You know the drill by now, we’re here to talk about all of the new music there is to check out this week. Last week was a pretty quiet week on the idol release front with just Watanabe Mayu’s solo debut “Synchro Tokimeki” hitting store shelves (congratulations to her for selling over 100k in her week of sales). However this week we are fortunate to have five new releases to talk about.
Since we have so much to cover this week I’ll keep the introduction short, read on after the break for the full rundown.
BABYMETAL x Kiba of Akiba – “BABYMETAL x Kiba of Akiba“
Sakura Gakuin’s heavy music club BABYMETAL are back this week and they’re joined by post-hardcore band Kiba of Akiba for this split-EP. The EP features BABYMETAL’s new song “Ii ne!” which is a bit of a departure from their previous song “Doki Doki Morning”. “Ii ne!” incorporates eurobeat elements which are then spliced with the heavy metal sound that BABYMETAL are famous for. The resulting song works surprisingly well, much better than I would have expected it would have if someone had described it to me in the same way as I just did. As for Kiba of Akiba, they’re a fairly standard Japanese hardcore band with a twist. You see, Kiba of Akiba’s songs are all references to otaku culture. If you want to check them out I would suggest typing “Kiba of Akiba “Animation with You” ” into Youtube and judging them for yourself. I’m always a fan of releases like this that bring two genres of music together and create an awesome experience.
Momoiro Clover Z – “Mouretsu Uchuu Koukyoukyoku Dainana Gakushou “Mugen no Ai”
Next up we have Momoiro Clover Z with their new single “Mouretsu Uchuu Koukyoukyoku Dainana Gakushou “Mugen no Ai”” which will be referred to as “Mouretsu” from this point on for the sake of my sanity. The song is being used as the opening theme for the anime “Moretsu Pirates”. I’m not sure if the term “space opera” means anything to any of you but that’s about the only way I can think of to describe “Mouretsu”. It’s just this really epic sounding song that you really have to hear for yourself to know just how fantastic it is. The PV involves space bicycles that shoot laser beams, space pirates and a whole host of other crazy set pieces that we’ve all come to expect from Momoclo at this point. Easily one of my favorite PVs so far this year and I have a feeling that both the song and the PV will feature on my end of the year awards list in some capacity. Check this release out, you won’t be disappointed.
Passpo☆ – “Kimi Ha Boku Wo Suki Ni Naru”
Passpo☆ release their third major single “Kimi Ha Boku Wo Suki Ni Naru” and with it comes a rather unexpected costume change. Gone are the air hostess outfits and in their place are some striking black and white marching band style outfits with appropriately colored sashes and underskirts. As for the song itself, if you’re familiar with any of Passpo☆‘s previous work then “Kimi Ha Boku Wo Suki Ni Naru” is very much in keeping with that style of music. The style I’m referring to being very clean pop vocals over an upbeat if not understated guitar and drum arrangement. I wasn’t overly impressed by the song, if anything it sounds a little too similar to much of their “CHECK-IN” album however it’s still a really solid idol song that I would encourage anyone curious about Passpo☆ to check out. It’s a very good example of what they’re all about musically.
SDN48 – “Makeoshimi Congratulations”
The next few weeks are going to be a pretty sad affair for SDN48 fans with the entire group set to graduate at the end of the month. The release of the group’s final single “Makeoshimi Congratulations” kicks things off and I think it’s fair to say that SDN are going out with a flourish. “Makeoshimi Congratulations” as I’m sure you can already tell just by looking at the cover is a departure from the mature k-pop influenced singles that the group are known for. Instead we see a return to their more traditional idol roots with a sweet but at the same time rather melancholic pop song. I think returning to the way things all began for many of these girls turned women is a very fitting way to close the book on their time with AKS before they move on to new challenges and experiences. Check out this release and give the girls a warm sendoff, assuming Akimoto doesn’t throw yet another curve-ball at us.
Tokyo Girls’ Style – “Rock You! / Onnaji Kimochi -YMCK Mix-“
Last up this week we have the criminally underselling Tokyo Girls’ Style and their double a-side single “Rock You! / Onnaji Kimochi -YMCK Mix-“. This is the ninth single released by the group, featuring new song “Rock You!” and a remix of their second single “Onnaji Kimochi”. Quite why management felt the need for this release to be a double a-side is beyond me, the remixed song could quite easily have just been a b-side. As for “Rock you!”, it’s an incredibly catchy pop song that ticks all of the boxes for me. Don’t let the outfits they’re wearing on the cover fool you, the song sounds nothing like AKB48’s “River” (which could be a positive or a negative depending on who you ask). This will be another release that I can see featuring on my end of year awards list in one form or another. If you only have time to listen to one release this week, make it this one or if not this then Momoiro Clover Z. Both groups are doing fantastic work and I really want more people to be aware of them.
There we have it folks, “This Week in Music” brought to you by New School Kaidan. Be sure to leave a comment and tell us what you’re excited for this week as we love to hear the thoughts of our community on the new releases. Apart from that, join us again next week for more SDN48 and Tokyo Girls’ Style as well as some SKE48 and another personal favorite group of mine; Station♪.