New & Noteworthy J-pop of the Week (June 16, 2024)

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New and Noteworthy J-popIn reference to my need to completely sustain with the J-pop business, I’m planning on doing a weekly round-up of any new releases which have caught my ear. A few of these might have been lined on the weblog already, however my hope is that this may grow to be a one-stop store for anybody concerned with what’s new in J-pop.

With that in thoughts, right here’s the place you are available in: I’m one particular person with one set of musical preferences, so please embed some other new J-pop tracks you’ve loved within the feedback so we are able to get a fuller spectrum every week.

*And similar to I do with my critiques, I’ll wait till full variations of songs can be found earlier than posting them on this round-up. This may principally apply to Johnny’s teams, who nonetheless restrict nearly all of their YouTube uploads to shorter, edited variations.

2023 Index

2024 Index: Dec 24 – Jan 6 // Jan 7 – Jan 13 // Jan 14 – Jan 20 // Jan 21 – Jan 27 // Jan 28 – Feb 3 // Feb 4 – Feb 10 // Feb 11 – Feb 17 // Feb 18 – Feb 24 // Feb 25 – Mar 2 // Mar 3 – Mar 9 // Mar 10 – Mar 16 // Mar 17 – Mar 23 // Mar 24 – Mar 30 // Mar 31 – Apr 6 // Apr 7 – Apr 13 // Apr 14 – Apr 20 // Apr 21 – Apr 27 // Apr 28 – Could 4 // Could 5 – Could 11 // Could 12 – Could 18 // Could 19 – Could 25 // Could 26 – Jun 1 // Jun 2 – Jun 8

Da Pump – Pump It Up (ft. Takuma The Nice)

As ordinary with Da Pump, I just like the influences of this music higher than the music itself. The hip-hop components are enjoyable however the group feels extra like a comedy act nowadays.

Enjin – Main

What occurred to their enjoyable, poppy sound? This appears like each ‘J-pop act copying Ok-pop’ ever.

Frederic – Cyan

I like Frederic’s sound. This isn’t the strongest factor I’ve heard from them, but it surely suits proper inside their catalog.

Child Phenomenon – Present U Gentle (music of the week!)

Okay, I actually like this. It’s most likely my favourite monitor any of those new Junior Exile teams have launched thus far. Nice vocals, nice melodies and an total sense of scope that feels huge and affecting. They should hold doing this.

LIIiEN – Prepared?

I don’t know something about this group, however this can be a strong monitor.

MAZZEL – Counterattack

Meh. I want J-pop would recover from this explicit boy group development asap. It’s like all of the unhealthy Ok-pop songs have been handed on to Japan.

Monkey Majik x Def Tech – O.G. Summer season

A enjoyable little throwback sound on your summer season playlist. It’s a bit tacky, however I suppose that’s the purpose.

Mrs. Inexperienced Apple – Columbus

I’m glad to listen to them return to a giant upbeat sound however this looks like a poor man’s model of Magic and the music video is likely one of the worst I’ve ever seen. In actual fact, it was so terrible it’s been pulled from YouTube!

The Rampage – 24karats Gold Genesis

Songs inside the “24karats” lineage have by no means been amongst my favourite Exile songs, but it surely’s a convention and The Rampage do a good job with the large, brassy sound. The refrain might use some work, although.

Travis Japan – Sweetest Tune

This continues the intense pop sound of their previous few singles. I don’t get pleasure from it fairly as a lot, although. The music feels a bit of flat.

Tsubaki Manufacturing unit – Seishun Exabyte

Enjoyable, upbeat summery fare.

XY – Get Silly

That is precisely how I feared a dance unit monitor from XY may sound. It’s simply reheated Ok-pop tropes with an terrible “get silly!” refrain. I’ve a pet peeve about songs that inform us to “get silly.” They’re… properly… sort of silly. It is a huge disappointment and it actually shouldn’t be.

Revogene – No Drawback (2019)

I stumbled upon this on YouTube when it first got here out and spent literal years attempting to trace it down once more. It’s Eurobeat meets cabaret meets all-out-bonkers. It received’t be for everybody, however you positively received’t overlook it!


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