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Utada Hikaru – Hikari (Ray Of Hope MIX) January 12, 2017

Filed under: Utada Hikaru — solarblade @ 6:47 am


Track Listing

  1. Hikari (Ray Of Hope MIX)
  2. Simple and Clean (Ray Of Hope MIX)
  3. Hikari (P’s CLUB MIX)
  4. Simple and Clean (P’s CLUB MIX)

1. Hikari (Ray Of Hope MIX)

Seeing a new remix for Hikki’s Hikari single (which is due to a new Kingdom Hearts compilation) was an interesting move for Hikki and I was wishing it was a new song (or maybe a remix for “Passion” would’ve been better).  Anyway, the new remix is pretty different from the original going for this very unique arrangement that sounds like a mix of ethereal vibes and underwater/tropical undertones.  While I do prefer the “Simple and Clean” version, it’s a cool arrangement and something that’ll stick out in Hikki’s repertoire.

2. Simple and Clean (Ray Of Hope MIX)

Since the two songs are actually different from one another, I wasn’t surprise that the remix would be a smidge different from another.  Having an English version of the song really helps Westerners get used to the track by understanding the lyrics more.  I do enjoy the verses a lot as the deeper synth tones give a much darker feel.  Though the chorus is a little out of place, but I mean there’s not too much you could do.

3. Hikari (P’s CLUB MIX)

It feels like they slowed the remix down a lot and replaced some of the more synthy stuff with beats and a different set of synths.  I do like that the beginning of the song had some lyrics from another Hikki song, “traveling” thrown into it (it’s also in the Ray Of Hope MIX as well).  As a remix itself, I’m a bit in the middle of the road because it just sounds a bit too slow for my liking.

4. Simple and Clean (P’s CLUB MIX)

Same thing can be said about Simple and Clean’s version of the remix.  I will say that the remix itself works better with the vocal melody of this track more than “Hikari’s” just for the cadence to the beat and her lyrical flow.  Overall, this is the preferred version of the two, but I still like the first two tracks more.

I was a bit surprised that Hikki would release this as a single (although digitally at the moment).  As the Ray Of Hope MIX was used as promo for Kingdom Hearts 2.8, dabbling back into Hikari and Simple and Clean seems like beating a dead horse at this point, but I enjoyed the effort that remixing the songs would give a fresh twist to these old songs.  I will say, the tropical EDM feels of the Ray Of Hope MIX is cool and puts a totally different spin on things, the P’s CLUB MIX didn’t really do much (well maybe it did for S&C).  Overall it’s OK, but I hope by the time KH3 releases, we’ll have a new song to love!


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