Takako Minekawa

Fun 9

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Takako Minekawa's third full-length U.S. release Fun 9 delivers more of her inventive electronic pop, and includes collaborations with co-producers Cornelius and DJ Me DJ You, the side-project of Sukia's Craig Borrell and Ross Harris. Not surprisingly, this means that while Fun 9 retains Minekawa's playful musical vision -- evident in songs like "Shh Song," "Spin Spider Spin," and "Fancy Work Funk" -- it also presents her ideas in a more eclectic and polished style. From the breathy, overlapping vocals and synth blips of the album opener "Gently Waves," to "Tiger"'s bouncy, lunar funk and "Plash"'s breakbeat bossa nova, Minekawa fashions a wide array of lush, lighthearted songs into an album that is as self-assured as it is fun.

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