Fujiya and Miyagi
The band name might sound like the worst buddy-cop comedy ever, something that would star Adam Sandler and a karate-master dog. But this British-not-Japanese indie band has built up an impressive body of work, culminating in their smashing fourth album. They specialize in churning, bass-heavy groove-bombs in the Krautrock style — it sounds like they’ve worn out a few vinyl copies of their favorite Can records — plus a dose of Nineties trip-hop, decorated with organ blasts. The words are funny ("We speak but we don’t think/We make each other sick") but David Best’s half-whispered vocals are strictly minimal — like every other sound here, he’s just a slave to the rhythm.
Listen to "Ventriloquizzing":