Kero Kero Bonito, “Sick Beat (Danny L Harle remix)”

Okay, let me be a little more reasonable. I discovered Kero Kero Bonito last week and was charmed from the get-go. They sound like Cibo Matto decided to make techno beats with the synths available in the 90s, and even more Japanese flair, and also a time-traveling Uffie showed up to teach Bonito about rhymes. The samples here are heavy on the 8-bit nostalgia: the musical splash starting a game of Mario 64 gets chopped up for the original “Sick Beat,” and gory nursery rhyme “Cat Vs. Dog” is built in SNES timewaster Mario Paint’s music composing feature. I selected this remix because the peppiness of its beat matches the deadpan boasts better, and it makes me smile lots.

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