Recovered from the sales? Got any good deals and now you just want to chill out? You’ve come to the right place! So yesterday we looked at JaK’s favourite Korean songs… today we are looking at the Japanese side! What songs stood out for us this year and why? Read on to find out!
Now its always a difficult decision for me with Japanese music as I am so complex with it. With K-pop I tend to listen to ballads and mainly boy groups whereas with Japanese music I do a full flip and listen to the heaviest, sexiest music I can find from the likes of Gackt, Miyavi and other Visual Kei groups, though i make sure to throw in some Kyary Pamyu Pamyu when I can. However, to be honest to myself and my fan girl side I have chosen Anna Tsuchiya‘s “Lucifer“. This woman is one hot momma and she certainly has a voice to go with that soulstress charm.
FEMM came out of nowhere. Fast. I don’t know how. I don’t know why. But they are brilliant. And their song (and video!) for “Fxxk Boys, Get Money” was was just pure genius. It was entirely in English (with no hint of Engrish anywhere!) and had the Trap sort of beat that normally I am not fond of but it worked so well. Plus the song was such an earworm I was pretty much singing it (in my head, not out loud as I didn’t want people to be watching me like I was a loon) for the best part of two weeks non-stop. They have released a lot more PVs since then but that was the only song that caught the attention of the internet.
Despite it being a Japanese release of a Korean group, I’m choosing Donghae&Eunhyuk’s ‘Motorcycle’. Simply put, despite living in Japan I don’t listen to much Japanese music – but I love the quirky, ridiculous songs that D&E put out – and what could be better than a song with the lyrics “rock, rock, rock your motorcycle”?!
R.Y.U.S.E.I by the J Soul Brothers (from EXILE TRIBE) is my favourite J-Pop song of 2014 because it has an amazing dance beat, which switches to soft, melodic music throughout the entire song. I also love the use of English in the song, in some J-songs it doesn’t make sense, but because this is a dance piece, the repetitive lyrics work perfectly.
And that’s it for today’s list! Come back again tomorrow to see more of JaK’s favourites!