Profile: ALI

ALI 7 members cropped out and placed next to one another, picture in grayscale, wearing '70s style outfits.
Funk band Alien Liberty International (source)

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Summary

ALI stands for Alien Liberty International.
Released their first digital single on February 2019.
Featured as the OP theme artist for TV anime Beastars.

Members:
Leo (vocals)
Jua (rap)
Zeru (guitar)
Luthfi (bass)
Kahadio (drums)
Alex (percussion)
Yu (saxophone)

Discography

[1st SINGLE] TRUE FICTION – Released on 14 February, 2019
Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by ALI

[2nd SINGLE] Vim – Released on 13 March, 2019
Lyrics by Jua, Alex from ALI; Composition, Arrangement by ALI

[3rd SINGLE] STAYING IN THE GROOVE – Released on 18 April, 2019
Lyrics by Jua, Leo from ALI; Composition, Arrangement by ALI

[1st EP] ALI – Released on 17 May, 2019
Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by ALI
#1. STAYING IN THE GROOVE
#2. BONNIE
#3. VIM
#4. TRUE FICTION

[4th SINGLE] Temptations – Released on 28 August, 2019
Lyrics by Jua from ALI; Composition, Arrangement by ALI

[5th SINGLE] Tokyo Pharaoh – Released on 25 Semptember, 2019
Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by ALI

[6th SINGLE] No Tomorrow (Give It Up) – Released on 13 November, 2019
Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by ALI

[1st ALBUM] ALI – Released on 27 November, 2019
Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by ALI
#1. STAYING IN THE GROOVE
#2. TEMPTATIONS
#3. VIM
#4 TOKYO PHARAOH
#5. NO TOMORROW (GIVE IT UP)
#6. BONNIE
#7. TRUE FICTION
LIVE at DUO (31 October, 2019)
#1. TRUE FICTION
#2. TOKYO PHARAOH
#3. VIM

[1st CD SINGLE] Wild Side – Released on 26 November, 2019
Lyrics by Jua, Leo from ALI; Composition, Arrangement by ALI

Tie-Ups

“Wild Side”
Opening Theme of TV anime BEASTARS

Videos

Staying in the Groove

Lyrics by Jua, Leo; Composition, Arrangement by ALI

One of their early releases. Has been categorized in the Hip-Hop/Rap genre. Released on April 2019.


No Tomorrow (Give It Up)

Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by ALI

One of the latest releases. According to ALI, it falls right into the genre of J-Pop. Released on November 2019.


Wild Side

Lyrics by Jua, Leo; Composition, Arrangement by ALI

Their first hard copy single and their big break. Their first tie-up with TV anime Beastars. Arguably the best opening theme of the Fall 2019 season. Released on November 2019.

Opinion

You can mix rap with anything, right? As long as you have some nice samples playing in the background and some bad-ass mixing and mastering. Point proven once again, as Alien Liberty International -or ALI for short-, managed to blend a number of music styles revolving around quite a few decades from the 1900s. Dance rhythms go well with their funky sound. And to top that off, they injected their songs with some hip-hop and soul influences. That’s an international sound, alright. After enjoying the opening theme from Beastars, I started listening to their other songs and was not disappointed. Obviously, there is a least favorite song, but that’s to be expected. If you’re wondering which one, it’s their first single, “True Fiction”. I felt like from “Staying in the Groove” onward, it was getting better and better. But one of their major influences became really apparent in “Tokyo Pharaoh”, where I kept thinking of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” which is a song that’s really close to my heart. Their gray-scale videos work really well with their colorful sound, creating a really nice contrast and a vibe from the underground music scene.

If you feel frisky, adventurous or if you know your Japanese, have a look at their official website and at their official YouTube channel.

Last updated on 13 Jan 2020.


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