privateMiimo : 2 (JAP,2009)***°
Miimo’s second release, their first cd since they were formed in 2005, after another, cdr release, perform music which they call Post-Dub electronica. Members are Yoshio Machida (steelpan/ electronic steelpan or pankat & compositions), Tatsu (on electronic upright bass, known in Japan for his contributions in Ska, Reggae & J-pop genres), Norihide Saji (drumming/laptop).
Some of the tracks are laptop-electropop with different colors of more or less simple brushes of melodies on keyboards (like spacey whirling-echoes-in-the-air keyboards on track 1, but fastened baroque melodies in crystal sounds on track 2), with different beeps and clicks rhythms, also in different colours, and with partly some intelligent spacey effects on it, more subtle and varied than dub ususally uses, on a smooth lounge-trance electronic/bass rhythm fundament, and (often electronically processed) steelpan improvisations, and an occasional melodica (track 10).
A few tracks have a bit more a indiepop flavour, with singers, on vocoder on track 3, with a Brasilean vocalist on track 6, and with two female guest singers on perhaps the most poppy track 10: which is Towa Tei (Deee-Lite) and Yuiko (J-pop related) singing “Happy Birthday”. Two of the tracks (track 5,8) are more clearly influenced by dub, using its genre patterns on bass, keyboards and echo effects, adding subtle colourful laptop rhythms and steelpan. Last track smoothly fades in trance, leaving its rhythms behind for a while. Smooth inteligent beats with a polyphonic range of expressions.