There was a time in Japan when soul, funk and R&B music was American and mainly the domain of smoky little six-seat counter bars in certain areas. In the 80s, R&D and soul was first made as part of J-Pop by Toshi Kubota (久保田利伸). He is purely Japanese, but he can deliver the smooth grooves as naturally and soulfully just like other great R&B style singers in America.

Once I heard of his song “Love Reborn” remixed by KC Matsuo(松尾潔), the top Japanese R&B music producer, in a compilation album “smooth”, one can be charmed by his silky soulful voice. The song is beautiful, the remix decorates with a lot of “sparkles” to bring in a jazzy but still R&B ambience.

Love reborn (KC’s “What’cha gonna do” Remix)
Love Reborn (KCs "Whatcha Gonna Do - Remix) - Toshinobu Kubota
Love Reborn KC'S WHAT'CHA GONNA DO REMIX

Love reborn - the Baddest II album version


Love Reborn
Singer, music and lyrics:Toshinobu Kubota(久保田利伸)

Lyrics (in Japanese)

何も見えない 優しい部屋で
胸の中にふるえる人
「私なしでも平気 」
と聞いた 横顔 今 よみがえる

You can cry and cry until it goes away
出逢った日の心探そう
太陽にささやかな 踊り おどろう

Stay with him day and day

生まれたばかりの 光が 二人
静かに包みはじめる
ひとときのあやまち 涙に変えて
ぼくの君が 側にいる

Wow… You can cry and cry until it goes away
いつわりのない肌で 揺れよう
太陽にささやかな 踊り おどろう

Woo wooo wooo
What's you gonna do Do you love me too

指の間から 伝えあってる
この鼓動 思い出して
少しだけずれた 互いのメロディー
確かめようゆっくりと

Oh you can cry and cry until it goes away
出逢った日の心探そう
太陽にささやかな 踊り おどろう

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