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Crystal - Jungli-la

by Rich Morris Rating:7 Release Date:2015-10-21

This debut single from Tokyo synth-pop group Crystal owes, as their name might suggest, a debt to New Order, as well as Yellow Magic Orchestra, and every proponent of blocky, fizz-pop tunes from the mid-to-late 80s, including Paul Hardcastle, Art of Noise, and Stock Aitken Waterman.  

‘Jungli-la‘, release on Flau, is apparently a tribute to Nintendo game Donkey Kong, and is joyously, knowingly naff, all cos-Eastern melodies tropical percussion, and thus hard not to love. In fact, it’s easy to imagine it soundtracking some wobbly 80s anime, which for some people of a certain age will be an immediate reason to love it. 

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Had a listen. Sounded like Yello playing Calypso with real jungle sounds.

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