In March of 1986, Akimoto released her one and only album Cologne under the Victor record label but went under the radar when it was initially released.
Another Nier: Automata related tune featured in the new 24-man Alliance Raid in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers titles: “The Puppets Bunker” which was released as part of Patch 5.3: Reflections in Crystal.
During the first ‘trash’ pull and the in-between areas of the raid, you hear Okabe’s calming tune of when you are in the Bunker in Nier: Automata.
Staying with Final Fantasy XIV and back in 2015, which was about a year and a half after the game re-launched, Square Enix launched the final major patch for the A Realm Reborn expansion titled Before The Fall.
I am a huge fan of Final Fantasy XIV and it’s music. It’s main composer Masayoshi Soken has created some fantastic music in the last 6 years of the game’s existence and he knocks it out of the park each and every expansion.
At the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in Paris (which I attended), it was announced that the dev team had collaborated with another Square-Enix developer, PlatinumGames, to bring a new 24-man raid with a crossover between Final Fantasy XIV and Nier: Automata titled YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse.
In my previous post, I wrote about listening to a new genre of music, Future Funk for the last couple of years. There has been a sub-genre of Future Funk though which has had a resurgence in the last 10 years, known as City pop.
City pop is a loosely defined subset of pop music that originated in Japan in the late 1970s.Wikipedia
Since the 2010s, city pop has gained an international online following as well as becoming a touchstone for the sample-based microgenres known as vaporwave and future funk.
One of the more popular songs that defines the genre is Mariya Takeuchi’s – Plastic Love.
Mariya is a Japanese singer and songwriter who has been performing since 1978. Her latest studio album, Trad, released in 2014 reaching Number 1 in the Japanese Music Charts.
The 65-year-old recently re-released one of her singles, Inochi No Uta (Song of Life) with a DVD of her live performance of the song.
Plastic Love was originally released back in 1984 which was on her 6th album, VARIETY.
A genre that I have been listening to a lot in the last couple of years has been “Future Funk”… ahem, I mean “Ｆｕｔｕｒｅ Ｆｕｎｋ 因為ヾ”
A genre born from the illustrious vaporwave sub-genre which was brought to popularity in the early parts of 2010’s with its sampling of music from the ’70s and ’80s English & Japanese pop and disco songs and the incorporation of synth-wave and other sub-genres of vaporwave and citypop.
George Miller made his name on the internet way before the release and popularity of Slow Dancing in the Dark. For several years, George was under the persona of Filthy Frank.
In my previous Jukebox, I wrote how the video-sharing service, TikTok was exposing artists and their music. Here is another song that was made popular from the app.
Will Smith’s daughter Willow burst onto the music scene at just 9 years old when she released the infamous song, “Whip My Hair” and since then she has gone and released 3 albums (The latest only being in July of this year)
Here is “Wait a Minute!” which has a nice chill beat.
With the rise of the short-form video sharing service, Tik Tok, (formally known as Musical.ly), it has allowed users to lipsync themselves with audio clips such as music pieces and audio recordings of people talking.
This year, I have been listening to a bit more music than what I have done previously and I have decided to create a playlist of songs that either have been released this year or songs that I have discovered only thsi year.
I have created this list on Spotify and will be updating it in the next week or so with songs that I remember from this year!
I will also be creating a playlist of cool songs that I am going to discover in 2018! Follow this one if you wish to be updated with what I am listening to.
I might as well take this time to wish everyone a belated Merry Christmas & a Happy New New Year as we go into 2018!
Last year was a bit of a downer due to the fall of Nologam and the very unsuccessful launch of Enigma but I am going to make 2018 my bitch and I will do what I want and no one is going to stray me from that!
See you in 2018!