Aira Mitsuki – PLASTIC

 

Its Nicki Minaj!

Aira Mitsuki is THAT bitch. Girl can’t do a thing wrong really, when I discovered her two years ago by accident I knew there was some great big divine power at work for me having stumbled upon her. She is signed with dtopia and is basically the label’s cash cow. Saori@destiny is there as well, but she doesn’t sell…

If COPY was the more harder sounding Aira album, then PLASTIC is the more cuter sounding album. There are far more cute songs on this album then there was on the last one. That doesn’t mean that its all cute though, it does have it’s fair share of hard and knocking techno songs. Like BaD trip which is pretty much what you would expect for a more hardcore techno pop song, I definitely like how the song has a chaotic sound to it, the bridge is hella savage as well. Then you have bordering on industrial CHANGE MY WILL. The song is sort of a mess but its ok for a couple of listens. Then we have the abomination Re_† which just so goddamn long and to messy and just grating to the ears. Clearly the albums worst cut, thank god it was stuck as the last song. I really do wish that COSMiC CHOPPER and Sazae Funkadelic were used instead of CHANGE MY WILL and Re_†. It really would have helped the album overall.

Robot Honey was the first Aira song I heard and I fell in love with its quirky nature. Its verses are rather bubbly and I like how there was electric guitar and her lisping in the song is hella cute! It sounds rather 8bit, which adds to the overall charm of the song. A perfect lead single to start with imo. How ever the song isn’t all completely cute it has its harder beats in there and knocks like it should. Especially when the song makes a 180 at the bridge and things get all spacey and shit.

Summeeeeeeeer Set is pure pop genius. I’m glad that Aira enlisted Ayuse Kozue to work with her in this song, the two have studio chemistry and I hope they work together again sometime in the future. The song is so fun sounding and definitely Summery. The chorus is so god damn catchy I can’t even describe, it’s basically a call and response between both girls. Aira’s alto vocals and Ayuse’s soprano vocals mesh to create a beautiful nonsensical song about jelly, make up, summeeeeeeeer, and engrish! The songs bridge is actually pretty tizight as well with ayuse singing nonsense in the background. Perfect instrumental and vocals by both girls make this song one of the albums best cuts.

Then we have some more cute sounding songs like Knee High Girl, which features a rapping robot in the background, the songs break down is actually rather heavy. Surprisingly Aira takes a back seat as the robot is the star in the song. I was never fond of Sapuri in the beginning, still not to this day. It has its charms, but its basically filler. A rather uninteresting instrumental doesn’t help either.

Then there is Plastic Doll, Natsu Ame, and Time is. Plastic Doll is a nice little Jtek song which sounds hella hyper. The chorus is rather nice, it’s jumpy and very mellow at the same time. Natsu Ame uses samba elements in it which makes rather unique in an album of techno songs. When it does get to the verses the song calms down and sounds rather spacey. The rapper in the song helps the song over all and the song has cute vocals by Aira. Time is another album gem on the album, it also sounds rather American as well, the male singer sounds rather nice as the song has its key change. The song knocks nicely and gets me hyped.

Then we got two of the A sides Sayonara Technopolis and BARBiE BARBiE. ST is masterfully done and one of Aira’s best songs of all time. Its verses are well done, as well as its chorus. Its synths are in the right place. Whats more intresting is the lyrics in the song, its about global warming and how we need to move to the moon or some shit. Pop genius pretty much. BARBiE BARBiE is YET another cute sounding song, its rather rocky with the electric guitars. I like when Aira performs this song live as well!

What should be mentioned is how Aira never falls into a voluntary role on her own sophomore album, girl is 100% involved in every thing. She writes most of the songs and knows how to carry a song no matter how ridiculous and messy it is. Largely thanks to her producer Terukado. Her voice is under vocoder but that’s a staple for the genre any ways so who give a shit? Her voice is rather nice and her lisp is cute, she has nice range as well. No wonder why dtopia always pimps her out all the time. She is THAT bitch.

Album Grade: A

I definitely recommend PLASTIC to any one who likes the jtek scene or wants something else other then Perfume and capsule. Sure the album does have its weak parts, but the pros FAR outweigh the cons of this sophomore effort by Miss Aira.

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LIL – Lips in Lush

 

This album cover scared me, not gonna lie.

LIL was actually hella unique in the fact that they used American influences in their music. When I first listened to the album I didn’t know what to expect, but from hearing the hotness of Me,Too I had to give the album a listen. In the end I discovered another Jtek group worth mentioning.

The Group is similar to capsule in that there is a Male DJ, and his ho that sings for him. There are other groups that follow this formula like Candy Bear Stupid!, Fizzy Dino Pop, Sweet Vacation, COLTEMONIKHA.

Me,Too is the type of song that you could find at a rave or pool party or some shit. Its hella catchy, all though its lyrics are complete nonsense it helps the song like DISCO DISCO DISCO DISCONECTION!!! On top of that the production is on point, it knocks like no other, im not shitting you TSUGE(the producer) has got it like that. I also like how they just randomly threw in Michael Jackson in to the lyrics, which adds to its nonsense.

Most Japanese producers jump on the American bandwagon and usually sound hella mediocre, which is sad for a country that has had a long and lasting music industry, to still have their talent still looking towards the east for inspiration, so props to TSUGE for carving his own unique sound into the album.

Songs like “Moshi Moshi” Radio, and Dance on the Floor are incredibly well done and pieced together rather nicely, they flow. Both are highlights on the album, especially with Dance on the Floor’s killer pre chorus, and then its bridge is hella orgasmic. You don’t see it coming and when it does show up, it BLOWS YOUR MIND. “Moshi” will get you dancing, I assure you. It sounds hella futuristic and hella echoey. Supersonic is something that I would hear on a runway, or some artsy gallery meets orgy.

There is pop genius afoot here, and it’s abundant. There really isn’t a weak song on here, unless you count the obligatory remix at the end of the album. Uninspired and tame.  Lesson One is the most rocky song of the album, also the screams in the prechorus are fucking heavy. and Block Out could be the filler of the album, but it’s really not. It stands out especially the “All night long” break down. Then again, all the songs do. Something hard to do when it comes to the genre, in short to say I was never bored while listening to this album.

Now onto the vocalist ucio, this girl is the SHIT. Seriously, she has the BEST voice for the jtek genre hands down. Actually she has the one of the best voices I have heard in a LONG time, she shits on ayumi’s out of control vibrato and Koda “I need to ad lib right this minute!” Kumi. With all these quiet girls who only sing when told and rarely ad lib or let their power come out, they just sing. ucio’s voice takes control of the song. Shes got vocal swagger for daaaaays. You never get the feeling like shes only being told to sing something, rather only doing what she wants. She also uses little vocoder, which is a nice thing. Her voice is hella unique and is nasally, but it works. She can sing whistle notes as evidenced in the beautifully synthesized Flashback Love. This girl is a bonafide diva.

 

GRADE: S

This album is a must listen for anybody who loves the Jtek genre, LIL brings something fresh and new. In fact this is for anybody that wants good techno music or good music in general. Its gets you dancing and keeps your attention and every song can stand well on its own, which is what really any pop dance record should do, Brava.

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its Mr. Wonderful!

I’m so happy to start my new blog! if you read this, you have read my first posting of my blogging life!

I don’t know how this will go, but i hope to make the best of it!

LETS GO!

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