With all the music talk on this blog lately on Kollaboration, you would think that the only music to come from an Asian looking face is based out of Los Angeles. But pop music blog ArjanWrites.com recently featured a post (with a free MP3 download!) of singer-songwriter and Korean adoptee Mayda, and I won’t lie; sometimes I want to hear a different sound that isn’t a R&B cover or a sweet little acoustic guitar ballad. And without a doubt, this is a different sound. (Mayda is from St. Paul, Minnesota, and you can hear the funk influences on her tracks, as subtle as they are. “Minneapolis Funk” doesn’t have its own last.fm tag for nothing.)
Her MySpace page gives a good idea of her music and her album The Stereotype EP is available via iTunes, but the best way to describe her song H.L.L.R — available for download here — is “a soulful voice that kinda sounds like Robyn but not really with an acoustic guitar some kinda electronic drum track that’s hard to explain but hella good.” But then again, that’s why I have a day job and am not writing for Billboard Magazine.