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04 Apr 12
Review: Bastian's Happy Flight are apparently named after a track on the Never Ending Story soundtrack, which should give an indication as to their inspirations. Stylistically, their roomy synth-pop/80s rock grooves sound like the result of many nights spent listening to Tears For Fears, The Cure and Spandau Ballet. The big synths, rubbery bass, echo-laden production, Robert Smith-ish vocals and eyes-closed guitar solos on "It's OK", "In My Mind" and "My Love's (Not Good Enough)" could have been lifted straight from a mid-'80s alternative pop record. Remix-wise, the Dublin Aunts provide the best rework - a cheeky, piano-laden nu-disco/pop take that sounds a little like Friendly Fires. Recommended.
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07 Aug 12
Review: A disco and nu-boogie production trio, Casio Social Club rework a cast-iron classic on "Crush" - taking The Jets' "Crush On You" and giving it an uptempo '80s electro remake that's full of classic piano house fills and smooth bass hits. As as a more floor-friendly extended version, it's well worth checking out LuvDub's jacking dub version.
28 Aug 12
Review: Mullet stalwarts Casio Social Club can usually be relied upon to provide sturdy dancefloor fodder that sits somewhere between radio-friendly electrofunk and breezy nu-disco. "Discokicks" certainly ticks this box, offering a positive, sing-along groover built around a strong, hooky vocal. Musically, it's as bright and summery as you'd expect, utilizing both live disco elements (percussion, guitars, bass) and vintage electrofunk synths. There's a strong instrumental - the Luvdubstramental - that strips the track down to its bare bones, throwing in snippets of vocal for maximum dancefloor pleasure.
24 Jul 12
27 Nov 12
Review: Mullet's label boss Casio Social Club is back and this time it's serious. Well, when we say 'serious', we mean there's less tongue-in-cheek '80s references than usual (not that that's a bad thing). Instead though, "Little French Girl", opts for a more emotional tone, with sumptuous, laid back production and hazy sunshine orchestration. Oh and did we mention the narration by a super-cute little French girl? Well it really works and lends the tune a similar feel to "Manila" by Seelenluft. Luvdup provides a killer Italo-disco remix that goes all out Miami Vice in the end and ensures the 80s aren't forgotten. Awesome!
19 Feb 13
Played by: DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Fingerman, Alexander Robotnick, Juno Recommends Disco
Review: Once again the Mullet head honcho is back with a heavyweight jam! Unlike recent remix-packed releases, this single concentrates on this one tune, and who can blame him? In Its full 'freestyle' form it's a slickly realised tribute to the type of jams people like Debarge would party to, driving around mid 80s Miami at night in neon underlit cars. The 'four to the floor' version just wins though (despite a Lisa Stansfield sample), evoking Shannon in a downtown sweatbox circa 1983.
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21 Feb 11
Played by: Tronik Youth - No Dice Edits, Patrick Alavi, Juno Recommends Disco, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club)
Review: Whether or not you've previously enjoyed Casio Social Club's sparkling take on nu-disco, this three-tracker on their Mullet imprint is worth a look. It's certainly hard to find fault with something so unfussy. There's a child-like joyousness to tracks like "Brassy Boogie" and "Happy Slappy" that's near impossible to ignore. While the latter takes a bold, melodic approach to dancefloor synth-funk, it's the latter that really impresses. It's full of silly synth slap bass and will worm its way into your conscious within minutes. Lead cut "The Running Man" is, bizarrely, the most conservative of the bunch, but still boasts enough big hooks and dancefloor nous to impress.
19 Mar 13
Review: Mullet's head honcho Casio Social Club is back with yet another solo release on his own imprint, and why the hell not? "Try Me" is a delicious slice of mid-80s digital soul, like if Paul Hardcastle teamed up with the guy from Shakatak to produce some hot Miami freestyle starlet. The "Acid Luv Dub" version is stretched out more, and is a unique hybrid of sugary and acidic production.
25 Jan 12
Played by: Superbreak, Alexander Robotnick, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Downtown Party Network, Lou Teti, Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show), Christian Lamper
Review: Sticking Brooklyn-based duo Chordashian into a neat pigeonhole isn't particularly easy. "Don't Wait Up", the lead track from this extended EP, is a great example. Utilising traditional instruments, vintage synths and the latest soft synth plug-ins, it sounds like a curious mash-up of Hall & Oates, andBenoit & Sergio with a Buzzin' Fly-ish deep house sheen. "Sea Crest", meanwhile, could be considered to be nu-Balearic - it certainly has that blinking-at-the-sun gorgeousness - while "The Jam" is thrillingly adventurous (if a little odd). With a trio of fine remixes also included, "Don't Wait Up" is easily Mullet's best for some time.
29 Apr 13
Review: The usually productive Mullet imprint has been relatively quiet of late. Here, they turn to old friend Dabeull, a Parisian producer who first released on the label back in 2010. The talkbox-loving studio boffin channels the spirit of Roger Troutman and Bernard Wright on "Breakaway", a kind of super-slick, synth-heavy love letter to '80s soul and loved-up electrofunk. It's actually rather good, capturing the spirit of the period - and the sound, of course - without resorting to pastiche. Manuel Portio apes fellow Aussies Freekwency and Inkswel on his synth bass-propelled rework, while label boss Casio Social Club ups the tempo on his dubby, Shep Pettibone-inspired remix.
13 Dec 11
Played by: Leo Zero, Slow It Down, Estroe, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Phunktastike, Nine Lives
Review: The prodigious Mullet imprint rounds off a bumper 2012 with a festive treat from label regulars Dato. As with much of the original material released by Mullet, "Bangkok" rides a joyous wave of 80s disco synths, melancholic melodies and bubbling bottom end. With the addition of some delightfully Balearic pianos and a cute indie-dance vocal, "Bangkok" could sit comfortably beside songs from Holy Ghost!, Poolside and Mitzy. Remix wise, Casio Social Club cuts up the vocals and emphasizes the squelchy bass, while Dato provide a delicious dub. It's fragrant, spicy and warming, like mulled wine for the ears. Sup up!
18 Apr 11
05 Mar 12
Review: For their third EP for regular home Mullet, Dato continue to offer up bright, breezy and Horlicks-comfy synth disco. Sounding not unlike 80s soul after a heavy night, "Letting Go" boasts all their usual aural trademarks - the bouncy synth bass, the warm chords, the simple-but effective vocal hooks, those pin-sharp guitars. It's comfy, hooky, accessible and surprisingly deep. There are radio and extended versions, plus an 'Extended Dub' that's little more than an extra-woozy instrumental. Well worth checking, as always.
27 Jun 11
Played by: DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), Rudy's Midnight Machine, Chudy, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Marbeya Sound, Bryan Gerrard, Elly K, Jd73, Auxiliary Tha Masterfader
Review: If you're a fan of smart dubby disco grooves driven by insatiable funk basslines, it's likely you'll own at least one Drop Out Orchestra production or remix. Here, they apply their bass-driven goodtime disco formula and apply it to vocal disco-pop. The results are as hooky, well produced and deliciously groovy as you'd expect, with Kinema's vocals fitting the insatiable backing like a well-worn glove. Instrumental and dub versions are included (the latter coming on like an early 80s synth disco production given a Balearic tweak) for those who don't dig the vocal, while floor-friendly remixes are provided by Casio Social Club, JD73 and Faze Action (our pick).
01 Apr 13
Review: A key member of the Mullet contingent, Elijah Collins has quite regularly stolen the show on many a release via his beefy electro-house remixes. Here we get a whole EP of his and he's in a particularly frisky mood! "Shake Dat" is a sleazy hip-houser built around a nasty, stripper-friendly bassline that certainly gets our dollars in it's thong! There's also an extended instrumental version that's a totally awesome jack-fest!
18 Jul 11
Played by: Juno Recommends Disco, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Struboskop, Campari_safari, Antek
Review: Haircut-fanciers Mullet must be the busiest digital label on the nu-disco scene, releasing a single nearly every week. This two-tracker from Elijah Collins & NIST is one of Mullet's finest to date. "Love's Down" is a particular treat, foregoing the usual Mullet cod-80s synths for some original electro-boogie flava, teasing vocal snippets and sweet 80s soul flourishes. If the sound of famed 80s R&B label Solar System floats your boat, check it. "Shakedown", meanwhile, goes even further towards 80s soul, offering a clattering fusion of slo-mo P-funk and cheeky electrofunk.
03 Oct 11
Played by: Rudy's Midnight Machine, Fingerman, Juno Recommends Disco, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club)
Review: This two-tracker from the previously unknown Elijah Collins and J-Tee is something of a departure for the usually synth disco inclined Mullet stable. "J-Funk" is effectively a re-edit, although one sliced and diced in the now familiar disco/house style. The original track undergoing routine (scalpel) maintenance is Tom Browne's break-diggin' favourite "Funkin' For Jamaica". While it barely needed a rework, Collins and J-Tee's version is expertly teased and twisted, leading to an excellent drop and veritable explosion of groovery. "Holy Smokes", meanwhile, superbly re-jigs Rick James' P-funk jam "Cold Blooded", turning it into an elastic electrofunk/house hybrid. Like the A, it's simple but very, very effective.
15 May 12
Played by: Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Slow It Down, Juno Recommends Disco, Ursula 1000, Tulioxi
Review: "I know he used to do shit for you, but what has he done for you lately?" So asks a lone sampled voice at the beginning of "What Up Girl?", offering a cute warning of what's to come. You see, this newie from Mullet regulars Elijah Collins and Nist is heavily based around Janet Jackson's "What Have You Done For Me Lately?", one of Jam & Lewis's best productions. Collins and Nist's version beefs up the bottom end, making great use of the backing vocals and, later, hooky melodies. Sound wise, it's an electrofunk/loopy house blend, making it more suitable for contemporary dancefloors.
09 Jan 12
Played by: Hot Toddy, Juno Recommends Disco, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Cosmonauts, Elly K, Nine Lives
Review: Something seems to have irritated the lads and lasses at Mullet HQ. Like a Glaswegian drunk fuelled by Buckfast and Tenant's Super, they've taken to staggering around, pointing a blackened finger at passer's by and screaming obscenities! Or, at least producers Elijah Collins and Tee J have, as they offer up a decidedly aggressive lead cut that sounds like dirty P-funk for manic depressives (although, we can assure you, it's a bit more fun than that). "I Used To Feel Alright", meanwhile, re-edits a live version of a well-known Marvin Gaye space disco fave.
09 Aug 10
18 Sep 12
Played by: Julian Sanza, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Superbreak, Alexander Robotnick, Blackmagicdisco, Juno Recommends Disco, Monkey Boots
Review: The ever-jovial chaps at Mullet continue to impress with their positive, grin-inducing fusions of nu-disco, electrofunk and synth-pop. Here, they turn to the hitherto little known Fishing Vest for an EP of face-chewing Balearic nu-disco. "First Standard" is a whirlwind of baggy grooves and gurn-tastic pianos, while "Horse Cycle" manages to crowbar a deliciously epic breakdown (complete with Rhodes-tickling and piano keys) into a positively saucer-eyed nu-disco shuffler. The slo-mo chugger "FYI", meanwhile, should raise a few sweaty smiles with its twinkling fusion of P-funk synths and super-Balearic melodies.
15 Aug 11
Review: In its original form, "Strange World" sounds like a long lost 80s AOR jam - like Tango In The Night era Fleetwood Mac with bigger hair and even bigger guitar solos. Oh, and H-NRG style sequenced basslines. It's brilliantly executed - it genuinely sounds like it was made in LA in the mid 80s after an all-night bender featuring copious amounts of devil's dandruff. Both of the included remixes stick to this formula, with FM Attack's chiming, Goldfrapp-ish effort standing out.
28 Mar 11
Review: Very occasionally, a record will come along that will stump us. You see, accurately describing and assessing "Babe (Don't Feed The Wildlife)" is a near-impossible task. It's an utterly crazy concoction; a kind of camp future disco torch song that boasts both "everything but the kitchen sink" production and an electric violin solo. It's rather good fun, but its hard to see quite where it fits in. It is, though, worth a spin. The Zaku-Chan remix is easier to pigeonhole, offering a sprightly fusion of cascading synth disco, French filter funk and skittish glitch-house that's both pleasingly engaging and blindingly exotic.
27 Mar 12
21 Nov 11
Review: Given that there will always be an appetite from DJs for records tailor-made for the dancefloor, this newie from the Mullet camp should be a bit of a hit. It eschews subtleties and nuances in favour of an all-out dancefloor assault. Part funk breaks style mash-up, part piano-and-synth-laden electrofunk jam, it will pretty much do the business at any party that likes its grooves funky! There are all manner of familiar samples involved (including a cut-up version of the iconic synth refrain from Yazoo's "Situation"), luscious 80s synth-strings and the sort of bottom-end that should get even the most miserable punters shaking their hips.
02 Nov 09
Played by: Andy Warburton
01 Nov 10
19 Sep 11
Played by: DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), Tal M. Klein, Neighbour, Cloned In Vatican!, Mr Chombee, Juno Recommends Disco, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Drop Out Orchestra, Dionigi, Cyclist, Elly K, Lou Teti
Review: Tigers On A Leash regular Lou Teti pops up on Mullet. He's pushed the boat out for the occasion, too, delivering a bubbling fusion of 80s Italian pop, low-slung disco-punk, coy synth-pop, twisted nu-disco and dreamy Balearica. It's hard to pin down musically, but rather charming all the same. Mullet regular Tad Wily provides the obligatory electrofunk-inclined remix, adding a fat synth bassline to propel the action 'floorwards (see what we did there?). There's also a rather silly (but, again, charming) 80s Balearic pop makeover from the brilliantly named Dublin Aunts. Worth a listen.
19 Jun 12
Review: Having forged a reputation for delivering deliciously tactile nu disco inspired by '80s boogie and electrofunk, Mullet go slightly off-piste with this latest digital salvo. Markas' "Love" boasts their usual high quota of reveb and delay-laden synths, but its mood is notably darker and housier than previous label releases. It's more nu-disco than electrofunk, but that's no bad thing. The accompanying Re-Dub is sparser, spacier and arguably better, though it does boast less hip-shaking wiggle than the original. Finally, Elijah Collins remixes, sneaking trance like riffs into the mix without losing the original's cool '80s vibe.
03 Jul 12
Played by: Rotciv, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Alexander Robotnick, Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show), Dionigi, Martin Brodin, Brioski, Tulioxi
Review: Swedish veteran Martin Brodin has been busy since a "road to Damascus" style conversion to the disco cause a couple of years back, ditching deep house in favour of heavily electronic nu-disco. Here he pops up on electrofunk-obsessed imprint Mullet with a chugging chunk of midtempo robo-disco. With vocoder vocals, Robotnik-esque bass and plenty of vintage synth touches, it pushes all the right buttons. "Extra Cash Money" dubs the original out a little, adding even more Balearic synth touches and some tasty cowbells, while Casio Social Club offer up a suitably chugging rework that sounds like Giorgio Moroder sparring with Jam & Lewis.
12 Apr 10
Played by: Juno Recommends Disco
Review: Since they opened their doors back in 2008, Mullet Records have made a habit of releasing some of the smoothest 80s influenced, electro, soul/funk dance grooves on the planet. Their eighteenth release is no different, proudly introducing Nuvo Rich's debut release, "Saffron." Pure future synth gold, these two euphoric productions will take you back to the 1980s with a huge big smile across your face.
Although this is his first outing as Nuvo Rich, the man behind the monkier is far from a novice in the scene. Ferris Armstrong has been making music under a plethora of guises since he first emerged in 2001. He is most recognised as Kid Dub, under which he has had notable success producing everything from dark and eerie minimal and electro to deeper and more melodic sounds. He makes tech house under his D Dub alias with Cozzy D and on his own as Voltaeric. He also writes cinematic, ambient glitch music as Cuebit but it is under his new Nuvo Rich pseudonym that Armstrong escapes the world of techno and electro and wanders into the dreamy landscape of synth pop and 80s new wave.
"Saffron" and "Krystal" are both synth-heavy, melodic pop tracks inspired by French house producers such as Daft Punk, Lifelike and Air. The title track gets the release under way with heart felt melodies and euphoric keys. It's uplifting to the last, with new wave synth lines building towards an ecstatic end where dream-like melodies finish the track in emotive style. "Krystal" is much the same but continues with a less sensational approach. Sounding almost modest, the track keeps a warm and emotive vibe but in more of a laid back style. Mullet Records have done it once again, looking forward as only they know how - namely, by delving into the classic pop of the 80s to get people dancing once again.
14 Mar 11
Played by: DJ Friction (Germany), Juno Recommends Disco, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Jerry Bouthier, Slow Hands
Review: Swedish electrofunk producer Odahl has been something of a go to man for Mullet in recent times, releasing a string of solid EPs and serviceable remixes. This four-tracker is another decent offering, too. "Out Of Control" itself is the real killer here, offering a slick combination of contemporary nu-disco chops and vintage, Prelude-ish synth funkery. Justin Faust provides the obligatory remix, laying down a straightforward electrofunk jam that rises and falls in all the right places. Bonus cut "Just Be Easy" offers some cascading melodies and far eastern charm, while Homon's remix provides bubbly nudisco grooves. Mullet's best for some time.
23 Oct 12
Review: 80s obsessed label Mullet (how can you tell?) are back with another irresistible dancefloor blazer. This time it's Pandolfo and Del Gado's turn to deliver the goods, and that they do in abundance. "Better Than Me" features a bright, bouncy bassline, synths thoroughly indebted to the 80s and impressive soulful vocals in the style of Colonel Abrams, all wrapped up in shiny, modern electro-house production. Stephane Deschezeaux and Casio Social Club both provide nu-disco-ish mixes, but its Elijah Collins' brooding interpretation, complete with menacing wayward bassline, that's the real dancefloor smasher.
13 Nov 12
Review: Cologne-born, Berlin-based Rene Breitbarth has had a long, if not illustrious, career, releasing house and techno on a variety of impressive German labels. Here, he pops up on Mullet with an entertaining collection of instrumentals, skits and sketches that sits somewhere between the synth-wave antics of Com Truise and the drum machine disco favoured by the Mullet crew. It's peppered with slap bass, edit-heavy electrofunk grooves and clipped guitars, giving it an authetic, early-to-mid '80s vibe. It's hard to fault and thoroughly enjoyable.
05 Jun 12
Played by: King DJ/Regalia Recordings, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Juno Recommends Disco, Chas Bronz, Marbeya Sound, Get Down Edits, Bufi, Bialson Hajsy
Review: Given their obsession with early 80s synths and cheery nu-disco, it's no surprise to see that the bods behind Mullet have recruited Sare Havlicek. Or, for that matter, to find that the resultant track is a grin-inducing tribute to early '80s electro and hip-hop dressed up as a delay-laden electrofunk jam. "Bipolar Duality" comes complete with a tongue-in-cheek, old skool style rap vocal from DJ Winksy, and is backed by a remix by Casio Social Club that pilfers the beats from BB&Q's synth-soul classic "Dreamer". Pleasingly, the package also includes two delightfully breezy B-sides. Of these, it's the guitar-laden '86 stomp of "Let The Sound" that impresses most.