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Kuremachisu Mini-Update: A Seven Day Stretch in Japan

Azora here. I'm bringing you all a mini-themed update just to keep the party rockin'. "A Seven Day Stretch in Japan" is five songs released within the period of April 20th-April 27th. I thought it might be fun to do a flashback update - but not TOO much of a flashback. Most of these are singles that I hadn't even heard during this period anyway. So here we go.

7-24-05: I've found out that Kuremachisu has been listed as Music LJ of the Week over at zhongwenmp3. <3 Hee. I'm excited. For those of you that don't know, zhongwenmp3 is another music LJ that samples mostly Chinese music.



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Title: Etc.
Artist(s): Suitei Shojo
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: 17's Heaven [Album]
Reviewed by: Azora
Genre: Pop
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Let's face it. I know nothing about these two. The group is composed of Rino and Lissa. According to their website, they were both born in 1987 - that makes them a year younger than I am. Also according to their website, they have horrible fashion sense. Please save me. They've also had one of their songs featured as an anime theme, "Jouhou". [I think there's something odd about this group though... hm... Can anyone tell me? Is there something up with them? That would be weird... Not.]

[REVIEW]

I like the song though! It's a very poppy song infused with rock. It starts off kind of monotonous as far as music goes, but then it kicks it up a bit. It's a good opener for their CD in any case. It kind of reminds me a bit of BENNIE K's stuff... but not really. No R&B. The song is decent in any case. I'd listen to more of their stuff, to say something. I think this might not be the best example of their music though.



Title: Itonamu to Iukoto
Artist(s): RAMJA
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: Ai no Seikatsu [Album]
Reviewed by: Azora
Genre: Pop/Jazz
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Lim Ramja was born in Korea, but has lived in Fukuoka Prefecture since she was a child. She dropped out of school and traveled to Jamaica to learn about her musical love, Reggae, and has traveled to India and Thailand as well. She debuted with her first single, Tsuki to Yuei in 2004.

[REVIEW]

I'm sampling RAMJA this time around because her name interested me. It turns out that she's worth sampling, at least in my opinion. I could have sampled her single, though, but I decided I liked Itonamu to Iukoto better. What I really like about this song is the amount of percussion that it uses and there isn't really a lot of instrumentation. RAMJA's voice is somewhere between jazzy and pop, a little deep but not really. Granted, she doesn't really hit that many high notes, but the song is still decent. It's something different in any case.



Title: OVER
Artist(s): HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: OVER [Single]
Reviewed by: Azora
Genre: Rap/Rock
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR is led by a duo of vocalists, Maki and Yuwasuke. The band is also composed of guitarists MEG and mACKAz, and SASSY on drums. They are signed with Sony Music Japan and have released several singles thus far, their first hit being "PRIDE" in 2005.

[REVIEW]

I remembered HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR's first single, and when I saw they'd released something in this time period, I decided to give their single "OVER" a shot. I'll admit I didn't like it as much as the first single, but if they released the same music all the time they'd be really boring. There seems to be more of their rock/rap element in this song, and the two vocalists pretty much share the song - where the female vocalist did most of their last single. The song is somewhat fast-paced though. Not really a bad song to sample at all.



Title: CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY
Artist(s): May Nakabayashi
Language: Japanese/English
Album/Single: CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY [Single]
Reviewed by: Azora
Genre: Urban/Dance
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

May Nakabayashi is a 15 year old chanteuse from Nagoya, Japan, who released her first single CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY in April '05.

[REVIEW]

I am in love with this song. It's something that Namie could have done a number on, and I see a lot of similarities in May Nakabayashi's style. Then again, after Namie's urban success, so many other Japanese singers have showed up and have tried to do the same style - the newest that come to my mind are May Nakabayashi and Kaori Natori. In any case, CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY showcases May's deep voice and her decent English in some parts. There's a lot of synth in the background, and of course your basic urban/dance beats. But if you like Namie, I recommend this.



Title: Nemurenu no Yoru Tameni
Artist(s): Yuki Otake
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: Greensleaves
Reviewed by: Azora
Genre: Acid Pop (Lol).
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Yuki Otake is one of Toshia-EMI's newest artists, and released her first mini-album, "Greensleeves - Nemurenu Yoru no Tameni" in 2005. One of her songs was also featured in a recent Japanese drama.

[REVIEW]

Okay, the creepy thing about this song? It sounds like the theme to The Secret Garden. Anyone remember that movie? With the girl from India who goes to England to live with her uncle and she doesn't know how to cry? *ruins the movie for everyone* Anyway. I don't know anything about Yuki Otake except that I liked the name of her album and so I decided to sample her. But this song is kind of poppy/trancey... The Secret Garden on Acid, let's say. Lol.
Tags: high and mighty color, may nakabayashi, ramja, suitei shojo, yuki otake
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