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Yoyogi Park Remixed

    After an excellent new album “Yoyogi Park”,our favorite German producers made great remix package.

    one of the most respectable label giegling artist kettenkraussell made two version.one is dark deep house and one more is electronica style which reminds us jan janelik.
    our hero roman flugel remix is more uplifting and trippy,this is simply nice for the club.
    lake people remix is old school electro style but sounds very modern and playful.
    enjoy!


    Lake People hail from Leipzig, Germany and have been crafting a very special kind of house music since about 2011. A varied but high caliber of labels have previously displayed their sonic wares, with Mule Musiq and Permanent Vacation giving the group the most exposure and releasing 2017's "Phase Transition" and 2015's "Purposely Uncertain Field" respectively.

    Back on Japan's Mule and with their only new record of the year, "Vivacity" cruises in on smooth gliding synth drones with the 808's conga, woodblock and handclaps working frenetically. The kind of track you might catch Fort Romeo or Daniel Avery utilizing to deadly effect. "You Make It Look Easy" follows suit with a typical Juno bass, celestial keys twinkling overhead while super emosh strings paint a rich and redolent tapestry; nodding to Mr. Fingers and Chi-town in general without being too pastiche.

    Side B sees triplet acid patterns ride a stuttered drum beat, sounding something like a C2 remix of Henrik Schwarz! The perfect soundtrack to a Salford sunrise over the White Hotel.... Finally, "It's World Is One We Seldom Visit" tunes into more intergalactic frequencies, Martian melodies colliding with Red Shift strings and a thoroughly space-age lead synth as we ascend into our nearest star cluster. 


    UK dance culture veterans James Priestley & Giles Smith epitomize the hedonism still found in modern house and techno music. Through their carefully curated and brilliantly realized parties and an impeccably programmed record label, combined with marathon DJ sets that fast become the stuff of legend, the pair symbolize all that is good about electronic music in this age.

    Their debut release for Mule Musiq and as such an exciting prospect indeed; the Japanese label reflecting much of the duo's energy and ethos on the other edge of the globe.

    "Cyber (House Pass)" is unfathomably sublime. A deep, driving, smooth house groove locking us into its spell for the first 3 or 4 minutes until a velvet rich string section bursts into life and injects new vitality into this electronic house masterpiece. Meanwhile "Cyber (Cosmic Slide)" introduces side B with an equally hypnotic jam, low tuned floor toms and gentle perc fluttering with indecipherable vox and trailing arps. Both tracks show how effortless good house music should sound; natural, flowing grooves that take no work to get lost in - truly excellent stuff here from two master craftsmen. Oh, yeah, and there's a nice ambient closer in to drift off into before the disc finishes....Perfect stuff here folks don't miss out.


    The debut release of Derman producer YouANDme on the ever present Mule Musiq. "Belong" is deeeep house, almost proggy it takes that long to unfurl! We're not complaining though, as the delectable combination of electronic beats, and tentative looping melodies mixes with Black Soda's introspective and coaxing vocal passage. To me, it sounds like classic, 'Yoshiesque"-era Deep Dish - perfect for filling aircraft hangers and big industrial spaces with a tense yet beautiful atmosphere. "Unbound" is equally at home late night, in a big dance space with the accompaniment of strafing lasers and the odd pyrotechnic. Moody and minimal but big room ta fuck. Finally, we get a bonus dub of "Belong" which, although it doesn't switch things up too much, has me grasping at Art Alfie and No Fit State - long, drawn out and teasing, no milking the very last remnants of energy from the floor. Three tracks for the longer sessions... top stuff.

    Alongside a pair of Studio Mule outings this week, the long running Japanese label have hooked us up with a little Deutsche deepness on their main label. Their second offering for Mule hosts two hypnotic dancefloor weapons, tailor made for heads down dancers, sensory augmentation and big rigs. On the A-side, "Alya" splits the difference between the organic and synthetic with ease, incorporating accoustic guitar and nuanced percussion alongside astral synth riffs, twisted sound design and a system rinsing bottom end. Heady stuff for the psychedelic house set. B-side bomb "The Great Attractor" is a more traditional mover, tinged with minimal artefacts, hypnotic vamps and a rib rattling 4/4. Electronic gerbils add their own audio oddness while the techy stabs and big room breakdown take us back to the glory days of the Tribal Sessions.



    Debut release on Mule Musiq by Italian DJ & producer Toto Chiavetta who's previously graced MCR's Something In The Water label (ran by Irfan Rainy and Yoruba.

    The EP begins with the floor-killing, tropical tek-house of “Higher Than A Bird”. Decorated wonderfully with synth-mallets and a plethora of biotic fx it's one of those festival-friendly bangers that'll have hordes of peoplle gyrating manically to its futuristic buzz.

    Over on B-side,“Magnus” is a pitch black, lazer guided, late night excerise in modern tribalism while "First Day Without Her" is more dark techno for the big rooms with some lush musical embellishments. Mega this!




    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: First two tracks are fair to good (IMO), but it's that last track, "First Day Without Her" that I'll be reaching to every time to melt people's faces off.

    Wareika

    Water, Sky, Sun, Wood

    Wareika return to Tokyo's Mule Musiq. Florian Schirmacher, Henrik Raabe and Jakob Seidensticker's tro have flirted with the label previously on remix duties but this is their first full length proper. Known for multi-textured, minimalist electronic music, on this release Wareika edit down what began as an unplanned four hour jam session. Electric piano, guitar, conga, MFB Tanzbär, MFB Dominion 1, OB-6, Jupiter 6 and Manikin Mellotron synthsizer are all used in the composition yet with this advanced array of instrumentation there's an air of simplicity and minimalism that sweeps through the album. Serene, meditative and mesmerizing in equal measure, there's just enough thrust to carry these tracks through into a club environment also. Tracks take on shimmering, multidimensional forms, propelled by a steady 4/4 and peppered with an assortment of analogue fx. It's a beautifully executed piece, edited cleanly and concisely so you get all the energy and pleasure of that initial four hour jam session condensed into a handy one hour package. Excellent! 


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Sil says: Without a doubt and by a mile my favourite record so far this year. This feels as good as taking a swim in the Pacific watching a waterfall meander its way to the sea. This is a mesmerizing journey. Buy on sight. An absolute diamond this album is.

    Framed by two spoken word samples and wrapped in house and techno emotions, that know about electro and 90’s electronica too: the new, second album of the Leipzig and berlin based producer and live artist Martin Enke aka lake people moves in a fresh way.


    This time he shifts towards a focus on the essentials of electronic club music: sounds and groove, rough and playful interweaved with the aesthetic particles of techno. With his “point ep”, released on the berlin based imprint Krakatau records in late 2012, his creative life as a producer for melancholic driven club tunes took off.

    Several top notch DJs played the tune “point in time”, lake people started to tour world-wide with his mesmerizing live set and produced countless remixes for colleagues from all around the globe.

    In 2015 he finally released his first album “purposely uncertain field” on the Munich based label permanent Vacation and delivered eleven tracks at the interface of techno, ambient, experimental and electronic, that bewitch with hymnal chords, yearningly melodies, detailed production, elaborate sound design and an overall introspective, emotive feeling.

    Now, just shortly after he published a fresh ep on the Dresden based imprint uncanny valley, lake people drops “phase transition”, a new album consisting of ten haunting tracks full of dance suspense.

    He recorded all between 2016 and early 2017 on various vintage analog synthesizers, uad and other creative interfaces. To find out if his latest pure slamming tracks work deep, he tried them out during his live shows in order to catch some new ideas directly from the dance floor.

    Later he refitted the tested material, so that all ten tunes dance together as a compact album, which at times still sounds melancholic and vulnerable, but comes around at large in a more self-assured guise.

    You also experience in any tone, rhythmic twist or melody, that his latest music came naturally out of the soul of a producer, who constantly is doing music: at home or on the road. During this continual work flow, he created sparser, direct kicking spheres, that also still bring some drama to the party.

    A fine moody you-don’t-stop grooving record that follows a heartfelt syuzhet, which is full of temperament, devotional, partly Larry-Heardish and straight like a bullet, carrying the audience from joy and whimsy too melancholy and sugared desolation. Dance this mess around!


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Swirling dub atmospherics and a skittering percussive backbone weave together into a dancefloor-ready cacophony of funk and rhythm. Brilliantly hefty but skilfully nuanced and varied. Brilliant stuff.

    NYC producer Marcos Cabral coming correct with three choice weapons from his private arsenal. On the A-side we have "Pest Control", the title track and EPs dark, techy opus. Cabral's industrialized rhythms permeate through the entirity of the track, vast machines driven into frazzled intensity through repetitive processes and a monster workload. "In The Red" features fellow noise maker Entro Senestre and draws indesipherable vox backwards through an engine room flanger before rearranging with skeletal beats and glitching synth bleeps. Final track, "Standing On The Corner" sees Cabral capably explore the realms of blissed out, late night deep house; tipping his hat to the THC-soaked sounds of Vancouver along the way. Ace!



    Together with the German / Swiss producer Dieter Moebius Roedelius has been Cluster for over three decades - a band that is, beside Kraftwerk, Neu!, Can, Tangerine Dream, and Faust, a key figure of the German Krautrock movement in the 1970s.

    The starting point of his career was the "The Zodiak Free Arts Lab“, a short-lived but highly influential experimental live music venue, founded in West Berlin in late 1967 by Roedelius and the German artist Conrad Schnitzler. Here he met his former partner in crime Dieter Moebius for the first time while listening to free jazz, psychedelic rock, and avant-garde sounds played by artists such as Tangerine Dream or Ash Ra Temple.

    With Tangerine Dream member Conrad Schnitzler they formed Kluster and recorded three albums, which feature guitars, percussion, organ, cello with an abundance of sound processing devices to create extraordinary electronic music - gloomy, industrial, and nightmarishly unnerving.

    After Schnitzler left the trio they both continue to work under the moniker Cluster in order to invent relaxed, minimal electronic music that later get world-famous under the term ambient. Beside the work as Cluster they also recorded with the former Kraftwerk member Michael Rother under the alias Harmonia, that later included British ambient music artist Brain Eno.

    In 1976 the trio Harmonia disbanded but Cluster never stopped their creativ output till their official split in November 2010. Beside making music with others like recently with the Düsseldorf based producer Stefan Schneider for the album "Stunden“, Roedelius recorded countless of solo albums like "Durch die Wüste“, "Selbstporträt“, or "Wenn Der Südwind Weht“. Many of them are moody new classic and ambient strokes of a genuis who got a real unique music style: melodic piano and other acoustic instruments played with a sharp tinge of electronics.

    Mule Musiq now proudly presents eleven unreleased compositions by Roedelius produced between 1990 and 2001. All of them are pearls of electronic deepness that show another side of the man that lives in the little Lower Austrian town Baden. His famouse ultra sweet piano melodies can be heard - but they are not the centre of the productions. Instead a more electronic side of his genius call the tune. With a minimalistic approach he let synth melodies highfly while some droney, melancholic atmospheres enlarge in the background.

    Sometimes even slow moving grooves hex the senses and his tracks get percussiv in a more avant-garde way. All his eleven arrangements are poetically and work like unreal sound fairytales that leave much space for the listeners own imagination.

    Everywhere melodies are balancing and drift with no end or beginning in a cloud of synthetic sounds that sound so modern that it is hard to believe that their creator is already 78 years old. But age does not matter if you listen to your heart. Hans-Joachim Roedelius always did and his musical notions seem to reflect not only his unconscious soul - also the soul of the time he been living in. Between 1971 and 2001 it must have been a introverted meditative one in which he dived deep into his electronic machines to pump out of them some timeless music that stays contemporary even if the times are changing.


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    Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.


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