Tim and Puma Mimi are QUITE an interesting duo. Their glitchy, electro, pop, hip-hopish music is just about as positive, fun to dance to, and original as music gets these days. Today marks the day of their latest release The Stone Collection Of Tim & Puma Mimi. What really caught my eye about these two is the story behind all their music. Let me sum this up for you real quick…Listen while you read!
Hailing from Zurich, Switzerland, and Tokyo, Japan, Tim and Mimi started off as school mates at university in Utrecht, Netherlands, met at an old-school santa party, went on a three week music making binge, said a sad goodbye due to Mimi having to return to Japan, released four tracks onto the ever so intricately woven world wide web, which then made their way into ears in every part of the earth. From here they continued to shock the followers they already had, and pick up new ones with ease through playing a live show together through…skype? Yes. Skype concerts. Mimi would sing live in her kitchen over a webcam and Tim would have a party set up somewhere in the Europe. People loved it…and so this was their most familiar and recognized form of musical connection for three whole years. Now…Here is the best part of the story! In 2011, after 8 years of having known each other, they got married, and are now are releasing their latest full length album, in the year of the dragon, through Mouthwatering Records, an independent record label from Bern, Switzerland. SO much work has gone into this album, years of sweat and smiles, practice, and….web cams. Below is a list of all the tracks and the source of inspiration for each song. Enjoy!
1. Acchi Kocchi
Our friends, Tokyo based band YMCK, inspired us to produce this song. They developed a plug-in (free to download
on the net), producing 8-bit sounds. However, the hi-hat is still Mimi’s “tch”.
Inspired by Mimi’s small flat in Shinagawa, Tokyo. 1DK = One Dining Kitchen Apartment
3. Ohayo Baby
Dedicated to Tamaki Takanaga, the newly born Baby of their best friends in Tokyo. For her birthday, they built a little
monster puppet with an mp3-player in it.
4. High 5 Low 5
Inspired by the mood of Tim and Mimi, up and down. Tibetan bells and a wooden flute from Tim’s grandfather.
Inspired by Pastor Leumund’s instruments in Berlin, an old piano and a keyboard that makes funky beats.
Töbi Tobler: Hackbrett (dulcimer). Tim’s first record he got from his parents was “Töbi Tobler”. He loved it! 25 years
later he asked Töbi, whether he can record him.
Text is inspired by Hans Arp and heavy summer rain.
Töbi Tobler: Hackbrett (dulcimer), Tim: Flute
8. Belleville Rendez-Vous
Cover song from the crazy animation movie: “Triplettes de Belleville”.
Inspired by the Tokyo train ring tone. Each subway station in Tokio has its own melody, ringing each time, when a
train enters or leaves the station.
10. Green Blood Circulation
Inspired by the Tokyo train ring tone
Song of the electronic cucumber. (Yes the electronic sounds comes from the cucumber!)
Watch Cucumber performance here: http://youtu.be/-yKnoKfX6x0
12. Musik Business feat. Zebra Baby
Inspired by IFPI Switzerland (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry).
Currently there are investigations running, on whether the IFPI has adulterated the Swiss charts. As guest rapper
on this track: Zebra Baby (Char Johnson + Ali Ramos) from New York.
Inspired by the traffic light ring tone in Kyoto. It’s an old Japanese folk song, that is played when the traffic light
changes to green. It’s about crossing borders.Mimi sings the song with a Casio VL-1
Also, Don’t miss this epic music video for their song High 5 Low 5!