South London's trio share hyper-pop remixes from PC Music's Kane West and Danny L Harle, and wound-down twists from bo En and Et Aliae
Kero Kero Bonito are a trio from south London who make super accelerated pop music, hopping from J-pop to 8-bit to dancehall to every other genre you can think of like a child who’s had too much sugar. Its marching rhythms and the nursery rhyme-like delivery of Sarah Bonito (who sings in English and Japanese) might lull you into a false sense of security, but there’s loads of tension and surreality on their debut mixtape Intro Bonito, released on Double Denim last month: take “Cat Vs Dog,” which, okay, is a rap battle between a cat and a dog, but also features an exclamation of “eternal hatred!”
On their new Recycling remix EP, things get even weirder. PC Music producers Kane West and Danny L Harle turn in crazed edits full of finger-snapping mayhem, while London-based producers bo En and Et Aliae slow things down, pitch-shifting vocals and generally coming over a bit misty-eyed, before LA internet prince Spazzkid takes the EP well into the early hours by turning “Small Town” – a ditty about the entrapment of living in the suburbs – into a joyous, aggressive rave.