BLOG | Vibes from the past


This week hasn’t been particularly rich in terms of physical releases, but at the same time, some well known faces surfaced again to bring vibes and sonorities highly missed in recent times.

Of course, the highlight of the week has been Utada Hikaru‘s comeback on the market, with two songs that brought back one of the most beautiful voices of Japanese music. While Hanataba wo Kimi ni  is a nice track that follows the classic Hikki pattern, Manatsu no Tooriame delivered feelings only Utada’s wonderful voice and interpretation can convey. Yep, I cried like a baby for the millionth time, exactly as happened when Sakura Nagashi dropped a few years ago. And by the way, she topped the iTunes chart just minutes after the tracks got released.

Another pleasant come back, even though with a much more contained impact (since, uhm, it’s not really a comeback) is Aira Mitsuki‘s third digital single since the end of her hiatus. Pretty much following the sound of the previously released tracks, Doctor A brings back that 2008 Techno-pop sound that, no matter what, I will always love. She can keep doing the same song over and over again, I wouldn’t mind. But it’s about time she announces a new album or something more consistent than single tracks released digitally.

Not a comeback, but definitely a more than welcome release, the new tricot song is just as good as you would expect. Setsuyakuka is a good showcase of the band’s talent in making Math Rock compositions accessible and enjoyable to anyone, and I can’t wait for the three girls to release their new KABUKU EP in a few weeks. Of course, you will find a review here on the release date, so be sure to stay tuned.

Well, that’s it for this week’s recap guys! I’ll review the new Tentenko record in the next days (if she doesn’t release three albums in the meantime) plus a few more impression articles are on the way as well. Oh, and of course, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s new single is getting released on Wednesday, and I can’t wait to see if it’s as bad as everything she has done in the last two years (answer: probably yes).

Stay tuned guys! Take care.

– Alex

Aira Mitsuki delivers Techno-pop goodness with new single “Days”

I’m not entirely sure what Aira Mitsuki is up to with her career at the moment: After the release of her 2013 album I’ll be back, she pretty much disappeared for a few years to then come back again last year with Lightsaver and Animo! , two digital singles that I found very enjoyable, especially the first one cause it gave me that 2008 Techno-pop vibe I love.

The singer is back today with yet another Digital single called Days, and much like Lightsaver, this track brings sharp beats and a classic electro-soothing bass, framed by bits of melodies in a very nice arrangement; Even structurally, the track does a good job with a break halfway that emphasizes the atmosphere, while Aira’s vocals, as tradition, are vocoded into oblivion and blend perfectly with the track. It’s an enjoyable track with a slightly retro feel that makes you wanna dance, and it does the job greatly if you’re looking for a nice jam to chill with.

Days is yet another proof that Aira is still on track and relevant in the Techno-pop scene. At this point, we just need an album announcement so that she will finally be back.

– Alex