Cibo Matto is a group out of New York City that is lead by two Japanese women, Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori. I’m not sure how they ended up with an Italian name (translates as Food Crazy), but they use English and French to, yes, sing often about food. Would I categorize their work as concept albums? Probably. Novelty albums? Maybe. Hooky & amusing? Absolutely. The new album released this month, Hotel Valentine, centers around a ghost that haunts a hotel. Prior to that, it was 15 years since Cibo Matto released new material together and 18 years since the popular-with-the-hipster-crowd album, Viva! La Woman, which mostly revolved around food. Cibo Matto’s sound is a mosaic of hip-hop, rap, electronic, jazz and funk.
2014 – Hotel Valentine
- Fav Track: MFN
- Recommended Tracks: MFN, Check In, Déjà Vu, 10th Floor Ghost Girl, Emerald Tuesday, Hotel Valentine
- Music Video: CIBO MATTO “MFN” – directed by GEORGIA
- LJR MUSIC: Digging this collection of perfectly placed clicks, bleeps, claps, samples, drums and horns.
- Spin: NYC Art-Pop Fixtures Cibo Matto Return With the Charmingly Unnerving ‘Hotel Valentine’ – written by Jon Young
- Allmusic.com Editor’s Choice Selection: The duo’s first album in 15 years tells the story of a haunted hotel with the same mix of funky and ethereal sounds that made them ’90s icons. – written by Heather Phares
1999 – Stereotype A
- Fav Track: Working For Vacation
- Recommended Tracks: Working For Vacation, Spoon, Flowers, Moonchild
1996 – Viva! La Woman
- Fav Track: Know Your Chicken
- Recommended Tracks: Beef Jerky, Sugar Water, Birthday Cake, Le Pain Perdu, Artichoke
Trivia: Le Pain Perdu includes a sample from the Duke Ellington tune, “Caravan.”