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Mildlife

Live From South Channel Island

    Since oozing onto the scene, Mildlife’s mellifluous mix of jazz, krautrock and demon grooves has fast become a word of mouth sensation among open-minded DJs and diggers searching for the perfect beat. Their emergence was fortified by European tours, demonstrating a riotously looselimbed performance approach that was every bit as thrilling as their album’s tantalizing promise. By the end of their breakout year, they’d been nominees for Best Album at the Worldwide FM Awards (Worldwide’s Gilles Peterson was a notable champion), won Best Electronic Act at The Music Victoria Awards back home in Melbourne, and were officially anointed by DJ Harvey who included ‘The Magnificent Moon’ on his Pikes compilation Mercury Rising Vol II.

    2020’s follow-up album Automatic saw the band elevate with more disciplined, directional and arguably more danceable synergy. With tightly structured arrangements making way for melodic improvisation and ethereal vocals, Mildlife effortlessly glid between live performance and studio songwriting like Kraftwerk and Herbie Hancock quarantined in Bob Moog’s Trumansburg workshop. Debuting Top 10 on the Australian charts, Automatic snared a converted ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album.

    In early 2021, unable to play shows due to the pandemic, Mildlife travelled by boat to a long abandoned 19th century island fort to perform for fairy penguins and abalone poachers. The result is Live from South Channel Island, a 70 minute motion picture and live album where the band masterfully recreate the magic of their live shows, framed by the gorgeous Port Phillip Bay.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: It's really hard to ignore the similarities here to Pink Floyd's 'Live In Pompeii' (looking at the comments on bandcamp too, it's not just me), but Mildlife's brand of hazy psychedelic jazz veers away from Pink Floyd as much as it veers towards. Laid-back grooves and saturated, swooning synths all brought together with those syrupy vocals. Stupidly brilliant, visually and audibly.

    TRACK LISTING

    A
    1 Rare Air (Live From South Channel Island)
    2 Vapour (Live From South Channel Island)
    B
    1 Im Blau (Live From South Channel Island)
    2 Citations (Live From South Channel Island)
    C
    1 The Magnificent Moon (Live From South Channel Island)
    2 Zwango Zop (Live From South Channel Island)
    D
    1 Automatic (Live From South Channel Island)
    2 Air (Live From South Channel Island)

    Following the success of 'Phase', Research brings you an all-star cast delivering remixes of their pick from Mildlife's debut album released early 2018.

    Research welcomes Tornado Wallace to give us his take on 'The Magnificent Moon'. The Berlin based master producer who recently released his debut LP, Lonely Planet (Running Back) is no stranger to the remix game. With releases on the likes of ESP Institute, Beats in Space and Music From Memory's sister label, Second Circle Wallace is a "force to be reckoned with".

    Joining Wallace on the A side is Melbourne's own, label-bosses, beat makers and party starters, Sleep D. Since 2013 the pair have been responsible for the Butter Sessions imprint, which is considered "one of Australia's essential dance music labels". Here the pair put their signature dubbed out sound on 'Im Blau'.

    Finally on the flipside Swedish disco-house rockers Mount Liberation Unlimited turn 'The Gloves Don't Bite' on its head with an extended 12-minute take. A re-imagined bass line mixed with quirky Swedish vocals, and their signature drum freak-outs makes for a memorable ending to this diverse EP.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. The Magnificent Moon (Tornado Wallace Remix)
    2. Im Blau (Sleep D Remix)
    3. The Gloves Don't Bite (Mount Liberation Unlimited's Re-edit For The Dancefloor)

    With current album ‘Automatic’, Mildlife have made a step-change from their debut. It’s more disciplined, directional and more danceable. As on ‘Phase’, they are unafraid to let a track luxuriate in length without ever succumbing to self-indulgence. The arrangements, tightly structured thanks to Tom Shanahan (bass) and Jim Rindfleish’s fatback drumming, permit space for the others to add spice to the stew, topped off with Kevin McDowell’s ethereal vocals as Mildlife effortlessly glide between live performance and studio songwriting.

    The two remixers tackling ‘Automatic’ track ‘Vapour’ here need little introduction. JD Twitch, one half of Glasgow’s Optimo Espacio and discerning curator of all things Caledonian and beyond, takes the reins for remix two, adding some clattering post-punk energy to the rhythm, turning ‘Vapour’ into something approaching a take-no-prisoners anthem.

    Cosmodelica is the remix handle for Colleen Murphy (aka DJ Cosmo), the hostess of the hugely popular Classic Album Sundays series. She is fresh off the back of a superb Róisín Murphy reworking and her offering here is simultaneously faithful to the original while lending it some serious dancefloor power.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Scottish and Boston / NY royalty rub shoulders remixing the hyped-ta-fuck Mildlife with some incredibly pleasing results! Nice to see a 12" pressing of the "Vapour" track included too - absolute winner!

    TRACK LISTING

    Vapour
    Vapour (A JD Twitch Remix)
    Vapour (Cosmodelica Remix)
    Vapour (Cosmodelica Instrumental)


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