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Kero Kero Bonito released mixtape, remix EP and brand new single, making US debut at SXSW (dates, stream)

by Bill Pearis

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London trio Kero Kero Bonito‘s music pays tongue-in-cheek homage to the shiny plastic future of J-pop, rapping and singing about food, playing videogames, the merits of cats vs dogs and other light conversation. Sometimes it’s in English, sometimes it’s in Japanese, but usually set to catchy tunes and cute prefab beats. (KKB’s Gus Lobban also goes by Kane West, one of major forces behind the PC Music scene.) The band’s 2013 Intro Bonito mixtape got re-released last year via Double Denim (stream below) and some of those tracks got remixed by the likes of Spazzkid and Kane West on the Bonito Recycling EP. They’ve just released a new single “Picture This” which is a celebration of Instagram culture. Like everything they do, it’s all a little ironic but the hooks are undeniable. Listen below.

Kero Kero Bonito will be playing their first North American shows next week during SXSW. They play the Double Denim x Cascine showcase at Parish on March 18 with Suicideyear, Yumi Zouma, Spazzkid, et aliae, Kane West, Holly Waxwing, plus DJs Ghibli + Guy Akimoto. They’ll also play Gorilla Vs. Bear’s night at Hype Hotel on March 19 with Chastity Belt, Hinds, Yumi Zouma, Leon Bridges, and Autre Ne Veut. Hype Hotel is free with RSVP.

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