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Fujiya and Miyagi: Electronica Goes Pop

Fujiya & Miyagi.
Fujiya & Miyagi.
Fujiya and Miyagi in Studio on World Cafe - 05/30/2007

Despite its name, Fujiya & Miyagi isn't Japanese, nor is it a duo. A British trio named for a record player and a character in The Karate Kid, the group plays danceable electronica with a distinct pop sensibility. After releasing the 2003 album Electro Karaoke in the Negative Style, Fujiya & Miyagi built a name on the European club scene, performing frequently and cranking out remixes and 10" club tracks.

In 2006, Fujiya & Miyagi released Transparent Things, which seemed heavily influenced by early-'90s electronica stalwart Aphex Twin. The album was a critical success — and its first to attract mainstream press attention in the U.S. In this segment, the group talks about its new material and performs live in the studio.

This segment originally aired on May 31, 2007.

Copyright 2007 XPN

David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.