This week’s featured releases come from Juice=Juice and Pla2me.
Juice=Juice lead off this week with their new single “Senobi / Date Janai yo Uchi no Jinsei wa“. It hasn’t been that long since their last single (or at least, it doesn’t feel like it) so I guess they must be doing something right to have another one so soon. Musically, this single is fairly typical of the sound that Juice=Juice have been working to establish over the past year and a half or so. By that I mean a mature and at times jazzy sound that you wouldn’t expect from a group this early into their career. I know my opinions don’t normally match up the the idol fandom at large, but if you haven’t checked Juice=Juice out before now then you really should. For my money they’re easily one of the best things Hello! Project and the wider idol genre has going for it right now.
This week’s other featured release comes from a group whose name you might not be familiar with but you’re most likely somewhat familiar with the parts that make it up. Pla2me (Planime) is a new duo consisting of former Brand-new Idol Society member Kamiya Saki and ex-solo artist Izukoneko (Mizuta Mari). “Plastic 2 Mercy” is their debut single and if the live video I’ve linked to above is anything to go on then this is going to be a pretty huge song, well at least in terms of the instrumentals anyway. I’m never very good at describing music but “Plastic 2 Mercy” kinda sounds like something you’d hear at a rave or one of those drug-fueled EDM parties. It has the slower tempo vocal build-up before the instrumentals come crashing in and cause the crowd to get hyped up. I can personally see this single being a contender for a few end of year awards, it’s that good.
ALSO THIS WEEK:
“Alone / Mou Hitotsu” by 1 Believe FNC (Trust)
“Bombastic!” by Chu-Z
“Watashitachi Itsudemo Kimi no Mikata Dayo Doll Elements Desu!” by Doll Elements
“Omoidasenai Hana” by French Kiss
““Zero” Birth” by Zeroshiki Gekokujou
Highlights from this week’s other new releases include Chu-Z – who provide us with some attitude packed EDM, French Kiss – who appear to have made it their life mission to put me to sleep with their music and Zeroshiki Gekokujou – who look to be jumping onto the “traditional Japanese instruments meets heavy metal” bandwagon.
If you missed any of the last few weeks’ worth of new music you can check out past editions of This Week in Music here.
What new music are you looking forward to this week? Leave a comment and let us know!