Review: A pillar of strength for Europe's beat scene and experimental hip hop cultures, Berlin-based label Project Mooncircle ushers in Takeleaves second album in two years after debuting Nicolas De Ara?jo Peixoto's project in 2018 with the Inner Sea album. With MPC culture threaded throughout the DNA of Takeleaves productions, this Belonging album lifts keynotes from jazzier and beatmaking genres, threaded with subtle guitar strings, lush synths and padded atmospheres alongside post-dubstep styles of percussion with touching on krautrock and electronica that sees Takeleave's music landing somewhere between Boards of Canada, hip hop, and Apparat. Enjoy.
Review: After a cracking debut over a year ago, the wondrous shade of Jilk once again falls over the Project Mooncircle imprint, this time guided by an even more bleak set of sounds and textures. Entitled Joy In The End, the LP opens with a startling set of drones which swiftly morph and build into something a lot more concrete. The thing is, there is no one genre which shapes this LP; it's made up of a many different components and styles which are housed and tamed beautifully by Jilk. Soft drum machine beats, meandering ambient soundscapes and placid voices make for a deeply pleasing listen which bursts into life with each new listen.
Review: Shadowy downtempo deviant Nuage takes a break from his drum and bass servings, and switched to house mode with this latest EP for the prolific Project Mooncircle, this being the producer's debut for the label. "Nulla" opens the doors to a odd but wonderful planet made up of subtle melodic tones, caressing beats and soothing pads. "Spring Ghosts" is another majestic moments amid the tracks, a laid-back jam charged with a slow house tempo and fluttering breaks. Nuage's music is a true breath of fresh air, combining contrasting elements with a singular precision and an open mind. Something we can all enjoy.