lyrics. The song, "Rainbow" ( Niji?), is one of several reasons why the anime has gained a cult following throughout the world, and is featured on the official soundtrack for the show.

In 2008 Denki Groove, who celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2009, resurfaced with "Shonen Young",[1] their first new single in 8 years. The single acts as a teaser for the album "J-pop" which is already out in Japan.

They released their 20th anniversary album titled '20' in 2009.




  • 662 BPM by DG (June 26, 1990)
  • Flash Papa (April 10, 1991)
  • U.F.O. (November 21, 1991)
  • Karateka (lit. practitioner of karate) (October 21, 1992)
  • Flash Papa Menthol (remix album of Flash Papa) (May 21, 1993)
  • Vitamin (December 1, 1993)
  • Drill King Anthology (August 1, 1994)
  • DRAGON (December 1, 1994)
  • ORANGE (March 1, 1996)
  • A (pronounced like 'Ace') (May 14, 1997)
  • recycled A (remix album of A) (March 1, 1998)
  • VOXXX (February 2, 2000)
  • Ilbon 2000 (イルボン2000 Irubon Nisen?, 일본2000) (live performance) (July 19, 2000)
  • The Last Supper (remix and rarities collection) (July 25, 2001)
  • SINGLES and STRIKES (greatest hits collection) (March 24, 2004)
  • Denki Groove toka Scha Dara Parr (電気グルーヴとかスチャダラパー Denki Gurūvu toka Suchadarapā?, collaboration with Scha Dara Parr) (June 29, 2005)
  • J-POP (April 2, 2008)
  • YELLOW (October 15, 2008)
  • 20 (August 19, 2009)
  • Denki Groove Golden Hits: Due To Contract (電気グルーヴのゴールデンヒッツ~Due To Contract Denki Gurūvu no Gōruden Hittsu ~Due to Contract?, greatest hits & rarities collection) (April 6, 2011)


  • "Zinsei" (人生 Jinsei?, August 28, 1991)
    • As Masaru Taki
  • "MUD EBIS / COSMIC SURFIN'" (October 10, 1991)
  • "SNAKEFINGER" (October 12, 1992)
  • "N.O." (February 2, 1994)
  • "Popo" (ポポ?, November 2, 1994)
  • "Kame Life" (カメライフ Kame Raifu?, December 10, 1994)
  • "Niji" (?, April 21, 1995)
  • "Dareda! (Radio Edit)" (誰だ! (Radio Edit)?, May 22, 1996)
  • "Shangri-La" (March 21, 1997)
  • "Pocket Cowboy" (ポケット カウボーイ Poketto Kaubōi?, December 1, 1997)
  • "FLASHBACK DISCO" (July 1, 1999)
  • "Nothing's Gonna Change" (December 1, 1999)
  • "Technopolis (Denki's Techtropolis-RMX)" (2000)
  • "Twilight" (April 27, 2005)
  • "Saint Ojisan" (聖☆おじさん Seinto Ojisan?, June 22, 2005)
    • As Denki Groove × Scha Dara Parr
  • "Shounen Young" (少年ヤング Shōnen Yangu?, December 5, 2007)
  • "Mononoke Dance" (モノノケダンス Mononoke Dansu?, February 14, 2008)
  • "The Words" (February 4, 2009)
  • "Upside Down" (November 18, 2009)


  1. ^ Denki Groove returns with first new studio album since 2000

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