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The Return, and Expansion, of Yoyo Pang! (MP3s)

Netlabels work on their own schedules. Take the one known as “yoyo pang!,” which back in 2006, 2007, and 2008 released individual songs as self-contained singles on a semi-regular basis. Then last year, just one, a morsel titled “Lupita” that appeared in October 2009 ( And then, a longer silence than ever, well over a full year — until last week, on December 8, when suddenly an entry popped up in the site’s RSS feed. (Side note to netlabel proprietors: If your site doesn’t have an RSS feed, you’re doing a serious, even egregious, disservice to the musicians who are recording music for you.) Not only was there a new YYP! release — this time by Mi-kuhmi and titled Suara Lucu — it contained not just one but three tracks. It’s a first, a proper EP from a formerly singles-only netlabel.

Each of the three tracks — “Cajaja de Música” (MP3), “Pixie Cup” (MP3), and “Intonarobore” (MP3) — have at that foundation a kind of glistening glitch, like so much tinsel fed through a battery-operated sampler.

[audio:|titles=”Cajaja de Música”|artists=Mi-kuhmi] [audio:|titles=”Pixie Cup”|artists=Mi-kuhmi] [audio:|titles=”Intonarobore”|artists=Mi-kuhmi]

“Cajaja de Música” sounds like a cyborg’s half-remembered sense of a childhood spent in a room of kid’s instruments, the notes broken and reorganized in a haphazard manner. The piece is touching and sweet, but also unnerving, with its frayed, unresolved melodies. “Pixie Cup,” which appears to be constructed at least in part with the sound of a paper cup, makes “Cajaja” sound downright poppy by comparison — it’s the same room of instruments, long after the kid cyborg have been moved to another facility, and nothing but the wind is left to rattle the old toys. “Intonarobore” mixes in vocal snippets that would scare an adult.

Home page for the Spain-based Mi-Kuhmi at

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. Alasdair
    [ Posted December 14, 2010, at 1:37 am ]

    Good point about the rss feed. Another note to this time to artists. Tag your mp3s well! I don’t mean genre or title correctly so it displays ok in an ipod or whatever, but contact details (website email etc). A surprising number even from netlabels have no contact details on. I present a (community) radio show, and as a consequence have thousands of tracks on my hard drive. Sometimes I don’t play something I have downloaded for weeks, and can’t remember where it came from. I would imagine this is even more so for record company or commercial radio. If I find a track I like but there are no contact details on it, my listeners don’t get to hear your details, that’s not so bad. If one of the big guys likes your stuff but there are no contact details on it, you may have missed the big chance you’ve been working so hard for to someone else who took 10 secs to add their details.

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