This week in music 09.24.2014

This week’s featured releases come from HKT48, LinQ and PassCode.


HKT48 – “Hikaeme I Love You!


After what I guess is a now standard six month break, HKT48 return with a new single this week. I’m not quite sure what the rational is with only giving a new group two singles a year but I guess AKS doesn’t have to worry too much about that at this point. Anyway, how is the single I hear you ask? Well, I like it a good bit better than “Sakura, Minna de Tabeta“, that’s for sure. It might even be a contender for best AKS a-side of 2014, not that the bar has been set particularly high on that front. It’s kinda sad that the criteria for being a good AKS song these days is just needing to have an average hook and a bit of personality. On a more positive note, b-side “Namaiki Lips” is one of the better AKS songs I’ve heard lately, even if I don’t personally drink the NakoMiku Kool-Aid.


LinQ – “Wessai!! Gassai!!


Continuing with our Fukuoka theme, next up we have LinQ with their new single “Wessai!! Gassai!!”. I’m not personally that invested in LinQ if I’m being completely honest. I’ll check out their music when it comes out but I couldn’t name any of the members or anything like that. That being said, I don’t have to know much about the group to tell you that I really like this song. It falls into that category of song that just works for me. By that I mean an up-tempo song with a catchy bass line and some decent hooks. LinQ doesn’t always provide me with that but they certainly have with this single. I dunno about you guys, but I’m pretty happy with this one.


PassCode – “Nextage


Last up we have PassCode, a group that I’m sure most of you have never heard of. If you have heard of them then you likely fall into one of two groups. The first group being the people who think that they’re just another BABYMETAL rip-off (because only one idol group is allowed to do heavy music) or the second group who aren’t completely insane and actually think their music is pretty cool. I personally fall into the second group because I quite like what PassCode are doing and I’m always up for more idol groups with a bit of an edge to them. I wish this single had a longer preview but if you want to get a better idea of what PassCode are about, they have several PVs on their Youtube channel and they also have an album available to buy from their website.



Be Hero” by Fudanjuku
“Itsuwari no Tengoku wa Iranai” by Hachikin Girls
Kibou no Tsubomi” by HR
Manatsu no Yo no Yume” by Houkago Princess
“Beasty Girls / Let the Music Flow” by J☆Dee’Z
Sukatto Punch!!” by Ponbashi Wktk Mates
Last Album Vol.1” by Udon Kyodai
“Magic Motion No.5” by WHY@DOLL
Happy Appli” by X21

I’m finding it a little difficult to recommend any of this week’s other releases. It’s not that they’re particularly bad or anything, they just don’t really appeal to my personal tastes. That’s why I include as many links as I can though, so you guys can check this stuff out and make your own decisions. Until next time.

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!

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