Time Machine by Grunemusik might strike you as a bit “weird” at first, especially if you are completely clueless when it comes to J-pop, anime type of music. However, if you feel right at home in the genre, then this will fit perfectly in your playlist.
The album is actually a set of tracks done by 6 different Japanese artists. Each of the songs are filled with electronic, atmospheric poppy beats with vocaloid tracks; definitely perfect as an anime soundtrack. Even though this type of music only caters to a small select group, (usually the ones that devote their time to watching episode after episode of their favorite Japanese cartoons or ones that actually take time to attend Â Jap “cosplay” events;) there’s no doubt that the music is good. I won’t say it’s absolutely great since I do find myself wasting 6 hours of my time watching reruns of K-On!
Some of my instant favorites when listening to this compilation is the opener, Scrap Girl by Toshio Entai P. Like most Japanese pop tracks, it has a nasty hook and easily sticks to your brain like it’s made from super glue. Colorless, Coherence by Tanakasomething is also another lovely, melodic piece that’s definitely worth listening to. I guess, it won’t be stretching it if I say that it sounds like a typical Japanese pop love ballad where layers of beats and cutesy vocals are ingeniously intertwined.
If you want to try out Japanese pop, I think Time Machine will be a good representative. It features fun, electronic pop tunes that contains plenty of energy and clean mixes.
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