Back in September, Mija furthered her foray into underground sounds with the Just Enough EP. Spanning just two tracks, the enigmatic DJ/producer explored a techno-leaning style, fitted with subdued, spoken-word performances. Now, Mija has unveiled a psychedelic new video for the project’s standout track “Dead Flowers & Cigarettes.”
Directed by her photographer and best friend, Ryan Farber, the video sees Mija giving an enchanting onstage, oral performance of the track. With a hazy red light engulfing the small performance space, Mija connects with her audience, inciting volatile reactions on her poetic behalf. While glitches and overlays add a mind-bending touch to the visual, Mija’s daring on-stage persona lives up to the multifarious artistic aesthetic she embodies offstage.
The only thing consistent about Mija‘s sound is the constant drive to surprise. Although an enduring force in the dance music world, the artist has earned fans through eclectic releases across the electronic spectrum. Channeling 80s synth kitsch on releases like 2017’s “never b alone” one minute, and dishing Björk vibes on “Notice Me” the next is all in a day’s work for the Phoenix export. Despite releases on labels like OWSLA and Fool’s Gold, Mija’s independent status has allowed for complete creative control over her sound – which she’s appropriately described as “fk a genre.”
That limitless artistic vision is apparent from the jump on a smokey new two track release, Just Enough. Noir aesthetics pour on early in “I Hope To Cure Myself of You,” with a slinky bass line carrying the track through a maze of foley and spoken word samples. “Dead Flowers and Cigarettes” continues the story by trading in the previous track’s drum and bass breakdowns for dark house stylings, ending with a slowed up jazzy breakdown. The EP further solidifies Mija’s consistent sonic reinvention as a refreshing force in the electronic music world.
HARD Summer 2018 has come and gone — the festival’s first year without founder of the HARD brand Gary Richards (a.k.a. Destructo) at the helm — and all seemed to go as planned. Recruiting some of today’s top talent in house, future bass, dubstep, and hip-hop, the weekend featured some powerhouse back-to-back sets from Dillon Francis & Diplo, Zeds Dead & Jauz, and A-Trak & Baauer. Travis Scott celebrated the release of his new album, Astroworld, and Mija dropped another set that completely embodies her “Fk A Genre” mantra.
With more sets from Marshmello, Ghastly, Louis the Child, and others, this weekend marked the beginning of a new chapter for the HARD organization. Check out some of the top sets of the weekend below.
In early April, CHVRCHES unveiled a sensational single called “Miracle.” Here, a few months later, versatile producer Mija has taken on the track, flipping it into a dreamy techno wonderland.
Instead of diving headfirst into the original’s dramatic chorus, Mija launches into a slick breakdown. Highlighted by a playful melody, her interpretation of “Miracle” toys with lead singer Lauren Mayberry’s vocals. Mija chops them up in an off-kilter fashion, creating an unstable environment before merging back into a glossy, smoothed-out interlude. Over the course of the remix’s four and a half minutes, Mija leads her listeners from a dark warehouse to a light-filled lounge, allowing them to imagine “Miracle” as an entirely different animal.
Her “Miracle” remix follows May’s self-released drum & bass original called “Talk” and a seven-track EP released earlier this year. The “Miracle” remix package also includes reworks by Manila Killa, IHF, and The Juan Maclean. It’s out Friday, July 27 via Glassnote Records.
Firm advocate of the LGBTQ community, the ever-so-colorful Mija, with the help of Icona Pop and VÉRITÉ, has delivered a brand new remix of Ella Vos’s “You Don’t Know About Me,” in honor of Pride Month. Dubbed “The ACLU Remix,” Mija has pledged to donate the entirety of the profits to the nonprofit American Civil Liberties Union.
Originally released on Vos’ 2017 Words I Never Said album, the track’s lyrics exquisitely convey the change and acceptance-oriented message that is so central to the LGBTQ community at large: “This is my body, this is my war / We can’t wait ‘till you come around.”
Indiana native Corey Baker, better known as the multi-instrumentalist and producer extraordinaire Kill Paris, is back with his all encompassing chill soundscapes in the form of a whimsical remix for Mija.
In his rendition of ‘Falling ApART (again),” Kill Paris keep the track minimal but pitches up the vocal and strategically places it, driving the energy into all the right cracks and corners. He builds more and more with crisp claps and a strumming bassline that perfectly blend into a drop infused with his signature style, that seems to only get better with time.
With so much music in the arsenal and yet another killer remix, Kill Paris plans on releasing his Sophmore album at the end of the summer…so stay tuned.
Two esteemed members of the Dirtybird clan and known cohorts, Mija and Billy Kenny, have joined forces for “Afterparty Planet,” an intergalactic house expedition, this time through This Ain’t Bristol. The track serves as one fifth of Kenny’s Billy Kenny & Friends 2 compilation album, featuring a number of zany collaborations with the likes of Weiss, Bot, Wongo, and Anime Edge.
The vastly nuanced track features a number of eccentric tidbits, including whirling, siren-like synths and ricocheting samples, to complement a steadily bouncing beat. Following suit with nearly all of her other works, Mija lends the track her own alien-channeling vocal sample, that is equal parts outlandish and adorable.
To coincide with her EDC Las Vegas performance, Mija has released her first single, “Talk,” since her exploratory HOW TO MEASURE THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOVERS EP, released early 2018.
Mija’s music is invariably fluid–hence her “fk a genre” mantra. Her budding discography has already touched on styles ranging from pummeling bass house, with her 2015 OWSLA debut with Ghastly, “Crank It,” to the tender synth-pop from her recent EP. An adept visual artist, singer, songwriter, DJ, and producer, Mija offers her unapologetic, unequivocal strangeness to a slew of mediums.
In a similar vein to her April remix of Alice Glass‘ “Without Love,” though vastly more chaotic, Mija’s “Talk” delves deep into the intoxicating disarray of drum & bass. Unfettered by convention, “Talk” is brimming with jazzy bass displays and dissonant synth layering. The track’s turbulent tone is elevated by both its fluttering percussion and a monologue Mija herself provided, within which she questions the precarious, cyclical nature of reality.
With the first day of EDC Las Vegas in the rearview, Dancing Astronaut looks forward to its other two days of music from some of the most forward-thinking acts in the industry. Luckily, for those that couldn’t catch the vibes under the electric sky, EDC Las Vegas will be live streaming the entire weekend. This year, Insomniac’s launched its brand-new Insomniac Channel with a partnership with Live X Live.
Though before we move on, it’s only right to review the best of the best from 2018’s first day. Thanks to Mixcloud user “Buzz Lightyear,” listeners can hear sets from Diplo, Kaskade, Slushii, Mija, and more.