The mannequin pop duo FEMM have been one of the most buzzed about J-Pop units of this decade, with their electro-pop number “Fxxk Boyz Get Money” gaining viral love when it came out in 2014. Since, they’e maintained a rabid fan-base outside of Japan, criss-crossing across genres and releasing a steady stream of eye-grabbing videos.
Now, the pair are set to make a rare international appearance on April 23 in England. They're performing live at the HYPER JAPAN Party at London’s O2 Academy2, an event setting the stage for this summer’s HYPER JAPAN Festival, which announced a few weeks back that another hard-hitting pop group, REOL, would play this July.
But first comes the chance for Londoners to see FEMM for the first time ever, as this marks the unit’s debut in England. That’s not the only headline, though, as the duo — who claim to be mannequins capable of pulling off well-timed choreography — have also announced the forthcoming release of their new single “Do It Again” on May 3. That one will feature the singer LIZ, last seen doing the mannequin challenge — natch — with the pair.
For those who haven’t been keeping up with the mannequin pair over the last year, FEMM have kept busy. They released their first physical album, Pow!/LCS, in early February, before unveiling more and more new songs over the following months, including the day-glowed pop tune “Neon Twilight.” On top of that, they have performed across Japan many times, reaching new listeners in the process.
Yet if you just need to hear one song the duo worked on last year, make it “Circle,” a special collaboration FEMM did with pop unit FAKY and the singer/songwriter Yup’in under the group name FAMM’IN. To say it’s unlike anything in the pair’s catalog is an understatement, as nothing in contemporary J-Pop sounds quite like “Circle,” a slow-building meditation on the circular nature of life built around trap beats and ancient Japanese court music. If that sounds heady, don’t worry, as the final product also manages to be a pleasure to listen to, and one that keeps you glued to what direction it will pivot next. Listen to that below.
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