If you have yet to hear the wonderful 8-bit synth-pop of Japan's YMCK, you're missing out on what might be the most upbeat and happy band ever. Their debut album Family Music, was released on Records of the Damned in the U.S., and served as my first introduction to their sound. They use sound chips from old video game consoles (the NES especially) to compose electronic music influenced by old ragtime jazz with cute female vocals. Listening to this stuff for too long will drive you crazy, but when taken in just the right amount it is fun and carefree music, equally as nostalgic as it is fresh and unique. Family Racing is the newest EP from YMCK, released late last year in Japan. It also comes with a bonus disc featuring some nifty remixes. While you're at it, check out some of their videos over on YouTube.
» Bonus Track: Sakanano Mabataki
» Bonus Track: Panic Racer 005 (Excite Bicycle Mix - Revolution) Remixed by Aprils
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