It looks like the new Queens of the Underground Tokyo Girls’ Style are staying true to their promise of transitioning from idols to artistes.

Avex has let one of the girls off the leash to form a special collaboration unit with 34-year-old rapper Saue, and no, it’s not the group’s pretty center member Hitomi Arai. 17-year-old Yuri Nakae has landed the gig in the new duo, named Saue To Nakae.

The odd couple will release their debut EP, the brilliantly titled Beer & Juice, on May 20.

Lead single, “SO.RE.NA,” is a luminous slice of PC pop, rap, and electronica that, judging by the colorful music video, plays with the generational gap between Saue and Nakae. It really sounds like a peppier version of Uffie’s “Our Song” from the now long forgotten Sex Dreams And Denim Jeans album, but I digress.

Second single, “Too Shy Boy,” is straight up ’80s pop with a funky bounce. If they just threw some cheesy sax into the mix, it could pass for one of Especia’s glossy City Pop jams.

I don’t know what we’ve all done to deserve this musical blessing, but please keep praying to whatever god you believe in and thank him/her/it for bestowing this J-pop bounty upon us unworthy sinners.

Also, is anybody else going to finally agree with me yet that Tokyo Girls’ Style is a contender for Japan’s best girl group, or are y’all still in denial?

サ上と中江がぶっかますっ!もうすぐ出番くるぜ!よっしゃっしゃっす! #sauetonakae

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  • KingBeaArthur

    I am destroyed by “SO.RE.NA”. “Too Shy Boy” was giving me solo Bobby Brown! This is the best collaboration since GD tricked Missy Elliot into appearing on his album with the promise of SNSD’s Yuri delivered to her doorstep in nothing but a gluten free whipped cream bikini and a smile!

    Also: “Beer & Juice” >>> your fave’s lame album title

  • Suzy Sooyoung

    Both songs are just flawless!


    ""'s MV is so late 80's cute. the awkward CGI interaction is rather genius. "too shy boy" is already my jam and i must say nakae had my favorite track from the "maltine girls' wave" album.

    … uhg actually i dunno! it's impossible to pick only one favortite from that flaw free album

  • Sunny

    i like the beat of but i don’t like Yuri’s rapping or whatever it was. It sounded out of place. I prefer Too Shy Boy. Everything is perfect there. My favorite type of sound in Jpop.

  • Leonardo Henrique

    Oh God, i miss Uffie soo much! Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans is such an underrated masterpiece. I’m still Ready To Uff.