Posted at 7:18 PM, 09 September 2009 -
Mini Viva were in Radio 1's Live Lounge this morning. Britt and Frankee performed their debut single "Left My Heart In Tokyo" and did a cover of Nneka's "Heartbeat" (via the Chase & Status remix). They were joined by Xenomania's house band JFK (Jason Resch - guitarist, Florrie Arnold - drummer, Kieran Jones - bassist).
Radio 1's website has videos, audio and pictures of Mini Viva's Live Lounge session. You can also watch the performances on YouTube: Left My Heart In Tokyo + Heartbeat.
Here's Mini Viva's brilliant version of Nneka's "Heartbeat":
"Left My Heart In Tokyo" was released this week. The midweek charts show that the single is sitting comfortably inside the top 10. Here are the newest reviews:
- Xenomania return to form by producing the new duo's debut. So instantly catchy, it's a marvel that Sugababes didn't do it four albums ago. 8/10 Planet Sound
- It’s a supercharged and sparkly affair with a simple chorus that enters your head (through your ears), sets up home and stubbornly refuses to leave, after the very first listen. Daily Star
- They are the most exciting artists Xenomania have worked with in a while. They’re totally different to everybody out there at the moment. (...) The whole package is so cool and clever. The girls are young and are part of the real young generation, not the middle youth most pop stars are trying to convince themselves they’re not a part of.
(...) The song itself is amazing and has so many little bits we love we’ve made a long list of them that’s pages long. The oriental touches and the bit three quarters of a way through when you think it’s finished and suddenly kicks in again is just pure Xenomanian genius. The Chemistry Is Dead
- Considering that it was written by Xenomania it's no great surprise that 'Left My Heart In Tokyo' is, well, great. In fact, Mini Viva's debut single is nothing short of pure pop gold. (...) It's the arms-in-the-air, handbags-in-the-middle backing that really swings it - weaving dashes of funky house with unabashed, out-and-out disco beats and even the odd Japanese sample, the hooks come thick and fast and the pace never droops for a second. As a taste of things to come from Mini Viva, it's delicious. Orange Music Store