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Steve O Tron v2
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"2018 Asian Music Post"


          

What were your favorite releases from 2017?

My favorite LPs and EPs were (in no particular order):
Suiyoubi no Campanella - SUPERMAN
Suzuki Mamiko - Deep Green EP
tricot - 3
Izumi Macra - Yuki to Suna
Mondo Gross - Nandodemo Atarashiku Umareru
POLKADOT STINGRAY - Daisegi
heaven in her arms - White Halo
Seiko Oomori - kitixxxgaia
gesu no kiwami otome - Daruma Ringo

Although my favorite LPs and EPs were mostly Japanese, K-Pop singles dominated most of my actual listening time in 2017. I easily listened to TWICE's "LIKEY," "LOOK AT ME," and "HEART SHAKER" more than 100+ times each. I also loved the singles and b-sides from Red Velvet, Cosmic Girls (WSJN), GFRIEND, DREAMCATCHER, and the girls of LOOΠΔ. Some Korean hip-hop-inspired stuff was just as additive like offonoff's "Gold" and San-E's "Mohae." Morever, we saw collaborations between artists like Dean and Syd (previous Odd Future and The Internet member), and Jay Park was on my favorite song from Charlie XCX's Pop 2 ("Unlock It"). I stopped paying attention to music videos some time in the 00's even for my favorite artists, but K-Pop is the one genre where I actually watch (and rewatch) videos. They're just really fun and neat, and they are usually the best way to get a first listen on the latest releases.

I'm pretty sure my listening habits this year will be pretty similar, and I'm guessing that I'll post at around the same rate as I did last year, although the skew towards K-Pop might continue become more prevalent. Anyways, here's to hoping for another great year of music.

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・・・・・・・・・ - 「 」(Shoegaze, Pop, Idol, Japanese)
Jan 15th 2018
1
Crush - Be By My Side (Single - R&B, Korean)
Jan 18th 2018
2
Re: Favorite Releases from 2017
Jan 18th 2018
3
hyukoh - Gold (Chet Faker/Nick Murphy Cover)
Jan 18th 2018
4
tricot - Boom ni Notte (Single - Math Rock, Pop, Japanese)
Jan 21st 2018
5
Looks like the took down the original and re-uploaded
Jan 22nd 2018
7
      Finally got around to watching this.
Feb 02nd 2018
13
LA LA Land by pianist Chloe Flower
Jan 21st 2018
6
Red Velvet - Bad Boy (Single - Korean, Pop, R&B)
Jan 29th 2018
8
who dat who dat who dat boy?
Feb 01st 2018
12
think I didn't mention the KODO/Hatsune Miku thing in last year's post?
Jan 29th 2018
9
LOOΠΔ/Go Won - One&Only (Single - Korean, Pop)
Jan 30th 2018
10
OOHYO - Honey Tea (Single - Korean, Indie, Pop)
Jan 30th 2018
11
iri (Japanese, R&B, Hip-Hop, Electronic, Pop)
Feb 09th 2018
14
CICADA - (Single - Japanese, Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop)
Feb 09th 2018
15
MONDO GROSSO (new single out now, new album March 21st)
Feb 11th 2018
16
RE: MONDO GROSSO (new single out now, new album March 21st)
Feb 12th 2018
17
MONDO GROSSO / TURN IT UP [Vocal:大橋トリオ]
Feb 12th 2018
19
      RE: MONDO GROSSO / TURN IT UP [Vocal:大橋トリオ]
Feb 12th 2018
20
Sidepost: Not 2018 Asian Music
Feb 12th 2018
18
Yeah, this will be nice.
Feb 12th 2018
21
Hikaru Utada - Kingdom Hearts III Theme Song (Japanese and English)
Feb 12th 2018
22
Se So Neon - Summer Plumage EP (Korean - Indie, Psychedelic, Rock)
Feb 13th 2018
23
m-flo - No Question (Single - Japanese, Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop)
Feb 14th 2018
24
I forgot, but their remix of Utada's "Final Distance" is one of my
Feb 14th 2018
25
Izumi Makura - Eien Shoujo (Single - Japanese, Hip-Hop, Pop)
Feb 14th 2018
26

Steve O Tron v2
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1. "・・・・・・・・・ - 「 」(Shoegaze, Pop, Idol, Japanese)"
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Mon Jan-15-18 03:30 PM by Steve O Tron v2

          

An idol group doing shoegaze/rock songs? It somehow works!

スライド (Slide): https://youtu.be/rjCugrrNY24

ねぇ (Nee): https://youtu.be/N7M5dfe4oMs

トリニティダイブ (Trinity Dive): https://youtu.be/fY3MamVTPHA

Here's their info if anyone's interested:

・・・・・・・・・ is a Japanese shoegaze idol group. It consists of nine members, each known only as 「・」, who were selected from auditions held in Tokyo in April 2016. Other than the nine middle dots, they're also known as Dots (ドッツ) or Dots Tokyo (ドッツ東京 / ドッツトウキョウ). Other names fans have called them include dotstokyo (ドッツトーキョー), dotnine, tenkyuu (てんきゅー, "nine dots"), nakaguro (中黒, "middle dot"), tententen (てんてんてん, "dotdotdot"), and ten-chan (てんちゃん, "dot-chan"). There isn't an official pronunciation, although their official homepage and Twitter handle are versions of "Dots Tokyo."

The group's music debut was Shuwa Shuwa EP (しゅわしゅわEP), a three-song EP released January 9, 2017 via OTOTOY. It was also available on CD-R which included 3 bonus tracks – versions of the 3 songs featuring Hatsune Miku on vocals instead.

On August 16, 2017, they will release CD, which is a single 72-minute-long work titled "Tokyo." "Tokyo" is comprised of the following pieces: "Tokyo1, Tokyo2, Tokyo3, Tokyo4", "スライド", "トリニティダイブ", and "ねぇ". "Tokyo1, Tokyo2, Tokyo3, Tokyo4" was composed by ・・・・・・・・・ with Hakobune, who also mixed and mastered it. The lyrics, composition, and arrangement of "スライド" was handled by 管梓 (For Tracy Hyde).

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2. "Crush - Be By My Side (Single - R&B, Korean)"
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This came out near the end of last year, but I'm just hearing it now. The interpretation of Earth Wind and Fire's "Brazilian Rhyme" is a nice touch.

https://youtu.be/jNqqBiIQsRQ?t=45s

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3. "Re: Favorite Releases from 2017"
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I'm finally starting to listen to Daisegi (POLKADOT STINGRAY) and I can already tell I'm going to be replaying this one for a while.

My recent favorite bands, tricot and Suiyoubi no Campanella had great albums and, as usual, Suiyoubi has continued to drop random singles that I like.

But I love MONDO GROSSO's Nandodemo Atarashiku Umareru. He was able to release an album with a cohesive, yet varied, sound with different vocalists on each track. Nothing feels out of place and there is some really great stuff on here. This one might be favorite of the year.

I also really enjoyed the releases from hyukoh and Suchmos. I need to go back and listen to some of the older stuff from them and MONDO GROSSO as well since these were the first releases that I heard from any of them.

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4. "hyukoh - Gold (Chet Faker/Nick Murphy Cover)"
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They released this last year but I forgot to post it. I really like the original song and their version of it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ4n0fI23_g

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5. "tricot - Boom ni Notte (Single - Math Rock, Pop, Japanese)"
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Sun Jan-21-18 09:34 AM by Steve O Tron v2

          

https://youtu.be/9ZPvi8Qjd5k

The girls are back with a video for their latest song.

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7. "Looks like the took down the original and re-uploaded"
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New link: https://youtu.be/fxsCwzsMOfU

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13. "Finally got around to watching this."
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Quality, as usual. Might there be another album/mini-album on the horizon already?

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6. "LA LA Land by pianist Chloe Flower"
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She also did a nice cover of Little Drummer Boy with ?uest and Babyface last year.

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8. "Red Velvet - Bad Boy (Single - Korean, Pop, R&B)"
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Another great single. Love the chord progression of the instrumental and vocals on here.

https://youtu.be/J_CFBjAyPWE

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12. "who dat who dat who dat boy?"
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It's only February, but there's no doubt this will be in the running for song of the year for me. I love this as much as anything I heard in all of 2017. There's certainly a '90s/early '00s R&B influence but without sounding too derivative. One thing I love about K-Pop girl groups is the sequencing and layering of vocals that they establish with the various members. And not only is the song great, but the video is also killer.

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9. "think I didn't mention the KODO/Hatsune Miku thing in last year's post?"
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took the kids to see KODO last spring and somehow remembered a blurb somewhere about a KODOxMiku show. Looked it up and there it was.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctx5ZKGS_Nw

I could do without the Miku, but the kids enjoyed the whole thing.

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10. "LOOΠΔ/Go Won - One&Only (Single - Korean, Pop)"
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Her singing voice isn't great (especially compared to the Red Velvet release that came out this), and the rapping/speaking parts don't blow me away either, but I enjoy the overall song, which is certainly carried by the beat. The b-side, "See Saw," is also good.

One&Only: https://youtu.be/m5qwcYL8a0o

See Saw: https://youtu.be/Px2AOY5keG8

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11. "OOHYO - Honey Tea (Single - Korean, Indie, Pop)"
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Laid back and lounge-y song that reminds me a bit of old Kings of Convenience (e.g., "Misread").

https://youtu.be/E1qX6vE4G6U

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14. "iri (Japanese, R&B, Hip-Hop, Electronic, Pop)"
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Fri Feb-09-18 03:14 PM by Steve O Tron v2

          

I think fans of artists like Suiyoubi, Mondo Grosso, tofubeats, and CICADA will like her music. The only thing is that I can't really find any videos on YouTube to post, but you can easily find her releases on Spotify or Apple Music (unfortunately not on Google Play Music).

She's worked with Kenmochi Hidefumi (of Suiyoubi), so a lot of the production on her songs sounds like a lot of the more relaxed Suiyoubi songs or the more R&B-laced songs by tofubeats. Overall, she and her music sound a little bit less eccentric than KOM_I/Suiyoubi, as she has a deeper voice and more conventional delivery. The music has a very late night cruising vibe and maybe a modern take that vaguely feels city pop-ish.

She has a new album called Juice coming out soon, but in the meantime I highly recommend checking out her Life EP from 2017 (especially the tracks "For Life" and "Fruits") and Groove It LP from 2016.

Here's a video by an artist named TAAR featuring iri: https://youtu.be/tpORjlVVMDA

And an acoustic version of "Night Groove" from her LP: https://youtu.be/-LkjrlEFo3k

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15. "CICADA - (Single - Japanese, Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop)"
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I didn't even know this was released last year? I'm digging both "Harvest" and the b-side, "Party Out." Hope they have something in store this year.

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16. "MONDO GROSSO (new single out now, new album March 21st)"
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偽りのシンパシー (Istuwari Sympathy) (feat. Aina the End) teaser on Youtube: https://youtu.be/dI2LXj6msfc

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/2AkkZMgRJupzY7fzbH3olm

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/false-sympathy-feat-aina-the-end/1342535103?i=1342535104

The whole song isn't available on YouTube (yet), but it is available on Spotify/iTunes. Aina the End is from BiSH (Brand-new idol SHiT), an "alternative" idol group, and I'm loving her sort of husky/deep voice on this song. Her skittering/skipping vocal pattern during the verses is great (almost sounds like a rap flow). I'm a sucker for the deep bass over the house-y/acid jazz-y keys, and the hook has the perfect mix of groove and drive. MONDO GROSSO sort of went behind-the-scenes and produced/remixed under his own name in the 2000s, but it seems like he's resurfaced while bringing back some of those wonderful sounds from electronic music from that period to the present. I can't wait for this album now.

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17. "RE: MONDO GROSSO (new single out now, new album March 21st)"
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It looks like this might only be four tracks. I'll take it though.

I still need to listen to the single although the YouTube clip sounds great (damn you, workplace Spotify firewall).

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19. "MONDO GROSSO / TURN IT UP [Vocal:大橋トリオ]"
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Stumbled upon this today. Video was uploaded in August but I didn't recognize the song. Looks like it's from the next release.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrecWMtr69A

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20. "RE: MONDO GROSSO / TURN IT UP [Vocal:大橋トリオ]"
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This is great, and I didn't know about it either. Wasn't sure where the song was going to go with just the guitar lines and relatively minimal style in the beginning, but I really what it eventually builds into.

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18. "Sidepost: Not 2018 Asian Music"
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Rather than starting a new post I figured I would just put this in here. I've been trying to listen to the back catalogs of new "discoveries" (mostly artists from this series of posts) and recommendations from jpopsuki or other places. Fortunately there's a lot of stuff available of YouTube so I can listen to it at work. I'll probably try to make a new sub-thread for each artist that I feel like mentioning or any other topic (genre, release year, etc.).

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21. "Yeah, this will be nice."
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I'm making some discoveries for older releases, but I sometimes don't post about them unless the band also has something relatively new (coming) out, and I also don't want to just make new threads, so I think this will be great for sharing non-2018 releases.

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22. "Hikaru Utada - Kingdom Hearts III Theme Song (Japanese and English)"
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Mon Feb-12-18 11:27 PM by Steve O Tron v2

          

Japanese version; Chikai (Oath): https://youtu.be/LuSh4-cbAOc

English version; Don't Think Twice: https://youtu.be/Zc2vEr-618g

Like "Simple and Clean," the song's meaning seems to differ based on language version. I'll need more listens and to have the full versions before deciding which one I prefer.

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23. "Se So Neon - Summer Plumage EP (Korean - Indie, Psychedelic, Rock)"
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Really nice vocals, and I really like the guitar playing (the solo on "The Wave" !!).

A Long Dream: https://youtu.be/tzL4A8hyXc8

The Wave: https://youtu.be/VJfGfB4-vP0

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24. "m-flo - No Question (Single - Japanese, Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop)"
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Back with original member LISA.

No Question (2018): https://youtu.be/UXa1bG5YFq0

I think a lot of people have been waiting for them to return with this kind of sound for over a decade, although it certainly has elements that sound modern enough. Their sound in the past was a mix of pop, R&B, and hip-hop, and I was really into them as a teenager getting into Japanese music.

I don't think I've ever really liked Verbal (the MC) much, but he was serviceable on most songs, and his back and forth with various guests worked well. However, it really the production (Taku Takahashi) that I was a fan of. 2004 was when they started to really go for more broad mainstream appeal and did collaborations with artists like BoA and Crystal Kay, and LISA had left/parted with the group. You'd think that as a hip-hop head (I was the annoying "no-fun allowed" backpack kind at that time) that their more hip-hop based stuff would have been my favorite period, but this more pop period is actually my favorite.

They continued to go for a more pop and mainstream sound, but I think their style wasn't as popular in the late mid and late 2000s, and they disappeared for a bit until 2012 when they returned with Square One, which had a more pop and EDM sound that definitely was "in" at the moment. I didn't care for the album, but I did think "All I Want Is You" is a good pop/electronic song. NEVEN & THE FUTURE IS WOW were continued misses for me, and I think for the majority of their original fanbase too they had built in the 2000s. With that said, during that period they did give us "IRONY" with (IMO) peak daoko.

A (nostalgic for me) trip through their past singles:

Hands (2000): https://youtu.be/P0sjNXRcvDk

Come To Me (2001): https://youtu.be/RNBiaZbFGII

How You Like Me Now (2001): https://youtu.be/ung-YlfB0qs

the Love Bug (m-flo loves BoA) (2004): https://youtu.be/YVqZKflL4PY

miss you (m-flo loves melody. & Ryohei) (2004): https://youtu.be/KD59LJX2r38

REEWIND! (m-flo loves Crystal Kay) (2004): https://youtu.be/99YQqebbLYU

Loop in my Heart (m-flo loves Emyli & YOSHIKA) (2005): https://youtu.be/4epX9ar-nPs

TRIPOD BABY (m-flo loves LISA) (2005): https://youtu.be/u3pEpQw2apU

Love Song (m-flo loves BONNIE PINK) (2009): https://youtu.be/LsHIlfjD6oQ

Summer Time Love (m-flo loves Emi Hinouchi & Ryohei) (2009): https://youtu.be/vsPWV1O5F1s

All I Want is You (2012): https://youtu.be/1N6WvFh63Wc

IRONY (m-flo + daoko) (2013) : https://youtu.be/LYaSZ0urNBo

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25. "I forgot, but their remix of Utada's "Final Distance" is one of my "
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favorite things ever.

https://youtu.be/OAdKepqYzzQ

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26. "Izumi Makura - Eien Shoujo (Single - Japanese, Hip-Hop, Pop)"
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The theme song for some movie that was released late 2017 that I didn't know about, and I think it appears on her "best of" release called 5 years.

https://youtu.be/GsKlF7tGbI8

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