Review: Ukraine's iO (Mulen) is minimal techno's rising star and now launches his own Mulen People imprint and you can sure bet it's gonna make an impact. Romania's always impressive Nu Zau features with the rolling, bass driven groove psychedelics of "112" followed by the splendid liquid funk of fellow homeboy Melodie with "Water Proof". More Romanian upstarts appear such as Funk E with the deep and exotic "Old's Cool". Rolling and funky hypnotics are the order of the day clearly, when being treated further with London based Gri's lovely "Gasha" or sometime Mulen collaborator and Ukrainian underground hero Silat Beksi with "Jangle" which closes proceedings with a bang on this funky, breaks driven tech house jam. Keep it coming!
Review: Mulen's latest must-check release is a collaborative affair from experienced producer Alexis Cabrera (Raummusik, Salty Nuts, Yaji) and Jorge Saveretti (Esperanza, Visionquest, Cadenza). Given their collective history, you'll be unsurprised to learn that the "Some EP" is really rather good. They set their stall out via an impressive title track that wraps spacey but funky riffs, deep space pads and undulating acid lines around a memorable bassline and typically swinging tech-house beats). "KInda" tips a wink to the glitchy, bass-heavy sound of Romanian minimal techno and the swinging intergalactic tech-house funk of Paris's YYY label, while "Science" is a deep, woozy and wonky affair full of minor key bleeps, jazzy motifs and locked-in beats.
Review: Nick Behringer has been quietly and competently been going about his business for a few years, somehow rather more under the radar than he deserves to be. From muscular garage tinged house to stripped back but funk laced techno, he is a master of making functional music that also has plenty of character. Here he goes for warehouse tackle laced with warped synths on opener "Practice" before serving up silky, woozy but heavyweight minimal on "Anima Silvae". "Take IX" finds him casting free into the cosmos, with trippy designs and eerie pads all making it a track as physical as it is cerebral.