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New Tokyo Girls’ Style: “Predawn”

After giving “future bass x J-Pop” a whirl, Tokyo Girls’ Style slow things down a touch with “Predawn,” a “HIPHOP X EDM” number. Which might be code for “tropical house” meets R&B, as the verses on this song unfold at a pace similar to Bieber or Fifth Harmony. The hook, though, earns that EDM tag, a whirring little thing not far removed from, say, DJ Snake. Key to this, though, is Tokyo Girls’ Style not just letting that noise be the center, instead singing over it and upping the emotional intensity. Similar to what Morning Musume’s “Beyond The Time And Space” did, “Predawn” avoids settling in favor of upping the drama. Listen above.