At first, I was planning on simply including Body To Body in this week’s upcoming “New & Noteworthy J-pop” post, but I know not everyone reads those and I didn’t want fans of bombastic 80’s synthwave (like myself!) to miss out on this track.
Meik debuted as a soloist in 2017 after leaving group J☆Dee’Z (now known as “Jewel”), and if you enjoy retro dance music she’s got plenty of great hits in her arsenal. Body To Body may just be the 80’s-est yet, pulsing along a pitch-perfect re-creation of dramatic synth-and-guitar pop. Even her throaty, powerful vocal matches the era well, commanding attention with its gutsy tone.
Body To Body could use a more explosive chorus, but the climactic guitar solo makes up for any restraint in the melody. It’s like they plucked guitar lines straight from Duran Duran’s greatest hits. With a sound like this, how could I not be instantly obsessed?