Review | XlamV “Groovy Night”

XlamV 3rd Digital Single "Groovy Night"

Indulge in the smooth beats of XlamV’s ‘Groovy Night’, a mature and stylish nu-disco gem that will leave you craving for more.

XlamV "Groovy Night"
Title: Groovy Night
Release date: 28/06/2023
Label: REISEN RECORDS
Genre: Nu-disco

Tracklist:

1 - Groovy Night

Track analysis:

1 – Groovy Night

Prepare yourself to fall in love with XlamV’s mature take on nu-disco music with “Groovy Night“.

The intro is the slickest you’ve heard from the group. Synth hits slowly fade in and out, serving as the background to the funky guitar riffs, simplistic snary beat, and punchy bassline.

The stage is set. The vibes are good and mature, with the instrumental being quite close to the listener as is each singer.

You can feel the warm vibes coming from this song and the intimate tone to it as the song progresses.

Stylishly, the song takes you to a funky chorus that is sparse in its words but quite generous in its groovy vibes.

It feels like listening to a dancefloor tune. There isn’t much focus on the lyrics in the chorus, leaving a lot of room for the beat and bass line to sink in and for you to jam along to it. I believe that the chorus would be perfect for a massive choreography if the group ever manages to perform live. It certainly has that potential.

“Groovy Night” is all about its downtempo, mature take on nu-disco, and as such, the vocals are all about being melodic and warm. 

All members are performing a bit lower on their vocal range for this tune and, at the same time, you will find plenty of ad-libs and riffing coming from Tasuku Hatanaka, Makoto Furukawa, and Ayumu Murase.

But the focus on the vocal end is on Kengo Kawanishi, Shintaro Asanuma, Reiou Tsuchida, and Chiaki Kobayashi. They spend the most time in the spotlight for this song and what a job they are doing, making things ridiculously funky for the listener.

From the groovy vibes in the instrumental to the little detail of “the sun rises again” then we get a cut to people on the streets, and even to the chants in the chorus and all the empty space in the instrumental – intentionally left that way -, this song is a punchy treat to listen to it.

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.

Introduction

VS AMBIVALENZ is a 2D music project by NIZISTA. It has a pretty unique format in which only 7 out of the 14 members were chosen through voting that went on from 2021 up until late 2022.

XlamV (read: Kranve) consists of Jintaro (CV: Chiaki Kobayashi), Nagomu (CV: Shintaro Asanuma), 39YEAH↗ (CV: Makoto Furukawa), Issei (CV: Kengo Kawanishi), Lion (CV: Tasuku Hatanaka), Auguri (CV: Ayumu Murase), and Subaru (CV: Reiou Tsuchida).

To get to know more about this project, please refer to THTFHQ’s extended article about VS AMBIVALENZ.


Groovy Night” is available for streaming on Spotify.


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Vanessa Silva
Vanessa Silvahttps://www.handthatfeedshq.com
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder, content creator, and music reviewer. Basically, the only person managing everything at The Hand That Feeds HQ. Stumbling upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus" in 2011 was the start of this journey. If music is thought-provoking or deep, you may find her writing almost essays (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). She's the producer and host of the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).

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Groovy Night

SUMMARY

Right from the slick intro, you'll be immersed in a stylish soundscape. The fading synth hits serve as a backdrop to the funky guitar riffs, simple snare beat, and punchy bassline. "Groovy Night" embodies a downtempo, mature nu-disco sound, and the vocals follow suit with their melodic and warm delivery. While Tasuku Hatanaka, Makoto Furukawa, and Ayumu Murase provide ad-libs and riffs, the spotlight is on Kengo Kawanishi, Shintaro Asanuma, Reiou Tsuchida, and Chiaki Kobayashi. They bring a funky energy to the forefront, making the song ridiculously groovy for the listener. "Groovy Night" is an addictive entry in XlamV's repertoire and another exciting look at the group's potential going forward.

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Right from the slick intro, you'll be immersed in a stylish soundscape. The fading synth hits serve as a backdrop to the funky guitar riffs, simple snare beat, and punchy bassline. "Groovy Night" embodies a downtempo, mature nu-disco sound, and the vocals follow suit with their melodic and warm delivery. While Tasuku Hatanaka, Makoto Furukawa, and Ayumu Murase provide ad-libs and riffs, the spotlight is on Kengo Kawanishi, Shintaro Asanuma, Reiou Tsuchida, and Chiaki Kobayashi. They bring a funky energy to the forefront, making the song ridiculously groovy for the listener. "Groovy Night" is an addictive entry in XlamV's repertoire and another exciting look at the group's potential going forward.Review | XlamV "Groovy Night"