Co:Motion launches its label arm with MIIIA's 'What Just Happened' EP. The spice-loving, techno-slinging big sister of the collective is one of Shanghai's most established electronic artists. With roots in Vancouver's late 90's/early 2000's rave scene, her taste runs broad and idiosyncratic, with a focus on deep, abstract, psychedelic yet powerfully danceable sounds.
We've admired MIIIA as a DJ for years - her stage presence is otherworldly, she digs deep for new and overlooked sounds, and is a master at blending elements of three or more tracks, often extracting just a percussive loop from a tune to stitch her sets together. Her ear for these layers allows her to elevate seriously deep material to peak-time dancefloor moments.
It's just those moments that the 'What Just Happened' EP is made for - this is peak-time club material with an otherworldly edge.
The title track starts with an elastic analogue bassline, which lays the foundation for a sultry yet disembodied sing-song vocal. Jacking drums stutter and skip, catching their balance with the help of a mystical thumb piano just when things seem to be spinning out of control. Science-fiction horror arpeggios take turns with a manic cowbell riff to bring this strange banger to its climax.
'Sex Machine' is just that - a sensual slice of raw machine funk spread over a low-slung groove. MIIIA's hypnotic voice takes the lead; alternating between a faded club monolgue and an ethereal whispered refrain. Shot between the two are frenetic drum-machine workouts and a spiraling acid line, this one rips apart dancefloors at the seams.
Italian wizard Rodion's remix of 'What Just Happened' reinforces the bass groove with new percussion, pitches down MIIIA's voice into an unhinged chant and introducing a hair-raising lead synth line. He gives the arpeggio room to breathe deeply before snapping back to the beat, and we're afraid that we've fallen in love with the moody chords that sneak in at the track's conclusion.
Dead man and living Shanghai legend Laura Ingalls turns 'Sex Machine' on its head; his remix is a tense, heady techno journey through dark places where the grooves are loose, the drums are slamming and the acid ties everything together.
MIIIA will be touring six cities around China in support of the release; catch her with Co:Motion resident Mau Mau on the following dates:
10/7 - TAG - Chengdu
10/16 - 46 Live - Changsha
10/17 - Void Nantong
11/7 - TBA - Shanghai
11/14 - Vervo - Kunming
11/28 - Bang Club - Shenzhen