Review: Coming off the back of two albums for Japan's Mule Musiq, Petre Inspirescu drops a new single for the imprint, taking his iconic brand of dancefloor minimalism to a wider, perhaps less tech-savvy audience. That's not to say that Mule isn't a home to some of the most exciting electronic beats around, but Inspirescu's style takes the catalogue onto a much darker path. "Murgulll" is headstrong and groove-heavy, coming through with an interlocked cocktail of sounds that mould to create an endless atmosphere of euphoric doom; "Cumva" is the dubbier of the two, launching a deep-minded bass missile that morphs into something more improvisational and more akin to the previous material that has graced this sublime label.
Review: Gilles Smith and James Priestley seem to be devoting far more of their time to music production. This excellent outing on Mule Musiq is their second single of 2018 following a solid debut on Phonica Records earlier in the year. In its' A-side "House Pass" form, "Cyber" is a deliciously saucer-eyed and loved-up affair where dizzyingly positive synthesizer motifs wrap themselves around a chunky bassline and bouncy, No Smoke style drums. Over on side B, Smith and Priestley offer up two alternative interpretations: the trippy, techno-tinged early morning psychedelic hypnotism of the "Cosmic Slide" version, and the beat-less bliss of the "Ambient Sax Version", which further explores the track's Italian dream house influences.
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: 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: It's that time of year again. 12 months on from his last album-length outing as FP-Oner, Fred P once again dons the alias for 7, a third numerically titled set in as many years. As usual, the music is rarely less than immaculate, with the imaginative and talented producer showcasing most sides of his musical personality. Highlights come thick and fast, from the yearning, soft focus melodiousness of quietly jazzy deep house opener "Smiles" and shimmering Motor City techno futurism of "Travelling Zones", to the blissful house minimalism of "Simple Things" and acid-flecked late night hypnotism of closer "Arigato". Superior electronic club music composed by a master: what more do you need?
Review: Back in 2015, Petre Inspirescu popped up on Mule Musiq with Vin Pholie, an album considered a significant departure from his previous work. While he made his name with club-ready, heavily textured takes on tech-house and minimal techno, Vin Pholie saw him work with piano, strings and woodwind instruments for the first time, resulting in a set that sat somewhere between ambient and neo-classical. Vintul Prin Salcii, his belated follow-up, explores similar sonic territory, adding in vintage synthesizers and occasional nods to dub techno - see the becalmed pulse of "Miroslav 3" - to slightly broaden the approach. The result is a melodious sequence of musical movements that also doffs a sly wink to krautrock synthesizer pioneers as well as classical composers, American minimalists and ambient legends.
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.