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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Kahoru Kohiruimaki -- Moving Action

After enjoying Kahoru Kohiruimaki's(小比類巻かほる) tracks on her 6th album, "Time The Motion", there was no hesitation in getting her next release in 1990, "Distance". I think with that album, Kohhy's transition from pop/rock to funk/disco/R&B was complete.

One of the tracks that has stood out for me is "Moving Action". As the title might imply, it sounds like something that should've been put into an action sequence for a thriller. The opening bars especially had me thinking of Stewart Copeland when he was taking care of the music for the old TV series "The Equalizer" (known in Japan as "The Secret Service" ). However, the song became representative of a Camellia Diamonds commercial starring Canadian supermodel Linda Evangelista.

Written by Kohiruimaki and composed by Yoshiaki Ohuchi(大内義昭), a pairing that was responsible for a number of Kohhy's songs during this period, "Moving Action" reminded me of Japanese music's early era in disco R&B a la Earth Wind & Fire before turning to hip-hop.

Kahoru Kohiruimaki -- Distance


  1. I love this song! seriously, i foudn a few vids of her and i really am liking her voice and looks, very unique singer for sure, i think this song shows her great low range and her vocal control, i will be going deeper for sure, thanks

  2. Glad you enjoyed it. It's kinda too bad that she didn't hit the heights of superstardom, but she's been able to keep a very loyal group of fans over the years. Some great hooks in her songs.


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