- Ctazy Crazy (feat. Charli XCX & Kyarypamyupamyu)
- Crazy Crazy -remix-
- Harajuku Iyahoi
- Harajuku Iyahoi -extended mix-
1. Crazy Crazy (feat. Charli XCX & Kyarypamyupamyu)
How strange this single is split right? Anyway, we begin things with Nakata’s track which was a collaboration with Charli XCX (pretty big name in the West) and Kyary. Now for me, I actually hear Charli a LOT more than Kyary but it helps as the song is sung entirely in English. Nakata’s arrangement is a lot brighter than I expected and I enjoyed that the most about this track. To be quite honest, I actually don’t hear Kyary in the song so her backup is pretty much a missed opportunity here.
2. Crazy Crazy -remix-
I wasn’t expecting a remix to come out of this collab either, so I’m pretty Nakata had a hand with this one too. Despite hoping for something totally different, I actually felt like Nakata went full lazy on this, changing little except for small splotches of extra synth and repetition with Charli towards the end of the track. Not sure, but when I see remix, please do not remix it yourself without putting some kind of stronger effort into separating the songs apart…
3. Harajuku Iyahoi
Then we move to Kyary’s track which was originally meant to be a full-on Kyary single before being changed to this split single. Anyways, it’s been quite a while since we’ve had toy piano being used in an A-side and Harajuku Iyahoi was different. I do appreciate that the song sounds a bit more EDM than her previous A-sides of recent times and the mood is also somewhat less genki than before. It’s definitely kind of in the middle but much better than “Sai & Kou” that’s for sure.
4. Harajuku Iyahoi -extended mix-
Surprised to see the extended mix end up on the same single (something that hasn’t happeed since “Kirakira Killer”). Adding almost 2 minutes to the track, Harajuku Iyahoi sounds a little more club-centric with the punching synths and toy piano. Not much else that really comes to me, but the song continues to sound nice overall.
As I’ve said, a split single between artist and producer is a bit strange but hey it finally happened right? I don’t think this single is bad persay, but I don’t think this should’ve happened…together I mean. I do like the Charli song and Nakata working with a Western artist should happen more often as his electronic arrangements are great! Charli did a pretty good job, but Kyary might has well not have been a part of it as she was pretty much invisible to the song. As for Kyary’s side, Harajuku Iyahoi is one of her more catchier A-sides and the extended mix was just as decent. Overall, they should have been seperate releases.