I loved Especia's Primera EP, but it didn't have the same lasting impact that last year's Gusto did. Patrick from MB Melodies summed up some of my thoughts on the album (namely the eight-minute lead single...), but I'll add that I found Primera a little dark.
I've been making a big effort to start listening to more J-pop lately for a few reasons. The main one being that everyone seems to be covering K-pop now and I've lost my crown as the Caucasian Kween of K-pop, and the second is that my thirsty black soul has been craving the kind of crazy creativity and diversity that only J-pop can really deliver. I chose a good time to start delving deeper into the good ol' JPN too, having recently stumbled upon the best new Japanese girl group since Tokyo Girls' Style: Especia.