Listen to the full song here.
The single marks the first
Japanese/Latin-Urban collaboration and is the theme song for director Fuminori
Kizaki’s anime film “HUMAN LOST” that just released globally.
21 years after joining musical
forces, m-flo –VERBAL, TAKU and LISA– are experiencing tremendous mainstream
success throughout Asia. J. Balvin, who has a strong interest in Japanese
culture, was excited for the opportunity to collaborate with the group after
meeting VERBAL at Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival. The track is the first
Japanese collaboration for global Reggaeton star J Balvin.
m-flo’s Taku Takashi, “HUMAN LOST” was written and composed based on the story
and inspired from the anime film. The song blends up tempo electronic sound
with dub-step break mixed with the vocal and raps of Lisa, Verbal and J Balvin
to deliver a new sound form. The single includes lyrics in Japanese, English
and Spanish, giving “HUMAN LOST” an added level of global reach.
Lisa, who is half-Columbian and half-Japanese, shares the same roots as J
Balvin’s home country, which strengthens the mutual connection.
Originally classmates since
elementary school, VERBAL and Taku Takahashi formed the group in 1998. Shortly
after, LISA joined as the vocalist and the three of them officially debuted as
“m-flo.” The mixture of LISA’s unique vocals, VERBAL’s bilingual
flow, and Taku’s exceptional production resonated in the independent music scene,
and they gained immediate attention nationally in Japan. Their first
maxi-single “the tripod e.p.” marked their major debut in July of
1999, which charted 9th on the Oricon charts. They went on to release 12
singles and two original albums, and their second album “EXPO EXPO” sold
over 800,000 units.
LISA departed from the group in
2002 to pursue her solo career, but VERBAL and Taku continued as m-flo. Their
subsequent release in 2003, was the “Loves” series; a collection of songs which
were collaborations with different artists, which was an unprecedented case in
They held concerts in major
venues such as Nippon Budokan and Yokohama Arena, and appeared at festivals
such as “ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL” and “SUMMER SONIC”. Garnering dedicated followers
and fans by collaborating with 41 different artists, ranging from underground
and mainstream, they took the Japanese music scene by storm.
In 2017, VERBAL and Taku
Takahashi welcomed back LISA to reunite as the original “m-flo”, after 15 years
upon her departure. The original m-flo celebrated their 20th debut anniversary
in 2018. They are getting ready to release new music as the original “tripod”.
About J Balvin:
Global Ambassador” – J Balvin is now one of the top streaming music artists
in the world, regardless of language, and has developed a legion of fans
represented by over 60 Million social media followers. Balvin is leading a
second generation of Musica Urbana stars that have propelled Latin music to an
unprecedented global embrace. Simultaneously, Balvin has become Latin
music’s strongest cultural envoy to both the fashion and pop art communities,
while becoming one of the music industry’s most in-demand collaborators, and
worldwide major festival performers.
year has already seen J Balvin perform in the opening segment of The
GRAMMY Awards, named the Premios Lo Nuestro “Artist of the Year” for an
unprecedented third consecutive time, garner his 16th #1 Single and
further etch his name in Urbano music history as the first Reggaton artist to
perform on the mainstage at Coachella, and as the first-ever Latin music
artist named a HEADLINER at Lollapalooza.
Most recently, J Balvin and Bad Bunny dropped Latin music’s biggest surprise bomb of the year, with the summer release of “Oasis”- which notched eight weeks as the #1 Latin Album in the country, while J has simultaneously held the #1 position on YouTube Music’s Global Artist chart for an astounding 12 consecutive weeks (3 months) and counting. Currently, J Balvin is taking his visually stunning live production (develop in collaboration with the FriendsWithYou art collective) across The United States on his critically praised “ARCOIRIS (Rainbow) TOUR”
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