Koda Kumi – Go to the top

October 24, 2012 at 8:23 PM | Posted in Koda Kumi | Leave a comment

Koda Kumi – Go to the top

1. Go to the top
2. darling
3. Go to the top (DJAKi ASY Remix)

Go to the top is the fifty-third single by Japanese singer Koda Kumi, released on October 24, 2012. The title track was used as the opening theme song for the anime Total Eclipse. The single reached #2 on the Oricon Daily Charts and sold 22,488 copies on its first day.

OMG finally a new Kuu single. Go to the top is the first single since her hiatus (due to her pregnancy), and she definitely knows how to make a smashing comeback with a song in the style of songs like ‘Boom Boom Boys’. This new A-side is a terrific blend of rocky elements, dance and even a little bit of dubstep. It’s surprising that the song is more midtempo than uptempo, but it makes it all the more interesting. Do I even have to talk about the vocals? Kuu is doing as great as ever ofcourse.

It’s not surprising that darling is a ballad, what’s even less surprising for me is that it’s a pretty one. I know opinions tend to differ on this, but if you ask me Kuu is good at singing ballads (yes she tends to oversing at times but this time that’s not the case). This B-side is an acoustic guitar influenced ballad that creates a perfect 180 from the A-side. It once again displays the vulnerable side of Kuu with her soft and husky vocals, releasing the emotional side of her voice every now and then.

Go to the top (DJAKi ASY Remix) is like the original, but then with a lot more speed, synths and even more of the dubstep elements. Actually, it’s the original gone crazy, haha. The remix is quite short, much shorter than te original and features mainly instrumental part. It’s a nice remix, I woulndn’t say I’m very fond of it but it’s decent.

Go to the top is definitely a good comeback for Kumi after her hiatus, and I was already wondering if she ever planned on releasing a dubstep inspired song. Well, here it is, the missing genre in her discography, and she nailed it. The A-side is the perfect club banger with great potential, the remix even takes that further to the next level, but then the B-side darling was a welcome change. It gave the single the balance it needed without becoming superfluous, so that was planned amazingly. I can’t say anything other than that I’m proud of Kuu!


4½ stars

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