2014.10.16

〈エニィタイム、ダンス〉を標榜する3年ぶりのオリジナル作。先行シングル“誰でもロンリー”から始まる序盤はハウシーなナンバーの連打で、代表曲“JOY”を2014年仕様にシェイプしたようなサウンドがハンパない昂揚感を放つ。だが、KAKATOを迎えたブレイクビーツ・チューン“波乗り500マイル”から音の舵を大きく切り、後半にはアーバンなヒップホップ・ソウル調の楽曲も。いずれも太いビートとゆったりしたグルーヴを敷きつつ、彼女ならではの世界に染め上げている。総じて、音のヴァリエーションの広げ方にtofubeatsと共通するものが見て取れるし、彼やSeihoといった新世代のクリエイターにリミックスを発注していることからも、YUKIの現在の視点が窺えるのでは。ポップかつエッジーな傑作だ。

[English Translation]
YUKI's original album with the theme of 'Any Time Dance' released for the first time in three years. Starting with the lead single "Dare Demo Lonely (meaning Everyone is lonely)," the album features a series of housey numbers in the beginning, with the sound like a 2014 version of her signature song "JOY" giving you a really uplifting feeling. But the following break beat tune "Naminori 500 Miles (meaning Surfing 500 miles) featuring KAKATO (unit group formed by Japanese musician/rapper/track maker Tamaki Roy and Japanese musician/hip hop MC Chinza Dopeness) shifts the direction of the album drastically, with the latter half containing urban hip hop/soul and other songs. Each song flows with thick beats and laid-back grooves, painting her own world.  You could tell by the way of expanding sound variation that the music in this album has something in common with that of tofubeats (Japanese track maker/music producer/DJ), and YUKI asked new generation of creators including tofubeats and Seiho to do a remix for the album's songs, which tells her current approach to music. Check out the excellent album full of pop and edgy sound.

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