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Ciao Sun
Ciao Sun (12")
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 250. Rel: 12 Feb 20
Deep House
  1. Go! (7:15)
  2. Glendale Blvd Boogie (6:53)
  3. Ciao Sun (6:54)
Review: Californian human beatbox Dave Aju is at it again, following up his debut last year for Japan's Mule Musiq. Much like the material on the "TXLAX" LP (which explored his move back to Los Angeles from Berlin) the material on "Ciao Sun" is another serving of Aju's idiosyncratic sound: tongue-in-cheek, wacky and off-kilter minimal house with a fine attention to detail. You can hear his newfound enthusiasm for "La La Land" on here: the A side is brimming with sweltering carnival vibes with Latin house epic "Go!", while on the flipside features the lo-slung afterhours psychedelia of "Glendale Blvd Boogie" and the dusty, hip-hop inspired broken beats of the title track.
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Cat: MULEMUSIQ 247. Rel: 12 Nov 19
  1. Bird's Eye (4:05)
  2. Out To C (4:56)
  3. Catch-Can (2:50)
  4. Silverfish (5:30)
  5. Imagiro (3:24)
  6. TXLAX (4:18)
  7. Wish You Well (3:31)
  8. Yulia (5:50)
Played by: Blue Soul, Tilman
 in stock $21.66
Body Hurt
Body Hurt (12")
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 254. Rel: 17 Apr 20
Deep House
  1. Body Hurt (Tension mix) (6:29)
  2. Body Hurt (Methane mix) (6:11)
  3. I Don't Wanna Wait (8:22)
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Fun Fort
Fun Fort (12")
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 239. Rel: 13 May 19
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Fun Fort (7:09)
  2. In Your Wardrobe (part 2) (8:15)
Review: For its 15th year anniversary, Mule Musiq will release twelve 12" by close artists, with collectable artwork by Stefan Marx. The seventh edition presented here is by the label's 'hero' Roman Flugel, who presents his debut single for the label. Quite possibly named after the legendary producer's hometown, "Fun Fort" sees the man from Frankfurt deliver two emotive and hypnotic journeys on this two tracker: the title track on the A side transmits some seriously good vibes with its bouncy bassline and catchy blips and bleeps, plus an infectious shuffle throughout. On the flip, he goes further down the spiral on the moody dub techno excursion of "In Your Wardrobe (Part 2)" where long, drawn out dub chords lurk beneath some dusty late night jazz bar sounds.
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7 (CD)
Cat: MULEMUSIQCD 059. Rel: 23 Aug 17
Deep House
  1. Chapter 7
  2. Smiles & Cries
  3. Cosmic Waters
  4. Follow The Sound
  5. Light Years (feat Minako)
  6. Like Yesterday
  7. Beyond Understanding
  8. Living Waters
  9. Travelling Zones
  10. Simple Things
  11. Arigato
Review: It's that time of year again. 12 months on from his last album-length outing as FP-Oner, Fred P once again dons the alias for 7, a third numerically titled set in as many years. As usual, the music is rarely less than immaculate, with the imaginative and talented producer showcasing most sides of his musical personality. Highlights come thick and fast, from the yearning, soft focus melodiousness of quietly jazzy deep house opener "Smiles" and shimmering Motor City techno futurism of "Travelling Zones", to the blissful house minimalism of "Simple Things" and acid-flecked late night hypnotism of closer "Arigato". Superior electronic club music composed by a master: what more do you need?
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Alya (12")
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 226. Rel: 03 Jul 18
  1. Alya (8:49)
  2. The Great Attractor (8:49)
 in stock $12.53
The Side Effects Selections
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 258. Rel: 12 Aug 20
Deep House
  1. The Chase (feat Dave Aju) (6:49)
  2. Astronomie (6:38)
  3. Grand Signal (6:43)
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Why Do Cowboys Never Die In The East?
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 246. Rel: 23 Oct 19
Deep House
  1. Why Do Cowboys Never Die In The East? (12:28)
  2. The One Where I Like The Vocals (6:37)
  3. Dissociation In The Car Park At Sainsburys (6:39)
Review: London-based producer Laurence Guy returns to Japanese label Mule Musiq to follow up last year's wonderful "All I See Is Her" EP. More sublime and dreamy mood music of the deeper persuasion featured here, from the skippy/looped-up melancholia of glassy-eyed epic "Why Do Cowboys Never Die In The East?" (13 minutes of pure bliss if we've ever heard one) to quality B side offerings: the UK-style jazzy broken beat of "The One Where I Like The Vocals" and EP highlight "Dissociation In The Car Park At Sainsbury's" - the humorous name covers up an entirely sombre and introspective affair, where woozy and meandering chords support brittle and dusty rhythms - just grasping for a small moment of hope.
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Played by: Corbi, Goddard, CHEZZ, Fouk
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Vintul Prin Salcii
Vintul Prin Salcii (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 211. Rel: 20 Apr 17
  1. Miroslav 1 (6:50)
  2. Miroslav 2 (8:20)
  3. Miroslav 3 (5:31)
  4. Miroslav 5 (7:09)
  5. Miroslav 4 (9:46)
  6. Miroslav 6 (4:24)
  7. Miroslav 7 (12:20)
Review: Back in 2015, Petre Inspirescu popped up on Mule Musiq with Vin Pholie, an album considered a significant departure from his previous work. While he made his name with club-ready, heavily textured takes on tech-house and minimal techno, Vin Pholie saw him work with piano, strings and woodwind instruments for the first time, resulting in a set that sat somewhere between ambient and neo-classical. Vintul Prin Salcii, his belated follow-up, explores similar sonic territory, adding in vintage synthesizers and occasional nods to dub techno - see the becalmed pulse of "Miroslav 3" - to slightly broaden the approach. The result is a melodious sequence of musical movements that also doffs a sly wink to krautrock synthesizer pioneers as well as classical composers, American minimalists and ambient legends.
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Played by: Alex Bradley, Sepp
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Tangerine Sky
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 240. Rel: 05 Jun 19
  1. Tangerine Sky (8:03)
  2. Blue Palms (8:04)
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Ginster (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 234. Rel: 30 Jan 19
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Ginster (8:04)
  2. Sudden Frost (5:31)
  3. Leap-Second (7:57)
Review: After what seems like an eternity but is, in fact, merely two years, minimal house maestro Isolee returns with a brand new EP. While it shares its title with the name of a famed pasty manufacturer, there's nothing stodgy or calorific about the tasty material on offer. "Ginster" itself is hypnotic, wonky and stripped back, with delay-laden riffs and electronic pulses that recall some of the producer's most glorious moments (EG "Beau Mot Plage" for starters). Over on the flip, "Sudden Frost" sees him make merry with blissful sampled guitar passages, deep house style beats and evocative chords, while "Leap-Second" is altogether weirder, with odd noises riding a beat that's somewhere between glam-rock and the wonky world of Ricardo Villalobos.
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Ancient Rain
Ancient Rain (2xLP)
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 268. Rel: 12 Mar 21
  1. Dream
  2. Jumoku
  3. Ancient Rain
  4. Memory Mapping
  5. NOW
  6. 1978 To 2008
  7. Dream (Real World)
  8. Beauty
  9. Odyssey
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Vivacity (12")
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 231. Rel: 05 Dec 18
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Vivacity (6:44)
  2. You Make It Look Easy (5:50)
  3. Final Conflation (6:48)
  4. It's World Is One We Seldom Visit (5:13)
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Black Cats
Black Cats (12")
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 238. Rel: 25 Apr 19
  1. Black Cats (8:00)
  2. Nozomi (6:52)
  3. Radiance (6:15)
Played by: Per Bojsen-Moller
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Birds On The Playground
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 267. Rel: 26 Mar 21
  1. Grazing Light
  2. Drunken Cats
  3. Everglade
  4. Highland Spores
  5. Birds On The Playground
  6. Yufuin No Mori
  7. Meadows
  8. An Evening At Studio Mule
  9. Donkey's Dream
coming soon $27.08
Luci Neu House
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 256. Rel: 03 Jun 20
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Luci Neu House (part 1) (15:04)
  2. Luci Neu House (part 2) (15:22)
  3. Luci Neu House (part 3) (15:16)
  4. Luci Neu House (part 4) (15:14)
Review: On his first ever Mule Musiq release. Swiss-Chilean minimal maestro Luciano delivers some meditative journey music, full of repetitive patterns geared for stimulating the subconscious and designed to bring you to a higher level of energy and creativity. The Cadenza chief and Ushuaia resident claims a love of music with a dimension beyond the mainstream, and that sure is evident on this EP - featuring four sublime versions of the fittingly titled "Luci Neu House". Part 1 and 2 on the A side respectively are deep and hypnotic rollers which are perfect for those solitary moments on the dancefloor. On the flip, it's all about the life-affirming deepness of Part 4, which sure nails that summertime vibe with its soulful vocals.
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The Evasion Of The Spiritual Soldier
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 257. Rel: 03 Jul 20
  1. The Evasion Of The Spiritual Soldier (12:45)
  2. Flags Of Himalaya (9:32)
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Blooms (12")
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 260. Rel: 28 Sep 20
Deep House
  1. Gabagool (6:14)
  2. Blooms (5:47)
  3. Modulor 7 (6:28)
  4. Strange Lands (5:33)
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Primeiras Impressoes
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 251. Rel: 09 Mar 20
  1. Introducao (5:20)
  2. Uma Receita Harmoniosa (5:29)
  3. Primeiras Impressoes (3:51)
  4. Fe (1:59)
  5. Grumari (5:19)
  6. Nao Posso Mais (4:09)
  7. Domingo Em Paz (3:34)
  8. A Mudanca (2:53)
  9. Fim Da Primeira Parte (interlude) (1:58)
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Feather World
Feather World (limited 2xLP)
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
  1. Before Creation
  2. Inner Groove (feat Bugge Wesseltoft)
  3. Africa Univers (feat Sona Diabate)
  4. Shout (feat Tetsuro Kawashima)
  5. The Big Wall
  6. The Session 2 (feat Henrik Schwarz)
  7. Between Shadow & Lights (feat Anne Clark)
  8. Get Up With You (feat Fumio Itabashi)
  9. After Creation
  10. Forest Song (feat Joyce Bowden)
Played by: Manu•Archeo
coming soon $26.79
The Call Super Mixes
The Call Super Mixes (12" 再プレス)
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 229. Rel: 21 Jan 21
  1. Newwave Project #2 (Call Super mix) (7:58)
  2. Puzzle (Call Super Garden) (10:00)
Review: Last year, Kuniyuki Takahashi brilliantly blended his past and present on Newwave Project, a set that superbly fused his deep and emotional house and techno sound with raw and grimey nods to EBM, proto-techno, industrial and '80s alternative. Here, two tracks from that inspired set by Houndstooth regular Call Super. First he tackles "Newwave Project #2", wrapping dreamy, stretched-out chords, far-sighted synthesizer melodies and dubbed-out electronics around a rubbery, jazz-flecked deep house groove. Next, he turns his attention to "Puzzle", delivering a breathlessly loved-up interpretation rich in trippy, alien-sounding chords, shimmering electronic sweeps and huggable deep house grooves. It's stunningly beautiful, all told, with the remixer's use of glistening guitar passages only adding to the picturesque mood.
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Torus EP
Torus EP (12")
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 263. Rel: 03 Nov 20
  1. Extraterrestial Menace (6:31)
  2. Tours (7:29)
  3. Astral Voices (feat Romy) (7:34)
  4. Helix Nebula (feat Julea) (6:41)
Review: Although he's been around the Dutch scene for some time, the first we heard from TJade (on vinyl, at least) was via a sought-after edit that Bordello a Parigi earlier in the year. Here the Utrecht-based DJ/producer delivers a debut EP of original tracks for Mule Musiq, hinting that he could be an artist to watch in the months and years ahead. Across the four tracks, he sashays between arpeggio-driven creepiness (future Italo-disco-goes-electro anthem 'Extraterrestrial Menace'), chugging, pitched-down nu-disco bliss ('Tours'), deep-space, synth-pop beauty ('Astral Voices (featuring Rony)'), and shimmering underground electro-pop ('Helix Nebula (featuring Julea)'). In a word: impressive.
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Blue Puzzle
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 261. Rel: 16 Sep 20
Deep House
  1. Lonely Hamac (5:03)
  2. Uhuueeii (5:02)
  3. That Kind Of Mystery (part 2) (5:38)
  4. Homere's D110 (5:47)
Played by: Fog
 in stock $15.95
We're Where We Were
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 262. Rel: 21 Oct 20
Deep House
  1. We're Where We Were (part I) (18:04)
  2. We're Where We Were (part II) (13:05)
Review: Although this is Tornado Wallace's Mule Musiq debut, the music contained on it is not brand new - though it is pretty much on known. 'We Are Where We Are' first appeared in 2018 on a Japan-only promo CD. Back then, it was presented as one continuous, 32-minute track. For its' vinyl debut, the decidedly Balearic and psychedelic offering has been split into two parts. Each is hugely atmospheric and evocative, with the Berlin-based Australian offering non-stop, ambient house style suites that layer evocative instrumentation - twinkling pianos, pulsing electronic noises, jazzy guitars, delay-laden synth sounds and so on - and crackling field recordings atop sparse, lo-fi drum machine beats and dubbed-out basslines.
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Belong (12")
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 228. Rel: 29 Aug 18
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Belong (8:28)
  2. Unbound (6:41)
  3. Belong (dub mix) (6:06)
Review: More evocative and thought provoking music for discerning dancefloors, courtesy of Japan's always reliable Mule Musiq. This time it's courtesy of German duo Daniel Stroeter and Martin Mueller aka youANDme. They are a surprising addition to the label, considering their recent appearances for labels as diverse as Poker Flat to Nervous and even Gruuv, but if the Belong 12" can prove anything - it's that the duo has a strong diversity within their sonic repertoire. From the soulful and slow burning title track which features Black Soda's sensual vocals above the duo's majestic arrangement, to "Unbound" which is a deep, dubbed-out and introspective cut for heads-down moments in the early hours.
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