I would like to give credit where credit is due. Videos are from YouTube and other sources such as NicoNico while Oricon rankings and other information are translated from the Japanese Wikipedia unless noted.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

tofubeats feat. Onomatope Daijin -- Suisei(水星)

Marcos V. was the first "Kayo Kyoku Plus" contributor to introduce Yusuke Kawai(河合佑亮), aka tofubeats to the blog way back in 2014. And the first song by the Kobe-born DJ and singer to come to KKP was "Don't Stop the Music" from 2013 which stuck out for me since it featured 80s/90s pop singer Chisato Moritaka(森高千里).

Well, a bit earlier than that, tofubeats had a June 2012 single called "Suisei" (Mercury), a catchy and groovy tune with a lyrical delivery by tofubeats himself and hip-hop artist Onomatope Daijin(オノマトペ大臣...Minister of Onomatopoeia). Both wrote the lyrics and tofubeats took care of the music. Wasn't quite sure whether I was hearing rap or an example of spoken-word singing, but it's all good.

The video includes singer-songwriter Seira Kariya(仮谷せいら)enjoying a nice day through tofubeats' hometown before the entire gang shows up near the end.

Kariya herself lends her voice to another version of "Suisei" although I don't know when this version came out. The song was also present on tofubeats' first album "Lost Decade" which came out in April 2013 and peaked at No. 40 on Oricon.

I'm not an expert on the current techno/R&B front of J-Pop so I'd like to invite Marcos to give his insights into "Suisei". All I can say is that it's a cool song to enjoy.

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