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miCKun – D.N.A January 20, 2011

Filed under: miCKun — solarblade @ 2:42 am

Track Listing

  1. BEGINNING feat. 55MONKEYZ (DJ TARO ALBUM ver.)
  2. Complete Love feat. miray
  3. Little STARR feat. Speech & JAMIL
  4. Ima no Boku Janai feat. ghostnote
  5. Kyouka Suigetsu feat. Maika
  6. O-Z-3 feat. Crystal Boy
  7. Love Car Chase feat. mini
  8. Koi no Hanasaka Night★Fever feat. SEAMO & Missing Link
  9. Heaven’s Lover feat. Aoyama Thelma
  10. Kimi ga Kite Kara feat. Marié Digby

1. BEGINNING feat. 55MONKEYZ (DJ TARO ALBUM ver.)

Being a bit shorter than it’s original form, BEGINNING got remixed for the album release and it’s quite easy to tell the differences, from the extended opening to the synths that fluorish the song.  I mean the beat it awesome and the slight tempo upgrade was a bit more workable with miyake and 55MONKEYZ.  I’d say it’s better than the original ^_^

2. Complete Love feat. miray

Starting with the new tracks, the whole album is filled with collaborations, some I recognize and some I don’t.  miray is actually one of those artists I do recognize and I like her reggaeton style of music since her vocals fit it nicely.  While the song is not in her style, Complete Love is good enough to showcase her vocals and since miyake is also in it, it really reminded me of mihimaru’s songs, even miray reminded me of HIROKO.  Still it’s a pretty lighthearted song and I thought it turned out well.

3. Little STARR feat. Speech & JAMIL

While I rather listen to the female collaborations than the male, Little STARR seems to be more for miyake’s roos since it’s a bit like hip-hop in a party atmosphere.  It’s kind of difficult to tell who’s who between the three guys since miyake sounds a bit more lively…but I like that he’s making it sound like he’s into it.  I don’t know why but it reminds me of YAZIMA’s “Nihon ni Mikata” for some reason.

4. Ima no Boku Janai feat. ghostnote

Taking a slight directional change into a more hip-rock kind of sound, Ima no Boku Janai seems to be two ideas that doesn’t sound right and it’s true because ghostnote’s lead singer’s vocals are a whole lot stronger than miyakes…I’m just surprised miyake decided to collaborate with a J-rock group for this song.

5. Kyouka Suigetsu feat. Maika

Being the lone A-side to represent the album, Kyouka Suigetsu feels more like it should be Maika feat. miCKun.  Though I will say that this song has some pretty cool experimentation going on for both artists.  Of course once again, it depends on if the listener likes Maika’s unique vocals since miyake only really appears in one part of the song so it’s a hard listen for some people, but I actually liked this song…Iono if it was a smart choice for A-side, but I still enjoyed it.

6. O-Z-3 feat. Crystal Boy

Now, I’ve never heard of this Crystal Boy, but guessing, I’m sure he’s another fellow R&B kind of artist.  So far, I’m liking the nice amount of synths in this song for sure, but I’m definitely surprised at Crystal Boy’s amount of auto-tune since it actually fits the electro-like atmosphere.  I like the song, but it seems very congested for some reason and I couldn’t really tell what miyake was saying in his rap. 

7. Love Car Chase feat. mini

Ok, mini is in no way a new artist to me nowadays.  While I wasn’t surprised this collaboration feels like a mix of both styles she’s done so far in her career, but I actually enjoyed this kind of synth-based R&B track and miyake also once again sounds nice to hear in his rapping.  While it isn’t as strong as any of her solo songs, it’s still kind of catchy and one of the better album songs.

8. Koi no Hanasaka Night★Fever feat. SEAMO & Missing Link

Since this is the last male collaborators for the album, I’ve heard of SEAMO, but not of Missing Link.  It’s kind of like a lighter version of “Little STARR”, but strangely enough…I think Missing Link is a girl group or something?!?  While I think both miyake and SEAMO are the MC’s while Missing Link take over the main focus.  It’s actually quite catchy…though SEAMO kind of is meh here for me.

9. Heaven’s Lover feat. Aoyama Thelma

Of course I wasn’t expecting a lot with a collaboration with Aoyama since they always seem to be R&B ballads and it’s no different here.  Though I’ve always admired her vocals since they’re pretty and soft.  miyake’s part is just in “Kyouka Suigetsu” where he doesn’t do alot in the song…Iono it’s nice and all, but Aoyama needs to get out of the ballad zone.

10. Kimi ga Kite Kara feat. Marié Digby

We finally enter our last song of the album and Kimi ga Kite Kara sounds the most relaxed from the album and I love that she’s the only American artist singing in English except when she sings the title of the song.  I was half-expecting miyake to rap in English, but he doesn’t and it’s kind of strange…but either way, the song is simple and quite cute and has a lot of heart to it.

Tracks Recommended

  • Love Car Chase feat. mini
  • Kimi ga Kite Kara feat. Marié Digby
  • Kyouka Suigetsu feat. Maika
  • Complete Love feat. miray

Song of Avoidance

  • Heaven’s Lover feat. Aoyama Thelma

For being miyake’s debut album as a solo artist, D.N.A is actually not that bad of an album actually.  I thought he chose enough people to really make a strong album with a lot of interesting choices like miray, ghostnote, and even mini.  I wonder if it’ll be his lone release before returning to mihimaru GT…but for the time being I was kind of impressed by the album.

 

miCKun – Kyouka Suigetsu feat. Maika December 20, 2010

Filed under: miCKun — solarblade @ 3:02 am

Track Listing

  1. Kyouka Suigetsu feat. Maika
  2. BEGINNING feat. 55 MONKEYZ
  3. Kyouka Suigetsu feat. Maika (Instrumental)
  4. BEGINNING feat. 55 MONKEYZ (Instrumental)

1. Kyouka Suigetsu feat. Maika

Hmmm one half of mihimaru GT collaborating with one of this year’s debut artists, Kyouka Suigetsu wasn’t what I was expecting knowing of miyake’s background with R&B.  Maika does provide main vocals and of course her unique vocals make an impact against the interesting mid-tempo fueled song.  It’s definitely along the lines of Maika’s “Kokoro” since it’s blatantly a ballad, but really good.  miyake’s part is actually quite small against, but his rap is more into it than some past mihimaru GT ballads, so it’s a step up from everything.  Good song overall, but having miyake being secondary to the song is a little weird.

2. BEGINNING feat. 55 MONKEYZ

LOL at the whole basketball setting opening up the B-side of the single.  So I guess from the talking at the beginning, 55 MONKEYZ is a new group, but I wouldn’t know any difference.  miyake has the more quieter vocals while 55 MONKEYZ has the more exciting vocals.  This was what I was expecting from miyake since it’s more urban and hip-hop than “Kyouka Suigetsu”.  It’s pretty catchy, but the other member of 55 MONKEYS kind of sounds weird…but still a good track.

Being the lone single before miCKun’s debut album, Kyouka Suigetsu is a good debut for miyake.  Though the single to me is useless since both songs will be featured on the single, it’s still a solid release.  One a ballad and the other hip-hop.  I’m definitely looking forward to his album!