Lots of good releases over the weekend, here’s a round-up of the highlights!
— Yunomi has his sound — jacked-out dance music colliding with pastel cuteness — and he isn’t deviating from it anytime soon. And while I’m sure cheery bass drops aren’t going to charm forever, he still manages to turn Happy Kuru Kuru’s “Kuru Kuru Fantasy” into an irresistible treat. Credit to the vocalists, who skip along the beat and add a sweetness to the tune. Listen above.
— DJ Amps latest bit of juke, “Stranger,” goes for a shadowy, mysterious vibe, with faint vocal samples and the whole thing feeling very noir-ish. Yet skittering right down the center is that beat, which adds the necessary energy to keep this from being too atmospheric. Listen below.
— Producer Tominaga opens up a bit…and slows her music down ever so slightly…on the melancholy “Tomorrow Never Be Today.” Despite a very fidgety beat and moments of rush, this is a song about reflecting on times that are gone forever, and the sadness wrapped up within. Tominaga’s voice here melds well…it is far from polished, but on a downtrodden number, it fits in nicely. Listen below or get it here.
— Few genres (errr, Internet sub-genres) leave me more conflicted than “future funk.” Yet I’m way, way less conflicted about The Sub Account, who have a tendency to transform anime songs and J-Pop into darting club cuts. With “All I Wanna Do,” they venture into K-Pop, by speeding up and adding extra bounce to Jay Park’s joyful 2016 single of the same name. Listen below.