Noisy beats that scamper round annoying breakcore, techno and IDM by not being consistently any of the above. It was a bit difficult to warm to “Press Play + Record” because it’s just beats. I’ve never been a fan of listening to pure beats because it’s not really music. It’s like having all the words of a book jumbled together with no punctuation. I will give Mima Kojima credit though because they put their beats through their paces and I was quite interested when they turned the first tune into a helicopter after going a bit gabber. On the downside I found some of their choices of sample a bit clumsy…more finesse required.
“10 and 2” is a similar affair, starting out as IDM then transforming into some banging techno with a little bass wobble here and a beep there to give it some form, and by the end you can imagine a dance floor full of people waving glowsticks about and having it large. The standout track on this EP is “They Tore Down Our Disco And Built A Car Park” which takes the banging precedent of “10 and 2” and runs with it, adding IDM touches and melodic marimba flourishes and electronic squeaks until it has something like a melody, before bringing the whole thing crashing down in an industrial techno squall. “Independent Thought Alarm” is kind of forgettable but “Paradox” has something to say, with a lilting piano refrain that gets pitch shifted to destruction before giving way to some harsh nu-rave breakbeat that would have benefited from a little more refinement of sound (the snare drives me mad and the piano is a bit crude) but is admirably snotty.