Review: Californian human beatbox Dave Aju is at it again, following up his debut last year for Japan's Mule Musiq. Much like the material on the "TXLAX" LP (which explored his move back to Los Angeles from Berlin) the material on "Ciao Sun" is another serving of Aju's idiosyncratic sound: tongue-in-cheek, wacky and off-kilter minimal house with a fine attention to detail. You can hear his newfound enthusiasm for "La La Land" on here: the A side is brimming with sweltering carnival vibes with Latin house epic "Go!", while on the flipside features the lo-slung afterhours psychedelia of "Glendale Blvd Boogie" and the dusty, hip-hop inspired broken beats of the title track.
Review: London-based producer Laurence Guy returns to Japanese label Mule Musiq to follow up last year's wonderful "All I See Is Her" EP. More sublime and dreamy mood music of the deeper persuasion featured here, from the skippy/looped-up melancholia of glassy-eyed epic "Why Do Cowboys Never Die In The East?" (13 minutes of pure bliss if we've ever heard one) to quality B side offerings: the UK-style jazzy broken beat of "The One Where I Like The Vocals" and EP highlight "Dissociation In The Car Park At Sainsbury's" - the humorous name covers up an entirely sombre and introspective affair, where woozy and meandering chords support brittle and dusty rhythms - just grasping for a small moment of hope.
Review: As part of their 15th anniversary celebrations, Japanese label Mule Musiq has asked some of their most valued artists to conjure up fresh releases. For his contribution, long-term label artist Kuniyuki Takahashi has decided to combine nods to his 2017 album "Newwave Project" - a set informed by his musical roots - and the attractive deep house with which he made his name. A-side "Middle Eye" offers the best of both worlds, with bold and cultured synthesizer motifs, dreamy chords and disco style string stabs rising above heavy, cowbell-driven beats and warm bass. "Black" is a bustling, sample-heavy cut-up informed by electro and Yellow Magic Orchestra, while "Newwave Project 7 (Edit Version)" is a trippy and hypnotic rework of one of the standout cuts from the producer's 2017 full length.
Review: On his first ever Mule Musiq release. Swiss-Chilean minimal maestro Luciano delivers some meditative journey music, full of repetitive patterns geared for stimulating the subconscious and designed to bring you to a higher level of energy and creativity. The Cadenza chief and Ushuaia resident claims a love of music with a dimension beyond the mainstream, and that sure is evident on this EP - featuring four sublime versions of the fittingly titled "Luci Neu House". Part 1 and 2 on the A side respectively are deep and hypnotic rollers which are perfect for those solitary moments on the dancefloor. On the flip, it's all about the life-affirming deepness of Part 4, which sure nails that summertime vibe with its soulful vocals.