DESURABBITS – JUMP (Type A)

DESURABBITS

Listen to JUMP, the latest album of the death pop group DESURABBITS which brings old and new together, possibly for the final time.

DESURABBITS is quite an interesting group. Comprising of four members — Karin, Yuzu, Emi, and their producer Buchou (Akira Kanzaki) — come together to create a genre known as death pop by mixing heavy metal, digital hardcore and electronica. After spending almost 8 years together, in November of 2020 they announced that they’ll be disbanding come June due to the pandemic heavily affecting their roles as a performance based unit. However, before they go, they’ve left not one but two albums in their wake: JUMP Type A and Type B.

Upon looking through their discography, it appears that both versions of the JUMP albums contain singles from throughout their long career alongside original songs. Type A contains 17 tracks and clocks in at an hour and fifteen minutes, their longest release to date. It opens with an instrumental track titled “Op.Track” that has a nu-metal style, mixing a raging band with record scratches of a turntable. “Isshunde” (“In The Blink of an Eye”), which was promoted as a single last year, comes next with a blossoming opening of string instruments. The chorus exudes a fun and energetic beat, and the girls take turns in the verses with Buchou’s screams and growls. “Mushi suru na, kimi no iro wa kimi de kimereba ii” (“Don’t ignore it, you can choose your own color”) teeters on the edge of being a ballad, but the rock instrumentation comes through much stronger, and there’s a bit of electro pop in the bridge before closing out with Buchou’s screams.

“Rayword” rips right into some heavy metal, while “Don’t Think, Feel!” has more of a thrash metal attitude to it. Buchou’s verses contain the more hardcore elements, where as sections with Karin, Emi and Yuzu are a complete switch up with the introduction of piano. “Demo, Nigenna” utilizes more of an electronic pop/rock sound. With an extremely catchy chorus, and a rap verse from Buchou around the 2:30 mark, it makes for a great song to dance to. “Sotsugyou shoujo -Mirai e-” (“Graduation Girl -Future Picture-”) is one of my favorite tracks on the album, with digital hardcore being the dominant genre at play, neat vocal effects and sweet hints of piano throughout. “Tokyo no Sukima” is a rock ballad with a more melancholic feeling, which immediately separates it from the other songs. The feeling of the song makes you want to raise your lighters (or phone flashlights) and sway to the heartfelt singing of the girls. Towards the end, there’s a key change with English lyrics!

“I’m On My Way” is another song with a heartfelt emotion in vocal delivery while still retaining a hard edge with elements of hard rock. Buchou’s verses have a sick glitch effect to them and Karin, Yuzu, and Emi’s parts all showcase gorgeous harmonization. “Magic of Butterfly -Seichou-” opens with piano, then kicks up the energy with a power metal flair. “Aikotoba” follows in the same vein but introduces traditional Japanese instruments as well, and employs quite the fun chorus.

“IdolSTAR Wars (Re-Singing Version)” is a redone version of their single from 2013, and is one of the shorter tracks on the album. Buchou’s growls take center stage in this track before the girls come in with a cuter vibe in the pre chorus and chorus. Alongside “Anger”, which features some jazz elements in the mix, and “Desuma supuringu ~Sorosoro keigo o tsukatte mimasenka~” (“It’s Spring ~Let’s try using honorifics properly~”), they make up the oldest tracks on the album. “Chaban Chaban Ban”, another favorite of mine, is a track that makes use of DESURABBITS‘ digital hardcore sound with spoken verses. The track is so much fun, especially in the way it suddenly switches up at 1:20 into dance pop. The guitar solo towards the end is absolutely killer as well.

The final two songs almost feel like a fond farewell. “I Love Desurabbits” is another heavy metal banger that has Karin, Yuzu and Emi taking center stage, with Buchou employing his screams briefly throughout (and some sick gutturals at 2:45). The lyrics feel happy, and there is a very sweet part in the beginning of the bridge expressing thanks and love. The final song, aptly titled “Last Song”, has a magical feeling with softer vocals and a dance beat, before ending with the girls saying “goodbye” and Buchou joining in for one final “We are Desurabbits”.

JUMP is quite the long journey, with almost every track coming in at four or five minutes, but it’s one worth making and a familiar road to travel for longtime DESURABBITS fans. Though the death pop unit will be leaving us in the summer, this album will serve as a fond reminder of all the memories they’ve made and the impact they’ve left on the idol scene.


TOP 10 IDOL MV – February 2021

TOP 10 IDOL MV - February 2021

Last month has been full of great videos, it has been kinda difficult to choose the best ones this time. Anyway, I managed to do it, se here we go with February’s Top 10 of the best MV’s!


10) MiiS – i.

The debut MV of MiiS is pretty impressive. Walking on the line between the heaviness of metal and the dynamics of rock with a very idol-ish hook, “i.” introduces this group to the scene with a very colorful and sparkling video.


9) ピューパ!! (Pupa!!) – Gardenia

ピューパ!! (Pupa!!) are such a good unit, often experimenting with not-too-mainstream genres and styles. “Gardenia” brings them towards some sort of alternative/post-rock sound, which combined with the live shots and its simple lighting creates a really good experience.


8) 誰もシラナイ。 (Dare mo Shiranai) – ESCAPE

誰もシラナイ。 (Dare mo Shiranai) released their debut MV last month, and it already showed us that these five girls deserve to be followed. The catchy rock-oriented sound and the good composition make “ESCAPE” a very enjoyable song.


7) Chu Kiss RIP – ハガネ (Hagane)

Imagine how the epic soundtrack of a Japanese B-movie where an idol group saves the world from some weird creatures would sound. If you managed to picture this, I’m quite sure you have hit and at the same time missed the point of how “ハガネ” (Hagane) by Chu Kiss RIP sounds. On the other hand, the MV is probably what you would expect from this description.


6) DESURABBITS – 無視するな、君の色は君で決めればいい (Mushi suru na, kimi no iro wa kimi de kimereba ī)

The legendary DESURABBITS are going to disband soon and this is probably last MV. The references to one of their first videos almost made me cry, and combined with the song made me realize how much they’ve grown in these years, not only with their age, but also in an artistic way. They will be missed, but we can’t really complain, considering how great their journey has been.


5) 代代代 (Dai Dai Dai) – 融解 (Yūkai)

The weirdness of 代代代 (Dai Dai Dai) knows no limits. Although “融解” (Yūkai) is less crazy than many of their songs, it still features their trademark bizarreness, with bleeping synths and darker, ethereal and intense parts alternating with each other. While you can’t really describe it as catchy, it’s fascinating enough to leave its mark.


4) situasion – 青のダリア (Ao No Dahlia)

Another debut, another great group. situasion‘s style is a bit different from the other debuting groups, and is also very interesting. A soul/funk/rock groove, jazzy undertones, some synths in the background and a very pop-oriented hook make “青のダリア” (Ao No Dahlia) an unexpectedly pleasant surprise.


3) ぜんぶ君のせいだ。 (Zenbukiminoseida.) – 堕堕 (Dada)

This time, ぜんぶ君のせいだ。 (Zenbukiminoseida.) went a bit crazy, and we can’t really complain: among videogame aesthetics and an insane electronic/rock sound, “堕堕” (Dada) will almost make you forget the serious line-up changes they had to endure in the last few months.


2) NECRONOMIDOL – RITUAL

Idols in corpse painting are pretty cool, aren’t they? And who else could have done it, if not NECRONOMIDOL? Despite the aesthetics, however, “RITUAL” is more oriented to the good old heavy metal sound, with some badass riffs and rhythms. Also, they didn’t burn any church yet. Yet.


1) 神激(神使轟く、激情の如く。 (Shingeki) – 神奏曲:ガイア (Shinsō Kyoku: Gaia)

We all know that Shingeki are a good group, but every now and then they get more than just good. “神奏曲:ガイア” (Shinsō Kyoku: Gaia) is one of those times, featuring a powerful, unpredictable and yet catchy sound in their usual style and an amazing MV where traditional Japanese looks and headbanging clash with each other. Just a personal advice: get your neck ready for the breakdown.


Honorable Mentions

TOP 10 IDOL MV – October 2020

Top 10 Idol MV - October 2020

Another month has passed, which means that we need another Top 10 of the latest MV’s. Check out this list of the best alt-idol music videos of October!


10) 緋鬼籠帝國 (Hikikomo Teikoku) – Shelter

While it’s not the most unique video out there, 緋鬼籠帝國 (Hikikomo Teikoku)’s debut MV perfectly shows how badass this unit is. The dynamic and powerful sound of “Shelter” combining melodic death, power metal and metalcore is a pretty good start for this group.


9) femme fatale – 安眠swimming (Anmin Swimming)

Since their first single, femme fatale have never disappointed me yet. The otherworldly, rich and detailed video combined with the usual 80s-like synth pop sound of “安眠swimming” (Anmin Swimming) is another proof of the greatness of this duo. Bonus points for the pony.


8) NELN – Milk

NELN keeps releasing great singles one after another and this one is no exception. The catchy synth pop sound of “MILK”, alternating atmospheric and intense semi-rock parts, brings the four girls through any kind of TVs and monitors in this new music video.


7) 天空音パレード (TOP / Tenku On Parade) – バジリスク (Basilisk)

I have to admit this was the first time I met 天空音パレード (Tenku On Parade) and I regret not listening to them until now. While they use more typical idol vocal lines, the powerful rock/metal sound supporting them in “Basilisk” is definitely worth more than just a listen.


6) BiSH – STORY OF DUTY

I’ve never been a fan of Call Of Duty and BiSH is surely not my favorite idol group. But how can you not love this destructive digital hardcore song together with a war themed MV? If this will be the soundtrack for WWIII, I almost wish it would start right now. Just kidding, don’t do it please.


5) 会心ノ一撃 (Kaishin No Ichigeki) – パステル (Pastel)

The delicate sound of 会心ノ一撃 (Kaishin No Ichigeki) is perfectly represented by the ethereal atmosphere of its MV, which shows the group’s live activities, often in drawing-like style. This one deserved to be in the Top 3, but well, there was a lot of good stuff last month.


4) NEO JAPONISM – LEGEND OF BATACHIKI 〜バタチキ伝説〜

NEO JAPONISM goes full Egyptian with “LEGEND OF BATACHIKI”, mixing the sounds of pharaohs and pyramids with their usual alternative metal. There is also a short reggae part which doesn’t really belong there, but isn’t this why we love this kind of idols?


3) リリィカオナ (LiLii Kaona) – Europa

Ok, it was released in Spooktober, but I didn’t really expect リリィカオナ (LiLii Kaona) to get this creepy in the MV for “Europa”. Although the song is a quite relaxing electronic-synth pop one, the things shown in the video give it a more eerie aura. And yes, of course I love it, how could I not?


2) 始発待ちアンダーグラウンド (Shihatsu-Machi Underground) – 高電圧反抗少女 (Kō Den’atsu Hankō Shōjo)

For the second time in a row, 始発待ちアンダーグラウンド (Shihatsu-Machi Underground) manage to get in the Top 3. While the video is not as interesting as the previous one, it still looks pretty cool and “高電圧反抗少女” (Kō Den’atsu Hankō Shōjo) shows the awesomeness of their psychedelic music at its best. One of the most underrated units out there, no doubt about it.


1) DESURABBITS – アイコトバ (Aikotoba)

I still remember the day I discovered DESURABBITS through their first MV. Watching the one for “アイコトバ” (Aikotoba) made me realize once again how incredible this unit is. They literally grew up in this group and became one of the most important artists of this alt-idol scene. I’d like to give them a career award, but for now let’s settle with the first place of this Top 10.


That was all for October… or maybe not. Since there was a lot of good MVs I couldn’t include, here’s some of them!

Honorable Mentions