Moodmusic are currently riding a wave of truly impressive releases. Recent months have seen their output flying off the selves, with tracks like Lil Tony’s “Raw Trax Vol. 2”, Stel’s “Last Night On Earth” and Sasse & James Flavour’s recent hit, “The Right Way” all heaping more praise on the Berlin based imprint. Now, they continue their fine form with a distinctly late night vibed EP which features four tracks of sultry, deep, techy house from Lemon Popsicle, Sasse and Mihai Popoviciu.
Adrian Pietrasch, Wollion Korfanty and Sandrino Tittel make up the acclaimed trio of Lemon Popsicle. They have seen great international success with remixes and productions for some of the world’s finest deep house and tech labels including Yellow Tail, Dieb Audio, Rebirth, Brown Eyed Boyz, BluFin, ALiVE, Sprout, Night Drive Music or Two Faces.
Their debut for Moodmusic has come about through label boss Sasse hearing “Chordelia” in early 2010 and then hammering it in his DJ sets around the world. Bridging the gap between the sound of Detroit techno and deep house, the title track sees driving mids lead this deep number forward as bubbling basslines swirl beneath in the murmuring low end. It’s rolling chords and immaculate production do the right things in the right places to set the release off in style.
Sasse then turns in a remix of his own, locking into a more modern, techier groove. Turning “Chordelia” into an ever building, eleven minute chugger he gives the track a subtle twist rather than a drastic makeover. Keeping things fresh and contemporary, Romanian house star Mihai Popoviciu builds a modern, shuffling roller where ultra crispy beats accentuate his killer rolling bassline. Finishing off with Lemon Popsicle’s warm and fuzzy yet lightly funky “Start Again”, this EP showcases once more the guile and musicality that has made Moodmusic the revered label that they are today.
Review by Tom Jones.