Review: Mannheim man and Salty Nuts supremo Fabian "Fabe" Winkels recently impressed with a fine EP of tech-house shufflers on La Pena. Here he makes his first appearance on Mulen, delivering a rock solid three-tracker aimed squarely at the clubs. On the A-side you'll find "Romantic Fade", a thrillingly booming, bass-heavy chunk of mind-altering, late night tech house smothered in sleazy female vocals and sparkling synthesizer motifs. Flip for the wiggly, rolling tech-house thrills of "Break For", where vocal samples, dreamy chords and trippy electronic motifs bounce in and out of the mix, and the deep, drifting and alien-sounding goodness of "Walking Synths".
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.
Review: Ukranian minimal wunderkind Mulen is back and we too are rubbing our hands in excitement every time he releases something new of late. Sometimes going under the name iO, sometimes iO (Mulen) and now Mulenv (just to confuse us!) but either way: it's always quality. "Blindness" is the rolling, funky, breaks driven and hypnotic groove as heard on his recent Jam EP on Propaganda. On the flip "The Cutter" follows in suit with its jagged rhythm and hip hop samples but is much deeper and suited more for the morning set where things get properly weird.
Review: Undercover minimal duo Pash N Lips are back with their second effort on the newly found Mulen imprint, and they've decided to head deep, deep down the rabbithole with these three slices of minimalistic ultra-funk for the dance floor. "Capriole" is a real twister, where intricate percussion and slithering melodies blend to form a tight locked groove, but the SIT remix is there to breathe in a bit of Chicago house magic into the equation. Side B is made up of "Another", this tune being the more driving minimal nugget of the two originals, and it gives plenty of Cadenza material a run for its money!
Review: iO Mulen's eponymous imprint is unstoppable at the moment after releases by himself, homeboy Silat Beksi and Frenchman Varhat setting the bar high. Now it's over to emerging Romanian talent Suolo with this brilliant new one. Starting off in trippy and hypnotic fashion with the rather Villalobos-ish "Kamadeva", he then gets down with the ultra deep "Domergue's Got A Secret" which, likewise, is perfect for a Sunday afternoon after-hours in Bucharest. Finally, he saves the best for last on the flip with "Merimna", a rolling, trance inducing cut where subtlety and tight programming of elements effectively showcase a less is more work ethic.
Review: France's Varhat is back after some great tracks on Crocus and Aku but who can forget that killer edit of Stablo he did last year. This guy's is on a roll and one to watch, which says a lot considering the amount of talent coming of Paris at the moment. This time it's for Ukranian wunderkind Mulen's imprint and it's a as deep and as rolling as you'd expect. The whole EP is great as a whole but really shines on "Track 2 " with its pitched down acid bassline and those sweet immersive pads. "Track 3" is properly deep with its smooth bassline, tight rhythm and those swirling and hypnotic synths working a treat.
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!