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New Puni Puni Denki: “Kimi Wa Queen”

“Kimi Wa Queen” finds somewhat of a middle ground between the bossa-nova-inflected Wonder Underground and the dance-floor-eyeing Mirai Addiction. The general pace is still pretty relaxed, but Puni Puni Denki lets a nice bounce sneak in that gives this one a little more of a strut. That’s partially thanks to assists from production team Mikeneko Homeless and Shin Sakiura, artists who have made a career tightroping between jazzy territory and more upbeat electronic grounds. With Puni Puni Denki, they hit on just the right mix, and an apt backdrop to remind of her singing abilities, here taking on a smokier late-night-lounge quality that matches up with melancholy lyrics. Listen above.