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Saturday, November 25, 2023

Fragrance, FANTASTICS, Momoiro Clover Z, SKE48, XG, Koda Kumi, FEMM, extra – Asian Junkie

Holy fuck, I had this J-pop model of the Rundown deliberate for months, however I acquired busy and I’m additionally lazy so guess what all the time acquired delay?

Anyway, right here’s some releases I had temporary ideas on that have been launched from January by March, and be happy to contribute your individual faves from that timeframe within the feedback.


FEMM – “We Acquired Every Different”

When you hadn’t heard, the FEMM ladies have ditched the robotic stuff and at the moment are simply an ordinary pop duo. It’s unapologetically Prime 40, however it hits many of the notes effectively sufficient.


Koda Kumi – “Certain Shot”

A good distance from her finest, however it’s good to be reminded that she’s nonetheless releasing music at the least.


Predia – “DRESS”

The members are all of their early-to-mid 30s, so whereas in loads of methods it seems like a typical idol observe full with choral singing refrain, it’s enhanced due being carried out by adults with maturer sounding vocals and the entire method works higher in consequence.


Momoiro Clover Z – “HAND”

A easy track about friendship at its core, however one which’s executed effectively with a vibrant, uplifting groove to it.


SKE48 – “Kokoro Ni Flower”

The track is unremarkably generic within the typical upbeat 48 group track kind of means, however the music video is extraordinarily cool.


FANTASTICS – “Santa Monica Lollipop”

It’s perhaps a little bit of punch away from being a standout pop observe, however it’s nonetheless an alluringly vibey one which sustains itself because of its funky stylings and an appropriately playful supply. Playlist materials for me.



Holy shit, it’s ‘Hyaku Gecs’! That is actually not my kind of factor, however I see the imaginative and prescient and in case you’re a fan of hyperpop then this ought to be proper up your alley.


Fragrance – “Circulation”

A fairly good soundscape that places you instantly into this dreamy trance state, however it additionally doesn’t actually go wherever past that.


XG – “Tippy Toes”

On pattern with loads of Ok-pop woman group releases this yr by way of the unbothered supply and disdain for something resembling a melodic refrain. So not precisely my factor, however it’s presupposed to get by on aura, visuals, and picture, and in case you just like the others then you need to like this as effectively.


INI – “CALL 119”

Talking of abroad pattern chasing, that is mainly all of the macho posturing Ok-pop boy group releases rolled into one. Spectacular in a means.


Kawaguchi Yurina – “Look At Me”

Actually really feel like there’s loads of untapped potential right here, and it’s sadly going to stay untapped so long as her manufacturing continues to go along with issues like an exceedingly mid instrumental-heavy refrain.


King & Prince – “Odoru You Ni Jinsei Wo”

Like an upbeat quantity from a musical or play, and whereas it’s not one thing I might essentially hunt down simply to pay attention, along side the music video it was positively a enjoyable change of tempo.

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