Review: David Harks is a British singer-songwriter based in Berlin, who used to be the frontman of an indie band. Since deciding to explore the world of electronic music he's worked with Nang regulars Satin Jackets and become a member of the FSOL-affiliated Amorphous Androgynous collective; then, back in March, he teamed up with nu-disco veteran Mudd, AKA Paul N Murphy, on 'Susta', and now here come two fresh rubs courtesy of deep house legend Ron Trent. Think the kind of soulful, sophisticated grown-up dance pop peddled by the likes of Moloko, Crazy P or Ananda Project, and you'll have a good idea what to expect here.
Review: In its original form, Paul 'Mudd' Murphy's first collaboration with David Harks and Icelandic songstress JaneLy is a bubbly and hugely evocative chunk of Balearic synth-pop that sounds like a sunset anthem in waiting. It's genuinely great, and the Emperor Machine's accompanying remixes are equally as inspired. The former Chicken Lips man delivers Vocal and Instrumental versions of his main pass - a typically sparse, mind-altering affair that wraps analogue synth bubbles and wayward electronics around a chugging beat - as well as an even more spaced out "Lovers Dub" that cleverly incorporates a few more elements from Harks and Murphy's original whilst adding copious amounts of delay and even more cosmic electronics.