CD Review :: Hilcrhyme - One Man EP
2) Good Luck
3) Ai Koshin
4) Loose Leaf [Remake]
5) Namida no Tane, Shiawase no Hana [Remake]
One Man EP is Hilcrhyme's 1st mini album & it was released on 4th July .
This release is Hilcrhyme's 1st release after the departure of DJ KATSU in March . Rapper/vocalist TOC will now continue on Hilcrhyme's activities by himself .
One Man EP was put out before Hilcrhyme LIVE 2018「One Man」will take place next month on 2nd Sept .
There're 5 tracks available in One Man EP inclusive of 2 newly re-recorded songs while the 1st 3 tracks are new material .
2 videos were made for Atarimae & Loose Leaf [Remake] but both videos are not included in One Man EP as no CD + DVD version was made .
The person who directed the Atarimae video is Ohno Toshitsugu who also directed Hilcrhyme's 4th single / 2010 release Daijoubu .
Good Luck is a rather angsty driven song while I find nothing special about Ai Koshin as it's neither good or bad for me .
As mentioned before , there're 2 newly re-recorded songs in One Man EP which're Loose Leaf (5th single) & Namida no Tane, Shiawase no Hana (22nd single) .
Personally while it was nice to hear 2 new updated versions of both Loose Leaf & Namida no Tane, Shiawase no Hana , I still feel the original sound better especially Loose Leaf as it was the 1st song I've heard of Hilcrhyme .
Even though Namida no Tane, Shiawase no Hana is Hilcrhyme's most recent single release , for it to have 2 different versions inclusive of what's found in One Man EP , it's quite surprising .
For me I don't like all the songs in One Man EP but it was still a relief for Hilcrhyme to release it after what happened to them the last few months which led to the departure of DJ KATSU .
At that time , I thought Hilcrhyme was a goner as their record label also suspended selling their releases be it in CD shops and also online .
So for TOC to decide to continue on & to name the mini album as One Man , it couldn't be any fitting than this .
I've followed/supported Hilcrhyme for almost 10 years as it would be a pity if they stopped releasing music as they do have some great songs in their discography so I'm relieved to know that TOC is continuing on despite DJ KATSU's departure .
It reminds to be seen what will Hilcrhyme's next music move will be but regardless of the situation , I will still support them no matter what .