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Mini album (EP) review: Rina Sawayama - Rina

Rina Sawayama. A Japanese girl based in London with a wholly 90s aesthetic, singing R&B leaning Pop songs. It was a package that I'd not witnessed before, but it was never strange to me. I'm a fan of Hikaru Utada, who grew up in New York, sang R&B and then branched out into every fucking type of music under the sun except Country. And also Crystal Kay, born to a black father and a Korean mother, raised in Yokohama and singing R&B. Then there's me. A black guy living in London who likes listening to J-Pop. So there was nothing about Rina that was difficult to grasp or accept. Although Rina not being something that's easy for people to 'get' may be part of why she is not as big a name as she should be. Even with an EP that couldn't be any easier to get into.

Part of what I feel has always held Rina back from mainstream success is that it's so easy to get caught up in her aesthetic and the space that she occupies as a result of these different…

Stefflon Don isn't the feature that we wanted on a remix of Mariah's "A no no", but it's the feature we deserve

Rina Sawayama turns a pussy gettin' bop into a tale of forever alone, with a piano version of "Cherry"

Flashback Friday: Hikaru Utada - Heart station | Trying to tune into Jesus

Music video: Solange serves us Black to the future in "Almeda"

Rina Sawayama's 'other' anthem "Flicker"

Music video: Leikeli47 sells a whole entire mood with "No reload"

Music video: Solange makes it pop for "Binz" and reads me for shit

Music video: Mariah Carey is the queen of public transport in "A no no"

MTA ambassador Mariah Carey set to release a music video for "A no no"

Random J Pop playlist: This is Crystal Kay

MiChi drops a cover of Cyndi Lauper's "True colors"

Flashback Friday: Kylie Minogue - In your eyes | Kylie gives J-Pop the Fever