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Touch(初回限定盤)(DVD付) CD+DVD, Limited Edition
3.NEXT STATION(Music Clip)
渡辺俊美(TOKYO No.1 SOUL SET/THE ZOOT16)・ BENNIE KとのデュエットSINGLEに続く、その集大成とも言えるALBUM。DVDには、BENNIE K出演のPVを収録!! 9・10月の連続SINGLEリリースに引き続き、とうとうavex trax移籍後2枚目となるALBUMを発売!! 先行 SINGLEはもちろん、新曲としてHIP HOP系アーティストのフィーチャリング収録予定! BENNIE K出演のPVを収録したDVDも見逃せない!!
東京ヒップホップ・シーンで活動する2BACKKAのアルバム。渡辺俊美、BENNIE Kとのコラボレーションに続き、アルバム完成!4タイアップを含む全14曲を収録!渡辺俊美 (TOKYO No.1SOUL SET/THE ZOOT16)・BENNIE KとのデュエットSINGLEに続く集大成ともいえる1枚。 (C)RS
The group consists of MC's HAMMER and MAGO and DJ HAMA. The trio started the group back in 1999 and released Indie albums but in 2006, the group was signed to a major record label deal with avex trax and is managed by tearbridge production (which manages a lot of major avex artists such as Hamasaki Ayumi, Every Little Thing, globe and other record label's artists such as mihimaru GT and SEAMO).
In 2006, the group released their debut album "SIGN" and were featured in the "Yoru no Picnic" Original Soundtrack. But their big break came in July 2007 when they collaborated with SEAMO for "Rising Dragon" (coupling song on SEAMO's "Fly Away" CD single).
The group then released a couple of CD singles with "NEXT STATION" (their first CD single in Sept. 2007) with Tokyo No. 1 Soulset's Watanabe Toshimi, their 2nd CD single "HOME" with BENNIE K (rel. Oct. 2007) and their second album "Touch" which was released in November 2007.
The album features both CD singles and I guess if I had to describe their style of hip hop, the first thing that came to my mind was EMI artist DJ OZMA. The music has a commercial style of feel, something you can bop your head too and definitely not hardcore with East Coast USA influence.
Also, another thing that separates them from other hip hop groups is the look. The group looks very different style-wise compared to other Japanese hip hop talent.
"HOME" which features a collaboration with BENNIE K and features a fun collaboration between the two as the guys and BK's CICO rap and YUKI's vocals make the song much more enjoyable.
"Mekumori" features a collaboration with mayula. Although not released as a CD single, the song does have a PV and its a pretty fun song with the guys rapping and vocals by mayula who sounds very similar to Utada Hikaru.
"Sureshot" sounds like a track by DJ OZMA which has that "Bounce with me" type of sound.
"'" (choice) features B-BAND J and features an Japanese traditional style of music and very cool collaboration and incorporation of traditional music to the song balanced with a deep drum bass and groove. Really cool!
"KARMA" is one of the few tracks that sounds different from all the songs featured on the album. The song is harder and features a pretty quick delivery of a barrage of lyrics by HAMMER.
"GET UP [DJ HAMA Scratch Remix]" is actually very cool because it features thes cratching by DJ HAMA and for those who listen to hip hop, very reminiscent to some old school hip hop stuff albums would feature an all scratch track. So, it was cool to see that on this album.
The CD insert features the song lyrics and photos of the members of 2BACKKA.
I really enjoyed 2BACKKA's music. It's not hardcore compared other artists who go for that East Coast, in-your-face style. If anything, 2BACKKA reminds me of the quirkiness of the BEASTIE BOYS and their ability to just have fun and try to incorporate different sounds and musical styles into their music.
So, it was definitely a fresh sound from a lot of the stuff I've been listening to and all in all, it's a pretty fun album with a good balance of different music, really cool collaborations and definitely an album worth checking out!