Review: Moodmusic's latest must-check release sees label founder Klas 'Sasse' Lindblad attempting to - in his words - "unite the love of old school influenced U.S house in its many varieties". He's helped along the way by old pals Norman Methner (who assists on the spacey deep house jack of 'Curiosity'), Freestyle Man (the deep, psychedelic acid house hypnotism of 'Natural High') and 'Cle' (the early Larry Heard flex of 'Haunted' and gorgeously intergalactic and analogue-rich A1). As you'd expect, it's a well-judged and expertly observed album that proudly wears its vintage influences on its sleeve, with other highlights including the jazzy bump of '1973', the rushing piano house bounce of 'Save a Prayer' and the Andres-esque 'Do It Well'.
Review: A Moodmusic mainstay since 2018, Berlin artist Jepe cements his run of singles for the label with a debut album, Midnight In Venus. Pushing a largely instrumental and Italo sound - bar the spaced out vocoder action on "Unpredictable Future" - Jepe surfs that fine line between lovely Italo classics and an edgier Detroit inspired electro sound. Throwing in dramatic elements of '80s new wave (next to new age inspirations), krautrock and classic drum machine music (post-punk style), Jepe's interstellar cause goes the distance. Bring the house down with tracks like "Night Cruise", "Unpredictable Future" and epic slow burner "U, Me Eternity" next to trippier tracks like "Arthur Nimmt Ein Heisses Bad (feat Quattrovalvole)" and badass rhythm session "Crossing Paths". Yello meets Charlie meets Clone Classic Cuts.
Review: Electric Appliances is a concept by Berlin based artists Klas Lindblad, Jan-Eric Scholz and Antti Pussinen and run as a special Various Artist showcase series under the Moodmusic label. The second EP on this special series is called Venera EP and features again Tesla286, Antti Pussinen under his Pussitronix moniker as well new comer Tsodor! He delivers a burning acid number "Dinosaur Song" next to the even more acid and lo-fi cosmic sewer techno of "Hyena Hicup". Taking it further into a broken beat, bass troddin' territory is Tesla286 with the eerie, deep and diving "Nutopia". Hardcore vibes to fit the mood.