Release Date: July 22, 2015
- Candy Love
- Rola Coaster
- SHY Demo ii yo
AISHA is an American R&B singer who debuted on Sony Music in 2010. Candy Love is her third mini-album and her first release under Space Shower Music.
She is known for her numerous collaborations within the Japanese dance music and R&B scene. Some of the artists she has worked with include MAKAI, Dohzi-T, Jazztronic, Studio Apartment and DJ DECKSTREAM.
On Candy Love there are no collaborations, just her doing her solo thing. AISHA wrote all the songs on this album herself. The exception is the title track, which was co-written with Ryosuke Imai.
When listening to Candy Love one can immediately get an Emi Hinouchi type of vibe from it. The music and AISHA’s vocals are very comparable to her material. I believe that to be a positive and whether you agree will depend if you like or even know who Emi Hinouchi is.
Vocally AISHA is much stronger and that makes the one ballad on this mini-album (Hanabi) stand out amongst the various mid-tempo R&B/Pop crossovers. The other recommended track is the last one on the album. (SHY Demo ii yo) That deserves a few extra spins for sure.
To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect with this album. I was not very familiar with AISHA outside of the one or two collaborations I recognized in her discography. The cover for For Candy Love doesn’t make the album look like an R&B one after all. It makes AISHA look like a rapper/singer in the mold of Nicki Minaj when I first saw it. Thankfully that was not the case and instead I was pleasantly surprised by the content.
In the end Candy Love will be most worth it for those whose tastes lean more towards the R&B side of the musical spectrum. Otherwise, take a chance if you’re looking for something outside of the norm of EXILE/Namie Amuro type of Urban music.