¡Mayday! “Technology” (2009)


From the June 22, 2009 issue of The Miami Herald (web / print)

¡Mayday! has changed quite a bit since the then-duo released its self-titled debut album in 2006. Three years later, the Miami-based hip-hop band has been flooding fans digitally with singles and EPs, of which the latest is the appropriately titled Technology, available on iTunes Tuesday.

Much like the group’s last EP, February’s Valentine’s Day-themed The Thinnest Line, Technology often touches upon the complexity of relationships, but takes it a notch further with an overarching theme of loneliness set to a dystopian and mechanical musical bedrock.

No song better embodies those themes than the title track. Over layers of spacey synths provided by the band’s producer and keyboardist, Plex Luthor, rapper (and surprisingly, singer) Wrekonize croons “Even with all of this technology, my friends they find it hard to talk to me,” while ¡Mayday!’s original MC, Bernbiz, raps about losing himself in an overly digitized world. The eerie song is reminiscent of Outkast’s Stankonia phase.

The themes continue on “Red Carpet Affair,” which, with it’s pounding electric piano chords, is the spiritual successor (no pun intended) of the band’s 2006 song “Chasing Ghosts.” “We walk this lonely road, but some would call it a red carpet affair,” the song says, before furious cuts and scratches take over, courtesy of Gianni Cash, the group’s percussionist and sometime DJ (and now second keyboardist in concert after the departure of bassist Primo).

Musically, some of the most compelling moments on Technology recreate what makes ¡Mayday! a great live band: The final minute-and-a-half of “Crossroads & Avenues” features a furiously paced scatting session, while “Junkyard Dog” has a fiery percussion breakdown.

Technology leaves something to be desired — namely, more songs. With only six songs, the EP is just further demonstrating the band’s need to release another full length album.

Read my review of ¡Mayday!’s album release performance at the Miami Herald’s music blog.

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5 thoughts on “¡Mayday! “Technology” (2009)

  1. John Secada says:

    These hoodlums don’t represent real Miami music like back in the day when me and Gloria were doing it. And what kind of a name is Mayday? Sounds vaguely communist. By the way, you can watch some of my upcoming performances at the Flagler Dog Track on June 28 and Albertico’s 50’s birthday party in the Hialeah Executive Ballroom on July 1st.

  2. SuzyQ says:

    LOL! Look at John all bitter at his irrelevance. God I hope thats an imposter cuz thats what Miami was… now its this: welcome to the future. I was at this show and it was the best show I’ve seen in Miami in over 3 years, Mayday! (dont think it has any communist meaning) killed it! Just wish it wasn’t so hot! Now go perform at your fabulous 50’s b-day bash in the executive ballroom and leave the bars and clubs to “the hoodlums.” Ahahaha.

  3. Gloria says:

    Dimelo canTANdo Johnny! Estos “Mayday” no se pueden comparar con el Miami Sound Maching!!!!

    O EH O EH! (o eh o eh)

    PAHM PAH- PA-PA-DA!!!!

  4. Gaby says:

    I can’t believe you got all that from what we saw. You really are a talented writer. Keep it up, kid!

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