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Song Review: Yukika – Loving You

Yukika - Loving YouAfter releasing her first mini album earlier this year, Yukika headed to the dancefloor with the wonderful throwback The Moment. That song plunged deeper into 80’s synth-driven sounds, and pointed toward a direction I’d love to hear her explore further. With new digital single Loving You (not a Minnie Riperton cover!), she’s reverted to a sleepier city pop style. As usual, it suits her. But, I wish the track had more oomph.

This is my gripe with a lot of so-called “city pop.” The genre isn’t inherently subdued, but K-pop seems to think it is. Sure, Loving You’s instrumental swirls with satisfying strings and a hearty dose of brass. But, the overall arrangement needs a kick up the backside. How can the percussion be both sprightly and drowsy? It’s a strange balance I can’t quite come to terms with. I want to dance, but every time the instrumental seems to flourish, it drags down once more.

On the plus side, that aforementioned combo of strings and brass is lovely. There’s a warmth to this track that hearkens back to sounds of the seventies. I can imagine a live band playing the hell out of it. However, the song is stuck within the narrow confines of today’s production techniques, requiring a knockout hook or ballsy vocal performance to flourish. Loving You boasts neither, making it a pleasant trifle too hesitant for its own good. Yukika’s voice comes dangerously close to disinterested – an affectation K-pop seems to find synonymous with city pop. It’s too bad, because this could have been a real stunner.

 Hooks 7
 Production 8
 Longevity 7
 Bias 7
 RATING 7.25

7 thoughts on “Song Review: Yukika – Loving You

  1. I like Yukika a lot cos she is at least very much consistent in her works. Out of everything she has released this year, I find this one the least exciting (Lovemonth and The Moment are still top tier and I play them all the time). The track is pleasant B-side material and not much else tbh.

    Also I feel like this is the first time in a few weeks where I am online the same time reviews are going up, being European doesn’t suck balls for once lmaoooo.

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  2. Its not really for dancing though. Its more for gentle swaying and head nodding to while holding a beverage and scoping out the room. Or at least that is how I think it is supposed to work (what do I know).

    Of the city pops I have heard here, this one is most appealing. Its the walking bass.

    If I were to overthink this, it sounds like three songs. The vocal line grafted on top of some 70’s TV montage scene, and the walking bass line grafted underneath. What the song could really use is being about 10bpm faster. The youtube 1.25x setting is too fast but gives a flavor of how much punchier the song is faster.

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  3. My Yukika bias is likely showing but I think it’s pretty good. Definitely among her weaker tracks but I’ll probably give it a few spins over the coming weeks.

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