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Looking back, it seems it’s been almost 30 releases and nearly 5 years(!) since the last Japanese artist released material with FKOF Records. But, if FKOFd049 is anything to go by, it won’t be as long before we welcome more producers from The Land of the Rising Sun to the FatKidOnFire family. Our first release of 2021 brings an incredible collection of music to the imprint and could set the tone for what our next year will sound like.
It’s funny how things work out. It seems we’ve been in intermittent contact (over a few different mediums) with Tokyo’s Møndaigai since the beginning of 2017. Koji sent us some demos via SoundCloud, and kept in touch as he developed his sound over the next few years. It wasn’t until he got back in touch with his latest batch of material in August last year that something stuck and we got talking. From there, things progressed pretty quickly and we wrapped up one of our wildest, rawest and most powerful EPs in what feels like years. It’s a bit of a departure from our usual material, but you’ll understand why we’ve signed FKOFd049 pretty quickly…
The release opens with Sledgehammer – one of Møndaigai’s earliest demos to us – and the track sets the tone of what follows. Viewer discretion is absolutely advised with this detonation of industrial force. It is absolutely feral. Element moves things to a slightly different atmosphere, with its almost Nine Inch Nails vibe – it’s deep, dark and delightful. Track 3, the aptly-titled Shockwave is exactly what it sounds like it’d be. Uplifting, aggressive, gunfingers all over the shop type stuff. A combination of Kromestar, Goth-Trad and a few things in-between! But if we had to choose a favourite from this record, it’d be hard to avoid the close and everything that Hallelu-jah brings. The intro teases the tension that explodes on the first drop and the track doesn’t relent until its end some 4 minutes later. Climactic to say the least.
It’s hard to believe, some 10 years into the relationship with 140bpm material, that we can still discover artists creating music as exciting as what Møndagai’s been building. It’s a signature sound of the kind we’ve not heard before, and we’re stupidly excited at what comes next. You’ll be hearing more of Koji on FKOF Records, that’s for sure.
As is becoming routine, Koji will be joining the next FKOF Sessions show on Subtle Radio – which will air Tuesday 12th January 8-10pm UK time. After the archive’s been uploaded, you’ll be able to grab the mix and all its info from our Bandcamp. He’s also been kind enough to offer up a FKOF Free Download as well – it’s epic…
FKOFd049 is available to pre-order from the FKOFd Bandcamp today, and will be available to purchase next Friday, 08/01/21. It goes on Juno Download a week after that, 15/01/20, and drops on general release (via all other good electronic retailers) two weeks later. You can find the release archive across all platforms while you’re at it. And, as always, thanks and love to M7 Grafiks for the visuals and Beat Chef Mastering for the tasty masters!
Producers, if you’ve got tunes for us, please feel free to send them our way.
Peace, love and respect.