Much like the cocktail of the same name, MiMOSA's take on dubstep and glitch-hop is refreshing and pretty chill. The California-based producer mixes sparkling melodies and harmonies with snappy beats and sinuous bass lines on this mini-LP. It's a concoction that's as engaging in your headphones at home as I imagine it'd be while busting a move on the dance floor.
"When Will We Learn" demonstrates MiMOSA's ear for heart-tugging minor-key melodies and slick grooves, mixing a spliced piano sample with arpeggiated synth notes and a big, beefy bass line. Later on, "Pushing Little Daisies" kicks things into a full-on dance party, with a dubstep beat riding a seriously badass bass line that, because of rapid changes in pitch, sounds like a robot going nuts. Things turn slightly lackluster on the title track and "No More Messing About," which feature synth leads that come across as a little too corny for my tastes. Thankfully, though, both songs are saved by grimy bass tones that make them palatable.
A delicate balance between grittiness and prettiness lies at the heart of Silver Lining, and helps make MiMOSA go down easy.
MiMOSA plays the Top Hat Tuesday, October 5, at 10 PM with MartyParty, DurTy HarRy and Enzymes. $15/$13 advance at Ear Candy and Rockin Rudy's.