Release Date: December 3rd
Number of Editions (1): Limited Edition (Tower Records exclusive)
When Curumi Chronicle announced her temporary hiatus a month ago in order to focus on her duties as teenager, all the fans of the EDM schoolgirl definitely didn’t know how to react: After the double single release with 17 bringing sweet and upbeat J-pop goodness filled with Curumi’s signature production and that killer single that goes by the name of Touch me, it was hard to see this coming, but taking this negatively would probably be the wrong way to face this news: Not only Curumi will be back next spring with more amazing music, but she also managed to give her fans a Christmas gift before her short pause, which is the release of a single called White Sweet Cake.
Though, calling it “new” single would be wrong: The track giving the name to this release is indeed a previously (digitally) released song that our beloved EDM schoolgirl has been performing for quite a while during her live shows, now coupled by a remix for it and a Mash Up of the most successful tracks created by her talented producer USAGI DISCO, making a package that, while actually not offering any new track, it still has its value and almost twenty minutes of good music.
And it’s great that White Sweet Cake finally got physically released, because it’s a track that all the Curumi fans and those who simply want some good Techno-pop music will love. As the title suggests, what we get with this single is mainly a Christmas track, a trend that several artists follow every year but only few of them actually make it personal from a stylistic point of view. This is not the case:White Sweet Cake is a 100% Curumi Chronicle track that features a lively and festive atmosphere not made of Christmas samples but instead of synths creating catchy melodies spread all over the track, giving life to the parts of the structure where the Techno-side of Curumi’s sound takes the spotlight, summoning dreamy vibes that make this song plain irresistible from the first second. Same can be said for the verses, where the cute but mature and slightly cold singing we’ve learned to love in the past years is coupled by appropriated and well executed chords that directly lead to a catchy, shiny chorus that all the fans loved and will forever love to jump to during Curumi’s shows once she’ll be back to rock venues around Tokyo. Moving along, the USAGI DISCO Mashup of Curumi’s most famous and successful tracks kicks in, bringing eleven minutes of Techno-pop goodness featuring tracks taken from her entire discography, most of them mixed very well, and while maybe the same can’t be said for a couple of them, in the midst of all these great tracks and heavy beats framed by the glitchy effects USAGI loves so much, fans will love to play this mashup, and occasional listeners will find a valid discovery to add in their party playlist.
The remix of White Sweet Cake made by DJ Obake is the last track of the package, giving a sweeter and softer vibe to the track, featuring an interesting background with more emphasis on the instruments, sacrificing a bit of the classic Curumi sound in advantage of a softer and more present Christmas feeling, concluding a single that can deliver quality and entertainment despite not being a “major” release.
While officially not bringing anything new to the table, White Sweet Cake is still a worthy single that will please all the fans of the EDM Schoolgirl waiting for her to come back this spring stronger than ever with more Techno-pop goodness. Newcomers will probably want to look at Curumi’s most influent releases such as her previous single Touch Me and her first album, but the catchiness of the title track and the nice mashup of her best songs still represent a nice welcome to those eager to discover a new and valid artist.
I’ll never stop to say that Curumi Chronicle is a promise for the future of Japanese Techno-pop: Time will eventually write her story.
Vote: 7.5 / 10
Note: You can buy White Sweet Cake exclusively at Tower Records stores in Japan, which actually makes it pretty hard to buy for overseas fans: But don’t worry, the single is fully available on Curumi’s Soundcloud for free, so everyone in the world will be able to listen to it! If you’re still interested in getting a physical copy, your best bet is to check the Tower Records Online store and use a Warehouse Service to ship it to your home. For more details, check out my Support Japanese Music from Overseas guide.
01. White Sweet Cake
02. USAGI DISCO Curumi’s Mash Up
03. White Sweet Cake (DJ Obake remix)