Those lovable scamps Fujiya & Miyagi return to the fray with their seventh LP. The Brighton band proudly proclaim Flashback to be their funkiest record yet, and they’re not half wrong. This album is full of fun tracks that mix NYC disco, Chicago house, electro-pop and Krautrock. Think Hot Chip, Confidence Man and The Rapture. Flashback is out via the group’s own Impossible Objects Of Desire imprint.
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'If you were an ice-cream, you'd fucking lick yourself', so repeats David Best on the second track 'Personal Space' from Fujiya and Miyagi's new album 'Flashback'. I think this lyric contains everything that's great about the Brighton duo: irreverence, aggression, humour, and repetition. This repetition is part of the way that mostly electronic genres like house, techno, and disco can coalesce into 'Flashback' while still sounding somehow decidedly indie. There are catchy hooks, Best's beautifully disinterested vocals, and big choruses. I suppose the bands you might associate with Fujiya and Miyagi are LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip who blend electronics with indie sensibilities, but I must stress that the sound on 'Flashback' is entirely their own.
The track which best displays the alchemy that Fujiya and Miyagi can weave into songs is most definitely 'Gammon'. This is a seven minute opus with a krautrock rhythm played on a drum machine, a techno bassline played by a bass guitar, and some guitar lines that should really be played by a synthesizer. The lyrics are also superb. With machine-gun speed, these acidic, outrage-filled words dissect racists shouting English at Spaniards who take advantage of two for one food offers only to eat both things faster; they'd would be depressing if they weren't so hilarious.
Fujiya and Miyagi have made a subtle protest album that offers if not a solution to problems, then the ability to have a laugh at them. It's a fusion of the organic and the synthesized, the depressing and the funny, and the angry and the exultant.
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