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Vitamin D and a band called Mimik Banka

Reuben Raj

Mimik Banka was originally a four-person band active in Beijing but due to the COVID-19 outbreak, they temporarily became active in a loft in Düsseldorf. Several overseas members of Mimik Banka had left Beijing for the Spring Festival and never expected to go back because of the pandemic. Therefore, the lead singer Si Yu and the producers who were stuck in Germany made this EP which is very different from the style of their previous works.

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Mimik Banka

This EP is called Vitamin D because when they wrote these four songs, they lived together like everyone else for too long, suffering from vitamin D deficiency, weak body and soft bones, but could not leave the safe and warm small loft. As if astronauts are in the universe, spaceships and spacesuits block the danger for them as well as the sunlight they need.

In Vitamin D, everything else is "false" except for the vocals and bass during the recording process. This gives the expression bank a very different sense of hearing. The band became more proficient at precise control of harmony and timbre, but they now had a more retro-futuristic and sharp edge.

Although the band had a lack of vitamin D, they did not lack time. The four songs in the EP "Alien Beta", "In the Shadow", "Caveman 2020" and "Om" show music notes that are carefully polished, every detail that became reasons for existence.

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Mimik Banka said that this EP is their own "2020 Spacewalk Blackstone". It can only be born in this time and space, and only in such a special time and space can they so intensively navigate the intracranial universe.

Si Yu and Tongtong not only arranged, recorded and mixed the masters themselves but also began to set foot in the visual field. For the first time, they tried to design their own covers and make videos, learning new Wumao special effects.

 

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Released: 30 May 2020

Written By: Reuben Raj Reuben is a film and digital photographer who is driven by music in his head. Often seen lurking behind a camera inside the pit of a concert or wandering the streets of China with a blond, Reuben harbours intimate feelings for vinyl records and his Hasselblad SW/C from 1965. He is also the founder of Radio 13.