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Fujiya & Miyagi - 'Artificial Sweetners'

Brighton group stumble on fifth album of stilted synthpop

Fujiya & Miyagi - 'Artificial Sweetners'

Album Info

  • Release Date: May 5, 2014
  • Label: Yep Roc
5 / 10 Fujiya & Miyagi were making music that sounded like Hot Chip – upbeat, effusive synthpop with slightly geeky indie vocals – before Hot Chip were. Thus, it feels reductive and backwards to be so frequently thinking of Alexis Taylor and co as ‘Artificial Sweeteners’, F&M’s fifth album, plays, but they are disarmingly similar. The Brighton outfit’s stated influences, from ’70s krautrock to ’90s techno, are canonical and respectable, and occasionally strike gold: ‘Tetrahydrofolic Acid’, an instrumental raver which resembles Warp Records stalwarts Plaid, and the addictive disco-punk bassline of ‘Daggers’. Yet their attempts to assimilate their record collections often fall between two stools – unlikely to do the business on a dancefloor or spirit you away at home through the power of its sequencing.

Noel Gardner Buy Fujiya & Miyagi - 'Artificial Sweetners' at iTunes

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