Yuma Uchida and XlamV continue a streak of innovative and engaging digital singles, the TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! franchise finally sorted its quality issues, and Executioner shows a lot of promise. This and more in this article – and video – of MONTHLY REVIEW June 2023.
This month’s episode is all about the music released in June 2023.
June 2023 continues last month’s trend of betting on groovy music. 80s citypop and 70s disco and funk have been at the core of most of the music released in the past month, creating chillout, bassline-driven soundscapes that are perfect for this summer.
But not everything was about groovy tunes. Yuma Uchida arrived with an aggressive brand of EDM music, Executioner brought the darkness and beauty of visual-kei rock to the spotlight and the TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! franchise impressed with some changes to its sound.
And standing out this month were:
- Yuma Uchida’s “DangeR”,
- XlamV’s “Groovy Night”, and
- TOKYO COLOR SONIC!!’s “RECALL”.
In the video version of this article – which covers many more CDs and features your comments as well – I bring my impressions about a couple of CDs I recently reviewed (some of those are a bit “old”). Make sure to watch the episode!
Yuma Uchida “DangeR”
“DangeR” promised an electrifying sound and it delivered (that and more).
This single is a significant departure from Yuma Uchida’s usual sound and concept, but it is undeniably impressive. Uchida effortlessly embraces this mature, passionate, and “masculine” vibe.
The themes of desire, forbidden love, and danger suit him remarkably well. Uchida’s voice showcases its incredible range and versatility as he seamlessly transitions between clean, technical singing and rapping, almost imperceptibly.
This is a single that fully deserves your attention.
XlamV “Groovy Night”
XlamV arrived with its 3rd digital single “Groovy Night” and impressed.
With a stylish and mature nu-disco sound, featuring confident, smooth performances, “Groovy Night” is an addictive entry in XlamV’s repertoire and another exciting look at the group’s potential going forward.
The perfect build up to the group’s 1st EP “Climb”, which is set for a release in July 2023.
TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! “RECALL”
The TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! franchise neatly wraps up the songs released in the first 2 CD series in “RECALL“.
With performances by Shoya Chiba, Soma Saito, Shunsuke Takeuchi, Gakuto Kajiwara and Yuya Hirose, this project tackles rock, pop, hip-hop, low-fi and EDM music, creating some of the most eclectic and engaging songs you can find.
If you are trying to get into the TOKYO COLOR SONIC!! franchise, this CD is the perfect entry point, preparing you for the 3rd CD series that is set to kick off this summer.
These and more thoughts/comments can be found in the almost 1-hour-ish episode that just dropped on the channel. Check the links on this article as well if you haven’t subscribed to the channel.
What is THTFHQ’s MONTHLY REVIEW?
As the name says, Monthly Review is a monthly feature in which I find yet another excuse to talk about male seiyuu music and 2D groups.
This is a feature in which I get on camera – unscripted (and usually looking a bit tired lol) – covering the most impressive/buzzworthy releases in any given month – and hidden gems that not many people may end up paying attention to -, counting on your participation as well in all 4 corners:
- Best of the month (3 best/buzzworthy/gems of every given month as picked by me + 3 suggested by THTFHQ readers
- Monthly Choice (3 CD suggestions by me – regardless of when the CDs were released – and 3 suggestions by THTFHQ readers)
- Music in the Horizon (a look at next month’s releases – it mixes my and your comments on upcoming releases by male seiyuu artists, bands, units, or 2D groups)
- Ask Vanessa (ask me anything about male seiyuu or 2D music, if don’t ask, it turns into a “Soma Saito” corner)
Do you want to participate in MONTHLY REVIEW?
This show is a collaborative work between you and me, sharing our love for male seiyuu and 2D music projects. Don’t be shy to participate.
And don’t worry about not having perfect English writing or the sort, we all make mistakes and even I am not a native speaker – and typos are really my bread and butter here on the website – so don’t let that stop you from participating, should you want to!
As always, several times during the month, the survey to participate in next month’s episode is shared on THTFHQ’s social media (Facebook and Twitter) and on THTFHQ’s YouTube channel‘s community tab (make sure to subscribe to not miss the notification, or lurk if you don’t want to subscribe).
You can participate as many times as you want, I only ask that you avoid submitting the same answers in the various entries you make in this feature.
The goal is to feature as many CDs as possible, not to talk only about 1 or 2 CDs.
Please remember that these episodes are much more enjoyable with your insights. Every month I share a survey on social media for you to leave your impressions on new music.
Although only 3 people are chosen for each corner (less if there were fewer submissions), know I read them all. I read everything and keep being impressed by your musical sensibility!
THTFHQ’s community is filled with talented individuals, fans of good music, and voice acting. You geek as hard – or even more – about both things as I do!
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