LISTEN: Mima Good – ‘Cool’

Buoyant guitar loops, creative percussion and smooth vocals combine on Mima Good‘s latest single, ‘Cool’. The track is a lo-fi exploration of what it means to be yourself in a world that often tries to tell you you’re either not enough, or not spending enough to be considered “cool”.

Based in Brooklyn, Mima Good creates her “anti-pop” tunes from her home studio, recording vocals in a closet covered in red velvet. She uses the surfaces and utensils in her kitchen as substitutes for a full drum kit too, making the polished yet simple sounds on new single ‘Cool’ feel even more anti-establishment.

“I’ve always had trouble fitting into one genre, one crowd, one look” admits Mima. “When I wrote ‘Cool’, I was sarcastically attempting to simplify myself into a neat little indie bubble. It started out as a joke, but as I layered on new instruments, I peeled back the onion to more sincere feelings about accessibility to community and image. When I wrote the second verse and the line: ‘their sneakers look just like yours / but from a different place’, I was thinking about how much capitalism controls coolness. At the time, everyone was wearing the same white sneakers. Some were hundreds of dollars and some were $40 rip offs, but everyone was attempting to belong to the same clean box.”

One thing’s for sure, we think Mima’s DIY approach to making music is pretty cool. Listen to ‘Cool’ below and follow Mima Good on Spotify & Facebook for more updates.

Photo credit: Michelle LoBianco

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: BABii – ‘Beast’

In her new dreamy electro single ‘Beast’, Margate-based artist and producer BABii arranges a harmonious meeting spot where stretched synths and longing lyrics dance in the air. With a tasteful distance between sounds, BABii’s production footprint is minimalistic and distinctive – painting a rather vast soundscape within a lo-fi/bedroom-pop context.

Creating the ideal quirky bedroom palette, and then expanding upon that so elegantly seems quite natural to BABii as she resembles experimental artists like FKA Twigs and Clairo. Her eerie bass that tiptoes beneath the mix sets the temperature in which the emotionally icy song sits. Building from the song’s start, the instruments seem to slowly gather and linger to then hit hard as ever in BABii’s in-your-face chorus. Polyrhythmic relationships between the song’s vocal melodies and instrumentals make for a fascinating and emotive evolution of the ‘Beast’. This bubbling sonic space mirrors the yearning feelings BABii suggests in her lyrics discussing distance and its push and pull side effects.

Being in “the belly of the beast” is emotionally confrontational and cathartic as BABii’s ‘Beast’ unravels and brings light to its true narrative. 

 

iii, the upcoming new EP from BABii, is out 27th March. Catch her live this week:

4th March – London, Lafayette supporting Grouplove
5th March – Newcastle, Cobalt

Jillian Goyeau
@jillybxxn

Photo Credit: Daisy Warne and Gus Sharpe

Track Of The Day: REYKO – ‘Lose Myself’

Intoxicating, slow beats and hushed, soft vocals permeate ‘Lose Myself’ the latest single from London-based duo REYKO. Originally from Spain, the pair now create their atmospheric, tentative tracks from their home studio here in the UK.

Consisting of vocalist Soleil and producer Igor, the duo began making music together on the final project for Igor’s masters degree in music production. Since then, the pair have been busy creating REYKO’s sultry sounds by mixing numerous styles together, including elements from genres such as electro, indie, and trap.

‘Lose Myself’ is the pair’s second single, following on from their first official release ‘Spinning Over You’, which became a viral hit in 2018 in Spain and resulted in the band receiving a nomination for Best New Spanish Artist at the LOS40 Awards. With tracks as dreamy as this, 2019 looks set to be another successful year for this talented new duo.

Listen to ‘Lose Myself’ below and follow REYKO on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

PREMIERE: Stream Oslo-based Ē’s debut EP

If you identify as an introvert or you’re a fan of lo-fi or “lo-pop” sounds; then Oslo-based Ē‘s debut EP is going to resonate with you. The group are set to self-release their four track record on June 14th via Bergen-based indie label Eget Selskap, but we’ve got exclusive access to the EP ahead of its official release date!

Formed in the summer of 2018, Ē consists of Ingvild Nærum, Chiara Cavallari, Ingvild Nærum and Sigrun Sæbø Åland. The band’s musical and lyrical sensibilities are influenced by the relatable fears of loneliness and abandonment, which have culminated in the band branding their sound as “lo-pop”. Drummer Ingvild Nærum explains further: “Sonically, “lo-pop” is essentially lo-fi pop music.Thematically, it indicates a sense of feeling small in society and just not being able to mask our pop sensibilities, both of which we reluctantly embrace”.

Ē’s reluctance translates in to moody, but infectious tunes that smolder with angst-driven energy. Mixed and mastered by Simen Hallset of Gold Celeste, the four tracks on their debut self-titled EP are designed to “explore things from a new perspective…[and] just to run with what feels cool and exciting, and even a bit silly.”

We’re hooked on Ē’s debut EP, which you can stream exclusively below! Follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut