Review: There's never been any real question as to what era Mullet Records boss Casio Social Club is obsessed with, but he's decided to release 'best of' compilation full of '80s goodness just in case. All his classics are here, from the sweet "Little French Girl", to his killer rework of Imagination's "Just An Illusion" and the Lisa Stansfield-sampling "Little Luv". There's also some new tracks too, including the moody title track "Retromental" which somehow manages to sound like Owl City and still be good!
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.
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.
Review: Amazingly, it's taken Mullet Records just seven years to notch up a century of releases. Fittingly, they've chosen to mark the occasion by commissioning new remixes of their very first single, label boss Casio Social Club's "Count Your Lucky Stars". The man himself kicks things off, delivering a typically bouncy, synth-heavy '80s boogie interpretation of his '08 original, before Brazilian boogie boy Joeblack weighs in with a sumptuous '80s soul tweak. Elsewhere, Tad Wily fixes Balearic attitude and deep house nous to tactile grooves and melodious synths, Dragon Suplex go all nu-disco, and longtime friend of the family The Diogenese Club drops a typically cheery deep house version.
Review: DJ/producer Justin Winks, aka the Casio Social Club has been surprisingly quiet of late, with the normally prolific Mullet boss's last release being back in March. Now we know why - he was rustling up these 12 new sizzling tunes that straddle the fine lines between soul, funk, disco, boogie, house and new wave. Highlights of this long player include the '80s E.G. Daily-isms of "Count Your Lucky Stars", the Italo/Eurobeat vibes of "April Showers" and the air-punching genius of his synth-drenched Lionel Richie cover, "The Running Man".
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.
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.
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!
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.
Review: Justin Winks, aka Casio Social Club, runs his Miami Vice style church of 1980s worship, Mullet Recordings, as a tight ship (a yacht to be precise). Such a tight ship in fact, that lately after ages of putting out other folk's stuff, he's been hogging the release schedule...and why not eh? "Bass Face" is basically Winks riffing on Freeze's classic A.E.I.O.U. adding some more freestyle and early Chicago house vibes for fun. However it's his own dub mix, a stripped down excursion into sleek electro-disco, that wins our vote.
Review: Previously, Mullet faves Casio Social Club have largely delivered sprightly, tongue-in-cheek revisions of '80s electrofunk and synth disco. Here, they pop up on Eskimo with arguably their strongest release to date - a bass-heavy blend of Italo, deep house and tactile Balearic pop that simply twinkles with dancefloor intent. It also features some wonderful piano stabs, too, making it more E'd-up than your average Shoom punter circa 1989. Djuma Soundsystem & Kolombo's "Cherimoya", meanwhile, slows the pace for a similarly touchy-feely blend of sparse nu-disco and eyes-wide-shut electronic soul. Arguably Eskimo's best for some time, and definitely worth investigating.
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.