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.
Review: Clouded Vision boss Matt Walsh's first mix CD, The Clouded Vision Experiment, gained plenty of praise on its 2012 release. Three years on, he's finally got round to putting together a follow-up. As with its predecessor, The Clouded Vision Experiment Level 2 aims to join the dots between bouncy, electro-influenced techno, warehouse-friendly tech-house, glistening nu-disco (see the Eskimo Twins' "Elegy") and hard-to-define, dancefloor-friendly electronica (Richard Norris's "Dim The Lights" being a great example). The unmixed portion of the collection is full of gems, including tracks and remixes from The Hacker, Pulp Disco & The Outcasts (whose P-funk goes-acid banger "3.142" stands out) and the brilliantly named Forty Fingers Dynamo.
Review: Lithuania isn't known as a hotspot for house music, but as Silence Please shows, it contains more than its fair share of talented artists. The Few Nolder takes on Markas Palubenka's "Kill Me" and Fink's "Q&A" map out new possibilities for modern deep house, the vocals chopped up over dreamy chords and snappy drums, while Darius Vaikas pushes towards a darker sound. This he achieves with the chilling strings and rippling bass of his interpretation of Mario Basanov's "Machinarium" and the chiming drums of his own "White Eights". But it isn't just Vaikas who embodies the Baltic wind blowing in over Vilnius and Mario & Vidis' "Warung" is an inspired piece of eerie, bleepy house.