- Release Date 2020-06-26
- Label microCastle
- Catalog MCSL058
Spread across five tracks, MULYA's microcastle debut is an eclectic blend of electronica, disco, indie-dance and melodic house. Emotionally charged throughout, the journey begins with the broken beats and electric grooves of 'Out of Sync'. It's pensive overlays and warped arps make for a compelling first act, before a cinematic break shifts the narrative into a tense yet spirited finale of pulsating rhythms and tantalizing acid hooks. The energy continues to rise with the disco-infused grooves of 'Frisco'. Possessing a dramatic undercurrent, punchy kicks and detailed percussion create waves of energy at the outset. Fiery lines add mightily to it's hypnotic drive, eventually melting down into a canopy of charming overlays. As the breakdown reaches a euphoric peak a flurry of drums transfers energy into an exhilarating drop and thrilling final movement.
The spellbinding 'Espinosa' further cements MULYA's elusive vision, as a tight rhythmic core gets complemented with supersonic synths and shuddering bass tones. Compelling and tense, the centrepiece is a sensory delight, with its explorative modulation and piercing build ending in a striking re-entry. Shifting moods further into the indie-dance spectrum is the collection's title selection 'Chrome Extra'. A backbone of robust beats sits at the foundation, underpinning a fascinating meld of retro synths and disorientating projections. Hopeful pads beam brightly across the second movement, bringing a spiritual sense to the storyboard, while perfectly prophesizing a poignant finale that's destined for many memorable club moments.
Diversifying his portfolio further, it is MULYA's masterstroke to round the collection out with the electronic experimentalism of 'Fontane'. Highlighting the seven-minute excursion is an amalgamation of broken beats, vivid soundscapes and sensory saturating artifacts. The best musical mavericks never seem to rest on their laurels or lie stagnant for too long. While continuing to operate at a creative peak they mutate and morph, refusing to be boxed in and thus expanding their sonic palette. MULYA has accomplished that and more with 'Chrome Extra', carrying a unique sonic aesthetic throughout, while achieving a rare balance between such sprawling genres.