Siempre me hace ilusión cuando un
netlabel llega a las 100 referencias, y
más si todos estos discos estan llenos
de calidad como los del japonés mimi,
que nos mima muy mimosamente desde hace
tiempo a base de pop íntimo y extraño.
Para este número tan sonado han optado
por una recopilación sencilla pero
muy bien seleccionada, librándonos
de un empacho de recopilación masiva,
La cosa queda en ocho temas y cuarenta minutos
de lo que mejor saben hacer. Disfrútenlo.
For you judgement
- 100th release from MiMi records netlabel.
MiMi has quite an interesting story behind
- the Embassy of Japan supported the Japanese
performers in Portugal the country's 460-anniversary
of Japanese/Portuguese Friendship. The organizers
decided that this idea must grow to something
more than one show. MiMi Records was born.
To this day netlabel has recorded 102 Japanese
and Portuguese artists IDM, noise, experimental
have heard only Le Mepris earlier works
and with the rest performers I'm not familiar.
The compilation M100 has some gems inside,
whole structure and form of this selection
reveals Japanese minimalism in sound arts,
piano melodies, sweet vocals. One of these
gems is Caroline's track Wonderlust - everything
is so simple and sincere.
100 Times MiMi Music
| The Japanese/ Portugese MiMi Netlabel
is not mentioned too often over here at
Phlow Magazine. Dunno why this is the case-
a deficiency in quality is not the reason.
Let's correct this lapse and talk about
the compilation "M100", MiMi put
online as their 100th release!
To my ears, the influence of Japanese music
is bigger on the spectrum MiMi represents.
This is not J-Pop but Japanese Pop. Subtle,
melodic, eccentric every now and then. Mawkish
The compilation starts with Asako Fujimoto a.k.a. asakomusic. She travels around the World and accordingly, her music is conglomerate of Folklore and awkward Pop music. Caroline Lufkin afterwards conducts a hymnal Popsong, with some electronics assembling her otherworldly voice. Bewitching. Izumi Mizawa's music sound like processing the lush and warm melodies of Caroline to something artificial- a study on aural harmony
Reiko Matane a.k.a. le mépris a.k.a. pillowdiver is well known for her album on Aerotone. The track on "M100" is a shoegazing piece of Dronepop... solid. Back to the real Pop music with Linda Bjalla (Izumi Suzuki). Piano-drive neoromanticism, not shying away from glockenspiel and reverberated vocals. Got me, somehow. Miki Odagiri deliver Creation Centre-style Avantgarde Pop with loads of loose ends- nice, but I have a certain problem with the vocals...