Denki Groove: C/D, RFI

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Based on the Orange album alone I say classic. I currently only have Orange, Voxxx and Dragon - The latter two don't seem to have that many standout tracks the way Orange does but maybe I haven't listened to them properly.

It's all the glitz I love about Japanese techno music (see Ken Ishii) with the most bizarre J-pop sensibilities. I have trouble connecting the dots between Denki Groove stuff and the solo output I've collected from some of the members.

Your experience/suggestions?

Millar (Millar), Tuesday, 1 July 2003 21:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I only have Voxxx but it is classic beyond all measure. In an ideal world "Nothing's Gonna Change" would have been ILM's "Digital Love." The techno pop is the techno that refuses to take itself seriously. The video for "Nothing's Gonna Change" or is it "Shangri-la"? is beautiful -- a young Japanese girl running around in the rain. I'm not sure about Prince Tonga -- their Super Lovers T-shirt designs were not so good. But last summer or the summer before Taki whatsit had an exhibition at PS1--art, commerce, music, all coming together as one in the Super Lovers Garden.

Mary (Mary), Wednesday, 2 July 2003 06:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
OK so I was pretty disappointed with these results.

I've purchased "Karateka" and "Flash PaPa Menthol" which to be honest are a bit dated and disappointing. Orange + Voxxx + what I've heard from ilbon2K and later efforts all still totally classic, though.

TOMBOT, Tuesday, 31 January 2006 19:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Had to bump this thread, wondering if anyone else has experienced the greatness of Denki Groove?? They've released a few albums since this thread was created. Look up the video for "Shonen Young" on Youtube...amazing tune, bizarre and very cool video. What can I say about the albums (in one or two sentences):

Flash Papa (1990): Kind of a KLF-type stadium house album with some rapping, well-produced but yeah kind of dated
UFO (1991): Best of the early period, ace remix of "Cosmic Surfin" on here, some great pop tunes as well
Karateka (1992): Some ace stuff in the first half, otherwise a little bland
Vitamin (1993): First album of more straight-up techno. Some good trance grooves and cheery melodies. Sounds dated but I still enjoy it - "N.O." is a classic.
Dragon (1994): Vocal tracks are amazing, the rest is kind of hit or miss
Flash Papa Menthol (1994): I prefer this to the original. Some creative remixing.
Drill King Anthology (1995): Not essential but kind of fun. Cool rip of "Tour de France"
Orange (1996): Neat sound based on short loops, inconsistant but interesting. DAREDAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
A (1998): Great electronic album with many different approaches. Funny and terrifying.
VOXXX (2000): All-time classic!! Covers seemingly every genre of electronic music, long but very worthwhile.
J-POP (2008): New, stripped down sound, some very funky grooves. Not as colorful as past stuff.
Yellow (2008): Good material but terrible production. What happened??
20 (2009): Hit or miss, obviously put out to honor their anniversary but a little light on good material. Would have made a fantastic EP though.

frogbs, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 19:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah: CLASSIC!

frogbs, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 19:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

btw I realize that I'm destined to be the one bumping this thread into oblivion but I seriously think that ILM would absolutely love these guys. I just picked up the Singles & Strikes comp, which is great (the single mix of "Kame Life" = ACEEEEEEE) and found out they have a new comp coming out called "Due to Contract" which has a cover featuring the skulls of the two members

frogbs, Friday, 25 February 2011 15:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

I like 'em, was wondering Frogbs, do you like Yukari Fresh?

Run Westy Run Megatorrent (MaresNest), Friday, 25 February 2011 16:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah...its really fun stuff for the most part, I think she fits the description a lot of critics were giving Cornelius during his Fantasma period a lot more than Cornelius ever did. I really like the cover of "Dead" by Datarock on the 2005 covers disc

frogbs, Friday, 25 February 2011 17:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

oh wow, new album tomorrow, I'm beyond excited. havent heard "Missing Beats" yet but "Upside Down" and "Shameful" are damn great singles. plus there's apparently a Monkees cover on this one. what is it with the Japanese and the Monkees covers, I wonder? oh yeah, I'm just talking to myself here. I don't care what it costs, that double 12 inch will be mine!!!

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 17:05 (six years ago) Permalink

come on folks. this is going to rule

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 17:06 (six years ago) Permalink

Heya Frogbs, have you read this?

shouting in a bucket blues (MaresNest), Tuesday, 26 February 2013 17:08 (six years ago) Permalink

just got through the first part and this is real fascinating, guessing i'll have a dozen new bands to check out after this

glad to see him giving Hosono his due, I always considered him (and YMO as a whole) as sort of the forefather to all this stuff

come to think of it I know there's a really good dissection of Fantasma on this website - one of the best music articles I've ever read

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 17:48 (six years ago) Permalink

they have a great video featuring a gas leak.....

m0stlyClean, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 22:28 (six years ago) Permalink

celebrate new album by Denki Groove by playing this on repeat

frogbs, Wednesday, 27 February 2013 04:10 (six years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

okay, this is pretty damn good, especially the 8th track which is downright gorgeous, kinda like a new "Reaktion". god I love these dudes

frogbs, Thursday, 30 May 2013 04:48 (five years ago) Permalink

new one a good place to start? I've never really listened to em outside of a few youtubes.

original bgm, Thursday, 30 May 2013 05:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Its definitely one of their most overtly pop albums. I'm sure you'd probably dig it but I dunno if it would turn you into a fan. Although I'd say it's on par with <i>A</i> which is the one that most people seem to know. I'd probably recommend <i>UFO</i> (1991) or <i>VOXXX</i> (2000). <i>UFO</i> is probably their most fun album overall, especially if you're into <i>White Room</i>-era KLF. <i>VOXXX</i> is my favorite, in fact one of my favorite albums period, but I say that with the caveat that I know most people will probably find it real abrasive. It's kinda like a standard late-90's big event techno album that goes to hell four tracks in and never quite makes it back. But given the other stuff you like I doubt you'll find it inaccessible or anything. The one I started with was <i>Dragon</i> (because "Niji" was on it, I guess) and I definitely liked it though it did give me some wrong ideas about the group.

frogbs, Thursday, 30 May 2013 13:01 (five years ago) Permalink

oh that tag doesn't work huh ooops

frogbs, Thursday, 30 May 2013 13:01 (five years ago) Permalink

right on, thanks! I'm gonna listen and report back.

original bgm, Thursday, 30 May 2013 17:27 (five years ago) Permalink

man, VOXXX is impressive. the stretch of long tracks at the end totally rules. the whole thing totally rules.

original bgm, Thursday, 6 June 2013 21:08 (five years ago) Permalink

glad you like it! you may want to pick up Ilbon2000, the live album they did right after - same sort of overly aggressive mixing, and the last 15 minutes (which runs through six of their most famous songs) is absolutely nuts

frogbs, Friday, 7 June 2013 14:04 (five years ago) Permalink

oh man, that sounds great. I definitely will, thanks!

original bgm, Friday, 7 June 2013 15:03 (five years ago) Permalink

really addicted to VOXXX now. "reaktion" is gorgeous and I'm loving the banging electro tracks like "themes from the invader" too.

original bgm, Friday, 7 June 2013 15:11 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

ohhh baby, look what came in the mail today :)

frogbs, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 00:21 (five years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

officially the weirdest music video I've ever seen

frogbs, Friday, 8 December 2017 17:16 (one year ago) Permalink

Weird! Shame that the track is absolutely piss poor.

MaresNest, Saturday, 9 December 2017 20:28 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh I should catch up on these dudes

El Tomboto, Saturday, 9 December 2017 21:22 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...


30th anniversary album out today, hope it comes to US iTunes

frogbs, Thursday, 24 January 2019 15:47 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

wtf, they've been disappeared

frogbs, Thursday, 14 March 2019 14:09 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah - I knew Japan was still a Reefer Madness sort of country but didn't know it was to this extent. This is a really weird situation because A) Denki Groove have been an institution for 30 years, from what I read their music is still everywhere, and B) Taki isn't *really* the main guy in the band anyway, Ishino writes all the music and (I assume) gets most of the royalties, so it's kind of fucked in that sense too. It seems like there's a big backlash to this, Ishino's tweets are getting 70k likes (up from say, 100) and Ryuichi Sakamoto publicly came out in his defense. It's just obnoxious, a great example of why streaming services kinda suck, especially since copies of all DGs stuff just went up 150% overnight on Discogs and eBay. R. Kelly is still on iTunes, by the way.

frogbs, Monday, 25 March 2019 04:52 (two months ago) Permalink

Sega pulled a game off the shelves because he plays one of the characters. Disney pulled Frozen off the shelves because he voices Olaf in Japan.

They don't play around. Screws everyone.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 25 March 2019 14:36 (two months ago) Permalink

dropped by Sony :/

frogbs, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 13:43 (one month ago) Permalink

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