Friday, October 31, 2014
Koda Kumi - Dance In The Rain
Dance In The Rain is a single by Koda Kumi in which it was released digitally last week on 22nd Oct .
Koda is taking this new release to the next level . The music video for Dance In The Rain includes an experience-based 360-degree that makes use of the latest advances in technology like 3D Sound & Oculus Rift . Considered the future of visual entertainment , Oculus Rift is a virtual reality head-mounted display that has not been released yet to the public , projected to be available in April 2015 .
A danceable number sung emotionally by Koda , Dance In The Rain will be released as a CD + DVD edition exclusively only for Koda's fanclub members next month on 12th Nov . The CD will include the A-side & instrumental tracks (no B-sides are included in the single) while the DVD will include the music video + making video footages of Dance In The Rain .
A lot of emotions can be felt in Dance In The Rain in which Koda delivered this song with plenty of gusto . It's a real shame that this song's only released digitally as I feel that it has a lot of potential to do well if it gets a general physical CD release .
My only slight problem towards Dance In The Rain is that it could have been a bit more longer as I felt duration wise , it's a bit short but sometimes you don't need a very long song to prove that it's great which's what I think Koda's trying to deliver when comes to Dance In The Rain .
The video preview for Dance In The Rain is simply stunning & I was in awe upon watching it . I'm sure the full version will be fantastic as soon as it gets released next month . Hopefully in due time , Dance In The Rain (be it song or video) will be eventually made available in Koda's 12th album as it will be a waste for this not to happen at all .
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Acid Black Cherry - INCUBUS
CD + DVD
2) CLOUDY HEART ("LAST GIGS" ver.) 【Recreation Track】
INCUBUS is Acid Black Cherry's 19th single & it was released last week on 22nd Oct .
Acid Black Cherry's latest offering comes in about 7 months+ since the release of their previous single Kimi ga Inai Ano hi Kara ... .
CLOUDY HEART serves as the B-side in INCUBUS & for this , it's a cover of Kikkawa Kouji . This song was included in the album Cloudy Heart that was released in 31st Jan 1994 as track #7 .
Personally , every single aspect of INCUBUS is brilliant . From the song to the visual aspects , yasu spares no thoughts in making this single an all rounder .
INCUBUS itself is a hard rock edgy gritty number . The song is angsty/aggressive at its very best .
Acid Black Cherry's 4th album L will be released in 2015 . L will centres on an extraordinary story about a woman called L who lived a life full of ups + downs & just wanted love .
L will be Acid Black Cherry's 1st album in 3 years , after the release of their 3rd album 『2012』 .
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
V6 - Sky's The Limit
CD + DVD Normal & Type A
CD + DVD Type B
Sky's The Limit is V6's 44th single & it was released last week on 22nd Oct .
V6's latest single offering comes in about 2 months + since the release of their previous single Namida no Ato ga Kieru Koro .
The A-side was picked to be used as the theme song for Tokai TV / Fuji TV's noontime drama Hottokenai Majotachi starring member Miyake Ken & Sky's The Limit is described as a dance number that shows the group's true value .
There're a total of 3 B-sides in the single in which all of them will be not reviewed :
- Eyes to Eyes
- Ashita wa Kuru kara (CD Only Track)
- Kimi ga Inai Sekai (CD Only Track)
After releasing 2 back to back ballads as singles , I'm so relieved that Sky's The Limit is a great comeback for V6 as I honestly feel that they're equally versatile when comes to doing uptempo songs & ballads .
Sky's The Limit most certainly didn't disappoint & I already like it on 1st listen as it's edgy without sounding cheesy which allows V6 to showcase some serious dance moves in the music video .
V6 will celebrate their 20th anniversary next year & it's hard to believe that 20 years ago , they 1st debuted in the scene with their debut single MUSIC FOR THE PEOPLE .
A lot of artistes come & go but I'm glad that V6 still managed to stick around after so long as they're 1 of the rare seniors Johnny's that still got it going on in them . It's not easy to keep on going but if V6 is still around after all this while , they must be doing something right isn't it ?
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Suga Shikao - Monoraru Sekai
Monoraru Sekai is a single that was released digitally by Suga Shikao . Suga's latest digital single offering was released last week on 22nd Oct .
Before embarking on his upcoming SUGA SHIKAO NEXT ROUND TOUR 2014 , Suga released Monoraru Sekai to coincide with it + this track's an pleasant listening track coupled with funk , soul + R&B sounds that Suga's known for .
I did not really enjoy Suga's previous physical single release Astride / LIFE that much but Monoraru Sekai is something worth checking out & coming from 1 of the most unique/respective male solo artistes , it says a lot .
Monday, October 27, 2014
Kobukuro - 42.195km
42.195km is a single that was released digitally by Kobukuro . This was released about 2 weeks ago on 15th Oct .
Promo wise , 42.195km was picked to be used as the official theme song for the Osaka Marathon that took place yesterday on 26th Oct .
Compared to their previous physical single release Hidamari no Michi which was great , I do not really like 42.195km that much because I felt that when Kobukuro does harder rock songs , it somehow doesn't really suit their image .
Let alone , 42.195km doesn't sound as though it's suited to be used in a sports related event even though song title wise it's a different thing .
Considering that the duo has other great songs in their discography , 42.195km is something I don't mind to skip in not hearing it .
Sunday, October 26, 2014
GLAY - Hyakka Ryoukan / Hashire ! Mirai
Cover for both CD & CD + DVD editions
1) Hyakka Ryoukan
2) Hashire ! Mirai
3) BLEEZE ~Studio Session Ver~
4) Soto Nada SAPPHIRE ~Studio Session Ver~
5) Kuroku nure ! ~Studio Session Ver~
6) YOU ~Studio Session Ver~
7) 「MUSIC LIFE」 Trailer
Hyakka Ryoukan / Hashire ! Mirai is GLAY's 51st single & it was released last week on 15th Oct .
The group's latest single offering comes in about 3 months + after the release of their previous single BLEEZE ~G4・III~ .
Hyakka Ryoukan / Hashire ! Mirai is GLAY's 2nd single release in celebrating their 20th anniversary in the business .
Besides both A-sides , Hyakka Ryoukan / Hashire ! Mirai also includes live recordings of all tracks from BLEEZE ~G4・III~ which were recorded from their 1st studio session live that was held in July , as well as a digest audio recording of their 13th album MUSIC LIFE .
The 1st A-side Hyakka Ryoukan has a heavy rock tune & is a satire of modern society . The hard rock number has lyrics that're intended to critique aspects of modern society in Japan .
On the other hand , the 2nd A-side Hashire ! Mirai was picked to be used as the opening theme for the anime Daiya no A . This rock tune was written + composed by vocalist TERU who claims to be a fan of Daiya no A .
Regarding the tie-up , TERU commented , "I loved reading Daiya no A , but I never thought that GLAY would be in charge of its theme song , so I am very happy ." This's GLAY's 1st tie-up with an anime in over 15 years , since their song Surviva was used as the opening theme song for the anime Kaikan Phrase .
Between both A-sides , I prefer Hashire ! Mirai a lot more than Hyakka Ryoukan . With regards to Hyakka Ryoukan , its music direction is something I don't really like that much unlike Hashire ! Mirai where it's more light hearted & fun .
Celebrating their 20th anniversary in the music industry , 1 of JRock's most iconic/influential bands GLAY has most certainly come a long way in the business & with the release of their latest single Hyakka Ryoukan / Hashire ! Mirai , they show no signs of slowing things down in any single bit .
GLAY's 13th album / 20th anniversary MUSIC LIFE will be released next month on 5th Nov & both Hyakka Ryoukan + Hashire ! Mirai will be included in the album , as tracks #2 & #4 respectively .
Friday, October 24, 2014
Matsushita Yuya - Whisper my name
1) Whisper my name
2) Close to you (LIVE)
Whisper my name is Matsushita Yuya's latest single which was released digitally last week on 18th Oct .
The release of Whisper my name comes in about less than a month after the release of Matsushita's previous digital single Eternal now .
In Matsushita's latest digital single offering , it includes 2 B-sides which're live recordings . Close to you was 1st found originally as the 1st B-side of Matsushita's 2nd single LAST SNOW while Naturally was Matsushita's 8th physical single release .
As for Whisper my name , it's an mid tempo R&B number & it's not as catchy as Eternal Now on 1st listen . I find the song ok but it wouldn't be a fave song of mine as it sounds like something Matsushita has done before .
This year alone , Matsushita has already released 4 singles digitally inclusive of his latest offering Whisper my name . I do hope that for his next release , it will be a full length album but of course I wouldn't mind if he chose to put out another digital single release again .