ANARCHY IN THE UK
Groove is Mine
1. Get Out
Right from the start we get into some electronica/disco music. At first the start of the song reminded me of something ravex would’ve done…Sounds like the Tohoshinki track. Luckily the song goes back into some sort of cool feeling and Ayaka is showing better vocals this time around, thank god. I just love the synth parts of the song. Good first track…
2. Plastic Baby
We get into something that brings back Ayaka’s bad attitude and it actually works. The synth is on major overload in the song which freaks me out to no end and I love every minute. She’s using a lot of English here, if not the entire track to a hard beat. The chorus is a bit monotonous, but besides that, the rest of the track is like a mix of electronica, club, and maybe a little bit of reggaeton for kicks (last genre might be pushing it, but w/e). Strange song, but a good one.
3. Cat’s Free
Sound a bit more futuristic, Cat’s Free brings out the sexy side of Ayaka Ikio and it’s another surprise off the album. It’s the closest thing to her big song “Spin Me Round” from her last mini-album. The club sound definitely catered to the mood and wow, it’s quite cool and easy to dance with.
4. ANARCHY IN THE UK
The only other artist I remembered that covered this Sex Pistols song is Anna Tsuchiya and that turned out pretty well as a rock track. Ayaka’s turned the rock song basically into a trance song and even there’s more instrumental parts (no surprise) it’s actually on of the best tracks off the mini-album. It’s got a more aggressive nature behind it and seriously besides Ayaka’s slight problems in the accent, it’s not terrible and amazing.
5. Spider Web
Anything that deals with spiders are always amazing andthis is no exception. The feel does remind me of “Spin Me Round”, but Ayaka’s vocals weren’t tampered with and she sounds more together and deeper, how awesome is that. Compared to the last track, this is a bit more chill and laidback. The break-down in the middle, did throw me off, but still a good track overall.
Scream brought back dance fever in the song, but the song is a bit freaky as she talks about killing and such. I do love me the darker dance tracks and Ayaka’s attitude drive in the song works in its advantage here and I once again fall in love with it. Damn, where did she get all awesome all of sudden? This song is shweet.
7. Groove is Mine
The last track actually goes back into her previous era where she’s under vocoder and the auto-tune. The beginning is a bit weird as Ayaka’s vocals are all over the place and cut n’ pasted everywhere. Once the synths calm down it does fix itself, but Ayaka’s vocals are still a bit all over the place. Seems like it’s more of a remix than anything…but there’s a lot of good chords played around with in the vocals and synths
Ayaka’s sophomore effort trumps her debut by a big shot. I was not disappointed with any song on this mini-album unlike “Re: ACID QUEEN where I only liked one track (which BTW is still better than a good portion of the tracks here). I was one of those listeners that did question how good she’d be, but what I got was more than enough. All the tracks showed a more cleaner Ayaka Ikio, which to me was a painful blow….I like that she incorporated that in her songs, because it did make her a badass J-tek artist. She did keep the attitude though which is a plus. It’s such an upgrade though. *RECOMMENDED*