Spin Me Round
Mess Up My Body
Spin Me Round (cargo REMIX)
I think she could’ve pulled some potential out of the opening. There’s some pretty cool effects as hard driving synths are buzzing through. Ayaka does say things, but c’mon I wish it wasn’t an opening track.
2. Spin Me Round
Everyone who knows Ayaka Ikio now will probably blame this song. It’s got such a hot drive to it and Ayaka under the vocoder which made this song also the best from this mini-album. The best parts was the verse (which there’s only one) and the middle section where the song smoothes out. Another thing worth mentioning is that she kind of mentions the Dead or Alive track by saying the ~spin me right round~ part which was a nice nod. I wish there was another verse though, because the song seemed a little short and depended on the later parts to pass it to the end.
3. Mess Up My Body
The beat has a bit more of a punch right from the start. This would be the first time hearing a J-tek artist actually say ~fucking~ in it which is downright surprising to me. I do feel the song to be a little on the boring side as it does sound a little familiar to “Spin Me Round” but in a different sound.
LoLLyPoP has a pretty cool beat which is kind of chaotic and offbeat. She even starts singing with the “f” bomb and she says it a bunch of other times. The chorus really puts Ayaka in a rough spot of singing. I’m pretty sure this song is actually all in English, but heavily accented. Other than the pretty slick beat, the song isn’t much to listen to.
5. Pain Killer
Another chaotic opening, Pain Killer doesn’t seem to really stand out until the main beat actually comes in. It has a great sense of bounce and togetherness that the last song didn’t have and used a lot of lively synths as well. There’s also a nice quiet synth part that sound well executed and is 2nd best on this mini.
6. Spiral Storage
Stock Vocals? I really don’t enjoy listening to them and well the worst is that it’s a repetitious one. The music is quite catchy and full of life, but Ayaka just seemed in a attitude moment until the chorus. The chorus is actually quite cool, even though Ayaka is singing/yelling. It’s a matter of whether you’ll like the verses though.
7. Spin Me Round (cargo REMIX)
Do you really need to remix a track that’s already in a dance mood already? It seem so because a remix finished this mini-album up and what an odd remix it is. It has a piano line that repeats until the verse starts and nothing has really changed. I guess they were trying to give it a more house sound, but this just came out a little bland.
Ayaka Ikio’s debut isn’t as strong as some of the bigger hitters of the year, actually might be the lowest of the debuters. I mean if they give her more of a chance, I think she could’ve done really well as with Spin Me Round. Her cussing does make her stand out, which is good, but she’ll need some help in the music department.