Joel Mull ‘Sensory Remixes’

Joel Mull / Sensory Remixes

Vinyl / Digital 

Truesoul / Released November 2011


What does it sound like? 

Five remixers do the dirty on the Joel Mull album we fell in love with at the beginning of this year, delivering a quintet of techno-inspired music that’s more than a few miles away from the source material. So if you’re looking for dark, rolling builders complete with proggy edges and melodic breakdowns then this package isn’t for you- regardless of how tasty the ingredients are.

Dustin Zahn’s worthy interpretation of Krauthaus is a raw, drummy, not to mention heavy assault of stripped to the bone kicks, with a vocal chant set to gradually developing percussive accents, and refrained synth keys. It’s a simple, but effective workout that should appeal to fans of everyone from Camea to Ben Sims. Sunday 2 Sunday opts to investigate the tech-house route, as oppose to the ‘funky techno’ of its predecessor (for want of a better turn of phrase), a tact that shouldn’t be too surprising considering the re-rub is courtesy of Moon Harbour’s Martinez, who does the bumbling bassline, relentless roll and chirpy hook thing with ease.

In contrast Steve Rachmad and Heiko Laux turn Holographic into a dubby number, keeping the weight on the low end, and adding some sinister-ish waves of distorted harmony, making for a dense outing to say the least, and while never fully ‘arriving’, it’s one of the biggest nothing tunes you will have heard in some time. Then it’s up to Agaric to re-read Novelty Theory into a lucid, plodding, and finely detailed workout of dreamlike atmospherics, before Aril Brikha takes the title track, Sensory, and reinvents the arrangement to suit fans of cosmic disco sounds, referencing the legendary Georgio Moroder in the process.

Where would I dance to it? 

Given the breadth of remixes most venues specialising in sounds that straddle the techno-house borderline, and favour the latter, will get soundtracked by something on here.

What highlights can I expect to hear? 

Tempting as it is to say Dustin Zahn’s combination of a lead-pipe to the face mixed with a dash of groove is the best thing on here musically Aril Brikha’s homage to electronic harmonies could well be the superior work.

Why should I pay for it? 

Five strong remixes.

Where can I buy it?