Summoning Pure Bliss, One Beat at a Time

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Friday's Pick

  • Song: "Ankle Injuries"
  • Artist: Fujiya & Miyagi
  • CD: Transparent Things
  • Genre: Dance-Pop

Fujiya & Miyagi isn't a duo, and its members aren't named Fujiya or Miyagi. A U.K. trio consisting of David Best (Miyagi), Steve Lewis (Fujiya) and Matt Hainsby (the ampersand), the group mixes the minimalist beats of Krautrock bands like Can, the angular new-wave guitars of Wire and the swirling electronica of Aphex Twin.

From the opening note, "Ankle Injuries" immediately pops into a hypnotic, percolating, ultimately unforgiving beat. Floating along in waves of synthesized chords that recall Kraftwerk's "Autobahn," as well as the simplistic joy of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "One Note Samba," "Ankle Injuries" summons pure bliss.

Throughout most of the song, Fujiya & Miyagi's name is chanted repetitively amid seemingly nonsensical spoken-sung lines. Drawing on great pop experiments from Remain in Light-era Talking Heads to U2's Achtung Baby, the song lands in a place that's unmistakably, instantly and irresistibly fun.

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Ankle Injuries/Photocopier
Artist
Misato Fujiya
Label
Deaf, Dumb & Blind
Released
2007

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