When Tobias Vethake and Jan Hupe started Mini Pops Junior almost ten years ago, the 60s drum machine with the same name was the anchor in a sea full of psychedelic jazz cascades and noisy soundscapes.
With their third studio album „KOMA“ the duo created a work that isn‘t easy to locate within the present field of musical genres. Both describe their idiosyncratic style – which is based on extended improvisations – as Jazz Drone and Kraut Step.
“Rather than trying to keep up with the platitudes, we prefer to go into retreat and are not afraid of any musical excursion or style. It is all about immersion, minimalism and getting closer to the core of things. And we do this with the help of improvisation. A spiritual music for atheists.”
To record these hypnotic soundtracks and soundsculptures MINI POPS JUNIOR chose the seclusion of an abandoned, Catalan lighthouse at the eastern edge of the Iberian Peninsula.
Two tracks on „KOMA“ (“A 03 ravine“, „B03 shifted mind“) were recorded completely live in a 60 meter tunnel under a go-kart track in the Berlin district Neukölln.
Comparisons to David Lynch and John Carpenter as well as to Bohren and the Club of Gore and Peter Brötzmann are not beside the point. MINI POPS JUNIOR take the uncontrollable beauty of improvisation to go sleepwalking with the ghost of pop music.
Mini Pops Junior are supported by Gregor Schwellenbach (live) and Kiki Bohemia (dj).
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Mini Pops Junior at Roter Salon / Sunday, 18.01.2015
Sunday, 18th January 2015 | 21:00 CET
Roter Salon in der Volksbühne | Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz | 10178 Berlin/Mitte