In honour of the Peterhouse May Ball, (one of the infamous Cambridge Uni balls) Cam FM and Under The Music Tree have teamed up to give the new Moho Mynoki EP, Orange Book, a spin. I took up the honours of reviewing it and with no idea of what I had in store, I sat back and listened. I was greeted by first track “Limited World”. The tune draws comparisons with Hot Chip and Metronomy, but female fronted and with a slight dub-steppy vibe. “Continental Patio” feels quite House with an alternative feel and harmonised vocals, it becomes a so very danceable singalong song!
Getting steadily more electronic as the EP progresses “Playabout” makes use of a funky synthesised bass line and flirtatious vocals. Using classic dance production techniques, it re-enforces the image in my mind of Moho Mynoki rocking it in a club, or maybe even a ball! By the end of the song I can’t help but feel that they’ll have to do very well to top this song, as the melody is already engrained into my head, in a good way of course though.
“Guyfriend” starts off a lot more chilled out than the rest of the EP has proven to be so far, all the synths have a much more down tempo feel and the song focuses a lot more the lyrics and melody of the vocal line. Which shows the band can clearly tell a story and that they have talents beyond just making computers bleep.
The EP ends on my least favourite track, but by no means a bad song, “Beginnings”. My only issue is that it follows too many of the genre’s clichés however, it’s not executed badly so it’s not too much of a problem. It just feels like a little bit of a filler track and doesn’t live up to the rest of the EP’s standards.
Overall a funky, danceable, melodic, glitchy EP. Check it out now.
Review by Matt Cooke.