Live Music Preview: Junior Senior


Danish duo Junior Senior may be difficult to describe, but their message is unmistakably clear: Get on the freaking dance floor. Their debut, “D-D-Don’t Don’t Stop the Beat,” was last year’s best party album, brimming with tracks that read like cheerleading chants: “Move Your Feet,” “C’Mon,” “Dynamite,” “Shake Your Coconuts.” The toast of pop-culture intelligentsia they ain’t, but Jesper “Junior” Mortenson and Jeppe “Senior” Laursen have a knack for making booties bounce.

How do they do it? For starters, they crossbreed genres better than anyone since Beck at his “Odelay” best. Garage-rock riffs, hip-hop beats and sticky-sweet pop all clamor for your attention while a disco/funk thump threads each track into the next. Few artists can mash together the clang of T-Rex, the call-and-response of Run DMC and the pure Shibuya bubblegum of J-Pop, and still create a coherent album, but Jesper and Jeppe pull it off. And brag about it.

Read the full preview at The Japan Times Online.

Junior Senior | The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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