So let's get some info from the sexy patrons of this fine establishment on the subject of that one song blasting out right this moment. Hello, good sir, what do you think of this one playing for the 5th time in a row? @RUNAWAY
answers, "I’ve never understood the absolute stanning this song receives. For me it’s never really been an earth-shattering song like everyone seems to think it is. It’ll be underwhelming if it wins this rate when there are so many better, more deserving songs." As I start to back away from the man, I blurt out "Zero to Heat!" and quickly step away. I notice @Weslicious
at the bar and approach. Without even asking the question, I hear, "A total 11 contender. I want this to go far and if it does end up winning overall I will hardly be mad." Okay, thank you for your time. I turn back to the dancefloor and see @otenkiame
in the middle of it surrounded by the crowd, who is cheering him on, as he lets all his limbs go wild to the beat of the song, "Queen of the gays graces us with this phenomenal dance track. I guess you could call it BUT pt.2 because of all the LGBT themes going on, and it certainly lives up to that track's addictive nature. I mean, just wow. An instant classic and total standout in her discography." It was weird hearing him scream all this to no one in particular, but the crowd loved it. In this very crowd I see two girls bonding over they love for the song. "Quintessential Koda Kumi. Such a smooth dance track", shouts @EachSmallStep
. "A quintessential Kumi track, it's impossible not to dance a bit when this comes on", repeats her sentiment the other girl as if to give more weight to the argument. Listening to the two I didn't notice how @Squashua
materialized out of thin air and blurted out, "Ferocious electro-bop, especially in the verses, thankfully free from the overly robotomised autotune that would plague a lot of the music from this time period." Just as I started opening my mouth to ask him how he did that, he vanished just as easily. Awkward... and weird. Speaking of weird, at the tables I see a very pretty box. I come closer and realize that it's @Empty Shoebox
. "This is the song that most of you came here for, and who can blame you? It's great. Add the LGBT community love and you've got yourself a damn good record. At least, I think so." At this point I start to wonder if there is something in the air. I sit at the nearby free table and realize that someone almost intangible is sitting next to me. It's @vague
, "oh, man, this is definitely a top tier Kumi song. that chorus is euphoric!! songs like this are what she was born to sing; her vocals are in~cre~di~ble here." I nod in agreement and scan the dancefloor for other PJ members. Someone is proclaiming they're into choking at the next table, "Fantastic album opener. Step on our necks and don't let us breathe queen." It's @ThisIsRogue
. I wave and decide to get something to drink. @Cutlery
is bartending, "Queen of Pop. Dark and hunty anthem which kicks off the album pretty much flawlessly with vocoder, heavy synths and a whole lot of Kumi's personality" He pours me something called "ADOK IMUK". It's tart and sweet, I love it, but my head starts spinning.
Longing for fresh air, I move towards the exist. I bump into @lalaclairi_
as she is entering, "This single includes every unique element of Kuu that makes her such a good pop star. It's one of the best songs of her career." It's invigorating to hear such praise for clearly a standout track in someone's life. I manage to get to the doors and as I sit at the steps of the club, the winner's namesake, @TABOO
, put his hand on my shoulder, "Kumi’s masterpiece. There was not a moment where I doubted that this would end up being my 11. TABOO
is one of my favourite songs of all time. Aurally, this is an absolute delight: the thumping beat, the synthesizers, the vocals through the vocoder. Everything comes together in such a fantastical and extraordinary manner. “They won’t stop this TABOO / They can’t stop this TABOO”
indeed! Kuu’s exploration of taboos within the lyrics - in particular, homosexuality - is definitely the personal highlight. In similar vein to BUT
was a song that I discovered at the time I was coming to terms with my sexuality, and the lyricism was not only encouraging, it was precious. Over the years, the song has evolved with me and made me more and more proud of the person I am today. It amazes me how perfect this song is. Kumi really did this, ya’ll." Are you the song's fucking embodiment?