Listening to the remixes and reworks released in the lead-up to Memorabilia (which involved the likes of Ohzora Kimishima, Cwondo and Tamaki Roy), you’d have been forgiven for assuming Minakekke’s second full-length would be stripped-back and wistful, a folky and contemplative work. And yet the actual release is much, much mightier and more direct. Aside from pace-breaker “Last Summer”, Memorabilia is driven by sharp dance beats, a rumbling, resounding low-end and vast, thick atmospheres. All the while, Minakekke’s vocals and synths are dramatic and forceful, actively searching out the anthemic – and, in thunderous and terrific style, often finding it.
Listen to “i/o” below.