New & Noteworthy J-pop of the Week (June 9, 2024)

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New and Noteworthy J-popIn reference to my want to completely sustain with the J-pop trade, 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 coated on the weblog already, however my hope is that this can turn into a one-stop store for anybody curious about what’s new in J-pop.

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

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

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A.B.C-Z – It Has To Be You

Starto Leisure proceed their irritating strategy of chopping out the second verse on their YouTube uploads, however the full model of this track is on the market on streaming platforms. The music is simply okay, however I dig the retro video.

ATARASHII GAKKO! – Fly Excessive

I actually just like the beat, however I nonetheless discover it troublesome to get behind this group as a result of it at all times looks like they’re attempting to be a comedy act and I’m simply not charmed by that branding.

CRAVITY – Present Off

I just like the refrain, however why do the verses should decelerate a lot?

East Of Eden – Chasing The Moon

Fairly good. As traditional, I just like the violin.

ExWHYZ – Candy And Bitter

I benefit from the symphonic parts on this. It feels extra fleshed out than most of their materials.

Ken Miyake – Haunted

At simply over two minutes, this track is out and in earlier than you recognize it. The indie rock sound is an effective selection for Miyake, although.

Kimura Takuya – New Begin

The legend is again! I can’t say I really like this fashion of music, however kudos to him for sticking to his weapons.

Lead – Don’t Keep

It’s at all times a pleasant shock when Lead releases a brand new single. They’ve had such an extended profession. This one doesn’t do a lot for me, although.

NCT Dream – Moonlight (track of the week!)

I wrote about this right here. I appreciated it loads!

Sakurazaka46 – Jigoujitoku

The instrumental intro go me so excited. It seems like a cool reinvention of late-90’s electronica and feels very recent. Sadly, the track reverts to a really commonplace Sakamichi sound and the melodies aren’t hitting as arduous as they need to. However man, I really like a few of these manufacturing decisions.

STARTO For You – We Are

Worthy trigger. Sappy track. Sappy music video.

STU48 – Ai No Omosa (track of the week!)

A really anticipated sound for them, however satisfying nonetheless. I’ll at all times love that electrical guitar and surging beat. It is a nice instance of sticking to a components and making it work. It’s most likely one of the best model of this sound I’ve heard all 12 months.

Tomohisa Yamashita – Good Day (ft. Taehyun of TXT)

I’m seeing a pattern of HYBE artists collaborating with established J-pop stars. It’s fascinating, to say the least. This track is healthier than the ballads Yamapi has been releasing recently, nevertheless it nonetheless feels prefer it’s lacking one thing.

XY – YG (track of the week!)

I wrote about this right here. I appreciated it loads!

MAX – Seventies (1996)

Most likely my favourite single from MAX’s preliminary Eurobeat blast. This debut album is so humorous to me as a result of each single track kicks into the identical high-pitched synth sound just a few seconds in. I’m not complaining, although!

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