Brighton-based Fujiya & Miyagi have been making expansive, experimental and multifaceted electronic-driven music for over fifteen years now. As an outfit they have been as successful in their investigations into bleep as they have elongated Krautrock wig outs, and creating breathy electro pop as fiercely as they do post-punk-indebted scratchy dance. Their new EP, to be released 27th May, feels like an amalgamation of all of these factors, condensed succinctly into four tracks, the first of three planned 12" EPs which will accumulate in a new album in early 2017.
Fujiya & Miyagi first came to light with their 2002 album 'Electro karaoke in the negative style' which created the first glimpse of what was to become their distinctive sound of electronics and hushed vocals. It wasn't until 2006 with the release of 'Transparent Things' that the group gained wider critical acclaim and became more widely known both in Europe and in North America. The album blended the groups love of 70's German electronic Music, post-punk dance music and the sounds affiliated with labels such as Warp Records in the 1990s. They toured extensively during this period and also around 2009's Lightbulbs album.
They then worked with LA based Producer Thom Monahan on 2011's Ventriloquizzing. The record was a move away from the more electronic and dance orientated direction of their previous records with more emphasis on sounds and textures. After a three year gap Fujiya & Miyagi returned in 2014 with their most electronic album to date titled 'Artificial Sweeteners'. Which returned to the working methods of their earlier records but with added vigour and experimentation.
Friday 8th December 2017
Price: £10 advance (+stbf)