m-flo – Square One

m-flo Square One

Release Date: March 14, 2012

Track Listing

  1. Sayonara 2012
  2. Perfect Place
  3. Alive
  4. Frozen Space Project
  5. Never Needed You
  6. Oh Baby
  7. Square One Scene 1: Murder He Wrote
  8. Don’t Stop Me Now
  9. All I Want Is You
  10. Acid 02
  11. Call Me
  12. OK I Called
  13. Sure Shot Ricky
  14. RUN
  15. Square One Scene 2: Don’t Blink
  16. So Mama, I’d Love To Catch Up OK?
  17. She’s So (Outta Control)
  18. Yesterday
  19. To Be Continued


After 5 years apart doing solo projects m-flo have reunited for Square One. This highly anticipated album promised a new m-flo influenced by each member’s experiments during their solo outings.

With very little information leading up to this release other than a rather cryptic trailer & a sneak peek from 2NE1 there wasn’t much else in regards what would be on this album and who else (if anyone else) the group would be collaborating with.

So what exactly has become of m-flo on Square One?

Well this isn’t the same m-flo from Cosmicolor that’s for sure. Gone are many of the mainstream sounding dance/pop tracks and in are harder sounding Electro, Drum & Bass and Dubstep productions that Taku Takahashi tends to play on his weekly mix show.

Will this turn off a lot of people who may be accustomed to the “loves” version of m-flo? Most certainly. But if you can listen to Capsule, Perfume, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers or any other electronic based act without slamming down the stop button you should have no problem with this.

There of course will be people who say that m-flo has lost it by going in this direction. Why mess with a good thing if it’s working right? Why not just reform with LISA or go back to doing Hip-Hop if you’re going to name the album Square One?

I tend to think of this as a reinvention of the group for modern times. Are they milking the hell out of whatever the hot club sound is? Well yeah. After 5 years away you gotta sound somewhat relevant. At least Taku’s been paying attention to the changing musical landscape in their absence. And really, you could see this coming after listening to VERBAL’s Visionair and many of Taku’s recent remixes and such.

The direction they’ve gone in should not be a huge surprise when you think about it. If you decide to venture forth into this version of m-flo I suggest giving Alive, Don’t Stop Me Now, All I Want Is You and RUN a quick listen.

As I mentioned earlier this will not satisfy everyone who has had an m-flo craving for the past 5 years. Unlike their past albums, how much you like this will depend on your tolerance for current club music. There probably won’t be a blurred line with Square One. You’ll either love this or really hate it.

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  1. I already knew from here seeing “She’s Outta Control” that this album was going to be different. For myself, I am not a fan of this album. With exception for a few songs, its something I won’t be going back to. The backlash of people not liking the album is due to them not wanting to hearing a sound that they can just turn on the radio and listen to. I guess with international fans this is true because DJ Taku Takahashi said it himself on his twitter during some spat he was having with fans the past week that this album is has more of a dubstep/club feel. Takahashi was also arguing on twitter about how Jpop is stale and hasn’t been the same since 2002 and how he hates the music that’s out (mostly directed to idol music aka AKB48). By trying not to pay attention to his anger tantrum he had on twitter since the album isn’t doing that well, what he said about Jpop is true. There has been a stagment of sound for quite of while as if  Japan doesn’t want to innovate or take risk. With “Square One” if you take a look at the music industry in Japan, this album is different from what’s out there and that’s something I can respect. This dubstep type album may sound the same as music in the West but in Japan where it seems for the majority of music is still stuck in the 90’s, “Square One” stands out.  Although it may not be something I like I do appreciate that M-flo is taking a chance in trying something different

    •  Although its different than other things in japan, its only an imitation of other western music. m-flo’s best time was when they were embodying what japanese music was, japanese music, they have only become more and more western and trying to make a buck off of it in the east, its not good music, their new album is trash, especially that colab album they did with minaj and other american hiphop artists

      • Disagree.  They never embodied what japanese music was.  They marched to the beat of their own drum in Japan largely drawing upon influences from other parts of the world.  For example in the old school days, they had a strong western hip hop feel probably due to growing up going to international schools which no doubt have a large western influence to them.  

        Typical mainstream japanese music is very different than what m-flo brings to the table.

  2. Yeah, I gotta say that I liked their J-pop and hip-hop beats much better than this electronica-style album. If you love electronica type music, this album is for you. If not, stay very far away from it.

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