The Electronic Tomato
The Electronic Tomato is Japanese electropoppers Macdonald Duck Eclair (MDDE) working with people from S.H.A.D.O Records in Italy, but between me and you, there isn’t much reason to listen to the tracks that the Italians did. Macdonald Duck Eclair are sadly one of Japan’s most underrated bands, and this album shows that if they wanted to drop the sugary pop and go head to head with the too-cool-for-school aging hipsters at Escalator Records in the battle for ass-kicking Electropunk, they would win 6-4, 7-5, 6-0.
My only fear is that this essentially electroclash album is two years too late, but I like that Toyomu and crew at mdde are hip to the trends outside of Japan — which is becoming a real rarity here these days. Capsule, he-na-choco, Aprils, and even Plus-tech Squeeze Box all grew up in an age when Japanese music was too good to ignore, and all a big chunk of this generation have stopped looking over the horizon for inspiration. Just as well: There are enough Rapture and Strokes copy bands in the West alone. But there is something refreshing about MDDE — the underdogs — making this record and beating the Escalator guys at their own game. Everyone who wants Cubismo Grafico to stop doing FOGA and go back to making Mini-era songs raise your hands. Yeah, that’s what i thought…