December 11, 2006
2007: The Year Of Mika?
I am fashionably late to Mika's party: I like to see how the feathers fall. Paulie Z and Arjan, among others, have been (operatically) singing Mika's praises for quite some time, but I was too busy frothing over ma belle Charlotte Gainsbourg to join this caravan. Now I'm on board and, ummm, honking the horn.
Things to know: Mika (meeka) is 22 and skinny, Lebanaese/ Parisian/ British, musically post Scisstors/ Rufus W/ Freddie Mercury. The voice is rubberband elastic and multi-octave. He is pop with elements of glam rock, disco, and - clearly, if ironically - Jesus Christ Superstar. There is a 70's thing going on here, but I would not, as some have, liken Mika to [shudder] Leo Sayer. That's just a moptop hair thing...Mika and XO share that hairstyle.
Mika's EP Dodgy Holiday is out now on 7 Digital and iTunes UK and the debut album Life in Cartoon Motion hits on Feb. 5. A kicky new single called Grace Kelly is out on Jan. 29; it sounds like a lost hit by the fictional Brian Slade / Maxwell Demon from Velvet Goldmine. [See that movie? No? Take a peek.] Regardless, here and now is a free download of my fave...
Mika Relax, Take it Easy
Also watch Mika perform an acoustic version of Grace Kelly on Jools Holland - this is really good.
You can still download the Love Today at Arjanwrites. That track honestly sounds like a duet between Jake Shears and Miss Piggy. I want to hear the full-length version Lollipop which sounds like 70's classic Mr. Big Stuff. Hear that snippet and more playing on Mika's website.
XO's Prayer Coda: Dear Lord, I only want to say please let Mika's career live. Just because I enjoy him does not mean he cannot be successful, right, O Wise One? Yes? Yessss, everything's alright now, everything's fine.