Best known as the drummer from Japanese rap-rock band Rize, but also having made a name for himself as an actor, Nobuaki Kaneko delivers his first solo album caught between his position as a relative newcomer as a musical mastermind and a celebrity status that demands a certain degree of profesionalism from the get go.

Rather than going for a predictable mix of crunchy nu-metal chords with a bit of rapping over the top, “Orca” draws on a series of laid back electronic and R&B influenced grooves, while at the same time occasionally glancing back with some Led Zeppelin influenced rock riffs. The former are most in evidence on “I Love You and I Feel Bad,” with its autotuned vocals backed by a trip hop influenced soundscape, while the latter style shows its face most strongly on “Fool Fool,” where Kaneko indulges his best John Bonham fantasies with some almost comically overblown drum pounding.

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