Shiraishi Kikyo – BLACK [Debut Single]

April 12, 2008 at 9:00 pm (Shiraishi Kikyo) (, )


Shiraishi Kikyo’s debut single, BLACK, was released on 02.20.08. A newly introduced artist on GIZA Records, she seems to have taken an image somewhat similar to my beloved Koda Kumi. Using a more sexy style and a more urban approach, I hope she has a bright future ahead of her.

The title track and A-side, BLACK, certainly is a booming introduction to Kikyo. The song begins with alarms before going into a little talk-rap delivered smoothly from Kikyo. The first verse features some nice vocals that go well with the music and the hook begins to draw the listener in as she sings “I know…” “You know…” until the chorus arrives. The chorus is easily the most addictive part of the song and it really showcases Kikyo’s vocal strength and it ends powerfully with her singing “oh black!” The little instrumentation section supported by her ad-libbing is great and also shows off the pipes she has. Overall BLACK is an awesome introduction to Kikyo and she sounds great as she performs this track.

STEP UP, the B-side, is a good compliment to BLACK as it begins with a nice and relaxing sound before booming into an edgy beat. The first verse features Kikyo delivering the lines with such a slickness that supports the aggressive and dance atmosphere of the instrumentation. The repeat of “Step Up” in the chorus is a little annoying because it sounds so kiddish but otherwise, her vocals are strong and it makes the song very enjoyable. The third verse sounds great and the following pure instrumentation section spotlights the cool instruments. Interestingly enough, the new instruments are highlighted as she continues to sing before the chorus. STEP UP is a great B-side and compliment to BLACK.

To promote the single a PV for BLACK was released. It’s fairly simplistic as it features Kikyo and her dancers dancing in a dark warehouse and show off some pretty cool moves. In fact, the dancing style is somewhat reminiscent of Koda Kumi and there are some moves that resemble the SHAKE IT PV. The outfits are great and the dancing is great to create a memorable debut video.

Single Ranking: A

Shiraishi Kikyo’s debut single definitely introduces herself in a big way. BLACK is an addictive track that features some amazing vocals, a creative beat and an overall attitude that works with Kikyo’s voice. STEP UP is a wonderful B-side that compliments BLACK so well and shows off her vocal strength. This single is definitely a sign that she is someone to look out for.

1 Comment

  1. blackmager said,

    Ah this sounds pretty interesting.
    I think I may look her up.
    especially since she seems to be a dancer

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