Yoshimi Ueno – Taiko No Uminari [STUDIOMULE14]

Johnny’s Disk Record is an independent jazz label run by the owner of jazz cafe Kaiunbashi No Johnny located in Rikuzentakata city in Iwate prefecture, Japan. The legendary label released a string of albums of high quality but down-to-earth music, spanning from modern jazz, avant-garde jazz to left-field pop. This is the only solo record drummer Yoshimi Ueno released before passing.

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Yoshimi Ueno – Taiko No Uminari [STUDIOMULE14]

Mitsuaki Katayama Trio – First Flight [STUDIOMM11LP]

Johnny’s Disk Record is an independent jazz label run by the owner of Jazz Cafe Kaiunbashi No Johnny located in Rikuzentakata City in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. The legendary label released a string of albums of high quality but down-to-earth music, spanning from modern jazz, avant-garde jazz to left-field pop. Albums such as “farewell my johnny / left alone” and “Aya’s Samba” has reached cult status among fans as some of the best works to come out of the Japanese jazz scene. This debut album by drummer and actor Mitsuaki Katayama is a Japanese jazz masterpiece, put out by Johnny’s Disk Record. Consisting of 5 original compositions, the no-filler album includes the tracks “Unknown Point,” a danceable jazz samba with tight and powerful drumming; the melancholic “Arizona High Way,” a tune that perfectly epitomizes what Japanese jazz is about; “It’s Over,” which features beautiful piano work by Kichiro Sugino—a promising pianist who tragically succumbed to a chronic illness and couldn’t fully realize his potential; “Louis” and “First Flight,” a jazzy dance cut with a funky bassline.

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Mitsuaki Katayama Trio – First Flight [STUDIOMM11LP]

2017 Top 3 – Readers List

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It has been 4 years since I made the last ‘review of the year …’ or ‘best of … ‘ list and it was not planned for 2017, but looking back at last year somehow the music scene shifted in a good way. From the music point of view, I think we are living better times now, we can see a revival of the old school electro and acid house, afrobeat is still hot, EBM is going strong.

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2017 Top 3 – Readers List

Chaos In The CBD – Comfort Zone [MULE217]

CBD is back on Mule Musiq. This time the New Zealand natives present different atmospheric spheres. The a-side tune “Comfort Zone” is a slow house burner enlarged with bird sounds, flute melodies and super warm bass power. on the opposite, their track “Educate The Hear” marries dub atmospheres and four-to-the-floor grooves, without giving up the hotness that dub music got to offer. Their third tune “Pressure” brings in, what is always needed in a club: funk that shakes the booty. This all wrapped in a gentle house track that stays calm while spreading hard to resist dance emotions.

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Chaos In The CBD – Comfort Zone [MULE217]

Petre Inspirescu – Vîntul Prin Salcii [MULEMUSIQ211]

Petre Inspirescu delivers ‘Vîntul Prin Salcii’ – another longplayer enlarged with seven, up to epic twelve minutes long arrangements. They all listen to the name ‘Miroslav’ and only differ numerically in their title. You can call them ambient. You can call them minimal music in the sense of classic compositions by Steve Reich or Terry Riley. They groove – sometimes more, sometimes less. and they spread the sounds of flutes or saxophones, delicate piano figures, organic jazz drumming, arpeggiated analogue synth-lines, mesmerizing strings, choral singing, alienated looped vocals and spaced out new aged spheres. What unites them all is the way, the melodies dance upon and in each single tune. Their beautiful tex-tures ensnare and they are continuously engaged with experimentation. A mystical album full of evolutionary music to which each listener is able to paint his very own emotional picture. Moody, dark and at the same time light-flooded shape-shifting compositions – made for those who love to surrender them-selves to a gentle dance between experimentation and attractiveness.

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Petre Inspirescu – Vîntul Prin Salcii [MULEMUSIQ211]

Petre Inspirescu – Vin Ploile [MULEMUSIQ192]

Romanian minimal techno hero Petre Inspirescu releases a solo album on Japan’s Mule Musiq and what a moment in a brilliant career thus far. This guy is a true innovator and many are curious to hear what kind of journey into the deep and bizarre he can take us on. Starting out with the exotic bongo meditation of “Delir 1” and the breathtaking immersive ambience of “Delir 2” or the sinister and unsettling “Lumiere” things start to develop more movement later. Such as: on the deep hypnotic vibes of “Delir 4” or “Delir 6” which feature sombre string arrangements, emotive piano passages and some of the most expressive and restrained drums and percussion performances. All nine suspenseful compositions seduce with a deep melodic sensibility, harmonic adventures and an overall rhythmic ambiance of freshness and laidback enthusiasm. Together they represent a challenging auditory experience that will resonate in your mind long after the music has finished.

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Petre Inspirescu – Vin Ploile [MULEMUSIQ192]

Lawrence – A Day In The Life [MMLP180]

While Peter “Lawrence” Kerten is perhaps best known for his stripped-back approach to house and techno, many of his greatest records have explored his deep-rooted love of ambient music. It’s great to see, then, that this sixth full-length sees him in full-on ambient mode, variously laying down picturesque, becalmed compositions, twinkling productions and hypnotic.

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Lawrence – A Day In The Life [MMLP180]

Optimo – Dark Was The Night [EFCD011]

OPTIMO (ESPACIO)/VARIOUS - Dark Was The Night

While JD Twitch & JG Wilkes aka Optimo are undoubtedly men-for-all-seasons musically, as anyone who’s seen them in action behind the decks will attest, they’re often at their best when creating a mood, delving deep into their bulging record collections to showcase sludgy curiosities, dark electronics and intoxicating oddities. Pleasingly, it’s this side of their multiple personalities that’s explored on Dark Was The Night, their sixth commercially available mix CD. Predictably, it’s a doozy, effortlessly joining the dots between the moody deep acid house of QX-1’s “I Won’t Hurt You”, the pulsating industrial rhythms of Carter Tutti, the icy melodies and snowy rhythms of Recondite’s “Cleric”, and the paranoid dubstep of Kode 9 and Space Ape.

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Optimo – Dark Was The Night [EFCD011]

DJ Sprinkles – Where Dancefloors Stand Still [MM158]

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Who knows better about revealing emotions on the dancefloor then Terre Thaemlitz worldwide known writer, public speaker, multimedia producer, dj, audio producer, and head honcho of Comatonse Recordings. His deep house alias DJ Sprinkles began life in the gay clubs of midtown Manhattan and New Jersey in the late eigthies and early nineties a time when deep house began to take air. The mix grooves with DJ Sprinkles’ trippy mixing signature that playfully melts tracks who are built of flying piano notes, arresting tactile basslines, straight kicking drums, and magnetic layered samples. a deeply cathartic piece of a DJ mix that transforms dancing into a ritual in which dancers do rhythmic body painting that amalgamtes the indivual identity into a collective.

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DJ Sprinkles – Where Dancefloors Stand Still [MM158]

Kathy Diamond & Mastercris – Right There [ENDLESSFLIGHT047]

New material from one Kathy Diamond who’s teamed up with Mastercris for a beat down, piano heavy, hands in the air sort of track featuring ms Diamond’s signature voice. On the flipside, Amsterdam bods Juju & Jordash deliver a solid detroit flavoured mix for the more demanding stages of the night.

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Kathy Diamond & Mastercris – Right There [ENDLESSFLIGHT047]

VA – I’m Starting To Feel Okay Vol 5 Part 1 [ENDLESSFLIGHT044]

Cover art - Various Artists: I’m Starting To Feel Ok Vol. 5 Part 1

The first single cut from upcoming mule musiq compilation “I’m Starting To Feel Okay Vol 5”. A side, Juju & Jordash with a very unique psychedelic techno stuff, Move D on A2 and DJ Sprinkles on B side are first available on vinyl.

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VA – I’m Starting To Feel Okay Vol 5 Part 1 [ENDLESSFLIGHT044]

The Rhythm Odyssey & Dr Dunks – Zoo-Ma-City [EF037]

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Endless Flight announce two fantastic artists collaboration release of Dean Meredith (aka Chiken Lips) & Eric Duncan (Rub n Tug). A side, main version of Zoo-Ma-City is jackin Chicago house style track with a female voice sample. B side is a Dj tool beat version of a unique acid acapella.

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The Rhythm Odyssey & Dr Dunks – Zoo-Ma-City [EF037]

Dj Jus-Ed – Vision Dance [MULECD021]

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Underground Quality’s  Jus-Ed, joins Mule Electronic for the release of new long player “Vision Dance”. The album includes 10 tracks of deep house, a blend of tough, syncopated percussion and ethereal, melodic synthlines, Handclaps, dark atmospheres, minimal piano melodies, and a warm seducing bassline underneath.

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Dj Jus-Ed – Vision Dance [MULECD021]

Fred P – Soul Music [MULEELECTRONIC081]

FRED P - Soul Music (Front Cover)

This is Fred P aka Black Jazz Consortium’s debut release on Mule Electronic. Fred is a well known as an important artist & dj in the modern New York house scene. This EP includes two warm deep & soulful house tracks with spoken words meets a dark and hypnotic tune.

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Fred P – Soul Music [MULEELECTRONIC081]

Seltene Erden – Northern Rae [MULEELECTRONIC079]

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Gunnar Wendel, the producer best known for his work under the Kassem Mosse moniker debuts the Seltene Erden pseudonym, with the four tracks here lavishly deep explorations. The shimmering slo-mo dub of “Northen Rae” gets things on the A-Side to a stunning start, complemented by the crackly ambience of “Bayan Obo”. Flip over for the Theo-esque rhythms of “Kvanefjeld” and perhaps the most breathtaking of the lot – the intensely relaxing, beatless soundscape of “Hoidas Lake”.

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Seltene Erden – Northern Rae [MULEELECTRONIC079]