Koda Kumi – m·a·z·e

May 8, 2012 at 11:14 AM | Posted in Koda Kumi | Leave a comment

Koda Kumi – m·a·z·e

1. m·a·z·e
2. one
3. m·a·z·e (L12 Remix)

m·a·z·e  is the sixth single by Japanese singer Koda Kumi, released on December 11, 2002. The single reached #25 on the Oricon charts and charted for 5 weeks. This single sold 7,713 units in it’s first week and the most recent figures show that it has sold a total of 12,816 units.

Wow, m·a·z·e is so different from the tracks on her previous single. love across the ocean was all about dance, but this track is really smooth R&B. It still features that older ‘turn of the century’ R&B style like some of her tracks on her first album, but I quite like it and her vocals sound very good as well. The beat is deep and is accompanied by strings, and everything combined just gives you that bombastic R&B feel.

one follows the same musical pattern as m·a·z·e, but it’s a lot sexier and relies much more on synths raher than strings. There was a random rap section by an unknown female (unknown to me at least), and although this song is perfect for a rap section by a collab artist, the lines were a little uninspired. Still the rest of the song makes me like this one so much more than the A-side to be honest.

Damn, just damn. Although m·a·z·e (L12 Remix) is a little laid back, it’s so hot. VERBAL and Imai Daisuke did a great job mixing this song and giving it a great R&B beat with a very deep bass sound. They even did additional vocals and raps on this song, which took m·a·z·e to a whole new level.

Kuu was still a bit searching for a signature style that was comfortable for her I guess, but she found it with m·a·z·e. Her music used to be all poppy and dance, but now she found she can obtain her ‘sexy image’ with this R&B style. It totally suits her as an artist, and m·a·z·e was just the first step towards the amazing career that followed thanks to her sexier image.


4½ stars


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