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Ami Suzuki – FREE FREE/SUPER MUSIC MAKER April 30, 2009

Filed under: Ami Suzuki — solarblade @ 3:00 pm
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Track Listing

  1. FREE FREE
  2. SUPER MUSIC MAKER
  3. FREE FREE (extended mix)
  4. SUPER MUSIC MAKER (radio edit)

1. FREE FREE

Before this, I’ve never heard of Yasutaka Nakata or even anything J-tek actually the closest thing to J-tek was “AROUND THE WORLD” and Nami Tamaki’s music.  Now since I was in the air after the “CONNETTA” album to which I was losing faith with Ami, she totally got sexed and won me over the summer of 07 with “FREE FREE”.  It’s a meteroic barrage of synth and vocoder from Nakata.  Now at that time I also didn’t know what the hell a vocoder is and even how to describe the song at the time, so hearing this blew my mind for sure.  Even though it isn’t the first time she’s been under it, I felt her voice just suited this equipment perfectly.  The first part came as ~I believe you set me free~  Then Ami’s vocals were oozing, even though the verse was muffled lol, but when she blazed through the bridge I was like SHE”S FUCKIN BACK!!!  Amazing J-tek track and Nakata should be really happy with the results of the song.

2. SUPER MUSIC MAKER

The other A-side, SUPER MUSIC MAKER was a lot more complex of a song then “FREE FREE” which in cases like this, it’s pretty cool because the song is full of interesting sounds and rhythms.  This time Ami is singing at a normal register and and I hear what she’s saying, sadly the song is a little bit messy within the synths, it’s like overload the song with synths.  Is it bad that I consider the remix on “can’t stop the DISCO” than to the original? 

3. FREE FREE (extended mix)

So what’s better than FREE FREE?  An extended version of said song.  Now just like the last track, it starts out with a simple beat before leading in the amazing track that is it.  I thought the extension was really awesome and hearing the different spots again was cool.  I found it cool that they moved the male backup to the start and the guitar screech was more prominent.  It could be too long for some people, but to me, this is a great track long or not.

4. SUPER MUSIC MAKER (radio edit)

So the opposite happens with the final track off the single.  I’m not surprised since the ending was just so long and boring.  I was happy to see this getting shortened and such.  I still find it funny that it sounds like m.o.v.e’s “SYSTEMATIC FANTASY” which came out a little bit earlier than this song.  I thought it was a smart idea to have it been included in “DOLCE”

 

 

This single basically kickstarted Ami’s career again.  Both songs are great J-tek tracks and for this, it’s easily one of my favorite Ami singles of all time.  I honestly don’t see anything wrong, maybe the extensions were a bit too drawn out, but this was an amazing single.

 

Yuna Ito – trust you

Filed under: Yuna Ito — solarblade @ 1:50 pm
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Track Listing

  1. trust you
  2. Brand New World
  3. Koi wa groovyx2 -DJ-PASSION MORE PASSION REMIX-
  4. trust you -Gundam 00 Version-
  5. trust you (Instrumental)

1. trust you

Gundam is well-known for their epic tracks like “INVOKE”, “Believe”, “River”, and countless others.  Sadly, Yuna Ito fails to give an epic song.  I mean yes, it’s a ballad of course but the series itself has had way better ballads.  Now if I didn’t call for the tie-in the song is alright, but “miss you” and “Koi wa Groovyx2” are better tracks of the era.  The song mixes piano, strings and a shuffling beat to make a song.  Yuna’s vocals are good here as well, but the song is just a bit mild and nothing spectacular to write home about.

2. Brand New World

I was surprised the B-side was going to so upbeat.  This definitly fitted more with the Gundam theme with how the synths were working the song around.  Yuna once again sings well, but her hitting the high notes is less than favorable as it sounds strained to no end.  Still it’s a pretty good B-side considering all of the other B-sides she’s had in the era.

3. Koi wa groovyx2 -DJ-PASSION MORE PASSION REMIX-

I guess this remix gave an already upbeat track a more festive sound.  I do like how it does sound with the drums and whistles and stuff.  Though, the remix probably wasn’t really needed just because the song is already party-flavored.  I noticed that she says ~Brand new world~ during the song which is oddly weird, but w/e.  Good remix though.

4. trust you -Gundam 00 Version-

It’s weird that she rearranged the song and reworked new lyrics into the song.  I mean there’s no ballad sound in the song which cool and the song sounds like it could be an ending actually.  It still doesn’t fit in the Gundam world, but this actually sounds cool.  It’s also very short though, so it isn’t as important.

 

 

trust you kind of was disappointing in the way huge anime tie-ins are done.  trust you isn’t exactly what you call worthy of such a tie-in but alone it was a nice ballad, but “miss you” was better than this.  Brand New World however should’ve been the tie-in with it’s upbeat synth nature.  I thought that was a surprising track to hear from her.  The remix and TV Mix both were nice treats for the single, but did they really need to be there?  Meh, worst single of the era IMO

 

Zwei – Movie Star

Filed under: Zwei — solarblade @ 12:40 pm
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Track Listing

  1. Movie Star
  2. Love Land
  3. Movie Star (Instrumental)

1. Movie Star

~Movie Stars~.  It’s funny hearing that start this single off.  Anyway Movie Star is kind of like a mix of rock and synth-pop which shows because they are produced by two members of Duran Duran.  It’s definitly interesting because it’s like crazy.  I love Ayumu, he voice is surprisingly strong and while Megu (the bassist) plays a minor role in the song, it’s pretty cool and the chorus is pop genius.  Loving this song.

2. Love Land

To me, Love Land was even more towards the synth-pop sound which is cool and I can clearly hear Megu in the song.  She has good musicality and shows that she’s awesome as a bassist.  Ayumu’s vocals are continuing to be strong and loud.  The song is a little less catchy than “Movie Star”, but this made a good B-side.

 

 

Zwei is definitly out with a good start with their debut.  Movie Star is pretty much what their music is going to be like before changing up into UNIVERSAL-J.  Love Land is B-side material, but pretty good as well.  Nice to see both make the album

 

ravex – trax

Filed under: ravex — solarblade @ 10:01 am
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Track Listing

  1. I RAVE YOU (Original)
  2. ROCK U feat. Namie Amuro
  3. Just the Two of Us feat. Tohoshinki
  4. HOUSE NATION feat. LISA
  5. Bangalicious feat. Anna Tsuchiya
  6. Believe in LOVE feat. BoA
  7. NEW Eccentric Girl feat. CHISA (GIRL NEXT DOOR)
  8. Golden LUV feat. MAKI GOTO
  9. V.I.P.P. (Very Important Party People) feat. TRF&VERBAL (m-flo)
  10. 1 more night feat. MONKEY MAJIK
  11. Warui ko Mitsuketa feat. Yuko Ando
  12. I RAVE YOU feat. DJ OZMA

1. I RAVE YOU (ORIGINAL)

Beginning the album off is the introduction, a very long one.  This is ravex’s take on the song and even moreso an instrumental of their debut single.  I’m noticing the synths have had their volume lifted so it’s more noticeable and important to the song.  I’m thinking all three members have their solo-ish parts within and it’s pretty sweet otherwise.  It’s funny that it’s longer than the vocal track as well.  It makes great dance music otherwise.

2. ROCK U feat. Namie Amuro

So our first new track is from someone who isn’t new to the electronic sound.  I’ll agree the song reminds me of “WILD” but there’s a lot more to the song and sounds like machinery going off in the song which is just crazy.  The little clicky sound does get annoying, but it’s til the later end of the song where it becomes bad.  Namie’s English has also seen improvement as well, which impressed me a lot more than “WILD”.  Definitly a great song though.

3. Just the Two of Us feat. Tohoshinki

What’s up with the ~Tonight~ opening?  I’m not sure why, but the song in the first minute is amazingly repetitive, even though the members sound really good.  It seems like it’s like a chiller house version of “I RAVE YOU”.  If they cut that part out, it would’ve been a great song because the slower parts of the song with (insert member name here) under the auto-tune was nice, but everything else seemed too shallow.

4. HOUSE NATION feat. LISA

The same problem happened with this song’s start-up.  It just wasn’t needed at all and I felt like changing the song going through the song.  I just didn’t the like the beat-breaking happening.  When the chorus appeared though, it was so great because LISA’s English is awesome and it’s so easy to get lost to, especially the whole ~gave birth part~ and the ~expand your mind~ those parts were hilarious, but truthful.

5. Bangalicious feat. Anna Tsuchiya

Did anyone expect Anna to be part of this project?  Didn’t think so.  This song is just dirty especially when I hear ~I’ll jack your body~ over again and again.  Still, this song is ravex perfection right here because it’s so aggressive and the use of electric guitar worked for a benefit on both artists.  Yeah, the chorus is a bit repetitive, but the music wins over eventually.  I seriously think Shinichi did most of the work here though…

6. Believe in LOVE feat. BoA

Our 2nd A-side of the era, Believe in LOVE chills things down quite a bit after “Bangalicious”.  I really loved the thumping beat and the various arpeggios that were going on with the song.  The only problem I had overall was the transitioning from the verses into the chorus, it just seemed a little strange, but how BoA tackled this song in great stride was great.  Even the strings found in the 2nd half of the song was surprising and very tasteful.

7. NEW Eccentric Girl feat. CHISA (GIRL NEXT DOOR)

NEW Eccentric Girl was the last song ravex announced for the album and I thought that was nice to feature CHISA since GND and ravex are 20th anniversary groups.  Now this song to me sounds a bit like gamewave stuff with some awesome synths and CHISA sounds amazing in the song, she’s not screaming her ass off and isn’t with the staleness of the group.  This song has got attitude and style.  I was shocked in a good way.

8. Golden LUV feat. MAKI GOTO

Gocchin’s track pops up next and I still find this song a bit underwhelming than her H!P solo stuff and her SWEET BLACK songs.  It starts off nicely enough with her singing with piano and strings, but when it gets into the chorus it just changes the sound all over and there’s a lot more brass and dance sounds.  It’s still growing on me, and I see why ravex chose her, her voice fits the song.

9. V.I.P.P. (Very Important Party People) feat. TRF&VERBAL (m-flo)

Wow, all of m-flo is on this album, that’s rare…Anyway TRF is our next featured next.  V.I.P.P is a little bit like a celebration song and that doesn’t exactly work on this album.  In that matter, it stands out from the album in a bad way.  Now I don’t hear the leading lady of the group, but I can tell the guy is doing some of the vocoder stuff, possibly doing a little bit of the arrangement.  Honestly, I consider this VERBAL’s track more than TRF’s….

10. 1 more night feat. MONKEY MAJIK

1 more night was actually released as a digital single with “I RAVE YOU” and “HOUSE NATION”.  Anyway the song features half of the band, just only the Canadian brothers.  I’ve loved this song ever since the PV was released.  The synths here are a bit darker sounding and the guy’s English are awesome and gave a perfect meaning.  Even their falsetto works wonders in the song.  I also think this song was more along Shinichi’s work because some of the parts remind me of “SING A SONG” from Eri Nobuchika…still this is their best song, ravex’s I mean…I haven’t heard enough to say if it’s MM’s best.

11. Warui ko Mitsuketa feat. Yuko Ando

What?  first Saori@destiny, and now Yuko tries out reggae and dance together?  In some cases this song is very light in the reggae style and with ravex doing the synth parts it’s kind of hard to tell if it’s really reggae or not.  The only consistent part is the drums lol.  It’s an alright song, but Yuko’s vocals are a bit strange it reminds me of Anna’s half the time, but the song is like retro dance so it’s got points there.

12. I RAVE YOU feat. DJ OZMA

I wasn’t surprised this song ended the album, because it would’ve been an awkward situation within the other tracks.  Now this song is definitly the most random song off the album and especially with DJ OZMA at the reins, you know it couldnt be anything but.  Now the song feature 2 of the 3 members, everyone else was kind of put there (the girls).  Even the weird moment after that (that part of the PV rips of China Discotica).  There’s just so much to this track that you can’t help but enjoy it. 

Tracks Recommended

  • 1 more night feat. MONKEY MAJIK
  • Bangalicious feat. Anna Tsuchiya
  • I RAVE YOU feat. DJ OZMA
  • ROCK U feat. Namie Amuro
  • NEW Eccentric Girl feat. CHISA

Song of Avoidance

  • V.I.P.P. (Very Important Party People) feat. TRF&VERBAL (m-flo)

Well, after that amazingly bad album, “I KILL MY HEART”, I needed a pick-me-up and this album definitly lived up to me.  This album has three of the best dance producers and got them to work with different artists throughout the avex network and got a lot of amazing tracks.  I knew all of the artists except Yuko Ando which isn’t surprising, but yeah if they continue on with this group get some bigger artists like Kuu, Ayu, Ami, m.o.v.e.  I think it’d be amazing if Nakata joined, but he isn’t avex…boy can dream right?

 

The drive is still down which = to ARTISTS BLOWOUT April 28, 2009

Filed under: ~Artists Blowouts~ — solarblade @ 5:13 pm

So I’m definitly taking your recommendations and you guys are good at reading me off.  Especially those people who know I like dance music, so here and by, this is the new artists I’m adding

SNoW

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She’s got quite the small discography for right now.  I’m happy to see at least an era’s worth though.  And she goes by Yukie now which is interesting (BATTLE ROYALE) moment.  Anyway, I think I’ll review her indies debut, YES first.

KOTOKO

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Yep, I’ve actually heard of KOTOKO beforehand…like in the early KM days, but I have no idea why I didn’t add her sooner, since she’s more popular than either of her I’ve Sound sisters, MELL and Mami Kawada.  I have no idea where to start, but I’m for sure reviewing Re-Sublimity

Daichi Miura

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Yep, I’m gonna add a new guy, hoshit!!!  Anyways, I know he’s a ug-fug.  But, his voice is pretty good and his new PV for “DELETE MY MEMORIES” is great and his dancing is sharp.  I’m gonna start with the current era with the first single “FLAG”

Aki Misato

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So she’s kind of an unknown by me, luckily her music is also pretty good.  Sadly, I can’t find her discography at all, but I did salvage to find the recent era of singles, so I’m starting with “BLOOD QUEEN”….BTW her track “UNLIMITED FIRE” sounds just like Ayu’s “Rule”

Kou Shibasaki

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I have to add her…WHY?  Just because she kicks so much ass in Battle Royale that she just needed to be on here.  I’m going to start with her single “Prism”, but I might strive to do the last album she did just for kicks….dunno.

Aya Ueto

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What?  Another badass girl who actually sings WTF?  Anyway Aya took a break from the music biz to do other things but now she’s back.  ISNT THAT AMAZING!!  I’ll review the current era starting with “Way to Heaven”

Chiaki Kuriyama

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Oh wait, she’s not a singer WTF….Way to break the trinity GIRL!!! GET A SINGING CAREER AND ILL REVIEW YOU ❤

 

Porno Graffitti – Koyoi, Tsuki ga Meizu Tomo

Filed under: Porno Graffitti — solarblade @ 2:27 pm
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Track Listing

  1. Koyoi, Tsuki ga Miezu Tomo
  2. Koyoi, Tsuki ga Miezu Tomo (Instrumental Track)

1. Koyoi, Tsuki ga Miezu Tomo

I’m never really got into them, but when I saw the PV for the song I was like this is one amazing track.  It first begins with some synths and Akihito singing the chorus before leading into the track with Haruichi playing some great guitar.  I like Akihito’s vocals a lot because their different from the norm.  It’s funny how the song sounds like a rock track, but also can sound like a dance track as well.  Nifty if you ask me.  It helps that it’s also an ending theme to a Bleach movie. 

 

 

Starting off a new era after their Best-of, “Koyoi, Tsuki ga Miezu Tomo” is definitly an anime-themed track, but it’s so damn catchy.  It’s kind of disappointing to see that the single is otherwise a very empty single because there’s no B-side or remix…just only an instrumental.  Hope they get back to releasing normally ^_^

 

SCANDAL – YAH! YAH! YAH! HELLO SCANDAL

Filed under: SCANDAL — solarblade @ 1:33 pm
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Track Listing

  1. Koi no Kajitsu
  2. Space Ranger
  3. Koi Mayou
  4. Kagerou

1. Koi no Kajitsu

Beginning this short mini-album, Koi no Kajitsu right from the start reminds me of something PUFFY would sing to.  Now I don’t who sings first, but she’s a got a pretty bad nasally voice, but the gal who sings in the bridge is quite good.  I don’t know how the ladies get through the chorus in one breath though.  It’s pretty wacky.  I thought it was a good track to start things off.

2. Space Ranger

Strings and some cybernetic sounds starts our next track and it actually sounds cool with how SCANDAL is working with it.  They shouldn’t hold their notes too long as they become flat pretty quickly and the music over drives them to actually yell out their lyrics. 

3. Koi Mayou

Koi Mayou is a bit better than “Space Ranger” because it’s all rock this time and one of the girls sounds really awesome and I love the strange things HARUNA is doing with her guitar.  There’s a lot of fun things about the song and everyone who’s singing is really showing excitement and energy.  This is my favorite song off the mini.

4. Kagerou

Kagerou definitly sounds like chatmonchy and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing.  BTW This is the only new track since the other three were digital singles.  I think it carried a good flow and the band sounded pretty strong, even the higher set notes sounded pretty good.  AWESOME!

 

 

SCANDAL’s first mini-album shows off that the girls do mean business.  Their sound kind of takes off of chatmonchy which is also an all-girl band so hearing the same influences between the two is tough and could be possible rivals since both groups are pretty popular (chatmonchy has been working way longer).  The mini is like a taste of what’s to come lol.