by JC Gonzo
Listen to Mutsumi’s new single “Look Down At Your Feet Below” accompanied with lyrics:
LOOK DOWN AT YOUR FEET BELOW
WHAT? WHAT? YEAH
LOOK DOWN AT YOUR FEET BELOW
HORSE MEAT DISCO ON THE GO
…I’M A PIMP AND YOU A HO
I’M A PIMP AND YOU A HO WHAT? YEAH WHAT? YEAH
The single is also available on iTunes.
UK-based electro artist Mutsumi Kanamori (a.k.a. Mutsumi Fulton) & husband/producer Maurice Fulton released her first album, AFRO FINGER AND GEL under the moniker MU on the label Tigersushi in 2003. Mutsumi shocked the electronic world with her spastic freak-out dance tracks laden with pop culture references, inside jokes and experiences, incoherent squawks and sounds, and an unabashed confrontational attitude calling out all who have wronged her. She delivers her form of abrasive disco with a disjointedness that is as frighteningly ferocious as it is hilarious. Her lyrics come often as a visceral stream-of-consciousness; perverse and obscene, commenting on sexual politics and a hyper-aggressive passion for tabloid news coverage. She attacks and celebrates famous figures who pass through pop-culture obsession as quickly and intensely as her music, such as Paris Hilton.
Unfortunately, due to mistreatment, Mutsumi and Maurice left the label. Claiming that Tigersushi had rude comments against the people of Manchester, they released their second album OUT OF BREACH: MANCHESTER’S REVENGE under Trevor Jackson’s label Output Recordings. Tracks like “Tigerbastard” showcased their disagreements with the previous label. However, once again, Mutsumi and Maurice were left without a label when Output ceased production in 2006. Around this time, a new MU track would leak on her MySpace profile every now and then, but soon we would be left with silence. The tracks were removed, and Mutsumi disappeared from the internet for years. Many, including myself, figured she was done with music after 5 years of silence. This was unfortunate, as she was gaining recognition from figures like Björk.
Recently however, she has returned under the name Mutsumi instead of MU with a new album, released digitally on October 31, 2010–a fitting date. Mutsumi and Maurice are still working together, “I write, we record, he process & mixes,” she clarifies. They are now releasing under BubbleTease Communications. The new album, self-titled MUTSUMI, brings her aggression to a higher level. Her humor is still pervasive, but with a cynical edge that grants her a queen-like status, much like female rap stars. This is fitting, the new album seems to be much more hip-hop/electro driven, whereas her previous efforts were more tribal. Sexuality comes to the forefront, with a song on prostitution titled “Pimp Slap,” female-on-female sexual harassment in “Did You Just Grab My Butt?” and not to mention “College Panty Smelling.” Fake breasts, sexual abuse, milk secretion and infidelity are also on the list.
These themes have been explored by Mutsumi before, but not in such quantity. On the new record, references to stars and scandals like Tiger Woods and Nikki Grahame of UK’s Big Brother occur without context, as do health care dilemmas and various political injustice. We are once again graced with the wonderful world of Mutsumi, un-contained, unfiltered. I sent her a few questions online:
It’s been 5 years, why the long wait?
Because with my 2nd LP Trever Jackson burnt me so bad that I didn’t want to make music any more. I thought what’s the point? If people you trust is going to steal from you is not worth doing.
The album is being released under Mutsumi rather than simply “Mu,” why the recent change?
I use to go by the name Mu but too many people started to use that name , plus people were thinking that I was in a group, I’m not having any of that.
Is MUTSUMI going to be download-only? We’ll miss your album art…
CD next year on BubbleTease Communications.
What did you do before music, before MU?
I used to work at Freshmints clothing store in Sheffield, but that was over 10 years ago.
Who are your victims this time around?
Your new track “I’m Really Pissed” is a list of what really pisses you off… who is this Takeshi wannabe filmmaker?
Those conscious who try to do film any try to be Kitano Takeshi to make film. I hate copy cat.
Are you still a fan of Paris Hilton?
Yes I always will be a fan of Paris Hilton.
Any other celebrities fascinate you these days?
Yes, Japan first, then Europe.
As an addition, enjoy the lyrics to the first track off the album, “What’s My Name?” (This is a linked clip straight from Juno Downloads)
What’s my name! Come on say my name! Its my name! Not a group name!
Do you see anybody else on stage with me? NOOOOO! I know a place where they know my name!
Manhattan shout it out. Brooklyn shout it out. Queens shout it out.
Boogie down Bronx shout it out.
Moaning all the time. Morning moody bitch. Boring same old life.
War in a family. City is gray. Hello Kitty is on everything.
Sitting on a chair and hitting on pachinko. Pachinko addict. [Pachinko is a gaming device]
Your dick smells fucking bad!*
that’s why your wife is fucking fat guy next door.
Lonely house wifes only drink to do. Kitchen alcoholics bitching about crap.
Teenage daughters teenage pregnancy You go get stone with Sumo wrestlers.
Hikikomori kids killing mom and dad. Mom and dad do nothing. [Hikikomori is a term referring to extremely reclusive and anti-social culture]
We have no hope.*
You hid camera and Boston. Don’t make me me me tell you gossip.
Shop at Harrods, fuck that, never see a price tag.
I can be pretty awesome wag. I can give seaweed natto rice shag.
High tech air sex in tea cup. Tiger Woods Woods Woods, I zip you up.
You got too much hair on your butt. Go get them wax.
You get freaky dick smacks. Gold digger busy building six packs.
You come and go, our leaders.
Why can’t we we we choose our leaders?
All you do is buy your nappy by taxpayers.
How can we follow betrayers?
You guys are worse than cheating players.
*Translated from Japanese.