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Nov. 6th ft. Tsukiko Amano, Emi Hinouchi, Ayumi Hamasaki x2, Stefanie Sun, OLIVIA x2, & Uhm Jung Hwa

* - If you download, please COMMENT. That's the only way we can tell what music you like, and it will help us choose music for future updates. And we like comments! :D
* - Please download only one song at a time, and DO NOT HOTLINK. Any hotlinking may result in a temporary suspension of files, and that means no downloads for anyone. Please remember, the internet is there to be shared, so respect others.
* - If you like the music, support the artists. These files are intended for sampling purposes only.
* - This week's songs will be removed: We'll say Sunday, November 21th, 2004 - but you know how that goes.




Azora.:* - ¿Qué pasa? What's up, all? All-Request Fortnight recieved a good amount of requests over-all, considering our "going public" phase. sunleth, rinkun, and cat_o_ninetails, I PROMISE to post your songs either between updates or November 21st. I have both Cibo Matto's and Faye Wong's song, and will be looking for hitomi's. But I don't know when I will be posting them. I decided to post it today so I don't have to worry about it tonight when I'm dead tired. This means you get two weeks and a day. :D Enjoy!

Everyone else can request for next time with our Request List.



Title: Pass me the sugar
Artist(s): OLIVIA
Language: English
Album/Single: So Beautiful (Single)
Requested by: dustthouart
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): http://www.olivialufkinonline.com (unofficial)
Genre: Punk-Pop
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Olivia Lufkin was born in Okinawa, an island south-west of mainland Japan. She speaks English and Japanese fluently, though prefers English. She was a member of the pop group D&D before she split (even though they were quite popular) to have a solo career.

[REVIEW]

The first OLIVIA song I ever heard was the Japanese version of this song and I've been in love with both versions of it (and most of her music) since. It's a fun punky song, but not too punk - hence the punk-pop genre. Then again, OLIVIA's music usually gravitates between those two genres. This is also one of her English songs where you can understand all the words. >_>; She either has an odd accent or it's just the way she sings, but I can't understand half the English in her songs. (And yes, I know she's lived in the United States, but that doesn't mean anything.)




Title: skip to a little
Artist(s): OLIVIA
Language: English
Album/Single: Comatose Butcher Bunny [mini-album]
Requested by: senshicalico
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): http://www.olivialufkinonline.com (unofficial)
Genre: Rap/Rock
Download (right or left click): here.

[REVIEW]

Yeah, two OLIVIA songs in one post... but that's alright. This isn't as popular as some of her songs considering it's on one of her mini-albums and isn't a single, so I thought I'd post this. If you like rock/rap-ish songs, I'd try this one. I'm not really, unfortunately. This song just seems a little mediocre to me, as the majority of what she sings is simply repetition and the guy says things here and there. OLIVIA has done, and can do, better. Speaking of doing, this girl SERIOUSLY needs to record a new single! I waaaaaaaaaant.



Title: Idea
Artist(s): Tsukiko Amano
Language: Japanese/English
Album/Single:
Requested by: rowena
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): http://www.otokura.com/amano/
Genre: Rock
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Tsukiko Amano plays refined alternative rock. Much of her music features guitars and orchestral backings, along with her soft-yet-strong voice. Tsukiko isn’t afraid to experiment; in one song from the album Tenryu, she spoke through an entire song. She tends to name all of her albums after Western actresses: Meg & Lion, Sharon Stones, and Winona Riders. Her album Tenryu seems to be the exception thus far.

[REVIEW]

I saw the video caps for this song about a week ago before I could find the single and I was so excited. Haha. So when rowena asked for a song, even though it wasn't this one, I thought it'd be a perfect opportunity to share it! (Hope you like it rowena, and don't mind.) Anyway, this song is very upbeat and typical Tsukiko Amano. I can't say anything else except that I love it. Typical Tsukiko. Then again, I generally love everything she makes... I actually can't think of a song of hers that I don't like. Hm.



Title: Tong Lei (Same Kind)
Artist(s): Yan Zi Sun (Stephanie Sun)
Language: Mandarin
Album/Single: Stefanie [Album]
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): http://www.yanzi.com.tw/
Genre: Ballad
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Yan Zi Sun is a popular singer/songwriter from Singapore and is fluent in both Mandarin and English.

[REVIEW]

I thought I'd give Stefanie's new album a try and decided to post this one up for sampling. I like the beginning to it. It sounds like a sample from some song, but I don't know which or whether it is or not. This ballad features prominently guitar and violin in instrumentation, and of course, a background orchestra here and there. I can't help but think Stefanie's voice fits this kind of song very well.



Title: Da Ga Ra
Artist(s): Uhm Jung Hwa
Language: Korean/English
Album/Single: Hwa (Vol. 7)
Requested by: dustthouart
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): http://www.uhmjunghwaforever.com/
Genre: Club/Funk/Dance
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Born in the 70's, Uhm Jung Hwa graduated with an engineering degree of a sort before deciding on a singing career. Her usual style is techno-infused pop, but also covers the other mainstream sections with ballads and pop songs. She is known as the Dancing Queen as a result of her many club hits.

[REVIEW]

Gosh, I love this song. It's like retro club music. Uhm Jung Hwa's voice fits so well with retro-ish music it's astounding. I suppose I can't help connect her to that kind of music since her 8th album features so much music that recall the retro days, and her 8th album was the first one I heard music off of. (I hear she can't sing live though. Is this true? I need a live UJH song to see.) This song is guaranteed to get you dancing, in your seat, singing, "Da Ga Ra! Hey boys!"



Title: Love ~since 1999~
Artist(s): Ayumi Hamasaki ft. Tsunku
Language: Japanese/Engrish
Album/Single: Love ~Destiny~ (single)
Company: Avex
Requested by: ai_love_chu
Reviewed by: Jo
Link(s): http://www.avexnet.or.jp/ayu/
Genre: Pop/ballad
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Ayumi Hamasaki was born in Fukuoka, in the south of Japan. After a stint as a model and actress, and a failed indies hip hop album with rapper Dohzi-t, she was discovered singing karaoke by Avex super-producer Max Matsuura. Her first single with Avex, poker face, was released in 1998 and she has been a huge hit ever since. She has released 8 original albums and a multitude of remix albums with Avex. At one point, she was responsible for over 30% of their sales.

Tsunku is best known for being the Hello! Project Super Producer and for discovering Morning Musume. He started off in band Sharan-Q, but following the competition to discover a new rock vocalist (won by Michiyo Heike) Tsunku turned his hand to producing. Until recently, he single-handedly wrote and produced every song for the Hello! Project, and also recently released his own album, TAKE 1.

[REVIEW]

When Tsunku released TAKE 1 (which was actually a reasonable album) he redid this song with Morning Musume member Ai Takahashi, and I actually liked that version a whole lot better. But here it is, the original. I haven't listened to it in months, but it has a bit more of a cheesy 80's sound than the cover does. The engrish is bad. "I cry for you and you cry for me, well can I loving you forever?"
It's ok.



Title: theme of a-nation '03
Artist(s): Ayumi Hamasaki
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: & [Single]
Requested by: mirai_noah
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): http://www.avexnet.or.jp/ayu/
Genre: pop/contemporary traditional
Download (right or left click): here.

[REVIEW]

This is definitely one of my favorite Ayumi songs of all time. It reminds me of some of her older work.. which I'm far more fond of than her newer stuff. But it uses her "new voice style". Some of you know what I mean, I'm sure. But it's a good mix, her voice and the music. And I love the traditional touches she put into the song. The lyrics are also very sad... If you can, go look up a translation.



Title: Trap
Artist(s): Emi Hinouchi
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: Dramatiques (album)
Company: Tachytelic
Requested by: onewingedhyu
Reviewed by: Jo
Link(s): http://www.tachytelic.co.jp
Genre: R'n'B
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Emi Hinouchi was discovered by m-flo DJ Taku Takahashi. She is the first artist to be signed to his record label, Tachytelic Records, and has had one album and several singles as well as featuring on both the latest m-flo album (ASTROMANTIC) and the latest MIC BANDITZ album (Johnny Astro & the Diamond Crooks).

[REVIEW]

This is a pretty standard dancey Emi r'n'b number. There's a sample in there which I recognise from somewhere, but I can't remember where. Anyway, Emi's lower range really shows here. As always, I love her because she's cute. <3 Emi!
Tags: ayumi hamasaki, emi hinouchi, olivia, tsukiko amano, tsunku, uhm jung hwa, yanzi sun
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