Following his two-track vocal EP, Jasmine, released on Mixpak earlier this year, Murlo is back with the all-instrumental Odyssey, his boldest artistic statement to date. Eight tracks deep, Odyssey is a winding journey through the ever-fantastical world of the UK producer, a world where weighty bass, soaring melodies and frenetic percussion all hold positions of power.
The lead track, “Moodswung,” shares a peek of what Odyssey represents as a whole. A maze of memorable melodies layered with levels like a computer game, it feels like a powerwalk through a harp-laden dreamscape. “Cascade” is a club tune as intricate as a symphony – where synths run over each other with the urgency and beauty of a waterfall. Pieced together with the majesty of “Lanced,” the melodic freneticism of “Hunter,” the other-worldliness of “High Rise” and the club delirium of “Furnace,” this is signature Murlo: instantly recognizable as his own distinct sound, and yet, never predictable.
Odyssey is a record free of genre: it’s uncompromising yet accessible experimental electronica at its best, reminding us why Murlo has become a unique figure in the UK underground.