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: Since donning the Floog alias last year, experienced producer George Gavanescu has impressed with a couple of self-released singles, a fine debut on Hoarder and a hook-up with Mahony on The Other Side. His first appearance on Mulen is quietly impressive, too. A-side "O Roata" is impressively energetic, with Gavanescu wrapping attractive flashes of melody and spacey chords around a bustling, all-action groove rich in throbbing bass and chunky drums. Over on side B, "My Acid" is closer in tone to his usual tech-house fare, with subtle TB-303 touches and deep space electronics riding a suitably booming bassline and smooth percussion. Finally, "Lightbulb" is big and bouncy, with snappy snares, liquid electronics and heavy sub-bass catching the ear.