Who are you seeing live this week?
Fujiya & Miyagi play a one-off set at Night & Day in Manchester on Saturday 20th October, as part of the much-anticipated WAM Fest. WAM is curated by Writer/DJ Dave Haslam who says that Fujiya & Miyagi are “one of my favourite bands of the last 15 years”.
David Best from Fujiya & Miyagi gave us a top 5 playlist of favourite tunes currently rocking his world, floating his boat, and turning his grey skies to blue.
And what a top selection it is too…
Strafe – Set It Off
I’ve recently been revisiting my prepubescent musical tastes. Not that I was listening to this when I was 12 but electro perforated the whole of the early 80s for me and beyond. I didn’t know it was electro at the time, just music. I love the beginning of musical phases before things get overcomplicated. Other kids had Nike windcheaters which made me feel jealous. We tried to breakdance on offcuts of the linoleum flooring from our parents kitchen. We couldn’t do it very well and went back to kicking a football against a wall for eternity.
Janet Jackson – What Have You Done For Me Lately
Although she didn’t know it, Janet was my first true love. I’ve recently found out that the famous ‘lately bass’ sound was named after this song which makes me like it even more. I think Prince accused Jam & Lewis of pinching elements of this song from him when he was working with the Time. It is quite Princely. Really minimal too, like all the best things.
Doug E Fresh – The Show
This reminds me of eating chewits in a youth club. It has that nice inspector gadget line in it which keeps repeating. Recently my favourite disco rap tune can be found on the soul jazz boombox 3 compilation. It’s ‘Teen-Machine Rap’ by Teen Machine. There’s something about Spanky’s voice that just really does it for me. There’s a real innocence and joy to early disco rap stuff.
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – Scorpio
Along with ‘Juice’ by the World Class Wreckin Cru this is probably my favourite electro tune. As a Scorpio myself I feel a deep spiritual connection to this song. I like vocoders when they keep it on one note.
Cosmic Force – ‘Cosmic Punk Jam’
This is my most enjoyable discovery this summer. I think its members from an embryonic version of the Soul Sonic Force. I’ve heard rumours of a twenty minute version which I would love to hear. The version I have says it’s a bootleg from 1981. It uses elements of Arthur Russell’s ‘Go Bang’ and hints at Chuck Jackson’s ‘I Keep Forgettin’’. It’s one of those records which makes you feel like you shouldn’t be listening to it. It feels like you could be a fly on the wall whilst they were working it out. Other than the omnipresence of David Bowie in my life, this has soundtracked to my summer.
Find tickets for WAM Festival at www.ticketweb.co.uk/WAMFest