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m.o.v.e – come together April 4, 2009

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cometogether

Track Listing

  1. come together (RADIO EDIT)
  2. blue jewel
  3. 1969
  4. come together (ORIGINAL)
  5. come together (remixed by AIRHEADZ)
  6. blue jewel (Orbitribe Instrumental)
  7. 1969 (Instrumental)
  8. come together (Instrumental)

1. come together (RADIO EDIT)

Man, what an epic song come together.  Forget the fact that “FLY ME SO HIGH” brought them a new sense of style with synths.  T.Kimura brought the awesomeness with their next single.  motsu is very fierce with his rapping skills and showed a lot of enthusiasm.  Yuri also brought some game and I think she’s sounded the best in the era with the song, but the props really go to T.Kimura for bringing such a hardcore trance style abroad and it sounded just right.  Why aren’t they back to this style eh?

2. blue jewel

Our first B-side is so long at 8 minutes, I was wondering what Kimura had up his sleeves for this long track.  At first I was like I really like the tribal thing going on with the synths and pounding drums.  It doesn’t take to long for yuri to come in with the vocals, but I felt the music was louder than her lot of the times, but she carried some awesome tones.  motsu is pretty angry sounding as well as we continue on with the track.  If there was a track to calm down after the crazyness of “come together”, blue jewel definitly gets it down, but it’s a bit long still.

3. 1969

Jeeze, this single is sooo damn long.  1969 is also a long track going over 7 minutes.  Instead of the laidback house stylings of “blue jewel” We actually get some eurobeat back into their veins and it sounds so much more original and futuristic than their past endeavors.  Unlike the last two, it takes a while before we see lyrics happening.  When it does Yuri sounds ethereal this time around while motsu is the backup again.  I don’t know what’s special about the song being called 1969 because they say it a LOT!

4. come together (ORIGINAL)

Oh hay!  What do we have here an original?  Well, last time I saw that tagged on one of their songs it made the song so much worse which was “destiny”.  Now the first thing I notice is the GODAWFUL length of the song which bypasses all of the other tracks when a time clocking in at past 11 minutes.  What the hell could this mean?  Well what the hell it’s an extended version that took the meaning to literal.  Instead of immediatly starting with yuri’s part the song eases its way in and then becomes just like the original.  Now past that I was expecting more of the instrumental parts but they surprised me by adding another verse, chorus, and after chorus to the song.  OMFG it went from sweet to FUCKING AMAZING, figuring out this.  Honestly, the length doesn’t matter since this is my all-time favorite m.o.v.e song. 

 

 

m.o.v.e totally upped their status with me when this came out.  I was uncertain where things were going with “FLY ME SO HIGH” but releasing this behemoth of a single no doubtedly shot them higher with the fans with such a raw trance sound.  blue jewel was great being the opposite mood for come together and seeing that it was shortened for the album makes me wonder what it’ll be like. 1969 also gets on the album without changes so that’s good enough for me.  Now what got me in a twist was the decision to put the RADIO EDIT instead of the ORIGINAL on the album but it was necessary for space for the other tracks.  meh, anyway BEST *RECOMMENDED*

 

m.o.v.e – FLY ME SO HIGH March 19, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. FLY ME SO HIGH
  2. SUNDAY FUNDAY
  3. words of the mind -brandnew journey- (R-Control Mix)
  4. SUPER SONIC DANCE (Mushroom Huntin’ Mix)
  5. FLY ME SO HIGH (TV Mix)
  6. SUNDAY FUNDAY (TV Mix)

1. FLY ME SO HIGH

I think the era really started off with this single.  Unlike “SUPER SONIC DANCE’s” weak arrangement that was overused as it was through the past era’s, FLY ME SO HIGH is downright trance.  If there was a eurobeat in it, then my bad, but this sounded so fresh to my ears and everyone sounded so much better.  I love everything motsu did in the song with his pop-ins and such.  Yuri also sounded a lot cleaner and easier on the ears this time around.  Basically, if you like trance, this is a good song to try out.

2. SUNDAY FUNDAY

I’m pretty surprised the track seemed to combine their cheesy eurobeat sound with the newfound trance style they decided to bring up.  At first, I was turned off by the thought of it, but it actually works.  Both motsu and Yuri have equal time in the song which is good.  It isn’t as memorable as “FLY ME SO HIGH” but it made a pretty good B-side for sure.

 

 

If it wasn’t for their next single, this would be my favorite single of the era.  FLY ME SO HIGH brought a great new sound with it and even though they only stick with this for a few more singles, this is something I wanna see them followthrough again with.  SUNDAY FUNDAY is another B-side never to make it on an album, but it’s a good track to listen to time to time.

 

m.o.v.e – SUPER SONIC DANCE March 1, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. SUPER SONIC DANCE
  2. RIDE ON THE WAVE (t-kimura RAVE TRANCENTRAL MIX)
  3. stay with me.. (t-kimura CLUB MIX)
  4. SUPER SONIC DANCE (TV MIX)
  5. stay with me.. (t-kimura CLUB MIX) (INSTRUMENTAL)

1. SUPER SONIC DANCE

SUPER SONIC DANCE is definitly an energetic eurotrance track.  Sadly it doesn’t exactly impress me because of the fact that it seems similar to past tracks.  Mainly from their sophomore album is where I draw similarites.  I’ll give it that it has a lot of energy strung throughout and the chorus is of m.o.v.e speciality, but the song lacks originality perhaps?

2. RIDE ON THE WAVE (t-kimura RAVE TRANCENTRAL MIX)

I’m only reviewing this remix because the original has never seen the day of light and isn’t on any album of theirs.  Now for being a remix, it’s definitly gonna make you get up and dance to it’s beat.  It even begins with the JPN school bell melody which is so wrong on many levels.  Still it’s better than “SUPER SONIC DANCE” altogether IMO.  I think the best thing to have happened here was motsu and Yuri vocals.  Amazing.

 

 

m.o.v.e’s 1st single for “SYNERGY” isn’t really stellar, but I guess it’s passable.  SUPER SONIC DANCE really lacked originality especially when it’s been like this since the start, there is no special things to remember it by.  RIDE ON THE WAVE however was the highlight hear with a great trance style.  Needs more of these. 

 

m.o.v.e – Humanizer January 21, 2009

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humanizer

Track Listing

  1. Overture of “Humanizer”
  2. BLAZIBILITY
  3. DIVE INTO STREAM
  4. HYPNOTIZER
  5. Kiss Me Now
  6. Party Nation
  7. Step Into Shangi-La
  8. Don’t Cry For Me
  9. KEEP ON MOVIN’
  10. BEAUTIFUL DESIRE ~Utsukushiku Yokubou~
  11. Dim light, starlight
  12. Lady Butterfly
  13. Love Addiction
  14. Soukyuu no flight -S2800 32MB MIX-

1. Overture of “Humanizer”

Not a surprise that the start of the album has an opening.  It has a distorted voiceover pretty much saying the album is starting so it’s just there.

2. BLAZIBILITY

For this song being called BLAZIBILITY, I was expecting something crazy like “GAMBLE RUMBLE” or even “DOGFIGHT” but what I got was just a little underwhelming and kind of disappointing as well.  I mean the synths are all right, but wouldn’t it be better faster perhaps?  I like the guitar riffs that happen in the song, but I was just meh with this.

3. DIVE INTO STREAM

As the only A-side to represent the album, DIVE INTO STREAM has gotten better to me over time.  Just like “BLAZIBILITY” though, this song suffers from the *Iwishthiswasfaster syndrome*.  I mean seriously, this has an Initial D tie-in, so it’s quite needed that the song should’ve been all out fast and hardcore.  I do love motsu’s rap solo when the song enters this Halloween-like state with its sound. 

4. HYPNOTIZER

Now here’s where things get good.  I think it’s a first for other members other than T.Kimura gets their voice distorted and put under some vocoder.  Yuri though sounds way sexy with this industrial dance sound that oddly sounds familiar…Aural Vampire perhaps?  motsu though is heavily distorted which is surprising.  So far I like this song a lot.

5. Kiss Me Now

Kiss Me Now, sounds preetty funky with its quick beats and how the beat is just as beat-forward.  There’s something cute about it, but maybe I shouldn’t say that, but the song sounds kind of like that.  The chorus sounds a little gothic, interestingly and motsu’s rap definitly works with the song.

6. Party Nation

We actually get our next trance song with Party Nation, but mixes the darks sounds that made “DEEP CALM” stand out with guitar riffs added on.  I wasn’t expecting a trance song, but this was pretty good as well.  Though Yuri says the title a bunch of times in the chorus, I always feel if she’s saying ~Body Nation~  I know her English isn’t real good, but w/e. 

7. Step Into Shangri-La

If you thought “Party Nation” was trance-like, this song has it totally beat hands down.  The odd thing about it is that, it’s like one of those tracks you’d hear at sporting events y’know what I mean?  I think I was more surprised at how much time motsu had through the first part of the song.  When Yuri came in, the mood changed and to me it wasn’t a smart choice because I loved the sound when motsu was rapping and hers was lighter almost happy feeling.

8. Don’t Cry For Me

This reminded me when the went through their latin phase of their sounds, but mix in with some techno sounds and we get this actually pretty nice track.  I’m surprised at how much this album is trying to be “SYNERGY” but oddly this doesn’t beat majority of the songs.  Sad huh?

9. KEEP ON MOVIN’

On the album, this just doesn’t make much sense after all the trance tunes we’ve had.  As a kind of rock ballad, KEEP ON MOVIN’ shouldn’t really have had a place on the album because it just seemed to meh and pretty forgettable.  I do like motsu rapping part as the music gets pretty aggressive and the piano plays a cool line.  It’s a warm up to song to me.

10. BEAUTIFUL DESIRE ~Utsukushiku Yokubou~

 Now this was what I wanted to hear in an Initial D release.  The song combines rock and trance together to make a pretty awesome track.  Yuri does a lot better pronouncing things right and motsu continues his energetic rapping skills.  The chorus has some strange stuff happening on Yuri’s end though….Iono, she kind of does some weird anunciation, but it’s not too bad.

11. Dim light, starlight

The actual ballad pops up next and with the heavy bass synth acting as a beat it just creates a pretty awkward state of mind.  At first I thought it was a ballad, but when the chorus comes up the sounds get faster, which did throw me off at first.  motsu’s rapping does kind of bother me as he is monotone through his part, but Yuri gave a good singing performance here.

12. Lady Butterfly

However, Lady Butterfly is definitly one of the hidden gems of the album.  There’s a strong trance sound found here and is actually at a speed that I’m comfortable with.  The verses are quite strange with a distorted motsu and Yuri switching lyrics to each other twice and then Yuri finishes the line.  Definitly something reminescent of the “SYNERGY” era.

13. Love Addiction

If that was the “SYNERGY” track, this was definitly the “Operation Overload 7” song.  It just sounded like a good portion of that album and I love the energy the song just put out here.  The synth was forceful and motsu’s rapping is definitly energetic and full of attitude.  Great track.

14. Soukyuu no flight -S2800 32MB MIX-

At first, I thought it was a live version of the B-side on “DIVE INTO STREAM”.  Was I wrong, it’s an actual remix that doesn’t sound like the original at all.  They took out everything and put in a trance sound to it.  I think they got it right with verses/bridges in the song.  Sadly, it’s one of those songs that probably shouldn’t have been changed into a cold trance song.

Tracks Recommended

  •  HYPNOTIZER
  • Lady Butterfly
  • Love Addiction
  • BEAUTIFUL DESIRE ~Utsukushiku Yokubou~

Song of Avoidance

  • Soukyuu no flight -S2800 32MB MIX-

m.o.v.e’s final album with T.Kimura as a full member was actually quite the downer IMO.  There wasn’t enough memorable songs to make this album actually work.  As you can read, this song had a more trance feel which was their biggest style back on their last album “GRID” as well.  What really was surprising was that they didn’t include the more memorable tracks “SYSTEMATIC FANTASY” and “SPEED MASTER” which were obviously the trio’s best tracks.  Knowing though that they were on the best-of should not count to not have them on this album.  Sorry, this was just a weak album this time around.

 

m.o.v.e – Operation Overload 7 December 17, 2008

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operationoverload7

Track Listing

  1. sweet vibration
  2. GAMBLE RUMBLE
  3. PLANET☆ROCK
  4. Extasy—in my dream—
  5. MUGEN
  6. stay with me…
  7. gimme3
  8. destiny
  9. LAZY CAT vs. SILLY DOG
  10. A Rule Between You&Me
  11. Operation Overload 7
  12. strike on
  13. weeds
  14. SPRING BREEZE
  15. destiny (original version) (BONUS TRACK)

1. sweet vibration

So we begin this album with the first single of the era.  I’m surprised they took off the remix name of it which is surprising, but the song is still the same track as it was from the single.  It still does get me into the groove everytime this song plays, for some reason.  It does show more of a classy side to them IMO.

2. GAMBLE RUMBLE

Then we’re led to the 2nd and last single of the era, GAMBLE RUMBLE put eurobeat straight into our heads and this song is still considered one of their best songs.  The energetic performance given by both motsu and yuri really gave it that spark that the previous m.o.v.e tracks had lacked.  Still the main person to give credit to here is T.Kimura for the music OMG, is fast and awesome.

3. PLANET☆ROCK

We enter the new tracks with another bang with this cool space track.  Though it does get slower, but it suits to follow more on yuri than motsu which is pretty great.  It seems to be anthemy but I guess the synths and motsu’s quipings make it bearable. 

4. Extasy—in my dream—

Seems the opening is pretty ambient as m.o.v.e songs go.  It seems to ditch the entre eurobeat sound until the pretty cool chorus where it starts get a beat.  motsu’s rapping is filtered in the song which made the song a bit better and then he ditches it and starts to rap like it’s nothing.  So great.

5. MUGEN

I enjoy the beginning of the song for sure, but then it just seems to sound like a copy of the last track which does not help at all.  At least I know that yuri is using English and seems to be doing better at pronouncing at least.  What’s bad though is just how fillerish it sounds.

6. stay with me…

It’s nice to hear some kind of strings in the song and it’s still covered in eurobeat, I actually wished it wasn’t here in the song for once.  It’s also nice noticing that they are changing sounds a little bit, because of they different synths sounds that’s interlacing with the beats.

7. gimme3

The intro was so funky and even then this song is funky in so many ways.  yuri is under the use of vocoder which is a first for the group.  Now she sounds pretty good under, but what was with the weak entry into the chorus?  motsu’s rapping is there as usual and it’s really fast this time. 

8. destiny

I never really understood why the song had such a cowboy-ish theme to it.  I mean horses trotting, gunshots, and yeehaws covered this almost carbon copy of “GAMBLE RUMBLE”.  Like I said in single review, the song actually is really good.  There’s a pretty good beat and motsu explosive energy helped it out.  Though, I do question the lyricist for yuri’s parts like ~Hold me in the sunrise, your destiny~ I mean does it really make sense?

9. LAZY CAT vs. SILLY DOG

I instantly fell in love with this song’s abstract sound.  I mean I can’t explain it, but it so fit them and it really stood out from the album.  motsu;s rapping came off as silly because ~That’s very nice~ line that was in his first verse.  It’s slick and is probably one of my favorite motsu lead tracks.

10. A Rule Between You&Me

So here’s our ballad from the group and even though it isn’t like uber memorable, it was well enough to be remembered from the album.  I think it’s the first song as well to not be covered in synths which is prolly best needed now, because of the previous tracks.  motsu’s rapping sounds a little dead, but that’s cause he’s filtered again and is mostly covered by the music.

11. Operation Overload 7

Weird, the title track is very percussion heavy and the synths are really awesome here as well.  There couldn’t be anything too bad to say bout the song, but I felt it lacked something, it could be more sound perhaps, but how motsu shooting off his rap skills is crazy.  The middle is something else though, I have no idea why they did that, but it made the song much more impressive.

12. strike on

 Don’t know why they had to add this track because it’s still sounding very fillerish on the album.  I mean it is practically the same melody as “GAMBLE RUMBLE” and “destiny” which wasn’t exactly what you call it original.  I mean there’s parts I do like of the song, but it isn’t my track.

13. weeds

As we near the album we get a freaky track.  I mean it’s their first foray into the rock side of songs, which shockingly works for them is some crazy way.  motsu is acting as the backup to yuri who is sounding really nice with the whole drum heavy sound.  It’s different, but it could’ve fit somewhere on “DEEP CALM” perhaps.

14. SPRING BREEZE

The last song is OMG amazing.  Like it does have the rock thing, but they seem to have done this track orignally in a eurobeat style, because it seems to be perfect with them, but they replaced it with piano and some drums.  Still it’s one of the best new tracks for sure.

15. destiny (Original Version)

The worst idea is to have the original version on the album.  See this is where songs can go wrong.  They stripped the cowboy shtuff on it and slowed it down immensely.  It’s like comparing “Over Drive” because it’s faster version was so much better.  No use for this track.

Tracks Recommended

  • GAMBLE RUMBLE
  • destiny
  • LAZY CAT vs. SILLY DOG
  • SPRING BREEZE
  • Extasy—in my dream—

Song of Avoidance

  • destiny (Original Version)

m.o.v.e is starting to gather some momentum here with this release.  Lot of the tracks seemed experimental almost.  Still the eurobeat sound was still evident mostly in the singles and such, but the new tracks somewhat impressed me.  It still pales in comparison with their next album, “SYNERGY”

 

 

m.o.v.e – GAMBLE RUMBLE December 2, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. GAMBLE RUMBLE
  2. strike on
  3. destiny
  4. GAMBLE RUMBLE (yin to deep mix)
  5. GAMBLE RUMBLE (TV MIX)

1. GAMBLE RUMBLE

As usual, GAMBLE RUMBLE was a tie in for the Initial D series and as of then this was their biggest track.  It showcases some of the fastest synths heard in one song.  Gotta love T.Kimura.  Yuri has also shown great singing as well here, even though it’s still not as energetic as I want her to be.  Of course you get you usual motsu rap and it actually fit with how high-octane the song is.  Still the main focus with GAMBLE RUMBLE was its music.  Definitly something that excited me from when I first heard it.

2. strike on

Then we get this track which seems to use the same arrangement, albeit a little slower than “GAMBLE RUMBLE”.  That’s the main problem with this track because of the lifeless similarity to the first track.  The chorus does seem a little more happier in a sense, but it still is pretty generic for me.  I do love the whoa’s XD

3. destiny

Why are these 3 tracks so damn similar to one another, I swear it’s basically the same rhythm almost.  There is a opening that sounds so cowboy-ish.  I was definitly surprised at jow much energy was put into the song from motsu.  He was pretty into it.  Yuri to me sounded covered by the music which made it hard for me to hear what she was singing.  Tempo-wise, it’s a little faster than “strike on” but not “GAMBLE RUMBLE”.  I quite like the song as well, even though it’s pretty much a carbon replica of “GAMBLE RUMBLE”

 

 

This single was quite unusual for me because of how the 3 main tracks sounded similar one way or another.  I really enjoyed GAMBLE RUMBLE and destiny because even though they were like one another they definitly took it in different levels and both had PV’s as well which helped a lot.  strike on however was definitly the bad one, and well it makes the album *cries* oh and this was the last single of the era.

 

m.o.v.e – sweet vibration November 1, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. sweet vibration (electro house mix)
  2. Can’t Quit This!!!! -KNOCK’EM OUT- (SH FUNK MIX)
  3. time machine (Long Version)
  4. sweet vibration (80’s Funkedelic mix)
  5. time machine (The Rubber Club Dub mix)
  6. sweet vibration (sigoto’s 80’s mix)
  7. sweet vibration (TV mix)
  8. Can’t Quit This!!!! -KNOCK’EM OUT- (SH FUNK MIX (instrumental))

1. sweet vibration (electro house mix)

Continuing we enter a more house flavor of m.o.v.e and to which this song starts it up.  There’s more brass and piano this time around and the song sounds pretty laidback for one.  I think yuri’s English here is alright but not the best I’ve heard.  motsu’s rapping is a little boring, but at least he’s funky doing it.

2. Can’t Quit This!!!! -KNOCK’EM OUT- (SH FUNK MIX)

I’m not sure why the songs are remixed since there’s no original for each song.  Anyway, Can’t Quit This!!! is pretty funky and everyone seems to be acting better this time around.  motsu once again to me sounds younger against his rapping in “sweet vibration”.  T.Kimura makes the song sound funky and yet keeps its House style intact. 

 

 

As we enter our next era, m.o.v.e decided to try House for a little bit and in the end, I think they could’ve done more.  both songs are good, but I think there’s was something missing in each song.  Luckily the next singles make up this one.