Review: Two years on from the release of their debut album on Studio Barnhus, hard-to-pigeonhole deep house fusionists Mount Liberation Unlimited pop up on Soundway Records with an equally as impressive sequel. Beginning with the deep and intergalactic warmth of 'Heavy Metal Emoji', the pair zips through tracks that combine live instrumentation (bass and electric guitars) with classic synth sounds, 21st century electronics, echoing drum machine rhythms and nods to all manner of African and South American musical styles. It's another terrific album all told, with highlights including the wonderfully deep and alluring 'L U S H (A Trip in Three Parts)', the druggy, peak-time Balearic house bounce of 'Lord of the Floor' and the becalmed dub-jazz flex of 'Skogen'.
Review: Munich-based Permanent Vacation perform their usual yearly ritual by serving up a bunch of essentials, with their seventh edition here including a whopping 25 tracks. Kicking things off in style is Madrilian producer Pional's uplifting anthem "Tempest", label chief Benjamin Froehlich appears with "Drawn From Memory" which receives an evocative rework by French legend I:Cube, while German nu-disco heroine Perel is on point as always with the neon-lit "Angelika". Elsewhere, Irish duo New Jackson present the glassy-eyed and bittersweet "Romancecar", label co-head Tom Bioly gives us the deep Italo vibe of "Night Heat", label staple Fort Romeau shows off his usual knack for emotive dancefloor drama on "Heaven & Earth", plus the worthy addition of Terr's dark disco delight "Have You Ever" (Dub Version).
Review: Five years on from the release of their staggeringly good debut EP, "Astr Travelling Through Life", Mount Liberation Unlimited is finally ready to unleash their first full-length excursion. It's a typically loose, off-kilter and musically rich affair, with the Swedish duo layering all manner of electric and electronic instrumentation (glistening jazz guitars, toast bass guitar, analogue synthesizers and so on) over a range of live and programmed rhythms. Stylistically, it's wonderfully hard to pigeonhole, with the pair's eccentric fusions - some dancefloor-focused, others more suited to pie-eyed home listening - variously mixing and matching elements of disco, house, Balearica, acid, Italo-disco, IDM, proto-house, synth-pop, ambient and jazz-funk.
Body Language (Swedish instrumental) - (7:47) 118 BPM
Review: Mount Liberation Unlimited next up on Get Physical. After releases on Tim Sweeney's Beats In Space, Superconscious and Studio Barnhus, the Swedish duo consisting of Tom Lagerman and Niklas Janzon come to planet Permanent Vacation. There's some lo-slung, sun kissed boogie down action on "Body Language" (Swedish Version) that comes with some cool pop vocals, while the druggy shuffle of the Mouth Mix allows for more dancefloor dynamics. Finally, there is a handy Swedish Instrumental for those of you not so keen on the vocals.
Review: Given the quality of their previous releases - and, in particular, last summer's tasty two-tracker on Beats in Space - hopes are naturally high for Mount Liberation Unlimited's Studio Barnhus debut. Interestingly, "Double Dance Lover" maintains their obsession with improvised music making, but relies more on traditional instrumentation than synths and drum machines. The "radio version" is a sweaty, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink disco exploration that sounds like an unlikely collaboration between the Idjut Boys and fellow Swede Kornel Kovacs. The real killer, though, is the near 15-minute Disko Dubb Mix. This begins as an Italo-disco shuffler, develops into a Prins Thomas style 'Scandolearic disco' groover, and ends in a flurry of sweaty guitar, piano, percussion and synth solos. It's utterly mental, but in the best possible way.