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Pokémon releases electronic-infused ‘Reconnect’ for 25th anniversary

Producer Yaffle enlists Daichi Yamamoto & AAAMYYY to keep the childhood nostalgia alive

LiFTED | Roger Yiu | 1 Mar 2022

Let’s be honest. We are all seeking some sort of escape these days when the world we live in is slowly crumbling. Thankfully, our favorite video game, Pokémon, is here to ‘Reconnect’ us to our childhood. As part of their 25th-anniversary celebration, Pokémon has just released an upbeat Rap song produced by Yaffle starring Japan’s Daichi Yamamoto and AAAMYYY.

‘Reconnect’ is built on the fundamental elements of nostalgia. Producer Yaffle cleverly crafted the track which slowly progresses into an upbeat Electronic bop. Japanese-Jamaican rapper Daichi Yamamoto leads the track with his slick verses, reminiscing on his fond memories of growing up with the franchise which has been an inspiration to a whole generation of children across the world. “I play the mission/Take a risk and take a chance/Make a change and pick and choose and/I Pickachu'ed it/Shock them all/Like breaking news” is a slick way for Daichi to work Pokémon references into his verse. He also captures the never-give-up spirit with his words, a recurring message of the franchise.

Electronic artist AAAMYYYY chimes in midway through the track as she delivers a soft but joyful vocal hook. The track also pays tribute to the franchise by embedding sounds of Pokémon games into it, which long-time fans will surely find reassuring.

The nostalgic theme is turned up to 10 in the music video, where we see three Shibuya-styled girls visiting an old school candy store, where Daichi Yamamoto plays the owner. As he raps and flexes along to the tune, Pokémon characters like Pikachu, Snorlax, Squirtle, Charmander, Cubone, and Clefairy join the dance party as they get their groove on in the quirky, colorful candy store.

‘Reconnect’ is included in Pokemon 25: The Album, starring a stellar cast of global superstars such as Post Malone, Katy Perry, and more. Now that Hip Hop has found its way into Pokémon, we wouldn’t be surprised if we get a Gangsta Rap song starring Pikachu at some point in the future.

Check out Yaffle featuring Daichi Yamamoto & AAAMYYY’s ‘Reconnect’ below.