Hot on the heels of the widely adored ‘Little Drummer Girl’ EP, another killer dose of Tiger Fingers is here. The much-anticipated eponymous debut album is finally with us – a special edition release of six unique tracks, along with a handful of fantastic bonus remixes of the Little Drummer Girl single.
Tiger Fingers are Jordan Lieb and Asako Fujimoto, a collaboration that started as an offshoot of their previous incarnation - the aggressive electro-rock band Dead Radar. Tiger Fingers was an outlet for their more dancefloor-friendly, pop inspired side to their sound – and yielded a set of six tracks that remained unreleased – until now. Having amicably split to focus on other projects this could be the only Tiger Fingers we’ll be hearing – which could be a tragedy for fans of exciting, funky, inventive pop music.
The six distinct tracks each contain more ideas than most long players. Packed full of joyful hooks, slick beats and bubbling synths, this release is sure to delight dancefloors and the airwaves equally. The interplay of call and response vocals between Asako and Jordan are clearly the work of a duo that knows how to get the best from each other.
The tracks are diverse in style, yet perfectly complementary - ‘Small Talk’s’ futuristic electroid bounce is a slice of pop perfection, ‘Set Up’ is charged full of driving, punchy energy, while ‘Say It To Me’s’ potent narco-disco is a thing to behold. ‘Hot Kettle’ keeps things on the boil with fat, crisp beats, while the brooding epic ‘Dogs of Jesus’ finds a dark groove and produces perhaps Asako’s most atmospheric performance.
The lead single ‘Little Drummer Girl’ is also here in all its glory - beats and thunderous synth riffs combine with speak ‘n’ spell samples to produce a mesmerizing brand of 22nd century electro pop. What’s more, an instrumental and three other essential mixes are also included - Texan William Rauscher provides two mixes under his Night Plane alter ego, while Hotflush man-of-the-moment Jimmy Edgar uses the original as a springboard to construct a slamming electro-boogie-space-jam.
These recordings came to the attention of hfn music's A&R Tobias Lampe after Tiger Fingers went their separate ways – now finally about to get the release they deserve. The members continue to make music - Brooklyn native Jordan has since established himself as a celebrated producer and composer, winning a Daytime Emmy Award for his work in television and film. Hotly tipped by respected tastemakers as varied as Andrew Weatherall, DJ T. and Appleblim, Jordan (under his Black Light Smoke moniker), has emerged as one of the most exciting new voices in the North American electronic music scene. Asako continues to lend her amazing voice to various projects, and is based in Paris, where she is working on her solo project, Cosmic Berry.