DEF. DIVA

by Lainay on October 16, 2005 · 11 comments · AddThis

Maki Maki Goto
Birth Date: 1985-09-23
Birthplace: Tokyo
Blood type: O
Aya Aya Matsuura
Birth Date: 1986-06-25
Birthplace: Hyogo
Blood type: B
Natsumi Natsumi Abe
Birth Date: 1981-08-10
Birthplace: Hokkaido
Blood type: A
Rika Rika Ishikawa
Birthday: 1985-01-19
Birthplace: Kanagawa
Blood type: A

As promised, here is an article on the newest Hello! Project unit, DEF. DIVA! This is the next of the solo artist one-time units, following in the footsteps of Gomattou and Nochiura Natsumi (although Rika isn’t a solo artist). DEF. DIVA (yes, all caps AND the period) is made up of 4 Hello! Project members: Natsumi Abe (solo artist, former Morning Musume), Aya Matsuura (solo artist), Maki Goto (solo artist, former Morning Musume), and Rika Ishikawa (leader of Biyuuden, former Morning Musume). Their first, and possibly last single, Suki Sugite Baka Mitai, will be released on October 19th of this year.

The single consists of Suki Sugite Baka Mitai, 2 remixes of it, and the instrumental to the original version. The remixes are titled Suki Sugite Baka Mitai (Crazy J-G Jazz Remix) and Suki Sugite Baka Mitai (Joou Remix). Let’s take a look!

 

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1. Suki Sugite Baka Mitai

The beginning of the song is a little abruptly edited for me. It soon turns into the girls singing part of the chorus, and each girl only gets a few words out of the line so their lines are blended very closely together, making it a little hard at first to distinguish who’s singing what. This song definitely reminds me of some kind of dance club 1980’s song. The Hello! Project hasn’t had this type of song before, and I must say it’s quite good. The girls sound very good in this, and the song itself is really nicely made and quite catchy.

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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2. Suki Sugite Baka Mitai (Crazy J-G Jazz Remix)

As the title suggests, this remix is quite crazy and jazzy. There are many “lounge” instruments, along with some more hip-hop instruments and effects. A couple of parts of the song have the girls voices distorted, which I don’t personally like that much. The beginning of the chorus is very interesting, it’s almost the girls singing by themselves, besides some kind of drum or piano. The song keeps changing it’s structure, instrument wise, which makes many parts very fresh and non-monotonous sounding, which happens a few too many times with other songs. Overall, this is quite a good -and crazy- remix!

Rating: ★★★½☆

 

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3. Suki Sugite Baka Mitai (Joou Remix)

Joou translates to “queen”, and this song does sound a little bit of a royal song at some points. However, most of it is just a hip-hopped up version of the original song. It, ironically, sounds a little bit like something Gomattou would sing. The beat of this song is quite fresh sounding and nice. I don’t personally like it as much as the Crazy J-G Jazz Remix, though.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Sound good to you? Well then, you should DEF. (haha) give DEF. DIVA a try!!!

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Suki Sugite Baka Mitai

1.Suki Sugite Baka Mitai
2.Suki Sugite Baka Mitai (Crazy J-G Jazz Remix)
3.Suki Sugite Baka Mitai (Joou Remix)
4.Suki Sugite Baka Mitai (Instrumental)

2nd Single: LET’S GO Rakuten Eagles
LET'S GO Rakuten Eagles
01. LET’S GO Rakuten Eagles
02. LET’S GO Rakuten Eagles (Instrumental)

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Matthew Ramsden UNITED KINGDOM September 5, 2006 at 11:09 am

May I also have Rakuten Iigurusu instrumental??

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Lainay UNITED STATES September 3, 2006 at 2:59 pm

Matthew Ramsden>> Your wish is my command! I added the Suki Sugite Baka Mitai instrumental. Let me know if you want the LET’S GO Rakuten Eagles Instrumental, too.

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Matthew Ramsden UNITED KINGDOM September 2, 2006 at 3:04 pm

I wish you could provide instrumentals^^

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Lainay UNITED STATES August 20, 2006 at 6:28 pm

Ah, thanks for reminding me, Ryan! I totally forgot about that!! When it came out, I was like, “Okay.. I better add that!” But I never got around to doing it. Maybe it was because it wasn’t really an official single that I didn’t add it. Anyways, expect a review on that single sometime in the future.. I have quite a few articles I’m currently working on, but that will be next on my list. :)

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Ryan UNITED STATES August 20, 2006 at 1:54 pm

Nice article…love the Jazz Remix the most. Also, this isn’t the only single so far. They’ve released a second called “Let’s go Rakuten IIGURUSU” I can give you the .mp3 if you need it.

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LOVE&LOVE-Revolution NORWAY August 12, 2006 at 7:07 pm

I’m pretty sure it avaliable at yesasia.

This song is one of my favourite H!P songs of all times, it was stuck on my mind from its release almost untill christmas, even my parents were whisteling “suki yo suki sugite…” in the end.

Some of the intrigue of this song is definetly the blend of the voices, they all have very different characteristics.

Lastly, thank you once more for a lovely review.

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melissa August 8, 2006 at 12:52 pm

anyone know where I could get the single? I can’t find it anywhere.

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yukino UNITED STATES February 18, 2006 at 2:53 pm

Ooh, DEF.DIVA. They’re one of the few Hello!Project artists I like. The song is really addicting. I really like Ayaya and Natsumi Abe, because they’re so darn pretty xD Hmm, too bad they’re only releasing one single… Thanks anyways for this great article, Lainay!

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ikiMark SPAIN October 29, 2005 at 6:16 pm

Probably because of the late-aired performances, Def.Diva is back to the top10 (they haven’t went under 13 yet). And TV Tokyo’s JAPAN COUNTDOWN have them on the 2nd place!!

http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/jcd/

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Rinoa October 19, 2005 at 2:39 pm

Ah..Def Diva. I’ve noticed that they’re on #1 on Oricon today. Quite a feat when taking into account the mass competion by many excellent artists.

One thing that bugs me is how Maki cut her gorgeous hair..x.x How could she??? Anyhow I’ll probably never get to understand this concept of Hello! Project.. since I never really got into them but I will try to read more about them. I’ve just learnt that there are 46 members. Maaan…

Anyhow with regards to the song, it’s got an interesting style. I like it when songs are of an original genre which isn’t mainstream and this one does the job perfectly. Their voices blend perfectly in what sounds like an 80’s disco song as you have said. And also I wanna see a live performance of them now too!

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eyn CANADA October 18, 2005 at 6:40 pm

Another just in time article after the Biyuuden’s new single review. Lainay, once again you created an excellent introductory article to Hello! Project for those people who doesn’t know about them yet. I used to be one of those newbies long time ago, but now I can proudly say I do know a little about some of the members (thanks to your articles).

“Suki Sugite Baka Mitai” is quite a nice song, I prefer the original over the remixes. I really like the vocal of Rika Ishikawa for some reason, I think her voice really stands out among the other solo singers despite the fact that she isn’t a solo artist yet. She has this very cute yet attractive voice that will draw you to the song. I hope she can soon have her own solo career, because she deserve it! :)

I downloaded 2 of the live performances and they are pretty good. They are wearing this traditional H!P cyber costume with hot pants and their dance moves are pretty awesome. During the performance I usually focus my attention on Rika and Abe, because I’m not really a fan of Goto Maki and Ayaya. :P I think Maki’s vocal isn’t that good during the live, and she’s not as cute as Rika.

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