D☆DATE’s new short version / teaser for “Joker”.
Will the full version be as
long awesome as AKB48’s short film for “Flying Get?”
Jan 31 2012
I’m tempted to say Koda Kumi lets her little stripper side out… but it’s not like it was ever hidden.
Who else in J-Pop can pull off these dance moves (complete with booty-shake at 0:42)?
Koda Kumi – Love Me Back (clip):
Making of (clip):
Jan 27 2012
Review by David Cirone
JAPONESQUE is a powerhouse 19-track release from Koda Kumi that affirms her place in modern J-Pop royalty. Full of confidence and maturity, Koda Kumi still hasn’t lost her playful side and unabashed sexiness.
JAPONESQUE opens strong with an instrumental intro theme of oriental-themes beats and the dreamy repeat of “Wannabe…” Slick production on “V.I.P.” (feat. T-PAIN) and “Lay Down” are solid dance-floor tracks, and “So Nice” (feat. Mr. Blistah) is a rare J-Pop guest track that strikes a perfect balance between the two singers. The ballad “Brave” has relaxed tempo and warmth that shelves the diva antics for a fine vocal performance.
“Boom Boom Boys” and “Poppin love cocktail” are fun asides if you don’t take Koda Kumi’s faux rock/rap persona seriously. “You are not alone (acoustic version)” has an inspirational intent, but the overdone hand-claps might come off better in an actual live performance than on this recorded track.
The real killer song combo comes dead-center in this album, with “ESCALATE” and “Love Me Back” dropping serious beats and demanding instant clicks on the replay button. “Love Me Back’s” catchy chorus is Koda Kumi’s shout-out to The Wizard of Oz: “Diamonds and Sapphires and You… Oh my!”