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Sinister little buggers, ventriloquist’s dummies. But those wooden weirdoes and the people behind them provided inspiration for Brighton’s electronic funk superstars, Fujiya & Miyagi, when the title track set the tone for their deepest, most accomplished album to date.

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  • Audio CD (January 23, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deaf Dumb & Blind
  • ASIN: B000LP6KMG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,208 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ankle Injuries
2. Collarbone
3. Photocopier
4. Conductor 71
5. Transparent Things
6. Sucker Punch
7. In One Ear & Our The Other
8. Cassettesingle
9. Cylinders
10. Reeboks In Heaven

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Fujiya & Miyagi are David Best, Steve Lewis and Matt Hainsby. The trio met while warming the subs bench during Sunday league football and discovered a mutual hero-worship of world heavy weight sumo wrestler Kendo Nagasaki, '70s Kroutrock and early '90s electronica. Transparent Things has international press and DJ's going nuts for these boys from Brighton, Errol Alkan, James Murphy, Optimo and Andrew Watherall are among the celebrated artist/DJ's to proclaim their love for these electronic maestros. Fujiya & Miyagi borrow from some of the best: Can, Kraftwerk, Air. As for Fujiya, It's the name of a record player, and Miyagi, just like you thought, is the wise martial arts master from The Karate Kid. Already receiving major critical acclaim in the UK, get ready for some major waves this side of the shore.

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Fujiya & Miyagi are not Japanese nor are they a duo, but are in fact a trio of rather cheeky Brits. Keeping with the multi-cultural theme, they also love Neu!-style Krautrock, with its metronome rhythms and cerebral melodies. This second release after 2003's Electro Karaoke in the Negative Style is filled with sly statements and cute jokes about commodity and materialism--Transparent Things is a particularly apt title--but more than anything else it's a goofball lark. With the music-nerd navel-gazing of LCD Soundsystem, but also the sonic aesthetic of Stereolab, it can be enjoyed regardless of whether you want to get geeky. Some might say it's best enjoyed that way, as some of the record's most enjoyable moments, like the skittery last few minutes of "Photocopier" or the instrumental "Cassettesingle" aren't about words at all. At times it's downright danceable, with tracks like "Reeboks in Heaven" exhibiting an abstract, electro grooviness. Their devotion to quirk ends up being a little too cute occasionally (like when they use the band name as a chant in "Ankle Injuries"), but their energy is so harmless it's easy to overlook it. Don't worry about getting all the jokes; Fujiya & Miyagi would likely be happier if you turned your brain off and cut a rug instead. --Matthew Cooke

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Urdiales on May 7, 2007
Format: Audio CD
my answer is yes, I'll even wear the high-tops to kick it old school... my only condition: I gotta have this album playing in the background. it is absolutely catchy from start to finish (it reminds me a little of the Hot Chip album, Junior Boys' recent material, even some AIR back when Moon Safari was the shananigan... it still is actually), but they got their own krautrock/electronic thing going without taking themselves too seriously... just listen to the lyrics for crying out loud... they're hilarious. the "collarbone" track is outstanding, as well as "photocopier", "in one ear..." and the aforementioned "reeboks in heaven"... they are perfect to kick it back before going out, or even for the after-party... it will get everyone in a terrific, funky, let's-get-up and dance mood... highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Downtempo Dubs on March 9, 2007
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Leave it to a few UK studs to come up with a sound this brilliant. 'Hilarious Euro-pop with slick bass lines' is a fairly accurate description but doesn't do this album justice. The recording is crystal and the beats are easy and fun to follow. "Got to get a new pair of shoes, to kick it with her, not kick it with you" is just one example of F&M's delightfully amusing choruses. This is perfect conversation-piece music that will extinguish any drama or awkward silence at your next gathering. Your guests will thank you, and your mp3 player will appreciate your good taste.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robot Rock on November 30, 2009
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This album was a gift from a more musically educated and exposed friend than i, about 4 years ago. Loved it. Inspired me to see F&M in concert twice, both instances opening for Peter Bjorn and John- both, some of the best shows i've ever seen. F&M- you definitely put on the best live show i've witnessed in a small venue, to date. thank you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Cronyn on September 7, 2007
Format: Audio CD
But they are still good. Just kidding. Everytime I throw them on somewhere, i.e. parties, lounging around, bat mitzahs, people always ask, "what is this great music". It's F&M peoples, and they're great. Bought this for my sister for her birthday, you should do the same. No sister? Treat yourself. Thank me later.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cedric M. Canero on May 13, 2007
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This album rules except for the song "Sucker punch" everything else is awesome...I really dig kraut rock and dance music, so when you put it together I really really dig it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Dudley on December 22, 2008
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Transparent things is only ok. It's not terrible but it's not amazing. If you like Fujiya & Myiagi you should like this album.
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