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123 yuna - permission
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Permission
Yuna
Decorate


LANGUAGE English
GENRE Rock
STYLE Alternative, Indie
FORMAT MP3 320kbps
LENGTH 3:31
VERSION Album
YEAR 2010
LABEL Yuna Room Records



Yunalis "Yuna" Zarai (b. 1986) is a Malaysian singer-songwriter born in Alor Setar, Kedar.  She began writing music at fourteen, and later studied law in college.  Yuna gained a following online after uploading music on Myspace in 2006.  Since then, she's started to record music independently on her own label.  In 2010, she released her first studio album, Decorate. ¶ I'm guilty of forgetting that Asia has more than three countries in terms of music.  Growing up in the west often encourages your tastes to gravitate toward music similar to that on your radio.  Ten to fifteen years ago, I would say music in North America and Europe differed greatly in style from the music of Japan, South Korea and Chinese territories.  Now, they just seem to be separated by language.  Most Malay music I've heard is rather unique to its culture.  Yuna is the first artist I've come across who obviously has the taste of a young twentysomething in New York City or London.  She describes her own music as a mix between Mary Poppins and Coldplay.  I can't agree with the Poppins, but the Coldplay influence is gently audible on "Permission".  Her voice is like a blend of Kitchie Nadal and Feist, and this track is powered by a low indie beat and a really honest vocal performance.

122 tomoko tane - message#9
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MESSAGE#9
Tomoko Tane
MESSAGE#9


LANGUAGE English
GENRE Pop
STYLE Alternative, Artistic Pop, Electronica, Trip-Hop
FORMAT MP3 192kbps
LENGTH 3:55
VERSION Single/OST
YEAR 1998
LABEL Victor Entertainment



Tomoko Tane (b. 1961) is a Japanese singer born in Osaka.  She grew up listening to Chicago, Albert Hammond, Gilbert O'Sullivan and Ayumi Ishida.  Tane studed philosophy prior to signing with CBS Sony (now Sony Music).  Her first single, "YOU'RE THE ONE", came out in 1985.  Tomoko continues to record music today, but not as frequently.  ¶  Yet another anime I never saw much of is Gasaraki.  Mecha series are a big hit or miss with me.  The opening song, though, is fantastic.  It's a dark mixture of alternative and electronica, with hints of trip-hop and natural elements.  Tane's vocal performance is bare and cogent, and at times startling.

121 koji wada - butter-fly
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Butter-Fly
Koji Wada
Butter-Fly


LANGUAGE Japanese
GENRE Pop
STYLE Anime Pop, Pop Rock
FORMAT MP3 320kbps
LENGTH 4:16
VERSION Single/OST
YEAR 1999
LABEL Interchannel



Koji Wada (b. 1974) is a Japanese singer and songwriter who debuted in 1999 with the single "Butter-Fly".  Along with AiM, he is part of the duo KALEIDO☆SCOPE.  Wada is known for songs featured as Digimon theme songs.  He is currently housed under King Records, and he has been touring selectively across the globe.  ¶ One of my guilty pleasures in high school was what I thought to be a Pokemon rip-off, Digimon.  I was so wrong.  The aforementioned show is less about story and more about selling video games whereas the latter, while still guilty of unabashed commercialism, was far more developed and often touching.  Maybe a year or so ago, I finally got to see the original Japanese version, which is undoubtedly better.  The theme song itself is a major improvement as it's actually a song and not some weird chant (as heard in the English dub).  "Butter-Fly" immediately grabs you with its infectious and fun poppy rock sound.

120 darin - lovekiller
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Lovekiller
Darin
Lovekiller


LANGUAGE English
GENRE Pop
STYLE Ballad, Electropop
FORMAT MP3 192kbps
LENGTH 3:30
VERSION Album
YEAR 2010
LABEL Universal Music



Darin Zanyar (b. 1987) is a Swedish singer and songwriter of Kurdish descent.  He was the runner up for Sweden's Idol in 2004.  He released his first album in 2005, The Anthem.  Today, he has five albums total.  In 2010, Darin recorded a song called "You're Out of My Life" for Melodifestivalen.  While it did not win, it ranked high on the charts and was placed on his most recent album, Lovekiller.  ¶  I've been listening to older music (by that, I mean at least twenty years and older) from both the eastern and western hemispheres.  People used to actually sing before.  I dread hearing many artists sing live today because technology has tricked many of us.  Darin is one of the few current male pop vocalists who truly sounds great live.  I think he's stronger on ballads, which is why "Lovekiller" proves to be one of his strongest singles in some time.  If you liked "You're Out of My Life", then you'll love this.  Without losing a contemporary sound, the track gives Zanyar plenty of chances to show how clean and strong his voice is.  The strings and choir on the dark chorus are both welcome additives on this tense pop song.
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119 suga shikao - yuudachi
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Yuudachi
Lit. Afternoon shower
Suga Shikao
Sweet


LANGUAGE Japanese
GENRE Rock
STYLE Funk, Soft Rock, Soul
FORMAT MP3 160kbps
LENGTH 4:45
VERSION Album
YEAR 1999
LABEL Kitty



Shikao Suga (b. 1966) is a Japanese singer and songwriter.  He attended Tokyo Keizai University and worked at an advertising company for several years.  He debuted as a singer in 1997 with the major label single, "Hit Chart o Kakenukero".  ¶ One of the strangest anime I've seen is Boogiepop Phantom.  Even today, I'm still confused.  The opening theme from the anime is also the closing theme for the live-action film.  However, "Yuudachi" was not included on any of the Boogiepop soundtracks.  Shikao Suga's voice is soulful and gentle, and his words are bittersweet.  "Yuudachi" is a flowing mix of funk and soft rock.

118 junko iwao - scarlet
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SCARLET
Junko Iwao
SCARLET


LANGUAGE Japanese
GENRE Pop
STYLE Ballad, Piano Ballad
FORMAT MP3 160kbps
LENGTH 4:55
VERSION Single
YEAR 2000
LABEL Pony Canyon



Junko Iwao (b. 1970) is a Japanese voice actress and singer.  She is best known for playing Tomoyo in the popular anime series Card Captor Sakura.  ¶ Yuu Watase, mangaka of Fushigi Yuugi, created a sci-fi drama called Ayashi no Ceres which has generally been panned by most people.  Why?  It's overdramatic and bleak.  I mostly liked the anime, but I''ve always loved dark anime.  Silly moe series aren't my thing.  The opening is this tranquil and blue ballad.

117 yukari tamura - rebirth~megami tensei~
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REBIRTH~megami tensei~
Lit. Goddess reincarnation
Yukari Tamura
REBIRTH~megami tensei~


LANGUAGE Japanese
GENRE Pop
STYLE Ballad, Idol Pop, Pop Rock
FORMAT MP3 320kbps
LENGTH 5:04
VERSION Single
YEAR 1998
LABEL PolyGram



Yukari Tamura (b. 1976) is a Japanese voice actress and singer.  She has been acting and singing since 1997.  Along with famous seiyuu Yui Horie, the two formed a short-lived duo called Yamato Nadeshiko in 2001.  ¶ From one of my top five favorite anime Devilman Lady is this gloomy rock ballad.  It's subtle yet powerful.  The music video is all kinds of funny, but the anime's ending animation is a slow burning beauty.

116 seikima-ii - kokuu no meikyuu
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Kokuu no Meikyuu~type β~
Lit. Empty sky labyrinth
SEIKIMA-II
NEWS


LANGUAGE Japanese
GENRE Rock
STYLE Heavy Metal
FORMAT MP3 128kbps
LENGTH 4:14
VERSION Album
YEAR 1997
LABEL BMG Victor



SEIKIMA-II (or Seikimatsu, meaning "holy devouring demon II") is a Japanese heavy metal band that formed in 1982.  It was originally started up by Damian Hamada, but SEIKIMA-II has gone through extensive member changes ever since.  The group disbanded in 1999 and then resumed in 2009.  They are currently on a tour throughout parts of Europe and America.  ¶ I fondly remember this song from the television version of the anime Maze Megaburst Space.  The show itself was an oddball mix of Ranma 1/2 (gender bending), Bakuretsu Hunters (group of wacky warriors) and maybe a drop of Escaflowne (otherworldly mecha).  I could only track down the album version of the song, subtitled "type ß" (beta, not gamma as incorrectly labeled on most fansites).  I don't notice any major differences between this and the version used in the anime's opening credits.  Anyway, "Kokuu" is a glorious heavy metal track with a beautiful guitar breakdown.  Fans of '80s rock will eat this up (as you should).  "MAZE IN YOUR FACE!"

115 skirt - magical:labyrinth//
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MAGICAL:LABYRINTH//
Skirt
Violinist of Hameln OST I


LANGUAGE Japanese
GENRE Pop
STYLE Anime, Dance Pop, Fusion Pop
FORMAT MP3 224kbps
LENGTH 4:23
VERSION OST
YEAR 1997
LABEL Pony Canyon



Skirt is a Japanese female duo best known for its song "MAGICAL:LABYRINTH//" from the Violinist of Hameln TV anime.  The members were Yuri and Kimiko.  They were housed under THE ALFEE's private label, Zeit, and released four singles and one album.  They disbanded around 1997.  ¶ When I was an avid anime fan back in middle and high school, I came across Hameln through some friends.  Unfortunately, I never got into it.  Thankfully, I did love its theme song, "MAGICAL:LABYRINTH//".  You have to admire the Japanese style of upper-lower casing and punctuation.  The arrangement of "MAGICAL" is indicative of most other joyful dance oriented pop used in anime in the mid to late nineties.

200 songs of the 2000s || asian edition: 095 morning - seup gwan
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A decade has passed.  So here are my picks of those ten years from all around Asia.



Seup Gwan
Lit. Habit
Morning
Return to the Innocence


LANGUAGE Korean
GENRE Pop
STYLE Ballad, Orchestral Pop
FORMAT MP3 192kbps
LENGTH 4:41
VERSION Album
YEAR 2003
LABEL Pony Canyon Korea



Morning is a South Korean female vocal group that debuted in 2003.  Their singles from their only album were "Seup Gwan" and "Haeng Bok Hae Jol Ge".  The members were Bo Ram, Sung Hee, Bo Yun and Min Kyung.  All girls would sing, but Min Kyung played the violin.  Today, Morning is no longer active.  ¶ It's really bizarre as to how current Korean girl groups lack substance.  Which is a stretch considering the girl groups of yesterday were Baby V.O.X and Diva.  They were fun, but had tender moments.  Stylized autotune, ADHD and fanciful electro beats have run amok.  Morning was a little more unique as one member played the violin, and the lead vocalists sounded rather good live.  Another girl would also do some light rapping to add a special touch (okay, every gayo song has a rap, whatever). To me, "Seup Gwan" is one of the most beautiful ballads recorded by a K-pop girl group.  Shame they didn't stick around.  Shame that most people confuse them for Morning Musume.  Don't quote me, but I think one girl was in a ZONE-ish Korean band called Gisele.

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