Yes, I know it’s not Monday. But yesterday was a holiday so consider this a rollover “Music Monday” post. In conjunction with our earlier article on the exhibition of photos documenting the rise of Japanese Hip Hop, we thought we’d kick off the week by listening to something from the genre. Kandytown is a 16-member troupe of MCs, DJs and track makers.

(Above) R.T.N. is a track off the group’s 1st album, which was released late last year.

Kandytown is based in Tokyo and comprised of a group of close friends, several of who went to the same school together. Their defacto leader is the young IO, a creative talent with a penchant for songwriting, but also slender good looks that have made him popular as a model.

We’re loving 1Time 4Ever (below), a pensive track that really showcases the diverse group’s talents.

Like what you hear? You can find more of their music on YouTube and Soundcloud. Kandytown is also on Twitter and Instagram. And be sure to check out our other Music Monday picks.