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100 Albums: "Watashi Wo Onigashima Ni Tsuretette" by Wednesday Campanella


Kurt is going through his favorite records. Read the explainer or view the master list.

Artist: Wednesday Campanella
Title: Watashi Wo Onigashima Ni Tsuretette
Released: 2014
Genre: J-pop rap


Suiyōbi no Campanera, anglicized as Wednesday Campanella, formed in Tokyo in 2012 as a side project for label manger Dir.F. He met musician Kenmochi Hidefumi in 2011 and they named the band after the day of the week they practiced on. They met singer KOM_I, then a high-schooler with no musical experience, at a house party and invited her to join the band. He liked the way her voice clashed with his music. They've been putting out music constantly ever since. The rest, as they say, is art.

Whereas my other favorite female-led Japanese rap act draws influences from dub, funk, and classic hip-hop, Wednesday Campanella's music is more informed by J-pop and Euro-style EDM. Opening track Sen no Rikyu could have been written by Moby, meanwhile Demeter could be the theme song to a girly high school anime. KOM_I doesn't have the kind of jaw-dropping flow as Charisma.com's MC Itsuka, but she sings with intensity and gusto. Watashi Wo Onigashima Ni Tsuretette (literally "Take Me To Onigashima Island") is bright, moody pop fun.

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