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CLAZZIQUAI Project

CLAZZIQUAI Project

by yukino on August 27, 2006 · 54 comments · AddThis

CLAZZIQUAI Project

Ears suffering from the strain of all that loud, obnoxious pop you’ve been listening to? Give them a break with CLAZZIQUAI, a Korean/Canadian group whose repertoire spans many genres – jazz, trance, house, and chill-out lounge being only a few of them. (Fans of the Shibuya-Kei movement may be familiar with their style.)

Their smooth combination of vocals and musical arrangement can bring relaxation even on the most frustrating of days. CLAZZIQUAI Project (also known as Clazziquai/CLAZZIQUAI or simply CZQ) boasts a total of three official and one unofficial members, all with excellent English skills.

 

Members

DJ Clazzi DJ Clazzi
Real Name: Kim Sung-hoon
Position: Producer/Composer/Arranger/Designer/Lyricist/Engineer/DJ
Birthdate: November 15, 1977
Nationality: Korean
Alex Chu Alex Chu
Real Name: Chu Hon-goon
Position: Male Vocals
Birthdate: September 2, 1979
Nationality: Korean/Canadian
Choi Horan Choi Horan
Position: Female Vocals/Lyricist
Birthdate: July 5, 1979
Nationality: Korean
Christina Chu Christina Chu (unofficial member)
Position: Female Vocals
Birthdate: N/A
Nationality: Korean/Canadian

 

Biography

Clazziquai was formed in 2001 as a pet project of DJ Clazzi(a.k.a. Kim Sung-hoon)’s, with Alex and Christina (who are brother and sister) as the main vocalists. A classically trained musician and a former pianist in a jazz band, Sung-hoon wanted to create jazz with a more electronic feel. After familiarizing himself with the Electronica genre, he fused the two to create his own sound – a cross between chill-out lounge and House (a brand of trance music). The band’s name, CLAZZIQUAI, is a fusion of the words classical, jazz, and groove. Their official mascot is the pig.

Three albums were released in 2001: Projects 1, 2, and 3. These albums were extremely amateur in terms of lyrics, vocals, and musical arrangement – CLAZZIQUAI wasn’t ready yet. The albums received little to no promotion, and it was not until the year 2004 and the release of their fourth album, Instant Pig, that the professional sound that defines CLAZZIQUAI emerged. In the meantime, CZQ worked for other artists, such as Loveholic and Epik High, remixing tracks and participating in collaborations.

After the release of Instant Pig and its remix album, ZBAM, CLAZZIQUAI’s talent was brought into the spotlight with She Is, the theme song for the hit drama ‘My Lovely Sam Soon’. The OST included the tracks She Is, Be My Love, and the two songs’ respective remixes. Clazziquai’s music, once strictly underground, became mainstream, and their fanbase grew explosively.

In 2005, after collaborating with the Japanese artist Fantastic Plastic Machine, and providing a remix on m-flo’s Dope Space Nine album (m-flo loves Sowelu – So Exclusive CLAZZIQUAI PROJECT Remix), the group signed a contract under avex trax. They debuted with the Japan version of Instant Pig, which included an English version of the Sweety PV and various bonus tracks. Their latest Japanese release, the Love Mode Mini Album, featured Verbal of m-flo. CLAZZIQUAI has also worked with Jpop princess Suzuki Ami, as can be seen on track 10 of her AMIx WORLD album (Sweet Voice CLAZZIQUAI PROJECT Remix).

As of now, the official members of CLAZZIQUAI Project are DJ Clazzi, Alex Chu, and Choi Horan. Although Christina sings quite a few songs on both albums, she is considered to be a sort of ‘guest artist’. She does not appear in any MVs or performances. According to FLUXUS, CZQ’s record label, Christina has gone back to Canada to continue her studies. Many are confused about the way Clazziquai works – they call themselves a ‘project’, so will there be a rotation of singers? Yet so far, the members have remained relatively consistent. Fans of the group will just have to wait and see.

Below, I have reviewed their first (and my favorite) Korean album, Instant Pig. Enjoy!

 

Vol. 1 – Instant Pig

Instant Pig album cover art

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1.You Never Know [Alex and Horan]

The spotlight is on Alex in this track, and let me tell you, this guy has one sexy voice. Ladies, better keep your hats on – this song is going to blow you away. The song starts off with vague background noises that put me in mind of a busy marketplace in the Middle East, then fades off suddenly with a tweaking of electric guitar strings – the sort of sound one might hear in a horror movie, actually. Sounds strange, but it complements the melody well. The guitar and maraca-like drumbeats create a wonderful jazzy atmosphere, and Horan’s whispery vocals after the first chorus send shivers up my spine. One of my favorite CZQ songs.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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2. Nae Gae Ro Wah (I’m Glad You Came) [Alex and Horan]

Another great track. This song will get you moving with its infectious beat and groovy vocals. The lyrics are awesome – a shooting star will show the way to your heart is one of my favorite lines. I also love the random background noises, which serve to create a nice atmosphere without going overboard and making the song sound wacky the way Hello Project songs sometimes do. Very nice.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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3. Futuristic [Christina]

I love this song. I’m extremely fond of Christina, and this kind of upbeat club track really suits her voice. ‘Futuristic’ features an awesome beat, groovy keyboarding, and cool lyrics – the entire song is in English, which seems to be true of most of Christina’s solos. The lyrics actually make sense (most of the time), and Christina has no accent whatsoever. This catchy song is guaranteed to make you bob madly and make a complete fool out of yourself – but you won’t care, because you’ll be too busy grooving out.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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4. After Love [Alex and Horan]

Is it possible to have so many good tracks in a row on one album? Because here’s another one. Who can resist this sambal-like song? Excellent harmonies, hypnotic rhythm, Horan’s background vocals – practically a perfect piece. The only problem I have with it is the African-American girl who keeps saying, “We can fly away – fly away, like in the movies and sh*t”. It makes me want to skip the beginning of the of the song. Other than that, this song is a must-listen.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

 

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5. Novabossa [Christina]

Did I say that the previous track was a must-listen? Scratch that. This song will draw you in and hypnotize you with its mesmerizing melody and skillful layering of harmonies. Think relaxing tropical island vacation. Or maybe just relaxing. Listening to ‘Novabossa’ is like lying on a beach and hearing the wind sifting through the palm trees. One of my all-time favorites and definitely a must-listen. Gotta love that guitar.

(By the way, this song was also used as the theme of the Korean movie ‘How To Keep My Love’.)

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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6. Sweety [Alex and Horan]

Alright, alright, so I love this one too. But who wouldn’t? This track lives up to its title with its sweet, happy sound and sunshiny lyrics. The beginning instrumentals are a masterpiece – a perfect blend of guitar and keyboard effects. Put together, they create a mood that will make you feel like skipping down the nearest sunny boulevard. Not to mention the guy at the beginning who goes, ‘I like that.’ Yep, I like that.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

 

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7. Stepping Out [Christina]

Catchy and nonsensical, another fun track from our dear Christina. The lyrics make no sense whatsoever (my memory of you are hanging on a tree) and the beat is incredibly infectious. This is the sort of song that forces you to sing along (especially at the beginning – ba ba ba ba ba…). It’s not one of my favorites, but it’s definitely worth a listen.

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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8. Tattoo [Horan]

The first track on the album that failed to amaze me. It’s got a nice feel and Horan sings well (as usual). The tune is very nice and almost R&B-ish, and DJ Clazzi can layer harmonies like no one else. Other than that, nothing about the song really stands out. It serves as a nice intro to the next song and tones down the mood of the album nicely, but that’s about it.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

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9. I Will Never Cry [Alex and Horan]

The mood of this song matches Tattoo nicely, and, like Tattoo, it fails to amaze me. It’s still a nice song – I love the way the vocals are arranged, Alex then Horan then Alex. It’s like a dialogue between lovers, and you can feel the pain of the speakers. At around 2:18, however, the song abruptly changes from blues to trance, which is really weird and a bad move on DJ Clazzi’s part. Overall, it’s an OK song, nothing special.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

 

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10. Gentle Rain [Alex and Horan]

Yay! Happy Clazziquai comes back with this easy listening track. Alex and Horan sound great, and the song is so nicely arranged – jazzy with touches of flute and violin here and there to add character. One of the things I love about CLAZZIQUAI is the way their songs are like ever-changing puzzles – DJ Clazzi takes a simple melody and cuts a little here and adds some there and mixes a few together, and you end up with a tapestry of sweet sound. Just listen to the chorus of this song: basically, all Horan does is repeat what Alex sings, but she does in a different key, or with a slightly different melody, and then DJ Clazzi takes Alex’s part and layers it over Horan’s repeat vocals to make a beautiful harmony. Then Horan randomly says ‘gentle rain..’, and I say it’s random, but when you listen to it, it just sounds so right.

But I digress. ‘Gentle Rain’ is a wonderful track, made even more so by DJ Clazzi’s magical arrangement. It will make you want to fall in love.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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11. After Love (Extra Remix)

This funky track starts off with a few simple keyboard notes, but quickly changes into the sort of upbeat track you might hear in a club. I love it! It makes good use of Alex’s strong voice and shows DJ Clazzi’s talents. You must admit, After Love is quite a difficult song to remix, but he pulls it off with this awesome track. I don’t usually enjoy remixes, but this is certainly an exception. Five stars!

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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12. Flower [Alex and Horan]

Did I mention how much I love Alex’s voice? Well, let me mention it again. This is a nice ballad that begins with orchestral strings, then suddenly funks up with a jazzy beat, followed by Alex’s to-die-for vocals. Horan’s harmonies complete the melody to create a soothing slow-dance song. Really, the only problem I have with it is the unnecessarily long ending, which is just them saying ‘It’s the flower’ over and over again with some misplaced piano notes in the background. Besides that, it’s a wonderful track.

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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13. Play Girl [Christina]

Very interesting. This fun song starts off with this guy yelling something like, ‘And-WAH-WAH ’ and a (girl? guy?) person with a British accent saying, ‘A electro-compulsive something something something’ (or something…). Then Christina comes in with her catchy voice and more nonsense lyrics (she’s such a girl, she’s a play girl, she’s such a lovely girl) – all to a background of keyboard effects and funky drumbeats. It gets kind of annoying if you listen to it too many times, but it’s great for hanging out and dancing with your friends.

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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14. My Life (Boom Remix) [Christina]

Alright, this is possibly the weirdest track on the whole album. (But it’s catchy beyond belief ) Featuring yet more nonsense lyrics and cool keyboard noises in the background, ‘My Life’ is a lot of fun to dance around to and makes you want to be hyper with your friends. It’s the sort of song that people make a video of themselves lip syncing to and post on Youtube. Good fun.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

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15. Cat Bossa (Bonus Track) [Christina]

Cute! In this ‘cat version’ of Novabossa, Christina hums the melody, while in the background she voices the sort of thoughts a cat might have. Although it will never compare to the original version, which will always be one of my favorite songs, it’s cute and is definitely worth a listen.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

Overall I give this album 4 stars. I love almost all the songs on it and DJ Clazzi’s arrangements and compositions are pure genius. Most people consider Instant Pig to be Clazziquai’s first real release, and for a first release, the quality of this album is exceptional.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

 

Conclusion

CLAZZIQUAI Project is one of my favorite artists. Their music can cheer me up even on the gloomiest of days, and besides, who could resist that infectious beat? Also, I love how each of the members contributes to the band as a whole – while Alex sings the majority of the time and, in a way, represents CZQ (with his beautiful voice), Horan, who does no small amount of singing herself, also occasionally writes lyrics. Not to mention the extremely talented DJ Clazzi (did you read his profile? Count his positions They don’t even fit on the fingers of one hand), who can mix and layer and distort like no one else. And compose. And write lyrics.

Please support this underappreciated artist and listen to their music!

 

Notes: I would like to thank the rest of the McBlog team (especially eyn and Lainay) for putting up with my noobness and helping me get every little detail right. If it weren’t for them, this article would not have been published. So thank you, and I hope I wasn’t too annoying!

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K P Kendall UNITED STATES June 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I discovered CLAZZIQUAI in 2005 with their PROJECT 2 COLOR YOUR SOUL album and fell in love immediately. After catching a brief segment of the COLOR video in a Korean department store, while seeking out EPIK HIGH who I had also recently discovered. I purchased COLOR which I do not often do having heard so very little from this fantastic group. IUpon hearing the brief segment of COLOR it seemed to have a mild GEORGE MICHAEL feel to it (which was a good thign) but after popping the album on, I was blow away at not only the “kitchen sink” blueprint of their style (so many influneces without overdoing it and spreading the love throughout) but how great the songs, instrumentation, writing and smooth and amazing vocals of all involved. I have purchased nearly everything they have done since and before, mix albums and all. I have NEVER been disappointed, which is not something I can say about nearly every group I like, including favorites. Anyone in the US who knows of CLAZZIQUAI are lucky and those who do not are definitely missing out as they are so far superior than almost all of the crap that passes for music in the USA these days. They should be so much bigger than they are but I guess I like the fact that it is almost a joyous secret I discovered them. They can pull me out of the worst mood ever and anyone I have played them for has liked them too. They are like BRASIL 66 meets FRANKIE KNUCKLES and more. So much more. I LOVE THEIR MUSIC and hope there is much more to come. I am in a scrappy rock band similar to THE CRAMPS and have been in said band (GIRL TROUBLE) for almost 30 years. I am a white 50 year old male and people find it strange I would like a group like CZQ but they are just so hypnotic you would have to be dead not to enjoy them. Thanks for this blog as it gave me a little more info on them than I had previously know. -Kurt

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Yoseph September 12, 2011 at 11:55 am

hi people, can somebody tell me where can i find English translation for every lyric in the album? i’m curious to know the meaning.. thank you!

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Norma September 25, 2009 at 8:58 pm

I love their songs ever since I watch Tell Yourself MV from the Mucho Punk album on Channel [v]. I adore Alex’ voice specially when he sing the ‘Chocolate Truffle’ one, sound so yummy, feel like I want to go to the store and grab a bar of chocolate, lol.

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fERRuk@ March 16, 2009 at 12:11 pm

I just adore Clazziquai and Alex’s soothing voice. Fabulous excellent music! Wish there was any material at all in MEXICO, nowhere I can find their music here… :(

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gina February 26, 2009 at 3:56 am

“I Will Never Cry” – fantastic – his voice is very sweet and warm.
i like humming urban stereo too.

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mihae UNITED STATES November 1, 2008 at 12:57 am

Nice review!
I loved Clazziquai for a while now, and now that I read your review, I got a good listen at some of their older music from Instant Pig… and now it is one of my favorite if not my favorite albums from Clazziquai. :3

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Angela October 26, 2008 at 2:18 pm

I fell in love with Clazziquai when I listened to “Romeo & Juliet” for the first time.Gladly to have Alex and Horan’s soothing voice that wakes me up every morning.Thanks for the review,I love “You Never Know” so much!

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Pia August 16, 2008 at 3:09 pm

I love Alex’s voice.His voice makes me relax
I like “night time and she is”
even though I can’t understand what he says
but I can understand what he means

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Bbww UNITED STATES June 26, 2008 at 7:14 pm

thanks for the information. I’m just starting to love them, Alex has such a great voice.

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Nav UNITED STATES May 21, 2008 at 3:30 am

I love Alex’s voice … even though I cant understand Korean .. I still listen to his songs … Flowerpot was awesome … I liked Alex version more than the original one

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vivou INDONESIA May 6, 2008 at 6:00 am

Thanks to my now-non-existent korean friend (props to Sangbin) who “insulted” my taste of music for korean hiphop and pop, he pestered me to download clazziquai (thank god for napster…any1 still rembr that legendary filesharing software?) oops, no intent for piracy but korean albums are really hard to find in Australian CD stores.

Mr.Salesman,Flower,After Love, Gentle Rain, Nova Bossa, i just cant get enough of Clazziquai. It was just thrilling to find out that they share the same record label as Loveholic,my other Korean love. I have once imagine how great it would be to cmobine these 2 vocals, and voila! Its like a dream come true…

Watch Alex singing Loveholic’s Flowerpot & Kim Dong Ryul’s Like A Child on YouTube, it simply blew me away…

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mellissa April 24, 2008 at 5:35 am

Thanks for sharing Clazziquai music since it’s rare to find someone who knew them in my country!!!
Alex’s voices is heart melting and the blend voices with both christina and Horan blown me away..
would you uploading the remixes album? cause it’s really really really hard to find..
thanks!!!

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dlin April 17, 2008 at 8:25 pm

I recently heard about Clazziquai and it amazed me, they’re amazing. Does anyone know where I can buy the CD in the USA? Please let me know asap. :D

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Beezil UNITED STATES April 9, 2008 at 3:05 pm

what a breath of fresh air! Clazziquai really grabs your attention with the right hooks and beats. having listened to many electronic groups come and go over the years, these guys blend the right amount of pop, jazz, electronic, shibuya kei and whatnot to a perfect mix. i’m looking forward to other releases in the future.

go piggy go!

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Inwoo GERMANY February 22, 2008 at 11:36 pm

Clazziquai is indeed a great band, some of their songs just refuse to get out of my hear. Lover Boy, Fill this night, Be my love or Gentle GIant are really great tunes i can listen to all day.

And how can one say that pigs are smelly and filthy, thats total rubbish.

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J February 6, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Just getting into Clazziquai ~
It sits somewhere near Jamiroquai, a bit of acid jazz but a little retro too. I’m liking it! And have to say: very proud that Alex is Korean-Canadian. Wish they’d make their way to Canada.

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nix AUSTRALIA February 2, 2008 at 3:26 am

I have been an avid listener since their debut many years ago when they caught my attention. When instant pig was released, to my amesement, I fell completely in love with, like you said MOST of the songs. This is coming from someone who hardly appreciates an album as I always find so many tracks to be disappointing…but Clazziquai was one of my first few favourite albums to throw on when I need cheering up, or when I want to relax and chill. I have all their albums including the remix projects and I have to say…even though some of their albums did not live up to my expectations I still thoroughly enjoy all their songs. The more I listen to their songs, the more I love them.

They are an awesome bunch of talent!

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lina FRANCE January 23, 2008 at 1:22 pm

I agree with you aeyc Is what you know how to sing?

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aeyc January 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm

just discovered them accidentally through searching about The Melody, Instant Romantic Floor, and Humming Urban Stereo. But hell yeah! their music is so out of this world! I say korean indie bands are the new age in music. so fresh! It makes me want to paint the world with lively colors just by listening to them.

“they cover much about everything” that’s my own description about them. I like love mode so much. Alex and Horan’s voice are very soothing.

thanks for this awesome post about them. :)

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lina FRANCE January 20, 2008 at 2:34 pm

I love too much Clazziquai but I not understand why their mascot is a pig!It’s smelly and it’s filthy!but I love their songs!!!!!

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redracer October 8, 2007 at 4:09 am

Thanks for introducing me to this fabulous group :-)

I will return the favour and recommend anyone who likes this type of music to listen to the now unfortunately defunct PIZZICATO FIVE.

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ramG September 24, 2007 at 3:53 pm

i love, love, love alex… i mean.. when i first heard of clazziquai, i saw their “sweety” mv first.. so i didn’t know anything about the members.. and actually i really didn’t bother to look.. but when i saw alex in one of the korean game shows, i was totally blown away.. this guy is like so cute.. +_+.. and his voice is just amazing.. the new project album with jisun from loveholic is just absolutely amazing.. personally, i think alex out-shines jisun.. but that’s just me.. anyways.. i totally their style.. i mean it’s different and unique but it totally works.. it makes you feel good and comfortable.. very soothing.. i’m definately looking forward for more of them in future!

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Maya INDONESIA July 20, 2007 at 10:53 am

clazziquai is sooo great! I like their song called “Love Mode” feat.Tablo, from their album Pinch Your Soul, and also After Love! ^__^
I knew their song from my fren, the first one was “She Is”, which directly caught my ear.. Two thumbs up for Clazziquai! ^___^

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sasami CANADA June 3, 2007 at 7:31 pm

Alex’s voice is smooth! *swoon* Love the beats, love the guitar, love the singing… everything! What is there not to love about Clazziquai? I’m definately looking forward to more music from them!

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nerie AUSTRALIA May 25, 2007 at 8:01 am

I love clazziquai~ What is there not to like? The melody is fantastic, the singers are fantastic.

This is probably a music genre that I wouldn’t say I like… until I heard Clazziquai, that is. It’s wonderful how much they improved and it’s also amazing that now, a lot of people have noticed and gave much praise to them. ^^ I can’t wait for their next album~!

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sendisan UNITED STATES April 29, 2007 at 10:39 pm

Nice review. i recently bought this cd and have been listening to it non-stop. enjoyed your review because its nice to hear what others have to say. “You Never Know” is one of my favorite songs and i appreciated what you had to say. I also agreed with your comment for “Life After Love” the insert ruined the song for me. My only disagrement has to do with “I Will Never Cry”. Though the song failed to amaze you it did for me- making it was of favorites on the album. its funny how you say the trance movement was a mistake because that’s what made it stand out for me. after several slower and low-key songs i expected this to be the same and skipped over it several times…finally I let it play through and was surprised…a sorta “Whoah!” feeling when it started.

Cheers! least we agree Clazziquai’s amazing

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chasingskirts UNITED STATES April 16, 2007 at 2:07 am

Your review was *spot on*, although I have to disagree with your rating of ‘I Will Never Cry’, the sheer brillance of that song lies in that 2:18 break from jazz to trance and the change isn’t really that abrupt, it’s actually fluid and a testament to DJ Clazzi’s skill especially when it ease seamlessly back into the sadder, jazzier mood. Then again, it is one of my favorite songs on the album so I’m a bit biased. :)

Also, I had no idea Christina sang so many songs on this album. I’ll be listening it to it a bit differently now as opposed to thinking Horan sang all the songs.

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jingpei TAIWAN March 31, 2007 at 10:42 am

they’re perfect, and i really love Alex’s voice very very very much….

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anacondaGold UNITED KINGDOM March 1, 2007 at 11:52 am

they’re really cute. I always loved the way Asian musicians interpret classic Western styles. Jazz rocks and it will forever!Really appreciate your review!Always search the web for it bollywood music is a site where one can compile perfect playlists. A cushy spot for a music addict!

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eriol33 February 24, 2007 at 1:47 pm

I really thank you for promoting them. Seriously, this Clazziquai is something else. Their music is just strikingly different. They really need more attention from the whole world ~_-

Oh yeah, if you like the groovy, jazz music like this, I recommend you to listen a female jpop artist called “Bird” (seriously, it’s her name). The only album I know so far is Bird’s nest [AICL-1654].

You might get enjoy it as much as Clazziquai, she got some very catchy tunes using the similar style of Clazziquai.

I have the album, but my connection is really retarded to upload it, so sorry. ><

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ryuk February 24, 2007 at 1:27 am

I like clazziquai very much!
I know them from OST Kim Sam Soon and really like them. This website make me know more about them. Thank you^^

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Nonbirira February 23, 2007 at 9:14 am

I absolutely LOVE this Clazziquai!! I heard them for the first time while watching “My Name is Kim Sam Soon” and bought the OST. Loved it, then found this CD while browsing in the World Music section in Tower Records in Osaka, Japan. That was about 3 weeks ago and I’ve listened to this everyday since then- often several times. The music just doesn’t get old and with each listening I find something new. I love the way all the various pieces (including the quirky English) come together to produce something that is so infectious! It cheers me up every time… I don’t care what their music is called or what their musical influences are – it’s just GREAT STUFF! Thanks so much for your blog – was one of the first things I found when I Googled their name and it has been very helpful! Thanks! Spread the word!

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noctrll January 24, 2007 at 1:28 am

OMFG

I rly love this band ;_;~ and I think… Bossa Nova is a brazilian music style (or not?). Oh, ya… my english is so bad XDDD but CZQ is great *-*

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mark PHILIPPINES January 23, 2007 at 10:50 pm

i first discovered clazziquai wile wtching lovely sam soon. i thought the opening was awesome and i searched 4 it. and i was not dis appointed! clazziquai is great! i love the song be my love and love mode. my gawd theyre perfect!

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megumi s. UNITED STATES December 22, 2006 at 11:50 pm

thanks for uploading the songs and posting the review as well background info! very helpful. i love horan and alex’s voices; christina’s voice works well for the style of songs that she is featured in. i liked this album a whole lot, my favorite tracks being “you never know”, “after love”, “sweety”, and “tattoo”. i’ll probably buy this as soon as the other cds i’m looking to buy are released so i can make one big purchase

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Deena November 21, 2006 at 11:14 pm

no wait…”i will never cry” is an amazing song

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luvthatbossa UNITED STATES November 21, 2006 at 10:03 pm

I somehow downloaded thier original version of Novabossa on limewire. It had a big scratch in the beginning of the recording but I liked it so much I burned it on a bossa nova cd I made up. I thought it was something out of the 1960’s and started searching for the artist. I wound up here so now you know the rest of the story. The version on lime wire is a little different then these on this site. After listening to the rest of the albums here I think they are very talented. I have always loved the bossa nova music of the late 1950’s and 60’s they did a good job on this one.

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Kat CANADA November 19, 2006 at 11:08 pm

I love Alex’s voice too. I first discover him when he collaborate with Jisun from LoveHolic. The song was just gorgeous, his voice is just too good. Thank for sharing all these song.

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Leccoc November 16, 2006 at 10:22 pm

I was searching for Clazziquai’s Love Mode lyrics, when I found this page. Great review of the album! I agree with you that their music is excellent. I heared in a music game Stepping Out -Step Remix- and got in love of Clazziquai. So I decided to search for more of them, and what a nice surprise I got when I got their albums. I think their style is really unique. I hope they release a new album soon!!!!

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yukino UNITED STATES November 10, 2006 at 9:42 pm

Thanks for your comments, guys. I really appreciate it. I’m also glad to see some discussion and debate going on (thanks snowbird and Samsoon!) I’m a new addition to the staff and you have no idea how much your comments mean to me. Really. =)

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Aomme THAILAND October 29, 2006 at 4:21 am

Only short word from me… Clazziquai Project is GORGEOUS!! I first heard their song form “My name is Kim Sam Soon”, SHE IS, … lead voice attracts me.I now play their songs repeatedly esp. “YOU NEVER KNOW” and “SWEETY” (cosmo remix, of course, ’cause I understand what it means)

Two Thumbs Up o(^-^)o

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Izu-chan UNITED STATES October 28, 2006 at 12:19 am

After listening to After Love…I became hooked with Clazziquai and their usage of different genres in their music. Alex and Horan’s vocals are wonderful and I was surprised at their English! I hope they can create more tunes in the future. I would disagree for those of you who thought the album wasn’t your cup of tea, but all of us have different tastes in music…which should be respected.

Yukino, this is a very good review you did and now I know more about this group of gifted and talented K-musicians. I went to Wikipedia about Clazziquai but there’s not much information there.

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laars UNITED STATES October 25, 2006 at 2:09 am

I absolutely love Clazziquai…can’t get enough. The same way you love Alex’s voice I love Horan’s…she makes me melt when ever i hear her smoky, sexy voice quietly singing in my ear. I disagree with you about Tatoo…that one and Flower are the standouts in my mind….guess I like the ethereal feel, the blending of electronica, bossa nova and trance…ok, could live without it’s the flower. oh did I say I love Horan’s voice…beautiful too.

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pritisha CANADA October 3, 2006 at 9:18 pm

omg!! I love you so much!! Thank you! it’s been so hard for me to find clazziquai songs!! Clazziquai is my absolute fav!

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Samsoon THAILAND September 9, 2006 at 6:13 pm

Ur website is nice…I love it ^0^

After reading comment of “Snowbird”…I think he may expected something else from CZQ. Perhaps something more familiar to his ears? ^_^

For me, I never can compare them with any band because they are “unique”, and that makes them couldnt “get anywhere close” to Massive Attack and Portishead, right? (I think CZQ doesnt want their music to be close to any band tho)

In the forming process while they was studying in Canada, they tend to make something new out of what they like. That’s why it was called experimental music project. I think KimSungHoon (DJ Clazzi)did a great job as the founder, producer, art director and everything except to sing. When I first listen to their music, I was fascinated by many “smells” in songs. It was blended carefully with many good ingredients. I smell a little of this and that such as jazz, techno, disco, retro, dance, lounge, etc. It’s like drinking different styles of coffee every morning.

When I listen to the music(of any artist), I never think of myself having to define any genre hidden in the songs. Just listen to it, feel it, smell the ingredients, and perhaps learn something new from it.

In my point of view, “Genre” is just somewhat human created theory to categorize music, which is good for music study in the school. But in the other hand, it can somehow block out our imagination and creativity as well. Long ago, we got just a few basic genre, but now we got lots and lots of genre defined by those who think they are music guru, because of those music genius try to make something new all the time. I am not music genius or guru… so if anyone ask me what genre of CZQ…I would just say “something crossover” “why dont you try it and tell me?”

Ironicly, “Novabossa” is one of my favourite song. I know well of what is “real” bossanova because it is one of my favourite music since I lived in Brasil long time ago. (I’ve also found out that among those bossanova that make me feel the same, “Tom Jobim” had made something outstanding and refreshing at that time) I have no idea what else can make Snowbird think that this song “insult” what he called the “real bossanova” music, if it is not his own problem trying to categorise the song(?) If CZQ try to make “Novabossa” to be somewhat you called “real bossanova”, then… where can we find the “new creativity” in it? For me, as a bossanova music lover, I take “Novabossa” of CZQ as a good “mutant” of this genre ^_^

As we all know, many asian artist try to get themself into the mainstream which is mostly created by westerner. Look at other Korean artist such as TVXQ or Seven, I think they are really cool and have beautiful voice. But their music is very similar to something “made in USA”, dont u feel it? Hard to find something new but funny costume.

CZQ used to be a band in the dark corner before singing the OST of a korean Top drama of 2005; My Lovely KimSamSoon (which made the big evolution of korean women in the real society). The way that CZQ bring us “refreshing” feeling in any mood and groovy easy listening, has made most of those who seek for new stuffs and others fall in love with their music easily.(Moreover, they dont need to wear weird costume on the stage or perform step dance like other korean band do.)

Finally, I think each point of view came from individual goal of listening to the music, mood, taste, and past experience.

Thank you Snowbird for point of view and inspiration for me to write a very long comment ever ^_^

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yx AUSTRALIA September 4, 2006 at 8:53 am

wow! what a lengthy review.
i’ve been a fan of them for quite awhile already,
and it’s nice to see an english language review of their music where i actually have to scroll to read!
:)

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snowbird GERMANY September 2, 2006 at 12:40 am

after reading your review i really got interested, but after listening to the album i must say i am pretty disappointed.
after all i admit this is not a bad album, but it just wasn’t enough for me.
CLAZZIQUAI try to connect various genres but are unfortunately not able to
maintain the uniquness of each genre in this process.
being a fan of trip-hop/downtempo electro music i couldn’t avoid a comparison to
Massive Attack and Portishead. i’m afraid CLAZZIQUAI couldn’t get anywhere close.
the vocals, although not bad, lack of character, the songs seem somewhat meaningless and not memorable.
also being a big fan of bossa nova i must say, CLAZZIQUAI’s attempt at bossa nova (novabossa) is almost an insult to “real” bossa nova, completely unable to convey the mood and feel of bossa.
DJ Clazzi’s occasional upbeat electro intermezzos seemed out of place, i would liked the album better without them.
after saying so many bad things i have to repeat, i don’t think this is a bad album, and i am really happy to hear K-Music that is not trying to fit in the mainstream. in my opinion there’s still much to improve though, and i count this album as “good try” and a step in the right direction.

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Jeff UNITED STATES January 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm

maybe check out they’re other albums?

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yukino UNITED STATES August 29, 2006 at 1:27 am

What’s wrong with the files? I tried them and they work perfectly fine… o_O Thanks for the recommendation by the way, I’ll definitely look into them ^^

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melissa August 28, 2006 at 1:52 am

aww~ I really wish the files were up again lol. I’ve been looking for the album, it’s great you did an article about Clazziquai, they really are good. I love their stuff, its so refreshing. Another band to look out for is “Humming Urban Stereo” look into it if you like CLazziquai, they are the same in some ways. If someone has Clazziquai albums, please contact me, I can’t find them anywhere!

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Megumi August 27, 2006 at 1:37 am

I love Clazziquai! This is a ver good review~! I downloaded both their ablums a while ago! Great Review!

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