Formed in 2000, Brighton-based electronic quartet Fujiya & Miyagi play a blend of 70s krautrock and 80s electro, which has garnered them high acclaim over the last decade. The band released their fourth album, ‘Ventriloquizzing’, in January to further plaudits.
Currently on a tour of the UK, which finishes with a headline show at Heaven in London on 8 Mar, the band release their latest single, ‘Sixteen Shades Of Black And Blue‘ on 14 Mar. Of the track’s dark lyrics, frontman David Best says: “I like the fact that you don’t know what the victim has done to provoke threats of violence. It is never explained and remains open to interpretation. It would be great if it became a football terrace chant”.
Ahead of the release and before the end of the tour, we asked David to put together a Powers Of Ten playlist for us. Of his ten chosen tracks, he says: “Looking at the songs below I have been trying to find links between the different singers and songs. My Bloody Valentine, Parliament, Captain Beefheart and Lou Reed are quite nostalgic choices for me as I listened to them when I was just discovering music as a teenager. Others like Serge Gainsbourg, Brian Eno and The Kinks are longterm favourites, and the others are more recent discoveries, but there are no real links. I haven’t tried to pick songs that complement each other, as I sometimes like the randomness of playlists”.
So, on that note, please enjoy this random selection of songs…
FUJIYA & MIYAGI’S TEN
Click here to listen to David’s playlist in Spotify or listen via multiple sources on Tomahawk, and then read on to find out more about his selections.
01 Captain Beefheart – Floppy Boot Stomp
It seemed appropriate to choose a Captain Beefheart song as he has recently departed the earth. I first heard Beefheart on the John Peel show when I was a teenager, and I’ve listened to his music ever since, though not continuously, obviously.
02 Terry Riley – Rainbow In Curved Air
Terry Riley’s music has soundtracked much of my last year. It seems a lot of new music is indebted to him.
03 The Kinks – Art Lover
This contains the line about giving a kid some Spangles as enticement for evil.
04 My Bloody Valentine – I Can See It (But I Can’t Feel It)’
I’ve revisited ‘Isn’t Anything’ recently. It’s such a great record and you can hear traces of it everywhere in other people’s work.
05 Serge Gainsbourg – Requiem Pour Un Con
Probably my favourite song from my favourite singer.
06 Brian Eno – The Fat Lady Of Limbourg
I could have picked anything from ‘Taking Tiger Mountain’, but this is the song I’ve been listening to most this week from that fantastic record.
07 Lou Reed – Street Hassle
Lou Reed weaves a magical and pretty bleak story using strings that remind me of Smokey Robinson’s ‘Just My Soul Responding’ .
08 West Coast Pop Art Experimental Group – Help I’m A Rock
This is a cover of a Frank Zappa song, who I half like and half don’t.
09 Parliament – Unfunky UFO
You’d think UFOs would be funky, but apparently it’s not the case.
10 Bill Fay – Time Of The Last Persecution
Bill Fay wrote some really great songs, like this one, the title track to his second LP, which is the LP I enjoy most of his.