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02 Oct 12
Played by: Rotciv, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Fingerman, Cloned In Vatican!, Andrew Clarke, Juno Recommends Disco, Vermelho, Ramskank, Nine Lives, Adriangiordano, Kono Vidovic, Nu Disco Fever
Review: Unsurprisingly Mullet Records are heavily influenced by dance music of the 1980s. However, despite the jokey logo, they're pretty serious about their synths! Recent tune "Garage Love" is remixed here by a host of electronic heroes and leading the way are Belgian duo Spirit Catcher who deliver a typically silky smooth electro-house workout guaranteed to get folk everywhere into the groove. Label boss Casio Social Club has a go too with his 'Time After Time' mix which nods to the often plundered, but never stale, classic Cyndi Lauper chord progression. Elijah Collins provides a vocoder-heavy electro-funk jam and Fishing Vest presents a cocktail-friendly Italo-pop version.
13 Feb 12
Played by: King DJ/Regalia Recordings, Rotciv, Alexander Robotnick, Borgie, Juno Recommends Disco, Chas Bronz, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Moustache Mamas, Sare Havlicek, Cyclist, Tad Wily, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Black Magic Disco, Lazy Kiss
Review: Fresh from collaborating with Retrofit boss Jay Shepheard, Tad Wily returns to Mullet with more synth-heavy electrofunk bombs. "Go Ahead" sets the tone, fusing heavy synth basslines and vintage P-funk synths with just the right amount of new wave dubbiness and delightfully sparse production. "Garage Love" continues in a similar vein, throwing more vocals into the pot on a lowdown, late night synth jam. Mullet Regulars Casio Social Club offer up two remixes of "Go Ahead", with the sprightly, bouncy "Luvdub" just edging out their similarly New York-themed "Remix".
11 Sep 12
Played by: Rotciv, Fingerman, Stan Tropic, Kid Who, Vermelho, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Fab Mayday, La Royale, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights)
Review: Second time around for Roctiv's nu-disco era deep house jam "Victims Of The New World", this time with a string of new remixes. Roctiv's disco-sampling, acid-laden 2008 original opens proceedings, while the producer himself closes the EP with a brand new version that's noticeably brighter, breezier and a whole lot more polished. Elsewhere, there's an excellent electrofunk-meets-acid tweak from Tad Wily, a thrilling Balearic house interpretation from Andrew Clarke (seriously wide-eyed and blessed with beats that sound like they've been nicked from The Chimes' "Heaven") and a great, live-sounding re-make from The Cruising. As remixes packages go, it's pretty darn tasty.
22 Nov 10
Played by: Michael Zucker (Minister Mike), Breixo, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Maurice Aymard, Brandon Bass
Review: Having hooked up with multi-instrumentalist Tad Wily, it sounds like Retrofit boss Jay Shepheard is trying to push deep house in a new direction. "Parallel Perc" provides a hint of where the duo is headed, with a groovy, low-slung bassline and dubbed out drums hinting at dance music's funk and disco heritage - connections that are reinforced thanks to the use of soaring, orchestral strings. "Haselnuss" has a similar set of influences, although the duo put a greater emphasis on a funk guitar riff and melancholy synth hooks while "A Sopot Connection" also doffs its cap to the 70s, with its prowling, predatory bassline sounding like a lost porn movie soundtrack, were it not for the accompanying juxtaposition of cool, icy synths. Finally, "TEC 1? also references the late 70s and early 80s, but rather than disco, focuses on the primal electro funk of Cameo to make its mark. Like the previous releases in this series, Retrofit #3 shows that with a little imagination and some good old-fashioned perspiration, house music can still sound exciting.
12 Mar 12
Played by: Rotciv, Peter Edison, Stan Tropic, DJ Friction (Germany), Neighbour, Mr Chombee, All Good Funk Alliance, Juno Recommends Disco, Moustache Mamas, John Warren (Aural Graffiti), Fab Mayday, Marcello Giordani (Italo Deviance), Electric Boogie (Ism Midnight Riot), Nhan Solo
Review: Jay Shepheard's Retrofit imprint reaches its seventh release with this fine EP of old school sounds with an undeniably modern feel. "Hefty Done Me Right" begins proceedings with a house-disco hybrid sporting a particularly meaty analogue bassline, 80s electro vocal samples and shimmering pop synths, while "The Electric Model" marries a distinctly Kraftwerk-esque motorik vibe with Balearic disco sweeps and horns. Up next, "One Night In Puzon" opens with a tense rising string line, broken with a crystalline piano mosaic and deep squelching bass. Finally, TW closes proceedings with his own dub take on "Hefty Done Me Right", amping up the electro feel of the original with an MPC cut-up style reworking filled with heavy vocal samples and rolling piano stabs, transplanting the original from its Italian roots to 80s Harlem.
11 Apr 11
Played by: Tal M. Klein, Rudy's Midnight Machine, Chudy, Neighbour, Trotter, All Good Funk Alliance, Juno Recommends Disco, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Tim Livingstone, Downtown Party Network, Marcus Marr, Audited Beats, John Devecchis, Tad Wily, Tosses & Varvez, La Royale, Gsd
Review: Canadian party-rockers Neighbour and Think Tank join forces once more, and it's another no-nonsense chunk of peaktime, p-funk-influenced fun. As the title suggests, "Lando" sees rapper/producer Think Tank pay tribute to the tache-sporting Star Wars character of the same name, dropping decidedly old school rhymes over Neighbour's squidgy electro-funk backing. It's simple, fun and very effective - just as you'd expect from Neighbour, really. The remixes offer strong variations on the same theme, from four-four filter-funk (Tal M Klein's excellent version) and sprightly electro-disco (Tad Wily) to sneaky party breaks (Funkanomics) and something in-between (GSD). Something tells us the fictional space ranger would approve.
05 Mar 13
Played by: Dave Lee / Joey Negro, Ross Couch, Tronik Youth - No Dice Edits, Julian Sanza, Homegroove Project, The Groovers, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Thang, Cloned In Vatican!, All Good Funk Alliance, Pete Herbert, Juno Recommends Disco, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Alessandro Otiz, Vladislav Moustache Love, Martin Brodin, Tad Wily, Ramsey Hercules, Tulioxi, Kono Vidovic, Nu Disco Fever, Lazy Kiss, Disco Doubles, Dixfisical, Thomass Jackson
Review: Belgian duo Spirit Catcher have been producing uber-slick, disco-tinged electro-house/proto nu-disco for almost ten years. However, their sound can maybe veer towards being a bit too tasteful, a bit dry, so teaming up with pastel clad 80s enthusiasts Mullet has awoken a playful sense of fun in their style. "Final Call" is an electro-boogie anthem featuring the cheeky vocals of Mr Renard and "Never Give Up" sees the pair embark on a delicious analogue synth-funk mission. Label boss Casio Social Club remixes the lead track in a Mylo stylee but it's Tad Wily's deep n spacey odyssey that's really floating our yacht.
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Review: Melbourne-based producer Kreap bursts onto the scene with this huge slice of funk infused disco. "DJ Play This Song For Me" takes classic disco vocals and combines it with a muscular analogue bassline which has definite French house touch to it. It comes with a raft of remixes; Neighbour Hot Damn fattens the bassline significantly on more of an electro tip, adding an Aeroplane-worthy synth melody, Tad Wiley takes the track into dub territory, coating the vocals in reverb and bringing a host of cosmic sounds to the fore. Danny Massura meanwhile takes things down a more hypnotic path, looping and flanging the vocals into the cosmos, while Trotter's remix takes a similar approach, but dispensing with the vocals almost entirely. Finally, Jackie's remix offers the most radical revision, speeding up the track significantly, and adding a sweat inducing bass arpeggio which cuts the vocals into shards.
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.
06 Nov 12
Played by: Stan Tropic
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Played by: Struboskop
13 Nov 12
Played by: DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95)
05 May 13
Played by: The Groovers
Review: Given his encyclopedic knowledge of music, you'd expect any compilation put together by Bill Brewster to be full of unlikely gems and lesser-known anthems. That's certainly the case with After Dark, the first in a new DJ-focused series from the Late Night Tales camp. From start to finish, Brewster's selections are spot on, from the lowdown, slo-mo disco oddness of Sheffield chanteuse Marti Caine's "Love The Way You Love Me" and wide-eyed, acid-laden kosmiche of Coober Peder University Band's "Moon Plain", to the dirty electrofunk of Zed Bias's "Koolade" (featuring Toddla T, of all people) and mid'80s percussion fest of Martin Kershaw's "Keep On Pokin". If that wasn't enough, Brewster has also unearthed a decent Jamiroquai record. The wonders never cease.
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Played by: Juno Recommends Roots/Lovers Rock
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