メガメガミ (Megamegami) – She Is Pop Still Underground

メガメガミ (Megamegami)
Listen to the latest single by メガメガミ (Megamegami) titled “She Is Pop Still Underground”: two hard-hitting EDM songs embracing a thousand different styles.
We need more EDM idols, I’m pretty sure about it. Every time a new release of this kind comes out, I keep thinking that there are still many electronic genres to be explored in the idol scene and She Is Pop Still Underground by メガメガミ (Megamegami) is one of those releases. But don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I’m not satisfied by this single: it’s actually the opposite, since it makes me realize how much potential the EDM style has.

Despite the vaporwave-like cover art, there is no slowed-down 80s city pop here, as you would expect from Megamegami; the two songs contained here — which actually act as one, since you won’t even notice the transition from on to the other — are more oriented to hard-hitting EDM, with an almost constant 4/4 rhythm dictated by a mighty kick drum. To be honest, talking about constant rhythm is not entirely correct, as there are a few sudden tempo changes which will make you feel like they’re manipulating time.

The music ranges from happy hardcore to tech trance to electro house with a pop — but still underground, of course — feel provided by the girls’ catchy vocals. The structure of the song(s) follows a smooth but not obvious evolution, naturally shifting from one genre to another through a powerful beat while various styles of bass lines, synth melodies and effects enrich it. Faster and slower, complex and straightforward, minimal and highly detailed: She Is Pop Still Underground is a short and brain-melting trip which barely gives you enough time to realize what’s going on, just to suddenly shapeshift into something else.


After their first album Idol Circle which didn’t rely on a specific style, Megamegami have been releasing more electronic-oriented singles, with this being the most EDM-y and hard-hitting one. Looks like they found their identity, and I’m surely enjoying it.