I was a tad horrified a few weeks ago when Tokyo Girls’ Style uploaded the music video for their new single, “Never Ever,” and it turned out to be some kind of commercial EDM remix. I thought that the group’s vow to graduate from J-pop idols to true artists was just a marketing gimmick to make them look more credible–I never thought anything would actually change!

Luckily, the physical CD single contains the original edit of “Never Ever” in all its bouncy arcadey melodic glory. Hiroki Sagawa, the man behind the perfect “Partition Love,” is responsible for the production, and you can tell.

It’s strange that Avex is actually promoting the TJO & YUSUKE remix as the title track. They’ve even filled the whole CD singles with dance remixes instead of the usual token TGS b-side. I don’t want to see TGS turn into some EDM group, but I can deal as long as long as the original edits are still released alongside the remixes.

Anyway, take a listen and let me know which version you prefer.

  • Db

    I like the remix, but the original is where it’s at.

    Latin guitars are instant win for me.

    • i was ready to diss the remix, but the instrumental breaks are actually good and kind of nostalgic. it’s shit compared to RENDZ remix for TGS’s “liar” for example, but it’s good.

      but hell yeah the original mix! that’s beaaaaaaautiful! and somewhat closer t what we’re used of them so i’m not disappointed at all

  • Laurence Nope

    Original all the way of course. If they’re going to be promoting remixed versions of their songs they should at least be done by hip netlabel producers instead of the standard EDM stuff everyone else on avex trax is doing. I’m worried these recent antics will only alienate their existing fanbase, which isn’t huge to begin with. Plus I heard Ayano is currently on hiatus from the group due to a back injury. Hmm.

  • KingBeaArthur

    Original for me.

  • anya

    Out of topic I know (and I haven’t yet read the rules regarding how ot comments should be treated but please proceed with how the rules go by):
    NINE MUSES MV IS OUT WHERE IS YOUR REVIEW

  • Bruno

    Another vote for the original here as well. Love me some TGS. <3

    • Bruno

      oh, fyi, the iconic 4TEN is back with a pretty solid track… too bad they fucked up their line-up. That terrifying gangnam unnie is now gone, replaced by two random chicks. =(

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr1RNlTRkXI