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Aural Vampire – DEATH FOLDER January 8, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Economical Animal Superstar
  2. Darkwave Surfer
  3. Vampire Ecstasy (Kohki Destruct System Remix)

1. Economical Animal Superstar

You know what?  I have never been introduced in this style of music, Industrial Dance xD.  Economical Animal Superstar would be a great start with it’s quite dark synth melody and EXO-CHIKA’s filtered vocals.  She really does sound amazingly dark for a female singer.  I got to say though, this is one freaky song and I love every minute of it.

2. Darkwave Surfer

Continuing on we have this almost trance-styled track, Darkwave Surfer.  You still have the industrial sound and EXO-CHIKA is more filtered in this track, which makes it hard to hear what she’s saying sometimes.  Luckily, the music is what basically saves the song from being too mindless. 

3. Vampire Ecstasy (Kohki Destruct System Remix)

Alright, so the single came after the album which is OK, and I haven’t heard the original yet, but this version does sound different against the other two tracks on the single.  Not only is their more sound, it’s pretty much a rock track.  I kind of like the style, but I’m just used to their synth stuff basically.

 

 

Aural Vampire debut single is pretty cool and does represent the group’s overall sound.  The Vampire Ecstasy remix was a cool thing to add on.  Still this single is pretty high on my listened to list.

 

TWO-MIX – BPM132

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Track Listing

  1. JUST COMMUNICATION
  2. GOOD DANCE!!
  3. THOUSAND NIGHTS
  4. FRIEND
  5. SILENT CRUISING
  6. CALLIN’ YOU
  7. DIVIN’ TO PARADISE
  8. I LOVE YOU
  9. SECOND IMPRESSION
  10. YOU CAN DO IT

1. JUST COMMUNICATION

The only A-side to represent the album, JUST COMMUNICATION is a pretty cool dance track.  Even though this song is really old, there’s some great beats and rhythms.  Minami’s vocals are great nice and she can really hit some good notes.  Still it’s quite minimal comparing to dance music these days.

2. GOOD DANCE!!

GOOD DANCE!! also shows that there could’ve been more to the song, but the song has a pretty hopeful sound and pretty upbeat as well.  ~Let’s go dance, tonight! is a great line from the song and it’s just a happy dance track.

3. THOUSAND NIGHTS

Definitly Arabian sounding, THOUSAND NIGHTS is a great song to show off what TWO-MIX can do.  I mean there’s some arabian flute playing the melody and Minami comes in singing all mysteriously under the music, which was a pretty sweet idea.  I think this is their coolest track so far.

4. FRIEND

Once again showing a more happier side, FRIEND is a little underwhelming to listen to.  I’m not sure why exactly, but I was pretty bored with the tracks as the song didn’t really move itself along much.  Minami though still sounds great here though.

5. SILENT CRUISING

For being called silent, this song was pretty much hectic as dance songs go.  There’s some great synth melodies throughout and Minami sounded much stronger this time.  I’m starting to get a little tired of the happier tracks, but I love Minami in this song too much to really hate this song. 

6. CALLIN’ YOU

Honestly, this happiness thing, has to stop.  It could be classified as a ballad as it is a pretty soft sung tune, but it was just so boring that I couldn’t help but dislike it quite a bit.  Yeah, this isn’t a good song after all.

7. DIVIN’ TO PARADISE

DIVIN’ TO PARADISE starts off pretty quietly and in a dream-like state which is such a nice way and then Minami and the beats come in with this paradise kind of sound and then these different sounding synths start up and it’s like surprising.  Pretty awesome song.

8. I LOVE YOU

I guess it’s better than calling it Ai no Uta right?  As usual it’s a ballad, but with TWO-MIX’s touch to it.  Minami sounds a bit strange, maybe a tad higher pitch than normal.  Still, she’s rather strong singing along with the up and down synth melody.  Right when she hits the chorus, the song goes upbeat and then she gets terribly nasally for some reason…that’s weird huh?  There’s even accordion in the song….so strange.

9. SECOND IMPRESSION

It’s like they went and tried to use the Reggae theme for SECOND IMPRESSION…It’s quite strange and Minami isn’t singing too much, she’s rather talking through the verses and then singing later on in the song.  I guess it’s alright for a Reggae-sounding track.

10. YOU CAN DO IT

Now this is the song that surprised me the most.  It’s the darkest, fastest, and coolest track on the album.  Minami does sound a bit strange being filtered, but add in the crazy keyboard antics and the pulsing beat and we get this great track.  To finish the album up like this is quite baffling, but I won’t argue.

Tracks Recommended

  • YOU CAN DO IT
  • THOUSAND NIGHTS
  • DIVIN’ TO PARADISE
  • JUST COMMUNICATION

Song of Avoidance

  • CALLIN’ YOU

BPM132 when listened today will sound pretty aged surprisingly and I couldn’t blame them.  They aren’t capsule, but they can make some pretty rad tracks.  Their debut isn’t too eye-popping, but there’s tracks that’ll definitly interest you.

 

Kaya – Kaleidoscope January 5, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Kaleidoscope
  2. remains of mind

1. Kaleidoscope

Kind of a cool string opening starts Kaleidoscope.  It really shows off Kaya’s classical side, but then it changes to a house/trance style as well showing Kaya’s other side.  Though I was liking Kaya’s voice, likes it just rubs off as sexy and such.  The song itself to me isn’t too memorable, but it’s ok.

2. remains of mind

Definitly a darker opening and kind of freaky too.  Kaya’s voice is actually more deeper than usual and all the various synth sounds are nice to the song.  I actually like this song a lot and this could represent Kaya perfectly.  Amazing dance track.

 

 

Kaya’s debut single as a solo artist after Schwarz Stein didn’t disappoint even though Kaleidoscope gets remixed on the album and remains of mind sticks to this single and to be honest it’s so good that it doesn’t need to be on an album.

 

m.o.v.e – words of the mind -brandnew journey- October 9, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. words of the mind -brandnew journey-
  2. ROCK IT DOWN (fleecy cloud mix)
  3. words of the mind -brandnew journey- (ALTERNATE MIX(MEET AGAIN))
  4. words of the mind -brandnew journey- (meet my friend mix)
  5. words of the mind -brandnew journey- (TV MIX)

1. words of the mind -brandnew journey-

They make a grateful return, with this great combination of house, trance, and maybe a little pop.  I think this combination is just perfect for them.  yuri and motsu together really showed their colors here and it was pretty good.  T-Kimura also is still the coolest keyboardist.  I also here some tinges of something gothic about the song as well but it’s prolly just me.

 

 

The final single for the era ends on a good note, since the song is really catchy and full of life.  Probably also one of their most interesting songs they’ve had in a while. 

 

Aira Mitsuki – C.O.P.Y September 6, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. GALAXY BOY
  2. China Discotica
  3. Colorful Tokyo Sounds NO.9
  4. Darling Wondering Staring
  5. HEART LINE ALIVE
  6. China Discotica (Substance remix)
  7. Fantasy Candy
  8. High Bash (Original ver.) Regular or (YAKENOHARA ver.) Limited
  9. Swallowtail D.A.N.C.E (Cherryboy function ver.)
  10. Beep Count Fantastic (feat. Terukado)
  11. Yellow Supercar
  12. Happiness land
  13. STAR FRUITS SURF RIDER (Regular only)
  14. Rock’n Roll Is Dead (Regular only)
  15. ROMANTIC ROPE (Regular only)
  16. Darling Wondering Staring (PLASTIC FANTASTIC remix) (Regular only)
  17. L0ne1yBoy L0ne1yGirl (HMV Bonus Regular only)
  18. COPY YAKENOHARA MEGAMIX (Hidden bonus Limited only)

1. GALAXY BOY

We blast off the album with the promotional track off the album and truth be told it’s really good.  It’s different with it’s cybernetic sounds and futuristic synth drive.  Aira’s lisp is actually helping out and I’m pretty sure she goes the full 1st verse in English.  The bridge had such a cool drive in it that made me fall in love immediatly.  I still think the best reason I love this song is because of the PV.  Definitly an awesome one to check out.

2. China Discotica

Random China Discotica pops up next and starts with string of A-sides.  Not only was this her most known track, it’s pretty catchy as well.  Another one of those songs with a great bridge.  It’s got such a funky electropop feel to it, that you have to dance.  Then it gets into the interlude where she ad-libs for a little bit.  Weird.  Still, it’s a happy track and it makes me happy.

3. Colorful Tokyo Sounds NO.9

DEBUT!  It’s still reigns as my favorite A-side through this entire era.  It sounds definitly poppy with its bouncy synth melody.  Aira definitly sounds quite nice in the verses and the bridge she enters a higher range which isn’t real bad.  The chorus is probably my favorite part because I don’t know what she says in it yet I know shes saying the title.  A smooth electropop tune…Totally.

4. Darling Wondering Staring

As much as I thought this track would be, I was disappointed in it in the single.  It was an indies single as well.  The song sounds a bit messy and sounds a bit too laidback for me.  Aira to me sounds a bit different and she whispers a little bit.  Is this a electro ballad?  It’s my least favorite A-side so far.  Wished there was more to the song.

5. HEART LINE ALIVE

Finally, we enter our first of the new tracks.  This song is like “Darling Wondering Staring” but it has a beat to it and sounds a lot more better.  I kind of thought the track was dragging a little bit, but once it gets to the chorus it gains a nice magical quality to it.  I’m also fearing that the song was borderline filler at some spots but eventually because of the various moments I changed my mind.  Nice soothing track after all.

6. China Discotica (Substance remix)

I wonder why they decided to put the remix in…Is it because it’s being featured on “Beautiful Techno”?  It’s basically a more watered down version of “China Discotica”.  Add some club beats and different synths and you get this.  It’s not bad persay, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the original at all. 

7. Fantasy Candy

Fantasy Candy was a hard song to remember exactly.  There’s some awesome stuff in the interludes in the song giving it a playful kind of sound.  Aira gave a good performance, but I felt this song was acting too much like something of Perfume’s.  The synth in here is so good though….it is Fantasy Candy to the ears.  Oh yea the ending….not the best.

8a. High Bash (Original ver.)

If you got the Regular version of C.O.P.Y. you get this track.  It has a very distinct club sound and somehow at the same time it feels incomplete as a whole.  The interlude kinda accents it.  The verses feel more complete mixing synths and piano.  Sadly there wasn’t much that surprised me.  Least favorite of the new tracks.

8b. High Bash (YAKENOHARA ver.)

If you got the Limited edition, you got the remixed version.  Only 33 seconds longer.  This actually some change of sound, but it’s nearly the same arrangement.  I actually am fond of this version compared to the original.  Sad part is that the vocals are odd to me.  Aira sounds muffled by the additional synths and vocoder.  Maybe she should have done a little more to differentiate the two.

9. Swallowtail D.A.N.C.E. (Cherryboy function ver.)

Ok, This has to be the coolest next to “GALAXY BOY”.  The beat and anti-beat was so good.  The techno beats are just so random and yet some catchy a the same time.  It also doesn’t sound like any of the other tracks on the album.  I found Aira’s voice to be clearer to hear than some of the others.  Then there’s this lower voice…I wonder if that was Aira saying that or not…I was very impressed by the track. 

10. Beep Count Fantastic (feat. Terukado)

Just like MEG’s “SUPERSONIC” it’s dark and very aggressive for an Aira song.  There’s synths that also sound like “GALAXY BOY’s” interlude which took me by surprise.  Though it’s mostly there for the music rather than the vocals.  Though at least there were vocals though I couldn’t understand a word she said.  It’s just a song to get lost to.

11. Yellow Supercar

Starts out with a steady beat for a while that is and then someone shot the tempo so and gets the fast beat.  Then it just gets so good.  The music sounds lively even though the percussion is everywhere.  Another one of the original sounding tracks.  It sounds like a Nami track almost.  Later on the track it slows down and sounds so good.  Another great track off the album.

12. Happiness land

I don’t now what to say about the last track on the limited album.  It’s so different and even more simplistic than the other slower songs.  It’s soothing and calm.  Actually it’s the nicest track on the album with it’s smooth vocals.  I love the ending where the synths takes over her voice.  That was awesome.   Aira is so good changing different electropop styles.

13. STAR FRUITS SURF RIDER

The next 4 tracks are all regular edition only tracks starting with the B-side to “Darling Wondering Staring”.  It’s magical in sound and the fact that you can hear guitar mixed with the percussion and magical sounding synths are great.  It’s got great flow and being a remake, it probably sounds better, but I haven’t heard the original.  The only negative about the song is that…there’s repetition in the chorus where it’s just ~Star Fruits, Surf Rider~

14. Rock’n Roll Is Dead

OMG, I for being a Lenny Kravitz remake it was very true to the title.  It starts off with the guitar riff that everyone’s known then it dies out and turns into this trance tune that takes over.  Aira seems to covered by the music, but when the song is so great and aggressive, who cares.  Aira sounds kinda cool being all teched up.  I think I heard her real voice somewhere in there.  It’s the best of both worlds, but mostly the dance world.

15. ROMANTIC ROPE

I still think she’s going so fast for the chorus.  It sounds jazzy almost, which is interesting considering it’s “China Discotica’s” B-Side.  There’s something missing in the song though.  I don’t know what but I do how it sounds groovy with the instruments.  The ending was the coolest part though.

16. Darling Wondering Staring (PLASTIC FANTASTIC Remix)

Yea, this is the last of the 4 bonus tracks and to be honest, I was majorly disappointed that it wasn’t “Candy Light Mode” that took the final spot.  The music was alright, but I was annoyed with Aira’s vocal here.  I don’t like how they treated her voice.  Definitly not worthy of being on the album period!

17. L0ne1yBoy L0ne1yGirl

Another song that went under the radar is the “final” new track.  It actually has a pretty sweet beat and it seems to remind me of “STAR FRUITS SURF RIDER” and “GALAXY BOY” swirled together.  There really isn’t much to the song but you know the repetitiveness of Electropop which is shown here.  I love the second verse with its synth line and bouncing factor.

18. COPY YAKENOHARA MEGAMIX

  1. China Discotica (Substance remix)
  2. China Discotica
  3. Colorful Tokyo Sounds NO.9
  4. Swallowtail D.A.N.C.E.
  5. Beep Count Fantastic
  6. ROMANTIC ROPE

This is more of a medley since none of the songs were truthfully changed of sound.  It starts with the Substance remix of China Discotica…that was pretty much it just the startup music, nothing more.  Then it leads to the familiar China Discotica where it goes through the first verse, but I thought there was something different in the lyrics…oh well then it finishes up in the chorus and the ad-libbed section of the song where it safely is led to Colorful Tokyo Sounds NO.9…Though it butchers this section just by doing some of the chorus and doing it’s awesome interlude which is the best part of the song.  Funny it goes pretty smoothly into the start of Swallowtail D.A.N.C.E. where the cool beats are still intact.  Aira doesn’t sing it’s just that croaky speaker and then the song gets into some freeze frame spots and then goes through a quiet spot and she sings into Beep Count Fantastic’s start.  It still is aggressive in sound but carries on until the MOST ANNOYING PART where it’s pitch gets higher, and higher, and higher, and higher…x.x  Once it got to its highest points it seems to just somehow end up at ROMANTIC ROPE. That’s where the medley leads to its final seconds.  It’s also the longest part of the megamix.  3 minutes.  I think they chose this because the song itself isn’t on the Limited edition of the album.  I thought it was cool megamix, it that’s what it really is.

 

Tracks Recommended

  • GALAXY BOY
  • Colorful Tokyo Sounds NO.9
  • Swallowtail D.A.N.C.E. (Cherryboy function ver.)
  • L0ne1yBoy L0ne1yGirl
  • Rock’n Roll Is Dead

Song of Avoidance

  • High Bash (Original ver.)

Aira’s album really beaten out my expectations of the album.  Everything had a distinct sound to it and really impressed me overall.  Though both versions of the album are different one having 5 tracks different from the other while that one had a megamix and the original version of a track, it was hell finding every track.  Still a very ubertastic album.  GAME, Dolce, Switch, STEP, and C.O.P.Y are all powerful electropop albums.  Play them all together and it’s a huge party…well you might want to take a few songs off of Dolce XD

 

 

 

 

Nami Tamaki – Sanctuary September 3, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. Sanctuary
  2. Happiness
  3. Double Story
  4. Sanctuary -instrumental-

1. Sanctuary

~Bokutachi wa minna kitto…~ which is part of the chorus starts us off.  So far this is the slowest single of the era, but still infuses dance beats.  Somehow, I really didn’t enjoy the tempo of the song, since it could have been so much faster.  I do like that Nami is taking a more majestic approach to this song.  So it works but it’s my least favorite A-side of the era.

2. Happiness

Ewwww, why did she have to hit that super high that she knows she can’t hit exactly.  I think she was trying for a more happy tune like “MY WAY” but once again she fails, but this time it wasn’t that it was boring, it was just vocally hard for Nami and it really showed here.  Musically it’s the same since the beginning of her career, she should try for something new.

3. Double Story

Then we get another dance track that is Double Story.  Sadly, by this time in the single, you’re bored of the dance routine and just want to hear something different, which lies it’s downfall.  The song just is like any of her dance tracks.  I do give her props on making the chorus sound important, nice song by itself but in context not really original

 

 

So, IMO this is her weakest single….The era itself was half half….This single was dance fever, but it’s strained out for how long now???  Yea, that’s what I thought.  All 3 songs could have been taken another way like Sancturay could have been the ballad for the era…but nooooo.  Still I’m happy this era ended.

 

 

 

MEG – STEP August 31, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. MAGIC
  2. KITTENISH
  3. MAKE LOVE
  4. PRISM BOY
  5. HEART
  6. SUPERSONIC
  7. SEARCHLIGHT
  8. NATALIE
  9. KITTENISH <ynnk mix>
  10. PRISM BOY <extended mix>

1. MAGIC

So, we start off with the first single of the era and to be honest…it didn’t do anything for me.  The la’s were so annoying in the song…blech.  The music is your usual Nakata shtuff.  Though I can see why, it’s so girly that it’s makes sense on the album…Funny, go watch the new PRECIOUS PV and check it out she’s doing MAGIC, ironic huh?

2. KITTENISH

What “MAGIC” was missing was some power and this song made up for it in a big way.  The song carries the girly sound but adds more beats and some out of this world synths usage.  MEG sounds kinda sexed up for this song which also made a positive reaction for me.  The chorus was pretty sweet as well, carrying the smoothness of the entire song…Already this album is good.

3. MAKE LOVE

Ending cute and fluffy, MAKE LOVE is very different.  It’s beat-forward and the synths are cool in the song.  Then we enter a new MEG where she talks instead of sing.  To be honest her English is a bit messy but it’s enough to make some sense out of it.  Then it goes very gritty and totally weird in the beats.  It drags however being over 7 minutes so it’s going to bore you for a while….think of Perfume’s “Take me Take me” and you’ll get the picture very quickly.

4. PRISM BOY

I almost thought “KITTENISH” pt. 2 right from the start.  It has the same girly synth quality to it, but it’s more dreamy and has a soothing magical quality to it.  The chorus brings in some low synths which was pretty nice.  Y’know, this is KITTENISH pt. 2 at best.  Though it’s very good for being it.  Nice track.

5. HEART

HEART is what introduced me into MEG and I still thank the song.  It’s a solid girly-like track.  MEG in the verses really sound like a child and isn’t bothersome, though not a lot of people will agree.  It’s really a cute track with it’s playful sounds and her pronunciation of ~Heart~ is cool for being Engrishly. 

6. SUPERSONIC

0.o  What do we have here?  While “MAKE LOVE” was very boring and long, SUPERSONIC is the opposite.  Her darkest Nakata track to date, we start with some ominous sounds and MEG using her talking to convey the downright creepy vibe song has.  The various synths also do the same complimenting each.  Then all of a sudden a very aggressive track enters the fray even moreso than “edge” or even “GAME” for that matter.  Her singing does take a hit but the chorus saves it just in time.  It’s definitly a standout and my favorite from the album.

7. SEARCHLIGHT

After that surprising track, we get a calm dance track.  Piano is actually the prominent sound of the song and really is a nice addition.  MEG though messes the song up, or perhaps Nakata does, because the song would have sounded better without the Vocoder.  Some of the synths remind me of Namie Amuro’s “Come” so I was pleasantly pleased.  Then this 80’s like synth pops up and realy took the song to a new level.  Alright track.

8. NATALIE

NATALIE is even less synthed up and uses actual percussion, sadly her vocals are not for this kind of song.  I agree with a lot of people saying that they would rather have had the remix found on “HEART” on here than this song.  It’s just slow and kind of weird.  Though, is it me or does the percussion sound like the one’s used in “Macaroni” maybe it’s just me.

9. KITTENISH <ynnk mix>

At first I thought it would have been a new song, but no…it’s a remix of KITTENISH…they took the girly song and made it more different.  It’s definitly interesting to hear this song in a different tone, changing everything practically.  Though I felt the song was missing that oomph the original had.  Maybe it’s just me *sigh*

10. PRISM BOY <extended mix>

Yep, you guessed it, it’s a longer version of PRISM BOY….I’m not too fond of extended versions because I’m just used to the orignal mixes.  Though it does stay true to the main focus of the song with the beginning synthline.  Maybe, but I found it a little more better executed….So I naturally like the song.

Tracks Recommended

  • SUPERSONIC
  • KITTENISH
  • HEART
  • PRISM BOY
  • KITTENISH <ynnk mix>

Song of Avoidance

  • MAGIC

As much as I think Nakata is overworking for each artist/group this was actually a pretty strong album (much better than BEAM thank god) with what he created is a very girly-like sound that works to his advantage with MEG’s one of a kind voice.  She still has work to do on her vocals, but they were so much better this time around