Wednesday, February 28, 2024

New & Noteworthy J-pop of the Week (June 18, 2023)

New and Noteworthy J-popIn reference to my want to completely sustain with the J-pop trade, I’m planning on doing a weekly round-up of any new releases which have caught my ear. A few of these might have been coated on the weblog already, however my hope is that this can change into a one-stop store for anybody thinking about what’s new in J-pop.

With that in thoughts, right here’s the place you are available: I’m one particular person with one set of musical preferences, so please embed some other new J-pop tracks you’ve loved within the feedback so we are able to get a fuller spectrum every week.

*And similar to I do with my evaluations, I’ll wait till full variations of songs can be found earlier than posting them on this round-up. This may principally apply to Johnny’s teams, who nonetheless restrict the vast majority of their YouTube uploads to shorter, edited variations.

2023 Index: Feb 1 – Feb 18 // Feb 19 – 25 // Feb 26 – Mar 3 // Mar 4 – Mar 10 // Mar 11 – Mar 18 // Mar 19 – Mar 25 // Mar 26 – Apr 1 // Apr 2 – Apr 8 // Apr 9 – Apr 15 // Apr 16 – Apr 22 // Apr 23 – Apr 29 // Apr 30 – Could 6 // Could 7 – Could 13 // Could 14 – Could 20 // Could 21 – Could 27 // Could 29 – Jun 3 // Jun 4 – Jun 10

Anju Inami – Killer Bee

This dance rock hybrid has quite a lot of sting to it. (See what I did there?)

Chai – Para Para

The tune is simply okay, however this video is a hoot! – Low Guys (b-side of the week!)

It is a group I’ve been which means to dive into, and their latest observe is a superb start line. That is so enjoyable! I don’t know if it’s getting an mv ultimately because it’s technically a single, however for now we’ll name it a b-side so I can draw your consideration to it with some fancy pink font.

Fudanjuku – Kimi Biyori

I need to like this greater than I do, however the manufacturing feels a bit unfocused.

Hanna Ishikawa – Contact My Coronary heart

Are you lacking propulsive, early-10’s EDM pop? This one’s for you.


LiSA wants no promotional assist from me, however it is a banger. It’s tied to the Japanese launch of Spider-Man: Throughout the Spider-Verse, nevertheless it would possibly as nicely be one other anime opening.

Misamo (Twice) – Marshmallow

I wrote about this right here. I didn’t take care of it.

Mrs. GREEN APPLE – Magic (single of the week!)

I wrote about this right here. I cherished it, and it’s my single of the week!

M!LK – Topaz

Ever since transferring to a serious label, M!LK’s music has modified for the more severe. They’ve moved from the quirky brilliance of Winding Highway and Over The Storm to generic idol pop that sounds prefer it needs to be King & Prince on a price range. Get again to the good things, guys!

ODDLORE – Coming Daybreak

I actually loved their final single, however this one doesn’t fairly work for me. It’s simply not catchy or energetic sufficient.

OWV – Gamer

I like when boy teams go rock, so it is a good change of tempo for OWV. The tune might be stronger, however they’re heading in the right direction.

Sakurazaka46 – Shijima no Boryoku

I don’t love this as a lot as Begin Over (too many tempo adjustments), however the emotive EDM sound matches them nicely and that is one other sturdy entry from the group.

SixTONES – Kokkara

One other SixTONES tune that does little for me. Sadly, I’m not a fan of the course their music has taken over the previous couple of years.

TM Community – Devotion

The legendary group has returned with a brand new album full of authentic materials and remixes of outdated tracks. The title observe is kind of good, however the upcoming No matter Comes sounds prefer it’s going to be even higher.

Versailles – Vogue

I’m not often a giant visible kei fan (I just like the seems, not a lot the music), however that is too dramatic to not highlight.

&TEAM – Firework

I wrote about this right here. I appreciated it, and I’d most likely bump up its ranking a notch or two after extra listens.

Bullet Prepare (Chotokkyu) – Fanfare (2015)

I don’t know if I’ve ever written about this tune, nevertheless it’s considered one of my all-time favourite Bullet Prepare tracks (even when it was by no means a single). It was written by the identical man who composed Attractive Zone’s Run, which ought to inform you all it’s essential know!

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