The Spinners

♪ Candy (Ken Hirai, 2009) ♪

In J-Pop, Thor Balanon, Track Reviews on January 6, 2010 at 7:25 am

Ken Hirai never shied away from pop experiments, and single “Candy” is another oddball: neonized jazz sprinkled with jungle; a wobbly dance track but is pure sonic candy that melts in the ear. Blissful and strange. The less vocal version is cyberpunk sweet. Imagine robot dancing to overlapping flirty bleeps somewhere on a floating city. “フルサ・サイーダ” mixes belly-dancing riffs with drum n’ bass, while “Do It!!” is more straightforward R&B (and wouldn’t sound misplaced in Fakin’ Pop), Hirai’s voice still as smooth as spiked honey.

– Thor Balanon

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