This Week in Music 12.18.2013

This week’s lone featured release comes from S/mileage.


S/mileage – “Ee ka!? / “Ii Yatsu”


S/mileage return with a brand new single this week, managing to get one last release in before 2013 draws to a close. It’s a double a-side because we’re forcing this trend as hard as we can right now and both songs are fairly different which is nice. “Ee ka!?” is an interesting mix of rap and electronic music, a bit like Rhymeberry but not leaning so heavily on the rap gimmick. “Ii Yatsu” on the other hand is your more typical Hello!Project sound, as of the past year or two anyway. Overall it’s a very solid single and between this and “Atarashii Watashi ni Nare! / Yattaruchan” I think S/mileage have had a very strong showing in 2013.



Yuki Furu Yoru Ni Kiss Shite” by Band Ja Naimon!
Pinpoint” by bump.y
Our SP!CE” by Especia
Moratorium” by Himekyun Fruit Can
Aoi Sora Wo Nozomunara” by Lovely Doll
Rush Hour!!!” by Station♪

Maybe it’s just the fact that I’m still recovering from a particularly nasty flu but I’m not really super into any of this week’s other releases. Especia did a Christmas song which is neat if you’re into that kind of thing. Station♪ are back with a new single and pretty much an entirely new line-up that I’m still not sure about. Oh and bump.y are releasing an album even though they hardly release any singles ever so that should be interesting. Until next week.

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