The Fashionably Late Top 125 of 2019: Fujiya & Miyagi

Another rough year corresponded to another bumper crop of excellent music. Once again, my list is huge, because I fell in love with each of these 125 records and found it impossible to not include all of them in my fashionably late list.

I'm choosing to post my favorites in alpha order from A-Z again this year. You'll probably find some records that everyone and their fifth cousin raved about, but I hope you'll also find a few records that might be new to you, and that you'll fall in love with them as much as I have.

My thanks, as always, to the artists who created these records.


Who: Fujiya & Miyagi

What: Flashback

When: May 2019

Where: Impossible Objects of Desire

Why: Dystopian mood music. Electro stalwarts Fujiya & Miyagi hit the spot yet again with Flashback, their silky smooth beats featuring some sonic subtext chilled with modern day paranoia. There's some future-gazing in the songs, especially on closing number "Gammon," a snarky take on present day absurdities, presumably pointed in the general direction of a certain voting demographic, and "the future you'll never have" against the pulse of an increasingly frantic escalation. These sensuous, sleekly cynical grooves and David Best's velvet, sardonically purring vocals are unmistakably Fujiya & Miyagi, and Flashback is a most excellent addition to their discography. 

[posted 3.21.20]


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