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Magic Touch / Beating Hearts [Type A] (SINGLE+DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version)
King & Prince
Magic Touch / Beating Hearts [Type A] (SINGLE+DVD)  (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version)
The two sides of King & Prince
May 31, 2021 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
Since their debut in 2018, King & Prince has personified the characteristic Johnny's look and sound for a newer generation. Their image is youthful, fresh-faced and princely, and their singles are mostly very bright and very pop in that warm, familiar and dated Johnny's way. Last year's Mazy Night, however, showed that King & Prince would very much suit an edgier look and more updated sound. And that edgier look and sound comes this year in the single Magic Touch.

Magic Touch is co-composed by Adrian McKinnon, who is known for his work on SM artist songs like EXO's Obsession and NCT 127's Superhuman. This song is a total bop from the moment its beats slide in, and Hirano Sho sets the tone with his unexpectedly husky voice and assured flow. The blend of urban, electronic, dance and hip-hop is nothing new, but Magic Touch benefits greatly from its clean construction and arrangement that still emphasizes melody and vocals, especially in the silky chorus. I was fully preparing myself for some awkward moments, considering this is a new style for King & Prince and the song is completely in English, but they just carry it with surprising ease. Hopefully, the group will continue to expand their sound and style in this direction.

Interestingly, the other title track of the double A-side, Beating Hearts, is also co-composed by Adrian McKinnon, but this funky dance number is totally in line with the classic Johnny's sound. Groovy bass and beats lead into a catchy and upbeat pop song with all the youthful energy, old-school exuberance and befuddling lyrics that one could hope for from a Johnny's song. King & Prince's latest single really does offer the best of both worlds.






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