Diminutive Korean singer Mayda Miller has been around the Twin Cities scene for awhile now so hopefully I can be forgiven for joining the party late. I only recently discovered the hip hop influenced vocalist’s dance/urban music (not to mention her rumored acoustic stuff which I haven’t heard at all yet). The single “Focus” seems like a pretty good place to start – it’s a breakneck mix of drum machine beats and gritty piano/synths, with Mayda’s pristine vocals navigating expertly between her harmonies and more spoken word style lyrics. I’m not really feeling the club jamz style police siren with the “turn it up!” shout out at the end (seems a little cliche) but it does little to take away from the song as a whole.
Mayda will be performing at this year’s Voltage Fashion event next Friday at First Ave, so be sure to catch her there if you can. Yeah, and all the clothes and whatever too.
— Jon Behm