I’ve compared Japanese co-ed group AAA to Bigbang several times before, even though each act crafts wildly different music. But, they’re both the kind of supergroup that functions well together and results in equally amazing solo material from its diverse, charismatic members. If you buy that comparison, Sky-Hi would be AAA’s answer to G-Dragon. I find him to be one of J-pop’s most interesting rappers, with a cross-genre appeal that makes his music feel constantly fresh and surprising.
Sky’s The Limit hinges on a brilliant vocal sample, filtering an operatic loop to give it an otherworldly effect. This sample is then arranged as part of the song’s rhythm, adding a satisfying sense of weight to the track. In fact, it’s such a highlight that Limit often strips back every other element to focus entirely on those vocals. In between, the instrumental is bolstered by a catchy flute loop that further supports the theatrical atmosphere.
At only two and a half minutes, Sky’s The Limit leaves you wanting more. In some ways, it feels like an extended introduction rather than a full-on song, and I’d love if this ends up becoming a teaser for the style of music we might hear from Sky-Hi in the near future. After a couple of breathless hip-hop verses, the track climaxes in an anthemic refrain that echoes its central vocal loop. As a statement of intent, Sky’s The Limit feels assured and convincing, driven by Sky-Hi’s nimble, emotive flow.
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