Tokyo Girls Style – predawn/Don’t Give it Up Review

Tokyo Girls Style predawn Don't Give It Up CD Cover

March 1, 2017

Track Listing


  1. predawn
  2. Don’t give it up
  3. predawn (Instrumental)
  4. Don’t give it up (Instrumental)


  1. predawn
  2. Don’t give it up
  3. predawn -Extended Mix-
  4. predawn (Instrumental)
  5. Don’t give it up (Instrumental)


Normally when you hear the combination of Tokyo Girls’ Style and dance music it is when there is a b-side on one their singles containing a remix of one of their older songs. Or when the group does collaboration albums with other producers.

Starting from their 20th single Shinkai they adopted a more dance floor friendly type of sound. The trend continued through to their 21st single Millefeuille and for their 22nd single predawn they dive head first into full EDM pop. If you are familiar with acts like Major Lazer or the Chainsmokers you should have an idea of what type of sound to expect here.

predawn is clearly outside of Tokyo Girls’ Style’s box. It isn’t a full on peak hour dance floor type of song. It tends to stick somewhere in a more relaxed BPM range that one would expect to hear from an opening set early in the evening. This tempo makes for a rather smooth transition for the group into an entirely different type of genre. Surprisingly TGS don’t sound out of place at all performing over this type of music.

The other track on this single Don’t give it up starts out sounding like one of the more traditional mid-tempo pop songs Tokyo Girls’ Style have done in the past. That gradually changes until the song builds up to a full on high energy, uplifting dance track. While not as immediately enticing as predawn, Don’t give it up still manages to be another example of TGS reaching out of their comfort zone.

In the end this single could be considered a turning point for Tokyo Girls’ Style. These two songs are probably the farthest they have gone away from their trademark sound so far. And that is not necessarily a bad thing. I would not mind if they continued in this direction for future singles. If not, going back to the well of what has worked for them in the past will do too.

predawn/Don’t Give It Up (CD)

predawn/Don’t Give It Up (CD + DVD)

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