Ayumi Hamasaki – Feel the love / Merry-go-round

December 21, 2013 at 11:55 AM | Posted in Ayumi Hamasaki | Leave a comment

Ayumi Hamasaki – Feel the love / Merry-go-round

1. Feel the love (Original mix)
2. Merry-go-round (Original mix)
3. Feel the love (DJ Hello Kitty remix)
4. Feel the love (Blasterjaxx remix)
5. Feel the love (Original mix -Instrumental-)
6. Merry-go-round (Original mix -Instrumental-)

Feel the love / Merry-go-round is the fifty-first single by Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki, released on December 25, 2013. Feel the love was both used as opening theme for the music show “CDTV” for the month of December and in an H.I.S. campaign CM.

Wow, Ayu is throwing some EDM on us. Feel the love (Original mix) starts off softly with a piano melody, but soon it builds into this amazingly fierce dance tune that would be a great club banger. Funny how the entire chorus is in English, and Ayu doesn’t even sound too bad despite her Engrish. Even though I’m not too fond of fierce electrodance music, Ayu’s new song turned out to be extremely catchy. Not my favorite A-side from her, but since the anticipation for this single has been growing for the past three years, I’ll take this one as it is.

So I heard Merry-go-round (Original mix) a while back and I loved how the song started small and then bursted into this highly energetic electrodance track. This track was produced by m-flo, which is pretty amazing, but the thing that I just can’t swallow is that VERBAL’s raps are sooo annoying and out of place here. As for the rest of the song, it has potential but I’m not really loving this to be quite honest.

Apparently, both remixes are for Feel the love, which in my opinion turns out to be the better song of the two A-sides. Feel the love (DJ Hello Kitty remix) reminded me a little too much of the original, but it has a little more edge. The Blasterjaxx remix starts off in a really cool way with a softer instrumental introduction and a more classical approach before it really lets loose with a heavy pulsing beat. Despite this being a little heavy to my ears at some times, this proves to be the better remix of the two. Not too fond of the single as a whole though…

3 stars

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