Fans of Konami’s beatmania IIDX series are months ahead of the curve when it comes to this new release. Rising Japanese producer KSUKE contributed his new track “Serious?” to the most recent version of the game, beatmania IIDX 26 ROOTAGE, and was introduced to players as early as the location test in August of 2018. Now after months of heavy play in the prolific arcade DJ simulation game, the full version of the track has been made available on all digital platforms as his latest single. Given the genre 『FESTIVAL TRAP』in the game itself, the song definitely gives off the feeling of something you might hear at a large scale EDM event as of late.
If you’re not familiar with KSUKE’s work to date, he’s been building a strong name for himself in the Japanese electronic music scene for several years now and has landed some pretty prestigious accomplishments in the time he’s been active. In addition to playing major events like Ultra Music Festival Japan, he’s also one of very few Japanese DJs to have played in major Las Vegas venues like HAKKASAN.
In 2015 he signed with Warner Music Japan and quickly got to work providing a remix of Major Lazer’s international hit track “Lean On” and shortly thereafter working with major Japanese artists like MAN WITH A MISSION and Ken Hirai. In 2016 he was named #1 DJ in DJ MAG JAPAN’s first official ranking, and he’s been hard at work since that time creating more original tunes and participating in live events all over Japan. One of his earliest original tracks, “BREATHE AGAIN”, featured guest vocals by Amber from K-Pop group f(x) and quickly became a sensation on YouTube.
KSUKE’s career is one that has been pretty exciting to follow as he continues to rise through the ranks. I also personally find it really cool when someone who happens to be a rhythm game player themselves makes it into the franchise they’re a fan of. When I initially saw his inclusion at the ROOTAGE location test, with a new song no less, I was not only surprised but quite pleased. On top of being a great track at its core, it has a really fun chart (granted I’m a sucker for scratch heavy tracks) as well as a really amusing video.
If you’re a fan of the track, or just looking for something new to check out, the full version of “Serious?” is now available on all major digital music platforms.