It’s no small secret that Mariya Takeuchi’s “Plastic Love” has received a massive amount of attention internationally, something that’s in no small part thanks to the songs early introduction into the Future Funk scene and the renewed interest in Japanese City Pop that occurred as a direct result. The song is considered by many international onlookers to be the holy grail of the micro-genre, with both re-uploads of the original song and unofficial edits garnering millions of views on YouTube.
Whether this is in direct reaction to this, or it’s something that he’s been wanting to do for quite some time, Kobe-based producer Tofubeats today announced his official cover of “Plastic Love” which is set to release on January 23. Given the fact that Tofubeats is signed to Warner Music Japan, the surprise of the announcement is pretty offset by the fact that it just makes so much sense for him to pursue the rights to cover the song, with Mariya Takeuchi having signed to the major label all the way back in 1998.
While there’s still about a week before we can actually listen to his cover of “Plastic Love”, Tofubeats wasted no time in uploading his own edit of the cover to Soundcloud, citing his usual House-driven sounds mixed in with Future Funk elements as the basis for the edit.
While “Plastic Love” was far from Mariya Takeuchi’s most recognizable song at the time of its release, peaking only at #86 on the Oricon Charts, it’ll prove interesting to see just how open Japan is to the recently appreciated gem in 2019. With all of Tofubeats’ album releases peaking within the top 20 on the Oricon Charts, it’s likely that his flare might be just what the song needs to crack into mainstream appeal.
Set to release digitally on January 23, I’m honestly pretty excited to see just what Tofubeats is able to introduce in his cover of “Plastic Love”, as well as how both domestic and international listeners will react. Those interested in checking out the upcoming cover, pre-orders are now live via iTunes, here.