Konichiwa, dear readers! As I have returned from the glorious and strange land of Japan, I thought this month I’d review the fantastically Japanese Kero Kero Bonito’s debut album. Imagine if BMO, Finn and Jake from Adventure Time decided to do a jam session, filled with whistling, beats and keyboards sung half in English, half in Japanese – the result is Kero Kero Bonito. Sick Beat samples Super Mario 64’s beats and boops whilst name dropping Tomb Raider, whilst Cat vs Dog is sung entirely in Japanese punctuated with the occasional “meow!” for good measure. The album reminds me of Bjork in the 90’s – pop gone weird in a good way. Kero Kero Bonito have managed to produce an album of bubblegum pop so sweet I’d recommend visiting your dentist immediately as all of your teeth have now rotten from the sugar rush.
Monthly music columnist for the Kirkby Extra, sometimes article writer for Get Into This. Freelance writer/artist/maker.