Man, kids today, I tell you. Tokyo-based producer Miii was born in 1992, which is one of those mind-numbing realizations someone like me (80’s baby represent) that makes me do an existential double take, like noticing a nose hair or laughing at a Mike And Molly joke. Yet once one gets over the youth behind it, the music Miii makes impresses all on its own, mostly whirring dance numbers reminiscent of a more caffeinated Cherryboy Function. Newest track “Funeninoru” starts off with some confrontational pitch-shifted synths but soon goes all haywire, undercut with what sounds like a cartoon skeleton playing xylophone on another skeleton’s spine. Whereas fellow young gun Madegg finds success by letting his electronic compositions float like lost astronauts, Mii embraces a catchy immediacy, highlighted by “Under The Weather’s” Legend Of Zelda gone club vibe (plus, is that the sound of ping-pong balls I hear? More on that in a sec). He’s capable of moodier moments – see the silence-rich “Forget” – but Mii is at his best when he’s zooming ahead.
The Madegg comparison doesn’t just come about because of similar date of births – these two both embrace the brain-expanding sound of Flying Lotus, but latch onto different elements of it. Madegg fancies the spacier stuff full of stranger percussion, like “Satellliiiiiteee,” while Mii goes for the more technicolor fare like “Kill Your Co-Workers.” Both chose a good point of inspiration and ran in different ways with it, both worthy of time. Listen to Mii below, or check out even more here.