Mixpak is proud to present the first in a series of EPs from UK producer Murlo. Now a forerunner in the crowded and inspiring British underground, Murlo is known for his melodic imagination, his ability to make “music visual” and his trademark ability to expertly weave a number of elements from the contemporary UK club story.
Though most recognized for his instrumental offerings in 2014, Murlo adds yet another string to his bow in 2015: his Jasmine EP for Mixpak is his first, full original vocal release, featuring up-and-coming Irish vocalist Gemma Dunleavy. Threading together influences from RnB, grime, dancehall and pop, the EP sits nicely in the UK tradition of female vocal underground records. The elusively-titled “Jasmine” hints at a dancehall riddim, with Murlo’s synths and piano lines serving as a powerful counterpoint to the emotional longing of Gemma’s songwriting. On the flip, “Deep Breath” reaches for a spacious but often intricately layered backbone that toys with sino-grime and wistful melodies, as her almost masochistic storyline takes the forefront.
Despite different BPMs and sound palates, Murlo & Gemma Dunleavy manage to strike a delicate balance, maintaining an emotional and sonic thread throughout. This is new terrority for Murlo, but still familiar ground for his fans; his signature sound now comes with added catchy choruses. Constantly surprising, always progressing and forever adept as a producer, we’re excited for our coming projects with Murlo and this is a strong start.