MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Japanese Spring Vibes | April 2020 #1

06.April.2020 | FEATURES / MUSIC

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is now on Spotify, and we recently posted a playlist. Each week, we plan to post a new playlist with a different theme, focusing on music from Japan. If you love J-music, or are new to J-music, be sure to give us a follow here!


Our theme this week is “Japanese Spring Vibes.” Spring is the season where the sunlight embraces us with its warmth, and the cherry blossoms begin their beautiful bloom. Its a time when the comforting cool breeze makes us stand tall, and a time that leads us to new discoveries.


We have selected 15 songs that capture Japanese springtime.


Listen Here: Japanese Spring Vibes


Kenshi Yonezu – Shunrai

A song about a guy who has fallen in love and experiences both happiness and sadness. The themes “spring” and “thunder” are used to express these fluctuating feelings one experiences in love. The chance encounter in spring, and the break-up. The song lets you feel the fleetingness of love.


Aimer – Haru wa Yuku

The main theme song for the anime film Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel III. spring song. It’s a ballad that has a real Japanese vibe to it.


Perfume – Spring of Life

This song has a refreshing feeling to it like the cool breeze of the springtime wind. The Perfume members play the part of androids in the music video where they learn about the emotion love for the first time.



The 15th and final opening theme song for the Bleach anime series. The lyrics have a tinge of sadness to them as they sing of bidding farewell to friends to walk towards your own dream. The music is powerful, energetic, and classic SCANDAL.


Aimyon – Haru no Hi

The main theme song for the 2019 anime film Crayon Shin-chan: Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hiroshi~. Aimyon wrote the song after reading the movie’s script. It’s about the love of family, and creating a place for you and those you love.


SILENT SIREN – Shigatsu no Kaze

This song was written as the ending theme for the slice-of-life drama Watanuki-san Chi no which features virtual YouTubers and explores everyday moments of happiness.


indigo la End – Haru no Iutoori

The songs in this list up to now have been about the warm coming of spring, but this song is a sadder tune about the end of one’s love subsequent regret.


Vickeblanka – Urara

Loneliness and sadness are attached to the lyrics of this song, which are laced through a melody that is elating like the blowing wind. “Separation” is the theme of this track, but the lighthearted sound makes you feel uplifted.


KANA-BOON – Sakura no Uta

KANA-BOON has two songs titled Sakura no Uta, written differently in Japanese (さくらのうた and 桜の詩). The songs are written from the perspectives of a guy and girl respectively. The music videos peek into the events surrounding the two of them and the time they spend together.


Wagakki Band – Senbonzakura

Originally sung by Hatsune Miku, Senbonzakura is a cover by Wagakki Band of the popular Vocaloid track, and has become a hit in itself, with music video views garnering from across the globe.


Supercell – Sayonara Memories

This melancholic song is about that feeling of saying farewell to springーsomething we have all felt in our youth. Nagi Yanagi’s vocals shine through this track and are so beautiful as to make you breathe a sigh.


Hikaru Utada – Sakura Drops

A spring song by Hikaru Utada, who is known for singing the Kingdom Hearts theme songs. It’s about the pain of a broken heart, but having the capacity to stand up, look forward, and move on.



A fruity song that’s sweet and sour like one’s first love. The lyrics capture the start of one’s love, while the melody is the butterflies in your stomach.



This is a track you find yourself wanting to listen to as spring approaches. It has a relaxed melody, and sings of parting with people in spring, and the sadness of encounters. Like the song’s title reads, it brings to mind a scene of the cherry blossoms dancing by the coast.


Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Easta

Kyary’s Easter party song celebrates the arrival of spring, and welcomes everyone to have a good start to the season.


Did you enjoy our picks for this week’s Japanese Spring Vibes? Our next playlist will be centred on female artists in Japan. We’ll be posting a new playlist every week, so be sure to follow us on Spotify and stay tuned.


  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: J-Pop Songs For The Start Of Summer | May 2020 #2

    25.May.2020 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is now on Spotify, and every week, we plan to post a new playlist with a different theme, focusing on music from Japan. If you love J-music, or are new to J-music, be sure to give us a follow.


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     J-Pop Songs For The Start Of Summer


    Nogizaka46 – Toki Toki Meki Meki

    The kind of super cute and energetic idol song you want to listen to at the start of summer!


    Kobukuro – Summer rain

    Kobukuro is a music duo which never fails to disappoint when it comes to charming vocals and beautiful guitar melodies.


    Natsume Mito – Odekake Summer

    A feel-good track with an addictive melody that reminds you of summer.


     Leo Ieiri – Kimi ga Kureta Natsu

    A sad love song that was used as the main theme song for the Japanese drama series Koinaka.


    SiD – Natsu Koi

    A groovy love song that’s also SID’s classic summertime track.


    Aimer – Ref:rain

    This song is known for being used as the ending theme for the anime series After the Rain.


    RIP SLIME – Rakuen Baby

    Rakuen Baby is one of those songs everyone plays when summer arrives. The catchy hook will have you singing along in no time.


    DAOKO x Kenshi Yonezu – Uchiage Hanabi

    This is the theme song for the movie Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? This song compares the feeling of not wanting to let go with the image of fireworks soaring away out of reach in the evening sky.


    LiSA – Datte Atashi no Hero.

    This rock song is the ending theme song for the popular anime My Hero Academia and is overflowing with vibrant summer energy.


    Vickeblanka – Natsu no Yume

    This urban and mellow track is a story about one summer where a hesitant man has feelings for a free-spirited woman.


    YUI – Summer Song

    From the gentle breeze of the beach to laughter and good memories, YUI’s Summer Song represents the excitement we feel as summer peaks round the corner and we get ready for another summer of fun.


    Ai Otsuka – Kingyo Hanabi

    Going to a fireworks festival with your lover is a key ingredient to enjoying a Japanese summer. In this song, Ai Otsuka compares her emotions to “goldfish fireworks” which illuminate the face of her lover for a split second and fade away gracefully.

  – Otsukare Summer

    Dempagumi gets the summer vibes flowing with Otsukare Summer. The song reflects the excitement of leaving behind those stressful exams and busy days to celebrate freedom that summer brings us.


    GReeeeN – Kiseki

    This love song is accompanied by a baseball-themed music video – a Japanese summer sport bound to get you excited for summer.


    w-inds. – Backstage

    This tropical song and video will fill you with refreshing beach vibes and is perfect to listen to while basking in the sun.


    As summer is just round the corner, this playlist is the perfect way to get refreshed with Japanese summer vibes. We will be releasing a new playlist every week so stay tuned!

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Spring 2020 Anime Opening & Ending Themes | May 2020 #1

    11.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / MUSIC

    The spring anime season is well underway. What series is everyone watching? Do you have a favourite yet, or are there any still on your to-watch list? The one’s I’m thinking of checking out are season two of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War and the continuation of Black Clover!


    For this edition of MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST, the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON team have made a compilation of opening and ending themes for the April season of anime theme songs. And if you want to know anymore about each song in particular, we’ve included links to articles where we covered their releases. We hope you enjoy!


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    Kaguya-sama: Love Is War

    Opening: Masayuki Suzuki – “DADDY ! DADDY ! DO ! feat. Airi Suzuki”

    Masayuki Suzuki has returned to sing the opening theme song for the second season of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War. Suzuki describes it as a song to sing and dance with your friends to, and one about enjoying love games.

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    Ending: Haruka Fukuhara – “Kaze ni Fukarete”

    Haruka Fukuhara, who also performed Boruto: Naruto Next Generations‘s 10th ending theme Mikansei na Hikaritachi, joins the new season of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War. Check out the promotional video which features the track together with scenes from the anime series itself.

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    Shironeko Project ZERO CHRONICLE

    Opening: Takanori Nishikawa + ASCA – “Tenbin -Libra-“

    Takanori Nishikawa and ASCA collaborate for the first time ever on this opening theme. It features powerful vocals and captures the anime’s protagonist Iris and the Black Prince of Darkness.


    Ending: Rei Yasuda – “through the dark”

    Rei Yasuda performed the ending theme Kimi no Uta for the anime series Natusme’s Book of Friends which was super popular. Limited Pressing Edition copies of this track, through the dark, feature a CD cover with an original and exclusive anime illustration.

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    Opening: Miku Ito – “Kokou no Hikari Lonely dark”

    The full version of the music video, as well as the making-of, will be included with the DVD version of Miku Ito’s upcoming 7th single, set to release on May 27, 2020.

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    Ending: Hina (Voiced by Rina Honnizumi) – “Countless days”

    This song is performed by the main heroine, Hina, who  lends her kind and gentle voice and motherly intentions to the track.


    Fruits Basket 2nd Season

    Opening: AmPm – “Prism feat. Miyuna”

    An official lyric video was released featuring a compilation of scenes from the series. This is the first song with full Japanese lyrics to be composed by AmPm, the masked duo, and invites up-and-coming singer Miyuna on board with her warm vocals.


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    Ending: THE CHARM PARK – “ad meliora”

    The song has a gentle melody and vocals, something which THE CHARM PARK is known for, and is sung entirely in Japanese. It’s becoming a hit right now for its content which promotes the world of Fruits Basket‘s second season.

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    Opening: BiSH – “TOMORROW”

    BiSH are the Japanese punk band with no instruments, and you can hear their opening theme for Kingdom in the official promotional trailer above. The song paints a picture of the anime’s story.

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    Ending: waterweed – “Deep inside”
    This is waterweed’s first tie-up with an anime series. Listen to that voice!


    Major 2nd

    Opening: Leo Ieiri – “Answer”

    Answer, which was written for Major 2nd, is an uptempo song that serves to inspire those who listen to it.

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    Ending: SHE’S – “One”

    4-piece rock bannd SHE’S wrote this track for Major 2nd and lifts up the story of Daigo and the rest of the characters.

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    Blade of the Immortal: Immortal

    Opening – Kiyoharu – “SURVIVE OF VISION”

    Written specifically for the anime series, be sure to check out both the music video and the anime’s promotional videoーthe latter of which interweaves scenes of the series against the track.

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    Kakushigoto: My Dad’s Secret Ambition

    Opening: flumpool – “Chiisana Hibi”

    The theme of the song centres on the little moments of happiness we experience in everyday life, as described by flumpool vocalist Ryuta Yamamura. It perfectly matches the anime’s opening video.

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    Ending: Eiichi Ohtaki – “Kimi wa Tenneniro (Kakushigoto Ver.)”

    Originally released in 1981, Kimi wa Tenneniro is a famous song by Eiichi Ohtaki which features on his newest album which hit shelves on March 21, 2020.

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: 15 Vocaloid Songs You Should Know

    27.April.2020 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is now on Spotify, and every week, we plan to post a new playlist with a different theme, focusing on music from Japan. If you love J-music, or are new to J-music, be sure to give us a follow.


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    15 Vocaloid Songs You Should Know

    This week’s playlist contains an assorted collection of Vocaloid songs picked by the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON staff. Whether you’re looking for happy, sad, or just a good time, there’s something in here for everyone.


    Tell Your World – livetune, Hatsune Miku

    Hailed as the anthem of the Vocaloid community, this song brings together Hatsune Miku and fans through the beauty of music.


    I-aru Fanclub – Mikito-P, GUMI, Kagamine Rin

    In this song, GUMI and Rin work hard to learn Chinese to convey their love for a Chinese person they love. The song mixes in Chinese words into the lyrics.


    Matryoshka – hachi, Hatsune Miku, GUMI

    Famous artist Kenshi Yonezu released Matryoshka under the name hachi on August 19, 2010. The song earned the tag VOCALOID shinwa (VOCALOID Myth) in 2017 on the video sharing website Niconico. This is a glorious title given to videos with over 10 million views.


    Balloon – Charles v-flower

    Vocaloid producer Keina Suda (Balloon) produced this song in 2016. He also released a video of his own self-cover of the song.


    Hand in Hand – livetune, Hatsune Miku

    This song was used as the official theme song for Magical Mirai 2015, an annual Vocaloid concert.


    Senbonzakura – Hatsune Miku, Kurousa

    Senbonzakura is a popular song about the westernization of Japan during the Meiji Restoration.


    Kunoichi Demo Koi ga Shitai – Mikito-P, Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin

    This song is about a ninja who falls in love with someone they were to assassinate.


    Remote Controller – Kagamine Rin & Len, Wonderful☆Opportunity

    This song sees Rin and Len Kagamine have fun controlling each other using a remote controller.


    This is the Happiness and Peace of Mind Committee – Hatsune Miku, UtataP

    This song tells the story of the “Happiness and Peace of Mind Committee,” an organisation of a dystopian land that leads people down the path of happiness. But the electro rock track in fact has very dark undertones to it. The song even spawned its own novel in 2013.


    News 39 – Hatsune Miku, Mitchie M

    Hatsune Miku becomes a newscaster for the news programme “News 39” in which she reports happy news from around the world.


    Holy Lance Explosion Boy – Len Kagamine, Neruriri & Moja (Hiroki Oshiba)

    A high speed, explosive track with fast singing and lyrical content that’s pretty direct to say the least.


    Lost One’s Weeping – Kagamine Rin, neru

    Lost One’s Weeping is popular for its high energy sound and shredding guitar and bass line, but it became most known for its powerful and relatable lyrics about the hardships of students and how the education system strips them of their personality and dreams.


    Yellow – Hatsune Miku, livetune

    A cute and catchy electropop melody laced with lyrics that have a tinge of sadness to them.


    Tsugihagi Staccato – Hatsune Miku, toa

    This is a song that you’ll find yourself humming and swaying your head to, and one that’ll stick in your head. It has a cute melody, but the lyrics are sad and lonely sounding.


    Karakuri Pierrot – Hatsune Miku, 40mP

    This song sings of a person’s emotions as they find themselves having to keep waiting for someone. It was the 100th original Vocaloid song to reach 1 million views.


    Did you enjoy this week’s Vocaloid picks? We’ll be posting a new playlist every week, so be sure to follow us on Spotify.

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Discover Music From Japan | April 2020 #3

    20.April.2020 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is now on Spotify, and every week, we plan to post a new playlist with a different theme, focusing on music from Japan. If you love J-music, or are new to J-music, be sure to give us a follow.


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    Discover Music From Japan

    Our theme this week is “Discover Music From Japan #1.” With lockdowns in place around the world, there’s no better time to discover new music. We’ve put together an assorted mix of 15 artists from Japan you may or may not know, but you’ll definitely want to follow up on after listening.


    Listen Here: Discover Music From Japan #1


    tricot – POOL

    The lead track from their first full-length album THE. With its polished, catchy sound, this is one to lift your spirits.


    Boku no Lyric no Boyomi – sub/objective

    ‘Subjectivity’ and ‘objectivity’ are the themes of this song. Boku no Lyric no Boyomi wrote this track when he was just 15-years-old.


    MONDO GROSSO – Labyrinth

    This popular track has lyrics written by Atsushi Yanaka of Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra and vocals from Hikari Mitsushima. Its intoxicating, swaying sound and Mitsushima’s liberating vocals pull you further and further into the labyrinth that is this song.


    N’Shukugawa BOYS – Planet Magic

    The lead track from their debut album PLANET MAGIC. The music video was directed by Kazuaki Seki who has worked with Perfume on many of their CD covers.



    TOKYO GEGEGAY is a five-member group made up of leader MIKEY, BOW, MARIE, MIKU, and YUYU. Known for their expressive choreography and downright addictive discography, this song shows the group at their perfection.


    Gesu no Kiwami Otome – Watashi Igai Watashi ja Nai no

    This is one of those catchy songs that gets stuck in your head upon the first listen. This track really highlights the musical abilities of each of the band’s members, with every instrument audibleーwhile still woven together effortlessly.


    sukekiyo – Kisses

    sukekiyo is spearheaded by Kyo, the vocalist of DIR EN GREY. Released on their INFINITUM album in 2019, Kisses is a great entry point into the dark, beautiful, and complex world of sukekiyo.


    Soutaiseiriron – Sawayaka Kaishain

    Taken from Soutaiseiriron’s second album Hi-Fi Anatomia. Like with sukekiyo and Kisses, Sawayaka Kaishain is a doorway to Soutaiseiriron’s unique sound.


    Official HIGE DANdism – Pretender

    This might have just been the most heard song in Japan in the second half of 2019. The melody and pop sound of the piano is one that won’t escape your ears anytime soon. The more you listen to it, the more a sense of comfort blankets over you.


    Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra – Good Morning~Blue Daisy feat. aiko

    This special song is included on the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra’s greatest hits album which celebrates 30 years of the internationally-active band.


    King Gnu – Hakujitsu

    King Gnu wrotes Hakujitsu as their first ever theme song for a Japanese drama series. The song aligns with the drama protagonist’s wish to look to the future and walk forward.


    clammbon – Lush Life

    A song that’s sure to lift you up with its repeating phrases. The video was directed and animated by “sankaku.”


    Passepied – Saishu Densha

    A pop song taken from Passepied’s second album 2nd album ONOMIMONO in about a guy about to board the last train and the girl he sees off.


    Masaki Suda – Machigai Sagashi

    Masaki Suda has garnered overwhelming attention not just as an actor but as a music artist too. This song was written, composed, and produced by Kenshi Yonezu.


    Sakanaction – Shin Takarajima

    The main theme for the film Bakuman. Ichiro Yamaguchi, the vocalist for Sakancation, researched a number of manga series for the music. It’s a famous song with which Sakanaction wanted to explore new grounds as a band.


    Did you enjoy our picks for this week’s Discover Music From Japan #1? We’ll be posting a new playlist every week, so be sure to follow us on Spotify.

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Japanese Female Artists You Should Be Listening To | April 2020 #2

    13.April.2020 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is now on Spotify, and every week, we plan to post a new playlist with a different theme, focusing on music from Japan. If you love J-music, or are new to J-music, be sure to give us a follow.


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    Japanese Female Artists You Should Be Listening To

    Our list this week focuses on strong Japanese female artists, many of whom are active not only in Japan but overseas too. We’ve no doubt you’ll discover someone you’ll love.


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    GARNiDELiA – Gokuraku Jodo

    Gokuraku Jodo is the most viewed video in GARNiDELiA’s series of dance videos for their music on YouTube. It has over 60 million views and has been a huge hit across Asia. We felt the music and the video expresses Japanese culture, so we included it on the list.


    We also interviewed GARNiDELiA here:



    WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA is known for theming their music around a particular historical figure or story and putting their own unique sound and spin on it. Melos is based on the short story Run, Melos! from 1940 by Osamu Dazai, one of the most famous Japanese writers of the 20th century. The song’s grand music video is a sight to behold, filmed entirely in Mongolia.


    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – “Cherry Bon Bon”

    Taken from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s mini album Moshi Moshi Harajuku, the track Cherry Bon Bon is classic and popular hit amongst fans from Kyary’s early days. KPP often performs it live. It’s one of those addictive tunes you find yourself humming along to before you realise it!


    DAOKO – “Yume Miteta no Atashi”

    Both Yume Miteta no Atashi and another song entitled Samishii Kami-sama were featured in an animated music video entitled GIRL, which is considered a sequel or part of the universe for the famous animated music video ME!ME!ME which was a huge hit in the West and also features singing by DAOKO. The Yume Miteta no Atashi part of this music video isn’t featured on YouTube however, but the Samishii Kama-sama section is, so you can check that out above too.


    Mizuki Nana – Shin’ai

    Shin’ai was used as the opening theme for the anime adaptation of the visual novel White Album. Mizuki Nana pours out all of her emotions in this songーher voice slowly soaks into the depths of your soul.


    Perfume – “FLASH”

    What has gone on to become a song synonymous with one of Japan’s most famous J-pop groups, FLASH was used as the main theme for the first two parts of the Chihayafuru film trilogy. Perfume’s dance choreography in the music video sees them pull out their kung fu skills.


    Aimyon – “Marigold”

    Aimyon is making her huge break in Japan right now, and that in part can be credited to this very song Marigold. It hails as the first song by a Japanese artist to be streamed over 100 million times, and the music video has nearly 170 million views, making it one of Aimyon’s hit tracks.


    Superfly – “Ai o Komete Hanataba o”

    Though it was released back in 2008, this love song by Superfly is still the go-to at many weddings in Japan. Shiho Ochi’s powerful vocals really shine through on this one.


    LiSA – “crossing field”

    If you were to make a playlist of the most well-known anime themes, this one would absolutely be on thereーthe first opening theme for the internationally loved anime series Sword Art Online. Though it’s a song about fighting, something echoed in the music’s full-on sound, it’s also about trusting your comrades.


    Hikaru Utada – “Hikari”

    The song that started it all. This track is known to every Kingdom Hearts fan out there. It’s the Japanese version of the theme song for the very first game which launched first in Japan back in 2002. The English version is Simple & Clean. Both versions of the songs were also officially remixed and released digitally 15 years later as Ray of Hope Mix. The original track reached No. 1 in nine countries when it was released, including Japan.


    Sakura Fujiwara – “Kawaii”

    Sakura Fujiwara sing of love’s embrace from the perspective of a pure girl in her teens. The fun music video sees a tiny Sakura climbing up to see a giant version of the guy she likesーhis enormity a representation of how big love can feel.

  – “#hashdark”

    This catchy and infectious song is about how we use hashtags on social media. The music video sees the duo travelling to hot spots around Tokyo which are always seen posted on social media along with hashtags.


    Minami – “Lilac”

    The straightforward lyrics of this song are enough to make one’s heart tremble as they centre on how it can be difficult to express your feelings to those close to your heart, and how hard life can be.


    Aimer – “Chouchou Musubi”

    Produced by Yojiro Noda of RADWIMPS, Aimer’s ballad Chouchou Musubi interlaces moving lyrics with heart throbbing music. Noda himself also features in the chorus.


    ReoNa – “forget-me-not”

    Another Sword Art Online makes it on the list, and this time it’s the second ending theme for Sword Art Online: Alicization. The song has a sound that almost brings back a sense of nostalgia. It’s an uptempo and feelsy number that conveys the world of the anime series.


    Did you enjoy our picks for this week’s Japanese Female Artists You Should Be Listening To? Our next playlist will be centred on the top theme songs picks for the new spring season of anime. We’ll be posting a new playlist every week, so be sure to follow us on Spotify.