Band: Mouse On Mars
This sprightly instrumental hails from Mouse on Mars’ second album, 1995’s Iaora Tahiti. The German electronica duo of Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma have been collaborating since 1993, revelling in the old school charm of analogue synths and making judicious use of odd, unexpected sound effects and other intangibles while wandering freely between dance, ambient and harder stuff. Kanu is a bright bit of percolating positivity given impetus by guest drummer Dodo NKishi. It’s fairly indicative of the duo’s earlier efforts (primarily abstract, instrumental excursions; in recent years they’ve dabbled more in overtly pop motifs, vocalizing more frequently and playing more live instruments to keep things fresh. Ten albums in, it’s an act well worth investigating. Kanu is an upbeat morning song to gently nudge your brain into gear and get you spun up to speed - it has a certain bustling charm.