YA-KYIM is a Japanese R&B/Hip-Hop group formed in 2002 that consists of one MC (Miku) & two vocalists (Alisa & Yurie). They are a fairly new group to me. The only song I’ve heard from them until this point was Super Looper. I thought the song was alright but eventually forgot about them afterwards. It wasn’t until I heard Kimi ga Iru Dake de that they got my attention again.
Kimi ga Iru Dake de was orignally recorded by the Kome Kome Club in 1992.
I never heard this song before, if I did it’s a shame I didn’t remember because it’s great. I found the hook to be brilliant. It’s one of the catchier ones I’ve heard in a long time.
The YA-KYIM version isn’t a cover, it just happens to effectively use samples from the original. Because of that the song leans heavily towards a pop sound but it’s still all good. I liked the smooth vocals of Alisa & Yurie, their voices blend nicely with each other & the vocal samples from the original song. The MC verses from Miku were also on point, she has an easy flow and when she raps it compliments the singing perfectly.
I think this is an excellent example of using a sample properly. I like when artists bring something new to a familiar tune instead of using it as a crutch. Overall, great song.