Namie Amuro releases three visual teasers for her final album ‘Finally’

On the brink of it’s release—which is scheduled for November 8 this year—J-Pop diva has released three new visual teasers for her final album, the compilation album Finally. The album is to be the singer’s final release of her career, after notoriously announcing her retirement from September 16, 2018 next year. Continue reading “Namie Amuro releases three visual teasers for her final album ‘Finally’”

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Ami Suzuki: ‘Supreme Show’ – Album Review

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Released: November 12, 2008 (Avex Trax)

Supreme Show is a record I feel that Ami Suzuki had always wanted to make but never had the tools at the time to execute. It was released ten months after her concept album Dolce, back in February 2008, but to categorize Dolce as her official “comeback” was probably a misstep. Because if anything, Supreme Show showcased Suzuki-chan at her utmost best. Supreme Show was also on the brink of her 10th anniversary in the music business, so I guess it’s a pretty special record to commemorate on. Continue reading “Ami Suzuki: ‘Supreme Show’ – Album Review”

Ami Suzuki: ‘Dolce’ – Album Review

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Released: February 6, 2008 (Avex Trax)

Ami Suzuki is a name that has never been mentioned in the recent years of J-Pop music. No, not Suzuki the car brand. Ami Suzuki. The 90s J-Pop diva. One of the prime 90s artists that could have made longevity seem like a walk in the park. But after a controversial legal battle in the early 2000s, she kinda vanished from the scene. But from there onwards, Suzuki-chan decided to re-brand herself as an indie artist that focused on compiling records that had a lil’ bit of artist twists and fun-upbeat vibes. Continue reading “Ami Suzuki: ‘Dolce’ – Album Review”

Rising J-Pop diva Daoko and musician Yasuyuki Okamura play ball on their new single “Step Up Love”

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Japanese singer Daoko is slowly becoming a household name in the digital era of J-Pop. She recently released her hugely successful number “Uchiage Hanabi”, which has sold over 100,000 downloads in the region alone. And now, she’s puttin’ them dancing heels on what I can call one of the best J-Pop releases of the year, “Step Up LOVE”, featuring old skool artist Yasuyuki Okamura. Continue reading “Rising J-Pop diva Daoko and musician Yasuyuki Okamura play ball on their new single “Step Up Love””

LiSA: “ASH” – Single Review

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Released: October 1, 2017 (Sacra Music)

J-Pop singer LiSA has been one of the most prominent anime musicians in recent years. Givin’ the fact she belts out theme songs for anime series and films like F-ing fireworks on the 4th of July, it’s hard to miss LiSA… because like the careers of Koda Kumi and Ayumi Hamasaki, LiSA is always there. So to me, her new single “ASH” seems just like a walk in the park; heavy guitars, dramatic chorus hooks, and over-exaggerated vocal deliveries that seems to go on and on and on. Yup, this is all marked off on the “anime-singer-releasing-anime-song” list. Continue reading “LiSA: “ASH” – Single Review”

REOL: ‘Endless’ – EP Review

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Released: October 11, 2017 (Toy’s Factory)

REOL have been one of my favourite bands-on-the-rise for quite some time. Their 2016 debut record, Sigma, immediately snatched my coins and edges man, and trust me, it was a record not to forget (well, especially if you’re into anime and heavy electronic music). To me, I feel Sigma was one of those rare J-Pop records that made a few waves outside the region for it’s unique blend of typical Otaku-esque culture with an Americanized smash of heavy EDM BANGERS and lit production. But halfway into 2017, REOL announced their separation after their concert tour… yup… depressing isn’t it? Continue reading “REOL: ‘Endless’ – EP Review”

Namie Amuro: ‘Break the Rules’ – Album Review

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Released: December 20, 2000 (Avex Trax)

If anything, Namie Amuro’s exploration into the world of R&B was by far the most satisfying moment of her career. Back then, you had quite a few bangers with her Genius 2000 record that left me strapped for cash; “Leavin’ for Las Vegas”… “Something ’bout the Kiss”… PURE FIRE to my ears y’all! But Break the Rules, Amuro-chan’s fifth record and second attempt with acclaimed American producer Dallas Austin, is anything but rule-breaking (no tea no shade y’all). Continue reading “Namie Amuro: ‘Break the Rules’ – Album Review”

Kumi Koda: “Hush” – Single Review

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Released: October 4, 2017 (Avex Trax)

Y’all know I live for some Kumi Koda realness. Back in March this year, Ms. Kumi released her highly-anticipated records W Face Inside and Outside. Inside was a bit of an iffy release that featured mundane ballads and had little flair to it, whereas the ratchet booty bouncin’ beats on Outside made me F-ing throw that cash up in the aaaaaiiiiirrrr! I love me some ratchet Kumi, I really do, and the release of Outside certainly gave me high expectations on what could be coming next. Continue reading “Kumi Koda: “Hush” – Single Review”

Namie Amuro announces details for last album ‘Finally’ and new concert tour

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While most of us Namie-stans have been weeping about the announcement of her retirement next year in September, the J-Pop legend has announced brand new details about the entire promotion of her best album Finally! Continue reading “Namie Amuro announces details for last album ‘Finally’ and new concert tour”