Release Date: December 2nd
Number of Editions (2): Regular Edition, Limited Edition (2 CDs w/remixes)
TeddyLoid gathers an army of artists and producers, but fails in making this record a valid experience.
“Electronic Dance music is today’s Pop” said one of the pioneers of the genre in front of today’s diffusion of digital music. Following this new wave of artists that make the laptop/software combo the way to express their talent, the Electronic scene in Japan has evolved as well while managing to keep that typical uplifting Japanese imprint alive, drawing the thin line that still differentiates most of the mainstream Electronic acts in Japan from the western side of the world.
As one of the most relevant artists in this niche, with countless collaborations under the belt and an active solo career, Electronic producer TeddyLoid is now leaving his low-key attitude behind to come out and show everyone what he’s capable of with his new album SILENT PLANET, that boasts an impressive number of Triple A artists and producers clearly displayed on the record’s cover like the cast of a movie. Managing an army of guests is no easy task though, and despite the young producer is making this superstar roster the main appeal of his record, he fails at the core purpose of it, which is to deliver an enjoyable experience empowered by the influence of several artists. To be frank, most of the times SILENT PLANET sounds like a huge mess, and it fails at fully displaying the personality of each guest and in adapting it to its own style, a situation worsened by the way most of these tracks progress through their chaotic structures: We Are All Aliens, Secret and LION REBELS are the clearest examples of this, where the producer first tricks the listener with an appealing approach to then wipe everything away with non-sense drops and breaks, with a constant use of multiple and conflicting influences in the same composition that shows no sign of logical progression or layering. The feeling he’s just throwing stuff in a random order is something that permeates most of the tracks here, where everything sounds like a messy collage where the talent of the producer surfaces only in bits.
On the other hand, tracks like Game Changers, All You Ever Need and Above the Cloud actually deliver nice performances and a good level of detail, yet they never go beyond the standards of the genre, representing shallow exceptions in a record that’s just all over the place and suffocates the artistic input of its guests, other than failing in delivering a concrete showcase of TeddyLoid’s creative talent. A badly managed record, and a missed opportunity for the young producer to shine.
Vote 4.5 / 10
01. Game Changers (feat With Yasutaka Nakata)
02. Searching For You (feat Ko Shibasaki)
03. All You Ever Need (feat a Taku Takahashi)
04. Secret (feat Tomoko Ikeda From Shiggy Jr)
05. Last Teddy Boy (feat Hisashi From Glay)
06. Break ‘Em All (feat Kohh)
07. We Are All Aliens (feat Wrecking Crew Orchestra)
08. LION REBELS (feat Jun 4 Shot From Fire Ball & NaOki/Nobuya & Kazuomi From Rottengraffty)
09. VIBRASKOOL (feat Haruo Chikada & Tofubeats)
10. Above The Cloud (feat With Tetsuya Komuro)
11. Hajirai Like A Girl (feat Ryohei Shima From The Dresscodes)
12. Granade (feat Ayaka Sasaki From Momoiro Clover Z)