single review: Koda Kumi “D.D.D. feat. SOULHEAD”

Today’s review focuses on the third single of the twelve: ‘D.D.D. feat. SOULHEAD’. Following the singles of ‘you’ and ‘Birthday Eve’, Kuu takes the project’s direction to the darker vibes of Britain’s punk scene with a provocative black and red garment that just screams ‘slight problematic’.

Reflecting the single’s image theme, the song incorporates a sound that isn’t familiar in Kuu’s music catalogue, but does this change in sound prove Kuu has great versatility in her music, or was this an unnecessary experimental collaboration? Continue on…

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Koda Kumi promoting D.D.D. feat. SOULHEAD


Rating: 4 out of 5.

D.D.D. feat. SOULHEAD” is the hard-rock sound of the single project, as the song contains heavy guitar elements on top of beats you would normally find in a hip-hop track. Featuring hip-hop duo SOULHEAD, the three women alternate in delivering lines, each with a unique tone to their voices. While the overall melody isn’t something fairly impressive to write home about, it is catchy, giving the hard-rock vibe a dance-like element that is bound to get you grooving. SOULHEAD’s spitfire rap towards the end of the song also gives the song a bit of an edge over Kuu’s usual songs. Despite not having much going for it in terms of oomph, and feeling it could be more than what it already is, D.D.D. is a great song. I’ll give it a grade of B.B.B.


Despite it not having quite the oomph that I had been anticipating for following ‘Birthday Eve’, I still think ‘D.D.D. feat. SOULHEAD’ is a formidable release from Miss Kumi. It’s a track that is usually not of her genre and to merge sounds together is in itself really interesting. The collaboration itself, with the female duo SOULHEAD, is great, as they contributed to the song’s overall edge and quality.

Interestingly, there is a sister collaboration song called “XXX feat. Koda Kumi” in SOULHEAD’s discography that follows the song’s instrumental albeit with slight differences. It’s a fun track, as well, so I recommend checking that one out. Otherwise, a good effort out of the twelve singles, so I can’t wait to ‘Shake It Up’ for the next release!


Rating: 4 out of 5.

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