Review | The Cat’s Whiskers & Akkan Yatsura “JUSTICE”

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PARADOX LIVE STAGE BATTLE “JUSTICE” counts with polarizing approaches and making different interpretations of the concept of “JUSTICE” by The Cat’s Whiskers and Akkan Yatsura.

Paradox Live Stage Battle JUSTICE
Title: Paradox Live Stage Battle "JUSTICE"
Release date: 08/05/2020
Label: Avex
Genre: Hip-Hop

Tracklist:

1 - Faith (The Cat's Whiskers)
2 - OUTSIDERZ – Akkan Yatsura is Justice – (Akkan Yatsura)
3 - Voice drama JUSTICE - Part 1
4 - Voice drama JUSTICE - Part 2

Track by track analysis:

1 – Faith

The Cat’s Whiskers come forward with quite the powerful, old-school hip-hop sound in “Faith”.

Love those vibes and the beautiful piano melody playing in the background, setting an elegant yet gritty stage for this team to make theirs.

The verses are introspective but still with a lot of bounce in that sampled beat. The chorus once again wins me over.

The piano melodies shine in this section, coming off as more melancholic than expected. This delicate touch to such a powerful song is quite refreshing.

When it comes to the rapping, massive props to The Cat’s Whiskers Ryota Takeuchi and Yuu Hayashi that went off in this track. They were overflowing with power and show a lot of focus with this incisive rap.

Aesthetically pleasing song with a pretty awesome rap on top.


2 – OUTSIDERZ – Akkan Yatsura is Justice –

A bouncy, metallic bassline paints an urban soundscape for Akkan Yatsura’s entry, OUTSIDERZ – Akkan Yatsura is Justice –.

The beat is simple, focused on the power of that bass drum and broken bass melody. There is some additional percussion on this song, adding a rather rough and improvised touch to their sound.

The chorus is slow-paced yet, very intense, something that works so well with this song. Love the brass hits in the background that give this song a slight Latin, danceable touch.

Those dark, low-toned rap sections by Shunichi Toki stand out in the middle of a song that has quite the edgy, “gangster” vibe.

Tasuku Hatanaka spits fire in this song, making the honors of opening this song with a fierce, intense rap.

Takayuki Kondo is a joy to listen rapping. He’s been doing it for over a decade – remember D.A.T – and here he gets a lot of spotlight to try rap from a different perspective and with a different flavor. He’s one with the beat and is incredibly groovy in his delivery even if he has some roughness underneath.

Shima packs quite the punch in his performance, his rap is incisive, clean, and with a lot of power overflowing. Shogo Yano has a rather unique voice tone when rapping. It’s not the more pleasing to listen to but within Akkan Yatsura it works well.


Final considerations

Really feeling The Cat’s Whiskers sound. In my books, it is perfect on all fronts.

The nostalgia exuding from it, the bounce and bop in those beats, the delicate, elegant touch of those piano melodies, the lo-fi touch, and the throwback rap style have turned this team into my favorite.

Absolute masterclass with every release of theirs and “Faith” is no different.

Akkan Yatsura don’t fall that far behind with “OUTSIDERZ – Akkan Yatsura is Justice –“.

I enjoyed their simplistic sound, it packs the same punch as their more intense, crowded sound and does so with fewer resources, leaving the spotlight for the rap performances.

Akkan Yatsura’s members feasted on the intense beat, delivering quite the awesome set of individual parts with grit and passion at its core.

PARADOX LIVE STAGE BATTLE “JUSTICE” counts with 2 awesome songs with polarizing approaches to their sound and making different interpretations of the concept of “JUSTICE”.

Yet another massive entry in the Paradox Live franchise.


Paradox Live Stage Battle “JUSTICE” is available for streaming on Spotify.

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SUMMARY

PARADOX LIVE STAGE BATTLE "JUSTICE" counts with 2 awesome songs with polarizing approaches to their sound and making different interpretations of the concept of "JUSTICE". The Cat’s Whiskers take the crown with "Faith". Absolutely awesome track with a really cool vibe and stylish lo-fi sound. Worth mentioning that Akkan Yatsura were worthy opponents, coming forward with "OUTSIDERZ – Akkan Yatsura is Justice –"

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Faith
OUTSIDERZ – Akkan Yatsura is Justice –
Vanessa Silvahttps://www.handthatfeedshq.com
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder and music reviewer writing about Japanese music since 2010. Also, the only person managing everything The Hand That Feeds HQ related. In 2011, I stumbled upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus". Since then I have been writing about male seiyuu music. You may find me writing almost essays whenever music is really good (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). I also host the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).

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