New Japanese Vibes (15) – Special Favorite Music ‘Dribble’

Songs that burst “a flurry of warmth in the cold, bitter winter” seems to be a recurring theme in some of my recent posts. The same applies to the 9-piece ensemble Special Favorite Music’s new groovy number ‘Dribble’.

Building slight tension with EQ sweeps filtering the main groove, the song gently launches into a chilled and friendly soul/disco vibe with charming harmonies from the electric piano, bright guitar hooks, solid bass and drum foundations and the occasional elegant violin licks and funky piston actions from the trumpet and saxophone that exude a Curtis Mayfield-like quality. The colourful backdrop works well with the honey-toned vocals of Kume Yusuke and Lovin’ You, resembling the sweet vocal qualities of British duo Oh Wonder. The celestial synth in the latter half infuses a smooth atmospheric impression, preparing the listener for the final euphoric chorus that submerges the audible space in seductive disco sensations and soul/jazz sonorities.

Other Info/Context

  • Dribble’ will be released on December 16th.

© Isaku Takahashi